Monthly Archives: June 2013

THE GENE DUDLEY GROUP: Saturday Shifting (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ The ‘group’ part of The Gene Dudley Group is something of a misnomer it seems, because it says here that, ‘the debut album, “Saturday Shifting”…features…[Gene Dudley]…himself on trumpet, saxophone, drums, bass, guitar and piano.” Of course, now I’ve just got an image of some bloke in a waistcoat, bowler hat and striped trousers with cymbals between his knees, a bass
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BOMBSKARE: ‘Triplet Fiasco’ video (old school skanking masterclass feat. Frankie Dan) (2013)

Did you know there were somewhere around eighty or ninety different styles of ska dances back in the day – all with their own name? Nope, me either. Nor, it seems, Bombskare, “Scotland’s ska juggernaut”), who were dismayed to find that these ‘skanks’ are apparently undocumented. Given that it’s the sort of history unlikely to turn up on the new curriculum of that prick Gove, the band
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SAMMY SENIOR feat. RAYNA: Don’t Touch My Heart (The Remixes) (2013)

Don’t Touch My Heart? Fat chance of anything not being ‘touched’ when it comes to remixing a release. And the time when Sammy Senior‘s excellent MC Rayna-featuring ghetto funked-up, swing-hop banger from February got passed around the grubby mitts of B-Side, DeFunk, DELimentary, and the Mustbeat Crew was no exception. It got a thorough groping. Check the results below – expect four different adventures
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DOOLEY O: Here We Go EP + video (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Here’s another man who’s been absent for far too long – Dooley O. This man was…wait – what? Did you just say “Dooley who?” Damn, fool – what you know about hip-hop? Dooley was the first man to sample Skull Snaps’ New Day at the tail end of the eighties! He’s also responsible for beats and rhymes on two extremely funky classic LPs of sample-based hip-hop – I
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Green Leaf Woman/ Verano Del Corazon (Resense 036)(2013)

It’s always a mark of quality when you see the names Renegades Of Jazz or Resense adorning a release and here they both are on Resense 036 which slipstreamed Ree Keen’s Resense 035 into my inbox. Yes, the Austrian label has teamed up with German artist ROJ in a summery union of party grooves. Green Leaf Woman is a organic breaksy rework of what sounds like energetic west
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TRU FUNK: Nu Party Breaks Vol. 7 (2013)

“Yes mate – what can I get you?” “Six shots of party breaks booty bangers please” “Tru Funk’s Nu Party Breaks Vol. 7 do you?” “Yep – nice one – you always know what you’re getting don’t you?” Of course you do – reliably funk-related party breaks business, naturally. This release’s ‘most pornstar name’ award surely goes to Dick Diamond who works that party with some rap-on-hammond
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VARIOUS: Hiperbole Records ‘Mondo Exotica’ EP1 (2013)

A bunch of Europeans taking on South America? If we were talking football this would be a really shit idea of course. The game here is one of music production however and team Hiperbole is fielding some top players on the Mondo Exotica EP – a latin breaks collection totalling three remixes, an original and an edit. Captaining the squad is Renegades Of Jazz with two quality remixes –
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SHY FX feat. Liam Bailey: Soon Come (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ After heading down the dnb highway for two decades, original nuttah Shy FX pulls a u-turn with vocalist Liam Bailey for an altogether less hectic ride back in the direction of Trenchtown and a convincing bid for ‘feelgood hit of the summer, 2013.’ The reggae thing runs in the family apparently – grandad is former soundsystem king Count Shelly. I did have a very brief junglist
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FUNKOSOL RECORDS: Boar Stuff EP (2013)

The latest (and arguably best) drop yet from the Funkosol stable is Boar Stuff . And, while nothing whatsoever to do with wild hogs, it nevertheless assembles a clutch of artists who’ve been rooting around successfully in a forest of samples. Witzky‘s unearthed Albert Hammond’s AOR strum I’m A Train for example, and given it a ghetto funk going-over. SonicFUNK has snuffled up a number
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DELTRON 3030: City Rising From The Ashes (2013) Free download single + Converse Represent live video

Rating: ★★★★★ Holy shitfire! It’s a brand new Deltron 3030 single – City Rising From The Ashes – and for free download no less. As it says on their soundcloud page, ” ‘City Rising from the Ashes’ is the lead single from the forthcoming Deltron 3030 album “Event II” signifying an official album release date is upon us.” About bloody time – production was laughably described as being ‘well under way’
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