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Review: Soul Funky Let's get Down (DJ Dub Vocal)

Label: Grove St.

This sums up the Breakin Bread sound. Uptempo, heavy hip-hop beats, singing, rapping and a backing track that goes from electronica to soul and back again via hip-hop. I know of only two copies of this, and we need more!! Read more » 

Review: Skeme, Big P, Extremists/Est'Elle Everybody

Label: Titan Sounds

Four of London's underground hip-hop stars throw down about their city's summer party doings over some plucky rare-groove beats by Titan Sounds owners Mickle and Skitz, while singer Est'elle croons out the chorus. Even if the lyrics are a bit local, you should at least grab this for the bangin' instrumental. Read more » 

Review: Skillz Off the Wall

Label: Rawkus

Is this a Neptunes beat from 1986? No, it's from modern-day genius Timbaland, who links with underground vet and fellow Virginian Skillz and his endless one-liners to create a cut that's as at home on dubs as it is in clubs. Maybe Skillz will get some long overdue mainstream shine with this one. Read more » 

Review: MAS 2008 Forward Contraire

Label: Twilight 76

German electro artists Ren? Kirchner and Ive M?ller bring their third release on the Detroit-based DJ Godfather's Twilight 76 label. It lives up to that imprint's standard-robotic 140 BPM techno bass that's begging to blast out the bins and pack the floor. Read more » 

Review: Jurassic 5 A Day At the Races

Label: Interscope

The best party rockin' track off the last LP, finally available in the UK on a promo 12". The chainsaw cuts that introduce verses by Big Daddy Kane and Percee P are awesome!! Read more » 

Review: Literon Switch to Dis

Label: Fortek

After creating club-oriented mixes for such labels as Brave New World and EC Records, this electronic twiddler twists one up for his Rotterdam-based imprint. Starting with a predictable loopy percussion track, this LP takes a surprisingly intuitive twist with an innovative delay fill leading to succulent cymbals and brilliant waves. Read more » 

Review: Paul Mac Back and Forth

Label: Primate

Following his massive album, Cards On The Table, this master of organic tribal mischief returns with another colossal floor-filler geared towards the polyrhythmic ear. Stabbing basslines and delicate keys guard the front side, while Oliver Ho lends a deeper take on the flip. Pure progress. Read more » 

Review: Ricchie Hawtin Haardtrax Vol. III

Label: Plus 8

For its 80th release, Plus 8 offers up the previously unreleased follow-up to the Hardtrax series from 1994. With this EP, Hawtin created a bleepy, deep, minimal four-tracker that still sounds fresh as the morning dew. After spending a decade in the vault, these tracks are a great addition to the Hawtin fan's collection. Read more » 

Review: DJ ESP No Future In Your Front

Label: Primevil

Woody McBride is currently one of the world's most sought out techno agents, and this title accurately conveys his demeanor. Furthering the evolution of 303 bass, this EP carries rolling grit with the aid of hypnotically dubbed vocals and a solid yet quickly decaying kick. An ideal way to soothe your dance aneurysm. Read more » 

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