Monthly Archives: February 2017

GROOVY JOY & SEBASTIAN ROSER: Mola Gramola (2017)

The Beatnik City label dips its toe into electro-swing waters with Groovy Joy & Sebastian Roser and finds itself decadently yanked into a pool along with Lavern Baker and Billie Holliday. These two ladies who provide the source material from the fifties and thirties respectively for the two booties, Fe Fo Fu and Meeny Mo contained on Mola Gramola find themselves, like us, lured into an
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BROTHER ALI: Own Light (What Hearts Are For)(2017) + Pen To Paper video + ‘All The Beauty In This Whole Life’ LP announcement

Now then – you’re Rhymesayers legend Brother Ali and you’ve got an album out soon. It only makes sense to put out a single to promote it but you’ve also got a video for another track and an album video promo announcement ready to go to – gahh! Which do you put out first? How long a gap do you leave between each one to ensure maximum exposure? Oh – the PR agony
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PHIBES: Raw 2 The Floor EP + ‘Ain’t No Thing’ A Glitch Swing Collection (2017)

Apparently not ones to drop merely one thing when they can be releasing a three track EP on legendary breaks label Bomb Strikes at the same time as putting out a self-released ten track album on their bandcamp, the Phibes boys have done precisely that this February. The Raw 2 The Floor EP finds the pair open with the heavy artillery of the title track upon which skeletal beats vie with
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79.5: Boy Don’t Be Afraid (2017)

Big Crown continue to show the way forward in pop music with their find 79.5 whose new single Boy Don’t Be Afraid is the second to be drawn from the soon come Predictions album. It seems to come from an alternative 2017 in which drum machines, autotune and house music have never been invented and dance bands still like guitars, use live organic drum breaks and hark back to the
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LA MAMBANEGRA: Ma Parece Perfecto/ Barrio Caliente (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you were paying attention back in November, there’s a strong chance you may have caught the latin heat of La Mambanegra‘s blistering twenty-first century take on 70s NYC salsa combining elements of funk and hip-hop in the shape of La Mamba Te Invita. Now, with album El Calleg├╝eso y su Malama├▒a in the offing, the crew, who hail from Cali, Colombia, unleash two
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JON KENNEDY: Ha! EP (2017)

Jon Kennedy is back with full length album Ha! in the summer and here’s the Ha! EP by way of a teaser. Clearly not a man for long release names these days, he makes up for the brevity of the title with the number of remixes on this drop – a mighty eight no less, plus bonus exclusive cut Lord Tarries feat. Coreysan on vocal duties. Of course with that many remixes you can cover a lot of
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JOHNNY PLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE: Skanky Town EP (2017) + ‘O Jesus Funk’ video

Is no-one safe? Frankly, if JohnnyPluse & The Stormtroopers Of Love are around, the answer is no. With a new album out later in the year, the Irish crew have decided to unleash the video for O Jesus Funk – a blasphemous blend of hectic 70s funk breaks, horns, 808 basslines and hip-house vocal loops that sees them wind up in early 90s territory slotting in somewhere between The
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ROY ROBERTS: Roy Roberts Experience (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ Fretting away that there hasn’t been a career retrospective of another largely unfeted funk-soul brother or sister from Tramp Records lately? Fret no more as Perfect Toy Records delivers what amounts to the same thing – in this case with a focus on Roy Roberts. New comp. the Roy Roberts Experience adopts the same tried and tested formula of collating said
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YOUR OLD DROOG feat. WIKI & EDAN: Help (2017) Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Ukrainian-American emcee Your Old Droog might not be Nas (all interweb rumours from a while back to the contrary), but the man’s got mic skills. So it’s not like he needs help from Edan and Wiki on – er – Help but damn if this almost-posse cut slice of dirty NYC boom-bap (also produced by Edan) isn’t the better for it! And when Edan’s verse arrives after some monster
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JPRIME feat. BBK: What I Do EP (2017)

“Breaks – that’s what I do/ That ain’t nothing new,” spits out BBK with conviction over quite the phattest slice of electro-breakbeat bass action heard in these parts for some time. Of course, emcee BBK will be no stranger to this sort of musical assault hailing as he does from the home of Miami Bass a.k.a. the Gunshine State of Florida. Clearly however, as the progenitor of this beat
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