Monthly Archives: September 2015

KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 32 & 33 (2015)

Vol 31 32 Katakana EditsThe latest monkey-friendly offerings from Katakana Edits are the reggae-hip-hop soundclash of Vol. 32 from Timewrap and the late 70s indulgence of Vol. 33 from (who else?) Morlack. Timewrap ensures good vibrations when he incorporates a bit of Meff and DMC over Willie Williams’ Armagideon riddim on DubRealMC and supplies an instro version too. Morlack on the
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BEAT MOUNTAIN: Vintage Drum And Bongo Breaks (2015)

Beat Mountain Sample PackHaving your work cut out trying to find the right phat breaks without retreading much worn audio pathways? Is the hot breath of the sample police tickling the hairs on the back of your neck because you had the temerity to use two bars of those drums off that famous track? Have you scoured every sample pack and found the right drum
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ANDY COOPER: Bring It To Me/ Do The Charlie Brown (2015) Ltd. 7″

Bring It To Me Charlie Brown Andy CooperUgly Duckling’s Andy Cooper is musically on trend as he brings you a limited 45 of two cuts off his recent Free EP. On the A-side it’s Bring It To Me which finds him moving at breakneck speed on a JB-assisted 125 bpm battle rap and channeling the pent-up lyrics of fury denied an outlet by a career in nice-guy outfit UD. Even when he’s being nasty though…he still sounds nice. There’s no
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: O’Town (2015)

O'Town Cockney NutjobHere’s a chance to see Cockney Nutjob once again prove himself more than capable of rocking things steady with freebie O’Town. How does the Scour Records signing do this? Why – by putting much boom and a fair old bit of bap into Desmond Dekker’s classic 007 (Shanty Town) a.k.a the original source of the well wicked Shanty Town
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AIM & QnC: The Habit Of a Lifetime (And How To Kick It) (2015)

Habit Of a Lifetime AimRating: ★★★★★ Well, I never – Aim is back and in the company of longtime microphone cohorts Q-Ball and Curt Cazal, not just on a couple of tracks but on every track of the new LP The Habit Of A Lifetime (And How To Kick It). You remember Aim – a.k.a. Andy Turner. His influential ’99 LP debut Cold Water Music featured the world’s most
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DJ FORMAT: Kool & The Gangstarr Generation

Kool Gangstarr Generation DJ FormatIn between dropping quality hip-hop hook-ups with underground emcees of lyrical integrity and note, DJ Format occasionally likes to knock together funky instrumentals and off-the-chain sample-splicing one-offs – like when he remixed Mr Jason’s 26 emcee posse cut Mr Jason’s Got A Posse (on which the first letter of each emcee name corresponded to a different letter of the
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NICOLE WILLIS & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS: Happiness In Every Style (2015)

Happiness In Every Style Nicole Willis Soul InvestigatorsIt’s hardly shaping up to be a sparse autumn for retro funk soul releases but a sure stand-out was always going to be the latest full-length effort from Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators, Happiness In Every Style as the Finnish arm of the global retro funk-soul scene prepares to drop the band’s ‘difficult’ third full-length effort. However, as it often seems to transpire in this scene, album
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ZEMERALD: So Much Trouble In My Mind (2015) Free download

I Got So Much Trouble In My Mind ZemeraldSo Much Trouble In My Mind? Would this be Zemerald having a crack at re-working the squelchy funk classic that is Sir Joe Quarterman’s 1972 cut with a view to updating it for the now and presumably avoiding detection by Soundcloud’s copyright ‘bots? The answer is, yes, it certainly would as the man from Jersey chops-up the arrangement of the original, puts the
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THE SOUL MOTIVATORS: Free To Believe (2015)

Free To Believe The Soul MotivatorsSummer’s over, festival season is finished and it’s serious autumn album release time – which is probably why Toronto’s The Soul Motivators have decided to make their mark with debut LP Free To Believe. The band feature a core of keys, bass, guitar, drums and percussion but rather handily they also possess a three-piece horn section and, when the occasion demands it (which
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GARAGE FLOWERS: Diggers Anthem (Shout It Out) (2015)

Diggers Anthem Garage FlowersIf you’ve ever wondered what material a certain Manchester band might have come up with in the mid-(or should I say ‘mod’) to-psychedelic half of the sixties – now’s your chance to find out. Step forward the Garage Flowers who deliver what they refer to as music, “to get girls wigglin and boys a diddlin.” Diggers Anthem (Shout It Out) is a
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