KAHLI ABDU & TRACKPANTS: On This Side (2014)

On This Side Kahli Abdu TrackpantsRating: ★★★★★ This’ll make you miss summer. A little over three minutes of tripped-out guitar picking over a crackly breakbeat and the reverbed rhymes of DC’s Kahli Abdu adds up to one sweet slice of psychedelic hip-hop which missed its ideal July release date by two and a half months, a ten degree drop in temperature and a shitload of rain. At least at the monkey’s end. Luckily Abdu’s
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VARIOUS: Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade (2014)

Peru Bravo Tiger's MilkTiger’s Milk Records delivers another long cool draft of classic South American vibes here in the shape of Peru Bravo or more accurately, Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade – to give it its snappy full title. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Peru’s ‘radical decade’ was more or less the rest of the planet’s radical decade too – i.e. the ten or so years with 1969 at its epicentre
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THE ARSONISTS: The Session (2014)

The Session The ArsonistsThe Arsonists first emerged in 1993 and set the underground on fire with tight rhymes and a bass-heavy, jazz-sampling sound on debut single The Session. They went on to release two LPs and appear on Atari Teenage Riot’s final LP. There was talk of a new album called Lost In Fire due last year featuring Q-Unique, D-Stroy, Freestyle, Swel Boogie and Jise One but that appears to be – well
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ZEMERALD: Candy (2014) Free download

Zemerald CandyRating: ★★★★★ “Here we are children! Come and get your lollipops! Ice cream! Chocolates! All free today!” Generally I’d advise a certain amount of wariness where free candy is concerned but in this case, I’m confident, Zemerald isn’t going to trick you into the back of cage pulled by horses and laugh like bastard while dragging you to christ knows where. No, he’s giving away some sweet
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ORIGIN ONE feat. CHESHIRE CAT: Good Ganja (2014)

Good Ganja Origin One Cheshire CatThe latest from Irish Moss is this one-drop riddim cut from the Nottingham-based Origin One and dancehall veteran Cheshire Cat which is lyrically concerned with that reggae staple Good Ganja. Well quite – whoever heard of a song in praise of bad weed. Along for the remix ride and trailing clouds of fragrant smoke in their wake are Mr Upfull and a brass section full of digi-horns, Juice
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CHART – OCTOBER 2014

(NEW) 1. Smoove & Turrell – Will You Be Mine


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MORLACK: 14/3 (2014)

14 3 MorlackMorlack continues his all-out attempt to release more on his own than the entire rest of the party breaks community put together this year with 14/3 a.k.a. his 3rd album (album not release) in 2014. Having left assorted rivals and remixers gasping for breath like sixty-a-day smokers our man sprints indefatiguably for the end of the year finish line with a twenty-seven track (!) package of
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ZAMALI: I Can’t Get Next To Your Chains (2014)

I Can't Get Next To Your Chains ZamaliRating: ★★★★★ For five long years I thought I’d heard maybe all the re-work possibilities of The Temptations’ psychedelic funk hit I Can’t Get Next To You. But then I found out today that they were all just links in a chain leading to Belgian producer Zamali and his mighty mash of one of Aretha’s most famous signature cuts and Eddie Kendricks and chums’ late sixties banger. You’d be the last in a
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Lo Slung Funk tour (2014) + ‘Can’t Stop The Rastaman’ feat. CRANIC free download

Can't Stop The Rastaman Basement FreaksRating: ★★★★★ One night in Bangkok is enough to make a hard man humble according to pop legend but Basement Freaks’ George Fotiadis has already put in two this month, if you ever needed a measure of the man. Yes, the Bombastic Jam label might have gone bye-byes but several continents’ll be saying ‘hello’ to Basement Freaks‘ George Fotiadis as he continues his Lo Slung Funk World Tour
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DJ NICK BIKE: Chosen Spokes Vol. 1 (2014) + free download

Chosen Spokes Vol. 1 Nick BikeDJ Nick Bike re-cycles three classic funk cuts on Chosen Spokes Vol. 1 basically by pumping up the respective beats and adorning the results with glittering funk heritage spokie dokies in the form of JB shout-outs and the like. Kool & The Gang’s Take The Weight is given a breakbeat run round the block (party), Lou Johnson’s Beat gets a full service and Tony Alvon’s Sexy Coffee Pot does a
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