Monthly Archives: February 2013

HUNDRED STRONG & JOSEPH MALIK: All Ain’t The Same (2013)

Bristol beat-head Ben Dubuisson hooks up his Hundred Strong project with fellow bass cadet Joseph Malik on their All Ain’t The Same LP. All Ain’t The Same? Wasn’t that a 12″ by Hundred Strong and Joseph Malik from about nine years ago? Yeah, alright – who made you the quick release album police? You need to get off that urgency trip, man – it’ll be much easier on your
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VARIOUS: RECORD KICKS 10th (2013)

Record Kicks 10th? Tenth what? Traffic offence? Cup of tea in twenty four hours? Notch on the bedpost? The answer is ‘tenth birthday’ of course, as the Italian label celebrates a decade of bringing funk, soul, jazz, afrobeat, ska, reggae and boogaloo to the people. I celebrated my tenth birthday by blowing out ten candles on my cake and unwrapping a Shakin Stevens cassette. Record
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DIRTY DUBSTERS: ‘Fire It Up’ album (2013)

Please don’t adjust your seismographs – all that intense activity is just the Dirty Dubsters‘ debut album. Fire It Up finds the boys who put the ‘dub’ into Dublin lighting up the bottom end bong to finally make (split infinitive intentional) their first full-length journey into outer bass. Production crew are the Dubsters themselves of course while vocal crew are guests: Mystro, Leiko Tola, YT, Clinton
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NICKODEMUS feat. THE REAL LIVE SHOW: ‘Give The Drummer Some’ remixes (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★
Next time someone says, “Man, you gotta listen to this” adding earnestly (just before they press play) “…these are the breaks” – stop them. Explain that you have heard the breaks and few people since Kurtis Blow can lay as much claim to his immortal words than DJ Regal (of Wiseguys fame) with his ‘B-Boy Drum Flip’ of Nickodemus & The Real
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TRU FUNK: Nu Party Breaks Vol. 5 (2013)

There ain’t no party like a Tru:Funk party and the crew assembled for Nu Party Breaks Vol. 5 pillage past decades to make sure business is all funky as usual. DJ AKA gets busy with KC & The Sunshine Band, the superbly named Hiphoppapotamus wallows in the sound of Curtis Mayfield, Morlack responds to the siren call of Dizzee Rascal, Warson
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DAYTONER: Treat Me EP (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★
One of my favourite tracks off Daytoner‘s Sunburst Radio LP from last summer was the Motown-groove-with-nineties-indie-vocals of Treat Me. It was clearly single material and is here given the full EP treatment with remixes from Suonho and Tenoshi. Suonho replaces that sixties Motor City beat with something that’ll have them trippin’
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EWAN HOOZAMI: Fire In Me EP (2013) Free download

Do androids dream of electric sheep? Couldn’t tell you – I’m not an android. Well, I say ‘not’ – there was that whole episode with the origami unicorn…anyway – whatever androids dream of, it’s a fairly sure bet that they get down to a bit of robot soul at the replicant roadhouse. Which is where Bristol producer Ewan Hoozami comes in. His new album Robot Soul is out soon and if teaser EP Fire In Me is
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SUONHO/ VOODOOFUNK: It’s Cool/ Git Fonky (RESENSE 032) (2013)

The first of two forthcoming seven inch releases from the reliably ‘party’ Austrian breaks label Resense is this one featuring a track from Suonho and another from Voodoofunk. Initially you’re struck by the fact that both tracks have obvious dancefloor currency and secondly by the fact that each track appears to have the other’s rightful name. Why? Because Suonho genetically
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OXYGEN feat. DR BECKETT & EMSKEE prod. FREQNIK & WDRE: ‘The Process/ Guillotine 16s’ 7 inch(2013)

Love the smell of NY boom-bap in the morning? Breathe deep – here’s some Oxygen. Well, strictly speaking, Oxygen of Sputnik Brown, Emskee of The Good People, Washington DC emcee Dr Beckett and rising production team Freqnik & WDRE. Probably a bit much for one lungful but the jazz sample stylings of A Side The Process are the sort of thing to play while you’re inhaling. I prefer
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HEYMOONSHAKER: Shakerism (2013)

I don’t know. The pair of you head down to the crossroads to sell your soul to the devil and in return he gives one of you guitar skills and a raspy blues voice and makes the other one a highly proficient beatboxer. A beatboxer?!!
“Hey Lucifer!”
Heymoonshaker – what’s good?”
“We’re supposed to be bluesmen – what’s all this
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