Ooooh, some ‘Wise Guys’ huh? Making quality Jungle Tekno in 2017 on Kambo Records Huh? Why we oughta write a blog and tell you to pick up this (name your price) release from Bandcamp and add these four pure 93 style oldskool bangers to your collection, nyuk nyuk nyuk!!!!
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Chip Butty Records present ‘Chip Shop Vol 2′, a mixed artist compilation of underground and upfront bass music with some of the scene’s biggest and brightest names on board
We start with Dr. Oscillator ‘Cocaine VIP’, a fast paced 4×4 bassline track with booming subs and sustained blasts of wall shaking wubs. Shaun Dean – Stop The Bullet VIP propels us on a happy collision course with the original Sheffield sound or the ‘Niche Sound’. Garage style vocals find room in the high-octane kicks and throbs of this Shaun Dean banger with the explosive properties of a Mentos trapped in a coke bottle.
Dr Cryptic – Murphy opens in scary Sci-Fi fashion with USS Enterprise bleeps and Starfleet communicator sounds before an ominous voice (Robocop) precedes a murky invasion of Tech/Neuro stabs and crackly kicks. Rowdy chipmunk vocals and Funky/Hard House style keys are how Sekt-87 – Bop The Bass begins just before this get seriously squelchy while staying super funky!!!
A bit of tongue in cheek fun it is then for Sammy Virji – Norton, a track that goes in via the oldskool garage route with a quirky vocal, at least for the first minute or so. After that, it flips into a hard as nails banger with striking stabs. Staying on that 2 step tip is Ussy – Rolls Royce, the chopped up girly vocals and stepping beats are soon met with a high-pitched bassline making for a nice contrast of classic soul and hardy hardware!!!
It appears the jungle came alive and took Deadbeat UK who returned with ‘Luv’, jungle sirens and atmospheric chords meet roaring lions in musical form for the oldskool meets nuskool stomper-watch out for some more R&B diva vocals making an appearance towards the middle!!! Its time to get griiimeyyyy for Little Mesters & Fiyahman – Bun Dem, time to crank up the tempo, strap on the sinister strings and go heavy with the duelling bass!!!
Next up, the badman don dada Rico Tubbs shows us why he is the boss!!! Ravey pianos and a skanker of a lead riff, that’s a ‘Warning’ that must be heeded!!! We stay on full steam with Liam B – Law Breaker, a ragga style ravin’ rocket!!!
The familiar sounds of the horns made famous by Tim Taylor back in 92 act as the battle call that opens AudioGutter – Yakisoba, perhaps the raviest track on this comp after Rico Tubbs with Korg Pianos and hectic beats with drumrolls aplenty. And we see things out with the comedic samples and grungey synths of Judge Chucky – Customer Service (Klassic Remix), a tune that rather like the angry phone call recipient featured within should not be messed with!!!
Chip Shop Vol 2 needs to be on your menu, it’s the vital fix for your taste for bass!!!
Back in the days when I was young I’m not a kid anymore
But some days I sit and wish I was a kid again
Those were the words of a rapper named Ahmad back in 94′ but this is Alan Cross taking us ‘Back In The Day’ to a different sound, not Hip Hop but definitely House music with that original vibe and sound making you wish you were a young un’ all over again!!!
‘Back In The Day’ centres around a big uplifting piano lead with some vocals to pump you up in 90s oldskool fashion, that with bouncing funky bass and rolling percussion and some cool reverse pattern sections is surely all you need to lose it late into the night!!!
If breaks is yo’ bad then kWeRK’s remix of ‘Back In The Day’ is spring loaded with jumpin’ breakbeats and handclaps with a filtered disco feel that gets infiltrated with some shaggy UK bass!!!
Huff’s Funky House remix says ‘white isle’ in big bold letters, its electrifying and energetic to the max. Close your eyes while listening and you can see people dancing on the sand its so good!!!
KF68 – The Remixes Part 11 Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl
Original oldskool imprint Kniteforce continues its series of fresh and exclusive new releases with two new LTD edition vinyl releases featuring new remixes of label classics from an array of bright new talent and some true oldskool originals. We start with KF68 – The Remixes Part 11
2 Croozin’-Code Red (Fat Controller Remix)
The DJ/producer behind one of the greatest oldskool anthems ever (In Complete Darkness) remixes ‘Code Red’ keeping things close to the original while adding in aspects of current DnB and Jungle production. The all important piano shines even more on this classy update with plenty of crunching Ray Keith style amen breaks
Alk E D-Shining Bright (JePh Remix)
JePH fuels up the steam engine for a frantic and lively underground Ragga Jungle remix of ‘Shining Bright’ Amazing drum programming really carries this remix along nicely as do the variety of cool samples from the horns to the spinbacks and potent shots of room filling bass.
DJ Poosie-It’s Gonna Be (Justin Time Remix)
The artist behind stone cold yesteryear rave gems like ‘Sweet In Pocket’ remixes DJ Poosie ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’ in the Hardcore style that was once a staple of the Netherlands and the North of England plus the whole of Scotland. Hard bouncy kicks (bit like Bouncy techno) and Elstak influenced pads, some amazing piano playing and House/R&B vocals, the seemingly unlikely combination that in actual fact works incredibly well. This is the sound of all night raves like Vibealite personified.
DJ Force & The Evolution-High On Life (Saiyan & Cru-l-t Remix)
Saiyan & Cru-l-t rework ‘High On Life’ into a 96′ Happy Hardcore stomper with nice Euro keys, classic kicks and cut up amens sounding rather like Force & Styles circa 96. We get some additional vocals that remind us of the nod to a well-known Scottish rave act in ‘High On Life’ and a cool midsection with fun key changes. This writer used to love Happy Hardcore and this remix reminds him why he did.
KF69 – The Remixes Part 12 Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl
Part 11 was pretty darn special huh? Well, brace yourself for KF69 – The Remixes Part 12
DJ Luna C-Free As The Sky (Hyper On Experience Remix)
You read that right, none other than Hyper On Experience on the remix of this Luna C tune and that is something to get seriously hyped about. In essence, this is a continuation of the original pioneering HOE sound from back in 1992 in the purest form. Once upon a time guys like these made sounds like this on difficult to use hardware, no DAWs like the ones available today. That Henry Rollins bloke ought to sit in the studio and watch these guys go then see if he wants to rant about pushing buttons. Forgive my gushing but I am so immensely happy to hear these guys make music again especially when its as good as this!!!!
Cru L T-Snow In Summer (Alex Jungle Remix)
Right, ahem, so Alex Jungle remixes Snow In Summer in breakcore meets 93 hardcore fashion and it’s just something else!!!! How about those busy Belgian stabs, dominator/mentasm riffs, little splashes of 8 bit/chiptune and dreamy 70s pop music vocals and quirky samples? Perfect mayhem!!!
Richie Whizz-Song Of Angels (Shadowplay Remix)
Shadowplay complete Part 12 with a remix of Song Of Angels that screams Kniteforce from every kick, every synth and every second. Having a bad day?, put this on, it won’t fail to lift you up again. You’ve got to know something to love it and if you know Kniteforce whether a newbie or a 40 something who experienced it all in real time, this remix embodies everything about the label, its style and ethos. Manic fun!!!! Sit down Richie!!!
The Booty Fruit Record label has rapidly become a name synonymous with supplying upfront party funk nuggets that get dance floors rocking and heads a nodding. With their latest release Cherry Bombs Volume 1 we are yet again treated to some instant club classics, with recognizable samples a plenty, fused with some serious production skills from the likes of Badboe, Roast Beatz, Waggles, El Bomba and Hidden Riddim that make for a well rounded release that sat at the number 1 spot in the Juno Download Breakbeat charts.
Roast Beatz takes Grand Puba, Biggie Smalls and Thievery Corporation on a smooth and sexy down-tempo trip, constructing the tune This Is Not A Love Song which is perfect for those early funk warmer sets. El Bomba and Hidden Riddim keep the tempo low but take the vibe up high for their track On A Mission as they combine a seriously tasty breakbeat with an even more delectable bass line with the result being a sure fire dance floor burner. Waggles tune has the upbeat tempo covered and is appropriately titled Mash Up The Fun which is exactly what he’s done, with the likes of Afrika Bambaataa and the Beastie boys getting a massive fun(ked) up samba work over. The absolute highlight of this release for me though has to be Badboes sublime jam Playin Yourself in which he delivers the best use of Ini Kamozes Hot Stepper I’ve ever heard (and I’ve heard more than my fair share), melded superbly with Jeru The Damaja, some slick beat work and the juiciest disco bass line your likely to hear, creating a slick vibe that’s guaranteed to get those booties shaking.
Booty Fruit has gained a reputation for releasing high quality, funked up and club friendly tunes and with this first volume of the Cherry Bomb series supplying an abundant crop of the freshest, plumpest and tastiest produce to keep your aural taste buds satisfied, you’ll find it hard to resist getting your hands on some of this ripe and juicy booty fruit flavor.
Ghetto Funk DJ and producer Father Funk has today released his long-awaited debut album ‘Heavy Rotation’ on his favourite day of the year – 420 day! Not only is it his first full record but it is also the first release on his brand new label ‘Funk Therapy’. The new album is available now in all major digital stores across 270 countries.
After signing with legendary agency and former label Finger Lickin’, Father Funk quickly became one of the biggest names in Breakbeat and Ghetto Funk. Fresh off the back of two Canada tours earlier this year and the 1st anniversary of his own successful Bristol based night ‘Church of Love’, the father has cemented himself as one of the freshest tastemakers in the UK right now.
Taking huge inspiration from the disco and funk sounds of the 70’s and 80’s he has been writing music for over 10 years having released 5 EP’s and numerous singles across Sunday Best, Ghetto Funk, Adapted Records and Scour Records to name a few. His back catalogue includes remixes for the likes of Dub Pistols and Fort Knox Five including many bootleg remixes that have also amassed huge numbers on Soundcloud.
This debut record is the first full release that is completely original and free from his best-known sampling work. It captures the energy of the funk and soul golden years whilst combining it with modern dance music and disco culture, not sticking to one particular genre. With over 3 years in the making the father has been able to collaborate with some of the freshest names in the UK on this project; including London rap duo Too Many T’s, Ghetto Funk legends WBBL and Slynk, Canadian rap group Illvis Freshly and neo-soul singer Hilary Beckett.
Speaking on the new release Will Williamson aka Father Funk said:
I think the album is a bit of a lost art these days, and as someone who still very much enjoys listening to them, I wanted to bring back this mentality of writing songs as a collective artwork, not just as floor fillers or money makers. ‘Heavy Rotation’ is not just for dance floors but for front rooms, backyards and long journeys. I hope you enjoy it is as much as I enjoyed making it.
Highly Swung Records have flown the flag for quality Garage, UKG, 2 Step and Bass Music for almost 2 years. The label has been host to top class releases from Kindred Soul, B1G PROJ3CT, 2 Rotten Scoundrels,Tigs, Ayrton Hood, Impact, Pud & Dan, GWM, Scott & Nick and many more. In May this year, Highly Swung will take things to a whole new level with a various artist compilation called ‘Highly Anticipated Volume 1′
Lets take a deep dive into the tracks on this album starting with Bad Habit ‘Nightlife’, a modern 2 stepper that incorporates elements of Future Soul and classic UKG rhythms- 2 Step 2.0 for the nowties
Of course, there is nothing wrong with going completely oldskool and 4×4 Garage chugger, Danny Phillips ‘Light Of Love’ basks in the warm sun of late 90s/early 00’s Garage with a Disco flourish
Of all the many sub-genres to come out of the musical style rooted in DJ Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage DJ sets is one very unique sound that owes as much to UK Hardcore & Jungle as it does to New York House music. We are of course talking about Speed Garage, the style that blew up in 1997 due to Double 99’s ‘Ripgroove’. Now that little history lesson is out of the way, Highly Anticipated has its own slice of Speed Garage thanks to Dista with ‘Feel Me’, the Sheffield native has done much to revive this sound and he really hits home with this pure and authentic track.
Next up, label boss iMPACT teases some nice melodic guitar riffs into a bouncing 4×4 heater ‘Flex Factor’, a track that bridges the sound of two decades combining the original UKG sound with a fresh Bass music twist.
Now, we all know about Craig David, the guy has a great voice, no doubt about it. But another great voice you should hear is the voice of Martin Carr and we get a taste of it with ‘Stronger’ Proper UKG needs some soul and Martin Carr – Stronger has bucketloads of it!!!
More fast paced oldskool influenced action comes from Switzerland’s Radical DJ with ‘Hear No Evil’, a combo of uptempo skipping beats, well-rounded grimey bass and eerie strings. Save Link As ‘Concrete’ furthers the theme of golden era beats with a sparse 2 stepper that keeps it brilliantly straight to the point with chopped up vocals and Techy synths.
Germany’s Zemon ‘Block’ opens up carnival-style before going on the attack with an intense mother load of buzzing like bees bass and pounding kicks.
Lamont Dex serves up a nice cold ‘Brandy N Coke’, a great blend of classic 4×4 Garage organs and thumping beats. Midi Logic Ft Karen B ‘Forever’ is the proper song of the album with R&B style keys and spectacularly sung lyrics. Mikey Smith makes sure his contribution of ‘Simplistic’ count, it’s a real galloper with speaker pleasing subs and a busy arrangement with Nice N’ Ripe undertones. Oldskool ravers will love Californian Rob Bliss ‘Gift Of Life’, the crunching amen breaks and 1992 hardcore pianos touch on that all important Uk connection that links the warehouse sound of the early 90s to the UKG, House & Bass sound.
‘Highly Anticipated Volume 1′ affirms the standing of Highly Swung as one of the premium Garage labels both locally and globaly while showcasing real talent and continuing the legacy of one of the most popular sub-genres to come out of underground dance music. You won’t want to miss out on this massive LP when it hits the download stores this May.
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For the first time ever, the massive UKG anthem ‘Joy’ by Mark Ruff Ryder is available digitally. Remastered and exclusive to the iTunes store, Mark Ryder’s ‘Joy’ featuring vocals by Special MC and Kie & Sparks comes in 14 different version including remixes (Bass, House, DnB, Breaks & UKG), a VIP, a radio edit and an instrumental.
‘Joy’ is just one of the many milestones in Mark’s musical career that began back in 1989 and took in the seminal underground Hardcore/Jungle label Strictly Underground and countless underground dance music classic along the way. Get the remastered UKG anthem ‘Joy’ from iTunes and support one of the scene’s bona fide veterans and pioneers.