Monthly Archives: November 2013

HEYMOONSHAKER: UK Tour + ‘Colly Drop’ video (2013)

Something a little bit different here – MB readers may remember news of Heymoonshaker‘s Shakerism EP back in the spring accompanied by a quite staggering video of the boys – in particular beatboxer Dave Crowe grandstanding (as well he might) – live in public on Brick Lane. Anyway, there’s another video out for the closing track on the EP – Colly Drop. Now, if you’re a blues guitarist
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TIMEWARP MUSIC: Free Downloads (2013)

The Greeks! Like the Romans or something? Bit before? Bit further east? But what have they ever given us? Well apart from democracy, Pythagoras and freedom from a million-strong Persian army commanded by a colossal pervert there’s this lot of free downloads from Athens-based nu-funky breaks label Timewarp Music – home to Timewarp Inc., AfroQBen, Funky Destination, Auditors Domination, Mr Gagun and Sr De Funk, among others. All the
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BASEMENT FREAKS: East Block Tour video (2013) + Gotta Make Me A Gun (Moombah edit) Free download

If the Daily Mail is to be believed, Eastern Europe ought to be a vast, deserted swathe of land stretching from halfway through Germany to nearly Moscow: from the Baltic to the Black Sea. A place of unbroken silence then – perhaps occasionally enlivened by the mournful howl of a wolf. The ravening human hordes of this region are, of course, already in the UK ‘illegally’ and ‘taking the
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SKEEWIFF & EDDIE RUSS: Flute Toon (The Lope Song) (2013) Free download

It’s always nice to host a premiere! And so it is that MB rolls out the red carpet as first place on the planet to bring you this: the mighty Skeewiff‘s re-wiff of Eddie Russ’s 1974 Blue Note-style jazz-funk number The Lope Song. He’s re-titled it Flute Toon in recognition of the original’s prominent funky flute motif and given it a massive party breaks kick up the arse (not to mention the odd bleepy
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FUNKY MAMA: Funky Mama EP (2013)

I was briefly called out of the MB office the other day to give advice to a commission about tackling global funk crime and when I came back MB taxi driver ‘Jazzy’ Dave was cowering before the afro’d whirlwind of fury that is MB tea lady Loretta May Drew when she’s got a cob on. Dave apparently had been caught playing Funky Mama‘s new self-titled debut EP. Funky Mama is the sort of noodling sax
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STEP BROTHERS (Alchemist & Evidence): Step Masters (2013) + video

Alchemist and Evidence are Step Brothers and the video to slo-mo-stoner-scratch-rap cut Step Masters (off their debut forthcoming Rhymesayers LP release Lord Steppington, due January) finds them giving free reign to their ‘sibling’ rivalry in a series of competitions. Evidence is the man, it seems, when it comes to such tasks as speed-chugging beer, bowling strikes, Jenga, scoring baskets
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BOBBY C SOUND TV: Fresh From The Sewer Mix (2013)

Anything from the sewer got to be stinkin’ right? Especially if it’s been hanging around for nearly ten days like this has in the monkey’s inbox. But no, the Mile High City’s Bobby C Sound TV has got this exclusive-packed – er – exclusive mix for KaneFM’s ghetto funk commandos Turtle and Fringe Of Steel locked down tighter than vice grip in the second hour of their Fresh From The Sewer
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TRAMP RECORDS: Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 2 (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ “Well, I wish it could be Christmas every day-a-ayy!” Yeah? I don’t. Christ. Quite apart from the rampant commercialism, the shite on TV and the family arguments, we now face just over a month of the same twenty seasonal pop songs and the same five traditional seasonal songs being played in shops, pubs, office parties, on the telly or even at home over and over. And over. And. Over
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REDMARTINA: Intransit (2013) + ‘Outside’ video

Redmartina is a new hip-hop/trip-hop project driven by the beats of a certain former producer of Philadelphia-based underground hip-hop outfit Jedi Mind Tricks. Stoupe (for it is he) a.k.a Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind (or Kevin Baldwin to his mum) has basically masterminded the whole project, assembling Philadelphia Slick rapper Noesis, singer Hayley Cass and multi
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STICKYBUDS & BOBBY C feat. JUNGLE BROTHERS: Party Remedy (2013) Free download

The fertile sonic soil of BC yields another crop in the form of this free download from Stickybuds and Bobby C. There’s something of both a funk and hip-hop pedigree here since the beat features horns and bass from the Fatback Band’s Got To Learn How To Dance recreated in a different key by Stickybuds, finished with drums from Bobby C and topped off with a chopped up Jungle Brothers
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