Monthly Archives: January 2013

EURO CINEMA: Koekwaus/ Thank You (The Cuckoo) (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★
Bloody hellfire – what have they been putting in the water where this lot live recently ? Dutch crew Euro Cinema used to be on a mellow Blue Note tip but forthcoming single Koekwaus/ Thank You (The Cuckoo) is a little bit different. According to googletranslate Koekwaus in Dutch also means Koekwaus in English – which is a shitty job even for
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE TASTEMAKERS/ SUSAN CADOGAN & THE CRABS CORP.: I’m A Good Woman/ Day After Day (2013) Video

It’s Italian label Record Kicks tenth anniversary this year and one of the ways they’re celebrating is this limited 45 on which the A-side is a cover of Barbara Lynn’s I’m A Good Woman. Now, it’s always a risky business covering a genuine soul sister classic because back in the day, most of the best got their training early (as in when they were kids) in gospel choirs (Aretha, Candi and Marva to
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CHUDY: See You On The Floor (2013)

The latest from the Tru:Funk label is this drop See You On The Floor from Tru:Funk crew member Chudy. On it he neatly sidesteps the breaks/ ghetto funk cheese trap which is no mean feat given that he delivers four super disco breakin numbers with an eighties and even nineties (Keep The Beat for example) flavour at times. His four tracks come in the company of five remixes from
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GHETTO FUNK presents: THE CAPTAIN (GFP013)(2013)

The Captain a.k.a. Italian breaks producer Fab Samperi, is a man known for his wide-ranging voyages across the seas of breakbeat-related music. He seems of late to have been cruising mostly in ghetto funky waters though. Aptly enough, really, since here he is with a party ship of an EP on the Ghetto Funk label. It’s all very modern with wobbly bass and those drop thingies and suchlike
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DJ ROAST BEATZ feat. MYS DIGGI: Pour Me (2013) Video

Rating: ★★★★★
Pour Me is Roast Beatz’ latest joint and contrives to be both an anthem for partying hard and a plea for sympathy for partying too hard. The first of these aims is achieved effortlessly, by making excellent use of a sample I last heard on Speech Defect’s Superfuture and putting UK rapper Mys Diggi a.k.a. Mystro in charge of rhymes. According to the PR, “We made sure it wasn’t just about getting pissed.” Which is
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CRASHGROOVE: Apollo EP (2013)

Here’s Crashgroove everybody – latest signing to Bulabeats and not to be confused with seminal hip-hop movie Krush Groove. As if you’d make that mistake with this lot of noisy shenanigans. The Apollo EP contains three tracks – the relative merits of which can, I believe, be conveyed by three different types of Apollo. In reverse order then: the snarling, ear-punishing, breakz-fest of closer Apollo
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MR BIRD: Bird Bird Bird (2013)

A lot of musicians suffer for their art. In Mr Bird‘s case one can only sympathise at all the dreamy summer afternoons and chilled evenings in southern European bars he must have had to endure in order to produce Bird Bird Bird. Formerly a resident of the United Kingdom, Bird has latterly moved to Lisbon and the mind really does boggle at the kind of devotion to one’s craft necessary in
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SMOOVE: Take It Easy My Brother Smoove (2013) Free download

If this sounds a lot like Take It Easy My Brother Charlie by well fit Brazilian sixties/ seventies songstress Astrud Gilberto but with a bit of a breakbeat boost that’s because it is Take It Easy My Brother Charlie by well fit Brazilian sixties/ seventies songstress Astrud Gilberto with a bit of a breakbeat boost. If you fancy a punchier b-boy version of Gilberto’s cocktail anthem (and it’s not
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KOASTE: Southern & Boozy (2012) Free download

The Purist‘s orchestral soul beat for his collabo with Action Bronson, Northern & Roozy, gets flipped by south coast UK rapper Koaste here for something a little more southern. And boozy. Whilst it may be acceptable in the United States to get ‘roozy’ – i.e. drive around for the sole purpose of smoking marijuana thus becoming a menace to pedestrians and road users alike – over this side of the pond
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J STAR: Licensed Plates (2013)

Is that seismic activity? A low level unscheduled military transport flypast? Relax – it’s just the bass on the new LP from reggae mash-up/ remix king J Star LP. Licensed Plates he’s named it, rather cheekily for a man who cranks out bootlegs like they’re going out of style, though in this case it is actually true. All twelve tracks are actually legit – all officially sanctioned remixes or versions from the
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