Review: So the team at Breakbeat Paradise are back to their old tricks again, proving just why they are so highly praised for their consistency here on JunoDownload. This latest project sees Tom Showtime join forces with a number of other producers for an intricate remix project, seeing a selection of fifteen potent reworks land in the store. The genre styles range for stripped back hip hop beats to more funky rethinks, giving a real mix and blend of styles. For us, the Tom Showtime remix of 'Bang Like This' from Ben & Lex alongside The Pharcyde summarizes everything this release is about, that being smooth, vibrant beats and warm, colourful basslines!
Review: For as long as we can remember, Defected's annual Miami Music Week compilation has done a brilliant job showcasing tracks that we'll be dancing to a lot in the following weeks and months. Predictably, this year's volume is no different. There's the usual mixture of alternative remixes of familiar favourites from the previous 12 months (see David Penn's remix of Sophie Lloyd's gospel disco anthem "Calling Out" and I:Cube's brilliant revision of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget"), previously released anthems (Horse Meat Disco and Amy Douglas's "Let's Go Dancing" and Ray Mang's delicious disco mix of Phenomenal Handclap Band's "Judge Not") and suitably big tunes that will soon become peak-time staples the world over (see the tracks by Bawrut, Low Steppa, Bsicits and Mighty Mouse).
Review: The time seems to have flown past as we move towards the seventh anniversary of the now legendary Four40 imprint, who have become seen as one of the most innovative labels within underground dance music in the UK. This mammoth collection see's them go back over some of their most celebrated releases since their creation, including belters from the likes of Notion, PVC, Jaguar Skillz, Spookz, Tuff Culture, TC4, Mofaux and more. As a compilation this selection could quite easily be classed as a "Best Of Four40' title, with it being jam packed with some of the best bass releases of the last seven years, period.
Review: Legendary reggae / dancehall singer Da Fuchaman joins the dots with his debut excursion into jungle. He's rolling with the best company as Run Tingz have recruited a crack team of on point craftsmen for him to vibe with: Serial Killerz, Isaac Maya, Frisk, Numa Crew, Choppa, Brian Brainstorm join the Run Tingz Cru themselves as Fuchaman brings the consciousness over a menu of gully textures. Highlights include the stench like bass on "Babylon Falling", the pure fire of the opener "Jungle Love" and the classic horn waves and snaking snares of "Call The Police". A unique and vital album that celebrates fusion at its deepest melting pot roots.
Review: With this year's Miami Music Week fast approaching, UK bigwigs Toolroom kick off 2018 with the first in this year's Underground series; Introducing some fresh faces and new producers to the tracklist, 'Miami Underground' explores much more eclectic genres than previously but rest assured that they deliver all the regular surefire quality in tech-house and house. Highlights here include: the euphoric "The Phoenix Part 1" by the controversial Marquis Hawkes, the deep down and dirty "Paradise" by Patrick Topping (with the one and only Idris Elba!), "Day One" by Primitive TRust which gets a stellar remix by BRSTL homegirl Shanti Celeste and the surprising addition of industrialist Perc with his stomper "Rat Run" getting a groove injection by Matrixxman. Completing the bundle are two expertly crafted full length mixes.
Review: Both spotted on DJ Hybrid's Deep In The Jungle imprint, the ever-sharpened sonics of RMS and Dcision appear in full widescreen EP form on his flagship label Audio Addict. The outcome is every bit as gully, necksnappy and happy slappy as you'd want it to be: "Feel The Melody" taps deep into the timeless rave aesthetics, "This Is My Sound" loops up a sultry Riya-style vocal with savage soul results while Shotz joins the fray for a KO finale where the bass tears everything within a two mile radius a new one. For added kicks, RMS throws in the solo sampler salute "Back To Reality", a bumper so heavy in reference points you might just singe your whiskers. Living the dream.
Review: 39 tracks, 10 FX sounds and a full mix. This isn't any old slice of afternoon cake you might share your elderly neighbour or distant relative, this is a seven-tiered wedding cake full of every type of unhealthy, fattening ingredient you can imagine. And we're not stopping until we've chowed the lot. If you've feasted on Deekline and Solo's Jungle Cakes before then you'll already know how tasty this is; a selection of their own releases and similarly spirited cuts from the scene, all laced with dubwise, dancehall and skank-soaked soul. Highlights hang from every corner but you'd be mad not to peak at Aries & Gold's soul-flecked massage of Mr Benn, or Dominator & Logan D's brokeback bust-up "Cowboy" or Serial Killaz' savage repurposing of Freestyler's iconic "Entertainer". High calorie badness.
Life Changes (Sunner Soul deeper mix) - (4:44) 125 BPM
Joy In Spite - (5:25) 130 BPM
Review: Sergey Silvertone is back on Vintage Music, the label where he got his productions off the ground back in 2010. The mood is housey, as always, and Silvertone has got seven summer blasters for you to get hold of. Our top picks are "In My Mind" - featuring Sunner Soul - for its loungey, meditative vibes; "This Is" also pricked our ears up thanks to its glitch, minimalistic style a-la Rhadoo, and "Rain In The Heart" has to be in there, too, for that driving, pulsating bassline.
Review: Consider Strictly Breaks and Notorious B.I.G. partners in crime: the former being the chief compiler of original tunes sampled by classic hip-hop artists and the latter being the late hip-hop hero known for his impeccable taste in sampling. Here we get a whopping 36-track collection of vintage joints later to be employed on many Biggie classics. Highlights include Fred Wesley's tight, groover, "Up 4 The Downstroke", Grover Washington Jr's twang-bass attack "Hydra" and Herb Alpert's legendary jazz disco slinker, "Rise".
Duoscience - "Plans For A Tomorrow" - (4:31) 175 BPM
HumaNature & Satl - "That Way" - (5:33) 175 BPM
Review: The second part of the Creative Consensus series is a beautiful mixture of lush and vibrant rollers, taking inspiration from the old school as well as testing the waters in new directions. Featuring the likes of Paul SG, Clart and Inside Man this is a release that focuses mainly on upcoming talent - and there's a lot of it around. Whether you like your deep sounds sweet or dark, smooth or experimental, you can be sure there's something on here for you. Last word: Try out Zion Base, Bevan & Andy Sim - Sidewalk for some Djrum-level sample riffing.