TIMEWARP INC.: The Remix Sessions Vol. 2 (2015)

Remix Sessions Vol. 2 Timewarp IncTimewarp Music’s bossman, Timewarp Inc. gets on a massive nu disco tip for a second volume of remixes drawing heavily (but not exclusively) from the large roster of Timewarp artists and sprinkling some his production disco dust all over a ten strong array of cuts. Among those getting the T.I.-treatment are the likes of Zamali, Danny Massure, AfroQBen, Vida G and The Worldstylers. Material
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THE WORLDSTYLERS: Adventures With… (2015)

Adventures With The WorldstylersSavages Y Suefo’s alter ego The Worldstylers goes from strength to strength with the arrival of debut LP . Anyone who caught Niles Philips massive remix of Gimme One More last year will know to expect plenty of interesting antics from this Budapest-based breaks outfit and this album is unlikely to disappoint. Every bit as varied as the name The Worldstylers would suggest, Adventures
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SPARK ARRESTER: Take Your Time (2015) Free download

Take Your Time Spark ArresterRating: ★★★★★ There was a time a few years ago when every song seemed to have a little bit of vocoder on it. Funnily enough, it was about the same time that you couldn’t turn a corner (or find somewhere to stand at a gig) without being thrust aside by the noisy Ozomatli-conga as they made their way from green room to stage. But what happens if you reverse the situation and reduce
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KING RA & BUNTY BEATS: Back To The Essence (2015)

Back To The Essence King RA Bunty BeatsHere’s the second chunk of rudely healthy boom-bap today this time from King RA and Bunty Beats with Back To The Essence which is yet another UK production/ US emcee hook-up though this time around we’re in heavier territory. In terms of Bunty Beats‘ production think 7L and Mighty Mi territory and you’re ball park. King RA’s also on hand of course to provide the kind of solid
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JAZZ SPASTIKS & REBELS TO THE GRAIN: Unkut Fresh (2015)

Unkut Fresh Jazz Spastiks Rebels To The GrainMore 90s head-nod boom-bap dope from Dusty Platter and damn if it ain’t those Jazz Spastiks again – this time in the company of L.A. crew Cheddy and MP a.k.a. Rebels To The Grain with the fifteen-track Unkut Fresh. Thus in time-honoured fashion it’s yet another effortlessly classy pairing of UK production talent and Stateside microphone magic – see also Format and
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MORLACK: You Know My Name (2015)

You Know My Name MorlackYou Know My Name? I should bloody coco, Morlack, you cheeky monkey. You’ve been hard to avoid in the last few years haven’t you? Always a release around the corner – like some kind of relentless breaks generator. And here you are again, never one to skimp on the money, ready to put it on the breaks bitches and the brothers in the ghetto with a fourteen tracker, no less. Once
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PAUSE: Never Done It Better (2015)

Never Done It Better PauseIt seems there’s no stopping Pause at moment since he’s not only dropped his second LP No Small Order this month but also released this single. One for fans of funky boom-bap, the Cali emcee holds forth over thumping breaks and an groovy organ line for sixteen bars and then invites his equally capable homie Joe Con along for sixteen bars after the bridge. Lots of lyrical gubbins about women
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SILVER HERMIT: 5 Element Clones (2015) Free download

5 Element Clones Silver HermitAnyone remember back in the days of tape-trading when you were so desperate to get your hands on that album that you copied a copy and ended up with a recording where the hiss was as loud as the music? Or when you borrowed your mate’s original cassette and copied it on some sketchy tape player where the motor hum was so loud it was picked up on the recording with similar results?
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MATAHARI SONS: Resense 039 (2015)

Resense 39 Matahari SonsGood lord! Has it really been over a year since Resense 038? Never mind, Matahari Sons are here with a touch of the exotic to make amends for the edit imprint’s prolonged absence. For which read a drum n bass look at The Doors’ My Wild Love and a latin-psych-rock version of Wayne G’s pumping house anthem featuring Stewart Who. I never thought I’d say this but I’ve never been so
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BEATNIK CITY: The Beat Kicks Vol. 1 (2015)

The Beat Kicks Vol. 1 Beatnik CityRating: ★★★★★ Can the beat kick? The answer, judging by the contents of the Beatnik City label’s latest – The Beat Kicks Vol. 1, would seem to be an emphatic, ‘yes it can!’ This follow-up to The Rio District Vol. 1 switches the focus from party breaks edits of sixties Brazilian grooves to party breaks edits of any 50s or 60s gear that hasn’t been nailed firmly down. Expect to hear Jacques
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