Monthly Archives: March 2017

SKEEWIFF: Skeewiff In Wonderland (2017)

Skeewiff In WonderlandRating: ★★★★★ Skeewiff were beginning to get very tired of listening to boring old breakbeats, and of having nothing to do. Once or twice they had peeped other people’s steez but it was all excessively conventional, ‘and what is the use of a breakbeat track,’ they thought, ‘if it doesn’t make you say, ‘what the bloody hell are these two on?’ They were considering in their own minds whether
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REE KEEN: Makeeni (2017)

Fresh from some recent electro-swinging with the likes of Groovy Joy & Sebastian Roser, the Beatnik City label gets straight back to what it does best – dope sixties-themed party breakbeat numbers. And it does so with the aid of a man who never needs any encouragement – Ree Keen. Well – it’s in his name isn’t it? Talking of names, this release goes by Makeeni – no – not the
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KRAFTY KUTS & CHALI 2NA: Hands High 7″ (2017)

krafty-kuts-chali-2na-hands-highRating: ★★★★★ If you’ve already released one banger recently you’d think it would be sportsmanlike to at least let the competition feel like they had something of a chance before dropping another one. No such mercy from Krafty Kuts and Chali 2Na though who follow-up early March’s funky boom-bap collab. It Ain’t My Fault on which they were joined by Dynamite MC with
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TURNTILL & MERLIN feat. DOPPIA ERRE & SKY 189: Break A Day (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ Looks like it’s not just The Allergies and Andy Cooper who’ve got Get Down fever in the last few weeks – for here is the new one from Chosen Few crew members Turntill & Merlin featuring Doppia Erre and Sky 189Break A Day. Alright, so The Get Down is set in 1978 and Break A Day lyrically eulogises 1989 but there’s more than a little block party feel to this drop – on
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VARIOUS: Lime Sorbet VI (Selected by QUINCY JOINTZ)(2017)

Has it really been two years since the last Lime Sorbet? So it would seem, for it was indeed 2015 when volume V came out. Still, that means compiler Quincy Jointz has had plenty of time to scour the breakosphere for the fourteen zesty cuts featured on this volume. As previously, our man takes an all-encompassing approach to the concept of the breakbeat compilation from the
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THE ALLERGIES feat. ANDY COOPER: Love That I’m In 7″ (2017)

THE ALLERGIES feat. ANDY COOPER:  Love That I'm In 7Rating: ★★★★★ Looks like last summer’s Get Down fever made its disco-inflected mark on The Allergies for here is a new 7″ single – Love That I’m In – and it’s all about the Indeep vibes on the A-side. Yes you know, a bass-heavy late 70s/ early 80s style groove with breathy female vox and a rapped verse somewhere down the line courtesy of one Andy “There ain’t a problem he can’t fix
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LADY WRAY: Underneath My Feet (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ The full MB review of Lady Wray‘s excellent Queen Alone LP from the autumn might have been lost in the ‘great MB server outtage of 2016‘ but that certainly doesn’t mean Ms Wray has been forgotten about at Monkeyboxing Towers especially when she puts out singles as good as Underneath My Feet – or Underneath My Feel as it is listed on the Big Crown Youtube page at the
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BOCAWOODY: Carousel (2017) Ltd. vinyl LP & 7″ bundle + Jump video

Ah Carousel! Once your thirtieth birthday comes around, that clear crystal in your palm turns red, you put on those white robes and hockey mask and get whirled up to the big meat grinder in the ceiling. Oh wait – no – sorry that’s Carrousel with two ‘r’s on Logan’s Run. This Carousel is the new twelve-track album from Bocawoody a.k.a Boca 45 and DJ Woody with quite a bit of help from
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THE BROTHERS NYLON: Bitches Cold Brew (2017)

Welcome to the weird world of The Brothers Nylon which finds the NYC-based Rufolo Brothers belching (sometimes literally) whatever whimsical notion takes their vocal fancy over funky drums and bass and into a vintage tape machine. Obviously, that’s not weird enough for them, so they then send it through the ether to library music fiend and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee
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KID PANEL & BLADE: Freak/ Weedee Funk (2017)

Kid Panel & Blade revamp a couple of oldies for 2017 on this new Mustbeat drop. The first is Freak which shares a name with Chic’s most famous cut and includes samples from Sugarhill Gang and Ultramagnetic MC (among others) employing pounding drums that keep it just the big beat side of house and take it back to – oohh at least 1997. Weedee Funk on the other hand features a more
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