Monthly Archives: February 2012

MORLACK: Hype Free EP (2012)

Morlack’s been busy again and if there’s one thing you can be sure of with him it’s that there’s never a lack of more. I could tell you that this time he’s been digging around in the back catalogues of Rufus Thomas, prog-funky acid casualties Parliament and Funkadelic, and raiding the works of latterday visitors to the more paisley-patterned reaches of music, Outkast. I could tell you that the results yield everything from stadium
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CHIDDY BANG: Ray Charles (2012) + video

Rating: ★★★★★
Apparently it’s not possible to make a hip-hop track with a Ray Charles connection without having a major hit on your hands. Ray Charles booms, it baps, it’s based round a dope soul-piano loop, a giant vocal hook, tongue in cheek lyrics, and the dancefloor fucking loves it. I’m not even taking the piss. It’s finally got a UK release but I think we can pretty much guarantee there won’t be any wax
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UGLY DUCKLING: ‘Elevation’ official video + free download (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Boom! Everyone’s favourite cartoon old-school hip-hop crew, Ugly Duckling, finally release the long overdue video to Elevation – the dancefloor-banger highlight of their fifth and latest LP Moving At Breakneck Speed. Made with the intention of bringing the album’s Looney-Tunes style cover art to life expect to see our heroes’ entrance preceded
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CZARFACE: Inspectah Deck teams up with 7L & Esoteric for new LP (2012)

The short version of this is that Wu-Tang member Inspectah Deck is teaming up with veteran Boston underground hip-hop duo 7L & Esoteric for an LP – Czarface – sometime soon. Guest appearances come from Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Roc Marciano and Large Professor. It also seems that DJ Premier has been drafted in to do extra beats. According to Esoteric
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DJTZINAS: Mad So Mush EP (2012)

The European fiscal storm might be pissing down from an especially great height on Greece and Ireland at the minute but here’s a team-up to bring a few rays of musical sunshine as Cretan producer Djtzinas (or is it DJ Tzinas – I’m never quite sure?) gets signed up to Irish label Bulabeats. Tzinas’s Mad So Mash EP is a short and sweet three-tracker demonstrating the talents of a man who knows how to prudently spread the contents of his musical
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BLOWN CELEB: 1000 Screaming Kamikaze’s (2012)

You might not have heard of rappers Swiss Precise and Jon E Rockwell who together form Blown Celeb but you’ll almost certainly have heard of Rockwell from his day job as Dizzy Dustin of Long Beach’s old school party hip-hop crew Ugly Duckling. Blown Celeb is Dizzy’s side project and 1000 Screaming Kamikaze’s (let’s not talk about that apostrophe right now) is their debut album. Many will know of UD’s nearly two decades long
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THIRD COAST KINGS: ‘Spicy Brown’ video (2012)

Italian label Record Kicks are currently championing their funk signings Third Coast Kings who’ve just released the video for Spicy Brown off their soon-to-be-released LP. For the geographically challenged, the ‘third coast’ in the band’s name refers to the shores of the Great Lakes of North America – more specifically for Third Coast Kings who hail from Michigan – the shores of – durrr…Lake Michigan. Record Kicks reckon Huron
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DIRTY DUBSTERS feat. BASS NACHO: Bend Down Low (2012)

The dream team of Dirty Dubsters and Floridian reggae vocalist Bass Nacho return for another cut with Bend Down Low. And indeed ‘Bend down low’ is exactly Nacho’s exhortation over the skankin’ bit before the buzzsaw bass kicks in on this ragga-breaks monster. ‘Bend down where?’ Are we in a prison shower or something? Oh – it’s aimed at the ladies? I do apologise – carry on with my blessing – I think it’s extremely important to check out who’s
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TRAMP RECORDS: ‘Movements 4′ compilation LP (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Another coup for Tobias Kirmayer – the digger with his finger on the funk trigger! Kirmayer is the man behind Germany’s Tramp Records – a label currently doing more to propagate original rare funky music around the globe than anyone else – so when he says he’s been working for two years on a compilation in his Movements series and, in his opinion, it’s the highlight of said series so far
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CHARITY CLAY: Runnin’ Man (2012)

Last heard on Savant’s Soul Music cut, here’s Charity Clay fresh for Valentine’s Day flying the flag for female rappers. Well, someone’s got to, they’re not exactly high profile these days are they? Apart from Nicki Minaj obviously. The Runnin’ Man of the title is of course your archetypal man whose ‘commitment early warning system’ runs at better than military spec and who can be found fishtailing off down the road in panic in his motor before
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