Monthly Archives: July 2010

BLAKTRIX: The Houdini Footprints Of Some People Never Go Crazy – Free download

What’s this? A nine-track Blaktrix retrospective digital release FREE to DOWNLOAD – HERE of rare and unreleased cuts? Whagwaan? I’m assuming this is a prelude/ taster of soon come new material rather than a curtain bow. For those who don’t know, Blaktrix is the shit and his rhymes trip off the tongue with understated ease – unlike the name of this EP. I first caught Blaktrix on Sir Beans OBE’s Miles From Home EP and although I haven’t listened to it in a while I can still quote from memory his comment on rushing releases out – “Gas Mark 7, enjoy that turkey/ Tunes these days get released too early.” Certainly not a complaint that can be levelled at some of the stuff on this which has obviously been maturing for a few years. That line appears on Beans’ track Business Is Good which happily also features on this EP. Chek! Press guff below links.
Blaktrix – Myspace
ft. PLO, Mudmowth, Stagga, Rola, Monky, Junior Disprol & Sir Beans OBE…

Like a well kept secret the UK underground Hip Hop scene knows about Blaktrix. Acclaimed for his flow and off kilter techniques he seems eventually destined to be recognised as one of the leading Hip Hop artists in the country…
His first significant release – Indian Rope Trick featuring Humurak d Gritty and DJ Moneyshot – won the Ras Kwames Homegrown for 3 consecutive weeks. The Bradford born artist, who now spends his time between Manchester and Cardiff, went on to feature on the Ras Kwames Homegrown Collection 2006 CD (HipHop Connection Magazine). DJ Magazine described his ‘Trust’ EP ‘a classic’. Blues ‘n’ Soul Magazine acclaimed the next release from Blaktrix ‘What Shall BE’ EP as ‘proof not all best british hiphop comes out of London.’
Blaktrix spent a short stint on the infamous SFDB Label and featured on the Secondson and his Orchestra Lp along with artists such as Taskforce, Lewis Parker and Jehst. He has supported Skinnyman and Goldie Lookin Chain in venues across the country such as Bristol Academy and has performed live on BBC radio. ‘Blix James Bitch’ is played considerably on C4’s Extreme Sports. Blaktrix was also featured on ‘Unsigned’ on HTV Wales. When times were hard Rola from the Numskullz, Monky and Stagga (now renowned dubstep producers) from Optimas Prime provided him with the space and studio to lay down some of his heaviest material. Most of this only ever came out on Vinyl some of it never at all…

SHAOLIN TEMPLE DEFENDERS: Take It Slow (feat. Gift Of Gab)

These guys have to run T Bird & The Breaks pretty close in terms of who has the best band name on the contemporary funk scene. But that’s another story. What we have here is the horns-n-Hammond-rich new single and title track of their forthcoming LP (due 4 October 2010) feat. Blackalicious’ heavyweight (in more ways than one) rapper. Actually their myspace indicates the LP will be available on wax this month too…keep your eyes peeled innit!

Listen to Shaolin Temple Defenders – Take It Slow

Shaolin Temple Defenders – Myspace


1. Mr Benn – Police (Magic Fly remix)
Rude skanking remix of the lairy A side riddim.

2. Orgone – The Last Fool
Full funk flames. First track on new LP.

3. Boca 45 – Bottles In The Air
Reverb heavy floor filler.

4. Windmills – Summer Fantasie
Very fresh west coast hip-hop. Expect BIG things.

5. The Bamboos – You Ain’t No Good
Mod-soul stomper feat. The mysterious King Merc

6. Smov & Dedy Dread – No Diggin
Sixties Motown/ Bossa beat-crosser Black Street refix.
ListenRead Review…

7. Herma Puma feat. Sensei Of Soul – Disposable Rappers
Super chilled, super heavy, full fat. Part 1.

8. The Funk League feat. Diamond D & Sadat X – The Boogie Down Bombers
Super chilled, super heavy, full fat. Part 2.

9. Funktomas – Shake Shot
Big thumping, disco-breakin, beats. Part 1.

10. DJP – Juicy Way
Big thumping, disco-breakin, beats. Part 2.

KEMO THE BLAXICAN: ‘Upside Of The Struggle’ LP released 17 August 2010

Not enough Latin lingo in the lyrics you’re hearing? Not enough barrio in the beats? Time to cop a bit of Kemo The Blaxican then (I’ll leave you to puzzle out his mixed heritage) – since the former Delinquent Habits member drops his third solo album on 17 August this year. Given previous efforts (cop the video to La Receta off the first solo LP below links) this promises to be a release date of note especially since, among others, Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog makes an appearance. Album press details below the video.
Kemo The Blaxican – Myspace

(PRESS RELEASE) West Coast Latin hip hop pioneer, Kemo the Blaxican, is an MC and producer who creates music that transcends cultures and blends hip hop with funky beats, thought-provoking lyrics, and clever hooks for an overall dynamic urban sound.

His new CD, Upside of Struggle, slated for release August 17, 2010 (Dead Silence Records) is series of hip hop tracks inspired by his roots; specifically southern California culture and the music that influenced his youth—from west coast funk, soul, and classic hip hop, to traditional Latin music. The album features guest appearances by Sen Dog (Cypress Hill) and Tetsuya Weeping Willow Nakamura (formerly of War) on “Just What You Feelin,” as well as contributions by Sick Jacken (Psycho Realm).

Upside of Struggle is Kemo’s third solo album on Dead Silence Records, which demonstrates his evolution as an MC and producer. This 12-track incarnation bursts with musical styles and compelling arrangements. Kemo’s lyrical skills stretch back and forth between L.A. street slang and barrio Spanish, never hesitant to show both sides of his composite. He moves the listener through moods, harmoniously encapsulating contradiction, antagonism and the co-existence of good, even during bad times, all with mind bending ease.

Kemo The Blaxican is a former MC and lyricist for West Coast Latin hip hop pioneers, “Delinquent Habits.” He is also the proud owner of indie record label, Dead Silence Records and the urban fashion t-shirt line, Joint Clothing. Kemo also works successfully in publishing, garnering his music in numerous national T.V. ads and films, for over a decade.