Freestylers feat. Tenor Fly – B-Boy Stance [1998]
March 29, 2011

Cant fault the Freestylers man, they have some of the best break work, some excellent collaborations and every damn track just rocks it hard. This classic is not exception, utilising the fantastic Tenor Fly as the lead vocal doing what he does best, heavy ragga business. Quality.

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The Freestylers – Hard to Stay [2006]
March 21, 2011

Mashing Jackie Mittoo’s “Hang ’em High” with Jean Jacques Perry’s EVA and chucking a belting vocal from Sharleen Hector over the top, the Freestylers (my guilty breakbeat pleasure) knock out yet another crowd pleasing head nodder. Say what you will about the Freestylers, their mixing is impeccable, their tracks are the catchy sort that will float around your skull for months after hearing them. Its tracks to make you dance and isnt that really the point at the end of the day?

London Funk Allstars – Can Ya Understand [1995]
December 7, 2009

Didnt even get into the Allstars until early 2000’s but the London Funk Vol 1 album that this track is from is a classic slice of Ninja Tune downtempo breakbeat. This track is one of the standouts, probably why they selected it to be their first single release. Rocking breakbeat, laid back groove and that cheeky piano make this a smooth funk stormer.

Incidentall, Mad Dr X from the Funk Allstars is the alter ego of Jason Tunbridge, formerly of the Blapps Posse with Aston Harvey of the Freestylers.

The Blapps Posse – Dont Hold Back (Blappstramental) [1990]
October 22, 2009

The Blapps Posse were a fine bunch of breakbeat merchants dabling in the early house scene. Blapps Posse (Aston Harvey & Jason Tunbridge) were a London based production crew that created some very original sounds in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their music combined house and hip hop influences – strong bass lines and house breaks, fused with the edge of rap vocals and beats.

Aston Harvey later went on to become one part of the The Freestylers to world wide acclaim. Jason Tunbridge (aka Mad Doctor X ) continues to be a force in the breakbeat and turntablism arena, cranking out scratches for the Freestylers, mixing for Freskanova and Ninja Tune.