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VA- AJNA [Ekstre Records]

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This latest compilation from forward thinking Bass imprint, Ekstre is a tribute to the AJNA after hours event that ran weekly from Jan 12-Sep 13 hosted by DJ Arkon in San Diego, California, the LP is a global representation of multi genre beats including Trap, Footwork, Breaks, Glitch & Tech House and featuring artists such as Otter, Glen Feasey, Arkon & Sonido Bezerk to name just a few on this 12 track sonic blueprint for musical diversity and quality. Keeping with the label’s impeccable standards, each track is an opus of deep, rich beats and will sound great at home or in the club, currently a name your price release available from Ekstre’s bandcamp, do avail yourself of some high grade bass!!!

Buy/Stream: https://ekstrerecords.bandcamp.com/album/ajna-various-artists

Shindig 2015

 

Shindig Weekender 2015

Sunshine, beats and ghetto funk

Last weekend Shindig Festival returned for it’s second year with a cracking line-up of bands and DJ’s. The festival is run by the team behind the hugely successful Ghetto Funk label and this year they really have come of age with a great selection of music delivered over a sunny weekend in the hills just up from Glastonbury. Although it could certainly be said that a festival which takes place by the Isle Of Avalon is a long way from the ghetto, the funk was certainly in residence, and with a perfectly sized attendance (nicely boosted by the unfortunate cancellation of Sunrise festival which had been due to take place over the same weekend) the event went extremely well with great weather, a happy crowd and a diverse range of entertainment.

Shindig 2015

Ghetto Funk nightclub

The spiritual sound and heart of the festival is of course the ghetto funk sound, and this year they featured an accomplished line-up of the brightest stars from the scene. Slynk had flown in specially for the occasion on the Saturday night and played alongside Featurecast, DJP and the Captain. Sunday night got even dirtier with Father Funk, Too Many T’s, WBBL, A.Skillz and JFB all providing peak-time heavyweight funk.

Father Funk Shindig

Dig Inn

The Dig Inn saw a wide selection of beats from the Cuban Brothers spectacular show (below) to the Reflex, Stardust Collective and the deep soulful grooves of  house and disco legend Joey Negro.

Shindig 2015 Cuban Brothers

The Sunday kicked off early on with the quality mixed up Good Times selection of the one and only Norman Jay, alongside Lindy Layton (of Dub Be Good To Me fame), Terry Farley and then the heavyweight dancefloor pounding of Slamboree Soundsystem and Dub Pistols to finish it all off.

Norman Jay Shindig 2015

Moonshine Circus

There was a much wider range of other styles this year with the Moonshine Circus stage bringing a variety of entertainment to spice up the weekend. This included swing dancing, some incredible circus performers, cabaret and an eclectic mix of bands and DJ’s. The Dutty Moonshine Big Band (below) packed out the tent to complete the Saturday night line-up and as always, they were an absolute joy to behold. These guys were the highlight of many people’s weekend and are certainly one to try and catch over the summer at one of the many festivals they are playing at. On the Sunday night the Rhythmites brought some classy reggae before finishing with the quality live world music flavours of Baka Beyond.

Dutty Moonshine Shindig

Like any good festival there was plenty more to discover and do around the site. The Rum Den provided a great daytime venue for a wide variety of acts which included everyone’s favourite town crier – DJ Dapper Dan who provided a great selection of reggae to kick off the Sunday. The kids area had all sorts of fun going on, and there was Open Mic down on the Tipi stage.

Shindig 2015

Overall a fabulous weekend was had by all. Clearly the guys had put in a serious amount of work and it really paid off, well done, well done. See you next year for an even bigger celebration of all things Ghetto Funk.

Electro Swing Roundup – May ’15

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Swingamajig 2015

Well what can I say..? I know that we’ve kept banging on about it, but we can truly say that the bar has been raised. Swingamajig has come of age this year and was absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere was stunning and the quality of acts was second to none. Congratulations to the Electric Swing Circus, C@ in the H@, and all the organisers who did such a fantastic job pulling this together. My own highlights? The Dutty Moonshine Big Band absolutely rocked, great to see Chinese Man bring their downtempo hip hop grooves, Elle & the Pocket Belles with Mistatrick, and of course getting to do my own Silverscreen Soundsytem VJ show. If you missed it this year, then put the date in your diary because there is no better festival to choose on the vintage circuit than this.

Right. Let’s hit the music.

Free Music

Top of the class goes to another fantastic and free compilation from Speakeasy Electro Swing in Montreal. Who else gives you this much fresh new content for free? Well done guys. Dive on in and see what goodies you can find!

A modern classic getting tweaked by Phibes:

And your boy Phibes again getting funky with Caro:

Swing? Ghetto? Yep and yep. You know what’s coming…

It’s never a bad time to drop Etta James’ I Just Wanna Make Love to you and even more so with a new C@ in the H@ mashup version:

Deep, sexy and grooving jazzy beats from Frizzo. Very nice.


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Electro Swing Roundup – April ’15

Swingamajig 2015

Happy April Fools Day! Festival season is round the corner and in the Swing scene nothing announces it better than the highlight of the year, the biggest festival going – Swingamajig in Birmingham. The lineup is once again next level – just check out the poster above, and if you fancy checking me out I’ll be doing my Silver Screen Soundsystem VJ show in the early hours of the morning. Find out more at Swingamjig or on their facebook.

Right. Let’s hit the music.

Free Music

Great start with this freebie from those Flatcap boys:

New version of Sing Sing Sing:

Thanks to Emma Clair for inviting me to join them in Manchester for Prohibition last week. When not organising her own nights she’s been busy putting this nice freebie together:

Been loving this. Great vocal, big horns and free!

Also up from F-Block… this is sounding funky too.

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B-Rolls Bassbins #5 – Ghetto Funk, BBP

Hold tight, have I got 2 AWESOME releases for your aural enjoyment today!

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Breakbeat Paradise Recordings – Yum Cha – Roll Dem EP

As Breakbeat Paradise recordings approaches the big 100, we have this offering from new-ish act Yum Cha from down under.  Lovely reggae grooves with A-Skillz-y type Bass Funk ideas. Especially in the title track Roll Dem.

Buy here from Juno 

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Howla & WBBL – GFD13

Ever-dependable Ghetto Funk with their 13th digital release here.  Crazy Pavers is a massive aggressive, yet jaunty bass-pig sniffing around out of the speakers. Gunfunk is a tad more friendly with a nice vocal.  Both top-notch Mid Tempo Funk grooves, as usual!

Out 29th Sept, stay tuned to the Ghetto Funk blog and Facebook page  for release info.

Electro Swing Roundup – August 2014

Boomtown 2014

Well it’s that wonderful time of year again and the festivals are coming thick and fast. Top of the pile in the swing world goes to the mighty Boomtown which has an absolutely cracking swing lineup once again. If you haven’t been before, get in there quick because you truly won’t regret it. Instead of paying over the top for over-rated pop stars and indie bands, Boomtowns policy is all about strength in depth. They have one of the biggest lineups of bands and DJ’s you’ve ever seen and the sheer effort they put into the setup of the site and their production values simply has to be seen to be believed. Come down, check it out, and if you find these blog posts useful come tell me after I play in the Ballroom!

It’s been sad to hear that Dutty Moonshine have lost one of their founding members with Alex Furley moving on to other projects. You’ll be sadly missed sir and good luck for the future. (Do realise though that if you quit now you’ll never to be able to snog our best friend again like happened last year at Swingamapig. Apparently he said that doesn’t normally happen to him but I don’t believe a word of it… )

Finally Bertie Dastard happened to mention that if I advertise this Roundup as always coming out on the 1st of the month, I should deliver. Well, this one just about squeezes in but I’ve still got a few more tracks to include so I might do an update in a day or so!

Free Music

The Jenova Collective seem to be going well at the moment with a great looking live show and a regular stream of releases. They’ve chipped in here with a nice little remix of Caravan Palace.

Like this. Grant Lazlo with a deep electro blues groover:

Great little balkan groover here from Savages & Suefo:

Another month, another remix of I Heard It Through The Grapevine? Yep although do quite like this.

Kiwistar seems to be heavier. I reckon this is a new genre – Horn n Bass?

This is back on gentler ground. Sophisticated swing and beautiful singing from Elle, The Bells & The Trick:

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B-Roll’s Bassbins #2

Morning breakers!  Couple of belting releases for you this week, and in a new addition to this column – I flick back through my breaks vinyl to highlight a tune from what I consider to be the golden age of breaks.  Not to take anything away from the releases these days, but I seem to hear a lot of older mixes cropping up again online, and the tunes still do the business.  Nothing wrong with looking back and reflecting how we got to where we are today!

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Gotta be careful about not putting too much Finger Lickin records stuff in here, but it’s hard.  Looking at my collection, I have loads and loads of their records, white labels too.  Part of what makes these records so awesome for me is the great artwork by Jem Panufnik.  Serious talent.  If I had my way, my flat would have every one of his covers framed up on the walls.  Not sure what Mrs. B-Roll would think about that!  Both tracks are absolute corkers, Foxy Moron is a serious acid-tinged banger, but you they both still hold up real well.

Buy it here.

While we are on the subject of Jem Panufnik, here is his tasty release from his musical alter-ego – Jem Stone.  Its a tip top, Hip Hop /Ghetto Funk extravaganza with a slick vocal from Mouthmaster Murph & MC Goldseal. Definitely one for the funked up party floors. With remixes by the one and only GF master Featurecast , you need this in your box.  Digital exclusive, available from Juno here.

Grab the accompanying freebie HERE.

 

Morlack – Loose Booty

French funk blaster Morlack brings a 14-track album of Nu/Ghetto/Glitch and swing style funk.  Nice mix of styles and vocals, an album you could actually listen to, not just for the dancefloors!

Buy it from Juno here.

Janette Slack & Some DJ Feat. Tuhin Chisti – Kut Me Sum

Renowned breaks DJ Janette Slack recently upped sticks and shifted to the other side of the world.  London’s loss is Hong Kong’s gain though, and here we have her first EP release from that side of the pond.  Solid package here.  Original track is a nice rising breaker, but there are some super remixes too.  Funkanomics turn in a trap-esque re-work, while B-Side brings it to the Ghetto Funk side of things.  The Chamber version though, is the one that sent shivers down my spine.  Deep rolling bassline, total winner.

Lots to like here, can’t wait for the next release!  Buy now from Juno.

 

 

Ad’N’Kuts & Kidd Linus – Blowin Beats (Dj Axe Mix)

Ad'N'Kuts & Kidd Linus - Blowin Beats (Dj Axe Mix)

 

For those not already aware, as well as djing and producing under my funked up Dastardly Kuts moniker, I also produce tunes with a good buddy of mine who, as well as being an all-round good bloke, is also a bonafide bass fiend and quality Ableton head who goes by the name of Aditup and together we produce under the guise Ad’N’Kuts (real original I know). We recently had an EP release thru Grits N Gravy records where we teamed up with San Fransisco MC/ producer Kidd Linus to drop a tune with some straight up ol school breaks flavour and with remixes covering a diverse range of genres from deep bass, ghetto funk and glitch hop from the studios of some of Australia’s best up and coming producers, I can honestly say it’s the release I am most proud of in my career to date. You can listen to and purchase it from Beatport right HERE.

Now as an added bonus we also have a free remix to give away from one of my all-time favourite aussie producers, DJ Axe, who’s version is a sublime booty breaks rump shaker that is sure to get your hips moving. Just head on over to the Grits N Gravy Facebook page, get liking and the download is all yours.

 

https://soundcloud.com/adnkuts

https://www.facebook.com/AdNKuts

 

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