Monthly Archives: April 2013

HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE TASTEMAKERS: Tell Me Something (Liberties) (2013)

The latest from Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers is smouldering torch song Tell Me Something (Liberties), whereon our Hannah bemoans the insensitive male who takes her for granted. “You continue/ taking liberties” she sings with soulful ire, I do most everything, every day, every night…In the hopes that one day you’re gonna/ Do me right/ But you do absolutely nothing/ In retur…” – sorry love can you keep it down a
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THE O’JAYS: For The Love Of Money (Shaka remix) Free download (2013) + video

Some people (board sports types and VW camper drivers mainly) like to throw out a shaka. But what does a shaka throw out. Well, if it’s Glaswegian crew Shaka, the answer’s a ghetto-funk remix of much-sampled O’Jays classic For The Love Of Money. O’Jays singer Eddie Levert has previously complained at the way the original anti-capitalist message of the song and its title (taken from
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CHIMA ANYA: Let It Hang (prod. JEEDO 47)(2013) Free download

It’s been a while since that ‘other’ doctor of hip-hop, Chima Anya, has been featured round these parts but it would be a bum rap if Let It Hang didn’t get a look-in. Essentially, the doctor-rhymer goes in over Jeedo 47‘s ghettotech instro beat Let It All Hang Out, which itself cannibalises Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls, in praise of one of hip-hop’s perennial favourite topics – the female rear
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SMOKEY BANDITS: Debut (2013) + ‘Cape Juby’ free download

Smokey Bandits debut – er – Debut was big in Greece when it first came out. And yet this thirteen-track collection of original instrumentals created by Basement Freaks‘ George Fotiadis, his homie Quasamodo and ragtag band of rebel musicians (no doubt unshaven types, with a glint in their eyes and bandoliers criss-crossing their chests) slipped under the radar elsewhere
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T BIRD & THE BREAKS: I Gets My Boogie On (Mako & The Hawk remix) (2013)

(PRESS RELEASE) Ladies and gentleman, fetch your dancing shoes – it’s the brand-new, debut official remix from dj/ production duo Mako & The Hawk who rework I Gets My Boogie On by Texan funk crew T Bird & The Breaks on a grand scale. Evoking shades of Coldcut’s version of Eric B & Rakim’s Paid In Full and Primal Scream’s Loaded, the reflective gospel-tinged soul of the original
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GHETTO FUNK presents: B-SIDE (GFP14)(2013)

The second of two exercises in breaks n bass wobble from the Ghetto Funk stable this month and this one’s from B-Side mixing and matching his classic hip-hop and funk samples over warping bottom end noise. It’s packed to the gills with hammering synth bass and a surfeit of moments for the kids to grab mates excitedly and go, ‘wait for it – here’s the drop!’ (or indeed float one of those
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TOO MANY Ts: ‘1992’ video + remix competition (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Strutting round lighting cigars off wads of bank notes, and bragging about how great they are? Contrary to expectations, not a bunch of braying investment bankers from the city but rather a pair who are inevitably going to end up being called the UK Beastie Boys. I say ‘end up’ – they already have been – though not by the monkey. It’s Too Many Ts of course – never strangers to straight-up party
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MR CONFUSE: Do You Realize: The remixes (2013)

This should be relatively simple to understand – Mr Confuse has had his recent Do You Realize LP remixed and he’s just released the results as Do You Realize: The remixes. In order to bring this about he’s assembled an impressive line up of production warriors which include a strong UK contingent (Smoove, Lack Of Afro, Daytoner, Dr Rubberfunk and Tom Eno) plus Hungarians
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C2C: Happy (Jimi Needles Blowup mix) (2013) + video

Here we find noted scratch dj and producer Jimi Needles administering a healthy dose of remix to recent single Happy by noted French scratch dj outfit and producers C2C. The Blowup mix finds our man engaged in a digital ‘laying on of hands’ to the happy-clapping electronic soul of the original and, without putting too fine a point on it, injecting a stadium-sized amount of wobbly bass. Most people
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WARSON & CHUDY: Funky Boar Strikes Again (2013)

Not had enough refried funk yet eh? You’ll be wanting to check out the two distinct flavours you get on Funky Boar Strikes Again then, courtesy of the latest wing of the Polish funk/ breaks mafia a.k.a. Funkosol RecordsWarson and Chudy. First up is Warson who reboots Israeli 70s throwbacks Funk N Stein and their Ohio Players style number That’s Love for the nufunk/ ghetto
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