Monthly Archives: February 2011

BLEND MISHKIN: Lyrical Jam – 2011

Blend Mishkin gets to be the debut artist released on the Dirty Dubster’s new label Irish Moss Records with Lyrical Jam and comes through with some straight-up dub reggae. He brings along Brother Culture to deliver some righteous vocal vibes and hot damn if he doesn’t get both LionDub and the Dubsters themselves in on remix duties.
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RAEKWON (feat. Rick Ross & Ghostface): Molasses – Free download – 2011

Well – this wasn’t quite what I was expecting from a Wu-Tang/ Rick Ross collabo but it shows ‘the Chef’ still has a few tricks up his sleeve and makes forthcoming Raewkon LP Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang sound even more promising than it did before. And while Molasses might ooze out of your speakers on a thick and treacly mellow soul-horns groove, the lyrics still have bite. It’s another tale of thug life with Rae and co. imagining themselves as ‘Scarface Gangsters’
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UNFORSCENE: Return Of The Wob – 2011

If January was afrobeat month 2011, it looks like March is ‘Bristol sound’ month as news of Unforscene’s forthcoming long-player surfaces at the same time as The Beekeepers (Parker and Boca 45) return to the scene. And, like The Beekeepers and Ewan Hoozami, Unforscene seem to be heralding a new generation of beats and vocal collaborations from Bristol that add dubstep and broken beat stylings
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THE BEEKEEPERS: Ascending Change EP – 2011 + ‘Apiculture’ LP update

Apiculture album preview and audio HERE
Bristol duo Parker and Boca 45 follow up last year’s banging Bee Funk EP with the rather different Ascending Change EP. Where the former led with an in-your-face party-starting vocal cut and drew in elements of everything from dubstep to funk, this is all about the epic, moody, instrumental atmospherics and the big sweeping sound vistas that you might more traditionally have come to expect from Bristol’s beat-mongers
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RJ & TECHNIQUE feat. SAVANT: Cypher Pas De Trois – free download + video – 2011

Three-style cypher! Chi-town emcees RJ & Technique hook-up with former Chi-town resident Savant, a.k.a. Stanstro, to kick a dope verse (or two) old-school style, over beatbox beats and a blissed-out keyboard melody courtesy of Vancouver producer EebSoFresh. Apparently, this is a ‘lost cut’ off RJ& T’s Crash Sanaa LP sessions. Lost? If I was losing material this good I’d be a bit more anal with my organisation
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BIG M PRESENTS…Vol. 9 – Various Banging Artists No.3 – 2011

Big M goes bigger and harder than ever with this ‘Banging Artists’ drop. The release rightly leads with Funkanomics scarily heavy Cypress Hill rerub of Lick A Shot – the monstrous ghetto funked-up Licky Shot, then Chris Awesome cooks up a fat one – see what I did there? Have a listen you’ll work it out. Telephunken (clearly not contented with having his own four track EP out on Big M currently) has a bash at reworking Edwyn Starr’s heavy soul hitter 25 Miles
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE TASTEMAKERS: I’ve Been Waiting/ Don’t Tell Me/ Deep Fried Funk – 2011

That’s a bit more like it. New Record Kicks signings, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, strut onto the retro funk scene appropriately enough with a seven inch and manage to squeeze on three tracks. I’ve Been Waiting has the soul vibe of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings more recent output, the other two are somewhat more lively and all three showcase William’s raw-edged vox. Don’t Tell Me has the edge for its sophisticated JB’s-style groove
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THE BAKER BROTHERS: The Young Patter / Patience – 2011

The Baker Brothers keep it smooth and jazzy with this new 45 from Record Kicks. Well, I say ‘keep it,’ I can’t see them doing it any other way really. These tracks are so smooth and jazzy that were you to turn your back even for a second whilst your 45 was on the turntable by the time you turned back you’d find your 45 adapters wearing miniature berets
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ZEDS DEAD: Rudeboy (DJ MONEYSHOT 110 edit) free download

In which Roy ‘Moneyshot’ Spencer re-imagines Canuck beatheads Zed’s Dead’s Rudeboy as something you can actually dance to. What with the original track being essentially a 70 bpm chunk of wobbly trip-hop a certain amount of speed (velocity not the drug) would seem to be a key ingredient for success. Enter the Moneyshot at 110 bpm (hence the re-edit name) to make things faster and, in conjunction with doing a cheeky messaround with the rhythm section, considerably ruder
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DUSTY TONEZ: Steady As She Breaks – 2011

Dusty Tonez keeps it minimal on Steady As She Breaks navigating this breakbeat banger through dirty guitar chops, a wobbly bassline and electro percussion. Captain of Irish label Bulabeats, JohnnyPluse, is first (remix) mate to Tonez’ commander of the beat and takes the helm with a light touch – if, indeed, dirtying the rhythm section still further can be considered a light touch.
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