Monthly Archives: May 2016

KIND & KINKY ZOO: Wonder Zebra (2016)

Wonder Zebra Kind Kinky ZooKind & Kinky Zoo have still got a weird name and new single Wonder Zebra might sound like the new project from Nathan Barley but blow me if it isn’t some sort of crazy-ass, fuzz-heavy, flute-funk antics! What’s needed to balance this is – hmm, let me see – a blaxploitation-esque remix of V.L.A.M. by Lack Of Afro – perfect for cruising through 1970s Berkeley, San Francisco. Yes, that
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MONGRELS: Attack The Monolith (2016)

Attack The Monolith MongrelsBack in the 90s, rapper Kid Acne and deejay Benjamin were Mongrels from South Yorks. (South, South Yorks!) who made a series of demos and half-finished cuts featuring frequent contributions from New Kingdom rapper Sebash a.k.a Sebastian Laws who was (if not from the South Bronx, the South, South Bronx) actually from New York City. And yet for one reason and
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NOTES FLOATS feat. KILMATIK: Cheers (Prod. SALMAN KUSHDI) (2016) Free download + remix

Cheers Notes Floats KilmatikI’m not sure this quite qualifies as a ‘posse cut’ what with said posse consisting of just Austin emcees Notes Floats and Kilmatik but all is forgiven as the two trade ATCQ-style flows over a chilled jazzy beat created by the splendidly-named Salman Kushdi. Actually, the latter better watch out – if he carries on like this he might be facing a phat-wa. Cheers then – the latest drop from the
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NIKOS GOUNARIS: Beba Beba (MANOSJMT remix) (2016) Free download

Beba Beba ManosjmtBefore Demis Roussos, there was…’Mr Greece’ himself – Nikos Gounaris – tenor, composer, mandolin player – you know – I Saw You Trimming The Tree, Beautiful Athens? Nope – me either. That hasn’t stopped Manosjmt musically flying I Galanolefki once more and applying the breaks to the big man’s Beba Beba though has it? No indeed it has not. Subtle organic drums perfectly
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TURNTILL: TCF Rock Riddim (Remixed) (2016)

TCF Rock Riddim Remixed TurntillBack last year aways, DJ Turntill of Swiss crew The Chosen Few set out to make a single reggae track. Remember that fact, it’s important – a single reggae track. However, being a musically well-connected sort (due to his label and crew The Chosen Few) one thing led to another and he ended up with no fewer than twenty different vocal versions of said riddim released as TCF Rock
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VARIOUS: DJ FORMAT’s Psych Out (2016)

Psych Out Dj FormatRating: ★★★★★ Like guitar fuzz? Like heavy breaks and bass? Yeah? You must like the same kind of ’60s and early 70s psych rock fuzz as DJ Format – you know – the sort of thing that yields samples like the dope one he used on the Angry Birds track he did with Phill Most Chill the other year. The only problem is he can’t get away with playing it out that often apparently. No? Sad Face! Why not?
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CHRIS SULLIVAN presents: THE WAG Iconic Tunes From The Wag 1983-1987 (2016)

The Wag Chris Sullivan Iconic TunesForget Studio 54, surely the most debauched club in living memory has to have been Soho’s Wag club – the place everyone spent most of the 80s trying to get into despite a door policy so tight that a young KRS One even had trouble getting in on the night he was performing there. If you did make it in however, you could rely on a heady cocktail of music industry and showbiz alumni
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HAVOC (of MOBB DEEP) & THE ALCHEMIST feat. METHOD MAN: Buck 50s & Bullet Wounds (2016)

Buck 50s  Bullet Wounds Havoc x The AlchemistRating: ★★★★★ One-bar loops can have a tendency to be a little wearing on the ears but damn if The Alchemist doesn’t apply the philosopher’s stone to base music – or the producer’s stone to bass music, if you will. Of course it helps if your co-worker is legendary lyricist Havoc of Mobb Deep and additional assistance is provided by mighty mic manipulator, Method Man. It’s the latest single
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THE TIBBS: Takin’ Over (2016)

Takin Over The TibbsThe TibbsTakin’ Over? No – I’m not on about the couple at number 46 with the cherry tree on the front lawn and the privet hedge – that’s the Tibbs. I’m talking about The Tibbs – the latest in a respectable line-up of Dutch retro funk and soul acts who with their debut LP, fronted by female vocal powerhouse Elsa Bekman could be the very thing (and then some) to fill the vacancy left by
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BARRY KRISHNA: Hood On My Shoulders (2016)

Hood On My Shoulders Barry KrishnaWho’s that striding down Bootleg Street chanting as he goes? Why it’s Barry Krishna spreading the yogic production practice of cheekhi vershyan (as revealed in his Hood On My Shoulders EP) and dedicating his thoughts and actions towards those mighty among the pantheon of hip-hop. Thus mantra-like you shall hear the words “hip-hop”, “breathe and stop”, “hell yeah”, “bring the noise”,
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