Monthly Archives: December 2012

TREMENDO: Dirty Funk Vol. 1 (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
That the raison d’etre of Vol. 1 of this new series on Telephunken‘s Tremendo label seems to be to put the funk back into ghetto funk will come as no end of relief to those who were wondering if that ‘f’ word was (with honourable exceptions) becoming as redundant as the ‘funky’ in ‘funky’ house always has been. Dirty Funk opens with Trotter & Telephunken getting all stank with the
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AK SKILLZ: Check Da Flava (Freqnik & WDRE remix) (2012) Free download

Freqnik & WDRE are making something of a career of remixing nineties hip-hop with nineties-style beats. What’s the point in that? – some might think – clearly underestimating a demand for sample-rich boom-bap that’s never gone away. And the thing about NYC producers Freqnik & WDRE is that their remix beat usually equals the original – if it doesn’t surpass it as with their recent Big
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LEBROSK: You Got To Love (2012) Free download

It’s been a while since Lebrosk has featured in an MB post but it would be rude not to publicise his hands in the air mash-up of Black Box’s cover of You Got The Love with Belarussian producer Bahamat Den Swimmer‘s Once I Had Love. It’s all about the love, see. Well more of an juice-splattered orgy of sources really since Black Box’s You Got The Love was about the millionth cover of
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THE ALLERGIES: The Pick Up Line (2012) Free download + video

Rating: ★★★★★
Some blogs relentlessly patrol soundcloud posting up dope shit the instant it comes out right at the bleeding edge of cool like some kind of internet special forces squad. Others’ approach posting like a man after a three day vodka binge – fumbling around all bleary-eyed, scratching facial stubble while stumbling over underpants which they might
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TRU FUNK: Nu Party Breaks Vol. 4 (2012)

Ahhh the party breaks/ funky breaks/ ghetto funk compilation – you’re never quite sure what the content will include these days. Bit of glitch hop? Er – alright, yeah. Drum n bass? Not really my bag, man. Moombahton? No ta. Dubstep? Fuck off. Which is where Tru Funk come in. The missing ‘e’ indicates that we’re all modern ‘n shit but there is actually a clear link with the thang that James
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THE CALVIN OWENS SHOW: The Cat (Sammy P edit)(2012) Free download

Sammy P (a.k.a. Sam Patlove of Texan chunk-funk crew T Bird & The Breaks) gets in on the edits business by reworking The Cat by big band funk man Calvin Owens of Houston, Texas. The ‘editing’ on this one is right at the business end of the breakbeat spectrum taking the original into the sonic big country known to all and sundry as b-boy breaks land. The resulting barrage of percussion
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BLEND MISHKIN: Break Out Riddim EP (2012)

Cast-A-Blast head honcho Blend Mishkin shows it’s not just the Latin sound that the Greeks do well, they’re also a fair hand at island style grooves too. The Break Out Riddim EP is a five tracker of quality digital reggae and showcases the vocal talents of Baba The Fyahstudent, Ras Daniel, Sani Showbiz and Leah Rosier. For full dancefloor participation, djs, be sure to drop Leah Rosier vehicle I Don’t Hide
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BLUNTSKULL feat. BLACKOUT JA: Bus It In 2 (2012)

In which Bluntskull drops some heavyweight dancehall action. In order to properly facilitate maximum bass vibes on Bus It In 2 he enlists the help of Bristolian dancehall vocalist Blackout JA. Blackout obliges with a vocal that sounds like half a ton of gravel sliding off the back of a tip-up truck and which, for all I know, is an extended and well-deserved tirade against Bristol’s notoriously overpriced and unreliable public transport network
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MARTINIBOMB: A Girl’s Bike (2012) Free download

Out now on Loopez’s Nodo label is this free LP from Portland (Oregon) duo Martinibomb. They’ve chosen to name it A Girl’s Bike for reasons best known to themselves though any Britons reading this will, of course, already be aware that ‘A girl’s bike’ (as in, “Nah mate, that’s a fucking girl’s bike!”) is one of the most damning insults that can ever be directed at a male under the age of twelve
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2012

(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2012 HERE)
It was a bit of a retro year this year and, unusually, it’s the latin soul-rock of Ghetto Brothers’ lost 1972 classic that made the biggest impact. As always, choices were made using a highly complex selection-algorithm based on how often shit got played on the MB sound system.

1. Ghetto Brothers – Power Fuerza


Like it says above – a 1972 long lost latin soul-rock classic to rank alongside your favourites from the late sixties/ early seventies
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