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JSTAR: Message Whip (2017) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ We’ve all become used to the gold that frequently materialises when an old reggae beat is recycled with a newer hip-hop ‘pella over the top and one man who knows a thing or two about that is JStar. With Message Whip he reveals there’s life in the old reggae-hip-hop don yet with an inspired bank holiday mash-up of Derek Harriot’s ’83 reggae boogie nugget Whip It
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BIG VILLAGE LITTLE CITY: Original Melody (2017)

Big Village Little City  Original MelodyPromising sounds come rolling out of Brooklyn with the arrival of new single Original Melody by live funk/ hip-hop outfit Big Village Little City. Expect heavyweight funky drum crunch, big NOLA-style brass action and the yin of female soul vocals as well as the yang of a male emcee from the eight-piece outfit. The band’s compass is firmly pointing to party central and like the hook goes
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C.J. PLUS: Ukraine In Grooves (2017)

C.J. Plus: Ukraine In GroovesRating: ★★★★★ Ukrainian producer C.J. Plus hits the nail on the head once again with mini-LP Ukraine In Grooves as he re-tools obscure 70s Ukrainian cuts for both the heads and the b-boys. In other words you get to lap up the psych, funk, soul and folk influences on this while cruising in the lowrider and later on when you get your uprock on. Highlights (though it’s all strong stuff)
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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Still Hungry LP (2017)

DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL Still Hungry LPRating: ★★★★★ You have to wonder if it ever occurred to DJ Format and MC Abdominal when their first collaboration, Ill Culinary Behaviour, dropped in 2001, that they’d still have an appetite for making quality boom-bap nearly two decades later. Back then the underground hip-hop scene was in rude health (like those who made the music) but over the intervening years, times have
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RENEGADE BRASS BAND: Totems (2017)

RENEGADE BRASS BAND:  TotemsHas it really been three years since Renegade Brass Band’s debut LP Rhymes, Beats & Brass? It seems so and thus high time for a follow-up which they have duly provided in the form of splendiforous nine-tracker Totems which weighs in at one track longer than its predecessor. Only nine tracks? Damn straight – and even that requires a monumental amount of puff (not that kind) in a
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DAYTONER: Shedits 3 EP (2017)

DAYTONER: Shedits 3 EPRating: ★★★★★ If you caught volumes 1 and 2 of Daytoner’s excellent Shedits series you’ll already know that ‘Shedit’ is a byword for quality funk/ soul, ska/rocksteady edit/ remix thingies in party breaks circles. So the announcement that our man has been pottering around at the bottom of the garden again for Shedits 3 EP is cause for celebration. First up is Apache Street for anyone
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VOODOOCUTS: The Fool/ Loopita 7″ (2017)

VOODOOCUTS:  The Fool/ Loopita 7Rating: ★★★★★ It’s sureshot booty double-header time from Voodoocuts as our man brings his Juice series to format-of-the-minute, seven inch vinyl, with his first Juice On Wax drop. Step forward a pumping funky disco edit of Etta James’ 70s funk period number Only A Fool that, frankly, only a fool would ignore. Still, what to put on the B-side? It better be something big. Ah yes – Loopita
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DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE: Summertime (RHYTHM SCHOLAR remix) (2017) Free download

DJ JAZZY JEFF & THE FRESH PRINCE  Summertime RHYTHM SCHOLAR remixRhythm Scholar optimistically chooses Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s Summertime for his latest remix trick. Has he seen the forecast for tomorrow? Obviously not. Mind you – that’s over here while he’s over there where the North Korean Missile Crisis has been hotting up. Apparently, there nothing like the flash from an atomic blast to give you a tan. All that aside, here is a certain
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MONGRELS: Attack The Megalith (2017)

Attack The Megalith, hip-hop, Invisible Spies, Mongrels, SebashAttack The Megalith finds a stoned circle of producers taking up the remix ropes for last year’s underground hip-hop monolith – entitled er – Attack The Monolith, by Mongrels – a.k.a. Kid Acne, Benjamin and (more often than not) New Kingdom’s Sebash. Hashfinger, for example, sands a few of the rough edges off Full Moon for a more contemplative vibe, TPL’s Man From Atlantis goes
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DUCT TAPE: 13th Floor (2017)

DUCT TAPE:  13th FloorMan – what can’t duct tape do? It’ll hold bits of your car together, hold musical equipment cases together (hell, hold musical instruments together), temporarily patch up a surf board and plug any gaps in your funky psych collection. No really. Or at least Duct Tape a.k.a. Berlin-based psych duo Batsauce and Wynton Kelly Stevenson will. Now on their second album the pair are still all about
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