JIMMY CHAMBERS: You Can’t Fight It (feat. Kenny Lynch) (2014)

You Can't Fight It Jimmy ChambersRating: ★★★★★ A recurring motif in 80s American b-movies found dwindling bands of plucky, right-thinking and well-armed survivors regularly facing relentless onslaughts from some sort of horde – Zombies, communists, you name it. In Assault On Precinct 13 it was merciless urban gangs who were pitched against a couple of policemen, two secretaries and a brace of ‘normal’ murderers
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FUNKANOMICS: Odysseus (SHAKA A.V. Edit) (2014) Free download

Odysseus Shaka FunkanomicsSome time ago, Glaswegian comedian Limmy did a skit on ‘rapper’ Pitbull‘s inexplicable popularity, “One minute there’s nae Pitbull, the next there’s this guy aboot forty jumpin up and down on the stage in a suit like he’s just come straight out fae work…” Well, it doesn’t help that people like Funkanomics go and use a Pitbull ‘pella, even if it is on a disco beat. Or that Shaka
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KAHLI ABDU & TRACKPANTS: On This Side (2014)

On This Side Kahli Abdu TrackpantsRating: ★★★★★ This’ll make you miss summer. A little over three minutes of tripped-out guitar picking over a crackly breakbeat and the reverbed rhymes of DC’s Kahli Abdu adds up to one sweet slice of psychedelic hip-hop which missed its ideal July release date by two and a half months, a ten degree drop in temperature and a shitload of rain. At least at the monkey’s end. Luckily Abdu’s
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VARIOUS: Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade (2014)

Peru Bravo Tiger's MilkTiger’s Milk Records delivers another long cool draft of classic South American vibes here in the shape of Peru Bravo or more accurately, Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade – to give it its snappy full title. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Peru’s ‘radical decade’ was more or less the rest of the planet’s radical decade too – i.e. the ten or so years with 1969 at its epicentre
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THE ARSONISTS: The Session (2014)

The Session The ArsonistsThe Arsonists first emerged in 1993 and set the underground on fire with tight rhymes and a bass-heavy, jazz-sampling sound on debut single The Session. They went on to release two LPs and appear on Atari Teenage Riot’s final LP. There was talk of a new album called Lost In Fire due last year featuring Q-Unique, D-Stroy, Freestyle, Swel Boogie and Jise One but that appears to be – well
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ZEMERALD: Candy (2014) Free download

Zemerald CandyRating: ★★★★★ “Here we are children! Come and get your lollipops! Ice cream! Chocolates! All free today!” Generally I’d advise a certain amount of wariness where free candy is concerned but in this case, I’m confident, Zemerald isn’t going to trick you into the back of cage pulled by horses and laugh like bastard while dragging you to christ knows where. No, he’s giving away some sweet
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ORIGIN ONE feat. CHESHIRE CAT: Good Ganja (2014)

Good Ganja Origin One Cheshire CatThe latest from Irish Moss is this one-drop riddim cut from the Nottingham-based Origin One and dancehall veteran Cheshire Cat which is lyrically concerned with that reggae staple Good Ganja. Well quite – whoever heard of a song in praise of bad weed. Along for the remix ride and trailing clouds of fragrant smoke in their wake are Mr Upfull and a brass section full of digi-horns, Juice
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CHART – OCTOBER 2014

(NEW) 1. Smoove & Turrell – Will You Be Mine


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MORLACK: 14/3 (2014)

14 3 MorlackMorlack continues his all-out attempt to release more on his own than the entire rest of the party breaks community put together this year with 14/3 a.k.a. his 3rd album (album not release) in 2014. Having left assorted rivals and remixers gasping for breath like sixty-a-day smokers our man sprints indefatiguably for the end of the year finish line with a twenty-seven track (!) package of
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ZAMALI: I Can’t Get Next To Your Chains (2014)

I Can't Get Next To Your Chains ZamaliRating: ★★★★★ For five long years I thought I’d heard maybe all the re-work possibilities of The Temptations’ psychedelic funk hit I Can’t Get Next To You. But then I found out today that they were all just links in a chain leading to Belgian producer Zamali and his mighty mash of one of Aretha’s most famous signature cuts and Eddie Kendricks and chums’ late sixties banger. You’d be the last in a
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