CHRIS SULLIVAN presents: THE WAG Iconic Tunes From The Wag 1983-1987 (2016)

The Wag Chris Sullivan Iconic TunesForget Studio 54, surely the most debauched club in living memory has to have been Soho’s Wag club – the place everyone spent most of the 80s trying to get into despite a door policy so tight that a young KRS One even had trouble getting in on the night he was performing there. If you did make it in however, you could rely on a heady cocktail of music industry and showbiz alumni
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HAVOC (of MOBB DEEP) & THE ALCHEMIST feat. METHOD MAN: Buck 50s & Bullet Wounds (2016)

Buck 50s  Bullet Wounds Havoc x The AlchemistRating: ★★★★★ One-bar loops can have a tendency to be a little wearing on the ears but damn if The Alchemist doesn’t apply the philosopher’s stone to base music – or the producer’s stone to bass music, if you will. Of course it helps if your co-worker is legendary lyricist Havoc of Mobb Deep and additional assistance is provided by mighty mic manipulator, Method Man. It’s the latest single
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THE TIBBS: Takin’ Over (2016)

Takin Over The TibbsThe TibbsTakin’ Over? No – I’m not on about the couple at number 46 with the cherry tree on the front lawn and the privet hedge – that’s the Tibbs. I’m talking about The Tibbs – the latest in a respectable line-up of Dutch retro funk and soul acts who with their debut LP, fronted by female vocal powerhouse Elsa Bekman could be the very thing (and then some) to fill the vacancy left by
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BARRY KRISHNA: Hood On My Shoulders (2016)

Hood On My Shoulders Barry KrishnaWho’s that striding down Bootleg Street chanting as he goes? Why it’s Barry Krishna spreading the yogic production practice of cheekhi vershyan (as revealed in his Hood On My Shoulders EP) and dedicating his thoughts and actions towards those mighty among the pantheon of hip-hop. Thus mantra-like you shall hear the words “hip-hop”, “breathe and stop”, “hell yeah”, “bring the noise”,
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LACK OF AFRO: I Got The Rhythm feat. ELLIOTT COLE/ All My Love feat. JULIET ASHBY (2016)

I Got The Rhythm LOA Ellioot ColeRating: ★★★★★ “Has anyone seen the rhythm?”
“Yeah – I think Lack Of Afro and Elliott Cole were seen making off with it.”

They certainly were – haring off up the road ahead of the pack. Adam Gibbons has returned with the lead single I Got The Rhythm off new LP Hello Baby and turns in a raw slice of retro soul groove edged with soul jazzy piano frills and topped with
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SHAKA LOVES YOU: Summer Sessions Vol. 2 (2016) Free download

Summer Sessions Vol 2 Shaka Loves YouDisco biscuits, hotties in hotpants, skaters skating, chicks waxing their sticks, and emcee PRofit waxing lyrical – and that’s all just in the first two minutes of the audio-visual version of the latest full-length live mix marvel from Glasgow’s finest deck-nical chairmen of the board – Shaka Loves You! It’s Vol. 2 of what looks like becoming their regular festival season promotional effort Summer
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MR BENN & G DUPPY feat. MOWTY MAHLYKA: Hold Yourself Together (2016) + ANDRA DAY Rise UP (MR BENN & G DUPPY remix) free download

Hold Yourself Together Mr Benn G Duppy Mowty MahlykaRating: ★★★★★ I don’t know – you make a riddim for a remix and it turns out to be so good you wish you’d kept it for yourselves. We’ve all been there. If you’re Mr Benn and G Duppy though – you get to have your cake and eat it. There the pair were having birthed an epic slab of summery reggae for Andra Day’s honey-drenched rnb Rise Up vocal, and…they…just…couldn’t let go of…that beat. A
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NICK PRIDE & THE PIMPTONES: Gotta Leave The Lady Alone/ Baby Can We Start Again (2016)

Gotta Leave The Lady Alone Nick PrideSexually-harrassed lady fans of funky blue-eyed acid jazz rejoice! For your anthem arriveth in the form of the lead single from Nick Pride & The Pimptones‘ forthcoming album Go Deep! But how to audio-visually explore a track called Gotta Leave The Lady Alone? I know, how about sheathing a presentable young lady in something form-fitting, placing her in a seedy industrial
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THE GETUP: Gold Digger/ Fat Pat’s Kitchen (2016)

Gold Digger Fat Pats Kitchen The GetupUK funk outfit The Getup return shortly for a jaunty double tilt at dancefloors with their new 45. On A-side Gold Digger, vocalist Sasha Patterson (a.k.a Sasha Goodman) is enlisted to provide suckers everywhere with the 411 on the behaviour of certain single ladies, just in case the lessons of the Kanye track (no relation to this one by the way) have been overlooked. On the flip, the
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SIR BEANS O.B.E. & MC KELZ: Sagittarius Sound System EP (2016)

Sagittarius Sound System Sir Beans OBE MC KelzFans of previous drops Pause To Discuss and Rhyme Stopper will be pleased to hear that Bristol legends Sir Beans O.B.E. and MC Kelz have teamed up for their third EP Sagittarius Sound System which means world-class production and rhymes inflected with both a Jamaican lilt and piratical burrs at the very centre (or should that be ‘centaur’) of things. In other words, Beans ensures
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