DJ FORMAT & PHILL MOST CHILL: Angry Birds remix/ The Shape Of Things To Come remix (2015)

Angry Birds Shape Things To Come Format Phill Most“Angry Birds! What y’all mad about?” Possibly the fact that two cuts (including Angry Birds) off last year’s super fresh DJ Format/ Phill Most Chill Foremost LP get the remix treatment for a wax appearance but it’s only on hipster-friendly seven inch rather than the OG twelve. Still let that not detract from a respectable rerub of the aforementioned cut (which nevertheless
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METHOD MAN: Straight Gutta (2015)

Straight Gutta Method Man RedmanMef and Red reprise their legendary double act on the new single off Method Man‘s forthcoming The Meth Lab LP for some Straight Gutta shit and, as with the LP’s title track, Hanz On and Streetlife also make an appearance. This time the lyrical action takes place over glitchy backing vocals, synth stabs, digi-boom bap beat and omnipresent bass that throbs like you’re stood immediately
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HONEST LEE: Re-Edits Part 4 (2015)

Re-Edits Vol. 4 Honest LeeRating: ★★★★★ Honestly, where would we be without Honest Lee? The answer, of course, is seven funk edits short of a party as you’ll hear from Re-Edits Part 4 where our man takes on Los Dinamicos Exciters, Ann Peebles (two versions of Somebody’s On Your Case), The Explosions, Sly And The Family Stone, Gladys Knight and Mary Wells. Listen closely and you’ll hear that Lee
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GANGRENE feat. ACTION BRONSON: Driving Gloves (2015) Video

Driving gloves Gangrene Action BronsonI’ll be the first to admit that I may not treat a hire car quite as carefully as I treat my own. I might hammer it on the acceleration and brakes, I might not give quite so much of a shit how much sand I get in it and yes, in younger days, have been tempted to pull the odd ‘donut’ on gravel. But that’s not even foreplay compared to what Gangrene (a.k.a Alchemist and Oh No) and
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FDEL: Yesterday’s Now Sound (2015)

Yestreday's Sound Now FDELRating: ★★★★★ Bloody hell! It’s FDEL. I thought he was dead. It’s only been – oohh – nine years since Audiofidelity. He’s still got it though as this seven-tracker amply proves what with there being no fewer than five quality groovesome hip-hop bumps, a nice mellow disco edit and some vocal reggae riddim action on the closer. What you really want
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GALACTIC: Into The Deep ‘album’ (2015)

Into The Deep LP GalacticThe recent video title track and Macy Gray-featuring lead single for latter-day New Orleans funk crew Galactic might have had you thinking that the band were on the verge of attempting to conquer the bland mainstream charts with – er – something really bland and mainstream. But does the rest of the LP find the bearers of the torch lit by Allen Toussaint and co. back in the day go
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ROGER MOLLS: The Man With Dusty Fingers 2 (2015)

The Man With Dusty Fingers 2 Roger MollsOk – so perhaps this wasn’t as imminent as it seemed to be all the way back in October last year – not the least of reasons for this being the fact that The Man With Dusty Fingers 2 (Unreleased feats, beats and breaks) now has a release date of this September some – oohh eleven months after rumours of its ‘imminent’ appearance began
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MR BIGGZ: Who Knows Marion Black? (2015) Free download

Who Knows Marion Black Mr BiggzIt’s time for more heavyweight glitch breaks freeness that samples classic forty-odd year old beats (and not for the first time this week) in the form of Who Knows Marion Black?. But who exactly does know soul singer Marion Black, a man who made approximately six singles in the first three years of the seventies before vanishing from the music scene. Well, Mr Biggz for one since he’s
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DR K: Swing Samba Lounge (2015)

SWing Samba Lounge Dr KRating: ★★★★★ Now here’s a drop that’s long overdue some monkey love and would have got some on time if everyone hadn’t decided to release everything in then last month. Christ – it’s not like people don’t have any festivals to go to is it? Anyway – we digress. What we have here is the latest drop from a label which has set the bar high with all it’s releases in the last twelve months
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SERGE SEVERE: New Generation (Prod. ZAPATA)(2015) Free download

New Generation Serge Severe ZapataPortland rapper Serge Severe plays microphone Pancho Villa to the production Zapata of previous cohort – er- Zapata on new one New Generation. The pair previously hooked up on Severe’s 2012 EP Silver Novelist and this free download effort is the harbinger of more hip-hop history to follow from the pair later in the year as they proceed to tear through current hip-hop complacency with
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