Monthly Archives: October 2011

THE STRIDES: Reclamation (2011) video + free download

When I was at school ‘strides’ were what everyone called their trousers, as in – ‘liking the strides mate.’ At least, that was if they were drainpipes – if you were wearing anything that had the slightest bit of flap in it you were clearly some sort of hippie – why else would you be wearing flares? In the intervening years a ten-piece reggae, jazz and hip-hop outfit from straight outta Sydney have
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BOOTY FRUIT presents: Homemade Bullets Volume 3 (2011)

Homemade bullets? It’s all about the casting, the priming, the charging…the constant threat of it all blowing up in your face…Still, none of this is really an issue for Cut La Vis, El Bomba or Tonic & Funkanizer who’ve been slaving away in their audio bunkers crafting dancefloor ammunition in the shape of this digital four-tracker. As always, a lot depends on picking a dope sample so particular props have to go to Funkanizer and El Bomba for
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JAYL FUNK: Get Down On The Floor (2011)

Jayl Funk’s latest, Get Down On The Floor, is a new original funky breaks number that should keep him out of the slammer for the foreseeable future. During it JF aims to get the listener ‘down on the floor’ by making quite free with what sounds like Vernon Burch’s Get Up (all late seventies slap bass and a Cameo-style break) and adding in a bit of contemporary female vocals and some distorted guitar. That ought to work
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RHYMESAYERS: London Tour Stories video (2011)

In which various artists on the 2011 Carhartt/ Rhymesayers tour relate why they love the Big Smoke. Or not. Slug found the bacon undercooked, Budo informs us that he’s half English and like everyone this side of the Atlantic he already drinks tea with pinkie raised and salutes the Queen while Evidence hates Heathrow but thinks the weed is pretty good. Thus it is Brother Ali alone, who
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FROOTFUL feat. Angeline Morrison: Slowtime (2011)

Ever wondered what Bebel Gilberto would sound like if she sang in English? Now’s your chance to found out as Nick Radford, a.k.a. Frootful, hooks up with Ambassadors Of Sorrow vocalist Angeline Morrison for a latin makeover of Colours album track Slowtime. It’s the very thing for a sunny, lazy afternoon, spent getting slowly drunk as you ponder life, love and all its complexities
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MORLACK: Zulu EP (2011) + video

‘Take it to the Zulu’? Wasn’t that what the British said after defeat at Isandlwana where the Zulu nation had rather unsportingly decided it didn’t want to be colonised? Coincidentally, here, we find Morlack re-injecting some much needed funk into the ‘Rourke’s Drift’ that the ‘funk’ element of ghetto funk has become of late. The PR suggests calling it ‘jazzy ghetto funk’ (a term which had me reaching for an assegai) but
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LOVE MUSIC, HATE RACISM & CULT MUSIC present: Funk Against Fascism (2011)

There are many reasons to reject fascism in its many forms – the one-dimensional, ‘might is right’ attitude, the staggering lack of logic in its ideological arguments and crucially – the shit music. Wagner and Skrewdriver? Christ! Enter breakbeat deejay Totalcult who (in collaboration with Love Music, Hate Racism has been marshalling the rebel forces
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M.O.P. & THE SNOWGOONS: Get Yours (2011) + new album ‘Sparta’ announced

Billy Danze and Lil Fame return on a beat with horns so massive they’re traditionally used in cinema to announce the arrival of a gargantuan threat – the materialisation of a million-strong Persian army led by a seven foot pervert on the Spartan horizon perhaps. Coincidentally, Get Yours is the first single off Sparta (due 22 November) the forthcoming album hook-up between M.O.P.
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THE FUNK LEAGUE: Funky As Usual (2011) + tracklist

Rating: ★★★★★
I think I might move to France. The food’s better, they don’t take any shit off the government and The Funk League are from there. Formerly The Incredible Funk League, DJ/producers Hugo and Soulbrother Suspect have latterly dropped the ‘incredible,’ in a not very hip-hop downplaying of their prowess. But don’t worry – it’s the only un-hip-hop thing about this pair
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JERRY BEEKS & AUDIO AD: This Ain’t America Is It? (2011) Free download

When Bronx native and genuine microphone fiend Jerry Beeks brought out his first album The Crop Report I thought, ah yes – this man’ll go far. Said piece of wax was a cracking slice of inventive boom-bappery and inspired, humorous lyricism, featuring such bangers as Falling In Love With A Stripper and The Bu Ku Dinky Dow
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