Monthly Archives: September 2012

BOB & GENE feat. THE INVERSIONS: I Can’t Stand These Lonely Nights/ Rub The Lamp (2012) Free download

Latterday Sam and Dave, Daptone Records‘s Bob & Gene revisit their own sweet soul B-side Lonely Nights from last year with the help of Antibalas producer Victor Axelrod and his Kingston three-piece band The Inversions. Thus transformed, the original song has become a sweet reggae-soul A-side I Can’t Stand These Lonely Nights as our men once again wistfully contemplate the pain of
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A SKILLZ: Think (It Takes Two) feat. Lyn Collins (2012) Free download + London Show 6.10.12

Rating: ★★★★★
It’s reassuring to know that the mighty Lyn Collins ‘features’ on what is essentially a remix of her own song – still – this is a remix by the mighty A Skillz so we’ll let him off. If you’re one of the three people who hasn’t yet heard this, imagine Lyn Collins still-fresh original, cut up a bit with Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s massive ’88 hip-hop club banger It Takes
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DANNY SPICE: The King Amongst Thieves EP (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
You might have heard that vinyl’s dead and nobody samples off old records any more but evidence continues to flood in to the contrary. Here’s UK producer Danny Spice with the latest proof that the heavyweight funk can never be faded – as Funkdoobiest once put it. Ten-tracker The King Amongst Thieves EP is the full release off which
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CMC & SILENTA: Feature Breaks Vol. 3 ‘The Night Is Mine’ (2012) + video

CMC & Silenta take funky breaks to Ibiza in their house-friendly latest cut The Night Is Mine. By rights, the video to this should have revolved around a large gang of half-dressed pretty young things on “party patrol” in the centre of some Balearic-looking town and move towards either a floodlit pool or a speedboat. Probably both. Maybe it’s the non-breakbeat intro, maybe it’s Vanessa
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE TASTEMAKERS: A Hill Of Feathers (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
If getting mainstream recognition in a genre that was last cutting edge forty-odd years ago is climbing ‘a hill of feathers’ then I reckon relative newbies on the global funk and soul scene, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers (featuring one Jimi Needles as drummer), are making excellent time to the summit. Why?
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TRAMP RECORDS: Ancestors Of Rap (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Boom-bap original rap, it came from the funk and that’s a cold, hard fact – and here’s 16 excellent reasons why as Tramp Records’ bossman Tobias Kirmayer finds another excuse to share the findings of his funky beat-mining with the public on Ancestors Of Rap. Not that he needs an excuse of course, the man’s a terminal funk-fiend, but this
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DEF JEF: Just A Poet With Soul (2012) Expanded edition

Yo – Def Jef’s back. Well – re-released anyway. Just A Poet With Soul was the NYC born rapper’s debut at the tail end of the 80s and featured the kind of funky uptempo hip-hop dropped by Young MC and the UMCs. When he wasn’t trying to house you that was. Yeah – Jef was quite partial to a bit of hip-house backing for his mixture of party rhymes and socio-political comment. Now on the one hand
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UGLY DUCKLING: ‘Turn It Up’ live video (2012)

Shortly to embark on a multiple-date November UK tour, the best and hardest-working true-school party hip-hop band, Ugly Duckling, show how they did it like that when they were here last autumn by dropping a brand new live video for Taste The Secret album cut Turn It Up. Splicing together footage from shows in London, Bristol, Liverpool, Southampton, Exeter, Plymouth
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FUNKONAMI1 & ABTOMIC: Bedrock’s Swing/ (2012) Free download

Greeks get ancient here as Athenian producers Funkonami1 and Abtomic collaborate for mellow swing-bass cut Bedrock’s Swing. Yeah that’s right – meet the ‘Swingstones’ – for in this case using Flintstones music is precisely what these two do. Or rather ‘yabba dabba doo’. Obviously this ought to be played on a Stone-ton turntable with a Shure M-44-woodpecker-beak stylus but you’ll have to make
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THE FAKERS: Say What? Beat tape (2012)

Meet The Fakers. Not a shit film starring Ben Stiller or a new puritanical religious sect but a hip-hop production crew of unknown number and identity with a new ‘beat tape’ entitled Say What? I’ve had two emails now – one from ‘Faker One’ referring to himself and his mates in the third person (“The Fakers do not want you too know who they are. We think they are DJs…”) and a ‘nudge nudge’
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