Monthly Archives: July 2016

PARIS DJs presents GRANT PHABAO & RACECAR: ‘A Healthy Obsession With Petanque’ LP Crowd fund campaign (2016)

A Healthy Obsession With Petanque Grant Phabao RacecarA Healthy Obsession With Petanque? Why of course. What could be healthier than men standing around and occasionally tossing their balls? Except we’re not on about the game petanque here but the forthcoming hip-hop LP on serial crowd fund label Paris DJs from reggae beatmaker Grant Phabao and emcee Racecar. Less tossing of balls than beats and bars then? Precisely. Oh – except
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QDUP & WARP 9 feat. FLEX MATTHEWS: Bodyrock (2016)

Bodyrock Qdup Warp 9 Flex MatthewsQdup, Warp 9 and Flex Matthews get the full lock on the Bodyrock with their new collaborative single, and it’s every bit the slice of twenty-first century synth-drenched slice of bass-funk electric boogaloo you’d expect from the name. On the mic, Matthews lays down the gauntlet for fellow emcees and there’s even a brooding synth dropout to allow the competition to contemplate their game. Warp
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DJ ROAST BEATZ: Luxury Boom Bap – Remix EP (2016)

Luxury Boom Bap Remix EP Roast BEatzSometimes, roasting something twice is better than roasting something once! But which production cuisiniers to seek for twice-roasted beats if you’re already a capable beat chef yourself? In the case of DJ Roast Beatz you enlist the formidable skills of The Allergies, Shaka Loves You, El Bomba and DJ Maars to provide a veritable feast for the ears. The Allergies
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SHAKA LOVES YOU: The 10K EP (2016) Free download

The 10K EP Shaka Loves You10 000 Soundcloud followers?! You love Shaka Loves You! Mind you – Shaka Loves You loves you right back. But how much do they love you? To the moon? To the moon and back? Steady on – they do love you enough to put out the freely downloadable The 10K EP though which, within its three tracks, tries to provide something for everyone. It’s all about the afro-beats in the
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THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ: Empty Ballot (2016) Official video

ot Microphone MisfitzChicago’s Microphone Misfitz vent their ire at America’s two-party electoral system with video and new track Empty Ballot. As the title suggests, they are not especially convinced that their votes make a difference and as they point out – even if they do make a difference, voting for the lesser evil of the two parties is – er – still voting for evil. Bad times. They don’t actually go the full ‘Russell
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TRU FUNK: Party Breaks Vol. 10 (2016)

Party Breaks Vol 10 Tru FunkTru Funk’s breakbeat party mission continues on apace with recent drop –Party Breaks Vol. 10 – a slim n trim five track affair. Dutch crew Bang N Mash start the party by providing a nu-funky breaks platform for Eric B & Rakim’s I Know You Got Soul while Chudy employs Destiny’s Child for So What? – something you might call bugaboo breaks. The remaining trio are made up of Clairvo
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JIMI NEEDLES feat. GREAT SCOTT & SKILF: Gimme The Call (2016)

Gimme The Call Jimi NeedlesWhat chance of some new, original party boom-bap hip-hop this summer – based around a nice funk loop perhaps, with some FX to nod to the twenty-first century? What’s that you say, Mr Jimi Needles? A beat made out of an old Earth Wind and Fire track – yeah – some bass wobble at a couple of points – check – Great Scott and Skilf on the mic – seen – and a video shot in your nan’s
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SA-ROC: Queen Ting (2016) Free download

Queen Ting Sa-RocRhymesayers signing Sa-Roc provides a timely reminder (some forty years after the appearance of her near namesake and first female rapper ever, Funky Four + 1’s Sha-Rock) of just how dope female emcees can be with the dancehall-tinged Queen Ting as part of a her weekly free song/video Wisdom Wednesdays series. Said track finds her busting out rhymes over artfully distorted
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SOUL EXPLOSIVES: Tryin’ To Get Down b/w Ain’t No Sunshine 7″ (2016)

Soul Explosives Tryin To Get DownBig Crown Records continue their services to your pockets with yet another re-press of a super rare funky grail. This time it’s the Soul Explosives’ bumping funk groove Tryin’ To Get Down with an cover of Bill Withers’ contemplative number Ain’t No Sunshine on the flip complete with drum break around the end of the first minute. Not bad for a Texan high school band (yes, I did say high school
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JAMES BROWN: It’s Too Funky In Here (CHARLIE BEALE Regrooved) (2016) Free download

James Brown Charlie Beale Regrooved Its Too Funky In HereLady punters jonesing for disco when you’re in the middle of a funk set? You need to sort that shit right out and fast! And Charlie Beale has the best solution since DJ Rebel dropped that JB’s Need Some Money rerub back in April. Say hello to Beale’s regrooved version of the Godfather of Soul’s late period 1979 hit It’s Too Funky In Here – oohh – give me some air. Now less funky and
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