Review: A little funk sensibility can be the best of remedies to sooth your winter chills, and this new 20-track compilation from JalapeNo is the perfect remedy. The imprint has it down when it comes to releasing contemporary soul-dance, and peeps like the Ephemerals, Basement Freaks, and Izo Fitzroy are all revelations in of themselves. Just to give you a little flavour of this steaming hotpot of sounds and grooves, there's a little tribal disco slaying on Soopasoul's "Hustlin'", vintage Motown soul with The Allergies and "Since Youave Been Gone", and contemporary r&b vibes through the vocal talent of Alexia Coley and her "Jekyll & Hyde" tune. There's something in here for all walks of life, so be sure to flick through this baby to find your kink.
Review: Well, it look as if Bomb Strikes have caused a ruckus yet again here as they look set see out the year in style. This 6th edition of their now infamous 'Funk N' Beats' series sees them bring together a collection of twenty high powered insta-classics, all packed to the maximum with old school flavours, crunchy riffs and explosive grooves, perfect for chopping down any party. This project sees appearances from the likes of Smoove, Torpedo Boyz, Groove Armada, A.Skillz, Chrome, The Traffic and many many more, who all deliver the goods. This project also comes complete with a full continuous DJ Mix.
Review: As one third of TQD and one of the most sought after DJ's in the world of grime and UK bass music, Royal T returns with a stunning five tracker. The title track is built for certified dancefloor destruction, with classic Royal T bass sounds running riot amidst perfectly placed percussion and drum patterns. Next up 'Without You' which is a beautiful piece of UKG arrangement. After this 'Don't You Know' takes up a more UK Funky arrangement before the rapid fire rhythms and expert melodic synthesis of 'Polyphonic' and 'Gunfingers' see the Southampton man return to his grimey roots. This EP just goes to show how well rounded a producer Royal T is, being able to swing effortlessly between different areas of UK music with absolute precision.