Monthly Archives: November 2015

HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE TASTEMAKERS: Get It (CMC & SILENTA) (2015) Free download

Get IT Hannah Williams CMC Silenta remixThey might have gone AWOL for a while there but CMC & Silenta continue to make up for their disappearance here with a second impressive freebie now they’ve returned. This time around two types of funk collide as the pair rework the retro funky lope of Hannah Williams & The TastemakersGet It into a soaring ghetto funk anthem replete with crunchy drums, and swirling
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TRAMP RECORDS: Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party Vol. 3 (2015)

Santa's Funk Soul Christmas Party Vol. 3Rating: ★★★★★ Rock the decks with breaks and holly! Santa’s got a brand new sack! Again! Yes, in what appears to be a ‘one year on: two years off’ approach to their seasonal compilation series, Tramp Records turn in Vol. 3 of Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party and not a moment too soon. No not in that way – christ – who wants to celebrate Christmas in the middle of November
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BOCA 45: Soul On Top (2015)

Soul On Top Boca 45Rating: ★★★★★ Here’s seven inches of Boca 45 then. That’ll be new wax 45 Soul On Top of course. Oh I’m sorry – were you thinking of something else? Never mind – our man’s new single is still pretty filthy as he gets Kiwi soulman Louis Baker to flex his pipes most ably over loose breaks augmented by fat bass, chanking guitar, sexy sax and the odd bit of old school hip-hop
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EPHEMERALS: Howl (Brighton Sessions version) (2015) Free download

Howl Ephemerals BrightonWhat’s this? Howl? Have bright young soul-hopefuls and most-likely-tos Ephemerals gone all Ginsberg? Stream-of-consciousness spoken wordy-gubbins over Miles-ish beat-free trumpets and Rhodes-piano business? It certainly seems so, for such is the closer to current LP Chasin’ Ghosts – now offered as a free download by the band who are currently in the middle of a free giveaway
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VARIOUS: Funk N Beats Volume 2: Beatvandals (2015)

Beatvandals Funk N Beats Volume 2The Bombstrikes label gears up for another devastating sortie over breakbeat-land with the sequel to 2013’s Funk N Beats comp. What to call it though? Oohh – I know – Funk N Beats Volume 2: Beatvandals! Why ‘Beatvandals’? Because label co-founder Beatvandals has curated the thing and provided a continuous mix alongside the twenty-five tracks consisting of re-mastered
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BALKAN RIDDIMS feat. JAHRICIO: United (BLEND MISHKIN remix) (2015) Free download + Survival Of The Fittest UK tour

United Blend Mishkin Jahricio Balkan RiddimsNever was a message more timely than that of Balkan Riddims’ United in a week when some morons killed loads of innocent people and then some other morons have decided to respond by killing some other people – ostensibly allies of the first lot of morons (though they’re just as likely to hit a school or hospital on recent evidence) who were killing people in the first place because they’d
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LUDACRIS: Move Bitch (BRUNO BORLONE remix) (2015) Free download

Move Bitch Ludacris Bruno BorloneThere was a time after mainstream hip-hop had pretty much stopped being boom-bap but before Black-Eyed Peas and Kanye made it all twenty-first century hip-house when things were all a bit boom-clap. Round about the time when Ludacris made Move Bitch in fact. Not so funky then. But cheer up ‘Cris, it’s time for original producer Jazze Pha to stand aside because Bruno Borlone‘s on
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BUNTY BEATS: 93 (2015)

93 Bunty BeatsAspiring emcees – are you short of soulful 90s style boom-bap beats over which to merk the mic? Yeah? You could do a lot worse than hook yourself up with a copy of new instro selection 93 from MixKings’ Bunty Beats. That’ll be seventeen beats made the proper way packed with neck snap drums and soulful loops and cuts. Personally I’d be heading straight for the heavy soul-flavoured
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GHETTO FUNK presents: MEGAN HAMILTON & THE BERMUDAS (GFPD22)(2015) Free download

Megan Hamilton Bermudas Ghetto FunkI think it’s fair to say that the world of ghetto funky breaks is massively under-represented by women – even in the vocal department where they mostly make an appearance – and it’s also fair to say that the world of ghetto funky breaks isn’t massively represented stateside either. This being the case, it’s pretty lucky for women and the states that Twin Cities producer/ vocalist Megan
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: Roll It (2015) Free download

Roll It Cockney NutjobIt’s not quite the festive season yet but that’s not stopping Cockney Nutjob celebrating like it’s the last night of the year. Why? Because he’s been lording it over all genres on the Juno Download sales charts with his Heads Boppin’ EP recently and celebrating 1000 FB likes. So here’s new freebie Roll It (as heard on his excellent 100%
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