Monthly Archives: March 2016

BLUNTSKULL feat. BURRO BANTON: Gwan Like Dem Bad (2016)

Gwan Like Dem Bad Bluntskull Burro BantonLooks like a single release for Gwan Like Dem Bad then – i.e. the opening cut from Bluntskull‘s excellent Blunt Force EP from a couple of years back. The original finds Burro Banton riding Bluntskull’s Melvin Bliss-driven riddim with all the necessary aplomb to nice up the hip-hop dance in a classic 90s stylee. Then there’s the three remixes. DJ Vadim gwan like ‘im making beats for
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VINYL LIFE: Like This (QDUP Breaks Re-rub) (2016)

Like This Vinyl Life QDup breaks re-rubA new freebie from Qdup and another occasion on which we are all reminded of those immortal words from Shaun Of The Dead, “It’s not hip-hop; it’s electro. Prick.” Why? Because Qdup has firmly grasped Vinyl Life‘s electro throwback cut Like This by the 808s and given it the breaks remake it always demanded. It’s still electro Jim but not as Warp 9 And Afrika knew it. Or at least like they
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WEECHAZE: Born In Rio EP (2016) Free download

Born In Rio WeeChazeYou may not be surprised to find out that WeeChaze, the duo behind five track EP Born In Rio, are from Rio, but you may be pleasantly surprised by their take on funky breaks which throws equal helpings of glitch, soul, samba and wonky bass into the mix. It is high time that the pair were on the radar since the EP has actually been out a while. A brief listen will confirm this
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GHETTO FUNK presents: CRASH PARTY (2016)

Crash Party Ghetto Funk presentsCrash Party ensure a bank holiday dancefloor pile-up in wobble-land with their new four-tracker – the latest in the Ghetto Funk presents… series. Expect wild synth antics as the pitch twists and turns more times than a Tory politician being asked about education, the health service and Hinkley Point. Beats veer from funky breaks to the straight-up four-to-the-floor of the ESG-ish Turn
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ALI D: Notorious JAZZ (2015) Free download

Notorious Jazz Ali DRating: ★★★★★ Biggie is hardly the rarest rapper (dead or otherwise) to turn up on cheeky beats (whether single mashups or whole LPs) and yet UK-based sample-fiend producer Ali D has put no fewer than ten of Mr Smalls’ ‘pellas together for the surprisingly fresh Notorious JAZZ. Bet you can’t guess which genre he plundered for his beats. We’re talking what has variously
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DUSTY DONUTS 7: The Get Down (MARC HYPE & NAUGHTY NMX rework)/ Hyped Up Ants (NAUGHTY NMX rerub) (2016)

Marc Hype Naughty NMX Dusty Donuts 7Funk and hip-hop vinyl fiend Marc Hype has been cranking up the deep phat fryer again for Dusty Donuts 7 with the aid of guest chef Naughty NMX for a double helping of JB edits. The A-side collab. The Get Down reworks The Boss by employing nicely rolling organic drums, boosting the bottom end and taking the bridge to – er – the bridge by virtue of a few bars of Clyde Stubblefield’s most
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FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: Underground EP (2016)

Underground EP Freethinker Funk EssenceMustbeat signing Freethinker Funk Essence gets with the more organic sound for his new Underground EP by turns adding psychedelic, blaxploitation and afrobeat influences to his breaks. Too Drunk To Funk and Hot Sole Funk both employ wigged-out FX over hypnotic grooves – the latter adding in some 90s-style female soul vox – while closer Funky Bitch employs som
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THE ALLERGIES feat. ANDY COOPER: Rock Rock/ Blast Off (2016) + video

Rock Rock Blast Off The Allergies feat Andy CooperAndy Cooper finds more ways to gainfully occupy his time while there’s no Ugly Duckling stuff going on – this time with The Allergies on another piece of seven inch wax no less. The UD rapper has already made a couple of stabs at ridiculously fast raps – Ugly Duckling’s Sprint for example and his own solo Bring It To Me but here he trounces both previous efforts with the 145-ish bpm Rock
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THE TIBBS: Next Time/ The Story Goes 7″ (2016) + video

Next Time The TibbsRecord Kicks continue to unearth the talent with the discovery of The Tibbs. Well, I say discovery – this Dutch outfit have actually been around for at least three years though this is their debut single. Here for your aural delectation on the one side is bluebeat-ish bit of soul (or perhaps a soulful bit of bluebeat) Next Time while the flip features the more northern-leaning The Story
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SKAMANIANS: Ska Party (COCKNEY NUTJOB remix)(2016) Free download

Ska Party Cockney Nutjob remixIt must be getting tougher to find unused old ska and rocksteady beats to give a wobble rework too by now. That’s not a predicament that’s fazing ska fiend Cockney Nutjob though. Nope, he’s already lining up tracks to rework from the wealth of contemporary ska that’s been made inna sixties stylee. Having come across Perpignan-based crew Skamanians, he couldn’t resist popping out this
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