Hot off the presses is this extremely dope new release 45 from the UK's DJ Format. It's been a while since we have heard Format drop an instrumental cut-up, and with this one he certainly doesn't disapoint. Both siedes of this release are created using various songs from Kool and The Gang - Interwoven, layered and connected with snippets of Hip Hop tracks that have sampled the group, such as Gangstarr, 45 King, Uptown, and The bomb Squad. As you might guess, there is a huge breadth of material to work with - and Format expertly crafts the pieces together into two cohesive monsters that will sound equally dope in the headphones or in the club.
Anyone who has tried do cuts and doubles with seven inch records will know all to well how difficult it is, and how you need to apply a different technique in handling the records than you would with traditional twelve inches. This new release from Washington's DJ Roz brings us a battle record that is the perfect practice tool for those deejays that are inclined to carve it up.
The release is filled to the rim with classic breaks, loops, and samples, all segued together in a continuous fashion. A bunch of the old favourites make an appearance on here: Trouble Funk's Pump Me Up, T Ski Valley Change The Beat, Down By Law from Wildstyle, Run DMC's Peter Piper, Uncle Louie's I Like Funky Music, The Mowhawks Champ, Bounce Rock Skate Roll, Cramp Your Style plus a bunch more.
The loops are just long enough to let them roll without becoming too repetitive, and also don't require lighting fast backspins - and each loop is relatively the same BPM as the previous loop preceeding it, making the whole side listenable in a "mega mix" fashion from start to finish. The package comes with double vinyl pressed with large holes, and a beautifully decorated sleeve jacket.