Monthly Archives: May 2013

BROWNOUT: Grant Phabao & Renegades Of Jazz Remixes (2013)

In the crazy world of electrical terminology a ‘brownout’ is a drop in voltage. Which is ironic since these remixes of Texan latin-funk outfit Brownout create something of a musical power surge. ParisDJs in-house producer Grant Phabao is up first and plugs his whole updated Studio One/ King Tubby ting into I Won’t Lie to nice up the wide-open spaces steel guitar vibe of the original in
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A SKILLZ: Beats International ‘Dub Be Good To Me’ (Festival Edit)(2013) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ Well this is jam hot isn’t it? That boy from the big bad city, A Skillz, has only gone and retouched Beats International’s Dub Be Good To Me in time for festival season – hence this ‘Festival edit’. This song has been in my life so long it’s like it’s always been there. It came out right about when I started to go out clubbing. I remember dancing to it at in Bristol’s legendary
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PERFECT TOY RECORDS proudly presents: Shake-A-Leg Vol. 2 Club Night Compilation (2013)

Ah – the old ‘put together a compilation that recreates the feel of one of your club night sets’ eh? Actually yeah. Problem with that? One trusts not when the djs in question are Tramp Records boss/ crate digger extraordinaire, Tobias Kirmayer, and latin-jazz producer Jerker Kluge a.k.a the hosts and djs of Munich’s Shake-A-Leg club night. Cue their second Shake-A-Leg compilation bursting at
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Funk It Up Like This (2013) Free download

Basement Freaks‘ latest LP Funk From The Trunk is musically pitched somewhere between twenty-first century breaks, the very earliest hip-hop and Prince. Just in case you hadn’t heard about that (and even if you have) they’re promoting it with non-album free download Funk It Up Like This – which is musically pitched somewhere between twenty-first century breaks, the very earliest hip
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DEROBERT & THE HALF TRUTHS: Going Places (2013) Free download (GED Soul Records Kickstarter campaign promotion)

Rating: ★★★★★ GED Soul Records – lone outpost of raw funk and heavy soul in country and western’s capital city Nashville where DeRobert & The Half Truths are the house band and everyone is all about going places. Literally. The band’s track Going Places is up for free download to promote a Kickstarter campaign so that the label can make one of their destinations the pressing plant in order
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TRU FUNK presents MORLACK & DJ AXE: Funk Machines (2013)

It’s a game of two halves from Tru Funk as DJ Axe and Morlack go head-to-head for this six-tracker. Axe rocks a ghetto Funky Jam by popular demand, goes a bit midtempo chill for a Bush Tucker Snack and finally employs a bit of Blowfly when he gets Totally Fried. Morlack’s disco-hop, electro-boogie counter-attack dominates the field however. He gives free reign to his eighties on Summer Lover
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VARIOUS: Hiperbole Jamboree 2012: Go Jazz Not Ape (2013)

If you’ve ever rolled into bed in the small hours after a heavy night out and then been woken ‘early doors’ by someone under the age of five you’ll have some idea of how I was feeling yesterday and, frankly, today as well to some extent. Luckily, Hiperbole Records‘ new compilation, Hiperbole Jamboree 2012: Go Jazz Not Ape has been lurking in my inbox and its soothing grooves provided some badly needed musical ibuprofen
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B.VISIBLE: Para Batic EP (2013)

Austrian dj/ producer B.Visible returns with his new five track Para Batic EP and if you know the Viennese villain’s previous work, you’ll know his genre of choice is glitch-hop. In fact, less a genre really, than the breakbeat equivalent of Norman Collier’s faulty microphone act. And he’s rather good at it. Indeed, he’s responsible for my favourite ever glitch-hop track – Sun No Shine which opened
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BOOTY FRUIT: Cherry Bombs Vol. 1 (2013)

The latest installment of fruity booty from the Booty Fruit crew is the first in their new series (Cherry Bombs Vol. 1) which sees them lobbing four mashed-up hip-hop bangarangers right atcha. Far be it from them to launch the newness without recruiting the heavyweights though and so it is that Breakbeat Paradise label owner Badboe signs up for booty duty along with the UK’s Roast
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KANEFM (103.7FM): Fresh From The Sewer (2013)

KaneFM‘s flagship breaks show Fresh From The Sewer got in touch a couple of weeks ago all stoked because they’d got their hands on an All Good Funk Alliance exclusive mix. At the time, unfortunately, things round here were busier than a one-armed man pitching a tent in a storm so they got passed over. Things have barely changed since then but these guys are long overdue some love. Fresh From The Sewer flushes good shit
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