DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Dirt (2017) + video

DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Dirt videoToday is Friday and it’s good. Not in a religious sense you understand but because DJ Format and Abdominal have just dropped another new single off forthcoming LP Still Hungry entitled Dirt. Life is too sanitised these days you see – or as Abs has it, “so fuck a bar of soap man I wanna feel the earth/ between my toes like nature intended/ because things are too clean and impeccably
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: ‘Return To The 37th Chamber’ (2017) + full album stream

EL MICHELS AFFAIR:  'Return To The 37th Chamber' (2017) + full album streamRating: ★★★★★ Have you heard the one about the funk and soul band who do covers of sampled beats by the hip-hop band who chopped up originals by old funk and soul acts?
Of course you have! Obviously the band in question are El Michels Affair – the house band of Leon Michel and DJ Akalepse’s excellent Big Crown
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Breakin’ The Riddim (2017)

BREAKBEAT PARADISE:  Breakin' The RiddimRating: ★★★★★ Looks like it’s time for another themed EP from Breakbeat Paradise and no prizes for guessing that a release entitled Breakin’ The Riddim with cover art featuring a dreadlocked breakdancer entails a marriage of breakbeat and various reggae-related styles. No prizes either for guessing that it’s richer in bangers than a Walls sausage factory. Fredy High for example, heavies
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ONDATROPICA: Cumbia Especial (MANOSJMT edit)(2017)

ONDATROPICA:  Cumbia Especial (MANOSJMT edit)There was a time a couple of years ago when you could barely move for breakbeat edits of Latin tracks – all of them good, not a few of them cumbia-based and for some reason, many of them done by Greek producers. Lately though, such fare has been thin on the ground. Luckily, Manosjmt is here to fill the gap in the market with his edit of Ondatropica’s Cumbia Especial. You’ll note from
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BEI BEI & SHAWN LEE: Year Of The Funky (2017)

BEI BEI & SHAWN LEE:  Year Of The FunkyAs part of his bid to be the busiest man in funk-related music this year, Shawn Lee teams up with Bei Bei for Year Of The Funky – the title track and first single off the forthcoming LP of the same name. Lee has rhythm all covered by laying down a crisp break on live drums and electric bass while Bei Bei delivers melody on the guzheng. Come again? You know – one of those Chinese
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TIMEWARP INC: Tropicaliente EP (2017)

TIMEWARP INC:  Tropicaliente EPTimewarp Inc. (a.k.a. Timewarp Music’s head honcho Angelos Stoumpos) takes a well-deserved break from producing and putting out other people’s music with the Tropicaliente EP in order to put out some of his own. The opener and title track works up some latin-reggae heat with French language vocals from sometime Basement Freaks
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DEM JUJU POETS: Liberated Thoughts (2017)

DEM JUJU POETS  Liberated ThoughtsAs announced back in December when the Barabara seven inch came out, here at last is LP Liberated Thoughts which sees producer David Hanke provide a full-length debut in his current afro-funk incarnation Dem Juju Poets. Anyone familiar with any of Hanke’s other incarnations – especially Renegades Of Jazz will know that this man doesn’t mess around when it comes to
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RORY HOY feat ASHLEY SLATER: Gettin’ Home (2017)

On their latest collab, Rory Hoy and Ashley Slater tackle the issue of Gettin’ Home from ‘the party’. We’ve all been there – a night’s carousing followed by the sudden realisation that you need your distant bed. In the absence of a beer-scooter (i.e. you’re conscious enough to remember the epic night-hike you’re about to undertake), what you need is a jaunty anthem to belt out while
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: Dopeness EP (2017)

PROSPER & STABFINGER: Dopeness EPMore Bomb Strikes action on the Dopeness EP from Prosper & Stabfinger – the dream team responsible for October’s similarly old school three-tracker, the Mista Funkmaster EP. On this latest drop, the title cut rocks a disco bass-line as NZ emcee Imagine This takes the mic while Pay For Bass makes use of a Lyrics Born rapapella over initially jazzy-influenced breaks that become
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ANDYFELLAZ: Beatbop Street (2017)

ANDYFELLAZ:  Beatbop StreetDespite its inception and heyday in the mid-to-late nineties, the downtempo/ cinematic/ trip-hop incarnation of breakbeat music refuses to die and while it may not be flavour of the month anymore, there seems nevertheless to be an inexhaustible supply of it. Perhaps, it’s the ambient nature of the music, the fact that you can put almost any sound behind a decent drum break and get away with it
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