Monthly Archives: March 2011

J STAR: Regulate Rock – Free download – 2011

Back in the day Warren G and Nate Dogg were regarded as lame-ass jiggy shit in my neck of the woods. Still, time passes and you know what? Regulate still sounds like a cheesy, over-produced rnb turd. G-funk my ass. Enter reggae remixer to the stars – J – er – Star, two years ago. MB waxed lyrical about the skill and dedication required to make Regulate actually sound classy as opposed to something that the people who originally made it thought sounded classy
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KATALYST (feat. Stephanie Mckay): Day Into Night – Single – 2011

Between them Katalyst and Stephanie McKay seem to have captured the authentic atmosphere of a French summer’s evening with this sweet little number from Katalyst’s forthcoming album. Not bad for someone from Sydney and someone from New York and even weirder since it’s a slice of tremolo-guitar infused reggae soul that should probably have conjured up somewhere Jamaican or at least New World-y
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Get Down Boogie – Single – 2011

Rating: ★★★★★
A highlight from Basement Freaks’ recent Something Freaky LP and obvious choice of single, Get Down Boogie is dancefloor gold. Featuring an infectious organ riff/ bassline double act, a Groove Is In The Heart style break (and tempo), plus (funnily enough) a big female vocal hook exhorting one to ‘Get down to the boogie,’ and referring ad infinitum to, ‘funky grooves,’ it’s a proper hands in the air number.
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MANMADE RECORDS: Feature Funk Vol. 7 – 2011


A game of two halves this one. The A side consists of label bosses CMC & Silenta continuing to sidestep predictability with an disco-breaks/ wobbly-bassed/ big female vox-powered cut that seems to have been formulated solely for the purpose of convincing those formerly enamoured of house music that, yes, the nu/ ghetto funk scene has something for them. I certainly didn’t expect that.
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DJ ANGELO: Turntablist On Tour mixtape – 2011 – Free download

DJ Angelo styles along with another classic mixtape. He cuts the music with so much class this is basically a bust in the ass for – well – pretty much anyone else. Turntablist On Tour finds Angelo skipping across genres like a cat on hot bricks – if genres were bricks and he was a cat – which they aren’t and he isn’t but you get the picture.
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DJ LOVE feat Geechi Suede: Zigga Zigga – 2011

Rating: ★★★★★
Hot damn! This is the best thing I’ve heard rapper Geechi Suede on since Camp Lo dropped Black Hollywood way back in 2007! Dallas-based DJ Love shows he’s no musical cowboy with a beat that could cause a stampede on any dancefloor. It’s not that it’s particularly fast nor especially lairy, more that it’s harder to resist than a sexy Mexican maid with nothing innocent on her mind.
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JOHNNYPLUSE: Skanky Bitch – 2011

Don’t worry, Irish breaks merchant and Bulabeats label boss Johnnypluse isn’t venting about some chick. The title of this, the second single from his forthcoming How Much For The Monkey LP is more a literal description of the track itself, ‘skanky’ in the sense of skankin’; ‘bitch’ conveying the monstrous rhythm section as in, ‘Damn! That bass is nasty!”
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KRASH SLAUGHTA: Bedop EP – 2011

What with all the nufunk and ghetto funk around in the last couple of years it’s almost been like traditional funky b-boy breaks had taken a back seat on the funk-based breaks scene. Having said that, this year alone has seen big efforts from DJ Format, Hero 7 and Mash & Munkee and now Krash Slaughta too – a man who was doing it in Baghdad when lots of ghetto funkers were still in their dad’s bags.
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TOTALCULT: Nice Disco EP – 2011

UK-based nu/ ghetto funker Totalcult is back in the game less than two months since his Street Sounds EP with another EP – this time channeling Studio 54 and chock full of nu-disco stylings. Disco Call is all glittery dancefloor shimmy, Nice Disco is a wide-collared, unbuttoned-to-the-chest smooch in the shadows, (which Trotter’s remix drags into the eighties with spidery synth touches) but it’s Keep On Truckin’s grittier cocaine-fuelled
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THE LIBERATORS: ‘The Liberators’ LP + Rags To Riches video – 2011

Record Kicks come through with a big release here in the shape of The Liberators who bring some serious afro-funk heat on their debut album The Liberators. I’m not quite sure who did the production on this but they’ve got down a pretty heavyweight sound. Consequently there’s a lot of rumble in the Liberators’ jungle – less ‘Shaft In Africa’ than ‘Shaft-right-here-in the-room-with-you.
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