AESOP ROCK: The Blob (2014) Free download

The Blob Aesop RockRhymesayers‘ resident hip-hop experimentalist and former Def Jux signing, Aesop Rock has got 32 minutes of stuff for you. According to AR, “The Blob is a…continuous mix of beats & sounds that have otherwise been orphaned by their hell-bound father. It is largely unmixed and occasionally offensive…you can play it with your friends, you can rap to it, you can dance to it, you can play it
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Soul Boogie/ L.O.V.E. 1000 (2014)

Soul Boogie Renegades Of JazzKeen readers of MB will know that Renegades Of Jazz has been dropping 45s like they’re hot recently. Apparently it’s all stuff he had waiting around that nobody else wanted to release so he set up a new imprint, Rawkingcuts, to release them. What? Who didn’t want to release these two? B-boy breaks informed by groovy soul jazz (Soul Boogie) and b-boy breaks informed by sixties
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GZA: ‘Liquid Swords Instrumentals’ on vinyl + battle scene screen prints (2014)

Wood block GZAThe fetishization of early Wu material continues with the limited edition release of the the remastered instrumentals of GZA‘s classic Liquid Swords LP which are now available for a limited period only in a variety of packages that generally consist of some combo of the vinyl instrumentals and screen printed or even wood block artwork. The pricing’s not quite as ridiculous as the multiple
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FAB SAMPERI: Power Bossa Remixed (2014)

Power Bossa Remixed Fab SamperiThe way it normally goes when an artist’s LP is remixed is that first the artist’s actual LP comes out and then at some point after a respectable time period has elapsed (but typically within a year and usually during the relatively fallow winter period) the remix LP comes out. And typically the remix LP is not quite as good as the original LP. Clearly not one to be encumbered by tradition, Fab Samperi
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PRINCE: Musicology (Bruno Borlone & Boogie Mike remix) (2014) Free download

Musicology Bruno Borlone Boogie MikeI don’t know – you wait ages for a remix of Prince’s Musicology and then two come along at once. The first of these was Dietz Beatz’ version on the recent Relative Dimensions free LP drop, the second, somewhat different version, is this from Bruno Borlone and partner Boogie Mike. Where Dietz Beatz’ subtly enhanced the drums on the little purple one’s 2004 single, the Chilean pair up the breaks
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THE BOOGIE MAN: When The Funk Rains Down (2014)

When The Funk Rains Down The Boogie ManFuck an umbrella, when the funk rains down, it’s time to get wet. The Boogie Man goes all out to ensure that you get drenched with their debut single. It’s a update on the 70s boogie funk template and is all but sporting a safari suit and oversize sunglasses as it ushers you onto the dancefloor. The Boogie Man is the latest project from the prime movers behind Los Charlys Orchestra – Juan Laya and Jorge Montiel both
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TRIO VALORE: Crazy (2014)

Liars And Cheaters Trio ValoreMod-funk ‘supergroup’ Trio Valore are shortly to release a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s most famous hit. It’s one of four tracks on the Liars And Cheaters EP which also includes the six and a half minute jam of the title track. For the uninitiated, Trio Valore consists of Steve White of Style Council/ Galliano fame, Damian Minchella of Ocean Colour Scene fame and Justin Shearn whose
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DOPEGEMS: Necksnappin’ (2014) + ‘One Night Affair’ free download

Neck Snappin' Dope GemsRating: ★★★★★ Now then, what have we here? An LP comprising ten covers of 70s and 80s jazz-fusion obscurities with a name, Necksnappin’, that conjures up 80s and 90s hip-hop and a band name (Dopegems) that defines the end goal of every crate diggers’ searching. Er – well, yeah – what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing my friends, you’ll be pleased to hear
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Lay It On Me (2014) + video

Lay It On Me Smoove TurrellBerry Geordie is back, in the company of the mighty John Turrell of course, with their latest installment of the ‘northern coal’ sound. Lay It On Me is the first single off the pair’s forthcoming long player Broken Toys and the sort of big soul-clap stomper that is their bread and butter. Or whatever they can afford to eat up north now in these benighted economic times – probably a coal
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DJ KID STRETCH: Get It On The Floor (2014)

Get It On The Floor EP DJ Kid StretchGet It On The Floor? Whatever could DJ Kid Stretch be referring to on his new EP? Drugs? Sex? The experience of having your fresh fat laces trodden on by some blundering elephant with two left feet? Then again, perhaps it’s not the answer to a question. Maybe ‘it’ is your ass and he’s issuing a firm command. Cheeky. One thing is certain, either the disco breaks original or one of the disco breaks
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