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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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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: We’re Back/ Diamond Hammer 7″ (2017)

DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL:  We're Back7“We’re Here! We’re back!” Who’s back? Who else? Abdominal and Format! And with seven splendid inches of wax to boot. Phew! And you thought the slew of releases around their Still Hungry album wasn’t going to yield any 45 action at all. Nevertheless, here they are with the turbocharged double-header that is the thundering organic bass-led We’re Back 7″ and the equally energetic
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THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. DOC BROWN: Take It Back (2017)

THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. DOC BROWN:  Take It BackFunky UK boom-bap in the area! It’s Take It Back, the new Haggis Horns 45 on which the seven-piece have got the groove locked in the pocket while emcee Doc Brown takes to the mic. Can he get a soul clap? Yes! Does he care if this sort of bump is old hat? Hell no – because this is the ‘Horns take on a party-oriented summer single and the first taster of what is to come in the form of their
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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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