MORLACK: Keep That Funk EP

MORLACK:  Keep That Funk EPThe long-running partnership between the Breakbeat Paradise label and a man who must surely be its most prolific signing, Morlack, continues unabated with the arrival of the latter’s Keep That Funk EP. But how precisely must that funk be kept? Well, given that it’s Morlack we’re talking about here, it must almost certainly be
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JALAPENO RECORDS: Rock The Disco

JALAPENO RECORDS:  Rock The DiscoWith temperatures in the UK continuing to keep the mercury at heatwave temperatures, it seems only appropriate that Jalapeno Records channel the musical sound of forty years ago on the other side of the pond where another heatwave was occurring and the streets of New York city pulsed along to the rival sounds of punk, hip-hop
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RORY HOY: The Little Big Beat Book

RORY HOY:  The Little Big Beat Book No, it’s not a single, an EP, or even a concept-LP – The Little Big Beat Book really is a book Rory Hoy’s done and not that little either at 287 pages. A labour of love, it comes with the tagline, ‘Stories spun from the decks – as told to Rory Hoy,’ and documents the history of his favourite musical genre – the hedonistic, pre-wobble, breakbeat
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MYKILL MIERS & LONE NINJA (PROD. BLAQ MASQ): Killer Instinct

MYKILL MIERS & LONE NINJA (PROD. BLAQ MASQ):  Killer Instinct‘Danger, danger, danger’ – we might still be waiting for Lone Ninja’s next full-length effort to drop but he’s keeping his skills honed in the meantime with bars on new Blaq Masq-produced murder-rap cut Killer Instinct alongside veteran mic-slayer Mykill Miers who it seems Masq has managed to persuade out of retirement. So it is that the two heavyweights square up either side of
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DJ PNUTZ: Pretty Good For A Girl/ Play That Beat Mrs DJ (Vinyl 7″)

DJ PNUTZ:  Pretty Good For A Girl/ Play That Beat Mrs DJ (Vinyl 7Next up from DJ Pnutz is this nifty little vinyl 7″ which features the lead cut off last year’s rather splendid 16 Psyche LPPretty Good For A Girl – and provides an object lesson in how what to do with funky drum breaks, horn stabs and slow-burning organ chords. While clocking in at a nippy nearly 120 bpm on the bpm-ometer, it’s mood is arguably better suited to the soundtrack than b-
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RORY HOY: Flamingo At The Disco

RORY HOY:  Flamingo At The DiscoDespite being named after possibly the campest thing imaginable, Rory Hoy’s new single Flamingo At The Disco manages to restrain disco’s more flamboyant excesses for a down-to-earth and highly serviceable slab of mirrorball business that should fit nicely into anyone’s nu-disco set whilst also providing a gateway to old school disco sets or those comprised of Mr Hoy’s beloved big beat
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DAYTONER: Off The Hook

DAYTONER:  Off The HookRating: ★★★★★ It’s been a while since Sunburst Radio hasn’t it? You remember – the debut Daytoner full-length released back in 2012 when it was all about one man, his samples, the occasional original tune and the odd mate popping round to add vox or instrumentation? Since then, that man, Steve Cantrill – known to all and sundry as ‘Moss’ – has surrounded himself with a six-
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79.5: Boy Don’t Be Afraid (7″ vinyl) + ‘Predictions’ LP announced

79.5:  Boy Don't Be Afraid (7Yes, Boy Don’t Be Afraid was out before but with Brooklyn’s 79.5 (yet another jewel in Big Crown Records’ already jewel-encrusted – er – crown) announcing that they’re releasing debut LP, Predictions, in September, it seemed like the right time to put it out again, albeit with slight modifications. Thus label boss, Leon Michels (for it is he) has nudged the bpms down a smidgin
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THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN’S DUB CLUB: Pound For Pound

THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN'S DUB CLUB: Pound For PoundRating: ★★★★★ You might expect an outfit with a name like Gentlemen’s Dub Club to be as relaxed as the next men on the UK bashment scene regarding their release schedule – what with dub’s long association with partaking of a herb not commonly associated with activity. But what if the next men on the UK bashment scene were actually
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RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De Vibes

RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De VibesNow then – what’s happening this Saturday in Bristol that’s fifty years old and hasn’t happened since 2014? That’s right – St Paul’s Carnival! Would anyone like to provide something suitably bashment for the occasion? Step forward Ruckus B a.k.a Dirty Dubster Jay Sharp with Parly B on hand to provide vocal support on Build Up De Vibes. Cue heavy uptempo dub with a chopped-up Amen
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