We have brand new bootleg from KRAFTY KUTS. If you haven’t heard, Mr. Kuts, aka Martin Reeves, broke his legs on the slopes at the Snowbombing Festival two weeks ago. Apparently not much can keep this man down – he’s also making his way across Canada for his Canadian tour where the tune has been smashing dance floors. Sadly, he’s not making a stop in Winnipeg this time around.
KRAFTY KUTS and FEATURECAST team up to drop some island vibes. The original (featured in the video below) contrasts the 60s ska sample with nu school electro breaks. Krafty Kuts has his own remix on the EP, which twists the track into more of a natural state. BOBBY C SOUND TV slows the tempo slightly warping his signature bassline into the mix. The standout though comes from ED SOLO, who ramps up the bpms into a jungle frenzy.
A.SKILLZ has let another choice bootleg loose. This time he reworks the classic Lyn Collins track “Think (about it)” famously sampled by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. To be expected from one of the patriarchs of ghetto funk, A.Skillz adds some whumph to the low end and takes this soul train to destinations the original creators would only recognize if enlightened with a healthy addiction to bass.
You can also catch A.Skillz live in London on October 6 at Cable Nightclub’s “an evening with Krafty Kuts.” He’s playing along side some Manalogue favourites, including Krafty Kuts (of course), Far Too Loud, Deekline & Ed Solo, and Bobby C Sound. The night looks a bit ridiculous considering it’s double-billed with Featurecast’s “Run For Cover” album launch presented by Jalapeno Records & the team behind GhettoFunk.co.uk.
Here’s the thing. KRAFTY KUTS will be one of the best djs you’ll ever see. Here’s in Winnipeg for the third time in about a year, this time for his Bang the Underground Tour. The Western Canadian ghetto funk scene have embraced him, and I can only assume he feels the same about the party towns Krafty Kuts returns to. Let’s put on a party then shall we – Winnipeg is his second last stop.
Back in 2003/04 I lived in Brighton, which is where Martin Reeves is from. To say that I was spoiled with the dj culture in one of the most vibrant cities worldwide is a colossal understatement. For example, I think I saw him play every month – I loved every one of these shows. Sadly, despite the number of times he’s been here I haven’t seen him since I moved back to Canada. Ugh.
Like whoa! The new long player from KRAFTY KUTS is all fire. As expected, the album explores breakbeat but the diversity in the spectrum still comes as a shock. Every tune in Let’s Ride is an absolute must have. Don’t believe me, check out the album mini mix.
Oh, and over the past few weeks, Mr. Kuts has shared some exclusive bootlegs and personal edits of his. They’ve been time-limited so if you’re into that thing and don’t want to miss out make sure to click the links below.
The original has that breakbeat flavour you’d come to expect from Mr. Kuts with some crisp toasting from DYNAMITE MC. The single is rounded out with bass versions from Dirtyphonics, Deekline & Product01, N-Type, and the above freebee from JAY ROBINSON.
Below are some snippets but you can grab them from beatport.