DE LA SOUL: Ring Ring Ring (RHYTHM SCHOLAR remix)(2015) Free download

Ring Ring Ring remix Rhythm ScholarHey how ya doin’? Anyone for a De La Soul Ring, Ring, Ring remix from Rhythm Scholar that takes a – well – what you might call ‘scholastic’ approach to the sample-magpie technique used by Prince Paul on the original. RS unpicks the many elements that made up the original and makes the most of the disco-fied ones – like Fat Larry’s Band if you want to throw a name around so you can act
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: My Baby Don’t (Scour Records Freemix) (2015) Free download

My Baby Don't Cockney NutjobIf you haven’t noticed lately, Scour Records have been busily gliding around planet breaks hoovering up party-starting talent like some sort of ghetto funk Dyson. If you’re one of the lucky ones what happens is, if you’re not already on a label (and in some cases even if you have been) you get sucked in using patented Scour technology and spend the rest of your days making floor-filling tunes whilst
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SANDY GAYE/ FRANCIENE THOMAS: Watch The Dog/ I’ll Be There (2015)

Watch The Dog Sandy GayeRating: ★★★★★ Oh my goodness me! The monkey’s favourite ever sister funk cut gets a 45 re-press. Sandy Gaye’s Watch The Dog was previously only available on seven inch for an arm, a leg, your own grandmother and a king’s ransom and even then only if you knew the right people – although you could have got it as part of Ian Wright’s excellent Sister Funk 2 LP a couple of
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THE BLUEBEATERS: Everybody Knows (2015)

Everybody Knows The BluebeatersRating: ★★★★★ You might have thought it would be fairly catastrophic for a band who have been around since the mid-nineties to lose their lead singer, yet The Bluebeaters didn’t miss a (blue)beat, when original vocalist Giuliano Palma left for a solo career two years ago by filling his empty check ska loafers with a bandmate, Pat
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DIRTY DUBSTERS feat. CHIP FU & SCREECHY DAN: Big Sound (2015)

Big Sound Dirty Dubsters Chip Fu SCreechy DanRating: ★★★★★ They’ve been so busy with other people’s stuff on their Irish Moss label that it’s been a while since we’ve had any actual Dirty Dubsters material. Fear not though as they make a massive return with single Big Sound and news of a new LP – Special Request. And they’ve only got veteran NY reggae-hip-hop luminaries Chip Fu of Fu Schnickens and Screechy Dan on board some
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CHART – APRIL 2015

(NEW) 1. The Bluebeaters – True Confession
Chukka chukka chuk!!!
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DE STAAT: Input Source Select (ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM edit) (2015)

Input Source Select De Staat Rocknrolla SoundsystemAnother one rolls off the Rocknrolla Soundsystem production line and this time it’s their edit of Dutch rock group De Staat’s cut Input Source Select. Two years ago, the original I_Con album version left Youtube commenters a little cold because they’d already heard this mix and were champing at the bit to get hold of it. In the end the latter came out on last year’s
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KMD: ‘Bl_ck B_st_rds’ book/ CD/ 7″ (2015)

Bl_ck B_st_rds KMD book cd seven inchThe second of two more re-released hip-hop classics in interesting formats in the run-up for this year’s Record Store Day is this version of KMD’s lost classic LP Bl_ck B_st_rds in a collector’s edition cd. A stone classic – the second LP from KMD finally received an official large scale release in 2001 but dated from eight years previously when it was criminally shelved by the band’s label
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JURASSIC 5: Quality Control 7″ (2015)

Quality Control 7 inch Jurassic 5The first of two more re-released hip-hop classics in interesting formats in the run-up for this year’s Record Store Day is more 45 craziness in the form of two cuts off Jurassic 5 LP Quality Control. The seven inch release is a dinked 45 of the low ‘n slow title track off J5′s second LP from 2000 with piano-stomp-underpinned Jurass Finish First on the flip. You should be able to afford that even if
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A SKILLZ & KRAFTY KUTS: Now Drop (DJ TANNER video edit)(2015) + free download

Now Drop A Skillz Krafty KUts DJ TannerA couple of weeks ago the winning combination of A Skillz & Krafty Kuts teamed up once again for Now Drop, a reliably hands-in-the-air funky breaks – er – drop that managed to give a new lease of life to Yank jazz-rockers The Ides Of March with the help of a large dollop of Fatman Scoop. It wasn’t just a vehicle (see what I did there?) to rehabilitate Stateside rock dinosaurs though. No, it
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