Monthly Archives: January 2017

JSTAR feat. RANKING JOE: Bad Boy Stepping (2017)

Bad Boy Stepping Ranking JoeJStar’s current LP Stand To Order yields another single then – in this case the digi-dub vibes of the Ranking Joe-featuring Bad Boy Stepping. So far so good – are there any remixes though? Does a rasta smoke reefer? Freedo is bleepy/wobbly stepping in a manner described on the PR I’ve got as ‘post-trap’ (I shit you not), Dreadsquad are breaks stepping with piano-trimmings and Mo
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PETE ROCK & CL SMOOTH: The Reminisce Over You (2017)

They Reminisce Over You Pete Rock CL Smooth 7 inchReminisce over this my god! Yep – Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s ’91 slab of a jazzy boom-bap tribute to Rock’s homie ‘Trouble’ T Roy of Heavy D & The Boys – They Reminisce Over You a.k.a. T.R.O.Y. is all set to get its first seven inch outing from the Get On Down label. Over on the flip is another cut from ’92 classic LP Mecca & The Soul Brother
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: UK/ Eire Tour January (2017)

UK Eire tour 2017 Lee FieldsSoul survivor Lee Fields is playing the UK and Ireland this week! Now – since there’s not much of the week left, he’s either doing very short gigs and lots of them – or not very many gigs. Unsurprisingly, it’s the latter. Fresh from the success of latest LP Special Night the man who’s been kicking it live since 1969 is bringing his band The Expressions over to these shores and
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CHRISTIANA: Lights More Lights (MANOSJMT edit)(2017) Free download

Lights More Lights Christiana ManosjmtNot a man to sit idly and twiddle his thumbs when it’s colder than an inuit’s outside toilet, Manosjmt has been having a fiddle around with 70s and 80s Greek folk singer Christiana. Not literally you filth mongers! I meant he’s tweaked her old folk pop hit Lights More Lights by dint of adding a dusty break and created a slinky lil downtempo disco funky number. You can fit this one right in there
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Blackened Hypno (ACDC vs. The Notorious B.I.G.)(2017) Free download

Blackened Hypno ACDC Biggie Basement FreaksRating: ★★★★★ He might like to spread his love across bass music genres all the way from moombah to reggae but you can always rely on Basement Freaks to deliver a floor-filling banger driven by a boom-bap beat every now and then. In this case – a juggernaut mash-up combining the not under-sampled Back In Black from Australia’s evergreen heavy rockers ACDC and the
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DISCOBETA: Chinese Robots EP (2017)

Chinese Robots EP DiscobetaRating: ★★★★★ If you caught Discobeta‘s alpha-plus tune Chinese Robots on BBP’s Big Fat Mama Breaks compilation last year, you might have wondered why a tune this obviously all-conquering didn’t dominate a release centred around itself. Apparently BBP wondered the same thing, so prepare yourself for the march of Chinese Robots EP featuring a title track containing a positive
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BLACK FLOWER: Artifacts (2017)

artifacts-black-flowerYou probably wouldn’t have thought the sound of Ethio-jazz would be alive and well in Belgium but then again, after everything that happened globally last year, surprising things might have lost the element of – well – surprise. And so it is that should you be looking for the spirits of Mulatu Astatke and Fela Kuti all mixed into the pot with some eastern scales, a bit of rock and dub and a
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BLACK MASALA: I Love You Madly Remixed Vol. 2 (2017)

i-love-you-madly-black-masala-remixed-vol-2DC-based and world-music-influenced crew Black Masala love you so madly they’re following I Love You Madly Remixed Vol. 1 with a Vol. 2 towards the end of the month. This time it’s the turn of Sammy ‘you don’t hear from him in ages and suddenly he’s everywhere’ Senior, Brazilian bad boy Trotter and Thievery Corporation drummer Congo Sanchez to get their mitts on the
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DENNIS COFFEY: Hot Coffey In The D (2017)

hot-coffey-in-the-d-dennis-coffeyHow about an unheard album by the mighty Dennis Coffey then? Please don’t say ‘who’s Dennis Coffey?’ You know – Dennis Coffey! A man legendary in funk circles as an innovative session guitarist and member of Motown House Band, The Funk Brothers (and thus heard on numerous northern soul and funk cuts – including ones by The Temptations, Edwin Starr and The Supremes)
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PHIBES: I Got A Woman (2017 Remix)(2017) Ltd. free download

i-gotta-woman-phibesI don’t know – Ray Charles got a woman, Kanye got a gold digga – er – I mean a Kardashian, and many previous producers and their dogs have versions of each and sometimes both at the same time. Saucy. Not wanting to be left out of such a writhing mass, Phibes have just launched their own take on things. They start out by scratching (there’s cream for that), get Ray involved, then
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