Monthly Archives: December 2013

ICONS OF GHETTO FUNK 2013 Parts 1 & 2: Free download (2013)

I had been thinking this latest annual installment of the Ghetto Funk Icons series, Icons Of Ghetto Funk, was early. But then I checked and actually it’s later than the previous two years. And that’s not all that’s different. This time the icons they’re remixing aren’t the popular music giants of yore but some of the label’s own artists. Say what? Remixes of the Ghetto Funk back catalogue by
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MR BRISTOW: Drive My Rhythm (2013) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ Hey everybody – Mr Bristow‘s been busy and put together a little Christmas cracker for y’all! Firstly, listen to it and it bangs. Secondly, there’s what sounds like a gag – ‘What do you get if you put Rakim, The Beatles, The Happy Mondays and (ahem) Olly Murs together?’ Then there’s the answer, which is no joke – it’s a big new Mr Bristow booty mash! Free gift? You can
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TIMOTHY WISDOM: On My Mind EP (2013)

ReSoul Records employ a certain Wisdom to create their latest funky breaks release which he does without resorting to wobble or even much grind but neverthless in a party stylee. Put The Stereo On reworks Gappy Ranks in a pumping, skanking disco funk manner while On My Mind refluffs George Duke’s Reach Out in a pumping disco breaks manner. But how does he do it all
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VARIOUS: Record Kicks Xmas Free Download Compilation (2013)

Milan-based label Record Kicks round off a whole year of celebrating ten years in the game with this fourteen-track compilation available for free download until 6 January. The Record Kicks Xmas Free Download Compilation (to give it its full snappy title) features big cuts from the label’s history along with remixes and bonus tracks. It’s worth getting your hands on it for The Crabs
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YOUTHFUL IMPLANTS feat. RAGGA TWINS: Hold That Gyal (2013)

Yet another Ghetto Funk release before the end of the year and it’s the turn of Youthful Implants to unveil an EP of sweetly wistful ambience of Hold That Gyal to lullaby the year to its close. Lullaby my ass! It’s got Ragga Twins on it – didn’t you see? What kind of madman would put Ragga Twins in charge of a lullaby? They do snarly, shouty toasting over planet-threatening bass noise. Like this. And if you
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JOHNNYPLUSE: Songs That Will Change Your Life EP (2013) Free download

Irish breakbeat kingpin Johnnypluse comes through with a two-track freebie EP for the end of the year cheekily entitled Songs That Will Change Your Life no less. The first of these’ll be the crashing breaks and moody 90s rave-ish synths of LP dnb cut Don’t Stand For It (End Of Night Edit) now reworked at 106 bpm. The second, The Weapon Part 2 , is the kind of entity that used
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NOTORIOUS B.I.G. & MERCY SLUTS: Hypnotize $600 (Steely Chan’s Blender Mash )(2013) Free download

Toronto’s Steely Chan are back at it again on their occasional (but always tight) funky hip-hop mission – this time grafting Biggie’s late 90’s brag-rap Hypnotize to raw funk instro $600 from Mercy Sluts a.k.a Poets Of Rhythm. Not that Biggie’s original itself was unfunky, (sampling as it did Herb Alpert’s 1979 mellow disco-funk hit Rise) but it was more of an ass-dropper than a full-on slab of b-boy
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SCOUR RECORDS: Freemixed Nuts (2013) Free download

If Fat Harry‘s PR blah is anything to go by, Scour Records and its associated acts and employees wallow permanently in a festering pit of pan-sexual deviance. By way of seasonal celebration they drag an unsuspecting (and for ‘unsuspecting’ read ‘completely unaware’) Leo Sayer, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Dame Shirley Bassey into their sweaty embrace in order to give them a relatively mild
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top ’10′ Tracks 2013

(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Albums – 2012 HERE)
As with last year, the idea of selecting merely a top ten tracks of the year was laughable. Here are the twenty biggest – selected (as is traditional) by a complex algorithm based on frequency of play on the MB boombox

1. Phoenix City Allstars feat. Freddie Notes – Satisfaction

You think you’ve seen a dancefloor go off and then you drop this
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2013

(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2012 HERE)
What can I say? 2013 was big for boom-bap hip-hop and retro funk and soul.
N.B. This chart is created from from a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system.

1. Deltron 3030 – Deltron Event 2

Despite the odd dodgy skit, the second coming of Deltron 3030 was still epic
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