BAZZA RANKS & IMAGINE THIS: That Stuff

BAZZA RANKS & IMAGINE THIS: That StuffIn a departure from his more usual dancehall-oriented drops, Irish bass don Bazza Ranks hooks up with Kiwi emcee Imagine This for some of That Stuff – a decidedly bass-heavy slice of hip-hop which manages to combine label Bombstrike’s penchant for both twenty-first century breaks and that ol’ boom-bap. Surely there are only two directions remix crews can head in then? WBBL
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RORY HOY: The Other Side Of Forever EP

RORY HOY:  The Other Side Of Forever EPWho better to provide the debut release for Terence ‘Pulpfusion’ Thöny and Kim ‘Wiccatron’ Sørensen’s new label Big Fat Mama Beats than the UK’s like-minded Rory Hoy – a man for whom beats can never be big enough? Frankly what else would you expect from an entity created solely for the furtherance of ‘big beat, breakbeat, nu-funk and break tech boom-bap’ – and I refer to the
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M-TRI & DJ LEECY T: She’s The DJ, He’s The MC (Extended Mix) b/w Trading Places (7″ Vinyl) + videos

M-TRI & DJ LEECY T:  She's The DJ, He's The MC (Extended Mix) b/w Trading Places (7Rating: ★★★★★ There had been rumours of something big on the way over at the camp of web mag, club night and, latterly, label, 45 Live, which has been practically humming with excitement about forthcoming drops – and here’s a banger. It’s a seven inch release of M-Tri & DJ Leecy T’s massive boom-bap bomb – She’s The DJ, He’s The MC. Is it the back-to-basics ethos of drum breaks
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JAMES HUNTER SIX: Whatever It Takes

JAMES HUNTER SIX:  Whatever It TakesThe James Hunter Six pretty much arrived at their spiritual home when they signed to Daptone Records a few years ago given the label’s world-beating ability to recreating ‘that’ authentic sixties soul sound in the production studio. Hitherto however, Hunter and crew have been one of the lower profile signings on Gabriel Roth’s roster, arguably overshadowed by the presence of the
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GEORGE JACKSON: Love Hijacker (MR BOOM Edit) Free download

GEORGE JACKSON:  Love Hijacker (MR BOOM Edit) Free downloadRating: ★★★★★ Last heard of around these parts with his excellent Nico Gomez edit from back in the autumn, Mr Boom returns with another edit par excellence, this time hijacking George Jackson’s 1971 single – er – Love Hijacker. Well, I say ‘hijack’, Jackson would probably have welcomed Mr Boom with open arms after hearing this sensitive version which subtly tweaks the beat
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JOHNNYPLUSE: The Incredible Dub

JOHNNYPLUSE:  The Incredible Dub Irish force of nature Johnnypluse enters 2018 in a manner appropriate for a man who is probably still, even now, only just starting to emerge from a NYE hangover – and that is with the comforting bassy skank of The Incredible Dub. As will soon become evident, this features a sample of General Levy’s Incredible – all fully licensed – but which does away with the more hectic drum n bass
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THE TURBANS: Baba Ganooz b/w Lost My Mind (Vinyl 7″)

The Turbans prove to have their heads well wrapped in psychedelia if new 45 Baba Ganooz b/w Lost My Mind is anything to go by. On the A side syncopated drums emerge from swirling guitars that anyone from Donovan to the Screaming Trees would be proud of and then before you know it the chorus arrives and everything suddenly goes a bit garage rock
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VAST AIRE: Airebender (prod. COSMIQ)

VAST AIRE:  Airebender (prod. COSMIQ)“Master of the elements is here/ And my tribe has no fear,” there’s no mistaking the voice of Cannibal Ox emcee Vast Aire as the man re-surfaces on new single Airebender – apparently as blissfully unaware of the vagaries of British-English slang as the financial backers of the film The Last Airbender. Other than that, it’s all good news for fans of Can. Ox who will also prick up their ears at
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DJ FILTHY RICH: 90s Reggae Hip-hop Vol. 2

DJ FILTHY RICH:  90s Reggae Hip-hop Vol. 2 - Free downloadSince you can probably count the number of people who’ve had a mixtape featured on monkeyboxing on one hand, you know it’s something special when one does get featured. In this case, DJ Filthy Rich returns with new mix 90s Reggae Hip-hop Vol. 2 – the sequel (and every bit as good) to his excellent first installment from two years ago which has received over twenty
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DUSTY DONUTS 13: Flamboyant Move b/w I Don’t Understand Love (MARC HYPE & NAUGHTY NMX)(Vinyl 7″)

DUSTY DONUTS 13:  Flamboyant Move b/w I Don't Understand Love (MARC HYPE & NAUGHTY NMX)(Vinyl 72018 seems to have brought with it an influx of musical goodies and here’s another. That’ll be Dusty Donuts 13 then which – while an unlucky number for some – is likely to prove lucky indeed for djs, for both sides are lady-catnip. On the A, Marc Hype and Naughty NMX make the Flamboyant Move of re-flipping James Gilstrap’s much-sampled seventies disco slowie Move Me
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