Monthly Archives: March 2013

MR BIRD: Monkey Funk EP (2013)

Despite his Bird, Bird, Bird LP only recently taking flight, Lisbon-based lord of mellow party breaks, Mr Bird, glides back into the public’s hearing again with the mashed-up esoterica of his Monkey Funk EP. Expect two different flavours of latin love on the title track and Glad To Be Free plus some more reflective synth-based action on U.F.O. It’s really all
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STOOP KIDS: What A World (2013)

Are you busy? I’m bastard well busy – so let’s talk about chilling out instead. You know – taking a pill. Taking it easy. Taking time out – kicking back, chillaxin’, relaxing, having some ‘me’ time, some free time, some motherfucking easy time. Yeah. Oh – we need a soundtrack. How about some doo-hop? Some sort of doo-wop/ hip-hop hybrid perhaps? The
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TURNTILL & MERLIN: Wizard (2013) + video

Recent Pigballs signings Turntill & Merlin magic up some heavyweight action here with Wizard – a fat slab of thumping eighties-tinged electro-funk. Through the necromantic arts of digital editing, the accompanying video robs the graves of three decades of VT to assemble a sinister entity comprising equal parts breakdancers, Soul Train
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JIMI HENDRIX: Move Ya (Smoove ‘Drums Of Death’ remix) (2013)

Hot on the heels of recent posthumous Hendrix LP People, Hell & Angels comes Move Ya on which Smoove anticipates the public’s need for drums, bass and more drums. It’s a characteristically Smoove ‘Drums Of Death’ b-boy remix of album cut Let Me Move You, Jimi’s 1969 rock n soul collab with saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. While not currently available as a free download and despite
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TOSSES & VARVEZ: Get This Bounce EP (BigMP23) (2013)

BigM might have been relatively quiet in the last couple of months but their two latest releases make up for that by bringing a considerable amount of noise. The first of these comes from Italian production team Tosses & Varvez in the shape of the Get This Bounce EP which features a number of collaborators and journeys from nineties-soul tinged breaks to grinding ghetto funk. Chief among said
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THE ENTICEMENTS: It Ain’t Cheatin If You Mean It (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Josh Preston is musician, producer, co-owner of Me & The Machine Records and The Enticements is his project. They have delivered (as far as I can make out) precisely one single to date – It Ain’t Cheatin If You Mean It. While that’s a sentiment liable to go down like a lead balloon with most partners in long-term sexual relationships, it’s a song liable to go down like a
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MY NEIGHBOUR IS: Fish & Chips (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ My neighbour is fucking fit – the one across the road that is – not the ones either side. My Neighbour IsFish & Chips on the other hand is the latest nom de breaks of Robot Needs Oil. And I’m pretty hot for both of them. I always felt the term ‘roller’ was grossly mis-applied to certain drum n bass cuts which could never pimp it loose enough to properly warrant such a
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DUSTY TONEZ: Click Click Boo Ya EP (2013)

In the world of sample-based breaks some people will stop at nothing and some will stoop to anything. With a wry smile on his face (not to mention one hand on the Glock and the other clasping a glowstick), Dusty Tonez manages to have one foot in both camps on his Click Click Boo Yaa EP whereon he samples anything from Cypress Hill to Gabrielle with Nate Dogg, Basement Jaxx and
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SHAREHOLDER TOM feat. DIRK SCHAADT: Highway To Hell (2013)

Clearly the work of Satan (as with anything where the trail can be traced back to shareholders), Highway To Hell, finds funky German outfit Shareholder Tom and hun hammond hero Dirk Schaadt interpret AC:DC’s hard rock classic in the style of Dr Lonnie Smith. As the people responsible note, it will be “exclusively available as a soulless computer file in all download stores”, though this
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ZENIT INCOMPATIBLE: Lovely Breaks EP (2013)

Lovely breaks eh? A weekend for two in Prague. Three days in Amsterdam with the boys. Or girls. Easter at the…what? Not those sort of breaks? What kind of breaks the-…oh. Right. Zenit Incompatible. What’s he not compatible with then? Presumably not the dancefloor as this EP would suggest he’s got that wired with a heady mixture of pounding breaks and manipulated sixties
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