Monthly Archives: July 2013

EWAN HOOZAMI: Manorism EP (2013) + ‘You’re Mine’ free download

The title of Ewan Hoozami‘s Manorism EP is apparently a celebration of the antics that he and his dj crew Funk From The Trunk indulge in at their annual invasion of Boomtown Fair a.k.a. Funkington Manor. It’s a four track affair featuring nu-funk, latin and swing breaks and what Hoozami is pleased to call ‘crack gospel.’ This last refers to final track, Let There Be Light, which sandwiches a
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 11 & 12 (2013)

Updating dusty old classics for modern tastes is a thriving party breaks industry. Sometimes the man agrees and sanctions an official edit. Typically, he doesn’t – mainly because he usually wants all of the profit from such releases. It’s a practice which forces producers underground and results in the man getting none of the profits. But fuck him anyway. Since when did he ever understand music? On the other hand, Katakana Edits along
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ROCKY MARSIANO: Music For All Seasons (2013)

If you dig the sort of stuff that drops on the Wass, Hiperbole and Agogo labels you’re going to love Music For All Seasons. It’s the latest full-length effort from Lisbon-raised, Amsterdam-based producer Rocky Marsiano a.k.a. D-Mars – not to be confused with NY-based former emcee and former Flipmode squad member Roc Marciano – nor even former Stateside boxing heavyweight
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TIKKA EDITS: Vol. 2 Lorilee (Smoove edit) (2013)

The next drop in the Tikka Edits series is Volume 2 which finds Smoove re-bake Bread’s whimsical seventies organ/guitar noodle Lorilee into sweet dub-disco deepness. Prevailing wisdom has it that a turd cannot be polished and yet here is evidence to the contrary as Berry Geordie burnishes the ‘yacht rock’ of the original to a mirrorball sheen with the aid of midtempo four to
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MR BRISTOW: Feel That Funky Music (2013) Free download

Mr Bristow shares a name with arguably the most famous British darts player of all time, appropriately enough since he’s scored something of a bullseye with this slamming ghetto funk/ hip-hop hybrid. Mr Bristow that is – not Eric, obviously. Feel That Funky Music finds Clyde Stubblefield’s Funky Drummer break weaving in and out of wobble bass and samples from 70s reggae movie Rockers while
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RORY HOY vs. KITTEN & THE HIP: I’m Ur MF (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Rory Hoy nails a summer banger here and one with massive crossover chart potential to boot. One reason for that is I’m Ur MF‘s big Fatboy Slim-ish funky party breaks beat with acid flourishes. Another is having electro swing outfit Kitten & The Hip on vocals. The Hip is Ashley Slater (famously vocalist for his nineties collab with Norman Cook, Freak Power) who now
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THE SCRIBES feat. Ill Literate: ‘Positive Vibes’ (2013) free download + video

Some long overdue love here for the first UK hip-hop act to sign with Kamikazi Airlines, the label owned and run by Dizzy Dustin of UD fame. That’ll be The Scribes then who’ve penned dope number, Positive Vibes, which turns on a sweet bit of piano tinkling and features a catchy reggae-influenced vocal hook. The accompanying video features the band down by law in all senses of the phrase as they trade verses whilst ‘helping police with their
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HAMMOND CLASSICS: Gartagena (2013)

With a name like Hammond Classics you could be forgiven for expecting some sort of organ grooving KPM Allstars type outfit. Except that Hammond Classics is one man and the last couple of times I’ve caught him he’s veered between seventies style reggae and a skanking dancehall bootleg. It’s only natural then that this one is all about the latin breaks – cumbia-based ones to be specific. While
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VARIOUS: Free Angela Sung By Larry Saunders The Prophet Of Soul (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Civil rights issues, mass protest, racial injustice – the early 70s was a lot like now really – except perhaps that more people gave a shit back then. One thing of note between 1970 and 1972 was the arrest and incarceration of activist Angela Davis and the massive subsequent popular campaign to free her on the grounds that her imprisonment was unjust and purely political
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Soul Intoxication (2013)

It’s nearly time for the next single off Basement FreaksFunk From The Trunk LP. That’ll be Soul Intoxication then. Blimey boys – physical intoxication not doing it for you anymore? Never mind – what does it sound like when your soul gets high then? Well, it’s kind of like sultry wah-wah-driven (nu)funky breaks with a falsetto vocal from Georges Perin really. Also comes remixed by
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