I'm a big fan of that Freqnik & WDRE "Stamp tramp" 45 that was released a couple of years ago, so it was a real nice surprise to see a secend release on the same label "Friday's Funky 45", and it very much continues in that same style of largely instrumental raw sample driven party beats and breaks.
This release sees two bangin' joints from Canadian deejays Pump and Hedspin. The A side is a crazy dope rehash of A Tribe Called Quests "Scenario", taking elements of the song and merging them with the original samples plus a few extra horn samples in this mix to tie it together. It's dope! I only wish I had the Scenario 45 to mix into this.
The B side is equally as fresh, built around the Beatnuts classic "No Escapin' this" and using elements of the original sample source from Enoch light, layered with the drums from Q Tips "Let's Ride". It all comes together creating a storming dancefloor bomb.
Pump and Hedspin really have a handle on how to make sample driven dancfloor tunes. I think it really speaks on them as professional deejays have have been in the game for a long while. Both sides will work perfectly in the club or on a mixtape, making this an essential purchase due for release before the year is through.
Self confessed open-format disc jockey and music nerd Nick Bike has just dropped the second release in his Chosen Spokes label, and it's a big one that is guaranteed to move quickly. This time Nick has taken on the classic Nas tune Ain't Hard To Tell. On the A side he gives us a complete new remix which is most definately a heavy hitter, whilst on the B Side he has recreated the original instrumental with some nice little additions to the arrangement but largely keeps true to the original composistion. As with his previous release, the remainder of the B Side is filled with some repeating vocal snippets from Nas for those skippless scratches.
The whole release lends itself very nicely as a deejay tool - So double copies are definately required. Move on it quick though as this is expected to shift in the stores very quickly.
Jorun Bombay has been teasing us with news of this release for the last few months, and this week we finally get a taste of this forthcoming 45 to be released on Soundweight Records. The label is now taking pre-orders yet curiously have not revealed any sound bites. However judging from the tracklisting I think we can safely assume the B Side which features Jorun's remix of Teenburger's Pop & Chips is the same remix that has been floating around Youtube since 2012. To my knowledge this is the first time the remix is available in any physical format. So what does it sound like? Rest assured, as with all Jorun's output this track is super fresh - Built largely around the breakbeat from The Blackbyrds Theme, but with lots of extra bits and pieces used in a sort of cut and paste style. It's uptempo, funky, and did I say super fresh?
The A side remains a total mystery at this time of writing. With a curiously named title of Break Edit #1 it has me most intrigued as to what it might be. I'm left wondering if it will be a sort of instrumental version of the B Side, possibly with some extra production - but this would be an unusual move for Jorun who typically doesn't release multiple remixes of the same tune. So at this stage we are left wondering as to what this tune might be.
The real clincher is that only 300 copies of this 45 were pressed, and you can bet your cotton socks that these will be snapped up rather quickly on sight alone. I grabbed doubles myself without even knowing what either side was, based on Jorun's established reputation of being one of the best producers in the game. Shipping begins on the 14th of September.