Monthly Archives: April 2012

JAYEAST/ QTURBO/ AZHQ: ‘All Souled Out Productions Vol. 2’ mixtape (2012) Free download

It’s cold, it’s rainy and generally a bit shitty – have a free mixtape from the Netherlands’ All Souled Out Productions to cheer yourself up. The All Souled Out crew is Jayeast, Qturbo and Azhq and they’ve got a thing for remixing late nineties/ early noughties hip-hop in a…well…er…late nineties/ early noughties stylee. Yes, stoned is very much the way of the walk here as everyone from Large Pro, to
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HIDDEN JAZZ QUARTET feat. OMAR: ‘High Heels’ (+ Lack Of Afro remix) (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
This one’s called High Heels by Hidden Jazz Quartet and features Omar – (here sounding a little bit like Alison Moyet) fretting about where his chick is at 3 in the morning. But enough about that – let’s talk about the important bit which is the B-side rerub where Lack Of Afro produces dancefloor gold through remix alchemy – check it below. Out go the jazzy percussion, sax-wanking
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FUNK MOGULS: Roc Blockin EP (2012)

Once upon a time there was cock rockin’, then the Chemical Brothers were block rockin’ and now Funk Moguls are roc blockin’. No doubt at some point in the future we can expect cock-blockin’ beats too. To the best of my knowledge there hasn’t been any feminist ghetto-funk interpretation of the works of Motley Crue and Poison yet but give it time. Meanwhile the
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THE LEGION: Straight Flow/ Automatic System (2012) + video

The who? What do you mean you’ve never heard of Black Sheep-affiliated South Bronx boom-bap crew The Legion? Yeah alright – they weren’t exactly high profile back in the day but as banger Straight Flow (originally recorded in 1995 underlines – that probably wasn’t The Legion’s fault. Probably? Of course it fucking wasn’t – it was all about the label foundering on the rocky
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FAY HALLAM & THE BONGOLIAN: Dancing (2012) Free download + ‘Lost In Sound’ LP update

Here’s a free hook-up between Fay Hallam and Nasser ‘The Bongolian’ Bouzida to cultivate some publicity in the run-up to the release of full LP Lost In Sound on 14 May this year. Dancing unites Bouzida’s ‘latter-day Alan Hawkshaw’ organ fire, funky breaks and percussion with Hallam’s latter-day Dusty Springfield-crossed-with-nineties-Brit-pop vocals to create a sixties/nineties hybrid
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MORLACK: Boogaloo EP (2012)

“Richie, would you do me a favor and eat my pussy for me, please?” Yeah. That got your attention didn’t it? It’s a sample that certainly got mine when I was listening to the title track at the start of Morlack’s new Boogaloo EP. Boogaloo? Oh what – like the funky mambo/ soul hybrid? Um – no – not exactly. Oh…well perhaps something to do with Electric Boogaloo by Ollie & Jerry then…?
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VARIOUS: All Shook Up (2012)…

…or what happened when everyone and their grandmother’s pet puppy begged Renegades Of Jazz for a remix so they could get in on a bit of his b-boy breakin’ ‘northern jazz’ action. Well you would wouldn’t you? Can you imagine getting remixed by ‘conformists of jazz.’ Jesus – that’d be my worst nightmare. Well…that and being the victim of sadistic torture or something. Luckily for
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VARIOUS: Bulabeats Four Zero (BB0040) (2012)

For many, reaching forty means a flabby gut, spending money you don’t have on a leather jacket and sports car you don’t need and staring at life’s traffic lights wondering where and when it all went so wrong. Not Bulabeats though. Nope, they’re hitting the dancefloor with a ten-track blast of dirty-ass bass and breaks. But maybe that’s because this is a celebration of Bulabeats’ fortieth release rather than their fortieth
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VARIOUS: Cloud Watching (Riddim Fruit) (2012) – Free download

Known for its adventures in the realm of bass music, the Riddim Fruit label crosses the threshold of the chill-out room with Cloud Watching – as if you’d expect anything else from a cover depicting a bloke stood on a hill staring at a paisley-ish sky or a hippy title like that, anyway. If this leads you feeling like we’ve entered nineties downtempo breaks territory you’d be right. And
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BOOTY FRUIT: Proper Produce Volume 1 (2012)

They might have shot all their homemade bullets but that doesn’t mean Booty Fruit are out of musical ammunition. Their new series of mash-up material is called Proper Produce and is more than juicy enough to have booty bouncing. And melons come to that. Nice pear. Er – anyway, this new volume features a barrow-load of fresh cuts. Djtzinas and Mr Big style it by layering Screechy
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