Monthly Archives: January 2017

KURE feat. LONE NINJA: Spycraft (2017)

Spycraft Kure Lone NinjaRating: ★★★★★ News just in – hip-hop’s hardest-working hitman, Lone Ninja, has surfaced once more with a guest appearance on new cut Spycraft from the forthcoming Kure LP The Gauntlet and it’s a musical match made in heaven. Kure clearly understands the oeuvre of the ninja – appreciating that a sombre strings loop lends much more
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AIR: Moon Safari Remixed (2017)

Moon Safari Remixed Air JPrime Leygo Monstafunk Vinyl MessiOne suspects French mellowtronica duo Air are are possibly not aware of the existence of the Moon Safari Remixed EP, a cheeky project which finds some of the usual Relative Dimensions label suspects make remarkably free with material off Air’s 90s debut LP. JPrime creates a new dawn for Ce Matin La for example by introducing it to Public Enemy’s He Got Game and a healthy dose of
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CUT LA VIS feat. LOTEK: Rinse And Repeat (Boom Bap Remix)(2017) Free download

Rinse And Repeat Boom Bap Cut La Vis LotekRinsing and repeating eh? A deejay’s prerogative and the one thing cutmasters everywhere have in common with hairdressers and Dot Cotton. Step forward Cut La Vis in a blue tabard – but wait! What is he doing? That’s not the normal wash program for his One Step Forward album cut Rinse And Repeat featuring Lotek! Indeed not since for this freebie he’s selected the Boom Bap Remix
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SECOND HAND AUDIO: Extended Play (Remixed)(2017)

second-hand-audio-extended-play-remixedThe six tracks of Second Hand Audio‘s excellent hip-hop drop Extended Play from last year get a second crack of the whip on Extended Play Remixed in which play is indeed extended to a whopping ten tracks. That’ll be no fewer than three versions of Psycho Les-featuring banger Brand New then (courtesy of Slynk, DJP and Ugly
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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: ‘Behind The Scenes’ video (2017)

Behind The Scenes DJ Format AbdominalRating: ★★★★★ Poor old Abdominal – trying to make a living out of being a full-time emcee. How quaint. Still, it does provide ample material for a wry look at how that actually works in 2017 on new Abs and Format cut Behind The Scenes. And how it works is that crate-digger and veteran creator of phat shit, DJ Format, puts together a
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AIM & QNC: How It All Got Started – Curt Cazal Remix EP (2017) Audio premiere

How It All Got Started Curt Cazal Remix EP Aim QnCAim & QnC LP The Habit Of A Lifetime (And How To Kick It) finally made good on a promise to unite occasional collaborators UK producer Aim and veteran NYC emcee duo Q-Ball & Curt Cazal for the course of a full album. And the results were everything you could have hoped for – to the extent that it was MB’s 2015 album of the year. Two years on and you might well be jonesing
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LUCKY BROWN & THE SG’s: Mesquite Beat (2017)

Mesquite Beat Lucky Brown The SGsLong known for its services to the funk with untold re-issues of super rare drops, Tramp Records also occasionally likes to release completely new material – if it possesses the requisite soul vibes. So much so in fact that they’ve created new imprint Tramp Tapes specially for such material. The debut seven inch drop finds deep funk man Lucky Brown teaming up with soul quartet The
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DUSTY DONUTS 10: Funky Thang (MARC HYPE & NAUGHTY NMX Underground edit)/ 90% Hangin Out (JIM SHARP edit)(2017)

My Thang 90 Hangin Out NMX Dusty Donuts 10Marc Hype’s gang are straight back at it for the new year with Dusty Donuts 10 – cannily catering to both b-boy and ‘ladies’ night’ dancefloor appetites. The former is amply sustained by the Donuts crew’s stock-in-trade of mashing up originals and tracks that sample them – in this case by chucking James Brown’s vocal off My
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Fighting Your Shadow (2017)

Fighting Your Shadow Hannah Williams AffirmationsA new year and a new single off the debut LP for Hannah Williams’ new project Hannah Williams & The Affirmations. Yes – soul burner Fighting Your Shadow is the new one – but how to represent it audio visually? Some esoteric martial-arts themed reference to shadow-boxing perhaps? No? A noir-themed video? No? Ah – we’re going for a low-lit, atmospheric, retro split-screen film
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EDITH PETERS: This Is The Moment 7″ (2017)

This Is The Moment Edith PetersRating: ★★★★★ You might not have heard of Edith Peters – actress and one time member of the Peters Sisters but as part of the sisters she made at least two appearances at the Cotton Club in the 40s – once with Cab Calloway and once with Duke Ellington. Following that, the sisters toured Europe in the 50s and had novelty hits knocking out vocal harmonies in an Andrews Sisters stylee. Precisely
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