P494 Teletext 490 Oct 2 21:00:00     ——————————————————————————————   BIG BEAT LABEL FUSED AND BRUISED Independent dance label Fused & Bruised have just released a compilation titled Used And Abused II — a selection of Big Beats and Breaks from a diverse roster. They don't want to be pigeonholed in any genre, however. "We're in the same camp as labels like Warp, Ninja and Skint," says Phil Lamb from the label. "But in a way, we're now all trying to disassociate from terms like Breakbeat. There's a sense that Fatboy Slim has taken it as far as it can go really". ——————————————————————————————————1/5—— by Stephen Eastwood NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Finance Reviews Charts Cinema
P494 Teletext 490 Oct 2 21:01:02     ——————————————————————————————   BIG BEAT LABEL FUSED AND BRUISED "We'd like to take our sound into new areas," says Phil from F&B, who names the Beastie Boys' Grand Royale or the diverse Warp label as his blueprint. "We're taking on a more electronic edge and showing our influences; artists such as Meat Beat Manifesto and Cabaret Voltaire," adds Phil, whose roster includes DJ Scissorkicks, Subtropic and the meddlesome Mild Mannered Janitors. "We're into anything from techno to drum'n'bass and abstract electronica." ——————————————————————————————————2/5—— Charts 485 Music news 481 Index 480 WANTS AND WHINGES IN THE VOID p482 Finance Reviews Charts Cinema
P494 Teletext 490 Oct 2 21:01:10   P  ——————————————————————————————   BIG BEAT LABEL FUSED AND BRUISED London-based label F&B (one of whose founders is also in the Prodigy-esque Lunatic Calm) has been going two years. "There's freedom to experiment with small labels," says Phil Lamb. "But all indies are at a financial disadvantage. The label's first big crossover push will be Girls Of The Night by Surreal Madrid. "It's a Norman Cook-style Big Beat track," adds Phil. "But they are a strong live act too. They play the Big Beat Boutique in Brighton in November". ——————————————————————————————————3/5—— Total Entertainment Guide 400 Digi 670 THE LATEST MUSIC NEWS p481 Finance Reviews Charts Cinema
P494 Teletext 490 Oct 2 21:00:11     ——————————————————————————————   BIG BEAT LABEL FUSED AND BRUISED Phil Lamb from Breakbeat label Fused And Bruised says that specialist radio exposure is vital for the genre. "Shows like Mary Ann Hobbs' Breezeblock are really healthy," he explains. "But the takeover of Xfm is just tragic. "Where once they were playing all this vibrant new music, it's suddenly gone very safe and pop-orientated. The stuff they're playing is nearly all American as well. They should be reflecting the talent coming from the British scene!" ——————————————————————————————————4/5—— Charts 485 Music news 481 Index 480 WANTS AND WHINGES IN THE VOID p482 Finance Reviews Charts Cinema
P494 Teletext 490 Oct 2 21:00:11     ——————————————————————————————   BIG BEAT LABEL FUSED AND BRUISED Fused And Bruised have just launched their own club night, D Fused, at the Cross Bar in London's King's Cross. "It's the first Friday of every month," says F&B's Phil. "Along with DJs from our roster, we're having big names in playing sets that you wouldn't expect. "We kick off with Kris Needs, who plays funky techno usually, but we want him to do a trash and disco set. It's about breaking free of labels. Aphex Twin and John Stapleton are lined up as well." ——————————————————————————————————5/5—— The D Fused club begins Friday, Oct 2 The Used And Abused compilation is out now on Fused And Bruised Finance Reviews Charts Cinema