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Pysofunkodiscodelic Cabaret Breaks

Label: Golden Gate

The veteran Bay Area house collective puts the big, funky breaks on. The a-side offers up some early-'90s flavor, with a jumpy arrangement that spotlights a mighty three-note bassline and a hit-and-miss array of vocal samples (including some tight Al Pacino bits). The flip brings on a more nu-breaks flavor with a freaky beat, distorted bass and less vocal samples. Bing-bang-boom. Read more » 

Stringz Bring the Drama

Label: white

Another bootleg of this old classic. While there's a lot of these going around at the moment, they're all pretty damn fine! A few new touches in the breakdown and overall chunky fatness added to the proceedings make for a totally working piece that'll have peeps jumping all over. Read more » 

Matsai He Boomah

Label: Missive

Newcomer Matthieu Hourteillan brings it for French label Missive, with some subtle, pulsing, midtempo treats that rotate some hardy ragga and soul vocal samples and bits of sitar around stealthy breaks 'n' bass. German duo Tiefschwarz gives it the obligatory house rub, et voila, a nice one. Read more » 

dave Brennan Drink Deep (James Zabiela Mix)

Label: End

A typically deep offering from the End, remixed superbly by James Zabiela. Starting off all housey with gentle piano stabs, this track drops into a real controlled growler of a bassline. It's all sprinkled with some kind of off-kilter, otherworldly noises that really work, before JZ brings the gentle piano back in, with added atmospheric pads subtly tugging away in the background. Classy. Read more » 

Rundfunk H

Label: Tell?

From the home of R?yksopp, Kings Of Convenience and Annie (to name a few), comes Rundfunk on Tell?, Norway's most interesting label. Almost all the artists on the label come from northern Norway-the land of the midnight sun-and label manager Mikal Telle is a rockstar!! Read more » 

Aeriated 2 the Tune of C-

Label: sidetrax

Straight out of Leeds comes this cool and smooth track by 21 year old producer Duncan. It took my total attention when it came our way, because it's a tune with all the good elements: East Coast house combined with dark, English drum & bass synths. Read more » 

High Contraast The Basement Track

Label: Hospital

A beautiful trip down memory lane, as High Contrast works in all your favourite old-skool sounds: female vocals, sax and even the odd air horn. While it sounds like a recipe for disaster, it's definitely not! You can't help but love this one. Read more » 

Psychokinetics The Vault

Label: Ill Kinetics

Oakland's DJ/producer/MC quartet Psycho-kinetics brings a uniquely American notion to d&b/rhyme praxis, eschewing British MCs' skibba-dibba styles for some half-time insights. On this EP from last year's Sensory Descent album, MCs Celsius and Spidey hit you with tight verbals over Denizen and Ill Media's melodic arrangements. Jump on this. Read more » 

Spirit Speedlife (Hammer 9)

Label: Inneractive

Spirit is definitely at the top of his game these days, and while the latest from Inneractive retains his trademark ultra-cool crisp breaks and haunting atmospheres, he's definitely displaying a new sense of urgency that lifts these bits into something potent and powerful. Twisted beats, chest-trembling basslines and an almost infectious energy make this one of those rare releases worth buying on sight. Read more » 

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