EPHEMERALS: Live @ Queen of Hoxton 27 May (2015)

Ephemerals live May 2015Here’s another post in what has turned into ‘heads-up about one-off soul and hip-hop gigs in London town’-week at MB Towers. This time it’s Jalapeno Records‘ rising soul stars Ephemerals a.k.a. the UK’s answer to Charles Bradley and Lee Fields, who pay a fleeting one-stop visit (but are sure to leave a lasting impression) to Queen of Hoxton in East Lahndahn. If you’re in the vicinity
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MG GOST: Hand Me The Crown (2015) Free download

Hand Me The Crown MG GostHere he is then – the new king of mellow boom-bap, Dusty Platter signing MG Gost with the second single off forthcoming LP Waking Walk out next week. “Hand Me The Crown” goes the hook over jazzy summery melodies and a crisp 90 bpm breakbeat. It’s the sound of someone hitting dustbins in syncopation outside John Coltrane’s house on a very hot day – but in the nicest possible way. To
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THE NITTY GRITTY SEXTET: The Nitty Gritty Sextet (2015)

Nitty Gritty SextetRating: ★★★★★ Ten tracks of boogaloo, mambo and latin jazz and a cover adorned by a retro Latina beauty? It’s not a new Ray Lugo LP already is it? No – something even more amazing and a massive coup for Spanish label Rocafort Records. It’s a 1967 LP believed to have been utterly lost and featuring the Nitty Gritty Sextet – a latin soul supergroup numbering among their personnel: the
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MISTER T: Big Day (2015)

Big Day Mister TThere may be trouble at’ mill for Greece’s finances as it heads for the big day when the IMF demands its next billion pounds of flesh but Athenian Mister T doesn’t default on his next installment for Cold Busted instead paying on the nose with the release of his new 12 tracker Big Day. Typically, Cold Busted trade in smoky cinematic and downbeat breaks but (as with much of their output of late)
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PETE ROCK: Live @ Proud Camden 27 May (2015)

Live Proud Camden Pete RockIt must be live hip-hop gig week in London or something – first Edan and Paten Locke and now the mighty Pete Rock a.k.a the man who Dilla looked up to and the man to whom Kanye reckons he’s the successor – er, yeah whatever mate. This show at Proud Camden on the 27th is (like the Edan/ Locke gig) a one-off only. Could Mr Rock have
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EDAN & PATEN LOCKE: Live in London Friday May 22nd (2015)

Live Edan Paten LockeThe always humble but unfailingly magnificent Edan makes a trip to the UK very soon appearing in two days’ time at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Pop-Up venue at Farleigh Place N16. He’ll be in the company of fellow live performing partner in crime Paten Locke. The pair of them are adept emcees and djs (as well as producers) and a quality live show is a foregone conclusion should
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NICOLE WILLIS & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS: Live @ Rich Mix 25 October (2015)

Nicole Willis live 2015 Rich MixNicole Willis & The Soul Investigators’ new LP arrives in the autumn and Soundcrash have not only got the band to play at Rich Mix on 25 October but are already advertising the gig – presumably for the sort of people who get up at 5 a.m. to put a towel down on that holiday sun lounger or camp out for three nights rather than miss the new Apple watch or something. Though
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FRANKEE MORE: Trunk Funk EP (2015)

Funk Trunk Frankee MoreMore from Sydney-to-Vancouver transplant Frankee More as he follows up his That’s The Funk EP with this – the Trunk Funk EP on which he interprets the work of Ray Charles and Margie Hendricks, Nina Simone and 90s (nursery) rhymers Naughty By Nature via the medium of the wobble. Possibly not the sort of thing any of the original artists could have imagined when they first
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QDUP: Gotta Be Fresh (QDUP Twerkaholics Re-rub)(2015) Free download

Gotta Be Fresh QdupTo many, Qdup is crushing, coming out so fresh with the beats he’s busting like Gotta Be Fresh for example which finds the man taking the Skinny Boys’ beatbox-tastic 80s cut Jockbox (latterly doing the rounds as the theme to Workaholics on Comedy Central) and giving it a twenty-teens re-fresh with full-on twerk drums and an array of old school samples. While the original was named
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MORLACK: Um Bop Bop (2015) Free download

Um Bop Bop MorlackDon’t worry – Morlack hasn’t been overcome by Hanson-fever. This isn’t an edit of sunny ’90s pop hit MMMbop by the Yank three-hit wonders but rather an edit of go-go track Um Bop Bop by EU. The EU – doing music?! Is nothing safe from those meddlers in Brussels? They’ll be wanting to protect our basic human rights next – and another thing…Calm down – that’s EU as in DC go-go band
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