PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL: School Of Whimsy + ‘Good Morning’ video

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL:  School Of WhimsyLast time the monkey hopped onto the Professor Elemental omnibus it was for his excellent Apequest album – a glorious steampunk-chap-hop-time-travel-concept adventure as the Prof. desperately tried to find beloved simian butler Geoffrey whilst battling his great-great-great-great-great-great grandson, Gideon. But how do you follow that? One can only imagine Elemental
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Breakin’ The Riddim Vol. 2

BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Breakin’ The Riddim Vol. 2Stand by! Breakbeat Paradise are about to deliver the follow-up to the roaring success of last year’s Breakin’ The Riddim collection of dancehall-influenced party breaks with – well – Breakin’ The Riddim Vol. 2 which looks all set to make an even bigger commotion. Part of this comes from the fact that it’s over twice as long featuring a twelve-
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MANOSJMT: Mulatu (Manolatu)

MANOSJMT:  Mulatu (Manolatu)With new freebie Mulatu (Manolatu), Greek producer ManosJMT chops and loops where Nas and Damien Marley once also dared to sample, amongst the back catalogue of Mulatu ‘the father of Ethio-jazz’ Astatke. But where Nas and Marley pathetically used just the one track, Yegelle Tezeta, ManosJMT loves Astatke so much he’s stitched a mutant afro-jazz-hop lope together from
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NICK FABER: What Happened Yesterday (Vinyl 12″)

NICK FABER:  What Happened Yesterday (Vinyl 12Rating: ★★★★★ It’s fair to say Nick Faber has been around the musical block a few times. The veteran big beater’s Let Me Hear You Clap Your Hands came out on Marble Bar in ’99, for example; he was king of the beats on John Turrell’s solo album Kingmaker and has previously remixed minor artists like Kylie and Sugababes. His next trick however, is the release of a new 12″ solo single
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DOGZ NADZ: Triple X Funk (Free download)

DOGZ NADZ: Triple X Funk (Free download)Do you like hip-hop mashups x-rated like you like your sex? Yeah? Then Dogz Nadz’ new one is going to be right up your alley as, by popular demand, he finally unleashes his Funkdoobiest/ Deadbeats splice Triple X Funk. Elegant in its simplicity, the track finds Mr Nadz grabbing Son Doobie and Co.’s shag-rap XXX Rated by the horn – oops my bad, I meant the horns – and replacing
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PAN AMSTERDAM: The Lotion Song

PAN AMSTERDAM:  The Lotion SongRating: ★★★★★ Mere weeks after genius debut single Plus One has dropped and Pan Amsterdam (a.k.a Leron Thomas and thatmanmunkz) are at it again inviting you to smear your ears with lyrical lanolin in the form of new single The Lotion Song. Good grief – another five stars already? Nothing to with the monkey – it’s the beats and the rhymes stupid! ‘Munkz provides a more upbeat but equally
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MEGATIVE: One Day…All This Will Be Gone + Live in-studio video

MEGATIVE:  One Day...All This Will Be Gone + Live in-studio videoWith the release of third single One Day…All This Will Be Gone, Megative confirm their twin missions to deliver the sound of The Specials-as-produced-by-Massive-Attack whilst single-handedly propelling the evergreen Merc, Fred Perry and Ben Sherman labels right back to the forefront of fashion. Naturally the sort of claustrophobic dub vibe propagated by Daddy G, 3D et al doesn’t
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VARIOUS: Esterno Notte Vol. 2/ Esterno Notte Jazz/ Esterno Giorno Estate

Library music fiends unite! Four Flies Records have capitalised on the success of their Esterno Notte and Esterno Giorno compilations of rare and unreleased 60s and 70s Italian cinema soundtrack material with three more volumes: Esterno Notte Vol. 2, Esterno Giorno Vol. 2 and Esterno Notte Jazz. Where the original volumes had dug from the RCA Italy vaults, the net is spread wider on
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TURNTILL & MERLIN feat. CROSBY, BURNI AMAN & DOUJAH RAZE: All I Wanna Give You

In keeping with the ‘worldwide hip-hop community’ ethos of The Chosen Few organisation, Swiss producers Turntill & Merlin invite most of the world to participate on new single All I Wanna Give You. Well – maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but they do get Crosby and Burni Aman from South Africa and VA to NY transplant Doujah Raze in on the action so the single is a three continent
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THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ: Escape From Babylon Volume 3 + ‘It’s On’ video

THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ: Escape From Babylon Volume 3And so it continues – the journey begun in 2012 with Escape From Babylon and reprised three years ago with Volume 2 now finds the Windy City’s Microphone Misfitz continue their rearguard action against declining standards in hip-hop, race relations – hell decline in pretty much everything – with Escape From Babylon Volume 3. And you thought standing up for traditional values came
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