Monthly Archives: August 2016

LEYGO: Wake N Bake (2016)

Wake N Bake EP LeygoWake N Bake? This’ll certainly wake you up, it’ll more or less bake your mind too. Fresh from Leygo-land are three peak-time slabs of dancehall wobble. The first of these re-positions the Sleng Teng riddim in the midst of grinding ghetto funk while Heading High takes Mr Vegas’ 90s hit Heads High, applies digi drums and ventures towards junglist speeds – albeit with a drum pattern that’s
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PARKER: Aqua Dust EP – exclusive first listen to ‘A Dream’ (2016)

Aqua Dust EP ParkerAqua Dust: industrial mop conditioner, some old cobblers to do with ‘water spirits’ in an online offshoot of geekfest Minecraft, an allegedly highly versatile shade of grey modellers’ paint or the latest musical effort from highly respected Bristol bass music don, Parker? Unbelievably, it is all of the above, though the monkey only gives a monkeys about the last one. Yes, the return
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ZEMERALD: Gotta Be Funky (2016) Free download

Gotta Be Funky ZemeraldAhh Zemerald – where have you been? What’s that? You don’t have time for music these days? Sad times indeed. But I feel your pain – kids – bills – the day job – the ex. It’s – sorry, what’s that you say – you’ve still managed to knock up a quick edit for the punters – and it’s got funk and a bonafide soul queen on it? Awwww – youuu! Gotta Be Funky and you’ve certainly made sure it is
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LAPTOP FUNKERS: Feel The Goodness (2016)

Feel The Goodness Laptop FunkersLaptop Funkers follow up 2013’s Ready To Rumble EP with an eight-track mini album, Feel The Goodness, that suggests the intervening three years have left them champing at the bit. Why? Because here are bouncing party breaks that hark back to the glory days of early big beat and set them alongside like such latterday non-wobble big beat like minds such as Rory Hoy and DJ Axe
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SCOUR RECORDS: Freemixed Nuts Vol. 4 (2016) Free download

Freemixed Nuts Vol 4 Scour RecordsTypically a six-monthly or so event in the past the free breaks-fest that is Scour RecordsFreemixed Nuts is back after a year and a half with Volume 4 and, perhaps to make up for the absence, is the biggest yet – with eight chunks of nutritious breaks goodness. There’s more wobble than you can shake a very big stick at of course and all manner of varieties: afro-dancehall wobble from
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TARZAN BROS: Tropical Man (Remastered) (2016) Free download

Tropical Man Tarzan BrosVintage calypso dancehall vibes gather on this one like condensation on a glass of rum punch. It’s got lilt, it’s got bounce, it’s got boom and it’s more likely to promote a shimmy than daggering on the dancefloor. It’s Tarzan Bros again with their remastered version of Tropical Man. The ideal feelgood party starter in other words – for when punters want to get down but they haven’t quite
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MO’ MATIC feat. OXYGEN: Sureshot (2016)

Sureshot Mo Matic OxygenRating: ★★★★★ As appropriately named as the Beastie Boys track with which it shares a title, this new one from Channel Islands producer Mo’ Matic and Soundsci rapper Oxygen from NYC is a certified banger. The original mix is rumbling, heavyweight, reggae-hiphop that does what it says on the tin while top-notch remixing is in evidence. The Allergies and Soundmakers are on
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THE KURNEL MC: The Wanderer (2016)

The Wanderer EP Kurnel MCThey call him the wanderer, they call him the wanderer, he likes to roam around, around, around. He certainly does since the UK is pretty much as far from Aotearoa as a body can get. Who am I talking about? The Kurnel MC of course, though surely the central issue is – does the Kiwi emcee rhyme like a nut? All the signs (not to mention sounds) are good on The Wanderer EP
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BROOKZILL! feat. COUNT BASS D: Saudade Songbook (2016)

Saudade Songbook BrookzillRating: ★★★★★ What happens when you get old school hip-hop royalty like Prince Paul, Ladybug Mecca and Don Newkirk together with veteran Brazilian hip-hop emcee Rodrigo Brandão. Or, to put it another way, what happens when you get Brooklyn together with Brazil? You get Brookzill! fool! And first single Saudade Songbook is every bit the sultry culture clash groove you’d expect
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DUSTY DONUTS 8: Breakin My Heart (JIM SHARP edit)/ Check Minnie’s Love (NAUGHTY NMX & RUNEX BREXIT mix) (2016)

Jim Sharp Naughty NMX Dusty Donuts 8Forget all that guff about donuts being unhealthy – you just know the arrival of fresh Dusty Donuts is good news for your ears – especially when what you’re getting is a double helping of A Tribe Called Quest booties. Breakin My Heart is one for the ladies where Jim Sharp finds a way (see what I did there?) to unite Tip and Phife with a Technova/ Bebel Gilberto cut that Dilla looped up for Find A
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