Monthly Archives: January 2013

JIMMY ‘PREACHER’ ELLIS: The Story Of Jimmy ‘Preacher’ Ellis (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★
The Story Of Jimmy ‘Preacher’ Ellis is the first album from Tramp Records this year and it’s yet another superb retrospective of a black American artist from the sixties and seventies – in this case Jimmy ‘Preacher’ Ellis. Frankly, it’s almost embarrassing, the regularity with which this label is able, even now, to track down black American
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THE INCITERS: Some Boss Soul (2013)

Can I get a soul clap? You’re pretty much guaranteed one off this lot especially as it’s a) the name of their current album, b) the name of the opener on taster EP Some Boss Soul and c) their stock in trade is making high octane northern soul – check dancefloor bomb Keep On Keepin On below. Unusually (these days) but correctly The Inciters
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SAVANT a.k.a. STANSTRO feat. DRAY BROWN: The Illest (2013) Free download

Savant is back on a heavy new Philly soul sampling number from Abstrakt Beats with fellow mic manipulator Dray Brown. It turns out The Illest is an eulogy to – well – the ‘illest.’ In the hip-hop sense, obviously. Savant and Brown’s lyrics contrast rappers who give it “wack” – dumbing their rhymes down to suck corporate cock, with the illest that rap – who, it seems, turn down the
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REX REY: The Raw Deal 2012 (2013) Free download

The Raw Deal 2012 is the latest volume in a series from L.A. hip-hop producer (and one half of psychedelic West Coast hip-hop duo Windmills) Rex Rey. It’s a not dissimilar kind of deal to DOOM’s Special Herbs & Spices beat series and our man describes his latest offering as being, “Beats in various stages for sundry projects down the road.” But don’t listen to him – that makes them sound
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SOUL BROS. INC: Pyramid/ Girl In The Hot Pants (2012) 7″

Rating: ★★★★★
Soul Bros Inc. are one of the monkey’s favourite funk bands ever so the prospect of a Soul Bros Inc. 45 coming out is so exciting it’s made a bit of wee come out. This 45 lifts two tracks from the previously released Story Of… LP also released by Tramp Records and shows two completely different sides of the band. Pyramid is the fuzzy
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SECOND HAND AUDIO feat. DIZZY DUSTIN: Got It Like That (GFD03) (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★
There was only one logical step for the ghetto funk/ breaks scene when the well of old school and underground hip hop rapapellas started drying up. Get some original vocals of course. There’s been barely a handful of those in the last few years but you can expect a lot more from now on as the necessity of finding something suitable (and unrinsed)
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FEATURECAST: ‘Run For Cover’ Remixed Vol. 2 (2013)

Brace yourself for a forthcoming second remix EP for tracks off Featurecast‘s game-changing autumn LP Run For Cover that those on production duties are hoping will have you running for the dancefloor. The opening salvo comes from JPOD in the form of a dirty great synth bass assault on Greg Blackman vehicle Soul Children, followed swiftly thereafter by thunderous ghetto
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DJ ROAST BEATZ: Heavy Roast Action Vol. 1 mixtape (2013) Free download

Is DJ Roast Beatz cooking up a bit of action in the near future or what? For starters he’s got a video featuring Mystro out later this month followed by an EP on Riddim Fruit. Then there’s some main course action in the form of a hip-hop/ ghetto funk/ soul-flavoured album featuring the cream of active US and UK MCs (i.e. the likes of Action Bronson, Dizzy Dustin, Stig Of The Dump, Rider Shafique, Dr
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B.VISIBLE: King Of My Castle (2013) Free download

King Of My Castle? Oh what – as in the Wamdue Project – “Must be a reason why I’m king of my castle/ Must be a reason why I’m free in my trapped soul”? The very same – well – not quite. Originally composed as a downtempo number the track became famous in pumping house club track format in 1997. Here, however, it is incarnated for your listening pleasure as a low 90s bpm glitch hop
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THE ALLERGIES: Heartbreaker EP (2013)

No post Christmas/ NYE lying low for either the Riddim Fruit label (who released the reliably heavyweight DJ Alias EP yesterday) or for Djs Moneyshot & Rackabeat team-up project The Allergies – who dropped massive old school freebie The Pick Up Line the other week. Why? Because The Allergies Heartbreaker EP is cued for release in the middle of this month. The boys pillage
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