Monthly Archives: September 2013

POETS OF RHYTHM: Anthology 1992-2003 (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Global overlords of retro funk and soul, NY’s Daptone Records, here pay homage to a band instrumental (thank you, I’m here all week!) in inspiring the whole Desco/ Daptone project to take flight – not to mention the global retro funk scene in the nineties. The band in question is legendary German underground funky soul outfit The Poets Of Rhythm – a.k.a. Bus
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COMMON: I Used To Love Her (Maars reggae re-rub)(2013) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ DJ Maars is never a man to let grass grow under his feet as far as reggae rerubs are concerned. Indeed, if his twin loves reggae and hip-hop are anything to go by – he’s probably too busy smoking it instead. Though not so busy that he doesn’t have time to bust out a splice of one of his all-time favourite hip-hop rhymes from Common with the riddim from Shy FX’s summer reggae anthem Soon
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THE CRABS CORPORATION: The Many Faces Of The Crabs Corporation EP (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ The many faces of The Crabs Corporation indeed! The Sort displays ‘funky reggae’ face, Breakdown adopts ‘James Taylor’ face and, most pervasively, Do It, Hush It and The Hard Mod Beat (the latter two featuring former Belle Star legend Jennie Matthias and UK ska stalwart Andy Keys respectively) give good ‘second wave of UK
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LAPTOP FUNKERS: Ready To Rumble EP (2013)

“Do you cue beats on a sampler or a laptop?/ Do you make the head nod or the ass drop?” asked underground rap legend Dooley O once. We all know there can sometimes be a certain amount of elitism attached to making beats but clearly that cuts no ice with Laptop Funkers who like to rock out with their cocks out. Or rather funk out with their laptops out. There’s so little snobbery here in
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MC LYTE & BREAKESTRA: Posed To Understand (Steely Chan’s Blender Mash)(2013) Free download

They’re at it again. Steely Chan grab MC Lyte’s classic old school crackhead boyfriend rhyme I Cram To Understand U in one hand and Breakestra’s Posed To Be instro in the other and snap them together like Lego bricks. It seems the boys were a little concerned that the intricacies of Lyte’s rhymes might have got lost amongst the hypnotic funk stylings of Breakestra however. Skilled bootleggers as they undoubtedly are (as this cut proves once
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DAPTONE presents: THE POETS OF RHYTHM feat. EDAN video (2013)

Daptone‘s got a brand new bag! Well, brand new old bag. Why? Because they’re re-releasing a ‘best of’ anthology from German retro funkers Poets Of Rhythm. The Poets were famously the backing band for Lyrics Born on I Changed My Mind off Quannum’s classic ’98 Spectrum LP and purveyors of instrumental funky soul of such quality in general that they were a big influence on Daptone
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DELTRON 3030: Deltron Event II (2012) Album review

Rating: ★★★★★ Ignore everything I’ve ever said about releases taking a long time to come out. No one has ever taken the piss to this extent before. Mind you everything about Deltron 3030’s Deltron Event 2 screams ‘epic.’ There are the main participants (West Coast underground rap legend Del The Funky Homosapien, production legend Dan The Automator and turntablist legend Kid
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FUNK EFEMDZEMOV: Smoking Funk (2013)

Smoking funk? Presumably we are not meant to infer that Balkan beatsman Funk Efemdzemov has been adding a little of the greatest musical genre known to man to his post-gig nicotine fix or left it charred and smoldering somewhere. Rather it seems we are to assume that he has delivered some a six pack of dancefloor fireworks. And in truth – this is a solid not-so-little package of what
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MR BRISTOW: Feeling Fine (2013) Free download

Some people like to save up their bootlegs for an EP release. Some people even like to spam every label they can think of until some beleaguered soul gives them an ‘official’ release for cold cash money. Not Mr Bristow though. Seemingly unaware of the vast goldmine to be made from a high Juno chart sales position and the simple ease with which he could retire to the Bahamas and have naked
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RISE: The Cornerstone (prod. BANKRUPT EUROPEANS) (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ It’s the return of the boom-bap (again) as Brooklyn emcee and former Demigodz member Rise delivers sixteen track double vinyl monster The Cornerstone. And you’ll feel like one fell on you too when your neck snaps to the super-heavyweight minimal funk beats courtesy of UK production team Bankrupt Europeans a.k.a. djs Snafu, Fraser Syme and Signor Cloy. You’ll have to
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