Monthly Archives: June 2015

GENERIC PEOPLE: Suck A DJ (2015)

Suck A DJ Generic PeopleSuck A DJ. Now there’s a proposition. It’s not really of course, for this is merely the latest drop off the Bulabeats label from, of all people, Generic People. Why of all people? Because this is a house track. Don’t worry, the monkey hasn’t been ‘converted’ – what you really want are the remixes. Hephph is in there like swimwear with a respectable glitchy skank that sounds like a roots
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: Survival Of The Fittest (2015)

Survival Fittest Blend MishkinRating: ★★★★★ More reggae excellence from the Nice Up! Records label here as Blend Mishkin releases his new album backed by six-piece band Roots Evolution. Survival Of The Fittest also finds the Athenian producer (and head of the Cast-A-Blast label) teaming up with a veritable army of vocalists on all but two of the eleven tracks contained therein – an army that includes Gappy
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GIST: Gist (2015)

Gist Gist Electro funkLike French duo Air? Like that talk-box hook from 2Pac’s California Love? The Spyder D sample on Latyrx’s The Quickening? The Rose Royce sample on the Beasties’ Shake Your Rump or their Eggo sample on Make Some Noise? Yeah? Then you’re going to shit when you hear Miami outfit Gist and their self-titled debut LP because they very obviously do too. In fact this is prime electro-funk
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SPEEDOMETER feat. JAMES JUNIOR: No Turning Back (2015)

No Turning Back Speedometer James JuniorIt says here that Speedometer have, “been one of the bands that has spearheaded the resurgence in deep, gritty funk and soul for over 10 years,” and while they certainly have produced some songs of that description, lead single No Turning Back from the new LP isn’t one of them. The bongos, the Rhodes piano, the restrained trumpet and the occasional bit of scat-singing all
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THE DISABLISTS: Farmfest 10 Year Nostalgia Mix (2015)

Disbalists Farmfest 10 Year mixWhat’s this? Why it’s The Disablists premiering their Farmfest 10 Year Nostalgia Mix resulting from a celebratory flurry of hands to promote their appearance at the recent tenth annual Farmfest this year. Lest the words ‘flurry of hands’ in the same sentence as ‘Farmfest’ give anyone the wrong impression, let’s just clarify that The Disablists are ex-UK DMC champions and highly
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MORLACK: Good To Go Go Vol. III (2015)

Good To Go Go Vol. III MorlackYou know it’s only months with less than twenty eight days in them when there probably isn’t a Morlack release about to drop and years without four numbers when any given release doesn’t include some sort of nod towards the man’s beloved DC go-go music. So it won’t come as any surprise to learn that the Funk Blasters label boss is dropping Good To Go Go Vol. III later this week
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REDVENOM feat. BLAQ POET, IMPERIAL BROTHERS & DJ WIZ: There’s No Killin’ What Cannot Be Killed (2015)

There's No Killin Redvenom Blaq PoetManchester emcee Redvenom returns with a Gravediggaz/ Ill Bill/ Jedi Mind Tricks-style creepy strings-drenched horrorcore beat not to mention some big-ass guest spots in the form of veteran NYC rappers Blaq Poet and Imperial Brothers plus cuts from the sometime Wu-Tang-affiliated DJ Wiz. Does There’s No Killin’ What Cannot Be Killed refer to those involved, grimy Bronx hip-hop itself or
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STEPPA STYLE feat. DEADLY HUNTA: Work Hard (2015)

Work Hard Steppa Style Deadly HuntaAmazingly Steppa Style and Deadly Hunta manage to extol the benefits of working hard (you know, success and all that) for several minutes without it sounding like some sort of hollow corporate-management homily on Work Hard. It doesn’t hurt that a) they really mean it and b) their efforts are underpinned by a no-nonsense
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GALACTIC feat. MACY GRAY: ‘Into The Deep’ single (2015)

Into The Deep Galactic Macy GrayNew Orleans funk band Galactic are now streaming new single, and Macy Gray-featuring title-track of their forthcoming album Into The Deep. The PR blah says that they have been, “exploring…seemingly limitless musical possibilities for more than 20 years…[and]…consistently pushed artistic boundaries,” an approach manifested here as AOR drums, subdued guitar
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JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE: ‘Ape Panic’ promo video (2015) + Summer tour

JohnnyPluse Stormtroopers Ape Panic tour vidWhat do you know? It’s not just women who talk in the toilets: Johnnypluse & The Stormtroopers Of Love do too, for that is where they met. In two separate toilets as well, though whether that makes things better or worse is not entirely clear. Marvel at this and other behind-the-scenes-revelations on the JPSTOL promo video for their forthcoming debut LP, Ape Panic, which drops
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