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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Diamond Hammer (2017) Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Now no longer just a special item in a massive online roleplaying game (sorry Warcraft geeks!), Diamond Hammer is the new single from DJ Format & Abdominal and doesn’t it just hit like one? More heavy psych samples, a bludgeoning 130 bpm beat which puts the pair in Fabreeze Brothers territory and Abdominal giving the mic a good clobbering. The track follows
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WU-TANG CLAN: Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Deluxe 7″ Casebook (2017)

What to get the middle-aged Wu-Tang completist for their birthday? Surely, it’s got to be the RZA-approved Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Deluxe 7″ Casebook! Not a ‘book’ format case for six vinyl 45s containing all twelve tracks off the Wu’s debut LP? The very same. Any special features? Of course there are! How about a fifty-six-page book entitled Shaolinology written by
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ATMA feat. JUS ALLAH & LONE NINJA: Supernatural (Prod. BLAQ MASQ) (2017)

Looks like Chris Read and Pugz Atomz drops aren’t the only ones this month that you wait ages for and then two come along at once since here’s a second Lone Ninja appearance hot on the heels of his recent work with Kure. Once again, the mic mercenary guests on an Atma cut with former Jedi Mind Tricks man Jus Allah. Are we in horrorcore territory? Let me see now – creepy John
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CHRIS READ feat. PUGZ ATOMZ: Chocolate Milk (2017)

Honestly, you wait ages for a Chris Read and Pugz Atomz collab. and then two come along at once with an album in the offing to boot. The first collab. was the Pharcyde-ish Baby Don’t Go which is due out on Dinked Records next week. The next one the monkey’s had wind of is this – the neo-soul-tinged jazz rap of Chocolate Milk which also features Neak and Mojo Green and
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks: Tearz/ Verbal Intercourse 7″ (2017) + ‘Return To The 37th Chamber’ video trailer

Tearz El Michels AffairHere’s the seven inch lead single off El Michels Affair‘s forthcoming second LP-length volume of cinematic, psychedelic Wu-Tang covers Return To The 37th Chamber – the sequel to 09’s Enter The 37th Chamber. Label mates Lee Fields and Shannon Wise of The Shacks feature on vocals on Tearz (a collaboration I like to think of as ‘tears of a Big Crown’ – thank you, I’m here all week) Wise
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J DILLA: J Dilla Turntable (2017) + exclusive Dilla feat. Nas 7″ ‘The Sickness

Portable J Dilla turntableHe might sadly have left us over a decade ago but James Yancey (a.k.a. the man known far and wide as Jay Dee or J Dilla) still casts a long shadow over hip-hop and the wider music scene. A bit like vinyl really. So what better way to acknowledge this legendary producer than via a Dilla-themed suitcase turntable? Man – that almost sounds
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DJ MAARS vs TOM SHOWTIME: Let Me Clear My Dub/ Loose Juice (2017 Re-bake) Ltd. 7″(2017)

Loose Juice DJ Maars Tom ShowtimeRating: ★★★★★ This is what is known in the trade as a sureshot or one that ‘never leaves the bag’. It is, in short, an essential purchase. Yes, it’s the long overdue seven inch vinyl release of a pair of gigantic DJ Maars and Tom Showtime reggae-hiphop booties. On the A-side is the pair’s brand new roof-raising reggae re-version of DJ Kool’s evergreen Let Me Clear My Throat while B-side
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MONKEYBOXING.COM presents: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 (2017) Free download

Filthy Rhythm Dirty Soul Vol 7 monkeyboxingIt’s been a crazy-ass last six months here at MB and Monkeyboxing’s free annual funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae and breaks LP extravaganza very nearly didn’t happen this year. Primarily because MB was nearly permanently lost in the autumn. Happily, disaster was averted which means you lucky people get the mighty, mighty Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 bursting at the
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CHRIS READ feat. PUGZ ATOMZ: Baby Don’t Go (2017)

Baby Dont Go Chris Read Pugz AtomzHip-hop production man of substance Chris Read likes to break his bread with the odd emcee now and then and for this Dinked Records 45 he’s hooked up with Chicago’s Pugz Atomz for Baby Don’t Go. Not that you’ll consider going anywhere once you’ve heard the A-side for there’s something of an early Pharcyde vibe about the combination of a meditative jazzy piano loop with the Funky
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KURE feat. LONE NINJA: Spycraft (2017)

Spycraft Kure Lone NinjaRating: ★★★★★ News just in – hip-hop’s hardest-working hitman, Lone Ninja, has surfaced once more with a guest appearance on new cut Spycraft from the forthcoming Kure LP The Gauntlet and it’s a musical match made in heaven. Kure clearly understands the oeuvre of the ninja – appreciating that a sombre strings loop lends much more
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