Review: Recently, two "like-minded musical explorers" joined forces to "illuminate the shared roots and spirit of rebellion at the heart of dub and jazz". These two aforementioned troubadours, Prince Fatty (Hollie Cook) and Nostalgia 77, ended up getting some serious attention for the record, In The Kingdom Of Dub, too. Two standout LP tracks, "Medicine Chest" and "Skeletons", both now get a (dubbed out) release in their own right here on this digital double A-side.
Review: Leaping lizards! Nostalgia really isn't messing around is he? Raucous, nutty, weirded out yet dripping in futuristic funk, each cut on this EP takes the Bloomington badboy's sound to new and dangerous levels. From the atonal sandpaper-in-space dogfight "Ganon" to the twisted carnival mischief on the riff of "Send It Back", this really is a brutal and bold EP that takes elements of the Belgian sound, huge dollops of the UK sound and wraps it up tightly in good old US gully. Splash damage? Splash obliteration more like. Wash your hands.
Review: Following fine outings from Fort Knox Five, the Allergies, Smoove and Marc Hype, amongst others, Bomb Strikes' reliable Funk N' Beats compilation series returns with rising star X-Ray Ted at the controls. In keeping with the series' heavyweight, funk-fuelled style, the Bristol-based DJ and beat-maker has gathered together a killer collection of soul, hip-hop and funk club cuts, with a smattering of more laidback numbers to keep things fresh. Highlights are plentiful throughout, with our picks including the boom-bap brilliance is Aldo Vanucci's tidy remix of 'All Down' by Mr Doris and D-Funk, the dancefloor jazz heaviness of Nostalgia 77's 'Changes', the cut-and-paste craziness of Double Dee & Steinski's 'Jazz' and the disco-funk masterclass that is X-Ray Ted's own 'Party Time'.
Review: Tru Thoughts have been around since the late 90s, championing all things modern with a soul, jazz and funk edge. Now their A&R dude Robert Luis has decided to compile their best disco-style releases, and why not? The Quantic Soul Orchestra's "Pushin On" is cinematic foot music built around an infectious loop, Zed Bias revisits 1980s Minneapolis with the help of Toddla T on the downright nasty groove of "Koolade", Bonobo remixes Nostalgia 77's "Quiet Dawn" in a downtempo jazzy style, Hint's "Aliens Enter" is as close you can get to 80s synth-soul without a time machine and Natural Self's "In The Morning" is a killer, off kilter jazz-meets-funk-and-dubby-house oddity.