FOLD: Something Gives (2016)

Something Gives FoldStop children! What’s that sound, everybody look what’s going down! It’s new single, Something Gives, from Fold is what it is – jazzy funky vibes like something a Tribe Called Quest would sample with spoken word samples from African American novelists James Baldwin and Alice Walker. Why? Because Fold are depressed about the social and political situation on both sides of the Atlantic and
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VINYL MESSI: Bangers & Mash Volume 2 (2016)

Bangers Mash Volume 2 Vinyl MessiI do like a good pun-based production name – so here’s Vinyl Messi aiming goal-wards with his new front four on Bangers & Mash Volume 2. Shut Shit Down finds the mighty PE bringing the noise inna glitch stylee, You Found Me adds nu-soul to ‘nu skool breakz’ while Afrosmacked takes the glitch up into the lower 130 bpms with a euphoric female vocal. This one’s all about Rock Yo Mama though
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GHETTO FUNK presents: WBBL GFPD29 (2016)

WBBL Ghetto Funk presents GFPD29This arrived on the virtual doormat just as the annual MB summer holiday started so it’s long overdue some attention. It is of course the latest freebie from the Ghetto Funk label and finds the man named after the defining feature of that label’s musical output working his mojo on both the Red Hot Pipe And Slippers and Sam & Dave. We’re talking WBBL of course and these two
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GRUMPY OLDE MEN: Stay Off My Lawn (2016)

Stay Off My Lawn Grumpy Olde Men Dizzy DustinIf you youngsters have been wondering what Ugly Duckling’s Dizzy Dustin has been up to while Andy Cooper has been off making all those 45s on his own and with the likes of The Allergies, wonder no further for he is now one half of Grumpy Olde Men, along with the splendidly-named DJ Shag. As you can tell by the name, they’re embracing the onset of their golden years and using all that
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DUSTY DONUTS 9: Real Hip Hop (JIM SHARP Edit)/ The Sheriff’s Business (NAUGHTY NMX Reload) (2016)

Jim Sharp Naughty NMX Dusty Donuts 9More Dusty Donuts already? No, no, I couldn’t possibly – why I’ll get phat! You certainly will – for before the icing sugar dust had settled from last drop Dusty Donuts 8, here, already, is Dusty Donuts 9 with Jim Sharp and Naughty NMX at it again. Mr Sharp elevates Das EFX anthem Real Hip-Hop to premier levels (see what I did there?) with some added Chocolate Boy Wonder samples
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LEYGO: Wake N Bake (2016)

Wake N Bake EP LeygoWake N Bake? This’ll certainly wake you up, it’ll more or less bake your mind too. Fresh from Leygo-land are three peak-time slabs of dancehall wobble. The first of these re-positions the Sleng Teng riddim in the midst of grinding ghetto funk while Heading High takes Mr Vegas’ 90s hit Heads High, applies digi drums and ventures towards junglist speeds – albeit with a drum pattern that’s
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PARKER: Aqua Dust EP – exclusive first listen to ‘A Dream’ (2016)

Aqua Dust EP ParkerAqua Dust: industrial mop conditioner, some old cobblers to do with ‘water spirits’ in an online offshoot of geekfest Minecraft, an allegedly highly versatile shade of grey modellers’ paint or the latest musical effort from highly respected Bristol bass music don, Parker? Unbelievably, it is all of the above, though the monkey only gives a monkeys about the last one. Yes, the return
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ZEMERALD: Gotta Be Funky (2016) Free download

Gotta Be Funky ZemeraldAhh Zemerald – where have you been? What’s that? You don’t have time for music these days? Sad times indeed. But I feel your pain – kids – bills – the day job – the ex. It’s – sorry, what’s that you say – you’ve still managed to knock up a quick edit for the punters – and it’s got funk and a bonafide soul queen on it? Awwww – youuu! Gotta Be Funky and you’ve certainly made sure it is
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LAPTOP FUNKERS: Feel The Goodness (2016)

Feel The Goodness Laptop FunkersLaptop Funkers follow up 2013’s Ready To Rumble EP with an eight-track mini album, Feel The Goodness, that suggests the intervening three years have left them champing at the bit. Why? Because here are bouncing party breaks that hark back to the glory days of early big beat and set them alongside like such latterday non-wobble big beat like minds such as Rory Hoy and DJ Axe
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SCOUR RECORDS: Freemixed Nuts Vol. 4 (2016) Free download

Freemixed Nuts Vol 4 Scour RecordsTypically a six-monthly or so event in the past the free breaks-fest that is Scour RecordsFreemixed Nuts is back after a year and a half with Volume 4 and, perhaps to make up for the absence, is the biggest yet – with eight chunks of nutritious breaks goodness. There’s more wobble than you can shake a very big stick at of course and all manner of varieties: afro-dancehall wobble from
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