Monthly Archives: April 2017

RODNEY P feat. LANRE SULOLA: Untitled 7″ (2017)

RODNEY P feat. LANRE SULOLA:  Untitled 7You may have caught Rodney P’s recent single and love(-hate) letter to London, Untitled, on BBC4 doc. Hip-Hop World News back in the autumn. Underpinned by funky drums, synth bass and moody piano, things were kept real on the mic by spoken word artist Lanre Sulola (who provided the opening bars) and, subsequently, the heavy vocal artillery of Rodney P himself. And now for Record
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MNP: Heavy Tint/ Dib Dab Ltd. 7″ (2017)

MNP:  Heavy Tint/ Dib Dab Ltd. 7If El Michels Affair’s recent excellent Return To The 37th Chamber has given you a taste for funky, psychedelic, library music style instros and you’re now looking for something in a similar vein that’s not a cover – MNP are here to sort you out. Why? Well, it transpires, their debut 7″ for the Delights label is just such a beast. The band (who consist of Tru Thoughts artist Beta Hector, former
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DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE: Summertime (RHYTHM SCHOLAR remix) (2017) Free download

DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE  Summertime RHYTHM SCHOLAR remixRhythm Scholar optimistically chooses Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime for his latest remix trick. Has he seen the forecast for tomorrow? Obviously not. Mind you – that’s over here while he’s over there where the North Korean Missile Crisis has been hotting up. Apparently, there nothing like the flash from an atomic blast to give you a tan. All that aside, here is a certain
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THE HEMPOLICS: High & Gritty (2017) + video

THE HEMPOLICS: High & Gritty (2017) + videoThe Hempolics return with a new single showcasing their particular brand of soul and hip-hop infused dub-reggae in the form of High & Gritty. Said song apparently relates the love affair between band leader Grippa and a Mexican senorita and is remixed by no fewer than four bashment bandits – Fleck, Dubmatix, the ever-reliable DJ Maars and the splendidly-named
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MONGRELS: Attack The Megalith (2017)

Attack The Megalith, hip-hop, Invisible Spies, Mongrels, SebashAttack The Megalith finds a stoned circle of producers taking up the remix ropes for last year’s underground hip-hop monolith – entitled er – Attack The Monolith, by Mongrels – a.k.a. Kid Acne, Benjamin and (more often than not) New Kingdom’s Sebash. Hashfinger, for example, sands a few of the rough edges off Full Moon for a more contemplative vibe, TPL’s Man From Atlantis goes
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DUCT TAPE: 13th Floor (2017)

DUCT TAPE:  13th FloorMan – what can’t duct tape do? It’ll hold bits of your car together, hold musical equipment cases together (hell, hold musical instruments together), temporarily patch up a surf board and plug any gaps in your funky psych collection. No really. Or at least Duct Tape a.k.a. Berlin-based psych duo Batsauce and Wynton Kelly Stevenson will. Now on their second album the pair are still all about
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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Dirt (2017) + video

DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Dirt videoToday is Friday and it’s good. Not in a religious sense you understand but because DJ Format and Abdominal have just dropped another new single off forthcoming LP Still Hungry entitled Dirt. Life is too sanitised these days you see – or as Abs has it, “so fuck a bar of soap man I wanna feel the earth/ between my toes like nature intended/ because things are too clean and impeccably
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: ‘Return To The 37th Chamber’ (2017) + full album stream

EL MICHELS AFFAIR:  'Return To The 37th Chamber' (2017) + full album streamRating: ★★★★★ Have you heard the one about the funk and soul band who do covers of sampled beats by the hip-hop band who chopped up originals by old funk and soul acts?
Of course you have! Obviously the band in question are El Michels Affair – the house band of Leon Michel and DJ Akalepse’s excellent Big Crown
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Breakin’ The Riddim (2017)

BREAKBEAT PARADISE:  Breakin' The RiddimRating: ★★★★★ Looks like it’s time for another themed EP from Breakbeat Paradise and no prizes for guessing that a release entitled Breakin’ The Riddim with cover art featuring a dreadlocked breakdancer entails a marriage of breakbeat and various reggae-related styles. No prizes either for guessing that it’s richer in bangers than a Walls sausage factory. Fredy High for example, heavies
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ONDATROPICA: Cumbia Especial (MANOSJMT edit)(2017)

ONDATROPICA:  Cumbia Especial (MANOSJMT edit)There was a time a couple of years ago when you could barely move for breakbeat edits of Latin tracks – all of them good, not a few of them cumbia-based and for some reason, many of them done by Greek producers. Lately though, such fare has been thin on the ground. Luckily, Manosjmt is here to fill the gap in the market with his edit of Ondatropica’s Cumbia Especial. You’ll note from
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