Monthly Archives: May 2014

MORLACK: Girl Movin’ Like (2014) + video

Girl Movin' Like Morlack…and the girl be movin’ like…she just heard Fabolous and Pharrell and Kumbia Kings (nobody mention Pitbull) rapping over a bit of Trouble Funk. Which in fact is precisely what is going on on the title track of Morlack’s new one – Girl Be Movin’ Like as our man indulges his taste for all things go-go once more. Time to get out the hairspray and your batwing-sleeve chunky knits! Sons Of Satin remix it
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COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS: Blind Bet (2014)

Blind Bet Cookin On 3 BurnersIn just under a month another veteran contemporary funk and soul act places its ‘difficult third LP’ cards on the table and this time it’s the turn of Cookin’ On 3 Burners – a.k.a. the ‘other’ band of Oz funk and soul kingpin, Lance Ferguson. Two previous LPs have dealt out hard-hitting, tightly-played instro funk, soul and jazz-funk that has become increasingly
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THE LEGION: The Lost Tapes + ‘For You’ video(2014)

The Lost Tapes The LegionRating: ★★★★★ The Legion’s in the area and I don’t mean Royal British- or French Foreign- either. Nope, it’s vintage hip-hop o’clock as Chucky Smash, Molecules and Cee Low bring you no fewer than twenty unreleased nuggets of that grimy Bronx sound on The Lost Tapes.

Back in the day these D.I.T.C. affiliates were signed
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SMOKEY BANDITS: Rehab (2014)

Rehab Refugee Smokey BanditsAre you in the mood for midtempo flamenco-fied breaks with splashes of fiery Andalusian trumpets? Are you also in the mood for grandiose dub with equally fiery Andalusian trumpets and steppin’ hammond? You are? Man, you’re so in luck! That’s precisely what those Smokey Bandits Giorgios Fotiadis (Basement Freaks) and his buddy Dmitris Nassos (Quasamodo) have in store for you in the
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SERGE SEVERE & GEN ERIK feat. DJ TOTAL ECLIPSE (X-ECUTIONERS) – Giant (2014)

Giant Serge Severe Gen.Erik DJ Total EclipseSecond slab of big West Coast hip-hop action today as Serge Severe goes large with producer Gen.Erik for Giant. The Oregon mic slayer delivers brag raps over a sinuous (in the sense that a forty foot anaconda is sinuous) spy-funk based beat courtesy of Erik, all topped off nicely with scratch gymnastics from a man who puts other wax warriors in the shade – DJ Total Eclipse of legendary
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ROCKY MARSIANO: Meu Kamba (2014)

Meu Kamba Rocky MarsianoRating: ★★★★★ “What if b-boys danced to semba instead of funk?” asks the PR blah Meu Kamba. Like Rocky Marsiano doesn’t know! It’s this full-length follow-up to Music For All Seasons of course! What do you mean ‘What’s ‘semba’?” Yes, it does sound a bit like ‘samba.’ Could that be because Brazilian samba and Angolan semba have a common ancestor? Yes it could – the Angolan massemba
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JURASSIC 5: The Way We Do It (Zemerald remix) + (Phibes remix) + original + video (2014) Free download

The Way We Do It Jurassic 5 Zemerald PhibesRating: ★★★★★ If new Jurassic 5 track The Way We Do It doesn’t quite knock hard enough for you (and lord knows it should), try Zemerald‘s re-edit of the California crew’s first ‘new’ material since their reunion. Expect bleepy things over the bizarre soul-jazz dropout that producer Heavy D stuck in near the end – plus some extra crazy drum fill antics and synth siren sounds throughout to keep the kids
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JON KENNEDY: Corporeal Remixed Part 2 (Teaser) (2014)

Corporeal Remixed Part 2 Jon KennedyMore varied downtempo-isms and instrumentalisms from the JKF camp as Jon Kennedy‘s 2013 LP Corporeal gets a second LP’s worth of tangible remixing shortly. In the meantime here’s a five-track teaser in advance of the full LP. Steve Cobby of Fila Brazilia makes the ‘chilling on the yacht’ vibe of Tonto Rides The Gain even more chilled, while Dopedemand provides an equally relaxed but
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NON PHIXION: The Future Is Now (Premium Edition) (2014)

The Future Is Now premium Non-PhixionThe Future Is Now! claimed underground NYC crew Non-Phixion in ’02 although, since they said it in ’02, I suppose that technically means the future was – er – back then. Fast forward to 2014 however and prestige re-issue label Get On Down have re-released Sabac, Ill Bill, Goretex and DJ Eclipse’s mighty debut in two premium editions! Which technically (and confusingly) means the past
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DISCOBETA: Worthwhile EP (2014)

Worthwhile EP DiscobetaIt’s Discobeta buckdown time as the duo kick off their Worthwhile EP with Up & Coming and push the tempo to where Fatboy Slim sort of went a few years back. That’ll be to Doug Lazy-land with big guitars then although this has an atomic b-boy break on it that basically spits ‘ya mama’ at what Norman came up with. Nasty Anthem does what it says on the tin and manages to combine twenty-first century bass stylings with more b-boy breaks
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