Monthly Archives: July 2012

HOGLODYTES: ‘Peace Soup EP’ COMPETITION (2012) Exclusive

COMPETITION CLOSED – gotta be quicker than that fam! Congratulations to Dan in Cornwall and Rob in East Sussex. Fancy winning one of two rare-as-buggery vinyl test pressings of the forthcoming UK west coast/US east coast hip-hop crew HoglodytesPeace Soup EP? You can hear it below – you won’t be disappointed – four tracks-worth of nineties-style party bumps
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SASKWATCH: Leave It All Behind (2012)

Hitherto less well-known than fellow Melbourne-dwelling creatures The Bamboos, Saskwatch are poised to emerge from Australia’s funkiest city and leave substantial proof of their existence on the global funk-soul scene with debut LP Leave It All Behind. Hot on the heels of current single Your Love, the album totals twelve tracks of sweet sunshine soul that slot in somewhere between the
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KRAFTY KUTS: Get Up & Dance (2012) free download

Here you are – have a feel-good summer freebie courtesy of breakbeat assassin Krafty Kuts who takes it back to the old school if not quite back to Union Square (this being an all-UK affair) by enlisting the aid a man (Dynamite MC) as likely to be found aboard dancehall or drum n bass riddims as hip-hop. Get Up And Dance however is firmly in the 1989 school of party breaks –
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JOHNNYPLUSE feat. MC COPPA: Never Get Old (2012)

Never Get Old is the second single off Johnnypluse’s forthcoming LP and finds him laying down a bedrock of fat breaks over which he juxtaposes what sounds like a gathering swarm of bees with a sweet piano hook while the ever-reliable MC Coppa ponders the shit life throws at you and delivers life-affirming couplets. Remixes come in the shape of the dark and bleepy
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CHIMA ANYA feat. FRANCIS MOTT: Flexible (2012) Free download

Unlike that charlatan Dre, UK rapper Chima Anya really is a doctor. He’s also ‘flexible’ as he reveals here going in over Oh No’s instrumental The Funk beat. Not flexible in the lap-dancer sense of course, he’s on about his easy-going disposition which facilitates changes of plans, and a general ability to adapt to the capricious whims of others without breaking a sweat or, like, merking them
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HOGLODYTES: Peace Soup EP (2012)

Meet Hoglodytes – and their Peace Soup EP – a mighty joining of hip-hop’s east and west coasts in the NY/ Woolacombe hook-up we’ve all been waiting for. Yep, you read that right – in lieu of getting both sides of the continental US to unite, the UK’s very own west coast scene has stepped into the breach. You can wipe that look of doubt off your face though. NY city is represented by the
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DJ NU-MARK: Broken Sunlight Series 3 – ‘Our Generation’ feat. Ernie Hines/ ‘The Fever’ feat. A-Skillz (2012) Free download

Hello. New Nu-Mark. It’s the third drop in the former J5 dj’s Broken Sunlight album series and the title cut is a re-edit of Ernie Hines’ classic seventies funk number Our Generation. Like the original, it kicks off with a couple of bars of dope funk rock riff but quickly settles into a mellow soul groove. If you’d prefer a bit more heat it’s over on the flip in the shape of a collabo with A-Skillz who is
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STEREO BEATZ: Stereo Beatz EP (2012)

Admittedly this is a bit late but there’s cause to celebrate in the Stereo Beatz camp since it ain’t final til it’s vinyl and he must feel like he’s arrived at last with this 12″ after two digital releases on BigM. Put it this way – he certainly makes his presence felt here with four slices of heavyweight funky breaks crunch. Between them Rock Da Funk, Kick It, Get Your Trumpets, and Funky Gripster
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SASKWATCH: Your Love (2012) + video

Oz funk soul outfit Saskwatch continue their mission to plant a big foot squarely in the middle of the global funk and soul market with latest single Your Love. The follow up to the soul-funky Don’t Wanna Try/ Pushin Me Away single, Your Love is an upbeat northern soul shuffle liberally garnished with horns and singer Nkechi Anele’s Motown stylings. Put bowling bag down then, remove talc, sprinkle on floor, don bowling
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BOOTY FRUIT: Proper Produce Vol. 2 (2012) + The Allergies ‘Remember’ video

Did you know Little Richard once sang about ‘good booty’ in the original lyrics to Tutti Frutti? No? Well anyway – here’s some more. Good booty that is – and it’s out today. Booty Fruit label men El Bomba & Hidden Riddim fiddle with Blues Project sample action on Fluteski while The Allergies (aka filth-hound DJ Moneyshot and his homie Rackabeat) re-feel Blueboy’s Remember Me and lob in a few
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