Monthly Archives: September 2017

THUNDERBALL: Bulletproof: B Sides & Rarities (2017)

THUNDERBALL:  Bulletproof: B Sides & RaritiesNext on Fort Knox Five’s Fort Knox Recordings label is Bulletproof, a sixteen-track retrospective trawl through the back catalogue of Thunderball – an outfit formed in 1997 by three future members of FK5 – Rob Myers, Steve Raskin and Sid Barcelona. It’s a compilation that packs a full clip of dancefloor weaponry too, taking in nine original mixes and seven remixes of – well – like the
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THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. LUCINDA SLIM: World Gone Crazy (2017)

THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. LUCINDA SLIM:  World Gone CrazyThe Haggis Horns follow-up the spring release of Doc Brown-featuring single Take It back by teaming up with singer Lucinda Slim for World Gone Crazy. World gone crazy? How apt a title in a world where an American president who acts like an overgrown baby is so repellent he actually makes you want to cheer on a totalitarian dictator who looks like an overgrown baby. And that’s just
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TARZAN BROS: Imperial Bros (2017)

TARZAN BROS:  Imperial Bros ‘Smashing the stage’ with ‘vibration’, here, in the form of new single, Imperial Bros, are real-life brothers Theo and Greg Tantanozis a.k.a. Tarzan Bros. Turns out it’s the first cut taken from forthcoming long player Apartheid Of Thoughts and the track, after a lengthy instro. intro. finds one of the boys relating an anecdote, involving the ‘one or two time’ that ‘rastaman stop…[him]…
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TRU FUNK: Party Breaks Vol. 11 (2017)

TRU FUNK: Party Breaks Vol. 11Oh hello – it’s the Tru Funk label with Party Breaks Vol. 11 in the second of today’s adventures in party breaks. And there was me thinking the label was ‘on a break’ – possibly permanently – due to being tired and emotional from too much party-breaking. Well – that and the fact that no-one has heard anything from them in over a year. Once again, reports of their demise seem to be bollocks
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MINED & FORREST: There It Is EP (2017)

MINED & FORREST:  There It Is EP Mined & Forrest from Munich and Cologne-based collective Obba Select forge a musical alliance with their There It Is EP on which they provide their vision for twenty-first century booty breaks. The title track is a buzzsaw bass-influenced mid-tempo cut that stitches Kool Keith and Public Enemy to Missy Elliott while Funk Toxic references a late 80s sound with a punchy 808 bass vibe and Drugs
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D/TROIT: Soul Sound System (Album)(2017)

D/TROIT:  Soul Sound System (Album)If you didn’t catch news of the 45 release of the title track of the Soul Sound System LP a fortnight ago (and even if you did) now is the time to properly say hello to D/Troit who make an assured full-length statement to mark D/enmark’s entrance to the global funk-soul scene. If you did catch news of the 45 release you’ll know that among the band’s credentials is the fact that Daptone’s Gabriel Roth has chief mixing credits. Of course if he’s on board, you know a band is doing something right which perhaps has something to do with the fact that
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KRAFTY KUTS: Back To The Flow EP (2017)

KRAFTY KUTS:  Back To The Flow EPAfter a brace of funky hip-hop classics earlier this the year – one of which (It Ain’t My Fault) featured on his genre-spanning All 4Corners LP, Krafty Kuts gets Back To The Flow to show the yout’ how to do the wobble on this new two-tracker. The title track opens with wah-wah so squelchy you could give it a right old squeeze and still have moisture to wash your car and your
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DILLON & DIAMOND D: Black Tie Affair (Vinyl EP)(2017) + Feast video

DILLON & DIAMOND D:  Black Tie Affair (Vinyl EP)It’s all the ‘D’s time as Atlanta MC Dillon Maurer teams up with a man whose steelo is tight because he’s by far the best producer on the mic a.k.a Bronx legend and Diggin In The Crates crew founder member Diamond D. It’s something of a hip-hop ‘occasion’ then and what you might even call a Black Tie Affair – these two certainly have
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JON KENNEDY: HA! LP (2017) + HA! video

JON KENNEDY:  Ha! LP (2017) + Ha! videoVeteran downtempo beatmaker, Jon Kennedy, finally returns this week with his long-teased new album HA! – his seventh full-length affair in a music career which effectively began with the new millenium when he was discovered by Mr Scruff. Curiously, this was around the time that the 90s trip-hop/ downtempo bubble began to burst and we entered what the Guardian was pleased to
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WHIRLWIND D: Falling EP (2017) + ‘Nothing’s Better’ video

WHIRLWIND D:  Falling EP (2017) + 'Nothing's Better' videoWith it being the season for atmospheric disturbances, what better time for Dudley Jaynes, a.k.a. Whirlwind D, to make his return than by brewing up a Brit-hop storm on his new Falling EP. ‘Falling’ D? Something tells me this isn’t going to be all cheery verbals over party drum breaks and it certainly isn’t, for here is a four-tracker that pulls no punches with regard to the current state
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