Monthly Archives: June 2017

BASEMENT FREAKS: All That Funk! b/w Calling The Jams 7″ (2017)

BASEMENT FREAKS:  All That Funk! b/w Calling The Jams 7Anyone with their ear to the funky ground in late 2015 and early 2016 will know that one of the highlights of Basement Freaks’ fourth album Time Machine was JBs-inspired uptempo party instro cut All That Funk!, the arrival of which has prompted a clamouring for a seven inch ever since. One can only speculate about reaction to the news, then, that Jalapeno Records have done the decent thing
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MORLACK: Beautiful Mistakes (2017)

MORLACK: Beautiful MistakesReports of Morlack’s death have been greatly exaggerated, it seems, since here he is in fine fettle with new LP, Beautiful Mistakes. But where has the former ‘busiest man in breaks’ been and what’s with that title anyway? Well, apparently he’s spent some time hanging out with Trotter in Brazil attending festivals in the middle of the jungle which – admittedly – is a pretty good
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DON DAYGLOW: Silky Disco EP (2017)

DON DAYGLOW:  Silky Disco EPDespite previous threats to unleash nu-disco/ house hybrids on the world, dayglow disco don, Don Dayglow, has thus far shown a remarkable propensity for sprinkling edit sparkle dust upon lesser known gems from the golden era of daft suits and mirrorballs. In doing so he provides a subtle lift to four OG – er – four-to-the-floor grooves as in the case of his brand new Silky Disco
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: Badman EP (2017)

COCKNEY NUTJOB:  Badman EPIf there’s one name which has emerged along with DJ Maars, as the ‘other’ key figure in the next generation of reggae hip-hop mash-up kings it is that of Cockney Nutjob who cements his reputation here with his Badman EP and four righteous bangers. Where both producers are equally likely to plunder quality old hip-hop for a handy ‘pella however, Maars generally tends
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NOTES FLOATS & KEV LA KAT: The Nods (2017) Free download

NOTES FLOATS & KEV LA KAT:  The NodsGot the nods? You will when you hear the latest from Austin-based rapper Notes Floats and beat provider Kev La Kat of loveourrecords.com entitled – er – The Nods. You know – as in after the dance you can do with your head whilst driving or anything else that involves having an otherwise largely motionless body but still desiring to show you’re feeling the beat. Why the ‘nods’ were
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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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