Monthly Archives: November 2011

ROGER MOLLS: Hiphopology/ The Listener (2011) Maxi-vinyl limited edition

It ain’t final til it’s vinyl! The ‘French RJD2’ and monkeyboxing favourite Roger Molls keeps it gully, old school style by releasing an actual record. This is such an expensive process these days that getting your hands on one of these puppies means you’ll be one of only 150 people on the planet. All six cuts on this 12” come off Roger’s superb Rewind LP and hip-hop club djs will be after the
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ (Remixed): Blow Your Horn (Andy Taylor remix)/ Seaside Suicide (Herma Puma Remix) (2011)

If you’re on top of your funky ass shit this year you ought to have caught Renegades Of Jazz’s superb Hip To The Jive LP – an album which has virtually single-handedly rescued the jazzier side of funk-related music from the smug clutch of self-indulgent whiteboy jazz funkers. Who better to remix than ROJ then and who better among remixers to hand stuff over to than Glasgow’s finest Latin breaks merchant Andy Taylor or
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DIZRAELI & THE SMALL GODS: Monthly podcast (2011) Free download

They’re a bit folk, a bit hip-hop – hmmm – what can we call it? Putting that knotty conundrum to the side for a minute there’s just time to say that Dizraeli and his Small Gods crew (now including DJ Downlow of Itch FM) have started up a regular monthly podcast. Or ‘Godcast’ as they’re calling it. And actually, just for that shocking play on words, they deserve to be called ‘folk-hop.’ Freely downloadable, you can cop said podcasts and such
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LITTLE ROY: Lithium (2011) + video

Studio One legend Little Roy releases his sixties ska version of Nirvana’s Lithium next week. It’s the best track off his Battle For Seattle album (produced by Prince Fatty and Mutant Hi-Fi) and the relentlessly upbeat backing manages to reduce Cobain’s grungey miserablism to a faint undertone of melancholia on an otherwise jaunty number. It’s prompted such descriptions as ‘daring and brilliant’ (bbc.co.uk), ‘Glorious’ (Daily Torygraph), ‘Stunning’
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SAVANT feat. Ohini Jonez & John Public: Here We Go (prod. Benncart) (2011)

Rating: ★★★★★
‘Here we go’ indeed as Savant continues his Crash Course: Leak Series run of quality free downloads with one of the strongest tracks (and my favourite one) on it. This time around, Polish producer Benncart was the Tucson emcee’s go-to for a chunky boom-bap beat with understated, jazz samples – and it bumps! Man knows how to pick a beat! Jonez, Public and Savant then proceed to tear it
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BOCA 45: ‘Pitch Sounds’ LP now on digital (2011)

Boca, boca, boca! It’s the digital release of Bristolian producer Boca 45’s debut LP Pitch Sounds originally released on vinyl and cd back in 2004 on which he made good on his claim to try and make beats, “how they might sound if they were recorded in 1968 in massive studios with real musicians.” Basically it’s a solid fifteen track LP which takes in beat-boxing, b-boy breaks, cinematic instrumentals, hip-hop and even rnb on the Stephanie-Mckay
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LAURA VANE & THE VIPERTONES: 110% (2011) Remix competition

Dutch/ English deep funkers Laura Vane & The Vipertones released their second LP Sugar Fix on Unique earlier this year and now there’s a remix album in the works. However, it seems they’ve realised they’re short a track. This is where you come in. Download the stems of 110% off the Sugar Fix album and get to work because if you win, your track will be on the remix LP
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WRIGGLY SCOTT: Hierarchy/ Anarchy (2011) Free download

In a middle-eastern double whammy, UAE-based producer Wriggly Scott and Beirut-based video director Ghayyan Al Amine team-up for the thematically heavyweight hip-hop instrumental Hierarchy/ Anarchy. It’s the latest free promo DL (link below) in the run-up to Scott’s next EP, due early 2012. So, if the long nights, and cold weather of the northern hemisphere are getting you down…cheer the fuck up, you could be living in a country
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EL BOMBA & HIDDEN RIDDIM vs. NAS: ‘Half Time’ re-boot (2011) Free download

Ghetto funk fruity for your booty here from El Bomba and Hidden Riddem as they re-version the Large Pro-produced classic from Nas’s Illmatic. Essentially it’s a faster and heavier version of the original but with a bridge formed out of a couple of bars of the original at the original tempo in the middle. In other words it’s fast for a bit, then slow for a bit, then fast for a bit. Man, that’s like sex or something
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TREMENDO Vol. 1: Various (2011)

Telephunken drops the first release on his own label Tremendo here and it’s eight floor fillers from across the ghetto funk/ funky breaks spectrum from the likes of his own bad self, Stickybuds, The Captain, Tom Drummond, Bobby C Sound TV, Bryx, The Breakbeat Junkie and Ursula 1000. Basically you’re supplied with ammunition for virtually every style of breaks dj occasion: you’ve got your
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