Review: Party-starting twosome Computa Games - AKA producers Quickie Mart (arf) and Kung Fu Chris - can usually be relied upon to bring the goods. They've certainly hit the spot with their second seven-inch for Superjock Records. A-side "Rock Creek (Revenge)" is particularly good: a whole-hearted, thoroughly authentic tribute to Jonzun Crew style electro full of rubbery slap bass, crispy drum machine hits, colourful synth stabs and robotic vocoder vocals. They flip the script on flipside banger "Apache 3000", a Double Dee and Steinski style tribute to early NYC hip-hop culture built around an impressive array of cuts, sratches, breaks, beats and vocal snippets seemingly lifted from all manner of early rap and electro records. Naturally, the Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache" break provides the necessary sonic glue.
Warren Lee - "Underdog Backstreet" (DJ Platurn remix) (3:53)
Review: Five years have passed since Superjock launched the Nola Breaks series of DJ-focused funk reworks. Here the New Orleans-based imprint offers up installment number nine, handing over the reins to local legend Professor Shorthair and Bay Area scratcher DJ Platurn. The former handles the A-side, wrapping the Enticers' fuzzy funk gem "Thief" - as sampled by Mos' Def - in fat new breaks and tight scratches. On the flip, DJ Platurn has his wicked way with Warren Lee classic "Underdog Backstreet", wisely extending the intro and outro breaks while also adding some tasty new samples.
The Meters - "Hand Clapping Song" (Professor Shorthair remix) (3:40)
Ernie K Doe - "Here Come The Girls" (Professor Shorthair remix) (3:37)
Review: New Orleans edit collective Supajock tap deep into the source with two outright classics, break-blazed for the modern age. The cleverly named Professor Shorthair takes the reins for this 45": The Meters' sing-along happy-clapper "Hand Clapping Song" gets broken down over a sturdy, almost militant snare-based swing while Ernie K Doe's "Here Come The Girls" gets its bombast reduced to create a more subtle soul sensation. Instant party pacifiers.
Review: Pure brass bedlam from the long-standing, Grammy-winning, heavy-hitting Rebirth Brass Band: "I Like It Like That" and "Do It Again" are taken from the band's hugely successful Rebirth Of New Orleans album and have never seen the light of 45" before... Until now. The former is hotter than a Mardi in July with a party-rearing hook you'll be humming into the 20s. The latter takes more street corner momentum as the band put down their horns and chant like their lives depends on it. It doesn't get more powerful than this. Super limited too - only 500 copies to be pressed.
Danny White - "Natural Soul Brother" (The Allergies remix) (3:33)
The Meters - "The Meters Medley" (part 1 - Professor Shorthair remix) (4:24)
Review: Superjock's latest seven-inch salvo serves up two tasty new remixes of funk breaks classics on vibrant green vinyl. Party-rocking Bristol twosome The Allergies take control on Side A, slamming down an on-point revision of Danny White's 1968 soul jam "Natural Soul Brother". Their version places White's familiar vocal (as well as the original version's fine backing vocals) over a stomping beat. It sounds a little like a Northern Soul anthem of old, albeit with a bit more contemporary punch. Either way, it's ace. Over on Side B, producer Professor Shorthair dips into his sample bank before cutting and scratching his way through a dizzying medley of killer tracks by the Meters. It's a bit like DJ Format's legendary James Brown medley ("Stealin' James"), only arguably even better.