Monthly Archives: December 2016

BEATNIK CITY: Northern Beats Vol. 2 (2016)

northern-beats-vol-1-beatnik-cityRating: ★★★★★ Things are looking musically bright already before we’ve even got to 2017 – at least on the booty edits front. Why? Because Beatnik City have lined up another scorching outing of sixties and seventies soul-inspired booty beats. One track deeper than Volume 1, Northern Beats Vol. 2 effortlessly maintains the high standards of its as predecessor as a go-to source of dancefloor
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GRUMPY OLDE MEN: You’re A Mean One – How The Grumps Stole Christmas (2016)

youre-a-mean-one-grumpy-olde-menEvery Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot but those Grumpy Olde Men – well – they did not. When December arrived, they dropped Grinch-like boom-bap and You’re A Mean One was the name of their track. How The Grumps Stole Christmas was the name of it too and steal it they did before anyone knew. But when people listened they realised the truth – those old men weren’t
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2016

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the biggest albums of 2016!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2016 HERE)

1. Smoove & Turrell – Crown Posada

Epic blue collar amalgam of Chic-style disco and northern soul on Smoove & Turrell’s fourth LP
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks 2016

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the biggest tracks of 2016!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Albums – 2016 HERE)

1. Eli Paperboy Reed – Cut Ya Down

Mighty, mighty funked-up cover of a gospel traditional

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RUN-D.M.C: Run-D.M.C. (2016)

run-dmc-re-issueNext up for a deluxe re-issue from Get On Down is one of the most influential hip-hop LPs of all time – Run-D.M.C.‘s Run-D.M.C.. To say that this self-titled debut was a wake up call for hip-hop would be an understatement. Out went the comfortable ‘rhymes over hookless, seven-plus minute disco grooves’ that had pretty much been the model from Sugarhill onwards; in came shorter track-
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BLAQ MASQ feat. LONE NINJA, VIRTUOSO & HISTORIAN HIMSELF: Warlords (2016)

warlords-blaq-masq-lone-ninjaProducer Blaq Masq conceals himself behind the mixing desk once more to command a formidable microphone mercenary force of Lone Ninja, Virtuoso and Historian Himself for Warlords – a track apparently inspired by the sixth of Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer paintings. Naturally that’ll involve recurring orchestral voice samples, martial horns and a thunderous drums inna Jedi Mind
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BULABEATS RECORDS: ‘Breaking The Beat – The Bulabeats Story’ Documentary (2016) + DJ FLUX Breaking The Beat Mixtape

breaking-the-beat-bulabeatsIf you’ve been a label for ten years, why not commemorate the event by putting out a documentary short and getting it picked as part of the official selection for numerous film festivals including the Dublin International Short Film And Music Festival, the Chicago Irish Film Festival and the Ozark Shorts Festival? Why not indeed? And that’s precisely what Bulabeats Records (which
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MARK III: Marvin Whoremonger (2016)

marvin-whoremonger-mark-iiiSomething else that slipped under the radar back in November was Mark III’s Marvin Whoremonger LP. God knows why – how could you not immediately pounce on an LP named Marvin Whoremonger? Actually though, it’s not the first time in the record’s history that it’s received such shabby treatment. This every-bit-as-filthy-as-you’d-expect funk album was recorded in 1976 by
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MARC HYPE: ‘Tis The Season (2016) Free download

tis-the-season-marc-hype‘Tis the season that keeps on giving isn’t it? Christmas that is. And here to prove it is German 45 king Marc Hype with fifty-five minute mix ‘Tis The Season on which he proceeds to cut between new funk, old funk and party breaks – albeit only using stuff which has a festive theme. Thus expect to Vernon Garrett, Lou Rawls and Bootsy Collins mixed up with Sharon Jones, Cee-Lo Green and
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SAMMY SENIOR: Bag Of Tricks EP (2016)

bag-of-tricks-ep-sammy-seniorHe might have been out of the beatmaking spotlight for – oohh – ages but Sammy Senior‘s re-appearance is no lowkey affair as he emerges from breakbeat hypersleep with a Bag Of Tricks bulging with farty-bassed goodness. That’ll be five fully party-ready bangers then, three of them revealing evidence of plundering from the discographies of Salt N Pepa, ATCQ and G-Unit
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