Can you believe that Ed Banger Records have had 100 releases? It’s a tough number to swallow, but the prestigious label has outdone themselves time and time again with fantastic releases from their ever-evolving crew.
As expected, there’s an intricate opening score from Mr. Oizo, sporting an interesting appearance by Phra – who is actually Crookers’ rapping alias, who also featured on Oizo’s track, No Tony. The hijinks only continue, though, with SebastiAn’s questionable addition to the LP, talking about that ‘certain‘ body part.
Maybe this is SebastiAn’s final form?
Getting back on topic, Breakbot and Cassius get funky with their tunes, sporting some memorable rhythms and basses. Classic Ed Banger, if you ask us really. Did we forget to mention Busy P? He obviously features too, with none other than his collaboration with Mayor Hawthorne, Genie.
It’s also business as usual with Boston Bun, producing a tranquilizing beat that only BB is known for. Fulgeance then follows up, with what could only possibly be a sort of ‘homage’ to Mr. Flash, who sadly left the label last year, to pursue further interests.
DJ Pone, Feadz and a track from Krazy Baldhead (who we thought had vanished from existence) all dial in the same tone and sounds that Ed Banger fans can cherish. Mr. Oizo then delves into the mix again, with All Dry, which is a strange track that definitely belonged on the B-side of his latest album.
Borussia’s latest song is astonishing. We really do think that he has the capabilities and power to spearhead the future of the Ed Banger label. Muffin is a fast-paced and high-attitude track, bursting with life and flavour. We’re going to be keeping an eye on him for sure, this year.
Boys Noize (?) then features with a telltale remix of Randy, which is also available for free download if you beat the Ed Rec 100 pinball app, that they just released. It’s typical Boys Noize, but not really. It’s kind of missing something, you know? That certain touch of magic or techno prowess.
On the home stretch, recent label signings, Para One and 10lec6 all contribute some interesting tunes, while Riton bashes out another banger, worthy of a club dance floor near you. That’s all after So Me’s contribution, however, providing a sombre and uncanny note to the end of the album.
You can listen to the whole album on Spotify and other good streaming platforms. Want to purchase a copy for yourself on vinyl? Get your copy here.