BEATNIK CITY: Northern Beats Vol. 1 (2016)

Northern Beats Vol. 1 Beatnik CityRating: ★★★★★ Forget mods vs. rockers. If diehard northern soulies get wind of how fast and loose the very concepts of Motown and northern soul have been played with for Beatnik City’s latest booty-breaks outing, it’ll be bowling bags at dawn, Bruce Lee kicks and ninja-style clouds of talc thrown in the eyes. Just as well those involved are all on their game for Northern Beats Vol. 1
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TIMEWARP INC: Dubwarp EP (2016)

Dubwarp EP Timewarp IncTimewarp Inc. has a new EP on the way – called the Dubwarp EP. Ah – I think I can see what he’s done with the title there. As it might suggest, the music is of the dub-inflected reggae variety with white-dread Gobey sticking it to Babylon on Liberty Is Our Destiny. On Theory Of Revolution it’s Basement Freaks collaborator Georges Perin who steps up to the mic though. “Can we live
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FUNKLINERS: Funk Like This EP (2016)

Funk Like This EP FunklinersJust in case you thought the label had gone a bit old school of late, here’s Funkliners to make sure things are kept all twenty-first century round at BBP towers. Snuff and Just Jess (for such are the Funkliners) were already established djs before they hooked up for production bizniz but since pairing up two years ago, they’ve nailed a remarkable amount of high profile support slots
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CALIBRO 35: S.P.A.C.E. 7″ Ltd. orange (2016)

SPACE Calibro 35Two things you can be always be sure of when a new Calibro 35 single comes out: reliably mod-funky music and a video worth a watch. In this case the typically retro latter departs from the band’s previous antics in consisting solely of library footage of the Saturn 5 launch. But what kind of music should accompany a small group of weakly smiling astronauts as they enter what is
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LACK JEMMON: Don’t Get Stupid (2016) Forthcoming free download

Don't Get Stupid Lack JemmonShortly to be released alongside Fort Knox Recordings’ Funk The World Mixtape Vol. 33 is Don’t Get Stupid – the new freebie from Lack Jemmon. They’re not getting stupid though – you needn’t think you’re getting the full listen before this is unleashed although at thirty seven seconds in length you’ve barely enough time to register what you’re hearing before it’s gone. Indeed, so
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BUSTA RHYMES: Get Down (LEYGO remix)(2016) Free download

Get Down BUsta Rhymes Leygo remixRating: ★★★★★ Every now and then I like to check in at Leygo-land – or at least at Dave ‘Leygo‘ Tyers’ Soundcloud page – for the superior entertainment on offer. This is a case in point – a massive remix of Busta Rhymes’ decidedly minimal Get Down – the original of which was barely more than a tom-tom drum beat and the sounds of swamp fauna – albeit (presumably) expensively
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LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL: 24-27 March (2016)

2016 London International Ska FestivalIf you like ska, you’ll definitely need to be heading to the London International Ska Festival this March – 24th to the 27th to be precise, i.e. Easter Weekend. The festival has the widest possible interpretation of the concept of ska from its roots in rhythm & blues, calypso and mento, the original Jamaican rudeboys and the music’s subsequent development into rocksteady, reggae and dub
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KITTEN & THE HIP: Ain’t No Other Man (2016) Free download

Ain't No Other Man KATHAin’t no other band could stand up next to Christina and Premier surely? Ain’t no other band it’s true – well until Kitten & The Hip a.k.a Ashley Slater and the missus, Kitten Quinn, sauntered along that is. Slowing down the bpms to an altogether more rakish tempo, the pair create an altogether more funky, low-riding version of Aguilera’s The Moon People-sampling Ain’t No
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MONKEYBOXING.COM presents: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 6 (2016) Free download

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Good lord! Has it really been ten years of monkeyboxing?
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LIONROCK: Rude Boy Rock (MR RICH & CARETAKER Rude Boy Refix) (2016) Free download

Rude Boy RefixBoom! Here’s a freebie fit for a Friday night! Mr Rich & Caretaker apply the lightest of touches to one of their big beat favourites from back in the day – no less a track than Lionrock’s Rude Boy Rock. Did you know the Skatalites-sampling original once reached the UK top twenty as well as gracing the soundtrack to FIFA ’99? Well, it did so there. Here it gets dusted off and – well slightly
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