RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Paradise Regain’d (2015)

Paradise Regain'd Renegades Of JazzRating: ★★★★★ Renegades Of Jazz made a very early bid for album of the year with his Satanic-themed, Milton-inspired northern jazz breaks epic Paradise Lost all the way back in January and there’s been little to rival its magnificence thus far. Now a decent amount of time has elapsed however, Agogo are all primed to summon its counterpart to earth – a counterpart travelling
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SARD BOOGIE: Deetour (2015) Free download

Deetour Sard BoogieAye, aye – lock up your originals, Sard Boogie and a host of Aussie remixers are about – it’ll be carnage. Oohh – too late. SB’s taken the funky Deetour by hot shot disco diva Karen Young from 1982 on a heavyweight neo-disco diversion it won’t forget in a hurry. Positively pneumatic. As it transpires. this is merely one of fourteen tracks on the That’s Not An Edit crew’s That’s Not An Edit Vol. 3
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GHETTO FUNK: WBBL Elements Preset Pack (2015) + Goodgroove at Field Trip

WBBL Presets Pack Ghetto FunkWhat’s got more wobble than a sixties-era, bikini-clad Barbara Windsor in well-known smutty, chortle-fest Carry On Bouncy Castle? Say hello to the new Ghetto Funk WBBL Elements Preset Pack on which that man WBBL bears all of his presets – well – some fairly impressive ones anyway (including 110 bass sounds, 30 FX sounds, 30 lead sounds and 30 pad sounds) – and throws in two
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JAYL FUNK: We Got The Funk (2015)

We Got The Funk Jayl FunkWho got the funk? We got the funk, it would seem – ‘we’ meaning Jayl Funk – though whether that’s the royal ‘we’ is a little ambiguous since cohorts CaZ are there with a remix too. JF goes large with what sounds (when the bass finally kicks in) a bit like the rhythm to Dee-Lite’s Groove Is In The Heart – done by afro-funkers plus a side helping of Stax horns. And some flute. And some squalling
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RORY HOY: Check It Out EP (2015)

Check It Out EP Rory HoyCheck it out diehard big beaters! Rory Hoy goes all ‘Beat Bastik’ on your asses with his new one – er – Check It Out, marking his return to Breakbeat Paradise. That’ll be five turbocharged neo-big beat numbers then. Bak2thaoldskool is the banging acid-house-fuelled opener, Keep The Music rocks an infinitesimally lighter nineties-soul path – as
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BAM & MR DERO: This & That (2015) + Can’t Stop video

This That Bam Mr DeroRating: ★★★★★ If you caught On & On – the fat hook-up between Jungle Brothers’ Bam and Austrian producer Mr Dero, or the This EP on which it appeared last year (and especially if you didn’t) – now’s your chance to catch their This & That album – plum full of the same vibes, just more so. Admittedly that’s partly because the six
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BRIAN AUGER: Back To The Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology (2015)

Back To The Beginning The Brian Auger AnthologyHere’s a brand new Brian Auger compilation then: Back To The Beginning: The Brian Auger Anthology – to give it its full snappy title – as Freestyle Records gathers up no fewer than twenty-four tracks from the sixties mod icon who went on to explore the outer reaches of jazz fusion in the seventies where he’s pretty much been ever since. But don’t let that scare you off. The comp.
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SPARK ARRESTER: Betwixt The Lines (2015)

Betwixt The Lines Spark ArresterIt’s that Virginian again – Spark Arrester that is, with new EP Betwixt The Lines. And betwixt the lines he is, not to mention crossing them, re-crossing them and doubling back as he weaves in and out of breaks, glitch-hop and nufunk mingling original composition with samples. Stomp Thang kicks off with tense violin and briefly threatens to go all gypsy on your ass before the modern
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. GAPPY RANKS: Hol Dem (2015)

Hol Dem Gappy Ranks Blend MishkinBlend Mishkin & Roots Evolution‘s recent Survival Of The Fittest LP was an exercise in contemporary reggae excellence featuring an array of talented vocalists. One such track was the Gappy Ranks-featuring Hol Dem – which finds all concerned on a mellow rootsy vibe as Ranks delivers a surprisingly heartfelt call for the ranks of the righteous to stand firm in the face of
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GANGRENE (ALCHEMIST & OH NO): Reversals (2015)

Reversals GangreneMore retro garage-rock and psych-tinged beats as Alchemist & Oh No (a.k.a Gangrene) gear up for the release of their You Disgust Me LP at the end of the week. Reversals is the second track on the LP but what’s it all about? It starts (and is punctuated throughout) with vocal samples of a very pissed-off Yardie, while Alchemist and Oh No verbalise rewinding their own imagined roles in
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