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WOXOW: Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7″)

WOXOW:  Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7Back in May, MB featured single, Up, by Italian producer Woxow and featuring Danish MC Blacc El, which despite its firmly European origins managed to channel a decidedly golden-era hip-hop vibe. Now comes the release of Woxow’s debut album Alcazar which, besides Up, boasts appearances from Ken Boothe, J5’s Akil, Blurum 13 (all on the same track!), Pugz Atomz, Hannah Williams, Cyril
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PAN AMSTERDAM: Landlord Elijah

PAN AMSTERDAM:  Landlord ElijahIt’s time for the next single to be drawn from the mighty Pan Amsterdam’s superb debut LP, The Pocket Watch, and this time around it’s all about the social commentary and what is apparently a bit of autobiography detailing rapper Leron Thomas’ bid to get started in the biz on Landlord Elijah. Adopting a world-weariness Donald Glover’s character Earn from Atlanta would recognise
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VVS VERBAL feat. GENERAL STEELE: Grind

VVS VERBAL feat. GENERAL STEELE:  Grind You know when you see emcees from back in the day still trying to rep. it like they once did, despite the beer belly and it all seems a bit sad? Well it’s pleasing to see that no such fate has befallen Smif-N-Wessun’s General Steele. No, it has not for Steele pretty much – er – steals the limelight in a lean and mean feature in VVS Verbal’s new video Grind over a straight-up gutter boom-bap beat
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RAMMELLZEE vs. K ROB: Beat Bop repress (Vinyl 12″)

RAMMELLZEE vs. K ROB:  Beat Bop (Vinyl 12Back at the dawn of hip-hop, heads thought nothing of dropping ten minute tracks with no clearly-defined verse/ chorus structure and such an animal was the Jean-Michel Basquiat-financed, Rammellzee and K Rob-featuring early psychedelic hip-hop epic, Beat Bop, which first appeared in 1983. Distinctive for its vocals which are periodically drenched in reverb (and for fading out
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SON OF SAM feat. MASTA ACE & LARGE PROFESSOR: Come A Long Way (Vinyl 7″)

SON OF SAM feat. MASTA ACE & LARGE PROFESSOR:  Come A Long Way (Vinyl 7Son Of Sam – haven’t they come a long way eh? Haven’t they done well? They’ve gone from all those original hip-hop instrumentals that got shelved for a few years, to hooking up with a slew of emcees from the cream of the underground (old and new) who still practise the art of rhyme and then finally dropping album Cinder Hill last year and before you know it, it’s all been appearances
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WAXNERDS: Faith Like This b/w Just Buggin’ Out (vinyl 7″)

WAXNERDS:  Faith Like This b/w Just Buggin' Out (vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Just out, yet another Waxnerds bomb as the former Instagram chat group turned vinyl edit and mash-up kings open the bomb bay doors again, this time with Faith Evans finding herself atop Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band. Since that does sound a bit rude, permit the monkey to clarify: essentially, the Waxnerds crew have spliced Faith Evans’ Love Like This ‘pella to
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QUANTIC: We Got Soul (ROB LIFE remix)/ Fresh Rhythm (Vinyl 7″)

QUANTIC:  We Got Soul (ROB LIFE remix)/ Fresh Rhythm (Vinyl 7Back at the turn of the millenium, multi-instrumentalist and producer Will Holland, a.k.a. Quantic, emerged out of darkest Worcestershire, and attracted a lot of attention as a fully-formed purveyor of ‘cinematic breaks’-cum-electronica with the 2001 LP The 5th Exotic. Now, a million albums later, he’s a globe-trotting purveyor of everything from cumbia to drum n bass and lives
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JOE FARRELL/ ARTIFACTS: Upon This Rock (MR FANTASTIC edit)/ Whassup Now Muthafucka(Vinyl 7″)

The original release of saxophonist Joe Farrell’s funky jazz-rock epic Upon This Rock from 1974 is around twelve minutes long and takes a good three and a half minutes of ‘fusion’-style farting about before it even gets funky – though when it does get funky, it gets very funky indeed. So much so in fact that Artifacts, Method Man, Common, Redman and Kanye West have all plundered the track for their own beats at
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BNC: Remember That EP

BNC:  Remember That EPIt’s been a while but MC BnC a.k.a Bruises n Cuts is back with a new drop – the Remember That EP on his label MBRD a.k.a. My Boom Raises The Dead Records. Don’t go expecting his ‘boom’ to be all fast and raucous though. No this’ll raise the dead by dint of reminding them of lazy, hazy days in the light…skateboarding at the park…staring at the blue sky…barbecues, afternoons on the beach
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MADISON WASHINGTON: Baytrified/ Djedet + video

MADISON WASHINGTON:  Baytrified/ Djedet + videoThe JTHOTEC-featuring Baytrified finds thatmanmunkz switching from his Pan Amsterdam project with Leron Thomas back to his other going hip-hop concern, Madison Washington, with Bay Area native Malik Ameer as MC. And with a name like Baytrified – what else was it going to be but a celebration of Ameer’s beloved Bay Area? Except hold on – what’s this? “The Bay ain’t the bay no
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