Review: Hot on the heels of "Outta My Head / Give Me Something" the Haggis comeback is in full effect as they drop another sure-fire brass-blasting blunderbuss: "Take It Back" features slippery lyricism of writer/comedian/MC extraordinaire Doc Brown alongside their signature tight groove and rolling sense of playful funk. Loaded with an instrumental on the B, this one is guaranteed to sizzle your summer.
Review: Deep in the Jungle know how to do jungle. The clue is in the name, really, and they're proving it again with this huge compilation of 40 huge jungle anthems from some of the best rising stars of the breaksy side of the scene. RMS, SL8R and DJ Hybrid all make an appearance, as do Kumarachi, Veak, Schematic and Epicentre. This is a very strong roster and its reflected in the tunes, with Schematic and RMS teaming up on 'Take It' to combine roughshod, vibrant breaks and moody atmospherics in glorious fashion. Check this one.
Review: It's been nigh on 30 years since Jon Marsh and co released their second album 'Happiness', which spawned the massive singles 'Hello' and 'The Sun Rising'. A collection of remixes called 'Blissed Out' followed eight months later, but that set has never had a digital release... until now, that is! As it probably inevitable with a collection of mixes that were tailored to the club tastes of 1990, one or two of the cuts haven't aged that well but there's still plenty to enjoy here, including two less-overplayed takes on 'Hello', the ragga-vocalled Muffin Mix of 'Time After Time' and the Ratpack-biting Special K Dub of 'Pablo'.
Review: As far as labels go, there aren't many who have been floating around the bass music scene for as long as Future Follower Records. It seems that they have a point to prove here as they unveil an absolute goliath of a project, featuring fifty stunning original creations, packing a perfectly processed punch to round out 2019. The project as a whole finds itself landing between bass, breaks and garage, with some incredibly catchy productions involved, including Dephex's warbling 'Warfare', the super metallic shuffles inside the Bean VIP mix of 9TRANE's 'Heard Me' and the bass blasts of DubReaper's 'Ask Me'. There is something for everyone on this massive selection, giving the Future Follower camp a perfect send off to 2019.
Review: Some 10 years on from the release of their fine debut album, Hot Damn, the Haggis Horns return with their fourth full-length. The much-loved outfit's line-up has changed a lot over the years, but their ability to craft punchy, sun-kissed fusions of funk, soul and disco remains in tact. This time round, you'll find a wealth of vocal tracks featuring regular live vocalists John McCallum and Lucinda Slim, as well as a couple of cuts boasting the on-point UK rap of MC-turned-actor Doc Brown (see the Jurassic 5 and Breakestra style goodness of "Take it Back" and lilting brilliance of the more considered "What's It All About?"). Elsewhere, the expansive outfit joins the dots between Herbie Hancock and Sly Stone on "All Fuzzed Up" and does a superb impression of Icognito on "Gonna Be Alright".
Review: As ever, the Bomb Strikes imprint delivers an awesome package to us with this brand new 25 track compilation entitled 'Funk N' Beats Vol. 5', To be honest, it's exactly what it says on the tin as The Allergies head up waves and waves of funkadelic rhythms and crunchy riffs. For us the highlights have to be the futuristic drum processing and subtle percussive movements of 'Loose Gardner' from Flevans, along with the classic breakbeat fusion of 'Fire' remixed by Smoove but originally produced by the Renegades Of Jazz. With the sheer depth of the project it's easy to get lost within the tracklisting, which is always a good sign on a large scale compilation.
Review: Veteran soul man Victor Haynes has enjoyed a long relationship Expansions, having first released on the long-serving UK label way back in 1993. "Take It To The Top" is his fourth album in total and first for five years. It contains 13 new songs penned by Haynes and produced by the artist in collaboration with Pete May. It's a typically smooth affair, with Haynes delivering effortlessly soulful vocals atop tracks that variously touch on classic soulful house ("Take It To The Top", "Strong Love"), jazz-funk ("Do I Qualify"), boogie ("Round & Round"), revivalist '60s soul ("My Sweetest Temptation"), seductive slow jams ("Giving My All To You") and acid jazz (the Incognito-ish Latin shuffle of "Help Me feel The Sun").
Review: Album number three from Luxxury here. But where their 2006 debut was an electro/indie-dance affair and 2014's 'Luxxury Edits' compiled a load of the hazy, dropped-tempo re-edits they're best known for, 'It's Not Funny' finds them turning in 10 tracks that operate in Nang-esque nu-disco territory... complete with all the glistening 80s pop sheen, analogue synth sounds and yacht rock-ish overtones that description implies! There's nothing especially innovative or ground-breaking going on but fans of the style will find much to enjoy here (even if the falsetto vox can get a little relentless), with standouts including the dreamy, mid-paced 'Hold On' and Scissor Sisters-esque closer 'I Wanna Be Everything'.