SHAKA LOVES YOU: The 10K EP (2016) Free download

The 10K EP Shaka Loves You10 000 Soundcloud followers?! You love Shaka Loves You! Mind you – Shaka Loves You loves you right back. But how much do they love you? To the moon? To the moon and back? Steady on – they do love you enough to put out the freely downloadable The 10K EP though which, within its three tracks, tries to provide something for everyone. It’s all about the afro-beats in the
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THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ: Empty Ballot (2016) Official video

ot Microphone MisfitzChicago’s Microphone Misfitz vent their ire at America’s two-party electoral system with video and new track Empty Ballot. As the title suggests, they are not especially convinced that their votes make a difference and as they point out – even if they do make a difference, voting for the lesser evil of the two parties is – er – still voting for evil. Bad times. They don’t actually go the full ‘Russell
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TRU FUNK: Party Breaks Vol. 10 (2016)

Party Breaks Vol 10 Tru FunkTru Funk’s breakbeat party mission continues on apace with recent drop –Party Breaks Vol. 10 – a slim n trim five track affair. Dutch crew Bang N Mash start the party by providing a nu-funky breaks platform for Eric B & Rakim’s I Know You Got Soul while Chudy employs Destiny’s Child for So What? – something you might call bugaboo breaks. The remaining trio are made up of Clairvo
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JIMI NEEDLES feat. GREAT SCOTT & SKILF: Gimme The Call (2016)

Gimme The Call Jimi NeedlesWhat chance of some new, original party boom-bap hip-hop this summer – based around a nice funk loop perhaps, with some FX to nod to the twenty-first century? What’s that you say, Mr Jimi Needles? A beat made out of an old Earth Wind and Fire track – yeah – some bass wobble at a couple of points – check – Great Scott and Skilf on the mic – seen – and a video shot in your nan’s
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SA-ROC: Queen Ting (2016) Free download

Queen Ting Sa-RocRhymesayers signing Sa-Roc provides a timely reminder (some forty years after the appearance of her near namesake and first female rapper ever, Funky Four + 1’s Sha-Rock) of just how dope female emcees can be with the dancehall-tinged Queen Ting as part of a her weekly free song/video Wisdom Wednesdays series. Said track finds her busting out rhymes over artfully distorted
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SOUL EXPLOSIVES: Tryin’ To Get Down b/w Ain’t No Sunshine 7″ (2016)

Soul Explosives Tryin To Get DownBig Crown Records continue their services to your pockets with yet another re-press of a super rare funky grail. This time it’s the Soul Explosives’ bumping funk groove Tryin’ To Get Down with an cover of Bill Withers’ contemplative number Ain’t No Sunshine on the flip complete with drum break around the end of the first minute. Not bad for a Texan high school band (yes, I did say high school
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JAMES BROWN: It’s Too Funky In Here (CHARLIE BEALE Regrooved) (2016) Free download

James Brown Charlie Beale Regrooved Its Too Funky In HereLady punters jonesing for disco when you’re in the middle of a funk set? You need to sort that shit right out and fast! And Charlie Beale has the best solution since DJ Rebel dropped that JB’s Need Some Money rerub back in April. Say hello to Beale’s regrooved version of the Godfather of Soul’s late period 1979 hit It’s Too Funky In Here – oohh – give me some air. Now less funky and
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A DIGITAL NEEDLE: Forgot About Dre (ADN Soul Count Blend) (2016) Free download

Forgot About Dre ADN Soul Count Blend A Digital NeedleSomething’s niggling you isn’t it? What could it be? Left a gas ring on? Front door unlocked? Ohhhhh – you forgot about Dre! How could you? Fret not – here’s something to stick Dre right back at the forefront of your mind. More usually to be found knocking out disco business, A Digital Needle have stitched together the ‘pella of a certain well-known producer’s Eminem-featuring anthem with
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. SKARRA MUCCI & MANDINKA WARRIOR: Original (2016)

Original Blend Mishkin Roots RevolutionLooks like it’s a reggae kind of day then as Blend Mishkin gets all inna reggae dancehall stylee with live band Roots Evolution, Jamaican vocalist MC Skarra Mucci and African vocalist Mandinka Warrior for – er – Original. That’ll be one of the most popular tracks off 2015’s Survival Of The Fittest LP then – a stripped-back slab of dubby dancehall reggae. Remixes come from Liondub and
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MISH DA FYAH SIS: It Ain’t Easy (COCKNEY NUTJOB Remix) (2016) Free download

It Aint Easy Fyah Sis Cockney NutjobPart 2 of today’s carnival-friendly cuts is Cockney Nutjob‘s utter transformation the emotional rnb-flavoured strings n piano affair that is Mish Da Fyah Sis‘s original It Ain’t Easy into a worlds apart and frankly much more ‘party’ slice of skankin soulful reggae breaks. How did he get an idea like that? It wasn’t easy – but it certainly works. Being a generous sort of cove, he’s made it available
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