DEEPCRATES, JADE PALACE GUARD: The Crate Rebellion (2014)

The Crate Rebellion Deepcrates Jade Palace GuardIf you dig the trashy lo-fi production ethic of Doom and Lord Beatjitzu, kung-fu samples, the ridiculous epic sci-fi narratives of Deltron 3030 and the arty DIY fanboy merchandise and extras typical of the Hot Peas And Butta crew, rapper Deepcrates and production outfit Jade Palace Guard have got a treat for you. Enter The Crate Rebellion, a forty-five minute, fourteen track concept album
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MAKO & THE HAWK: ‘Party Goin’ On EP’ DIGITAL release (2014)

Party Goin On Digital Mako And The HawkDJs put your booties on, it’s dope out there! Yes – a year after its now sold-out vinyl drop, Mako & The Hawk‘s mighty Party Goin On EP is coming at ya in digital formats in time once again for the summer party season. The action kicks off with the title track – an epic Wiseguys-ish b-boy breaks
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TRU FUNK: Tasty Beats Vol. 3 (2014)

Tasty Beats Vol. 3 Tru FunkRating: ★★★★★ What with Tru Funk putting out so much stuff that the PR operation can’t keep up and the recent move of premises for Monkeyboxing Towers, it isn’t until now, half a month later (practically equivalent to a geological epoch in digital sales time), that there’s been time to post about this – Tasty Beats Vol. 3. Given the stiff competition among party breaks releases in the last month, it is ironic that this should wind up
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BONDI STEREO: Hot Summer Bombs EP (2014)

Hot Summer Bombs EP Bondi StereoScour Records ensure plenty of summer dancefloor action with the latest in their featured artist drops and the featured artist this time around is Bondi Stereo. I was in Bondi once – during the Australian summer too. The one thing I remember (apart from all the Portuguese Man O’ War, the constant shark paranoia, the constant Funnel Web paranoia, and the dodgy hostel I
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DUSTY TONEZ: Shake Ya Booty (2014)

Shake Ya Booty Dusty TonezDusty Tonez continues to go from strength to strength as a producer and his new drop Shake Ya Booty is formulated to make the girls shake their asses for backstage passes. The breaks are fatter, the sound is fuller and the samples are cooler. The title track wiggles its booty in a ghetto-P-Funk stylee, Tonez wobbles up the Jackson 5′s finest hour with a dash of Mobb Deep, Funky Music
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MORONGROOVER: Party With Me (2014)

Party With Me MorongrooverNo matter how much you insist it’s the music that’s important, there comes a time when it has to be released into the wild and attributed to someone. What to call yourself though? All the cool names seem to have been picked. Use your own name? Bit boring. Something silly perhaps? Hmm – requires a bit of thought. You wouldn’t want to go with ‘Cretinraver’ or ‘E-tard’ for example – you’d
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REBEL BROTHERS: Work It Out (2014) Free download

Work It Out Rebel Bros.Rating: ★★★★★ As Goldmember once said, “I love gooooold” and this is dancefloor gold. Essentially the Rebel Brothers knock out their own live piano-led instrumental northern soul shuffle beat and then make Beyonce go on top. Well, of course. And the result is shimmy-tastic – arguably more so than the Barkays/ Betty Davis pastiche of the original Work It Out. Hang on a minute – Rebel
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SLIMKID3 feat. DJ NUMARK: Bouillon (2014) Free download

Bouillon Slimkid3 NumarkNow then, how about a free track from Pharcyde rapper Slimkid3, with beats by Jurassic 5 dj/ producer NuMark and guest appearances from Hieroglyphics member and all-round West Coast legend Del The Funky Homosapien and Living Legends member Murs? I thought so. That’ll be Bouillon then, the first single off a forthcoming album length collaboration between these two
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ASHERU: ‘Funky DC’ video (2014)

Funky DC AsheruIf you didn’t catch Sleepless in Soweto, the funky S.A.-themed LP released in November which is the most recent full-length effort from underground legend Asheru of the Unspoken Heard, the video for album track Funky DC might make you wish you had. In it, Ash teams up with DC funk outfit The Funk Ark for some afro-inflected groovin’ and since he ain’t funkin’ for
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MR BENN: ‘Shake A Leg’ Instrumentals (2014)

Shake A Leg Instrumentals Mr BennIt’s been just under a year since Mr Benn finally released his excellent and long-promised Shake A Leg LP which means he’s shaken a leg a lot quicker about getting these instrumentals out than he did dropping his debut LP (rumours of which first surfaced several years before the thing itself) in the first place. He’s still managed to miss the St Paul’s Carnival with his release date again though
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