DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: We’re Back/ Diamond Hammer 7″ (2017)

DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL:  We're Back7“We’re Here! We’re back!” Who’s back? Who else? Abdominal and Format! And with seven splendid inches of wax to boot. Phew! And you thought the slew of releases around their Still Hungry album wasn’t going to yield any 45 action at all. Nevertheless, here they are with the turbocharged double-header that is the thundering organic bass-led We’re Back 7″ and the equally energetic
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JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE: Dos Tonas (2017)

JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE:  Dos TonasThree years dressed in Stormtrooper outfits made from stuff they’ve found in Wilko, causing a noise like a sentient ’80s Atari yelling through a megaphone from the window of a sirens-wailing Jamaican police car seems to have taken its toll on Johnnypluse & The Stormtroopers Of Love. Why? Because Dos Tonas is their second and final full-length effort. Say it
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THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. DOC BROWN: Take It Back (2017)

THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. DOC BROWN:  Take It BackFunky UK boom-bap in the area! It’s Take It Back, the new Haggis Horns 45 on which the seven-piece have got the groove locked in the pocket while emcee Doc Brown takes to the mic. Can he get a soul clap? Yes! Does he care if this sort of bump is old hat? Hell no – because this is the ‘Horns take on a party-oriented summer single and the first taster of what is to come in the form of their
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THE GOOD PEOPLE: Down Here/ Game In The Step 7″ (2017)

THE GOOD PEOPLE:  Down Here/ Game In The Step 7It’s the return of Saint and Greavsie – oops my bad – Saint and Emskee, a.k.a. The Good People, with a new wax nugget. On Down Here, Saint concocts a hefty funk-sampling beat so that Emskee can hold the floor on the topic of keeping it real way down ‘here’ in the hip-hop underground while Game In The Step is an altogether jazzier affair inna Tribe Called Quest stylee. Naturally
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TRILION feat. MISS RED & GENERAL G: Stop Igle (2017)

Feel the dancehall vibrations on Stop Igle as General G and the helium-voiced Miss Red bat the lyrical ball back and forth over a seismic skank courtesy of Trilion on the uplifting lead single off forthcoming Trilion LP Ain’t No Future With No Past. All personnel concerned hail from Haifa in Israel although, so pronounced is the lilting patois of the vocalists, you’d be forgiven for thinking they
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QDUP feat. JEROME JOYCE: Get Up (2017)

QDUP feat. JEROME JOYCE: Get UpQdup and Jerome Joyce ensure that everyone gets up for the get down with Get Up – Fort Knox Recordings’ second big nod to DC go-go in a month after FK5’s very own Give It A Minute featuring BCap. Here the sound of the Washington dance underground is even stronger with Qdup refracting the trademark staccato drums, roto-toms and pitch-bending synth chords through a
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JSTAR: Message Whip (2017) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ We’ve all become used to the gold that frequently materialises when an old reggae beat is recycled with a newer hip-hop ‘pella over the top and one man who knows a thing or two about that is JStar. With Message Whip he reveals there’s life in the old reggae-hip-hop don yet with an inspired bank holiday mash-up of Derek Harriot’s ’83 reggae boogie nugget Whip It
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Disco Paradise (2017)

BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Disco ParadiseDisco Paradise sees Breakbeat Paradise continuing a series of generically-themed outings that have previously taken in 70s funk and dancehall reggae and which, this time, finds the label turning its breakbeat sights on the glittery world of disco. But where on earth might label boss Badboe find a team morally depraved enough to embrace the nefarious influences of the mirrorball lifestyle
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BIG VILLAGE LITTLE CITY: Original Melody (2017)

Big Village Little City  Original MelodyPromising sounds come rolling out of Brooklyn with the arrival of new single Original Melody by live funk/ hip-hop outfit Big Village Little City. Expect heavyweight funky drum crunch, big NOLA-style brass action and the yin of female soul vocals as well as the yang of a male emcee from the eight-piece outfit. The band’s compass is firmly pointing to party central and like the hook goes
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LEE FIELDS: Make The World Better (2017) Video

LEE FIELDS:  Make The World Better (2017) President's Day protest videoIf there were ever a day to post the new video by legendary soul survivor Lee Fields’ for Special Night LP cut Make The World Better (filmed at the President’s Day protest in NYC earlier this year) it’s today. Those who’ve heard the album or caught the track when it was released as a single back in the autumn will know that Fields belts out a message of positivity over storming martial
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