Monthly Archives: July 2011

BK ONE: Tema Do Canibal EP feat. Doom (2011) + remix contest

DJ/ Producer BK One, known to many as ‘Brother Ali’s tour DJ’, arranges no fewer than six reprises of one of the tracks from his highly-regarded 2009 LP Radio Do Canibal. It’s what you might regard as cannibalisation of a track from an album which itself salutes Brazilian music’s ability to cannibalise other culture’s music for it’s own dancefloor ends
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APATHY: Honkey Kong LP release details + tracklist (2011)

Did you hear about the difference between Donkey Kong and Honkey Kong? The first was a game that showed an ape on a platform while the other is a platform for Apathy to show he’s got game. Yeah alright, not brilliant, but no worse than the title of an album that is the third solo outing for the artist who created it. Well, I say ‘solo’ – he’s brought most of his mates along and, with any luck, it’ll be every bit as good as 2009’s Wanna Snuggle
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MC ADAD: ‘PS…I’m Next’ mixtape promo video (2011)

MC ADaD provides further proof, as if it were needed, that hip-hop is alive and well in 2011 with this promo for his forthcoming mixtape P.S…I’m Next due in September and featuring production from (among others) Waajeed, Exile, Illmind, Tensei, Ta-Ku (Australia), and ADaD himself. Featuring the Tensei-produced track It’s Mine, the vid depicts the aforementioned emcee being cruelly awoken from his peaceful rapper slumber
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HARVEY K-TEL: Ranking In The Deep (2011)

Rating: ★★★★★
I had a rank in the deep once. It was nearly as good as this. And by ‘this’ I mean the latest effort from the man named Harvey K-Tel. Like one DJ Shepdog before him, K-Tel works his mash-up magic with a certain Adele acapella but substitutes Sly & Robbie for something a little more upbeat and rocksteady – sounds a bit like an old number by The Jamaicans. And what do you know? This refix is just as good
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LACK OF AFRO: A Time For (feat. Wayne Gidden) b/w Numero Seenko (2011)

READ Lack Of Afro – This Time album review HERE.
If 6 was 9…if the mountains fell into the sea…if A on this was B…None of those things are so but it is true that Adam ‘Lack Of Afro’ Gibbons’ has actually done something I really like. Unfortunately it’s the B-side though, so I will do my level best to see that Numero Seenko gets its dues right here. It’s not that the Wayne Gidden-featuring A-side, A Time For is bad. Gidden’s Jay Kay meets Marvin Gaye vibe teamed with Gibbons’
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Makes Me Wanna Scream (2011)

What could make Basement Freaks a.k.a. George Fotiadis want to scream? The parlous state of the Greek economy? Possibly – but the cause is more likely to be delight as he is swarmed, Lynx-advert style, by semi-clad females in response to the Prince/ P-funk/ ghetto funk combo vibe of Makes Me Wanna Scream off his Something Freaky LP
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CMC & SILENTA: Feature Breaks Vol 1 (2011) + ‘Blue Brothers’ free download

Feature Breaks Volume 1 sees Manmade Records label owners CMC & Silenta inaugurate the new vinyl series on their other label Roca Records and they’re so excited they’re giving away an EXCLUSIVE FREE DOWNLOAD of their huge good-time funky breaks club classic BLUE BROTHERS via monkeyboxing HERE. As with other Roca releases the emphasis is on sample-free music
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THE BONGOLIAN: Bongos For Beatniks (2011)

If The Incredible Bongo Band were British and had formed in the late sixties instead of the early seventies…they still wouldn’t have sounded like this. You’d be closer if you tried to imagine the love child of Roy Budd’s Get Carter theme and the tripped-out psychedelia of sixties French nutter Pierre Henri. That’s not to say that The Bongolian himself, Nasser Bouzida, is any the less funky
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RHYMESAYERS PRESENT: The Rhymesayers European Tour – Atmosphere/ Brother Ali/ Evidence (of Dilated Peoples) / Blueprint/ Grieves & Budo (2011)

Rhymesayers? They’re not law obeyers they’re non-stop rhythm rock poetry sayers and they’ll be proving it by invading Europe this November starting in London. Actually they probably are law obeyers, that bit just sounded good. Yes, this autumn is all about emo-hoppers Atmosphere and various homies from the underground behemoth of a label that Atmosphere founded: Brother Ali, Evidence, Blueprint and Grieves and Budo
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HARDLY SUBTLE: Hardly Subtle EP 1 (2011)

Rating: ★★★★★
Hot on the heels of his Party Breaks EP Vol 2 there’s tell of a mighty new mashed-up breaks collection from Signor Aldo Vanucci and his amico Remix Dave (not his real name one suspects) of Bristol, a.k.a. Hardly Subtle. For some reason ‘Hardly Subtle’ sounds to me a bit like one of those public schoolboy names – you know – like ‘Strangely Brown’ or something – in fact the two of them were inseparable – used to fag for the head boy
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