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DR OCTAGON: ‘Octagonecologyst’ deluxe re-issue (2017)

Stumped for what to get your mum for Mother’s Day? Unfurrow your brow – the answer is flowers of course! Blue Flowers to be precise. In fact why stop there? Why not go the whole hog and get her the full Octagonecologyst? Wait – what!? You’re going to get your mother a hip-hop LP named after a torturous bit of word play on the word ‘gynaecologist’?! Doctor what do you think? …I
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BADBOE feat. MC SHURESHOCK: Under The Spell EP (2017)

No need to look further if you’re in need of heavyweight funky breaks with original raps on top this month since Badboe‘s got you covered. It’s hard to imagine that Under The Spell will fail to cast its enchantment across dancefloors, turning as it does on a funky sample heavily buried in crunchy drums and synth fx with Oz rapper MC Shureshock busting bars on the mic
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SMOOVE: Main Sourced 7″ audio premiere (2017) + Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Fans of that ol’ boom-bap will no doubt be familiar with a certain classic of the genre – Breaking Atoms – the debut LP from Large Professor’s crew, Main Source. A veritable samplefest, there’s no doubting its influence or the fact that it has stood the test of time. In fact it’s the sort of thing that the likes of Smoove have been aurally mainlining since it came out. That’s got to have an effect on a man, surely? Er – a little
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ASIAN HAWK: ‘Turntable Soul’ video (2017)

We’ve all seen Rahzel and the like sing soul whilst simultaneously engaging in that secondary element of hip-hop, beatboxing, to the extent that such antics are ten-a-penny now. But when was the last time you saw anyone sing soul whilst engaging in the primary hip-hop element of turntablism? Thought so. Enter 5 X UK DMC champion, Asian Hawk, who coolly knocks out
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KRAFTY KUTS & DYNAMITE MC feat. CHALI 2Na: It Ain’t My Fault (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If news of a third studio LP from Krafty Kuts fluffed your nuts at the end of last year, this new single featuring both Dynamite MC and Jurassic 5’s Chali 2Na is going to make you blow your load by setting the bar massively high for dancefloor boom-bap in 2017. It Ain’t My Fault bangs and let that be the last word on the subject. Oh – except to say that Krafty’s ‘Hands High’ 2017 tour featuring both emcees has been well under
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DJ MONEYSHOT VS MR CRITICAL: Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 (2017) Audio premiere

Rating: ★★★★★ If you’re reading this, it means you’ve got yourself a ringside seat to the audio premiere of Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 on which the UK’s super Solid Steel selectah DJ Moneyshot goes mano a mano with Belgian legend Mr Critical once again! Oh shit! As Moneyshot himself puts it, “each DJ gets ten minute turns to cold rock the spot with the illest selections and call out his
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BROTHER ALI: Own Light (What Hearts Are For)(2017) + Pen To Paper video + ‘All The Beauty In This Whole Life’ LP announcement

Now then – you’re Rhymesayers legend Brother Ali and you’ve got an album out soon. It only makes sense to put out a single to promote it but you’ve also got a video for another track and an album video promo announcement ready to go to – gahh! Which do you put out first? How long a gap do you leave between each one to ensure maximum exposure? Oh – the PR agony
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YOUR OLD DROOG feat. WIKI & EDAN: Help (2017) Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Ukrainian-American emcee Your Old Droog might not be Nas (all interweb rumours from a while back to the contrary), but the man’s got mic skills. So it’s not like he needs help from Edan and Wiki on – er – Help but damn if this almost-posse cut slice of dirty NYC boom-bap (also produced by Edan) isn’t the better for it! And when Edan’s verse arrives after some monster
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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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