New Featurecast mix has dropped and yet again the man has left everyone else in his wake with a banger filled mix. Dropping a mammoth amount of exclusive cuts, edits and re-fixes Mr Cast creates a audio assault on the senses filled with glitch hop, ghetto funk, breaks and drum and bass and layered with his top notch scratching techniques. His mixes always resonate with fans and fellow artists alike and this one is no different. Play loud!
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!
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.
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.
The latest signing on the awesome Jalapeno Records is the laidback funk & soul sounds of The Ephemerals. With an all star line-up featuring former members of Keke Mokoro, Gene Dudley Group, Dakhla, Kalakuta Millionaires, Marvelous & Bombs, the band seriously know their stuff!
Lead singer Wolfgang Valbrun only began singing publicly three years ago but has risen sharply to become an in demand artist. The musicians in the band are all funk educated to the highest degree too, including blog regular Jimi Needles on the skins! The band are to release their debut LP Sept 1st 2014 via Jalapeno. Expect big things from the Ephemerals.
We have the slick Featurecast remix to premiere for you today. Mr ‘Cast takes things off the burner a touch from his most recent Ghetto Funk productions. Here he turns out a smooth as silk, jazzy hip hop interpretation which is one of those tracks you just cant help but nod your head to (or shake your ass, you know what I mean?). If you’re a fan of Featurecast or a fan of solid hip hop/funk music, you NEED this in your collection.
Also available is the Smoove remix which pumps up the funk to 10!
Too Many T’s are back with another tongue in cheek hip hop / breaks crossover track and this time are offering the acapella for free download for all you producers out there. We have teamed up with “Britain’s answer to the Beastie Boys” to bring you this exclusive download link. Download the pella below, fire up your DAW of choice, create some crazy, funky, bass heavy masterpieces and send over to Too Many T’s for potential stardom and unlimited groupies.
“1992 Pt. II” is another no-holds-barred yet explosive tribute to the classic early nineties Hip Hop sound that the T’s love so much. Produced by Lumbering Giant (AKA Fly Si) and featuring cuts from none other than Featurecast, this follows on perfectly from 2013’s pt I which helped propel the duo into the limelight. Expect classic b-boy breaks, funky flute loops, golden era samples and slick scratches which combine to create one hell of a party hip hop track. Download the track below…
Bombstrikes has got to be one of the most influential labels in the funky breaks / mashup / ghetto funk scenes and this year see’s them celebrating a decade at the top of their game. Their early output was such a breath of fresh air that every one had to have a copy and it wasn’t long till every release was selling out on vinyl with a huge demand for repress’s. Every key player has released a track or more on the label with notable output from A.Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Nick Thayer, Featurecast, Mooqee, Pimpsoul, Badboe and Slynk. Many more have featured though, with a quick look through their BACK CAT leaving very few of ghetto funk’s finest missing from their roster.
To celebrate, Moqee and Beat Vandals deliver a breakneck 10 minute mix showcasing the last 10 years of the label. Including 2 no.1 compilation albums, 8 Beatport no.1s, 18 Junodownload no.1s, 2 Beatport tracks of the year, biggest selling Junodownload track of all time, 4 Mixmag ‘tunes of the month’, countless 5/5 reviews and much much more.
Expect much more throughout the year, with the original duo putting on a series of special 10 years of Bombstrikes shows. With 4 decks and an array of Bombstrikes classics, exclusive reworks and future classics, Mooqee & Beatvandals plan to put on one hell of a show. Crafted together with the same ethos of party rocking tunes regardless of genre that has served the label so well. Here’s to another 10!