Review: Starting as he means to go on, Judge Funk debuts on Midnight Riot with some serious dancefloor law-giving on this five track banger. It's all about the 80s, with the highlight tracks including: an expertly tweaked and extended version of Shelia E/Prince's A Love Bizarre ("Wildest Dreams"), the manic energy of Klymaxx's Meeting In The Ladies Room ("Wildest Dreams") and a discreet rejig of a rare SAW Balearic mix of Princess' Saying I'm Your Number One ("Close To You").
Review: Many people have secret tapes, and usually they don't want the general public to see or hear what's on them. Not disco lawmaker Judge Funk however. Instead this guy has deemed his tapes to be of public interest, and low and behold we get recordings of four exploits for our aural pleasure. "Numbers" is a slammin' slice of Minneapolis-style funk, "Dance Baby" features samples of Latin percussion fills and hiNRG electro basslines and "You Know It" is shimmering, sequined 80s jazz funk at its finest. Elsewhere "Malibu" is synth drenched, Prince/Rick James-style frenetic boogie that becomes warm and groovy electro-house in the hands of label bosses Yam Who? Classy!
Review: If you swap the first letters of Judge Funk's name, you get Fudge Junk. We're still trying to work out if that actually means anything at all. However, whilst we all ponder that existential question, lets listen to the music. Yam Who? pack five JF tracks in this single on their Midnight Riot label. Including their own take on "We Want Prince", where the original's crowd-chanting elastic bass hysteria becomes the funkiest disco-funk this side of Minneapolis. Elsewhere "Heads" is thumping mid-80s electro soul, "Rubbanova" is brassy, Loveboat-era boogie and "Deal With This" is deliriously glamorous shimmering disco-house escapism.
Review: As far as active legendary producers go within the Grime scene, there aren't many with the same high level of consistency as Silencer. Fresh off the back of his super popular 'Butcher' EP, he teams up with the electric energy of Maxsta on 'Black Mask'. Silencer goes to work to provide a dark and thunderous instrumental backing for Maxsta to run riot over with his skippy vocal patterns and uniquely creative grasp of multisyllabic patterns whilst describing some of the dark events of his past and present. It's dark, weighty and an instant must for grime DJ's nationwide.
We Get High (Eagles/Butterflies remix) - (7:42) 124 BPM
We Get High (Florian Kruse remix) - (6:33) 124 BPM
We Get High (Henry Saiz remix) - (6:55) 121 BPM
We Get High - (3:07) 123 BPM
Review: Los Angeles based Eagles & Butterflies serves up some sweet pop music (and gosh the guy has got some lungs on him: what a voice!) on the emotional "We Get High" but this EP focuses more on the club than MTV. First his own remix gets on the Life & Death dark journey tip which is so in right now, Florian Kruse's remix follows in suit, but gets far more advanced and high tech with layers of immaculately programmed pads and arpeggios going head to head with the wonkiest synth leads and white noise build ups: this is how it's done people! Finally progressive house don from Spain Henry Saiz delivers and deep, floating and heavenly rework that shows off his typical midas touch ever so well.