Monthly Archives: February 2016

THE CONGOS: Fisherman (JOHN SE Re-edit) (2016) Free download

Fisherman John Se The CongosDid you always think that The Congos’ Fisherman – the opener off their Lee Scratch Perry-produced Heart Of The Congos LP – was a tiny bit slow and could have done with a more prominent beat? Yeah? Well, John Se has sorted you right out and in a way that won’t ruffle purists scales up the wrong way. This re-edit is ripe for djs to cast over the dancefloor and net the veteran Jamaican
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RIBON: Endless Looper (2016)

Endless Looper Ribon The Serial SurvivorCan’t get enough of that 90s mpc/ sampling sound? Say hello to Barcelona-based emcee/ producer Ribon (or more fully, Ribon The Serial Survivor) who’s given free rein to his retro-hip-hop urges and dropped his all-instrumental thirteen track sixth LP, Endless Looper. And – well – doesn’t it remind you how good stuff not made on
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Time Machine (2016)

Time Machine Basement FreaksBasement Freaks‘ George Fotiadis is one of the biggest players in the party breaks scene and has been for years. So when there’s a new Basement Freaks LP out and it’s the fourth such musical adventure, it behoves those with a keen interest in party breaks to pay attention. And since his outfit’s new twelve track set has just dropped, you’ll want to know the skinny. Let’s see how they did
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VOODOOCUTS: Juice Vol. 3 (2016)

Juice Vol 3 VoodoocutsRating: ★★★★★ Be excited. Hot on the heels of Daytoner’s excellent Shedits Vol. 2 package from the other week comes another producer who can always be relied upon to deliver the goods. It’s Voodoocuts of course with his tangy, fresh three-tracker Juice Vol. 3. Jazzaround provides the inspired dancefloor jazz remix that House Of Pain always wanted but never got, Shoop gets some
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THE SOUL SNATCHERS: Where Y’At (2016)

Where Y'At Soul SnatchersDutch funk-soul crew The Soul Snatchers alternate between smooth seventies soul and raw sixties funk on third LP Where Y’At which is out this spring. The LP, sporting a suitably washed-out kerbside view of Soul Street, Skid Row, Anytown, U.S.A. offers a twelve track mix of both instrumentals and vocal cuts, the latter of which find both Curtis T. and special guest (the aptly
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MORLACK: Party Non-Stop (2016)

Party Non-Stop MorlackWho’s the man with the mostest when it comes to late 70s/ early 80s funk-meets-breaks type beats? Morlack? You’re damn right! Yep – it’s him – back once again like the renegade master with the first Funk Blasters drop in a while. And just in case you’re worried he’s branched out into trap or developed a love of Finnish grime – let me put your mind at rest. What you’re getting is three
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ANDY COOPER: Room To Breathe (Chase The Sample Supermix) (2016) Free download + Win the 7″

Room To Breathe Supermix Andy CooperRating: ★★★★★ Blimey! Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper has only gone and done a ‘Chase The Sample’ Supermix of his recent solo 45 Room To Breathe starting with the JB drums sample and then whipping through any number of classic funk/ hip-hop breaks. If you want a free digital copy – all you have to do is sign up for Andy’s eartothetrack blog HERE. Easy as one, two, three!
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PETE ROCK & SMOOVE: ‘Ghettos Of The Mind’ remix (2016)

Ghettos Of The Mind SmooveRating: ★★★★★ Ghettos Of The Mind by Pete Rock & Smoove? I thought it was Ghettos Of The Mind by Pete Rock &…ohhhhhh! You see what Smoove did there? Well – it does say ‘remix’. It’s Smoove’s tribute to that golden era of hip-hop when breaks were fat and lyrics were fly, of course. Which is why this remix features an epic strings n horns-drenched breakbeat to underpin Pete Rock and
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DIRTY DUBSTERS feat. PEPPERY: One By One (2016)

One By One Dirty DubstersThe latest single of Dirty Dubsters‘ excellent Special Request LP is the Peppery-featuring One By One – you know – the cut that alternates between bass-less dropouts and boom-heavy uptempo slabs of dub – that one. Anyway the single leads with the dancehall, dancefloor-friendly remix from Kormac. But what can he possibly have done to it to nice it up enough for batties to grind?
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FEATURECAST & THE GAFF: Ain’t Got Time (MANOSJMT re-edit) (2016) Free download

Ain't Got Time Manosjmt re-edit Featurecast GaffNormally either Featurecast or The Gaff would be enough for any man. Or woman. But punters got the double whammy last year when both producers teamed-up and used the wonders of production science to provide a Marvin n Stevie collab. that those two Motown stars never managed back in the day. Of course if you’re really hard to please, even this might not be enough for
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