Monthly Archives: January 2011

DJ FORMAT (feat. Sureshot La Rock): Mr DJ/ Dope Pusher – 2011 + Video

Bloody hell it’s been a while – and yet DJ Format has not forgotten that his people need him for lo – he returns bearing fat beats and basslines that envelope you in their warmth like a great big friendly trucker. Or something. As always, he’s hooked himself up with a rhyme scientist in the shape of the mysterious Sureshot La Rock (crate digger extraordinaire!) who holds forth on vocal cuts of both tracks – bigging up Format’s skills on Mr DJ and the lyrical dopeness that he himself is pushing here on – er – Dope Pusher
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HERO 7/ MASH & MUNKEE: Keeping It Real/ Keep On Moving – 2011

…And the quality just keeps on coming. Hero 7 and Mash & Munkee have a dancefloor breaks battle amongst themselves on this fresh little slice of wax b-boy action. It’s not just your ordinary A vs. B face off though. Nope – to change things up each pair has handed over their funky little baby to other for a reworking. Now there’s trust. It’s tricky deciding who’s got the bigger breaks
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FLOYD LAWSON: ‘Roof Top Sugar’ b/w ‘I Ain’t Going Nowhere’ 45 – 2011


It’s always nice to have break isn’t it – you know, crafty fag, cup of tea and some digestives? Former Motown soul singer Floyd Lawson certainly likes time out anyway – he’s just returned from a thirty-five year skive. Thirty-five years!!! That must have been one epic cup of tea! As we all know, while Olympic-level break-taker Floyd had his feet up, it’s all been going on
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MAX SEDGLEY (feat. Tasita D’Amour): ‘Superstrong’ – 2011

Mr Sedgely comes through with a big tune here, rich in nu-disco stylings, a fat synth bassline and diva vocals courtesy of Tasita D’Amour. Not really the monkey’s kind of thing, admittedly, but you’d have to be deaf not to recognise it as dancefloor catnip and the ladies’ choice. Remix duties come courtesy of Ghettofunk don Basement Freaks who emphasises the break and electronic disco heads Faze Action
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SAVANT: ‘Make Your Move’ video and free download

Monkeyboxing favourite Savant is on a bit of a roll at the minute having just dropped both his Crash Course: Leak Series and appeared on Monkeyboxing mixtape Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul. The heads-up for Make Your Move came courtesy of OHHLA.com (Original Hip Hop Lyrics Archive) and I think you’ll agree that Savant’s lyrical skills are beyond reproach. Check the producer too – Luke Vibert – like it says on the vid – ‘the beat knocks’
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HOUSE OF PAIN: Reunion tour – 2011

Fifteen years after they split up, the ‘Irish’ (by which I mean American) hip-hop crew House Of Pain return to celebrate the band’s genesis twenty years ago which will no doubt involve a bit of jumping around. Or at least bending the legs rhythmically – you’ve gotta watch your knees past forty apparently.
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TRAMP RECORDS: Contemporary Afro Beat’ – 2011 – LP details + tracklist

Hot on the heels of a superb compilation of the back catalogue of original Texan funkers Soul Bros. Inc. and the release of the hot debut by mod-beat outfit The Qualitons, Tramp Records’ label boss Tobias Kirmayer continues in his quest to cover all funk/ soul bases with this comprehensive overview of the contemporary afro-beat scene. Everyone knows that things pretty much kicked off with Nigerian legend Fela Kuti back in the seventies
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MONKEYBOXING PRESENTS: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 1 (2011) Free download

Monkeyboxing.com is proud to present Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul featuring the dopest cuts from some of the finest current purveyors of FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NUFUNK, GHETTOFUNK and REGGAE. Includes EXCLUSIVE tracks from SMOOVE (Jalepeno/ Wack), ANDY TAYLOR (Resense/ Wack), and THE HAWK (Record Kicks) along with ALDO VANUCCI, FEATURECAST and THA ‘LIKS massive hip-hop banger from last year, a remix from reggae-remix legend JSTAR and more
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JOHNNYPLUSE: Dole Dance – 2011

Here’s a track guaranteed to be played at the beggarman’s disco as Irish funky breaks merchant Johnnypluse brings the Dole Dance. JP’s original goes for a nice organic, old school, breakbeat instrumental sound with a big snare that wouldn’t have sounded out of place in an early Coldcut set while remixes come courtesy of Hayz and BSide. Hayz gets his squelchy electro on for those who laugh in the face of anything that even faintly resembles an organic sound while I rather favour
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SPEEDOMETER: This Is Speedometer: Vol 1 & 2 – 2011

The kings of espresso-funk get all retrospective on your ass with this gigantic double album consisting of Speedometer’s first two LPs in their entirety. While they always spend far too much time flirting with the jazzy dark side for me, they still can’t help getting down and dirty every now and then so my previous lack of investigation meant that instrumentals like Mullet and vocal cut The Best You Can came as something of a surprise.
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