PETE ROCK: Live @ Proud Camden 27 May (2015)

Live Proud Camden Pete RockIt must be live hip-hop gig week in London or something – first Edan and Paten Locke and now the mighty Pete Rock a.k.a the man who Dilla looked up to and the man to whom Kanye reckons he’s the successor – er, yeah whatever mate. This show at Proud Camden on the 27th is (like the Edan/ Locke gig) a one-off only. Could Mr Rock have
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EDAN & PATEN LOCKE: Live in London Friday May 22nd (2015)

Live Edan Paten LockeThe always humble but unfailingly magnificent Edan makes a trip to the UK very soon appearing in two days’ time at the All Tomorrow’s Parties Pop-Up venue at Farleigh Place N16. He’ll be in the company of fellow live performing partner in crime Paten Locke. The pair of them are adept emcees and djs (as well as producers) and a quality live show is a foregone conclusion should
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NICOLE WILLIS & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS: Live @ Rich Mix 25 October (2015)

Nicole Willis live 2015 Rich MixNicole Willis & The Soul Investigators’ new LP arrives in the autumn and Soundcrash have not only got the band to play at Rich Mix on 25 October but are already advertising the gig – presumably for the sort of people who get up at 5 a.m. to put a towel down on that holiday sun lounger or camp out for three nights rather than miss the new Apple watch or something. Though
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FRANKEE MORE: Trunk Funk EP (2015)

Funk Trunk Frankee MoreMore from Sydney-to-Vancouver transplant Frankee More as he follows up his That’s The Funk EP with this – the Trunk Funk EP on which he interprets the work of Ray Charles and Margie Hendricks, Nina Simone and 90s (nursery) rhymers Naughty By Nature via the medium of the wobble. Possibly not the sort of thing any of the original artists could have imagined when they first
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QDUP: Gotta Be Fresh (QDUP Twerkaholics Re-rub)(2015) Free download

Gotta Be Fresh QdupTo many, Qdup is crushing, coming out so fresh with the beats he’s busting like Gotta Be Fresh for example which finds the man taking the Skinny Boys’ beatbox-tastic 80s cut Jockbox (latterly doing the rounds as the theme to Workaholics on Comedy Central) and giving it a twenty-teens re-fresh with full-on twerk drums and an array of old school samples. While the original was named
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MORLACK: Um Bop Bop (2015) Free download

Um Bop Bop MorlackDon’t worry – Morlack hasn’t been overcome by Hanson-fever. This isn’t an edit of sunny ’90s pop hit MMMbop by the Yank three-hit wonders but rather an edit of go-go track Um Bop Bop by EU. The EU – doing music?! Is nothing safe from those meddlers in Brussels? They’ll be wanting to protect our basic human rights next – and another thing…Calm down – that’s EU as in DC go-go band
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B.B. KING: To Know You Is To Love You (ZEMERALD Tribute Edit) (2015) Free download

To Know You Is To Love You ZemeraldDoubtless not the only person commemorating the passing of another legend, Zemerald nevertheless says bye-bye to B.B. who died last Thursday with this tribute edit of To Know You Is To Love You. The original was the title track of King’s 1973 LP also entitled To Know You Is To Love You and a track, furthermore, which was actually penned by Stevie Wonder and his writing partner at the time
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CUT LA VIS feat. MADDY CARTY: Still Have The Love (2015)

Still Have The Love Cut La VisRating: ★★★★★ Thank god for Cut La Vis and Maddy Carty who have just brightened up my weekend and provided reggae sunshine for the summer. This banger is a bubbling uptempo update of the rocksteady sound with a boom-bap beat showing that while some people’s production is quite clearly rooted in the now, they still have the love for the sound of Kingston between 1966
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MO’ HORIZONS: The Banana Remixes (2015)

The Banana Remixes Mo' HorizonsPurveyors of jazzy-bossa-boogaloo-breaks Mo’ Horizons are ‘between albums’ at the minute, so to keep everyone happy until a new one becomes ripe they’re putting out The Banana Remixes at the start of June. Basically it’s a bunch their stuff that’s been remixed along with another bunch of remixes they’ve done of other people. At the moment there are only six tracks available for
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ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE: Varied Funk (2015)

Varied Funk AGFANo messing around with cryptic titles for All Good Funk Alliance on new one, Varied Funk; they do what they say and they say what they bloody well do. Well kind of. Opener Funk This Jam features Trouble Funk legend Big Tony and updates the go-go sound with some rather house-y stylings while Do Work finds AGFA nodding to classic Motown soul beats and tempos – though the presence of
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