DJ SHEPDOG: Greatest Licks Vol. 2 (2014)

Greatest Licks Vol. 2 DJ ShepdogRating: ★★★★★ Talk about triple trouble y’all! First Jimi Needles’ Reggae Rewinds four tracker, then JStar’s Most Wanted reggae mash-ups Vol. 2 and now – DJ Shepdog has only gone and released his Greatest Licks Vol. 2 as well! Reggae KRS-1, reggae Janelle Monae? Reggae MOP? Cutty Ranks on an MOP beat, Adele on the Bam Bam riddim? It’s like all your reggae Christmases have come at
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TRU FUNK: Tasty Beats Vol. 5 (2014)

Tasty Beats Vol. 5 Tru FunkFuck Christmas 2014! Let’s party like it doesn’t need to involve ripoff shit in the shops, crap work parties and a bunch of tax-avoiding millionaires reworking a patronising ‘charity’ song about famine. Enter the Tru Funk label with some good time flavour on Tasty Beats Vol. 5. Green Jesus, Warson, Funkosol Beats, Jayl Funk and DJ Kid Stretch are all on hand to provide conspicuously
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QDUP vs. OHIO PLAYERS feat. APHLETIK: Love Rollercoaster Rap (2014) Free download

Rollercoaster Of Love Rap Qdup AphletikBlimey! This week is becoming something of a mini ‘free’-son to be jolly all on its own isn’t it? Here’s Fort Knox Recordings signing Qdup spreading good cheer with his beats n bass reflip of classic funk nugget Love Rollercoaster. The track also features raps from Aphletik and joins the dots between funk, disco and fat Miami booty bass. That’s one rollercoaster that shouldn’t make you
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SHAKA LOVES YOU: Musical Stew Podcast Episode 56 (2014) Free download

Shaka Loves You The Musical StewAdmittedly it’s not a Christmas funk mix but episode 56 of the Musical Stew podcast out of Philly is certainly full of good cheer as Stew host DJ React and special guests, Glasgow’s Shaka Loves You, tear through an hour of funk. For those un-versed in the funk, look on this as something of a history lesson as the Shaka crew fluff you up with a bevy of classics before React
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JSTAR: Most Wanted Vol. 2 Killa Reggae Mashups (2014) Free download

Most Wanted Vol. 2 JStarRating: ★★★★★ If you thought your luck was in with Jimi Needles’ four track Reggae Rewinds freebie yesterday you’re going to shit when you cop a load of this. Reggae/hip-hop mashup grandaddy JStar has just put out Vol. 2 of a promised 4 volume series for his Most Wanted series of ‘Killa Reggae Mashups’. There’s no beating around the bush, it’s just floor-fillers from
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TIMEWARP INC.: Economic Boom (2014)

Economic Boom Timewarp IncWhile an economic boom is unlikely in the current financial climate where the rich firmly believe that their greed, recklessness and incompetence is someone else’s fault, Economic Boom on other hand will arrive before the end of the year since it’s the latest musical brainchild of Timewarp Inc. Featuring vocals from The Mage low in the mix, there’s plenty of room for Beat Ride’s Hammond
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JIMI NEEDLES: Reggae Rewinds (2014) Free download

Reggae Rewinds Jimi NeedlesThe season of goodwill knows no bounds in 2014, it seems, as Jimi Needles dons his Santa costume and empties his sack of these four nifty reggae rewinds. Prepare yourself for the much needed Marley-fication of self-indulgent miserablist de jour Sam Smith on Latching In Vain! Sway to the reggae-fication of Damon Albarn’s animated crew Gorrillaz on Feel Good Rocksteady. Nod bleary-
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Bombastic Jam (2014) Free download

Bombastic Jam Free downloads Basement FreaksTo old for an advent calendar this year? Why not let Basement Freaks be your supplier of daily seasonal treats? Every 24 hrs from now until the end of the year it’s going to be like ‘night of the funky bassheads’ as George Fotiadis releases another free download of his sadly defunct Bombastic Jam label and adds it to his Bombastic Jam set on Soundcloud. To get you started there
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WINDMILLS: Broken Record (2014)

Broken Record WindmillsThe sails on another bout of album length production have turned full circle for West coast indy hip-hop duo Windmills who hove back into view with second LP Broken Record. Those who caught their first LP will know they’re dealing with the full production might of hip-hop fiend and multi-instrumentalist Rex Rey (veteran of numerous solo projects and collaborations) and
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CALAGAD 13: Back To Power (Astrofunks Astro Edit)(2014) Free download

Funk Power Astro FunksAstrofunks‘ debut label release is in the offing and what better way to drum up some interest than by the time-honoured method of doing a freebie? In this case it’s their unofficial remix of Calagad 13′s James Brown-based 2011 cut Back To The Power where they go heavy on the 80s-style drum machine snares, throw in a bit of Ultramagnetics’ Poppa Large and nick a sample
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