Monthly Archives: November 2012

WILL C: ‘Eli’s Prism’ & ‘I Ain’t Makin It’ videos (2012)

If you haven’t caught Will C‘s latest album and evocative retro-rap trip Eli’s Prism, you need to take yourself outside and have a strong word with yourself. When you come back in the room – get with the programme and get the full 411 HERE. If you did catch it or you’re now back in the room and fully briefed after a stern bit of self-chastisement – check out the videos below for the album’s opening
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K.SABROSO: Tribe Called Quantic ‘The Terrapin Scenario’ (2012) Free download

Another slamming b-boy hip-hop remix for you in a week or so full of them. K. Sabroso (him, again) acknowledges the sources of his mash-up by attributing the track to ‘A Tribe Called Quantic’ and naming it The Terrapin Scenario. Of course old-fashioned people who can read and were alive when the constituent parts of this were originally released will be able to divine in an instant the sort of thing
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THE ROOTS: Don’t Say Nuthin (Freqnik & WDRE Crime Funk remix)(2012) Free download

…In which NY hip-hop producers and remixers Freqnik & WDRE take the rather good minimal tech-funk-hip-hop of The Roots’ original Don’t Say Nuthin from 2004′s Tipping Point LP and transform it into the rather good organic-funk-based hip-hop of their ‘Crime Funk’ remix. In truth though – the only felony connected with this track will be your failure to download. Cop it off the player below. And
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PALOV meets ANG ANGELIDES: Carnibal Records 006 (2012)

It’s the Carnibal Records train’s sixth visit to town in 2012 and this time the Greek label focuses on producer Palov and his guitarist buddy Ang Angelides. Four tracks deep, it ends with the mellow, rural-sounding skank of Waste Of Time but up until that point we’re very much in swing breaks territory – all 20s and 30s wah-wah trumpets and organic-sounding drums. Why – it’s practically
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DJ SHEPDOG: MCs Act Like They Don’t Smoke (2012) Free download

It’s rude free download time yet again as legendary hip-hop/ reggae rerub fiend DJ Shepdog of the Nice Up! crew provides the previously-only-available-on-vinyl MCs Act Like They Don’t Smoke in digital format for Serato heads. Who can now act like they’re playing the vinyl original. This was the mellower B-side to the arguably even huger Cutty Ranks/ M.O.P. joint
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SMOOVE: Keepin The Marley Faith (2012) Free download

Big freebie here from ‘known’ remixer Smoove as he blends De La Soul’s Could You Be Loved-sampling Keepin The Faith track with Bob’s original in Keepin The Marley Faith – a blend that I would say is virtually certain to be loved by all and sundry. He says he made it for his ‘personal use’ but it went down so well that he’s decided to share it with us all. Lucky it’s free eh? Could be construed as
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TRUCK: Able To Stable/ How That Sound? (2012)

How about some UK boom-bap then? This release finds Truck deliver his lyrical freight over two beats with more crunch than an eighteen-wheeler reversing over your shins. Former Numskullz rapper Rola supplies the first beat for Able To Stable going large on the digi horns as Truck bigs up the pair’s ability to deliver beat and rhyme stability. The second beat for How That Sound? comes courtesy of Mr Fantastic (who also
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DIRTY DUBSTERS feat. MYSTRO: Fire It Up (2012) Video

In Fire It Up Mystro (that’s ‘maestro’ not ‘mist-ro’) a.k.a. Mysdiggi (doesn’t rhyme with Miss Piggy) proposes a radical solution to violence on broken Britain’s streets. Legalise weed! Yep – let everyone smoke a bit of green. Even the pigs. Chilled vibes all round, and giggly queues for munchies at your local community-business-undermining Tesco which would give a much needed boost to a tanking
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WILLY MOON – Yeah Yeah (K. Sabroso B-boy mix) (2012) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★
I was only watching the video of Willy Moon’s Yeah Yeah on the idiot lantern last night and two things occurred to me: a) what a fucking silly name and b) actually, could that – maybe – with a big fat breakbeat on it…work? Anyway, while I was still mulling that over as a proposition in my head, b-boy and producer K. Sabroso was already on the
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DEROBERT & THE HALF TRUTHS: I Got Burned (2012)

Another cut on G.E.D. Soul Records demonstrating that the Daptone lot need to watch their backs in terms of who’s got the most authentic funk-soul sound. This time around it’s Derobert & The Half Truths with vocal A side I Got Burned and instro B side Nashville Country Bump. It’s no lie to say that both sides ‘do the damn thing’ admirably and a measure of how
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