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STEPPIN’ TONES: The Feeling Is Mutant

STEPPIN' TONES:  The Feeling Is MutantThe last, but by no means least, of a flurry of releases (mainly albums – hence the long lead before posting) that arrived on the monkey’s virtual doormat over the seasonal period was Steppin’ Tones’ long player, The Feeling Is Mutant. A man who definitely doesn’t have the profile he should do, Mr Tones is a dope mash-up king and maker of good-time big beat breaks in the old
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RORY HOY: Headroom EP

RORY HOY:  Headroom EPThe UK’s foremost warrior of big beat breaks, Rory Hoy, has returned with a new EP, the seven-track Headroom which provides the full spectrum of classic big beat era sounds. The manic Driving Me Insane is the EP’s calling card and takes no prisoners with a 140 bpm break, though it is probably beaten in the energy required to dance to it stakes by the only slightly slower but equally lairy
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ATHLETICO BOROUGH UPSETTERS: Fine Style (STEPPIN’ TONES edit) free download (2017) + Free funky samples

ATHLETICO BOROUGH UPSETTERS:  Fine Style (STEPPIN' TONES edit) free download (2017) + Free funky samplesIt’s been a while since we last heard from Bristol’s Steppin’ Tones but he’s come back inna fine style with an freely downloadable edit of – er – Fine Style by one-hit wonders Athletico Borough Upsetters that both extends the original and makes it even noisier. Blimey – it’s like big beat never went away. And that’s not all. Check below and you’ll find that our man has also been kind
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RORY HOY: Check It Out EP (2015)

Check It Out EP Rory HoyCheck it out diehard big beaters! Rory Hoy goes all ‘Beat Bastik’ on your asses with his new one – er – Check It Out, marking his return to Breakbeat Paradise. That’ll be five turbocharged neo-big beat numbers then. Bak2thaoldskool is the banging acid-house-fuelled opener, Keep The Music rocks an infinitesimally lighter nineties-soul path – as
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RAMSKANK: Ghetta BigBeat (2013) All proceeds to Cancer Research UK

Reports of big beat bad boy Ramskank‘s exit from the world of production in the last year appear to have been greatly exaggerated for here he is with a 12 track album – Ghetta BigBeat. What can have prompted him to give up the comforts of his Heffner-like luxury Florida retirement condo though? Well, actually he does a lot of work for charity (though he doesn’t like to talk about it) and
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RAM SKANK: Madcap EP (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Heads up folks, Ram Skank is back once more with a 5-tracker of vintage-sounding big beat – the Madcap EP. The (almost) title cut Madcap Diggin’ starts off in a doomy Prodigy/ Diesel Power manner before switching to upbeat party breaks, Break Up is like classic early Chemicals, and Bonus Breakathon Beats does what it says on the tin. Naturally if
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RORY HOY – Bounce Rock/ Everybody Wants To Be A DJ (2012)

I think Pulpfusion might have started something with his Wrong World foray into ‘ghetto metal.’ Here’s the burgeoning scene’s latest progeny in the shape of Rory Hoy‘s forthcoming release on the Bulabeats label. That’ll be Bounce Rock then which does what it says on the tin. I got out of breath just listening to it. And then I heard Saxon Scoundrels‘ heavier remix and had to go and have a cup of tea and a lie-down. The sentiment of
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RAM SKANK: Superstylin’ (2012)

Sarf Londoner and sometime BigM artist Ram Skank returns in June on the splendidly named Pig Balls Records label with the eight-track Superstylin’. On this he continues his mission to bring back big beat – in a way that’ll keep the ghetto funk posse happy. Tempos range from about 100 to 130+ bpms and you get everything from club floor bangers to the more laid back
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PROSPER & RORY HOY: Get Dat Boogie Chase EP (2011)

I think this might just be my favourite Big M release since Vol 8 of Big M Productions (the one with Breakbeat Junkie & DJPs massive Drop Down on it) came out. In a large part, it has to be said, this is because of the cumbia stylings of Todo Es Nuevo for, as any MB regulars will know, the monkey’s all over a big latin breaks effort. And there have certainly been some bangers this year – DJ Moar, Panama Cardoon and Kuhjo having
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RORY HOY: Tonite EP (2011)

Rory Hoy comes straight outta Knaresborough again (no, really), sidesteps the temptation to go ghetto and wobble up the bass and comes through with some booming nu funk heat on this latest drop from Big M. Old school funk and hip-hop samples aplenty vie with Rory’s nutty production stylings and are all set to ensure (as always) some fairly pneumatic dancefloor action
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