GIZELLE SMITH: Sweet Memories b/w S.T.A.Y. feat ERIC BOSS (7″ Vinyl) (2017)

GIZELLE SMITH:  Sweet Memories b/w S.T.A.Y. feat ERIC BOSS (7Ah the end of the year – that time when the old butts up against the new! Appropriately enough, that seems to be the vibe that has informed new single Sweet Memories b/w S.T.A.Y. featuring Eric Boss. First you get the ‘new’, in the form of Sweet Memories which deals in slight more moody psych-rock influenced territory than has been hitherto heard from Ms Smith and alternates between the
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LONE NINJA feat. CONWAY THE MACHINE: Crime Wave (prod. BLAQ MASQ)(2017)

LONE NINJA feat. CONWAY THE MACHINE:  Crime Wave (prod. BLAQ MASQ)The Day Of Reckoning is coming. No, not that one you fools! Lone Ninja’s new LP Day Of Reckoning. And to whet your appetite, here is the latest leak from it – Crime Wave – featuring a melancholy piano-led beat from Blaq Masq and a first verse from Conway The Machine at his most heartless. Well, he is called the ‘Machine’. Sounds like the sort of time you might need a ninja around. A
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Cub Vol. 5 (2017)

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Cub Vol. 5The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club compilation series has been bowling along for half a decade now and as Vol. 5 hoves into view you realise that it is showing all the signs of having a similar longevity and appeal of, say, TV series Red Dwarf. No wonder the front cover shows our man soaking up the adoration at one of his club nights. Talking of the club nights, which can vary musically from
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FOLD: Choose Love (2017)

FOLD:  Choose Love (2017)Leeds outfit Fold are never ones to shy away from a progressive message and especially not in an increasingly mean-spirited era. In this case it’s Choose Love, the name of their new psych-trip-hop single which features a loop of the voice of social activist Bell Hooks saying – among other things – ‘Choose love’. Choose love? How sixties. Surely we’ve moved away from all that political
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DJAR ONE: You Set My Soul On Fire/ Movin Now (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

DJAR ONE:  You Set My Soul On Fire/ Movin Now (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Fresh from the success of his Andy Cooper-featuring b-boy 45 in September, Djar One ensures those at the get down remain getting down with some sweet edit action from new seven inch You Set My Soul On Fire. Could that be an edit of a certain Chi-Lites number famously sampled by Beyonce? It could! And that brass everyone fell crazy in love with then is in full effect
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ERTHLING: Magical Realizm (2017)

ERTHLING:  Magical Realizm (2017)Fans of Kool Keith and Deltron 3030 pay attention, for Erthling is here with new mini-album Magical Realizm. That’s not Earthling of mid-nineties ‘Bristol scene’ trip-hop mind (though there is common psychedelic ground here) but Erthling minus an ‘a’ – a.k.a. the new project from Alabama’s David Redwine – a.k.a the rapper/ producer formerly known as Slanguage
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RORY HOY: Who Needs Reality (2017)

RORY HOY:  Who Needs Reality Right, turn up the radio and listen to this, Rory Hoy is back with what must surely be the banging-est slice of big beat since the early ’00s: Who Needs Reality? No, that last bit’s not a sly dig at our Rory’s obsession with the sound of London’s Heavenly Social Club and Brighton’s Big Beat boutique circa 1995 – that’s what the new album is actually called – and it’s ten tracks of mainly
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BOCA 45: Bombs From The Vaults (2017)

BOCA 45:  Bombs From The VaultsSoon to be unleashed on Bomb Strikes is the aptly titled Bombs From The Vaults on which the man known as Boca 45 drops no fewer than twenty-nine tracks requisitioned from his two decade career both as a solo artist and in multiple musical alliances including Purple Penguin, Dynamo Productions, The Beekeepers and Bocawoody. By way of a sampler, the label unleash four previously
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NOLA BREAKS V5: Everybody’s Hip-Huggin (THE ALLERGIES remix)/ Mean Man (PROFESSOR SHORTHAIR remix)(2017)

NOLA BREAKS V5:  Everybody's Hip-Huggin/ Mean Man (THE ALLERGIES remixes)What happens when The Allergies and Professor Shorthair get their hands on two mighty funk cut from the Big Easy? Nola Breaks V5, that’s what! Yes, Professor Shorthair invited the duo to work their edit-hoodoo on Robert Parker’s classic Everybody’s Hip-Huggin while he took on Betty Harris’s Mean Man himself for a release that is certain to cause a fire on the bayou. Not least of the reasons for this is the way The Allergies get
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HOLLIE COOK: ‘Survive’ video (2017) + European tour 2018 dates

“Without your love boy, I just don’t know how to survive,” sings Hollie Cook ethereally on Survive a.k.a one half of recent, excellent reggae double single Freefalling/ Survive. But do we believe her? Perhaps a gander at the new video with its home video-style footage all tastefully shot through a vintage Super 8 style filter will help. But what’s this? Hollie having a shimmy in the kitchen
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