Monthly Archives: February 2017

RENE COSTY: Expectancy (2017)

Bet you haven’t heard of Rene Costy – music teacher, classical violinist, jazz musician and composer. The last point is what concerns us here since our man composed a ton of library music in the seventies from which period one track, Scrabble, was discovered in short order in the nineties by a number of significant breaks and hip-hop musicians and made it onto tracks such as
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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Diamond Hammer (2017) Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Now no longer just a special item in a massive online roleplaying game (sorry Warcraft geeks!), Diamond Hammer is the new single from DJ Format & Abdominal and doesn’t it just hit like one? More heavy psych samples, a bludgeoning 130 bpm beat which puts the pair in Fabreeze Brothers territory and Abdominal giving the mic a good clobbering. The track follows
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DIAZPORA: Islands (2017)

No band is an island, and German funk outfit Diazpora show they’re no exception to the rule with new LP – er – Islands which draws influences from all over the funk – ahem – diaspora. It’s the fifth album from the nine-piece Hamburg band whose number includes David ‘The Hauf’ Nesselhauf – fresh from his solo Afrokraut effort in October and has been analogue engineered by
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WU-TANG CLAN: Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Deluxe 7″ Casebook (2017)

What to get the middle-aged Wu-Tang completist for their birthday? Surely, it’s got to be the RZA-approved Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Deluxe 7″ Casebook! Not a ‘book’ format case for six vinyl 45s containing all twelve tracks off the Wu’s debut LP? The very same. Any special features? Of course there are! How about a fifty-six-page book entitled Shaolinology written by
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ATMA feat. JUS ALLAH & LONE NINJA: Supernatural (Prod. BLAQ MASQ) (2017)

Looks like Chris Read and Pugz Atomz drops aren’t the only ones this month that you wait ages for and then two come along at once since here’s a second Lone Ninja appearance hot on the heels of his recent work with Kure. Once again, the mic mercenary guests on an Atma cut with former Jedi Mind Tricks man Jus Allah. Are we in horrorcore territory? Let me see now – creepy John
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CHRIS READ feat. PUGZ ATOMZ: Chocolate Milk (2017)

Honestly, you wait ages for a Chris Read and Pugz Atomz collab. and then two come along at once with an album in the offing to boot. The first collab. was the Pharcyde-ish Baby Don’t Go which is due out on Dinked Records next week. The next one the monkey’s had wind of is this – the neo-soul-tinged jazz rap of Chocolate Milk which also features Neak and Mojo Green and
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PAPAS’ GOT: I Wanna Love 12″ re-issue (2017) + AL KENT edit

Papa’s got a re-issue and an Al Kent edit! Nope nothing to do with James Brown – other than the fact that Jamaican-born Rowland Abrahams loved dancing to Mr Dynamite so much he got a JB-related nickname – Papas’ Got – complete with misplaced apostrophe. Which he then used when recording his ’79 disco LP I Wanna Love in Paris. Said album yielded a killer funky-afro-disco biscuit
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ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM: Shakey Ground (2017)

Long known for their respectful (not to mention classy) free download edits, Rocknrolla Soundsystem now turn up with no fewer than three respectful and classy cheeky versions of funk and soul classics on NYC label Alpaca Edits. What you get is a nearly four-to-the-floor take on the release’s title track by psychedelic funkers The Temptations, a more fluidly four-to-the-floor re-
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BABE RUTH/ ORGANIZED KONFUSION: The Mexican (MR FANTASTIC EDIT)/ Prisoners Of War (2017)

The Mexican Prisoners Of War Babe Ruth Mr Fantastic Organiized Konfusion OriginalsThe Originals label continue their essential mission to re-release classic sampled tracks and the tracks that sampled them, one on either side of a classic seven inch vinyl platter. In this case, an extra breaks edit of Babe Ruth’s The Mexican (a mainstay of Kool Herc’s sets at block parties back in the day) – by Mr Fantastic and a Babe Ruth-sampling Prisoners Of War by Organized Konfusion
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RAG N BONE MAN: Human (MANOSJMT edit) (2017) Free download

Human Rag N Bone Man Manosjmt editRating: ★★★★★ The indefatigable Manosjmt turns his sights to Rag N Bone Man for his latest edit. Having clearly identified a singer with soul, he then sets to work identifying the missing element from last summer’s hit. It’s a double time stomping beat of course which means that this edit delivers the unexpected sound of Rag N Bone Man keeping the faith in a neo-northern soul style
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