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THE CAPTAIN presents: PHONOMATT & TOMMYBOY (2013)

This latest release from Breakbeat Paradise finds Italian duo Phonomatt & Tommyboy at the helm under the guidance of The Captain a.k.a. Fab Samperi. It also demonstrates one of the label’s strengths i.e. it’s broad approach to breakbeat music, here manifested in a five stage voyage that, broadly speaking, sails through the brisker end of bass. 5 O’ Clock is a liquid dnb-ish EZ Rollers-esque
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VARIOUS: Ragga Party Jams Vol. 8 (2013)

Not ones to lie idle while all and sundry are knocking out bass-filled reggae booty, Dirty Dubsters fire up the engines at Dirty Dubster Digital again for Ragga Party Jams Vol. 8. What do you fancy? Bit of old school breakbeat ragga? How about a Bluntskull‘s blend of some toasting over Clyde Stubblefield’s ubiquitous Funky Drummer break topped with that mournful trumpet off
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FEATURECAST: Run For Cover (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Featurecast finally delivers a full-length album – Run For Cover and it’s a bit of a game changer for the genre known as ‘ghetto funk.’ Now, you might have reservations about a term which has been appropriated by a scene producing a frequently bass wobble-obsessed, latterday descendant of nineties big beat which also has the hots for funk, disco and
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DAYTONER: Sunburst Radio (2012)

Penzance calling! This is what happens when you spend three years locked in a shed above the radioactive granite of Cornwall. The PR has it that Daytoner’s Sunburst Radio is a, “retro-ride through Latin American, Blues, Jazz, Swing and Motown rhythms, underpinned by dance floor break beats, linked by valve-age voices” and that’s pretty much spot on. Our man conjures a combination of
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VARIOUS: Bulabeats Four Zero (BB0040) (2012)

For many, reaching forty means a flabby gut, spending money you don’t have on a leather jacket and sports car you don’t need and staring at life’s traffic lights wondering where and when it all went so wrong. Not Bulabeats though. Nope, they’re hitting the dancefloor with a ten-track blast of dirty-ass bass and breaks. But maybe that’s because this is a celebration of Bulabeats’ fortieth release rather than their fortieth
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RESENSE 021: Djtzinas ‘Cienaguera Bass’/ Panama Cardoon ‘Carmen’ (2011)

Rating: ★★★★★
Just too late for the June monkeyboxing chart comes this 45 from Austrian label Resense and it’s cumbia agogo. On the one side is Djtzinas’ 185 bpm, Cienaguera Bass which is all very well if you like to indulge in a little drum n bass but it’s the wider appeal of the feel-good hip-hop speed Carmen from Panama Cardoon that rules.
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