The Beatslappaz come correct once again with another sure fire dancefloor winner. Turning Dylan Francs and Major Lazer’s ” We Make It Bounce” into a deadly, booty breaks bomb!
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The Bombstrikes label are celebrating their 10th year in the game this year and are continuing the party over at Juno Download. For a very limited time you can grab all kinds of goodies for free and hugely discounted.
Bombstrikes have worked very hard for it but can easily be described as THE best label for funky, mid tempo bass music around. Starting things off way back in 2004 with Beat Vandals classic mashup ep Volume 1, things really kicked off for the label with Mooqee’s Volume 2 and the DJ Shadow sampling “Funk Machine Man”
This track was picked up by every turntablist, DJ, music nut on the planet and was hammered by the likes of Mixmaster Mike, Krafty Kuts, A Skillz and many, many more.
After that the labels place was pretty much cemented with more and more fans getting involved with every release. After several tracks and ep’s from the label owners they started to draft in the very best artists around to release banger after banger. Tracks from A Skillz, Nick Thayer, Featurecast, Qdup Foundation and Ali B spread that funky goodness afar and then looking to the future they signed up more talent with Pimpsoul, Bryx, Herbgrinder, Neon Steve and more joining the camp to fully nail their place as the best.
This week you can grab a special VIP of Mooqee & Herbgrinder’s “Sound Around Town” from Juno for free and whilst doing so be entered into a special competition to win the entire Bombstrikes back catalogue. That’s a lot of dancefloor ammunition right there. Click on the player below.
Also whilst you’re there you can pick up two specially reduced bundles from the label. First off “Party Classics”
And secondly “Future Bombs”
Just in case some of the awesome sounds had slipped your mind then check out the killer, 10 years in 10 minutes mix Mooqee and Beat Vandals put together earlier in the year.
The bass don is back with another on point re-edit for free download. Taking the classic sounds of The Goodfellas “Soul Heaven” Mafia Kiss creates a low slung, bass heavy, dancefloor burner that has been ripping up raves since he debuted it at this years Kazantip festival. Don’t sleep on this one!
This is your first full EP for Warehouse Wax after having featured on the Ruffneck Riddims’ series of Eps and remixng Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion’s ‘Talk Too Much’ along with featuring on ‘We’re Not Dead: the 3rd Chapter’, for over a decade and a half you have been producing in various different styles and have had releases on numerous imprints such as Top Drawer Digital, Definition Breaks and Future Followers to name just a few, So, lets talk about this EP entitled ‘Outrageous’ which over 8 tracks, takes the listener through a variety of diverse styles, does this represent where you’re at musically right now?
Yes i think it does, I enjoy creating music in various styles mainly because I listen to such a diverse cross section of music, one min I want to dig out a House banger followed by a high tempo Drum & Bass track. The only style this EP doesn’t cover I’m currently loving is the UK Garage Revival I’m loving. But you’ll find I’ve been dabbling in the UKG Scene recently.
In the last few years, people who follow your music might have pigeonholed what you do a bit as a lot of what came out from 2010 onwards was 140/Future Jungle but here we have tracks like ‘The Big Throwback’ and ‘Broken Glass’ along the more ravey ‘Dance With Me’ and dubby 140 of ‘Sweet Reggae Music’, is it fair to say you were looking push the envelope and showcase a bit of diversity with this new EP?
I’m always looking to push the envelope and learn new skills but more so to evolve my music, I think most people would recognise a Strange Rollers track as i seem to have a approach I stick to in most tracks but I love what comes from that little extra spice you add to a track that doesn’t necessarily fit that Genre. The 140 tracks will always be my passion but i love dropping down to the low BPM’s and experimenting.
You’ve had a few tracks out on Warehouse Wax prior to this EP, how did you meet up with Vinyl Junkie and what led to those first few releases on the label?
I think I first knew John through the original Hardcore Breaks scene in the mid/late 2000’s, kept badgering him with tracks. Even though they weren’t up to scratch I think he saw something in what I made and from that date really kept in contact. I think my levels have improved so its been great to get involved with the Warehouse Wax label. We also hooked up way back to start the 140 Youtube channel with Lucas Morris from Top Drawer Digital
Out of the massive back catalogue of tracks you’ve made over the years, which ones are you personal favourites?
That’s a hard one as never really thought about that but one track that stands out as a track that got me noticed was my ‘Dark Love’ track that Definition Breaks released as there first release and got featured by Jay Cunning on his now legendary Breaks show on Kiss.
Recently had the chance to remix a Victor Simonelli track officially with Chris Bad Habit and tbh i really like our resulting remix, should be out later this year on a big anniversary release on his Label
I also really like the Shabba Ranks re-rub I did ‘Pirates’
Tell us a few of your all time and current fave producers?
Frankie Bones, Rheji Burrell for my early picks in House
Rick Rubin for Hip Hop
Goldie for D&B
Stanton Warriors for Breaks
KANT (Denmark) for current house
And which tunes are on rotation right now on the Strange Rollers playlist?
Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants KANT Remake
Sanxion – Interzone (Downbeat)
S.P.Y. – Frozen (Hospital)
Lunate – Pawn Shop Romance (100% Silk)
The Magician – Sunlight
Lights – Muscle Memory
DJ Shadow – Six Days (Machinedrum Remix)
These are the ones that come to mind that are really doing it for me on all levels and styles
It always amazes me how much of a prolific producer you are, how do you draw inspiration for all these beats?
I put it down to the love of music and the constant crazing to make something better
If you could work on a track with anyone from now or way back when, who would it be?
KRS1 – Who wouldn’t want to work on a track with him
And if you could remix any tune of your choice, which one would you choose and why?
Ooo this is a tuff one, im sure after this interview I’ll think of something else but off the top of my head I’d say Orbital – Belfast
Are there any unfulfilled goals or aspirations of yours musically?
100’s i just don’t know what they are!
Could you offer a bit of advice for a up and coming producer?
Practice Practice Practice and just jam, make what you like
And finally, any shout outs & big ups?
Big shouts to Eddie Voyager, John Vinyl Junkie, Lucas, Tony & Skin (Radiokillaz), Chris Bad Habit, Naza, Digital Pilgrimz, Jay Cunning & Terry Hooligan (On-The Rise) Digitally Mashed, Rich & Deller & Jimmy Dineen, Alex (100Me)The Nasty Squad, Beats without Boarders (Tariq), Lika Marques, Anne Allison, Sanxion, , DJ Demo, Nefti, George CRS, Gaz P , Kenny Ivey, Pete Walton, Bassbird, Brewster Bee, Manion, Bennie D, Flashback, Retropolis, Jon Doe, Dani & Gerard Burton, Paul BassRock, The Imperial Brothers, Bassbird, Mellow Theory, Ann D, Grant Waller, Nick Debanke and Glowkid for all their musical support & inspiration
You can stream a minimix of the ‘Outrageous EP’ forthcoming on Warehouse Wax here:
Buy From Beatport: http://www.beatport.com/label/warehouse-wax-music/22579
The legendary Freetsylers are back once again with another slick freebie for your (virtual) crate. Mashing up a stack of their favourite tunes, including Shakedowns chart topping “At Night” they create a bouncy, funky breakbeat groover that’s been finding favour with a whole heap of DJ’s and fans alike. Get involved!
I always eagerly await new releases from Paranoid Recordings, it is one of my favourite labels and rightly so with a back cat of gem after gem stretching over 10 volumes plus other releases, Vol 10 is hot off the press and the best way I can review this essential compilation is to divide into the sub genres featured within, starting on the Jungle side of things, check out Abyss’ debut track for the label ‘Total Brainwash’, atmospheric amens that remind me of DJ Crystl circa 94
Still on the Jungle tip and equally as atmospheric in a mid 90s Bukem esque way is Mellow Dee’s ‘Stella Wind’
R Core a.k.a Sonars Ghost features on Vol 10 with the amazing Basement Records style Jungle Tekno roller ‘Timeslip’
DJ Pursuit takes it back to 93 with the dark minimal ‘Overpulse’
Skumk Association’s ‘True To The Game’ visits the late 92 sound where rave music rapidly became faster, darker and more experimental, elements of Jazz & Hip Hop can be heard, even hints of Hardcore Techno
One of my favourite tracks on this LP is the previously unreleased remix of Exit Point’s ‘Badman Style’ by Leonized, seriously funky Hardcore Breaks!!!
Boca’s ‘Downstairs’ shows the deeper musical side of early Rave music, you might recall the compilation ‘Fantasia: The First Taste’ listening to this track that combines lush strings with hardcore beats and sub bass
DJ Nee takes on a euphoric ride with his remix of Elusive’s ‘Blame Me’, if this doesn’t put a smile on your face, somethings wrong with you!!!
Staying with the uplifting vibes is Nefti’s ‘Why Did You Disapear’ melodic rushy Hardcore/Rave Breaks also featuring some amazing piano!!!
Swedish producer, 1st Science is a true original to the rave revival that began in the early 90s, still going strong he features on this compilation with ‘Onward Forward’ a track that is pure unadulterated 92 hardcore!!!
Although there isn’t a video as yet, also featured on the LP is 2 versions of Renegade Genius’ lover’s rock sampling 92 Jungle Tekno style ‘Breaks My Heart’ a track that seemingly pays tribute to the sound of Ibiza Records/Labelo Blanco circa 92/93, sounding very like artists such as Noise Factory
This LP is free to download and a must have, you can download it right here
Fresh new breaks edit from Hot Cakes main man Martin Flex. Taking the sublime vocals of Lykke Li and combining with his trademark booty breaks and bass. Something a little different from the label manager which will work perfectly in a warm up or early part of your set. Get on the download!
Check out this amazing this free mix by Janette Slack recorded at her Kut Me Sum EP Launch in Hong Kong
You can also check out a video of the event here
The EP is out now and can be bought here http://www.beatport.com/release/kut-me-sum/1320589