Monthly Archives: January 2009

ERYKAH BADU: Honey (Grant Phabao remix) – Free download

In a move little short of genius, French DJ/Producer Grant Phabao has reggae’ed up Badu’s Honey – morphing the neo-soul original into a dead-ringer for the sound of sixties Kingston. The sort of thing that causes impromptu bumping and grinding, it’s free to download and you can check the vid. too – what’s not to like? Click the link and drop some smooth moves! Heretic DJs who play with mp3s can even hit up for a higher quality sound file – link below.
Download – Erykah Badu – Honey (Grant Phabao remix)

Watch – Erykah Badu – Honey (Grant Phabao remix) – Video

Grant Phabao – Myspace

810 – Free downloads

810’s from Baltimore, home of The Wire and he kicks it like that too by dropping quality good shit. With more rhymes than Avon Barksdale done crimes he’s been working with producer Mydus who’s knocked up some soulful loops and clean beats that aren’t trying to sound like Kanye and Lupe, though the end results might have those two a little worried when imminent LP Supply & Demand comes out. Judging by the tracks available here (all of which will appear on that release) you’ll be demanding and 810’ll be supplying.

Download – 810 – Here We Go Again Prod. By Mydus

Download – 810 – Bill Gates Prod. By Mydus

Download – 810 – Pay Day Prod. By Mydus

Download – 810 – Where U Been Prod. By Mydus

Download – 810 – Whatever Prod. By Mydus

810 – Myspace

RECORDKINGZ (feat. The Beatnuts): Rock Ya Shoulders – 2009 – Single review

Rating: ★★★★★

This’ll be the other debut single off imminent LP Heavyweight from Juliano ‘Recordkingz’ (a.k.a. one half of production duo The Creators) – the first being Heat feat. Mobb Deep. The contrast is quite stunning. Where Heat limps along like a knackered tramp, Rock Ya Shoulders bowls in itching to get it’s toprock on. And where Mobb Deep sound like they couldn’t be arsed with the effort, Latin legends The Beatnuts sound effortless. One suffix and a whole world of difference. The fact that Juliano cannibalizes old New Orleans funk 45 Hung Up by Salt – making this sound like something produced by Diamond D in ’93 doesn’t hurt either. The first true hip-hop banger of the year. Wh-wh-worrrrrrrrrd! (Read RECORDKINGZ – Heavyweight – Album review – HERE)
Out now on digital. Vinyl/CD tbc.

Listen to Recordkingz (feat. The Beatnuts) – Rock Ya Shoulders

Recordkingz – Myspace

RECORDKINGZ (feat. Mobb Deep): Heat – 2009 – Single review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recordkingz (a.k.a. Juliano of nineties hip-hop production duo The Creators) has released not one but two debut singles off forthcoming LP Heavyweight. One of these is a gigantic banger featuring The Beatnuts. The other one is this – which according to the press release was recorded in a sleepless rush in less than two days. That might explain why Havoc and Prodigy seem to be on rapping-autopilot while Recordkingz throws down an unremarkable beat, strings loop and guitar chop. It might be called ‘heat’ but it ain’t flames. Seek out the Beatnuts collab!(Read RECORDKINGZ – Heavyweight – Album review – HERE)
Out now on digital. Vinyl/CD tbc.

Recordkingz – Myspace

LOWKEY: Tell Me Why – 2009 – Free download

Download (CLICK HERE) – Lowkey – Tell Me Why (Produced by Quincey Tones)

“One of my favourite rappers right now”
DJ Semtex (BBC 1Xtra + Dizzee Rascal’s DJ)

“One of the most intelligent and sickest MCs”
DJ MK (Kiss FM + Roots Manuva’s DJ)

Lowkey and Quincey Tones team up again for the anthemic ‘Tell Me Why’. Addressing everything from 9/11 and Myspace to YouTube, Rupert Murdoch and Big Brother; Lowkey tears a hole in the infectiously catchy production making for one of the best Hip Hop tracks of 09 so far. Already a radio favourite being played straight off the Dear Listener album promos, look out for the forthcoming maxi single featuring remixes with Cali P (biggest Reggae artist in Europe right now!) and Tinie Tempah and Professor Green.

7Thirty Entertainment – Myspace

THE COOL KIDS – Pennies – New video

Heads up – new Cool Kids vid to Pennies – off forthcoming LP When Fish Ride Bicycles

The Cool Kids – Myspace

KURIOUS JORGE – ‘II’ LP – Released 24 March 2009

Golden age fans of Hip Hop will remember full page split advertisements in ‘The Source Magazine’ for what was at the time two of Columbia’s most promising Hip Hop artists Debut albums. One half of the advertisement was Nas “Illmatic” and the other was for Kurious Jorge “A Constipated Monkey”. Well now, everyone’s favorite “Constipated Monkey” is back with a brand new album for 2009! Kurious Jorge and Amalgam Digital are proud to present “II”, Kurious’ first studio album in over 14 years, which will be released on March 24th, 2009.

Hailing from Harlem , Kurious is best known for his early-to-mid 1990’s hits such as “Walk Like A Duck”, “Uptown Sh*t”, “I’m Kurious” and “A Mansion & A Yacht”. His debut album, “A Constipated Monkey”, was released in 1994 to critical acclaim. His association with Bobbito, Pete Nice (3rd Bass) and MF Doom (KMD) further cemented his folklore in underground circles worldwide

After a lengthy hiatus, Kurious signed to the Amalgam Digital label in 2007. Amalgam re-released the classic “A Constipated Monkey” album later that year which included never-heard-before bonus demo tracks from the early 90s. Kurious’ new offering “II” features guest appearances from the likes of another Amalgam Digital signed artist, Max B, and reunites both MC Serch with Mf Doom for “Benneton” as well as regrouping with original posse members The Beatnuts who return a favor to the man who laced their chorus with the vocals “When I pop the trunk…hit the deck”.

Stellar production is handled by a “who’s who” in the beat game: Dame Grease, 88-Keys, Hi-Tek, The Beatnuts, V.I.C., Domingo and Yogi. Songs such as ‘Animals & Horses’, ‘Work It’, and ‘From Up Under’ prove that Kurious’ lyrical skills and wit are still sharp as ever while the classic “Sittin’ In My Car” pays homage to the original version by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh.

The album “II” will be available on CD and Digital format on March 24th 2009. When fans purchase the digital version of the album from the online store they will receive additional bonus songs including a new track featuring Del The Funky Homosapien.

Check out the lead single video “Back From Up Under” ft. Max B HERE.

Also check out the promo video of Kurious & The Beatnuts HERE.

Tracklisting and credits for Kurious Jorge’s II:

1.) Take What is Given (produced by Dame Grease)
2.) Back with VIC (produced by VIC)
3.) Work It (produced by 88-Keys)
4.) Sittin’ In My Car (produced by Ed Noodles)
5.) Drinks In The Air f/Vanessa Liftig (produced by Boola)
6.) Animals and Horses f/Kadi (produced by Yogi)
7.) Rubberbandz (produced by The Beatnuts)
8.) Benetton f/MC Serch & Mf Doom (produced by Sosa)
9.) Rain On f/Co Campbell (produced by Dame Grease)
10.) Wake Up f/Vanessa Liftig (produced by Team Demolition)
11.) Smiling (produced by Domingo)
12.) Brand New Day f/Dave Dar & Co Campbell (produced by Hi-Tek)
13.) Mysterious (produced by Boola)
14.) New Heights (produced by Oner)
15.) Back From Up Under f/Max B (produced by Dame Grease)
16.) Is This the End (produced by Sosa)
17.) Prosperous (produced by Fyre Dept.)
18.) The Magician f/ Del The Funky Homosapien (produced by James Strong)**** Amalgam Digital BONUS TRACK

IPATH: Spring 2009 Footwear

IPath got new kicks out! As you can see they’re hedging their bets when it comes to styles – you got low-tops, mid-tops, and some things that might tempt middle-aged dads that don’t even look like trainers/sneakers at all…In terms of colourways (incidentally – can anyone tell me why it’s a colour ‘way’ and not a colour ‘scheme’?) they’re all about the earth tones and in terms of the uppers you’ll notice the hemp influence. Smokin’. Word to for the heads up.


Glasgow’s Starla Records celebrate their debut release with a 45 from the label’s house-band The DT6.

This first release is a storming Hammond-led slice of funk entitled “Don’t Doubt Me”. Recorded in Glasgow with the cream of Scotland’s new generation of funk and jazz musicians, we hope it sets the tone for the label with a benchmark of quality and originality. The B-side is another DT6 track with the addition of vocals from Marco entitled “Open My Eyes”, a sweet and more laid-back track with a whole lot of soul. Read review

Future releases will feature other artists and a variety of styles, but always with the Starla stamp of quality. Starla will be a vinyl-based label, with the focus being on limited-edition 45s. We have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline for future Starla releases and there will be live/club events in the near future as well.

The label has been put together by djs Craig Loosejoints & Mark Robb (The Buff/Streetlife/Ecurie Weegie) and engineer/musician Marco Rea (Palamino/Rainbow Family) to showcase Scottish musicians and new artists from the country’s, and particularly Glasgow’s, vibrant music scenes.

Full details on Starla and ordering information is available from where there will also be the latest news, as well as downloads of exclusive tracks and dj mixes.

Starla Records – Myspace

THE DT6: Don’t Doubt Me/ Open My Eyes – 2009 – 45 review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

I have a love/ hate relationship with this single from new Scots funk label Starla. I love the A side and I hate the B side. The instrumental A side – Don’t Doubt Me combines a snappy organic breakbeat with some of the most Ray Manzarek/ Doors-like keyboard playing I think I’ve ever heard on a funk track. Adding in a dash of wah-wah guitar it also shows admirable restraint by not overdoing the piccolo – Bamboos take note. Plus you gotta give mad props for the tartan label on the record. Then there’s Open My Eyes. Drawing from a much later era of funk it features a disco beat, the admittedly excellent falsetto vocals of Starla Records’ co-founder Marco Rea and a soaring chorus. It doesn’t so much tip its hat at the most insidious kind of ‘acid jazz’ as climb into it’s nasty corduroy flares whilst donning a black polo shirt and leather blazer. Evil. Very evil!

Listen to DT6 – Don’t Doubt Me/ Open My Eyes

Starla Records – Myspace