Monthly Archives: October 2016

DOCTOR PETIER: We Do Things Differently Here (2016)

we-do-things-differently-here-doctor-petierManchester outfit Doctor Petier are doing their rounds again to ensure the world is fully dosed with an appropriate amount on Manc-funk, this time dispensing new release We Do Things Differently Here – the second in a three mini-album series. While immediate predecessor Back To 169th Street worked its syncopated magic with 90s hip-hop and soul production values, things on
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DAVID NESSELHAUF: Afrokraut (2016)

afrokraut-david-nesselhaufDavid Nesselhauf (or ‘the Hauf’ as the monkey likes to think of him) treads in the footsteps of Can with fourth album Afrokraut and its rich musical cultural mix of funk and afro-infused beats whilst simultaneously delivering a message about cultural unity. The LP is the fourth from Nesselhauf – a key figure in the German underground music and bass player for Hamburg funk collective Diazpora
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FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: Funk Folk Sessions (2016)

folk-funk-sessions-freethinker-funk-essenceIf ever a man with a name like Freethinker Funk Essence had a spiritual home, it would be in San Francisco – especially with a release named Funk Folk Sessions. Opener Haight Ashbury finds him sauntering through heavily syncopated beats while keys and guitars waft about in the background, Walk In The Park finds him giving time to rootsy drum breaks and almost tribal guitars while
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SAVAGES Y SUEFO feat. ASHLEY SLATER: Revolution! (2016)

revolution-savages-y-suefo-ashley-slaterSavages Y Suefo and Ashley Slater pick up where Smoove & Turrell recently left-off tackling the greed of the one per cent with itchy, funky, uptempo heater Revolution. We’ve had enough of all that elite-‘bashing’ though haven’t we? Have we fuck. They don’t need less grief, they need more. Because they’re not getting better, they’re getting worse. Like that business harpy I caught on the
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MF DOOM: Operation Doomsday (2016)

operation-doomsday-mf-doomIt’s fair to say that he-of-a-million-names, i.e. the man currently known as DOOM and variously known as Zev Love X of KMD, Viktor Vaughn, Metal Face Doom and King Geedorah (among others) is rather influential in hip-hop – a mythic figure even. It’s also fair to say that Operation Doomsday (i.e. the first album the man dropped following the sad end of KMD, the mid-nineties
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DOCTOR STEREO: Vamos Pa Quito (Breakers Version) (2016) Free download

vamos-pa-quito-doctor-stereoAutumn blues? Got the sniffles? Raining outside again? Buenos Aires-based producer Doctor Stereo prescribes a fat dose of latin-flavoured b-boy breaks on which boogaloo pianos vie with horn stabs, electric bass, clav and a rolling almost omnipresent 115 bpm breakbeat. Why? Because party time is any time and any time is party time of course! British readers may be particularly
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JSTAR feat. KINCK: Liar Liar (2016)

liar-liar-jstar-kinckWhat do reggae mash-up kings do after they’ve thoroughly rinsed the concept of the reggae mash-up? Make their own shit of course! Step forward JStar who, like Mr Benn is proving as dab a hand at turning out original material as he was at grafting together unlikely reggae, hip-hop and rnb bedfellows. Liar Liar finds our man deliver a haunting slice of dubby modern reggae over which
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BULABEATS: The Amazing Sounds Of Bulabeats Records (2016)

the-amazing-sounds-of-bulabeatsGood lord has the Bulabeats label really been around eleven years!? It’s certainly been around long enough to amass more than enough party breaks action to fill – say – a double vinyl LP. A double vinyl LP!? Yes – not some piddling little 45 but a proper man’s format. Twelve inches times two. Super stable on the decks. Not so prone to warping and cupping. A scratch artist’s dream. And
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COURTNEY JOHN: Strangers (2016)

strangers-courtney-johnBalmy vibes for troubled times is what Courtney John‘s new one Strangers provides. Said cut provides the A-side of this new 45 on Gee Recordings and consists of a soulful reggae riddim recorded in Paris and topped by the soothing falsetto of the lovers’ rocker Mr John himself recorded in Kingston and produced by Guillaume Metenier of Soul Sugar. Naturally the B-side
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DIESLER: Caught Counting feat. LIZZY PARKS & AZAXX

caught-counting-diesler-azaxx-lizzy-parksNo catching Diesler out with this bit of dancefloor-aimed broken beat sauciness. While Lizzy Parks‘ vocals may speak of soul-jazz, there’s definitely something gritty about the beat on Caught Counting which is to the sultriness of Parks’ voice what shadowy baseball bat-armed figures in the alleyway out back
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