Monthly Archives: October 2008

FUMANCHU CLOTHING – New T-shirt designs!!!

Fumanchu Clothing are based in Hawaii and they do the dopest t-shirts on the planet – just check the designs below! Big in U.S. hip-hop circles, and they certainly used to be big in Australian bodyboarding circles, they’re also criminally difficult to get hold of outside of the U.S. (except via mail order) though the Monkey did manage to score one on a surf trip to Sydney once. Someone hook them up with a UK supplier – my Fumanchu Athletic T is nearly worn out!

Fumanchu Clothing – Myspace

JAKE ONE – White Van Music – 2008 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★☆

If you’re reading this in the UK you can relax – LP title White Van Music is not a reference to commercial radio stations that play Girls Aloud at speaker-blowing volumes – DJ/Producer Jake One doesn’t roll like that. His homies do however include De La Soul, MF Doom, E40, Nas and Fifty Cent (to name but a few) – in fact – he’s part of the G-Unit production team. ‘What?’ I hear you ask, ‘is this man trying to appeal to both the underground and the mainstream? How does he straddle this divide? Like a colossus – or like a clown with one foot on a roller skate and the other on a banana skin?’ Well, on the evidence of White Van Music, I have to say the answer tends more toward the former.
On this, his debut solo LP, Jake One works with rappers as mainstream as Busta Rhymes and as cult as MF Doom and Slug: as old school as Casual and Posdnuos and as hyphy as Keak Da Sneak. He chamelonically adapts his sound to each MC without attempting to blatantly ape the sound for which each rapper is known. So what is Jake One’s sound? First track I’m Coming pretty much answers that one – fat beats shot through with a heavy dose of seventies soul. A blaxploitation sample about being high on ‘musical dope’ gives way to a chant of ‘Open up I’m coming’ that sounds like a war-party of psycho munchkins before Black Milk and Nottz kick a dope verse. It’s one of the best tracks on the LP, though MOP ‘joint’ Gangsta Boy and Brother Ali vehicle The Truth keep the quality until the first interlude. The D Black and Little Brother cuts which follow aren’t bad but they just aren’t all that distinctive either. Things pick up a bit with the skipping break on the Posdnuos and Slug’s Oh Really and Doom rolls it all abstract on the noirish Trap Door. Freeway gets lively again on How We Ride and is given a suitably upbeat backdrop, Doom gets a second highly satisfactory crack at the whip on Get ‘Er Done and Hiero soldier Casual gets all up in your face with Feelin’ My Shit. As far as lyrical themes go it’s (unsurprisingly) ninety per cent all about how dope each rapper is – though Blueprint obviously felt secure enough about himself to tell a story about the shit that happened when he was seeing some gangsta chick rather than constantly big himself up in Scared. You won’t be at all surprised to learn that the prize for best rhymes goes to the effortless Daniel ‘Doom’ Dumile though.
This isn’t an LP where the quality drops off radically after the first two thirds, in fact there’s nothing wack on here at all – even Busta Rhymes holds back on the cheese and production is warm and full – not unlike my new baby’s nappy – though that stinks and Jake One’s production does not. In fact there’s only two flavours of Jake One in evidence – the not bad and the pretty good. I guess I could’ve done with a little more variety in tempo or style – but there’s variety in MCs instead. It would be cheap to end by punning that everything is pretty much ‘jake’ with White Van Music, but hey – it’s true.
Out now on Rhymesayers
Buy White Van Music: Jake One Presents @

Listen to Jake One – White Van Music

Jake One – Myspace

Underexposed! – AWKWARD – Interview

MC, DJ, producer, part time graffiti artist, member of the Vertebrae crew and organiser of the Bristol B Boy/ Girl convention, Awkward has opened for (among others) such luminaries as Roots Manuva, Prince Paul and Rahzel. His Atomic Lock LP – available for free download HERE is packed with his signature crisp rhymes and staccato electro beats and the new GrandPrize LP Not In The Same Room is in the offing with a welter of guest spots from the underground including Awol One, Rheteric and Chrome (Def Tex). In the meantime he’s been cooking up remixes for everyone from Crunc Tesla to Radiohead. Is it possible that Awkward is the busiest man in Bristol hip-hop? It occurred to the Monkey that this might be a good starting point for an interview:

Monkeyboxing (MB): Are you the busiest man in Bristol (or even UK hip-hop) and if you aren’t – who is?
Awkward (A): I feel busy but I don’t tend to notice it! Yeah I guess so, there’s a lot of busy hip hoppers in this country…get busy!
MB: There’s so much talent in Bristol on the hip-hop scene – how come it seems to keep getting passed over?
A: I’m not sure. I think it has something to do with music trends, apathy and lack of confidence. I’ve seen a lot of people get knocked back by false promises, lack of money etc. I guess it’s all about pushing yourself, the ‘industry’ is very competitive and fickle. I try to ignore all of this and make music for the fun and energy.
MB: What’s next for you?
A: Well since releasing my LP Atomic Lock (for free) I’ve been playing with a band called The Vertebrae Band with Ben One and Rogue…it’s an extension of a collective I’m a part of called Vertebrae. Aside from that I’ve been knee deep in music-making on a project under the name of Grandprize. I started it November 2007 and its 3/4 done. It features either friends of mine or people I’ve been introduced to or cold-called to ask if they could be a part. I’m very pleased with what’s made so far, there’s a few cut and paste videos I’ve put together for it as well, it’s been lots of fun. I’m just beginning to throw a few things out there on this project, mainly through U.S. based hip-hop culture blog They’ve been very supportive.
MB: Who or what is your tip for the next big thing in hip-hop – I heard you like your Korean stuff?
A Ha ha! Well,Korean b-boys anyway…they are killing it on the world stage at the moment! They just came second in the UK B-Boy Champs last week. I really like music that breaks rules and pushes boundaries. I listen to anything from Deerhoof, The Mars Volta, Why?, Parliament/Funkadelic, Busdriver, Electronic Funk, weird rock stuff, music from the Project Blowed, a lot of music from Los Angeles, lots of Bristol Bass music..ha ha..there you go, Bristol Bass!
MB: Where did you get your name – it can’t be a reference to your personality surely – with all the stuff you get up to I would have thought you’d need to be good at negotiation and compromise in some respects?
A: Well…I was called Vinyl Matt for years…from about ‘90 till 1996. I thought it was too corny and because my musical approach has always been left of centre I changed it to Awkward…I also liked how the letters rolled in a tag so that was it!
MB: I know you’re down with three of the four skills – but what about breakdancing – how’s your toprock and your downrock?
A: Weird but dope! I had to cool it 3 years back when I rolled my neck head-spinning. It messed up my mobility for a while…not a lot of fun! I was injured and had to wait for my balance to come back. I’ve been doing it for about 10 years now and am a co-founder of Bristol’s Physical Jerks crew alongside Stepchild, Wilkie, Ressia, Smurf,La and Ooze Des!
MB: The last word is yours – kick it!
A: Stop all war and change ‘the system’!

As a Brucie bonus to leave you with – here’s the Awkward video for Saying Nathen with Douchebaggalo…

Awkward – Myspace

Grandprize – Myspace

DJ DESIGN – Jetlag – 2008 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★☆

Like underground hip-hop but take guilty pleasure in the beats from producers like The Neptunes? Wish that those beats were teamed with credible MCs? Jetlag is that rare thing – an underground hip-hop LP that doesn’t seek to emulate a bygone era and for the few faults it does have – this is a good thing. Instead Design drops modern sounding beats that sound like they were created to move a dancefloor unlike – say – the clankiness of stuff from the Def Jux stable. As such it recalls Q Tip’s 1999 LP Amplified (wicked beats – even if the lyrics were a bit wack) and Foreign Legion’s 2003 LP Playtight – coincidentally a band whose former DJ was someone called…DJ Design. Jetlag is the product of four or so years work and contains the variety that you might expect from being made over such a length of time and a whole host of underground MCs.

Things kick off with Phat Cat and Grip Grand spitting battle rhymes over the sparse beats and Ofra Haza sounding chant of Wild Ones before Oh No and Roc C take over for the Play. What sounds like a loop jacked from a sixties psychedelic track prepares the ground for super-heavy cut and paste beats, and a portrait of a femme fatale gangster, “She a thoroughbred raised by the hustlers/ never been a customer, always on the come up”. This brace of tracks constitute a dope opening to an LP though the smooth blandness of the next two tracks – the B Lloyd featuring All A Dream and the Dudley Perkins/ Oh No showcase Better Days sees the pace slacken somewhat. Not that you need worry overly as next up is the album highlight – an utter bomb-track with Guilty Simpson coming correct over some phat sci fi boom bap shit. Synths shimmer in the background, piano stabs punctuate the foreground, the beat is kick drum heavy and Simpson’s battle flows set to shut down all rivals – so it’ll come as no surprise that it’s titled Ferocious. Unfortunately it’s one of those tracks that no matter how good what follows is – you just want to listen to it again. Unfortunate because a lot of what follows is pretty damn good. Grip Grand rocks up again on the fuzzed out guitar riff heavy B-side Too and B Lloyd’s second track Major is cousin to DJ Shadow’s Q Tip/ Lateef collab. Enuff. Get On The Floor will have people stepping up to do just that and is a synth-rich wig-out that recalls the Knight Rider theme. Ace Hustle and Foreign Legion also turn up on quality tracks towards the end of the LP. Overall Jetlag contains numerous good tracks and at least one all-time classic (Ferocious) but if I have any complaint at all it’s that the LP could be more consistent in terms of pace and quality and could have been pruned of one or two pieces of filler. Clearly a man with a sense of humour, Design closes the LP with the horrible tech-house of Gates Of Steel. I probably should keep an open mind about this track or something but fuck that.
Out now on Look Records.

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DJ Design – Myspace

TAME IMPALA – Tame Impala EP – Review

Rating: ★★★★★

Anyone worried about the vacuum left by the implosion of Wolfmother might want to give these boys a shout. Don’t worry I’m not claiming they’re the next Wolfmother, because they ain’t. They don’t need to be. They’re the one and only Tame Impala – infinitesimally lighter than Myles and co. and way more tripped out. Desire Be, Desire Go is a filthy great fuzzed-out psychedelic monster, Skeleton Tiger channels 13th Floor Elevators through a party hosted by Love while Half Full Glass of Wine has the riffage on high and the fidelity on ‘lo’. I’d comment on the other tracks but you’ll want something to discover for yourself. You just wish you’d heard their cover of Blueboy’s Remember Me. I don’t know whether the Perth-based Impala boys are surfers or not but I can’t think of a better soundtrack for dropping a tab of desert-cooked acid and pulling into a giant Margaret River barrel lit up by the fiery rays of the rising sun.
Released 11 October on Modular.

Tame Impala – Myspace

THE BAMBOOS – Side Stepper – 2008 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★½

I dunno whether the fact that they’re based in Melbourne means that The Bamboos are the world’s southernmost funk band but they definitely head north on a couple of tracks on their third studio LP Side Stepper. And when I say ‘north’ I mean in the general direction of the Wigan Casino circa 1973. Yes, that’s right folks – the deep funkers have gone for a northern soul direction on instrumental opener Nightsport and the Kylie Auldist-featuring Now That You Are Mine. As a consequence, anyone stoked by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson’s cover of Valerie should probably stop reading now and go and make a purchase as they’ll definitely be feeling these. Lest the fear set in for the rest of you, let me assure you that the rest of the album is funkier than a mosquito with James Brown’s unwashed pants covering its tweeter. Second track Now That You Are Mine is another of three tracks featuring the gorgeous vocals of long time Bamboos cohort – Melbourne soul sister Kylie Auldist and is a soaring slice of funky soul. Auldist also appears on the seventies soul pastiche Make It Real while the band hook up with another female vocalist – the angel–voiced Megan Washington on recent storming single (and Kings of Leon cover) King Of The Rodeo. This is one of the highlights of the LP – as is that single’s flipside – Can’t Help Myself, a dope slice of super-tight uptempo funk, punctuated by organ stabs and London rapper Ty’s party-starting lyrics – along the same lines but altogether more successful than the last LP’s collaborations with Ohmega Watts. The final vocal team-up comes with the falsetto Curtis Mayfield-style approach of Paul MacInnes and definitely brings white safari suits and seventies cocktail bars to mind. The remaining four tracks see the band absolutely killing it with the funky instrumentals for which they are renowned and are a showcase for the talents of drummer Danny Farrugia – a man who must have forearms like Popeye. You might have expected third time around that they would be running short of ideas for instrumentals but you can put that thought to bed when you first hear Funky Buttercup whose northern soul intro misleadingly gives way to ska, then back to a bar or so of northern soul before the funk kicks in. And that’s more than appropriate really – because, after all, the funk ‘kicking in’ is what it’s all about isn’t it? If your answer’s in the negative – you’re on the wrong site.
Out now on Tru Thoughts
Buy Side-Stepper @

Listen to The Bamboos – Sidestepper

The Bamboos – Myspace

Tru Thoughts

The Bamboos – Amen Brother/ Tears Cried (feat. Kylie Auldist) – Single review

THE FORTY SEVEN – The Day The Sun Bled – Album promo download

Back in the day there were forty-seven samurai who became forty-seven ronin (and later, simply ‘The Forty Seven’) after the death of their master which they promptly avenged as a matter of honour. Here in the present, The Day The Sun Bled (download promo sampler HERE) is the debut album from hip-hop supergroup The Forty Seven (and trust me – there are nearly that many of them) numbered amongst whom are the following: Swiss Precise, Master Fuol, Monk Liverfish, Hochii, DJ Remode, Ill Naughty, Optimist, LD-Ransom, Obtuse, Specs, Expo, Dysposable Heroes, Jabba The Kut. Anyone who hasn’t yet clicked on the link above should probably just commit seppuku right now in disgrace! Don’t get any blood on the carpet.

The Forty Seven – Myspace

JAKE ONE – Interview

READ MONKEYBOXING.COM review of JAKE ONE – White Van Music
DJ/ Producer Jake One’s LP White Van Music drops on 27 October – listen HERE to taster track The Truth feat. Freeway and Brother Ali and read what happened when the Monkey caught up with him to ask about that LP title and more:

Monkeyboxing (MB): In the UK, the words White’ and ‘Van when put together have connotations of chauvinistic, working class males who reveal too much ass-crack, and demonstrate a spectacular lack of consideration for other road users. The phrase ‘White Van Music’ in particular would connote commercial radio (especially those stations playing mainstream hits from the 80s) played at noise-abatement order volumes. Does your LP’s title have a similar cultural significance in the U.S.?
Jake One (J): Naw not really. I actually came up with White Van Music in ’93 when I did my first song ever with my homie G Brown. I called my beat tape ‘White Van Beats’ and named my publishing ‘White Van Music’ on a whim 10 years ago and I’ve been running with it ever since. I used the title more to symbolize how long I’ve been doin this.
MB: I used to think that sampling would always keep hip hop fresh by allowing DJ/producers to have the jump on any new sound or genre by being able to chop it up, loop it or whatever. Despite that, the mainstream seems all played out and washed up with frequent references to hip-hop being dead while the underground is largely informed by retro styles. You’ve worked with a wealth of artists on both sides of the fence – how much life do you think is left in the old dog?
J: I think Hip Hop started to fall off with biting became acceptable. I try to not to make “retro” hip hop. I definitely create from the same foundation of the mid 90’s but I try to put different wrinkles in it to make it sound different. I think that’s how I’ve been able to work with a lot of commercial artists over the past couple years. The stuff I’m doing has a organic vibe but it sounds “big”.
MB: On your LP, you collaborate with both underground and mainstream MCs – was there anyone you wanted to work with but didn’t manage to and what made you want to work with that person?
J: I wanted to do something with Ghostface but I couldn’t quite pull it together. He’s one of my favorite artists because of his character. Dude has a book with him just talking that is entertaining. Not too many people can pull that off.
MB: The Cool Kids, Kidz In The Hall and The Knux (to name but a few) have all been listed as ones to watch but equally are often dismissed as ‘hipster rap’. Is this just the more conservative voices in hip-hop venting jealousy at a changing of the guard or is there some substance to this complaint about lack of substance?
J: The whole complaining about rap style can be just as grating as Soulja Boy to me personally. Make a good record about something instead of complaining about the radio. Most of the underground artists do want that mainstream success. There are very few who turn down that big major label deal.
MB: I read an article recently that speculated on the possibility that eventually we will be able to download any song from the internet for free and that artists would make more money depending on the popularity of their tracks with the royalties presumably raised from advertising revenue. Inevitably bootleg mp3s of artists’ work finds its way onto the net undermining legal sales and many artists are starting to release free downloads. Where do you think the future lies?
J: I don’t know. Clearly the money is shrinking for the artists and the labels. Its kinda crazy how people have this attitude now that they deserve the music for free. I still buy cd’s and records but it’s just something I’ve done my whole life. I’ve never thought that music really owes me anything, so if times get hard I’ll go back to regular life and get a job. Music isn’t the only thing I can do with my life. Its always going to be something I love to do though.
MB: Are you going to drop your LP on vinyl?
J: Yup.
MB: Good answer! Thanks for talking with Monkeyboxing and good luck with the LP – the last word is yours – anything you want to say?
J: If you downloaded the album and like it, please buy that shit! It’s that simple.

Jake One – Myspace

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READ MONKEYBOXING.COM review of JAKE ONE – White Van Music


This is an A-Z search for reviews, news, interviews written on the Monkeyboxing Empire blog from 2006-2008:

N.B. Artists are listed by alphabet as follows: Ben Harper under ‘B’ not ‘H’, DJ Yoda under ‘D’ not ‘Y’ though words like ‘the’ are ignored so ‘The Black Spots’ are under ‘B’. Also – Compilation LPs are included in the list, by the first letter in the title e.g. Let’s Boogaloo Vol. 3 will be found under ‘L’. ‘Lifestyle’ products are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the brand name e.g. ‘P’ for Puma: Scott Bourne kicks.
Abdominal – Pedal Pusher – 2007 – SINGLE
Abdominal – Escape From The Pigeonhole – 2007 – LP
ADIDAS SKATE SUPERSTAR – NEWS – Autumn (Fall)/ Winter 2008
Afrophysics – The AP EP: Truthsayers – 2007 – EP
Aim – Birchwood EP – 2008 – EP
All Natural – Elements Fire – 2008 – LP
Andy Smith – Diggin In The BGP Vaults – 2008 – LP
Atmosphere – NEWS – Free LP download
Atmosphere – NEWS – New album When LIfe Gives You Lemons… released in April 2008
Atmosphere – NEWS – Shoulda Known single free download
Atmosphere – Shoulda Known – 2008 – SINGLE
Atmosphere – NEWS – UK tour w. Brother Ali – 2008
Atmosphere/ BrotherAli/ Kidz In The Hall LIVE: Bristol Thekla- 2008
Atmosphere – NEWS – Tag It Gold!
Audioslave – Revelations – 2006 – LP
Ayatollah – Drum Machine LP release
Baby Charles – Hard Man To Please/ Jackson Fingers – 2008 – SINGLE
The Bamboos – Rawville – 2007 – LP
The Bamboos – Bring It Home – 2007 – SINGLE
The Bamboos – King Of The Rodeo – 2007 – SINGLE
The Beastie Boys – The Mix Up – 2007 – LP
Beck – Timebomb – 2007 – SINGLE
Beck – Modern Guilt – 2008 – LP
Ben Harper – Both Sides of the Gun – 2006 – LP
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Lifeline – 2007 – LP
Big Boss Man – NEWS – New album due in 2008
The Black Keys – Just Got To Be/ Black Door – 2007 – SINGLE
The Black Keys – Strange Times – 2008 – SINGLE
The Black Keys – NEWS – New LP Attack & Release due April 08
The Black Keys – Attack & Release – 2008 – LP
The Black Keys – NEWS – I’m Glad download
The Black Keys – I Got Mine – 2008 – SINGLE
The Black Spots – Take A Sound – 2006 – 12″ SINGLE
Black Milk – Popular Demand – 2007 – LP
Bombs – A Fifth Of Cool J – 2007 – EP
Breakestra – Lowdown Stank/ MIss Funky Sole – 2008 – SINGLE
Cage The Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked – 2008 – SINGLE
Camp Lo – Black Hollywood – 2007 – LP
The Chemical Brothers feat. Fatlip – The Salmon Dance – 2007 – SINGLE
Chris Cornell – Carry On – 2007 – LP
Color Climax – You Got What You Wanted – 2008 – SINGLE
Common – Finding Forever – 2007 – LP
The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale – 2008 – EP
The Cool Kids – Delivery Man video/ Free downloads – 2008 – EP
Cut Chemist – The Audience is Rural – 2006 – LP
DangerDoom – The Mouse and the Mask – 2006 – LP
Del The Funky Homosapien – Eleventh Hour – 2008 – LP
Del The Funky Homosapien – Leak Pack Volume 1 Free download – 2008
Diamond D – Stunts, Blunts and Hip-hop – 2006 – LP
Diplomats Of Solid Sound feat. Diplomettes – Plenty Nasty – 2008 – LP
DJ Babu – New album release – Duck Season
DJ Design – Jetlag LP – Free download
DJ Shadow – The Outsider – 2006 – LP
DJ Shadow – This Time (I’m Going To Try It My Way) – 2007 – SINGLE
DJ Yoda – Wheels – 2006 – SINGLE
Donovan Frankenreiter – Move By Yourself – 2006 – LP
Duffy – Mercy – 2008 – SINGLE
Dyke And The Blazers – We Got More Soul – 2007 – LP
ETNIES – Ollie King – NEWS – 2008
Fakts One – NEWS – Long Range LP release
Flying Saucer Rock & Roll – Richard Blandford – 2008 – Novel review
Folkdevils – 2006 – EP
Foreign Legion – NEWS – New LP due Mar. 08
Foreign Legion – Interview/ news update/ Secret Knock EP/ LP and bye bye Design
Foreign Legion – The Secret Knock EP – EP review
Foreign Legion – NEWS – Night Moves LP announced
Foreign Legion – NEWS – Night Moves LP update + free EP download + Prozack Turner video interview
45 King/ 4th Pyramid/ Wale/ Pase Rock – Free download
Freestyle Professors – Luv U video
Funky Forty Fives – Vols. 8/11/12 review
Galactic – From The Corner To The Block – 2007 – LP
G Love – G Love’s Lemonade – 2006 – LP
G Love – Peace, Love & Happiness – 2008 – SINGLE
G Love – Superhero Brother – 2008 – LP
G Love – NEWS New LP Superhero Brother set for 2008
The Go! Team – The Wrath Of Marcie – 2007 – SINGLE
Gnarls Barkley – NEWS – Listen to new track RUN
Gnarls Barkley – Going On – 2008 – SINGLE
The Gutter Twins – NEWS – Free download
Hieroglyphics – Over Time – 2007 – LP
Honey Cone – Sunday Morning People – 2007 – SINGLE
Isaac Hayes R.I.P.
Jake One – Press release – White Van Music LP release
Jedi Mind Tricks – Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell – 2006 – LP
Jurassic 5 – Feedback Tour – Bristol Academy – 26 September 2006
Jurassic 5 – Feedback – 2006 – LP
Kamikazi Airlines record label – introducing…
Keith Christmas – Light of the Dawn – 2006 – LP
Keith Christmas – Litton Old Down Acoustic Club – 6 December 2006
Kid Acne – Romance Ain’t Dead – 2007 – LP
Press Release – Kidz In The Hall – Love Hangover video
News: The Knux – Remind Me In 3 Days album sampler
Let’s Boogaloo Vol.3 (compilation) – 2006 – LP
Let’s Boogaloo Vol.4 (compilation) – 2007 – LP
Lily Allen – Alright Still – 2006 – LP
Lily Allen – Littlest Things – 2006 – SINGLE
Little Barrie – Live at Bristol Thekla – Feb 24 2007
Little Barrie – Pin That Badge – 2006 – EP
Little Barrie – Stand Your Ground – 2007 – LP
Main Flow & 7L – Flow Season – 2006 – LP
Mark Ronson – Toxic – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Stop Me – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Oh My God – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Valerie – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Version – 2007 – LP
NEWS: Master Shortie – Dead End Single
Memory Man feat. Kool Keith – The Kool Keith Show – 2007 – SINGLE
The Metros & Toddla T feat. Metronom – Free download
News: The Mighty Underdogs – Free Downloads/ Dropping Science LP
Monster Maker (Sharkey & C-Rayz Walz) – Monster Maker – 2007 – LP
Mooqee – Rippin It Up / Polar Crunk – 2007 – PROMO SINGLE
Mos Def – True Magic / Tru3 Magic – 2006 – LP
Mr Christopher/ Rex Rey/ Von Hause – NEWS – Free download – 2008
Mr Lif – Mo Mega Tour – Bristol Thekla – 25 October 2006
Mr Lif – Mo Mega – 2006 – LP
Nas – Hip-Hop Is Dead – 2007 – SINGLE
The New Mastersounds – Plug & Play – 2008 – ALBUM
New Orleans Funk & Soul Vol. 2 – 2008 – LP
Nice Up – Skankin In Teh Way/ Jah Wish – 2008 – SINGLE
Nice Up – Blud & MIA/ Witness The Flava – 2008 – SINGLE
The Nouvellas – NEWS – Debut album and single due in 2008
The Nouvellas – NEWS – Listen to live tracks
The Nouvellas – Satisfied – 2008 – SINGLE
Parker – Western Soul – 2008 – SINGLE
Parker – To Eternity – 2008 – LP
Parker – Western Soul – 2008 – LP
Pendulum – Propane Nightmares – 2008 – SINGLE
Pendulum – Live: Carling Academy – 2008
Pharoahe Monch – Desire – 2007 – LP
Pharoahe Monch – Body Baby – 2007 – SINGLE
Pharoahe Monch – Push – 2006 – SINGLE
PUMA Skate – NEWS – Scott Bourne Kicks
Ralph Rip Shit – The Best Name – 2006 – EP (only title track reviewed)
Random Era – The Searching Years EP – 2007 – EP
Random Era – The Searching Years – 2007 – LP
Random Era – Interview – 2007
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium – 2006 – LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Desecration Smile – 2007 – SINGLE
Rex Rey – The Raw Deal Vol. 1 – 2008 – LP
RJD2 – The Third Hand – 2007 – LP
Rup – Rup On Zebra – 2007 – LP
Sadat X – The Okie Doke/ Theatrics- 2008 – SINGLE
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights – 2007 – LP
The Snugs – Strugglin’ – 2007 – SINGLE
The Snugs – Trying – 2008 – SINGLE
Sir Beans OBE – Miles From Home – 2006 – EP
Sister Funk 2 – (compilation) – 2007 – LP
Sober & Dribbla – Broken Plan – 2006 – EP
Sober & Dribbla – Freaks Speak Dark – 2008 – LP
Sober & Dribbla – Interview
Stoned Soul Picnic – Erotic Cakes – 2006 – LP
Stoned Soul Picnic – One Dollar Hotel Parts (1 & 2) – 2007 – 7″ SINGLE
The Sweet Divines – NEWS – Introducing the…
T Bird & The Breaks – NEWS – Introducing the…
Tame One – NEWS – Da Old Jersey Bastard LP June release
Ugly Duckling – Bang for the Buck – 2006 – LP
Ugly Duckling – NEWS – New album due 2008
Ugly Duckling – NEWS – announce new LP Audacity
Vast Aire – NEWS – Deuces Wild LP & Tracklist.
Vast Aire – Dueces Wild – 2008 – LP
Vordul Mega – Megagraphitti – 2008 – LP
The White Stripes – Icky Thump – 2007 – SINGLE
Wolfmother – Wolfmother – 2006 – LP
Wolfmother – The Joker and the Thief – 2006 – SINGLE
Wu Tang Clan – The Heart Gently Weeps – 2008 – SINGLE

PUMA Suede Skate

Compared to Nike SB’s high profile publicity, the marketing of the Puma skate sideline seems to be conducted more like a covert operation – so you might have missed these. The skate suede – pictured here in black and white and also available in red and white seems to be pretty much the Scott Bourne shoe without the slightly tacky Scott Bourne logo on it and is thus a vast improvement. It’s also going for just less than fifty quid in the UK, which for a quality skate shoe is pretty much unbeatable.