Monthly Archives: October 2013

COCKNEY NUTJOB: Fresh From The Sewer Mix (2013)

It might be his ‘Fresh From The Sewer’ mix but there are no turds here as the underrated Cockney Nutjob tears up the breaks for twelve tracks straight (from track fifteen to twenty seven) with an exclusive mix for Turtle and Fringe Of Steel’s KaneFM Fresh From The Sewer show from the Sunday before last (MB’s finger on the pulse as usual!). It features a wealth of the great and good of the ghetto funk massive and a number of exclusives. I’m assuming those are the Cockney
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SOUL SUGAR: East Of The River Nile (2013)

Soul Sugar follow in the footsteps of Augustus Pablo with their new single and cover of Pablo’s ’77 classic East Of The River Nile. Those with more than a basic knowledge of the reggae legend will know that literally ‘following in the footsteps’ of Pablo would involve producing a large body of well respected musical work, smoking a prodigious amount of ‘erb and ultimately passing away due to
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K-DELIGHT feat. SHINOBI STALIN: Make It Different (2013) + video

Rating: ★★★★★ The long absent K-Delight‘s new single Make It Different joins a ridiculously long streak of dope boom-bap hip-hop releases covered on MB this year. If (given its title) there is an irony in its being in some way similar (i.e in terms of quality) it possesses at least one notable difference to many of those other tracks by dint of not featuring Phill Most Chill on the mic. That honour instead goes to long-time
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DANNY T feat. PARLY B: Dreader Than Dread (2013)

Not to be confused with Honey Boy Martin’s rocksteady track of the same name, nor even with L’Entourloop’s track (also of the same name) this is Danny T‘s Dreader Than Dread with Parly B on the mic. There’s not much that has said ‘a night at Cosie’s in Bristol’ more than this in 2013 so there’s some irony to be found in the fact that Danny T is from Leeds and Parly B from Doncaster. A veritable
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THE GENE DUDLEY GROUP: The Hilo Bay Halfway (2013)

It might sound like a confidence trick or a number from the South Pacific soundtrack but The Hilo Bay Halfway is actually the new single off The Gene Dudley Group‘s rather good debut LP Saturday Shifting (released back in July on Wah Wah 45s) on which the authentic sound of tropical funk seems to have been captured by the north Londoner. Does this mean Nassau’s gone Finchley?
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JORUN PMC: Magic Disco Machine EP (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Now I know you’re thinking ‘I’ve seen that style of cover art a few times this year.’ And you’d be right. That’s because the man behind it is Phill Most Chill. He’s had one or two releases out this year, all of them with different producers yet all with a certain homogeneity. One reason for this is because Phill doesn’t seem to be most chill unless he gets fast beats for his fast raps. Another seems
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PULPFUSION: Modern Jazz (2013)

Right then – how about some Modern Jazz. Wait – come back! I’m on about Pulpfusion‘s forthcoming LP Modern Jazz not ‘modern jazz.’ Yes – Pulpfusion – that Swiss ‘ghetto metal’ merchant who makes Junkie XL and The Prodigy sound like chamber music. Has he found a new musical direction? ‘Nu-fusion’ perhaps? A ‘ghetto funk’ On The Corner? Nothing so hideous. The title track might open with
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TRU FUNK: Nu Party Breaks Vol. 9 (2013) + Funktomas ‘For Your Love’ video

It’s the final instalment of Tru:Funk‘s Nu Party Breaks series and it’s a massive double length effort. Final instalment? Yep, don’t panic – plans are afoot for newness in January. In the meantime Vol. 9 is fifteen tracks deep and features a wealth of scene-heavyweights with Badboe, Morlack, Rory Hoy, Funkanomics, The Breakbeat Junkie & DJP all putting in an appearance. Badboe gets pole
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RUCKUS ROBOTICUS feat. THE LADY TIGRA: Come Alive (2013)

Lady Tigra and Keith Cheatham guesting on the same record? Not bad. For the uninitiated, Lady Tigra was one half of late 80s booty bass duo L’Trimm and is well fit. Still. Cheatham is on here too (despite lacking a credit in the title) and was guitarist for 70s funk band Sun now to be found laying down licks for Bootsy’s Rubber Band. Not that L.A.-based Ruckus Roboticus is a stranger to the high profile collabo having hooked
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VARIOUS: Cloud Watching Volume 3 (Riddim Fruit) (2013)

Google ‘cloud watching’ (like I just did) and you’ll probably find that the first search result is the Cloud Appreciation Society (‘Uniting cloud lovers around the world’) who are, “fighting the banality of blue sky thinking.” Unsure whether this was some sort of joke or whether there really are people apart from meteorologists out there that interested in clouds I had a quick tour around the site and
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