If midtempo funked-out breakbeat is your thang, London-based producer B-Side should already be on your radar. Plying the same groovy '70s-influenced route as fellow Britons ASkillz and Featurecast, he's fast becoming one of that scene's essential new faces. This four-tracker on the ever-reliable Ghetto Funk imprint spins from the guitar-led wobble-funk of 'The Dancer' through the bouncy sax-funk of 'Rock Your Body' and on to the James Brown-sampling wiggle-funk of 'Get Involved' before the producer polishes us off with the vocal-led synth — yes, you guessed it — funk of 'Bug On Out'. I'm imagining B-Side as the kind of guy who wears a giant afro wig just to visit the shops for toilet roll.
I love the fun these guys always bring to the party, whether it's in their high energy DJ sets or productions. This new release as part of their Tweekay14 project features a super-catchy melody, with a cool 8-bit section in the main breakdown leading up to the big melody drop. This is one of those tracks you'll be humming the melody of for days after hearing it!
Whispers in Berlin that its Innervisions crew had turned ‘trance’ had grown deafening, following some particularly euphoric performances at Mexico’s BPM Festival in January. Now we finally have proof in the form of this spectacular summer anthem Âme have turned in for the Life and Death stable. The original’s soulful singer/songwriter elements are adopted perfectly, wrapped around a twinkling, swirling cyclone of melody that peaks with an explosion of melancholic emotion. A definitive record that pushes the limits of what‘s defined as ‘progressive’ in 2014.
It’s not all about the hip-hop you don’t stop! White, the well-established boom bap block layer, has always been more than the sum of the breaks, and has been steadily building a new album for R&S featuring not only his delicate vocals, but also a variety of genres. This first inkling features Jamie Woon on BVs, and is a neat wistful number inflected with housey beats and delicate percussion. But check the bluesy 'Honey Cats' for a slice of b-side genius.