CON FUNK SHUN: ConFunkShunIzeYa (CHARLIE BEALE Regrooved Edit) (2017) Free download

confunkshunizeya-charie-beale-regrooved-editOffer up your thanks to that man Charlie Beale for the year’s first freebie on MB – his Regrooved Edit of Con Funk Shun’s ConFunkShunIzeYa. Aside from co-opting torturous puns (Con-Funk-Shun was actually the name of a Nite-Liters song) Con Funk Shun were also responsible for no fewer than thirteen LPs between ’73 and ’86 including ’77’s Secrets from which the original ConFunkShunIzeYa
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FORT KNOX FIVE feat. SIR JOE QUARTERMAN: Don’t Go Remixes (2017)

dont-go-remixes-fort-knox-five-joe-quartermanFort Knox Five take their guest vocalist on last year’s excellent Don’t Go (the legendary Sir Joe Quarterman) at his word and having dropped the track digitally on Fort Knox Recordings in the spring and followed it with the vinyl 45 on Dinked Records in the autumn, they now deliver the remixes in the dead of winter. Which means both K-Lab and Trotter get a chance to strut their
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BOCA 45: Boca Beats The Blues 45 Mix (2017)

boca-beats-the-blues-boca-45-mixThe weather’s terrible, you’ve been back at work a day but it feels like you never left and the year’s most depressing day is still a fortnight away. Whatever is going on? Oh. You’ve got the blues haven’t you? What you need is something to beat the blues. Something to send them back where they came from with a big bloody flea in the ear. Something like…er….like…ah!! Like Boca 45‘s new
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THE BEATNUTS: ‘Off The Books’ 7″ (2017)

off-the-books-the-beatnutsGet On Down hope to be making mad money on the books this year by continuing to provide vital services to 45-playing hip-hop djs. This time it’s with a first-ever seven inch release of The Beatnuts‘ ’97 cut Off The Books which featured fellow latino emcees Big Pun and Cuban Link. Much is made of Pun’s opening verse and the track was also Cuban Link’s first on-record performance
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THE BLUE SQUARE: The Blue Square LP (2017)

the-blue-square-blue-squareOohh this is what you need when you’re head’s hurting the day after the New Year’s Eve before – The Blue Square LP from Athenian outfit The Blue Square who make sure it’s all straight dealing when it comes to cinematic beats. The first two tracks Believe (soothing vibraphone, soporific trumpet, hi-hat driven break) and Tic-Toc (slo-mo, rolling boom-bap drums, vocal loops and piano
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BEATNIK CITY: Northern Beats Vol. 2 (2016)

northern-beats-vol-1-beatnik-cityRating: ★★★★★ Things are looking musically bright already before we’ve even got to 2017 – at least on the booty edits front. Why? Because Beatnik City have lined up another scorching outing of sixties and seventies soul-inspired booty beats. One track deeper than Volume 1, Northern Beats Vol. 2 effortlessly maintains the high standards of its as predecessor as a go-to source of dancefloor
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GRUMPY OLDE MEN: You’re A Mean One – How The Grumps Stole Christmas (2016)

youre-a-mean-one-grumpy-olde-menEvery Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot but those Grumpy Olde Men – well – they did not. When December arrived, they dropped Grinch-like boom-bap and You’re A Mean One was the name of their track. How The Grumps Stole Christmas was the name of it too and steal it they did before anyone knew. But when people listened they realised the truth – those old men weren’t
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2016

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the biggest albums of 2016!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2016 HERE)

1. Smoove & Turrell – Crown Posada

Epic blue collar amalgam of Chic-style disco and northern soul on Smoove & Turrell’s fourth LP
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks 2016

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the biggest tracks of 2016!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Albums – 2016 HERE)

1. Eli Paperboy Reed – Cut Ya Down

Mighty, mighty funked-up cover of a gospel traditional

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RUN-D.M.C: Run-D.M.C. (2016)

run-dmc-re-issueNext up for a deluxe re-issue from Get On Down is one of the most influential hip-hop LPs of all time – Run-D.M.C.‘s Run-D.M.C.. To say that this self-titled debut was a wake up call for hip-hop would be an understatement. Out went the comfortable ‘rhymes over hookless, seven-plus minute disco grooves’ that had pretty much been the model from Sugarhill onwards; in came shorter track-
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