Monthly Archives: March 2017

BMD: Nickelodeon (2017)

All the B’s in breaks tonight as it turns out that former Tru Funker BMD‘s got a new breaks single in the offing as well as Badboe. In this case it’s Nickelodeon, an instrumental mix of squelchy 70s guitars and wobbling synth bass over relentless drums. Putting a coin in the remix slot are D.End, who ups the wobble, and neo-big beater Rory Hoy who drops Godzilla-sized drums and goes
…MORE

BADBOE feat. MC SHURESHOCK: Under The Spell EP (2017)

No need to look further if you’re in need of heavyweight funky breaks with original raps on top this month since Badboe‘s got you covered. It’s hard to imagine that Under The Spell will fail to cast its enchantment across dancefloors, turning as it does on a funky sample heavily buried in crunchy drums and synth fx with Oz rapper MC Shureshock busting bars on the mic
…MORE

SMOOVE: Main Sourced 7″ audio premiere (2017) + Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Fans of that ol’ boom-bap will no doubt be familiar with a certain classic of the genre – Breaking Atoms – the debut LP from Large Professor’s crew, Main Source. A veritable samplefest, there’s no doubting its influence or the fact that it has stood the test of time. In fact it’s the sort of thing that the likes of Smoove have been aurally mainlining since it came out. That’s got to have an effect on a man, surely? Er – a little
…MORE

LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL: 13-16 April (2017)

In just over a month it’s time for the London International Ska Festival again, the event (launched in 1988) that celebrates all things ska from its pre-history in calypso and rnb through the Jamaican first wave, the 2 Tone revival, 90s ska punk and beyond. This year there’ll be around a hundred bands appearing, DJs, films, sound systems, official Trojan Records and Greensleeves
…MORE

ASIAN HAWK: ‘Turntable Soul’ video (2017)

We’ve all seen Rahzel and the like sing soul whilst simultaneously engaging in that secondary element of hip-hop, beatboxing, to the extent that such antics are ten-a-penny now. But when was the last time you saw anyone sing soul whilst engaging in the primary hip-hop element of turntablism? Thought so. Enter 5 X UK DMC champion, Asian Hawk, who coolly knocks out
…MORE

DON DAYGLOW: Power EP (2017) + video

The artist formerly known as Ewan Hoozami might be threatening to go all nu-disco and house on us now that he’s been seduced by the dark side but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got time for a splendid four track EP of lightly edited straight-up disco biscuits entitled Power. Power? I feel empowered just listening to them – not to mention compelled to reach for my Qiana shirt and tailored
…MORE

BAZZA RANKS: Rum Punch EP (2017)

Bazza Ranks (a.k.a. one half of Dirty Dubsters) goes solo with his new Rum Punch EP on which he invigorates two classic riddims with the highly capable assistance of a trio of reggae-hip-hop vocalists. Now which reggae-hip-hop legends would you pick if you had a free choice? It’s no contest is it? Has to be Fu Schnickens’ Chip Fu and fellow NYC-based legend Screechy Dan who tear
…MORE

QDUP feat. EVERYMAN: Joyride (2017)

QDup and EVeryman provide a new theme for driving down PCH top down and hands in the air like you just don’t care by way of Joyride. It’s a catchy P-Funk-inspired breaks tune with crisp drums, farty synth bass, EVeryman knocking out the verses and QDup himself on the talkbox for those authentic frequency-bending hooks. Should have your lowrider popping. Comes complete with
…MORE

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Iron Man video (2017)

The Wu-Tang sample old soul; El Michels Affair instrumentalise the Wu-Tang’s samples into new old-sounding soul. Confused? Doesn’t matter, EMA have had the biggest successes of their career with it and a second album-load of such material – Return To The 37th Chamber – is on its way in just over a month. To tide you over – here’s the video to their three and a half minute take on Ghostface
…MORE

KOOL HERTZ: Here Comes The Sun EP (2017)

If you haven’t tuned in to Kool Hertz‘s frequency yet, now might be a good time as his four-track Here Comes The Son EP is out and very loud. In time-honoured party breaks fashion, old and not-so-old samples are cut up and looped, given the funky drums treatment and a bass jolt. The first two tracks cater to the kids with the title track’s wobbled-up treatment sure to work up a sweat as
…MORE

Top