Monthly Archives: August 2012

MARTHA HIGH: I’d Rather Go Blind/ No More Heartaches (2012)

Classic sister soul alert! Singer for James Brown’s live show for thirty years and Maceo Parker collaborator, Martha High, gets together with Speedometer for this single off the forthcoming Soul Overdue LP in a performance that would suggest she’s aged like a fine wine. It’s a game of two halves with slowy I’d Rather Go Blind pitted against a blistering cover of Vicki Anderson’s funky
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METHOD MAN/ FREDDIE GIBBS/ STREETLIFE: ‘Built For This’ free download (2012) + The Man With Iron Fists OST tracklist

Here it is then, the first release off the soundtrack to RZA’s kung-fu flick The Man With Iron Fists. Featuring one of his many Wu-Tang buddies, Method Man, along with Freddie Gibbs and StreetLife, Built For This rocks a beat from Brooklyn soul band The Revelations (not to be confused with former Euro-girl band, The Revelations) who also collaborated with the
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BO SARIS: She’s On Fire (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
He’s not shitting you. She is on fire. This is dirt, pure and simple. Meet Dutchman Bo Saris. And damn if he isn’t on fire too. Why? Have a listen to this supersweet stripped-down Marvin-style soul burner and you tell me. ‘She’, by the way is man’s ruin incarnate – the sort of woman who makes a man crawl over hot coals and thank her for the
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ALDO VANUCCI feat. KYLIE AULDIST & A.S.M: Love Is Loops EP (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
The title of the forthcoming EP from Plymouth’s 14th best dj, Aldo Vanucci, would suggest that he loves loops. Now I’ve heard it, I love Aldo. In fact I think I might even want to bum him a bit for first track You’re All Show which enlists Oz soul sister Kylie Auldist. Actually, I might want to bum her too. Ostensibly the lyrics tear a new one for some preening tosser but in actuality it’s a
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DAYTONER: Sunburst Radio (2012)

Penzance calling! This is what happens when you spend three years locked in a shed above the radioactive granite of Cornwall. The PR has it that Daytoner’s Sunburst Radio is a, “retro-ride through Latin American, Blues, Jazz, Swing and Motown rhythms, underpinned by dance floor break beats, linked by valve-age voices” and that’s pretty much spot on. Our man conjures a combination of
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BROTHER ALI: Mourning In America (2012)

Rhymesayers’ finest, Brother Ali, delivers a track here that is profoundly unsympathetic towards the ethos of the NRA, US government foreign policy and violence-bent firearms-bearing individuals everywhere. God knows how you’re supposed to defend your ill-gotten foreign commercial interests, protect yourself against all those thieving immigrants or massacre your teachers
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WEEKEND SUN: You’re Good To Me (2012)

Weekend sun – you’re so good to me? Chance would be a fine thing. I’d settle for any bastard sun right now – summer my arse! What? Oh the bandWeekend Sun – and their new single You’re So Good To Me? Ah, well, that’s different. From Darlington they might be, but what with all the throbbing double bass, bongos and organs on this they seem to have captured the authentic sound of the jazz-funky Haight Ashbury in 1972 while
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ROGER MOLLS: Metamorphosis Of Muses (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Metamorphosis Of Muses is the second official LP from the ‘man with dusty fingers’ – obsessive crate-digger and beatmaker Roger Molls – and totals sixteen tracks of superbly-produced, epic-sounding, vocal and instrumental hip-hop in the vein, but not the – er – shadow, of early DJ Shadow and RJD2. And if you’re down with the work of Shadow and RJD2 and/or can’t get enough
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BOOTY FRUIT: Proper Produce Vol. 3 (2012)

For Proper Produce Volume 3, Booty Fruit have taken a simple approach which you could perhaps regard as one very large musical bap filled with a supersize helping of boom. Second cut Bad Influence from Prince Pimms and General Tack beefs up Dyke & The Blazers Let A Woman Be A Woman, Let A Man Be A Man and splices it with Jurassic 5 but the remaining trio are strickly
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JSTAR: Marijuana Situation (2012) Free download

It’s carnival weekend and what better way to get in the mood than to throw on tower-block-levelling JStar mashup Marijuana Situation – previously only featured on mixtapes and as part of the J-man’s live show. You know it’s either going to be hip-hop beats and reggae vocals or reggae beats and hip-hop vocals but which is it? That’ll be the former then, in an inspired game of two halves
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