Monthly Archives: April 2014

ITCHY BASTARDS: Another State Of Mind EP (2014)

Another State Of Mind Itchy BastardsItchy Bastards scratch around in the sample barrel for something with which to adorn their tightly produced three-tracker Another State Of Mind EP and turn up a remarkably catholic selection of acapellas. This results, for starters, in none other than Eddie Van Halen jumping up on the opener and title track. Middle cut, Lovers Rock, finds the IBs exploring Chudy and Warson territory (or
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JIMI NEEDLES: Jumpin’ Jive (2014) Free download

Jumpin' Jive Jimi NeedlesIt’s been something of a red letter day for freebie submissions at MB Towers today. No need to scour, stuff’s been pouring in through the e-letterbox. Here’s the third such effort from DJ/ Producer/ sticksman extraordinaire, Jimi Needles. Jumpin’ Jive is an impeccable slice of low-slung swing-hop instrumentalism that probably should’ve come up on the monkey’s radar earlier (it’s been available a month) but then…it’s been a busy month. Comes
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Got That Funky Stuff (Tribute to Kool & The Gang) (2014) Free download

Got That Funky Stuff Basement Freaks…annndd the second of tonight’s free superfunk delicacies is this little nugget from Basement FreaksGot That Funky Stuff. It’s their tribute to Kool & The Gang, a band who started their career in 1964 with the unpromising name of the Jazziacs, delivered dodgy pop ballads in the eighties like Cherish and apparently continue to make music in the new millenium in the form of electro pop
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ZEMERALD: Tis Alright (2014)

Zemerald Tis Alright Bobby RushRating: ★★★★★ The artist formerly known as DJ O’Tools has just dropped this freebie – Tis Alright. And frankly, ’tis more than alright. Now travelling by the name of Zemerald, what our man has done is give provide a sensitively tweaked deejay-friendly edit of Bobby Rush’s obscure funky classic It’s Alright. This was the flip to his not-much-less-obscure funky classic She’s A Good Un both of which sound like late
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TITAN SOUND: Come Around (Worries Riddim Refix) (2014) Free download

Come Around Worries Refix Titan SoundI dunno. You make your music, go to the effort of pressing up seven inches for a wax release and then some cheeky bastards come along, tax your riddim, and put on a ganja anthem ‘pella for a cheeky version. On the other hand, you deliberately made your B-side an instro precisely so that people could do exactly that. After all, people will be curious about the source of that riddim won’t they?
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SKEEWIFF: Skeewiff in Brazil (2014)

In Brazil SkeewiffRating: ★★★★★ It seems someone’s been wiggling down the Copacabana in a tanga thong gathering inspiration for Skeewiff In Brazil. Skeewiff in Brazil? Oh what – bossa breakin? Samba stylin? A bit of drum n Bebel? Some ghetto Gilberto? Yep – that sort of thing. That and more in fact. No actual appearances from Astrid Gilberto (or Bebel come to that) at least not that I’m aware – but lots of
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TRU FUNK: Tasty Beats Vol. 2 (2014) + Mako & Mr Bristow ‘Jungle Soul’ (DJ Tanner video edit)

Tasty Beats Vol. 2 Tru FunkRating: ★★★★★ The second round of the new series from Tru:Funk, Tasty Beats Vol. 2, serves up an even more flavoursome selection than its predecessor. DJ Maars commences proceedings with one of his trademark reggae-hip-hop booty bangers featuring Biggie n ragga vocals which is followed by Chudy who does one of his reliable breakbeat reboots of nineties soul. Next up is Shaka Loves You with energetic
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BEN & LEX feat. THE PHARCYDE: Bang Like This (2014)

Bang Like This Ben Lex ImaniPrevious shared adventures between ghetto funk producers and decent rappers have included Second Hand Audio teaming up with J5’s Akil and UD’s Dizzy Dustin and Featurecast working with Pugs Atomz but it’s to Exeter-based Ben & Lex that the prize goes for biggest collaboration yet as they hook-up with The Pharcyde. Well, one of the original four members anyway – Imani – or ‘Uncle’
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PHATSAM: Bro Mix (2014) Free download

Bro Mix PhatsamDespite sounding like some dodgy Yank fratboy initiation rite, Phatsam‘s Bro Mix is actually a taster of what to expect in the Mad Hatter’s Dance Tent which is being organised by Vibration Hi-Fi at the forthcoming Willowman Festival in June. Willowman? Dance Tent? Mad Hatter? There might be a lysergic thread of connotation running through those three but this mix is reassuringly full
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MAX RUBADUB feat Various Artists: Roots 51 Riddim (2014) + Mr Traffic video

Roots 51 Riddim Max RubadabHot on the heels of his Sweet Like You single with General Trix, Max Rubadub gets back in his studio tub to rustle up an eighteen strong riddim selection using his equally sweet Roots 51 Riddim. For non-reggae heads, that’s the same sunshine-infused tune slightly tweaked eighteen times with a different vocalist doing a different song on each time. You don’t really want me to name all of them
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