Monthly Archives: June 2012

MORLACK: Sokit2Me EP (2012)

Definitely one of the funkiest producers aligned with the ghetto funk movement, the Sokit2Me EP is Morlack’s latest effort and finds him reworking a number of old school gems for the kids. The title cut sees him have a go at a bit of DC Go Go – and when I say ‘having a go’ I mean producing a bass-bumpin version of Ayre Rayde’s 1986 cut Sock It To Me – a rework which All Good Funk Alliance
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THE BAMBOOS: Medicine Man (2012)

Once upon a time, The Bamboos were a largely instrumental retro-funk outfit. However, successive LPs have seen them inching steadily towards a more accessible sound by increasing their vocal numbers, expanding their generic repertoire beyond the boundaries of funk and become increasingly slick in the production department. Like furtive pop slags. Does fifth LP Medicine Man mark a return to
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VARIOUS: Carnibal Records 004 (2012)

The Carnibal cabal step up their activity here delivering Vol. 4 of their latin breaks series (which actually came out at the end of May) before the dust has even settled in the wake of mid-May’s Vol. 3. Time was when I would receive PR for a release a couple of months before it was due to generate ‘buzz.’ Then some marketing bell-end somewhere must’ve realised that ‘buzz’ has a
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101 (a.k.a. Hundred Strong feat Surreal): Pure Science (2012)

101 is Bristol’s Hundred Strong and Stateside microphone fiend Surreal who’ve hooked up for Pure Science – a funky nugget of head-nod hip-hop that’s definitely had a bit of a blaze. Blaxploitation bass, crisp breaks and hammond keys chug away, labelmate Mr Fantastic is on the cut creating a post-modern hook out of other people’s rhymes and Surreal has a word with the
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MR FANTASTIC feat. RETNA: What U Rhymin’ 4? (2012)

Bristol producer Mr Fantastic’s got a new beat – is there any chance his homie Retna would be available to rhyme on it? You’d have thought so with a jump-up b-boy break and understated wah-wah chops like this but Retna’s more full of excuses than a lazy teenager – he’s turned a bit cynical, started listening to tech-house and minimal and, quite frankly, he ‘don’t wanna do this
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DJ DNA feat. PAX & KURTIS BLOW: The Sum Of The Sound

Rating: ★★★★★
Can there conceivably be another MB 5 star recommendation in a week when even the tracks without one pretty much merit one? About four bars of this should decide you the answer’s a ‘yes’. Dutchman DJ DNA has only gone and hooked up with hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow as well as Pax
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LOOPEZ: ‘Lost Tape 1’ free download (2012) + ‘Free’ LP news

Rating: ★★★★★
Following his EP collabo with the excellent Renegades Of Jazz, Uruguayan Loopez sees the Greeks their sampled latin breaks and raises them some original latin fire with Lost Tape 1. Imagine a latin breaks version of S.O.U.L.’s Burning Spear with trumpet (courtesy of Gaston Ackerman)
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SERGE SEVERE: ‘Rare Flow’ video (2012) ‘Service Without A Smile EP’ free download

Rating: ★★★★★
Speak of the devil and he shall appear. Or at least get in contact with you by email. I only name-checked Serge Severe this morning in a post about Skills & Variety by way of highlighting the quality of hip-hop coming out of the Pacific Northwest and damn if he doesn’t throw me monstrous new bone Rare Flow. If you caught last
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GIZZELLE: Baby Please Don’t Go (Abtomic remix) (2012) free download

Abtomic demonstrates nuclear-powered productivity here with his second freebie in a week – if only the Greek economy could somehow harness his energy…Anyway, he’s back once again with a lean and mean funky breaks rework of Gizzelle (a.k.a. L.A. jump rhythm and blues chanteuse Lil Gizzelle) and her classic cover Baby Please Don’t Go. The relationship between the
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JASON KING: Bronx On Broadway (2012) free download

One half of deejay duo Bubaking and co-promoter of Bournemouth’s ‘Ghetto Jam’ night with Cockney Nutjob, Jason King finally gets his arse into production gear for Bronx On Broadway – and whadyaknow – he’s no slouch in the studio. As the name would suggest it’s essentially an NY rapapella (in this case old school cut Set It Off)
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