Monthly Archives: June 2017

RECORD KICKS: Soul Sides (2017)

RECORD KICKS:  Soul SidesIt’s summertime and therefore high time for your favourite Milan-based soul providing label Record Kicks to – er – provide a summery compilation of soul sides. Given their roster, it shouldn’t be too hard to assemble and whadyaknow? It isn’t. Say hello then to twelve-tracker Soul Sides which mixes up the new and the old, the soulful, the funky and the jazzy, the torch song and the
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THE FUNK FURY: Keep On Lovin’ (2017)

THE FUNK FURY:  Keep On Lovin' Bombstrikes keep up the quality pressure and the label’s recent drift over the last year or so towards a less wobbly breakbeat sound with this drop from Russia’s The Funk Fury – Keep On Lovin’. The title track employs a chipmunk soul vocal over a relaxed mid-tempo beat featuring horns, clavinet and, yes, synth bass while Tribe Of Disco brings
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BEATTRIX & NATIVE STYLES: ‘Mad Wild’ video (2017)

A fat but complex double-bassline heralds the intro to Beattrix & Native Styles’ contribution to Vol. 4 of B-Line Recordings’ The B-Line EP Vol. 4 and then the drums kick in for emcees Reachwun and Strange Man Called Seb to lace with bars. Since two of the four skills are thus represented, perhaps a video representing the two remaining skills to provide the correct ambience? A nearly four-
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ASIAN HAWK: ‘I Am Asian Hawk’ video (2017)

http://monkeyboxing.com/content/asian-hawk-asian-hawk-2017/Asian Hawk bests his recent Turntable Soul video for DJ City with new one I Am Asian Hawk. Once again, the track features Mr Love providing his impressive USP combo of effortless soul vocals whilst simultaneously demonstrating turntable and controller dexterity – this time on a Guzheng-featuring beat. Also, once again, the video finds our man in the studio working his magic – possibly
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CALAGAD 13: Heart Of The City (2017)

CALAGAD 13:  Heart Of The CityThe trouble with all this ridiculously glorious atypical UK summer weather (i.e. it’s hotter than the Bahamas instead of pissing with rain) does rather mean that certain gems have passed without comment this June, so it’s time to set the record straight or at least the Serato console since Calagad 13’s Heart Of The City sadly doesn’t appear in vinyl format. ‘Sadly’, because the
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GHOST WRITERZ: They Wanna Know Remixes (2017)

GHOST WRITERZ:  They Wanna Know RemixesThose predisposed to a quality bit of bashment might well have picked up on Ghost Writerz’ recent rather good 7″ They Wanna Know on which toaster Jimmy Screech very solidly laid down the tale of his lifelong involvement in soundsystem culture over a dubby slab of reggae which morphed into a second half of jungle. Those predisposed to a good remix will therefore want to
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BAZZA RANKS feat. PEPPERY: So Futuristic (2017)

BAZZA RANKS feat. PEPPERY:  So FuturisticDirty Dubster Bazza Ranks enlists Peppery’s able toasting skills for the new single and they’re both so moneysupermar…oohh – my bad – So Futuristic. What starts out as a dancehall riddim winds up at junglist speed after the bridge as the pair accelerate towards the bashment system and it only remains to sort out a video. A video for a track entitled So Futuristic? Concept-wise it’s an
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LACK JEMMON: Lack Jemmon EP (2017)

LACK JEMMON:  Lack Jemmon EPLatest on vinyl 12″ from BBP is the Lack Jemmon EP. No guesses who that’s by. And so it is that the Hungarian pairing deliver a four-tracker for masses – quite literally actually as it kicks off with a with a remix of a certain ska-influenced pop tune by Simon Cowell puppet, Olly Murs. And if you thought that displayed formidable chutzpah, check the next tune which redefines the very concept of
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DEEP BREEZ: Project Draw b/w Hammer 7″ (2017)

DEEP BREEZ: Project Draw b/w Hammer (2017)Rating: ★★★★★ Boom! Hit me hard! NYC emcee Breez Evahflowin hooks up with Big Deep of NY production outfit 2 Hungry Bros as Deep Breez to mastermind a double latin boom-bap header on this big-ass forthcoming 7″ from Origu. Both tracks are drawn from HipNOTT Records’ forthcoming Bring Out Your Dead EP and A-side, Project Draw, is a minimalistic shimmy which finds Breez expound
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OLD FLAME: Reignite “The Surefire Collection” (2017)

OLD FLAME:  Reignite Old Flame is up to new tricks with a new mini-album/ EP thingy, eight cuts deep – Reignite “The Surefire Collection.” Well, I say ‘new tricks’; new ‘tracks’ is more accurate for while the material is new, the vibe is is that of reliably old school electro breaks. Cue much in the way of pumping 808s, acid squelches and relentless drums then. Opener, Pasty Suspect, is a highlight pitching, as it
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