Good to see Breakbeat Paradise label boss Badboe back in the saddle for Hard Times – hopefully not because of them. The upbeat party vibe here suggest things are all gravy at any rate. Turns out, this one’s been gestating for a couple of years starting with a dusty funky 45 in Boe’s collection which as time has elapsed has gradually been converted into a mellow, good-time, breakbeat groove. The remixes on the EP come from Baxtsa & Boydex who keep the breaks but go the farty synth-bass route, Gramophone Soul who goes to the dark side with a blisteringly uptempo funky house mix and best of all, Suckaside who apply an off-beat reggae skank.
(Out 1 June on Breakbeat Paradise Recordings)