Review: Jungle veteran Potential Badboy has been operating professionally longer than many of us have been out of school (or even short trousers / the womb) After a brief hiatus from the release world, he's come back all bass guns blazing with a skank-packed homage to soundsystem culture. From the melodica tooting "Beat Of The Ghetto" to the rifle drum charm and sensuous harmonies of "Hot In Here" to the leaner steps of "Sound Boy" and MC Fats' sugar-coated "Gimme The Rhythm", this is the definition of 'all killer / no filler'. It's also the definition of a broad-screened, dynamically arranged D&B album that works just as well as a complete listening experience as it does a collection of dancefloor heaters. Nothing potential about it; this is the real deal.
Mr President - "The Best Is Yet To Come" - (4:32) 70 BPM
The Melton Brothers Band & Alfie Moss - "Livin' The City" - (3:21) 103 BPM
The Dynamics - "I Know She Cares" - (4:39) 90 BPM
Mr Day - "Both Sides" - (4:53) 86 BPM
Buddy Sativa - "Peace Of Art" - (4:59) 120 BPM
Hazel - "Playground" (feat Eyo) - (4:01) 95 BPM
Walter Mecca - "Gaab Squad" - (2:22) 98 BPM
Hawa - "So Wrong" - (4:02) 98 BPM
The Funk League - "The Boogie Down Bombers" (Main mix) - (3:24) 91 BPM
Onra - "Clap Clap" - (2:16) 95 BPM
The Dynamics - "Can You Handle This Dub?" - (4:42) 80 BPM
Hawa - "My Little Green Box" (Taggy Matcher remix) - (4:20) 81 BPM
Mr President - "Meet Again" - (4:06) 123 BPM
The Real Fake MC - "Hunt Ya Sunshine" - (3:35) 108 BPM
Mr President - "It's Christmas Time" - (4:14) 123 BPM
Review: French label Favourite has always been a reliable source of warm and comfy goodtime grooves, from floor-friendly modern soul and heartening jazz-funk to dub reggae and contemporary disco. This third label compilation mines their rich back catalogue to present an enjoyable selection of sounds from their roster. Highlights are, naturally, plentiful, from the deep piano jazz of Buddy Sativa and smooth neo-soul of Hazel to the dubwise strut of The Dynamics, Mr President's afro-tinged floorfillers and the synth boogie revivalism of Walter Mecca. There's also a typically sparse hip-hop outing from Onra that's well worth a gander.
Review: France's Favourite Records gives us the fourth instalment of their series that marries lost classics with contemporary productions. Either way it's all top quality vintage-sounding stuff at work here from funk staples like The Melton Brothers Band's "I'll Take You There" to the radio friendly vibes of Lee McDonald's "Gotta Get Home", Cleon & Jazzy Pidjay's fret-blistering Latino workout "Samba A L'Aeroport" and Mr Day's enchanting "Queen Of The Minstrels".