Monthly Archives: April 2017

BEI BEI & SHAWN LEE: Year Of The Funky (2017)

BEI BEI & SHAWN LEE:  Year Of The FunkyAs part of his bid to be the busiest man in funk-related music this year, Shawn Lee teams up with Bei Bei for Year Of The Funky – the title track and first single off the forthcoming LP of the same name. Lee has rhythm all covered by laying down a crisp break on live drums and electric bass while Bei Bei delivers melody on the guzheng. Come again? You know – one of those Chinese
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TIMEWARP INC: Tropicaliente EP (2017)

TIMEWARP INC:  Tropicaliente EPTimewarp Inc. (a.k.a. Timewarp Music’s head honcho Angelos Stoumpos) takes a well-deserved break from producing and putting out other people’s music with the Tropicaliente EP in order to put out some of his own. The opener and title track works up some latin-reggae heat with French language vocals from sometime Basement Freaks
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DEM JUJU POETS: Liberated Thoughts (2017)

DEM JUJU POETS  Liberated ThoughtsAs announced back in December when the Barabara seven inch came out, here at last is LP Liberated Thoughts which sees producer David Hanke provide a full-length debut in his current afro-funk incarnation Dem Juju Poets. Anyone familiar with any of Hanke’s other incarnations – especially Renegades Of Jazz will know that this man doesn’t mess around when it comes to
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RORY HOY feat ASHLEY SLATER: Gettin’ Home (2017)

On their latest collab, Rory Hoy and Ashley Slater tackle the issue of Gettin’ Home from ‘the party’. We’ve all been there – a night’s carousing followed by the sudden realisation that you need your distant bed. In the absence of a beer-scooter (i.e. you’re conscious enough to remember the epic night-hike you’re about to undertake), what you need is a jaunty anthem to belt out while
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: Dopeness EP (2017)

PROSPER & STABFINGER: Dopeness EPMore Bomb Strikes action on the Dopeness EP from Prosper & Stabfinger – the dream team responsible for October’s similarly old school three-tracker, the Mista Funkmaster EP. On this latest drop, the title cut rocks a disco bass-line as NZ emcee Imagine This takes the mic while Pay For Bass makes use of a Lyrics Born rapapella over initially jazzy-influenced breaks that become
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ANDYFELLAZ: Beatbop Street (2017)

ANDYFELLAZ:  Beatbop StreetDespite its inception and heyday in the mid-to-late nineties, the downtempo/ cinematic/ trip-hop incarnation of breakbeat music refuses to die and while it may not be flavour of the month anymore, there seems nevertheless to be an inexhaustible supply of it. Perhaps, it’s the ambient nature of the music, the fact that you can put almost any sound behind a decent drum break and get away with it
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NAANVA: Flowers Of Spring (2017) Free download

NAANVA:  Flowers Of SpringHe might travel by a name that sounds like a track on a Kula Shaker album but there’s no denying the sound of drums on new freebie instro Flowers Of Spring from Naanva. We open with the sort of jazziness you might have expected at Harlem’s Cotton Club back in the day before the breaks kick in with some prominent brush work and then it’s all about alternating the jazziness
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STEPPIN’ TONES: Lean With An Uppercut (2017) Free download

Blimey – a mash-up! Remember them? Steppin’ Tones certainly does and on this he splices the sixties-ish guitar-fuzz riffs of Pop Levi’s Pick Me Up Uppercut with the crunk-flows of snap-rappers Dem Franchize Boyz’ Lean Wit It to create Lean With An Uppercut. See what he did with the name there? In the process, he gives the Pop Levi
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JACK & JOINTZ: Beaming Jointly With Delight (Remixes)(2017)

JACK & JOINTZ:  Beaming Jointly With Delight (Remixes)New from the Fatherland’s ChinChin label is this drop from Jack & Jointz who must be beaming with delight at the idea of getting remixes of four tracks off last year’s debut LP – er – Beaming Jointly With Delight, three of which come from the likes of Diesler, Ursula 1000 and Club Des Belugas. This crew of reprobates are respectively jazz-discoing with delight, electro-boogie-ing with
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EKLIPS: ‘I Want You’ video (2017)

EKLIPS:  'I Want You' videoYou may recall back in December hearing news that French beatboxer Eklips had an album, Lips, coming out this spring on Radio Krimi. And you may recall that the news was heralded by the EP B4Lips which despite having all the presence of a multi-track vocal and instrumental recording, was in fact the product of Eklips’ vocal chords alone. Marvel once more then man’s talents as the first
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