Monthly Archives: August 2013

RIOT JAZZ BRASS BAND: Sousamaphone (2013)

In all fairness to First Word Records, I was apprised of the existence of the Riot Jazz Brass Band‘s LP Sousamaphone nearly a month ago, i.e. prior to its release. What with the annual MB European surf tour happening though, it’s had to wait until now for MB coverage. But let’s not allow that delay to be an impediment to your funky edumacation. RJBB are a fifteen-strong brass funk
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PROFESSOR EARL LETT: The Story Of Professor Earl Lett (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Mad Professor, Large Professor, Professor Longhair…the world of beats is rife with talented performers who’ve adopted learned titles of dubious authenticity. Here’s another one – Professor Earl Letts – and while, again, there’s some doubt as to his academic standing there’s no such ambiguity about his sax playing, soul vocals or compositional skills. Or his swagger. Check him out
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TRU FUNK: Nu Party Breaks Vol. 8 (2013)

It’s like some sort of party breaks/ ghetto funk release free for all at the minute with drops imminent from Ghetto Funk and BBP and Scour Records having just given birth to its third ‘baby.’ Who haven’t we mentioned? Ah yes – Tru:Funk and here they are with Nu Party Breaks Vol. 8 – a seven-tracker that leaves the wobble at home and amps up the funk. Chudy kicks off by tapping
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SCOUR RECORDS: Scoured Cream Vol. 3 (2013)

Third time’s the charm as Vol. 3 of Scoured Cream wobbles all the way to the bank not to mention, on past form, all the way to the top of Juno’s breakbeat chart, if that hasn’t happened already. It wouldn’t be a Scour release if it began without a glitch though and this one is no exception as J-Sound steps up with the swinging Glitch Up Funk Right which encapsulates the retro wobble flavour
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GHETTO FUNK PRESENTS: Bring The Boom (GFP16)(2013)

Some of you may be aware that Bim and Ben lead bands with brooms and furthermore that Ben’s band bangs and Bim’s band booms. While you’re pondering that, here’s something else that booms – Ghetto Funk‘s forthcoming Bring The Boom EP. JFB & Dancefloor Outlaws give Desmond Dekker some dnb boom, Timothy Wisdom gives LL Cool J some ghetto funk boom (don’t call it a comeback)
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MR BIRD: Soul Troopers (2013) Free download

No sooner was news of CocoA’s Get Down On It EP out on Fat Bird sounds the other day than Mr Bird was back in touch with this blaxploitation-tinged freebie Soul Troopers. One imagines that a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, Soul Troopers were the personal guard of a powerful black leader who was prone to forming said troopers into impromptu parallel lines of clapping
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BOCA 45 feat. THE GOOD PEOPLE: We’re Right Here (2013) + video

Rating: ★★★★★ September was already looking dope – now it’s fresher than a pair of Puma suedes just off the sweatshop conveyor belt. Yep, next on the Digga Please label is this seven inch from Boca 45 B-boy – b-boy breaks with a latin feel and Good People Emskee and The Saint on the mic. It’s like a sequel to last year’s Good People-featuring Marisco from DJ Format. And with an instro on
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H LEE: Heater/ Thank You (Old Soul Now) (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Fuck me, how low-key is this? Sales links only. No label links. No artist links. No soundcloud audio. No bandcamp audio. That’s probably because it’s two of the sweetest Sam & Dave edits you’ll ever hear. You know the recipe: take an old soul track that doesn’t quite have the engine power to be a full on dancer (even for back then) and slip a V12 rhythm section under the
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MIKE T: The Wu/ Again & Again (2013) Free download

This’ll fool ’em. Mike T takes a leaf out of ATCQ’s book and recycles Lou Reed for a Wu on the wild side. I mean a walk in the 36th chamber. I mean a Wu Reed mash-up. Ah fuck it – you know what I mean. A Walk On The Wild Side loop and the aca of RZA and co’s debut banger from back in the day. There’s always the danger that you might need to protect ya decks when the kids find out it’s not Can
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ASHER D & DADDY FREDDY: Raggamuffin Hip-hop (Remixes) (2013)

Back in the day, the Music Of Life label released some seminal UK hip-hop. Fast forward to the present and the brand new Stay On Target label has acquired the rights to remix and release some of these lost classics. And here’s there opening salvo – the remixes of Asher D (no, not that one) and Daddy Freddy’s Raggamuffin Hip-hop which first dropped in 1988. And you thought hip-hop
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