Monthly Archives: June 2012

RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Hip To The Remix (2012)

On which Renegades Of Jazz continues his mission to reclaim use of the word ‘hip’ to mean ‘rather well-informed about and appreciative of’ from its association with a certain eighties yuppie pop anthem. But that’s enough about Huey Lewis – let’s skip to the news which is that Renegades Of Jazz’s superb Hip To The Jive album has been remixed as Hip To The Remix. Yep, all twelve
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DAYTONER: On My Own (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
UK producer Daytoner gets his first drop on Smoove’s ‘northern jazz’ breaks label and he’s on his own. He’s not really of course – that’s all bollocks. For a start classy little breaks number On My Own features the breathy (and occasionally growly) vocals of Jane Kennaway and secondly he’s got three remixers for company. And we’re not talking just any old dial-a-remixer
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THE SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS: Quest Under Capricorn (2012)

Quest Under Capricorn is the second LP from Oz-crew The Shaolin Afronauts who, despite the afrobeat foundations of their sound offer something here that is liable to appeal beyond the afrobeat-freak circle of interest in much the same way as debut LP Flight Of The Ancients. The album has a sixties/ seventies vibe that’s part Lalo Schifrin film/cop-show soundtrack-esque
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MAC MILLER: Party On 5th Avenue (Hardly Subtle Education Mix) + (Hardly Subtle Classic Mix)) (2012) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★
In a bizarre twist Plymouthian/ Bristolian production duo Hardly Subtle (Aldo Vanucci and Dave Remix) take on the role of the nation’s musical educators as they deliver a ‘lesson’ based on one of the most famous samples ever with their Mac Miller Party On 5th Avenue (Hardly Subtle ‘Education Mix’). In an even more bizarre twist this means that I find myself in the role of Ofsted
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ITCHY BASTARDS: Keep Movin’ On

Calling yourselves ‘Itchy Bastards’ has an air of masochism about it doesn’t it? Who in their right minds would open themselves up to endless haemorrhoid and crabs gags – unless they were getting off on it? There you are laughing it up about how ‘on the hole’ you’d never stoop to humour that low or sniggering about how you ain’t telling no ‘lice’ when you say that their Keep Movin’
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: Everywhere (2012) Free download

On which Bournemouth-based ghetto funk producer and dj Cockney Nutjob takes a morality holiday. There I was absent-mindedly nodding along to Everywhere’s breaks and catchy bass shudders when with dawning horror I realised that one of the samples on this booming ghetto funker was soft-rock criminals Fleetwood bastard Mac. Mind you, in a week where one wealthy comedian
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MASH & MUNKEE: We Like It Like That (2012)

Mash & Munkee finally make good on the promise of those Hero Records and Funk Weapons singles with their twelve track debut LP We Like It Like That. But what exactly is ‘that’ you ask? Judging by the content it’s hundred per cent proof by volume b-boy instrumentals. Expect lots of jazz and blaxploitation-influenced grooves that sound like they’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time in
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THE GOOD PEOPLE: Think Twice/ The Theory (feat. Spectac) (2012)

More quality from the Blunted Astronaut label here as they continue to keep the true school sound alive in the shape of a 45 from NY hip-hop duo The Good People – or rapper/ producer Saint and MC Emskee to you. The pair get their ATCQ on with the jazz samples and substantial low end of B-side The Theory (see what I did there?) exhorting their audience to listen to real music
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BEASLEY/PRICE: Is/Are Here (2012) Free download

Beasley Price might sound a bit like a high street furniture store (“Did you see – there’s a half price sale on down at Beasley Price?”) but they’re actually former members of Texan funk crew T Bird & The Breaks and they’ve got an LP out called Is/Are Here. The sound on it is somewhere between old school NY electro from the eighties and Muscle Shoals soul from the sixties which
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WILL C: Almost Summer EP (2012) Free download + video

It’s almost summer and Bostonian rapper/ producer Will C is more excited than a kid with a new bucket and spade as he follows up trippy Beach Boys-raiding instrumental LP Adieu Or Die with the Almost Summer EP. Almost summer? It might be ‘almost summer’ in Boston. Try living at the arse end of the gulfstream mate – it’s a fucking weather lottery over here at the
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