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JAY DOUGLAS & CHRIS BUTCHER: Messengers (2017) + Video

JAY DOUGLAS & CHRIS BUTCHER:  MessengersRating: ★★★★★ Stand by for massive rootsy old school funky reggae as Jay Douglas and Chris Butcher get together to lay down the positivity vibes with new single Messengers. Jamaica-to-Toronto transplant Douglas has been doing it on Canada’s reggae scene since the 70s and has most definitely still got it, while trombonist Butcher leads the Heavyweights Brass Band and has
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MUNGO’S HI-FI feat. EVA LAZARUS: ‘Amsterdam’ video (2017)

MUNGO'S HI-FI feat. EVA LAZARUS:  'Amsterdam' videoRating: ★★★★★ Like the similarly angel-voiced Hollie Cook, you can always rely on Eva Lazarus to hook up with decent reggae and/or bashment producers and grace a decent beat. In this case, she’s joined forces with Glasgow’s finest dancehall practitioners, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, for the piano-led skank of break-up tune Amsterdam which finds our downcast heroine needing to get lifted after – well –
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SON OF SAM feat. PRINCE PO: Flying Fist + Video (2017)

Following the August release of the Masta Ace and Large Pro-featuring Come A Long Way, the next single from Son Of Sam’s Cinder Hill LP (due at the end of the month) has arrived. Entitled Flying Fist it features another legendary hip-hop MC. This time it’s Organised Konfusion’s Prince Po who drops softly urgent rapid-fire bars over a scattershot jazzy beat dressed up with strings. The
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T-BIRD: Mr President (2017) + video

T-BIRD:  Mr President (2017) + videoCriminally underrated, the now de-funked T-Bird & The Breaks have left a big hole in the global underground funk and soul scene so it’s good news to hear that gravel-voiced, master-lyricist T-Bird, a.k.a Tim Crane, is back in the saddle with a new single/ video, Mr President, as well as an album, Bottle Fulla Rainbows, in the offing as well. Until that LP comes out though – here’s a single
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SON OF SAM feat. MASTA ACE & LARGE PROFESSOR: Come A Long Way (2017)

SON OF SAM feat. MASTA ACE & LARGE PROFESSOR: Come A Long Way (2017)Originally formed in ’03, underground hip-hop outfit Son Of Sam are back for ’17 with new single Come A Long Way which features no fewer than two legendary NY emcees – Large Professor and Masta Ace. The outfit consists of producer Tom Caruana (of Wu-Beatles Magical Mystery Chambers fame), rhythm section John and Joe Sam (whose background includes stints with both
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Shaolin Brew video (2017)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR:  Shaolin Brew videoEl Michels Affair dropped the bomb back in April with their super-dope LP of psych-funk Wu-Tang covers, Return To The 37th Chamber, currently in the running to be MB album of the year. Anyway, three tracks in you’ll find their psychedelic noir take on Shaolin Brew, altogether more doomy than the Wu version (mainly because of the church organ motif) for which they’ve just
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Late Nights & Heartbreak (video)(2017)

HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS:  Late Nights & Heartbreak (video)Everybody knows by now that the Malcolm Catto-produced title track of the latest LP by underground UK retro-soul talent Hannah Williams got sampled for the title track of Jay-Z’s new album, right? It’s this decade’s Eminem and Dido story! How to represent said track in audio-visual format, though? I suppose the band could employ traditional ideas like good cinematography
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PERCEPTIONISTS (MR LIF & AKROBATIK): Dirty Drumz (2017) + Video

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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COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS: Lab Experiments Vol. 1: Mixin’ (2017) + ‘Enter Sandman’ video

COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS: Lab Experiments Vol. 1:  Mixin' (2017) + 'Enter Sandman' videoRating: ★★★★★ What better season than summer for Oz-funk grandaddies Cookin’ On 3 Burners to release their latest Hammond-funk foray Lab Experiments Vol. 1: Mixin’? Er – well – spring, actually, since this was supposed to have an EU drop date of May this year and has been out in Oz since then – though technically for them that would have been autumn. Confused? Never mind, the
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