Review: Justin Timberlake's brand new track gets the Patrick Alavi treatment on this quirky & cool rework, tailor-made for educated dancefloors. "That mix will destroy the dancefloor!!!" - Tommie Sunshine, "Love this!" Deep Dish, "Thanks for this. I like it!" Annie Mac, "Awesome funky freaky remix. Really cool and old school production" Tony Senghore, "Great mix, love it" Steve Mac, "Sounds really good. In fact I prefer it to the original!" DJ Touché, "Very cool" James Talk.
Review: A 3 tracker here that includes a Nurlan Sieger remix. There's quite a buzz on this release and although nothing is confirmed, there is interest from some major labels. 3 classy mixes, the original on the A-side, a dub and the Sieger remix on the flip. Annie's superb vocals and a Latin twang make this a top release that could go all the way!
Review: We have no idea who's behind this, but it's a bass-blessed banger and comes on rather delightful marble vinyl so we won't ask too many questions: it simply rocks. A dancefloor delight, it craftily utilises a snippet of Aretha Franklin's heavily sampled "Jump To It" in a way that's not been done before. Add some classic, chugging late 90s house beats and a fat-but-understated bassline and you've got yourself a cheeky party piece.
Review: "Drop It" was intended to come out next year on their very own Bang Bang imprint but the support and subsequent demand for the track has proved to be to immense to keep the track off the shelves. Pete Tong has been banging it on his Radio 1 show announcing this as an "essential new tune".
Review: This is a very limited and special collector's edition one-sided 7" promo pressing of the Badly Drawn Boy song, "Born In The UK". Each 7" comes individually wrapped in a newspaper and includes a wooden chip fork inside!
Review: Hot property! Will Bailey is the one to look out for with all things dirty electro. This fantastic EP sees him combining elements of old school Chicago house riffs and jacking beats combined with modern dirty electro.
Review: Roll Deep's Syer Barz debut mixtape lands with some massive material for all DJs and grime fans, with guest appearances from The likes of JME, Wiley, Scorcher and Brazen. This is one of the hottest mixtapes on road right now, with 20 firing tracks sure to wet any DJs pants.
Review: An unusual departure for one of the cohorts of the Pirate Soul scene, Arthur Blackbeard hops onto another train, this time travelling in direction of indie. "My Doorbell", by the White Stripes, is a contemporary pop r&b anthem! The songs infectious lyrics are supported with Megan Martha Whites raw organic drumming talent. The Arthur Blackbeard re-edit is perfect for the hip-hop heads. He also does a sneaky re-edit of a Beck classic.
Review: A slamming 4 track EP causing some stink faces on the dancefloors right now! Featuring some classic vocals from your youth with brand new bassline/4x4 mixes that are getting some serious love!! This is a limited press!!
Review: Bjork gets the reworking here as 'Undooski' gets remixed in 2 totally different styles. The A-side floats down the tribal/peek time progressive tip keeping things dark as night. Flip over and things get much more jacking, but in a progressive way.
Review: The distinctive house anthem power by Porno gets tweaked and reworked into a full on breaks assault with some big phat drums going on and some mind bending acid effects complimenting the vocal samples nicely.
Notes: Hip-hop first became a part of the mainstream in the early 1980's, but the true origins can be found in the spontaneous and progressive neighbourhoods in the 1970's. Writer and curator Johan Kugelberg has pulled together the scattered remains of a movement that never had its eye on posterity. Foreword by Afrika Bambaataa.
Review: New UK imprint Fat Free Recordings brings onboard artist Craig Bratley for their first release. As a label they're fresh as a daisy, so there's not much information available as yet - their concept and musical direction remains to be seen. This first release is an edit of Armenta's disco gem "Wanna be With You" from 1983. Craig, who has previously put out his music on labels such as Instruments Of Rapture and Foto Recordings, takes the original and brings it smack up to date with a straight up edit and a low slung dub version to compliment. The high spirited funk and danceability of the original been kept to the fullest degree, making this a cut that will surely fire up summer terraces this season. With only 200 copies available this will fly, so be quick!
I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) (Parts 1 & 2 - edit)
Let Yourself Go (previously unreleased long version)
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Parts 1, 2 & 3 - previously unreleased complete take)
Bring It Up (Hipsters Avenue) (previously unreleased long version)
Review: Sixth in the series or rare and previously unreleased James Brown funk tunes. Up first is a full length and unedited version, a full 7.19 minutes of the funk classic 'I Cant Stand Myself When You Touch Me', recorded in 1968 with his 'white' band the Dapps in 1967. Sampled by Schooly D on 'Its Like That'. Secondly, the previously unreleased and unedited version of 'Let Yourself Go' which was recorded in 1967 in the empty Latin Casino nightclub in New Jersey with the James Brown orchestra. Previously released as a single of only 2.50 minutes long. First tune on Side Two is the previously unreleased complete take of the classic 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' recorded in 1965. This is one of the earliest funk records of all time. This version is presented here for the first time in its original tempo and is nearly 7 minutes long. To finish it off is the previously unreleased and unedited version of 'Bring it Up (Hipsters Avenue)' which was recorded in 1966 with the James Brown Orchestra. You may recognize the Gangstarr sample from 'Manifest'. First time on vinyl for DJs with loud reproduction and full colour label. Contains fresh and unused breaks beats and samples!