Monthly Archives: July 2016

A DIGITAL NEEDLE: Forgot About Dre (ADN Soul Count Blend) (2016) Free download

Forgot About Dre ADN Soul Count Blend A Digital NeedleSomething’s niggling you isn’t it? What could it be? Left a gas ring on? Front door unlocked? Ohhhhh – you forgot about Dre! How could you? Fret not – here’s something to stick Dre right back at the forefront of your mind. More usually to be found knocking out disco business, A Digital Needle have stitched together the ‘pella of a certain well-known producer’s Eminem-featuring anthem with
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. SKARRA MUCCI & MANDINKA WARRIOR: Original (2016)

Original Blend Mishkin Roots RevolutionLooks like it’s a reggae kind of day then as Blend Mishkin gets all inna reggae dancehall stylee with live band Roots Evolution, Jamaican vocalist MC Skarra Mucci and African vocalist Mandinka Warrior for – er – Original. That’ll be one of the most popular tracks off 2015’s Survival Of The Fittest LP then – a stripped-back slab of dubby dancehall reggae. Remixes come from Liondub and
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MISH DA FYAH SIS: It Ain’t Easy (COCKNEY NUTJOB Remix) (2016) Free download

It Aint Easy Fyah Sis Cockney NutjobPart 2 of today’s carnival-friendly cuts is Cockney Nutjob‘s utter transformation the emotional rnb-flavoured strings n piano affair that is Mish Da Fyah Sis‘s original It Ain’t Easy into a worlds apart and frankly much more ‘party’ slice of skankin soulful reggae breaks. How did he get an idea like that? It wasn’t easy – but it certainly works. Being a generous sort of cove, he’s made it available
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SHY FX feat. KIKO BUN: Honey (2016) + video

Honey Shy FX Kiko BunRating: ★★★★★ It’s been at least five years since rumours first surfaced that original junglist, Shy FX, was dropping a reggae LP full of 70s-style reggae and…it still isn’t out. Three years ago, our man did drop excellent the Liam Bailey-featuring Soon Come – presumably ironically given the island time that he appears to be working on, and now – just to fluff you a bit until the next tidbit (or,
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Coconuts (2016)

Coconuts Lexsoul DancemachineLast seen travelling down the funky soul highway at a filthy lick, Lexsoul Dance Machine turn a left turn at the crossroads in the direction of jazz-funk, latin and disco so they can shake their Coconuts at you. Their ultimate destination it appears is equal parts The Beginning Of The End, Chic and – er – Californian ‘nu-metal’ outfit Incubus in their more
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DJ 33 feat. MC ABDOMINAL: The A-B-D (2016) Free download

The A-B-D DJ 33 AbdominalTired of all that wobble? What you need is some sixties guitar chops, phat bass, the punchiest of funky neck snap drums and sixteen bars from someone like – oohh – MC Abdominal – late of collaborations with the likes of DJ Format. Which is precisely the sort of territory we’re in. Well – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Abs manipulates the mic for the first half and DJ 33 chops him up over the
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KOJAKE: Elefunk (2016)

Elefunk Jayl Funk KojakeWho loves ya baby? Well, if your name’s Kojake, you hail from Curitiba Brazil, specialise in slap-bassy, nu-disco business and are the man behind new label Nudiscool, the answer is all manner of remixers – among them Spiltmilk and Stephane Deschezeaux. Not names frequently bandied around MB, it’s true, but then that’ll be because of the house connection. And while disco did
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THE EXCITEMENTS: The Mojo Train (2016) + video

Mojo Train The ExcitementsRaw sixties guitar stomp and raucous female vocals? Can I hear The Mojo Train coming like an rnb hurricane? I certainly can! And you know that means that the best retro soul band in Barcelona and arguably Europe too (not to mention some claim to being one of the best on the planet) is fast approaching with a new twelve-track LP due this September. That’ll be The Excitements then
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Paradise Breaks Vol. IV (2016)

Paradise Breaks Vol IV BBPImagine if you will, a tropical island consisting of nothing more than a conveniently dancefloor-sized clearing and a couple of palm trees. Floating above cloud level at sunset. Oh yeah – and the conical under-surface of said island reveals the entire structure to be nothing less than a giant speaker. Someone clearly has, for this is the cover of the latest compilation of party breakbeat glory in the
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SADAT X feat. A-F-R-O & RAHZEL: Murder Soundtrack (2016)

Murder Soundtrack Sadat X A F R OSadat X with another track off forthcoming LP Agua already? Damn straight! That’ll be the none-more-topical (given recent events) Murder Soundtrack featuring ’emcee most likely to’ All Flows Reach Out or, as he is usually more conveniently known, A-F-R-O on mic duties for the first half and X for the second with former Roots-man Rahzel providing beatbox cuts and
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