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PERCEPTIONISTS (MR LIF & AKROBATIK): Dirty Drumz (2017)

PERCEPTIONISTS (MR LIF & AKROBATIK):  Dirty DrumzBloody hell, behave yourselves, Mr Lif and Akrobatik are back already with the second single, Dirty Drumz, off their first LP in twelve years – Resolution. What’s that Lif? “All the world wants is some dirty-ass drums”? Well that explains the minimal beat with doom-laden John Carpenter-esque synths and the distortion on kick and snare then. What else? “All the world wants is some
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DJ PNUTZ: 16 Psyche (2017) + video

DJ PNUTZ:  16 Psyche (2017) + videoRating: ★★★★★ It’s widely known that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. What’s less well-known however is that if you pay Pnutz, you get beats and plenty of them – although, frankly, DJ Pnutz is such a beat junky she’d be making them anyway, money or no. And how do we know this? We know this because barely a year after releasing the nineteen track Good Wife’s Guide To Beatmaking
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SHAKA LOVES YOU: Summer Sessions Vol. 3 Day & Night (2017) Free download

SHAKA LOVES YOU:  Summer Sessions Vol. 3 Day & Night (2017) Free downloadForget Wimbledon, it wouldn’t be summer without the Shaka Loves You summer mix which this year is entitled the Summer Sessions Vol. 3 Day & Night. Is it called that because the boys are at it twenty-four seven? Possibly, if you mean being behind the wheels of steel, for this celebrates the multitude of sets they play – both in the day (represented by funk, soul, hip-hop and reggae)
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ERIC BOSS: Closer To The Spirit 7″ (2017) + video

ERIC BOSS:  Closer To The Spirit 7Rating: ★★★★★ Eric Boss (a.k.a E from Stones Throw’s Myron & E) makes his bid for single of the year with stone-classic, b-boy funk 45 Closer To The Spirit and in doing so demonstrates the aptness of his name. Remember the tremors in the funk community and beyond when Mocambo dropped Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s P.I.M.P? Well – they’ve done it again. And if we learn one
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JIM SHARP: Gangsta Walk 7″ (2017)

JIM SHARP:  Gangsta Walk 7Rating: ★★★★★ Dusty Donuts regular Jim Sharp branches out on his own for new booty seven inch Gangsta Walk and it’s a certified floor filler. The A-side plunders Mark Ronson’s massive dancefloor hip-hop banger Ooh Wee for Nate Dogg and Trife’s vocal bits and adds posthumously-released Nate Dogg ‘pella Gangsta Walk over a beat concocted from the same Boney M loop that Ronson used
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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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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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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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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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ANDY COOPER: Action! 7″ (2017)

ANDY COOPER:  Action 7Forget Action Bronson, Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper has been so busy recently, that there’s a case for his changing his name by deed poll to ‘Action’ Cooper. A tour with Format & Abdominal, a tour and single with The Allergies, a single with Djar One and now this – a new seven inch single on Origu featuring beats made by – wait for it – one Mr A. Cooper. No samples on ’em either
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