Monthly Archives: April 2010

JAYL FUNK: We Got The Funk – release details

Forthcoming on Basement Freaks new imprint (the aptly named Bombastic Jam) is this funky breaks cut from Nurnberg producer JaylFunk accompanied by not one but four remixes from the likes of Basement Freaks himself, CaZ, J-Roc of the Sould Out DJs and Quincy Jointz…and arguably the best cover of any release so far this year.
(Out 14 April on Bombastic Jam)

Listen to Jayl Funk – We Got The Funk


Man I used to love hi-tops the first time they were in so you can only imagine how gutted I was when they went out – I figured I’d just lie low until they came back in again. The thing is, they’ve been back in for a couple of years now and somehow I just feel a bit too old for them – which is my bad really as I won’t get to ever get to wear this brightly coloured hook-up between Del and skate shoe co. Osiris. Oh the irony…

NICE UP & J STAR: Cut Ups, Bruck Ups and Muck Ups Vol. 2 – 2010 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★★

As many DJs will tell you, just because something bumps on the dancefloor doesn’t mean you want to hear it in the car or on your mp3 player – and the opposite is also true. Happy the person, then, who gets hold of this second volume from the kings of reggae mash-up/ remix-land which, like its predecessor Vol. 1 (and hopefully any future successors) run tings in both clubland and pretty much anywhere else you care to play it. Once again the main contributors are J Star (recently nabbed to remix Madness’s last single LISTEN HERE) and Nice Up label boss DJ Shepdog – though on Cut Ups…2 they’re also joined by Jeff Li (the fashion designer? Surely not?) and Brighton’s Black Grass.
The vinyl faithful, who no doubt already snapped up more than a few of these cuts when they came out as limited 45s over the last year or so, will already know the drill followed by this team of irie souljahs: basically grab either a reggae beat or a hip hop beat and put the first in bed with some manner of vocalist who’s not a reggae toaster (usually a hip-hop rapper) and the second (i.e. a non-reggae beat) in bed with a reggae toaster – either way the non-reggae element gets shown a healthy dose of Jah love.
Some of the treats available on this second crack of the whip see J Star mixing and mashing a host of skanking classic cuts with Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot, Lil Kim’s Lighters Up, and achieving the virtually impossible by providing Diana Ross with more credibility than she’s had in years. On second thoughts – make that ‘ever.’ Not to be outdone, Shepdog gives the reggae re-rub treatment to Dee-Lite, Gorillaz, and even The Nextmen and M.I.A. at the same time, the naughty boy. These boys want to watch out – sooner or later somebody will be after them to do an original. Pretty much essential.

Listen to Nice Up & J Star – Cut Ups, Bruck Us and Muck Ups Vol.2

J Star – Myspace

Nice Up – Myspace

MANMADE Feature Funk Vol. 5

It’s the fifth volume from the Manmade Recordings crew and once again it’s label bosses CMC & Silenta who produce the best cut with the pneumatic genre-splicing monster Rock Da Riddim. Thankful as I am that the 90s big beat stylings of Vol. 4 have been left behind I’m not convinced that DJ Kid Stretch’s speedy breaks-plus-Moose-T loop is the way forward. Neither am I sure about Funkanomics’ On The Floor which, despite containing a sample of Tina Turner’s Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter comes on like a disco-Tyrannosaurus or Mr Fudge’s Damian Marley-fied Boot All Night – though my baby daughter had a bit of a boogie to that one so it can’t be all bad.
(PRESS RELEASE) Feature Funk Vol5 brings back the NuFunk to all you breakbeat and jungle fans out there…This very diversified Ep comes with tracks by CMC&Silenta, the well known DJ Kid Stretch, based in Thessaloniki, Greece, the German break beat stars Funkanomics and Canadian breaks artist funking up Seoul: Mr. Fudge.
CMC&Silenta thought it’s time for a nasty old school- jungle flavoured track for all the classic breaks fans. Next one is an unbelievable funky breaks track by well known Dj Kid Stretch, perfect for all you horny funky manmade- track lovers and already a bboy favourite track. He is main DJ in the Battle Of The Year Balkans bboy competition, DJ and producer of the Greek hip hop group “Warriorz” and “Warriorz Records” owner. With “On the floor”, Funkanomics splash their typical sound on fat beats once again. This tight production is sound from another galaxy, maybe the guys should have a place on MIB 3, alongside Michael Jackson and G.W.Bush?! OK, If you go to a small club in Seoul, take the brilliant DJ Mr.Fudge, ask Damien Marley to grab the Mic and squirrel it all together – you will get a driving reggae breakbeat tune like this one.

Manmade Recordings – Myspace