CD Reviews: Dance

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CD REVIEWS: DANCE

HARDWIRE: FUSED

(Kingsize)

Hardwire is the combined production talents of Nigerian prince Ade Bambo Adenihun and Londoner Dan Shay, with added scratches from DJ Wisdom. But Bambo is not only heir to the throne of the Ife region of Nigeria, he also has a rich musical heritage thanks to his father Remi Kabaka, an original member of Fela Kuti's AfroBeat ensemble. So Fused is just that: a seamless blend of Shay and Wisdom's hip-hop and breakbeat expertise with Bambo's Afrobeat and funk sensibilities. It includes "Connection", the single of the summer, a 130bpm ska cover of Gershwin's "Summertime", heavily played by Fatboy Slim, the Freestylers and Freddy Fresh. And although nothing else quite matches it, the rest of Fused comes pretty close. Funky horns, wicked scratching, those House of Pain/ Cypress Hill style screeches, even someone urging us to "Jump! Jump!", all set to a very, very big beat. If you like Fatboy Slim - and at the moment it seems there's no-one left who doesn't - I suggest you go and buy this now.

LHB: DIG, YOU MAY FIND A FRIEND (Bolshi)

There are 14 tracks on the debut album from London big-beat duo LHB, but at first glance it looks like more because of unwieldy titles like "Sorry's Not Going To Get Me High" and "If You Pass Me On The Dancefloor, It's Just Because I'm Breaking In My New Acid Trainers". …