Review: Here it is, another Strictly Breaks jam! As usual we've got both a great index of classic breaks sampled by many a DJ and a great, varied compilation of simply great tunes. There are 25 of them to choose from with some of the many, many highlights including bonkers German romp "Wenn Die Sonne Scheint" by Bernd Wefelmeyer Orch, the funky drummer-riddled "I Lost Me A Friend" by Glitter House and the sweet Philly soul of "Give Me Your Love" by Rae & Toomey McDonald.
Review: This third anniversary package from the good people at Vehicle is a bumper packed compilation with a whopping 24 tracks! All are retweaked big pop hits, highlights of which being reworkings of boozy party anthems such as Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting", Duran Duran's "Notorious", Tom Jones' "Its Not Unusual" and (a particularly good electro-house reworking of) ELO's "Last Train To London".
Various Artists - "Techno Valencia Triologia Megamix: Asi Me Gusta A Mi/Dunne/Chiquetere/Tonight/The Spirit/Boom Chaka/Streamline/Es Imposible, No Puede Ser/Smile" (Chimo Bayo/Espiral/Chiquetere Band/Kryss/Dagon/Newton/Megabeat the history back to the 90s vol 1 2 3 continuous DJ mix) - (11:57) 146 BPM
Review: Joe Mount of lovable scuzz pop outfit Metronomy mans the latest volume in the long running Late Night Tales, a series who always seem to get the best results out of an unexpected cast of participants (Belle & Sebastien, MGMT, Trentemoeller and Midlake being recent inductees) It's hard not to get sucked in from the sugar sweet opening of Outkast's "Prototype", which is the first of several tracks that demonstrates Mount has a penchant for slow bumping R n B and outsider hiphop with Tweet, Sa Ra and a Dr Octagon classic also appearing. A typically far reaching approach to genres applies here with the cosmic jazz of Chic Corea happily mingling with Autechre and Two Lone Swordsmen and American synth oddities Geneva Jacuzzi and Appaloosa mingling for attention with The Alan Parsons Project and Herman Dune. The de-rigueur cover version arrives with a Metronomy rendition of Jean-Michel Jarre's"Hypnose" whilst Paul Morley ends the selection with a spoken word piece.