HERMA PUMA: Busta Lockdown (Free download)

HERMA PUMA:  Busta Lockdown (Free download)Can’t get enough of that Herma Puma production eh? Welcome to Part Two of today’s Herma Puma news with mash-up Busta Lockdown – a.k.a. the zeitgeist-capturing lyrics of Anderson Paak’s Lockdown ‘pella spliced with the slinky Buddah/ Shamello-produced beat for Busta Rhymes’ Put Your Hands Where My Eyes could see. Since Paak sounds vaguely
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GREGG GREEN: Propaganda (Prod. HERMA PUMA)

GREGG GREEN:  Propaganda (Prod. HERMA PUMA)In Part 1 of today’s Herma Puma news we find the UK production outfit team up again with Brooklyn MC Gregg Green (following Green’s turn on The Bob Ross EP in 2016) for new single Propaganda. For this one, HP (essentially now just a one man show consisting of Pimpernel Jones), has created a 94 bpm boom-bap beat featuring excerpts of a wistful female vocal. Meanwhile, Green spends the
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VARIOUS: Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor)

Songs For AndyIf you wanted a measure of the respect the sadly and recently departed DJ/producer Andy Taylor commanded on the music scene then here it is, Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor). The ten-tracker, has been assembled by Mr Bird and features contributions from Smoove & Turrell, Lloyd Wright, Daytoner, Kid Felony, Dedy Dread
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BAHAMA SOUL CLUB feat. JOHN LEE HOOKER: Never Roam No More

Never Roam No More Bahama Soul Club John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker? Oh what as in “My first wife left me! Da-dada, da-da!” Well, that John Lee Hooker certainly and, equally certainly, vocals lifted from his 1946 Delta blues cut My First Wife Left Me but no, not very much ‘Da-dada, da-da.” That wouldn’t be very Bahama Soul Club now would it? Turns out this track is their response to Ike Turner once having a grumble that with blues “all you
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FOLD: Insurgent Mood

Don’t let the mellow head-nod beat fool you – Leeds outfit, Fold, are in an insurgent mood. Cue another example of their stock-in-trade – which is to say, a bedrock of a richly orchestrated hip-hop beat topped with some incendiary spoken word plucked from history. In this case, it’s another outing for outspoken African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (the first African-American to
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DJ COSM feat. SADAT X, EL DA SENSEI, PRINCE PO: Rules b/w (DJAR ONE remix)(Vinyl 7″)

DJ COSM feat. SADAT X, EL DA SENSEI, PRINCE PO: Rules b/w (DJAR ONE remix)(Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Right, let’s get back to the Rules with Dragon Fli Empire’s DJ Cosm laying down some snarling stripped-back boom-bap and getting battle-hardened veterans Sadat X, El Da Sensei and Prince Po to explain what it takes to be a proper MC. And as X points out – things were rather different if you came up under Grandmaster Caz than these days when, “anything will pass.”
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THE IRONSIDES: Sommer

THE IRONSIDES:  SommerProving that it’s not just singer Kelly Finnigan who has other irons in the fire, another member of Monophonics, Max Ramey, has side project – er – The Ironsides going on, with brother Joe and their latest single is Sommer. Opening amid a swirl of FX and woozy psychedelic horns, things soon give way to cinematic soul – all funky drum breaks, guitars, smouldering organs
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MORLACK: Good To Go-Go Vol. VII

MORLACK: Good To Go-Go Vol. VIIBack on home territory after the nu-disco-inflected excursions of May’s Good Times EP, Morlack returns to his beloved DC Go-Go as source material for Good To Go-Go Vol. VII. This eight-tracker opens with Stevie getting some assistance from Little Benny & The Masters on Robin Practice and then it’s roto-tom-ago-go on track two’s laid-back poolside splice of Pleasure, Jaco Pastorius
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KAMAU KURU: Oxydental

KAMAU KURU:  OxydentalRating: ★★★★★ Say hello to London-based producer Kamau Kuru – someone you’ll definitely be hearing a lot more of on the strength of debut LP Oxydental. ‘Oxydental’? Yep – this one very much lets you get your teeth into the sampled sounds of the occident laid over drum breaks for our man is as keen to draw on the sounds of his mixed heritage as he is inspired by the likes of
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: I Know EP

Clearly on a roll, French duo Prosper & Stabfinger are already following-up April’s Down In The Basement EP with a new three-tracker that stylistically intersects with disco in a different way on each cut. Title track, I Know, features a pair of vocalists (Ashley Slater and Georges Perin) who know their way around a sleazy P-funky inspired  groove while closer Funk Sauce (which features
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