Monthly Archives: May 2012

DJ AXE vs. STEREO BEATZ: Funk N’ Breaks (BigMD038) (2012)

BigM regular Stereo Beatz has brought along his mate DJ Axe this time for Funk N’ Breaks or more accurately ‘ghetto funk n breaks’. Not that I’m complaining you understand – as the synths on this rock a funky ice cream van vibe that I haven’t heard since Jake Slazenger brought out Supaphunk about fifteen years ago. Slazenger’s was more of an armchair anthem though whereas the big breaks
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QUAKERS feat. GUILTY SIMPSON & MED: Fitta Happier (2012) video

It says here that Quakers are a 35 person hip-hop collective with a 41 track album out now on Stones Throw. 35 person?! Are they taking the piss? Imagine that lot on tour – they’ll wish they fucking stuck to making oats. As for 41 tracks – I don’t even have time to preview something that long. Luckily, I’m only required to comment on the video for Fitta Happier which features
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CAPITOL 1212 feat. Dizzy Dustin, Mike G, MCM, Cadence, & DJ Sheep: Good Feeling (2012) free download + album announced

Word on the street has it that Capitol 1212 a.k.a production team Professa Fresh and Fly-T are working on their debut LP and if their last single Good Feeling was anything to go by, that should give you more than a twitch in your pants. For those who missed it the other year, Good Feeling was a phat party hip-hop posse cut – a posse, incidentally, which included no lesser rhyming talents than
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HERMA PUMA: Synchro Remixed EP One (2012)

For the Synchro Remixed EP One – UK/ US hip-hop production duo Herma Puma a.k.a. Pimpernel Jones and Simple X have floated their rather good mellow-hop debut LP Synchromystic out into the seas of remix to be picked up by the likes of Tall Black Guy, Ross PTH of Wah Wah 45s, Lopez and Ariya vs. The Ones to do with as they will. All concerned have kept it relaxed and at least as
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S STRONG: Return Of The Mambo (2012) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★
They might not be having a great time financially but hot damn the Greeks have got the latin breaks thing wired. We’ve had some quality cumbia and boogaloo stuff recently but here’s a wicked little freebie from Stelios Strong named Return Of The Mambo – no prizes for guessing which latin genre he’s raided. Mastered by no less a person than Funkanizer – this puts me in mind of a slightly
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THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS: Brooklyn (2012)

The band with the best name in Afro-influenced funky music return with what is presumably a tribute to one of the five Boros’ although with a name like theirs you might have expected them to pick Staten Island and with the sort of names David Beckham picks for his kids (like, say, Brooklyn) Shaolin Afronuats might wish they had done. Don’t expect afrobeat though (if that’s
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DJ NU-MARK feat. J.LIVE, M3 & ERICA DEE: ‘Tonight’ video (2012) + Tonight/ Feel The Way free download

Rating: ★★★★★
Once again Nu-Mark proves he was never a dj/producer Andrew Ridgeley to Cut Chemist’s George Michael in Jurassic 5 with Tonight – the second 10” culled from forthcoming LP Broken Sunlight. While it’s not a club banger like its predecessor Dumpin ‘Em All, this J Live-featuring bump provides a super-sweet head-nod groove
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DIRTY DUBSTERS feat. TOP CAT: Girls Pon Mi Mind (2012) + video

Rating: ★★★★★
Dirty Dubsters deliver another booty-grinding slice of dancehall action with Girls Pon Mi Mind which skanks along at 95 bpm and is dripping with vintage reggae horns and the lusty vocal stylings of Top Cat. When I say ‘Top Cat’ I don’t, of course, mean a yellow cartoon feline but the legendary UK MC who, one has to assume, neither
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THE THIRD DEGREE: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (Smoove remix) (2012)

Previously famous for covering Duffy’s megahit Mercy in a more authentically sixties manner than Duffy, The Third Degree have now crafted a future retro soul version of Kylie Minogue’s megahit Can’t Get You Out Of My Head. Hearing Kylie’s version used to trigger memories of a video where she suggestively rubbed her thighs. In the absence of any promotional video from The Third Degree what
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STEELY CHAN: Biggie Smalls vs. The Soul Snatchers ‘Juicy Sniffin’ (Steely Chan’s Blender Mash)(2012) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★
The best of the recent tracks in their endless output of hip-hop mashups, Juicy Sniffin finds Steely Chan depositing lyrical don Biggie Smalls on top of neo-funky-soul outfit the Soul Snatchers. Musically that is – not actually since a) Biggie was notoriously (see what I did there?) a fat bastard and there’s no way you’d be playing anything
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