Monthly Archives: April 2015

C@ IN THE H@ feat. MR SWITCH: Sax Party (Scour Records Freemix) (2015) Free download

Sax Party Freemix Cat in The HatThere you were, working like that when who should come back but that C@ In The H@. Uh-oh you said, don’t you listen to that cat, that cat is a bad one, that cat in the hat. He makes lots of mad beats, don’t you let him come near, you know what he did the last time he was here. “Mad beats,” laughed the cat, “oh goodness me yes”, as he dropped a new grinder you felt in the chest –
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ASHLEY SLATER: Bone Idol Vol. 1 (2015)

Bone Idol Vol. 1 Ashley SlaterRating: ★★★★★ Ashley Slater, sometime frontman of Norman Cook’s pre-Fatboy acid jazz funkers Freak Power, ex-member of Loose Tubes, Microgroove and BigLounge and (despite the X-Factor’s best efforts) currently one half of Kitten & The Hip is, lest we forget (or unless you didn’t know in the first place) an accomplished trombonist. Look – there’s one right there in that
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 26 & 27 (2015)

Vol-26-27-Katakana-EditsVol. 26 of Katakana Edits features the output of the mysterious Timewrap – no idea who he is – but what has he brought you? Well, in short, a hypnotic reggae Beasties groove, a loose and jazz-funky Beasties to get your body movin’, some re-worked funky Bambaataa and – er – jazz house. That’s not the end of the recent stirrings in camp Katakana of course, for where one drop is, another
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RONNIE DAVIS: Make Haste 7″ (2015)

Make Haste Ronnie DavisRating: ★★★★★ Where next for latter-day reggae heroes Horus Records to cast their eye but in the direction of legend Ronnie Davis of The Tennors and Itals fame? Ideally, what you’d want to do as young upstarts on a long established scene is get hold of one of its founders from back in the day, record a new early-70s-style reggae-soul riddim on real instruments (straight to analogue tape
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OL’ DIRTY BASTARD: Got Your Money (RHYTHM SCHOLAR Deep Down And Dirty remixes) (2015) Free download

Got Your Money ODB Rhythm Scholar remixDon’t you worry, I said ‘hey’, Rhythm Scholar got remix honey. Yes, yes, RS dedicates one to all the pretty girls with his rerub of classic ODB/ Kelis hook-up and pimp-rhyme classic Got Your Money. He puts together a veritable stable of samples (lifted from the works of Bob James, The O’Jays, Lafayette Afro Rock Band, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, The Honey Drippers and Dennis Coffey) and bitch
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FORT KNOX FIVE: Pressurize The Cabin LP (2015) + Title track free download

Pressurize The Cabin Fort Knox FiveNot to be confused with the EP of the same name released earlier this month (although confusion would be entirely reasonable – said EP being a taster containing four ‘dj-oriented songs’ drawn from the ten cuts off here), Pressurize The Cabin is a ten-deep new set of original material from Fort Knox Five. And just in case you were concerned that the EP cherry-picked the only ‘dj
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ALEJANDRO BARTOLELLI: THS Brotha (Bartolelli Edit)/ Oya Oya (2015) Free download

THS Brotha Oya Oya Alejandro BartolelliTwo cheeky edits straight out of Buenos Aires for you here as Alejandro Bartolelli applies the AB magic to a flute-y piece of funk whimsy on THS Brotha and then goes in for a bit of afro-flavoured reggae on Oya Oya. Two tracks? It’s almost like a bootleg seven inch isn’t it? Except of course that these are digital and will therefore sadly be passed over by parvenu vinyl snobs who
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THE ALLERGIES: Kicking Up Dust EP (2015) + God Walked Down video

Kicking Up Dust EP The AllergiesNormally it’s kicking up the dust that’s likely to bring on the allergies but what happens if The Allergies bring on Kicking Up The Dust? Allow Dr Monkey to explain. Preliminary symptoms are likely to involve involuntary bodily twitching which may develop into a full-blown movement towards the dancefloor as a result of a combined exposure to a gospel-soul stomp, a groovy disco biscuit, a
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DJ ROAST BEATZ: Luxury Boom Bap (2015)

Luxury Boom Bap DJ Roast BeatzRoast Beatz finally makes good on the promise implicit in all those drops over the last few years to deliver a full-length album which comes out shortly on Badboe’s Breakbeat Paradise label. The pair of them should probably get someone they both know to write the PR blah for that…

(PRESS RELEASE) With his sophomore album, DJ
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VARIOUS: Tropical Disco Hustle Vol. 2 (2015)

Tropical Disco Hustle Vol 2Having swanned around India twice in the last year or so (for two volumes of Bombay Disco) and then headed to Brazil (for the Brazilian Boogie Connection) the Cultures Of Soul label crew don’t appear to have been scratching their heads about where to head to next for disco diamonds. Why it’s back to the Carribbean of course for Tropical Disco Hustle Vol. 2!
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