Monthly Archives: October 2012

BIG M presents: EZ Icarus – Funky Vine (2012)

Hey everybody, it’s EZ Icarus with his track Funky Vine whereon he walks the bass through a 140 bpm breaks/dnb thing complete with chopped up vox from a soul sister version of Marvin classic I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Yet another BigM release hot on the heels of two others? I bet you’re wondering how I knew? It took me by surprise when I found out yesterday. Just fucking with you
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club (2012) Album release

Among the many irons in his fire, Craig Charles has been rocking his Funk & Soul Show on BBC Radio 6 now for a decade – in recent years taking it on tour around the UK and beyond as ‘The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club’ with dj sets and guest support from live bands. And those nights are flames – I should know, I’ve been to enough of them. What this release does, in a nutshell, is see
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BIG M presents: Nev Scott & Waynessential – Carryin On (2012)

Never ones to fire out a single release if they’ve got two in the chamber, Big M’s second drop this month finds Nev Scott & Wayenessential on a mash-up tip. First into the blender is Ike and Tina’s funk-soul cut Cussin’, Cryin And Carryin On. On the original, Tina belted out the words, “My daddy told me a long long time ago/ Never take candy from a stranger/ I should have thought about that when I
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BIG M presents: Hanzee – Beats EP (2012)

Hungarian producer Hanzee travels to where ghetto funk meets glitch hop on his Beats EP. There’s a bit of a suggestion that this musical topography was inspired by the real geographical location of India what with a bhangra-heavy slice of glitch-hop entitled India Trip and pounding Nynfus Corporation-featuring opener Bhangi being named for a traditional caste of toilet cleaners (at least
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CMC & SILENTA: Get It On Now (2012)

The trickle becomes a stream and the stream is shortly to become a flood. I’m on about albums that broadly (let’s not get bogged down in genre politics) fall under the ‘ghetto funk’ heading. The proto ghetto funk LPs were arguably Badboe’s bass wobble free Break The Funk from 2009 and Basement Freaks’ second LP Something Freaky from early 2011. Then young upstarts Morlack and
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MORLACK: His Mind Set Him Free (2012) Free download

It’s Bootsy Collins’ birthday today and what better way to celebrate than with His Mind Set Him Free, Morlack‘s muscular re-version of The House Guests’ My Mind Set Me Free. The House Guests was the band Bootsy formed in between leaving James Brown over a pay dispute and joining Funkadelic just over a year later. Given the short space of time between epic funk acts it’s a surprise he was able to
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MA DOOM: Son Of Yvonne (2012)

MA DOOM might sound like some sinister matriarch presiding over death and misery in a bizarre hybrid of misery-fest soap opera ‘Eastenders’ and a well-known multiplayer game…but it’s not. What it is is a tribute by Masta Ace (MA) to his much-missed mum (or ‘ma’), Yvonne, over a set of Special Herbs & Spices beats by one DOOM (the artist formerly
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GRANT PHABAO & POMPIDOO: Come Ya Fi Talk (2012) Free download

Nice, big freebie here courtesy of French reggae commando Grant Phabao and Pompidoo (elsewhere spelt Pampidoo but in either case not to be confused with Prince Pompidou) in the shape of Come Ya Fi Talk. ‘Come ya fi talk’? Oh that’s nice – Pompidoo wants a chat. Unfortunately, apart from divining that he wants a chinwag, I haven’t got a fucking clue what he’s on about
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THE GRITS: Black Sambuca (2012)

Brighton funk crew The Grits continue to broaden their horizons with new single Black Sambuca. Earlier this year they employed their first vocalist for the storming double header of Sonics cover Strychnine backed with Funky Mile. This time around it’s a sitar funk instrumental. And not just any old sitar funk instrumental but one named for the most evil alcoholic beverage known to man
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WILL C: Eli’s Prism (2012)

It’s a safe bet that if you dug the Boston underground hip-hop lot who came through in the late nineties/ early 2000s – (I’m thinking – 7L & Esoteric, Edan, Mr Lif, Dagha), you’ll dig Boston MC/ producer Will C – even if he is now based in Colorado. In fact, if you enjoyed any underground hip-hop of the late nineties and the early 2000s – it’s a pretty safe bet you’ll dig Will C’s fourth full
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