KING PORTER STOMP: This Way (2015) Free download

This Way King Porter StompBrighton’s King Porter Stomp issue a bid to encourage social change via the medium of music with new afro-hip-hop single This Way. It’s a worthy – not to mention timely – release given the election in two days’ time though I suspect largely forlorn since that sizeable proportion of the eligible voting populace who might actually be able to precipitate significant change for the better are
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MG GOST: Waking Walk LP + win JAZZ SPASTIKS ‘Unkut Fresh’ Instrumentals (2015)

Waking Walk MG GostIf you caught the lush, jazzy boom-bap of MG Gost‘s recent free maxi single Dream Chaser featuring Jack Jones (a.k.a Audessey of Soundsci) then you’ll no doubt be fiending for more. Happy the reader of this post then, if they are someone the previous sentence describes since MG Gost’s Waking Walk LP is out at the end of the month. Naturally it contains the aforementioned single
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UEBERTRIBE: Game Over/ The Thief 7″ (2015)

Game Over The Thief UebertribeNorth German-based Our Label Records turn to an outfit from the Fatherland for their latest seven inch drop. Said outfit is Uebertribe who weigh in with an instro double header. One of these is a bustling guitar n hammond affair which fairly races to the end of its two-odd minutes when it’s Game Over as it promptly self-combusts in fretboard flames. The flip meanwhile sneaks into the back
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JSTAR: Most Wanted Vol. 4 – Killa Reggae Mashups (2014) Free download

Killa Reggae Mashups JStar Vol 4 Most WantedRating: ★★★★★ As the man himself says, “it’s here; it’s the big one.” That’ll be JStar then – king of the dancehall-mashup, now dropping the fourth and final volume of his ‘Killa Reggae Mashup’ series Most Wanted Vol. 4…and ‘im go out widda bang. It’s easy to see why as aptly-named opener Dancehall Kings is a mighty mash of Mark Ronson, KRS One, Cypress Hill, Sean Paul, Jigsy King and
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C@ IN THE H@ feat. MR SWITCH: Sax Party (Scour Records Freemix) (2015) Free download

Sax Party Freemix Cat in The HatThere you were, working like that when who should come back but that C@ In The H@. Uh-oh you said, don’t you listen to that cat, that cat is a bad one, that cat in the hat. He makes lots of mad beats, don’t you let him come near, you know what he did the last time he was here. “Mad beats,” laughed the cat, “oh goodness me yes”, as he dropped a new grinder you felt in the chest –
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ASHLEY SLATER: Bone Idol Vol. 1 (2015)

Bone Idol Vol. 1 Ashley SlaterRating: ★★★★★ Ashley Slater, sometime frontman of Norman Cook’s pre-Fatboy acid jazz funkers Freak Power, ex-member of Loose Tubes, Microgroove and BigLounge and (despite the X-Factor’s best efforts) currently one half of Kitten & The Hip is, lest we forget (or unless you didn’t know in the first place) an accomplished trombonist. Look – there’s one right there in that
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 26 & 27 (2015)

Vol-26-27-Katakana-EditsVol. 26 of Katakana Edits features the output of the mysterious Timewrap – no idea who he is – but what has he brought you? Well, in short, a hypnotic reggae Beasties groove, a loose and jazz-funky Beasties to get your body movin’, some re-worked funky Bambaataa and – er – jazz house. That’s not the end of the recent stirrings in camp Katakana of course, for where one drop is, another
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RONNIE DAVIS: Make Haste 7″ (2015)

Make Haste Ronnie DavisRating: ★★★★★ Where next for latter-day reggae heroes Horus Records to cast their eye but in the direction of legend Ronnie Davis of The Tennors and Itals fame? Ideally, what you’d want to do as young upstarts on a long established scene is get hold of one of its founders from back in the day, record a new early-70s-style reggae-soul riddim on real instruments (straight to analogue tape
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OL’ DIRTY BASTARD: Got Your Money (RHYTHM SCHOLAR Deep Down And Dirty remixes) (2015) Free download

Got Your Money ODB Rhythm Scholar remixDon’t you worry, I said ‘hey’, Rhythm Scholar got remix honey. Yes, yes, RS dedicates one to all the pretty girls with his rerub of classic ODB/ Kelis hook-up and pimp-rhyme classic Got Your Money. He puts together a veritable stable of samples (lifted from the works of Bob James, The O’Jays, Lafayette Afro Rock Band, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, The Honey Drippers and Dennis Coffey) and bitch
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FORT KNOX FIVE: Pressurize The Cabin LP (2015) + Title track free download

Pressurize The Cabin Fort Knox FiveNot to be confused with the EP of the same name released earlier this month (although confusion would be entirely reasonable – said EP being a taster containing four ‘dj-oriented songs’ drawn from the ten cuts off here), Pressurize The Cabin is a ten-deep new set of original material from Fort Knox Five. And just in case you were concerned that the EP cherry-picked the only ‘dj
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