Monthly Archives: March 2013

SHAOLIN TEMPLE DEFENDERS: From The Inside (2013)

France’s mightiest funk act Shaolin Temple Defenders once more stand firm against fake funk forces with From The Inside, their fourth long player in a decade. It’s an agreeable thirteen strong mixture of sweet Motown style (northern) soul and nuggets of fatback funk which ticks all the right boxes. Decent tunes? Yep, no duff ones here
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TREVOR & LISA: Clap N Hustle (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Trevor & Lisa might sound like some sort of boy/girl next door pop pairing but they’re nothing of the sort. For a start there’s three of them and second, they’re all blokes. So that’s pissed on the bonfire of your expectations hasn’t it? Secondly, Clap N Hustle is probably the most together contemporary funk/ hip-hop LP I’ve heard
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DJ MAARS vs. TOM SHOWTIME: The Chippa Irie EP (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ In which DJ Maars and Tom Showtime flog a dead ‘horse’ so hard it not only gets back up on its hooves but actually starts to make a lot of live ‘horses’ look like doddery soon-to-be ‘beef’ burgers. I refer of course to the fact that neither the beats nor the acapellas on this booming reggae/ hip-hop four tracker have been underused. The beat on Heatwave Episode was used by Dedy
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BASEMENT FREAKS: The Bass, The Fat & The Funky (Dj Mix) (2013) Free download + Spring tour dates

Must be the week for Ronseal names as Basement Freaks follows BMD’s Funky Beats & Re-Edits LP with this free download mix entitled The Bass, The Fat & The Funky. Or more strictly speaking, ghetto funky – though that doesn’t quite have the same ring. This grinding monster of a breaks mix revolves around a core of heavy ghetto funk whilst drawing in several different shades of breaks along with a bit
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DIZZY DUSTIN: Now You Know (Bunty Beats remix) video (2013)

Right gang – let’s get creative and brainstorm how we can gently ease the public away from the idea of old-school, cartoon-rap cat Dizzy Dustin of Ugly Duckling towards the hard-boiled Dizzy of forthcoming solo long player Psycho Babble and in particular album track Now You Know…I know! How about a video in which a guy returns home unexpectedly and finds his missus fucking someone
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BMD: Funky Beats & Re-Edits (2013)

The Tru:Funk label’s commander-in-chief is DJ/ Producer BMD and damn if he hasn’t marshalled his forces for a second full-length onslaught on dancefloors with Funky Beats & Re-Edits. Now I don’t know about you but that’s the sort of title that leads me to suspect an album that’ll contain some funky beats and some re-edits and hey – guess what..?
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PUBLIC ENEMY: 25th Anniversary Vinyl Collection (2013) + video

It’s been a quarter of a century since Chuck D, Flavour Flav, Terminator X and Professor Griff first bum-rushed the show as Public Enemy – though the story began even earlier than that with D and Flav’s Spectrum City project. Then they spent the best part of a decade until the mid nineties, famous (thanks to incendiary lyrics and the Bomb Squad’s
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MORLACK: Chinchilla EP (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Chinchilla – fabric of choice for pimp-coats. And if I was Morlack I’d be wearing one right now. The Chinchilla EP is his first ever vinyl release and what better way to start proceedings than with a certified floor filler such as the title track – in this case a disco-fied reboot of Drop It Like It’s Hot by the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg? Things then take a P-funky turn on
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SCOUR RECORDS: Scoured Cream Vol. 2 (2013)

Second time around for Scour Records and another breaks outing so varied it’s like a purchasable version of Spinforth’s Soundcloud Scour. Er – wait a minute…Anyway – as with Vol. 1 we open with a glitch. In the musical sense. In this case Warp9’s glitching electro swing number Lucas With The Glitch On. Subsequently, Buck Rogers lets the dogs out with his Funkdoobiest
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FUNK FERRET & IMAGINE THIS: Apply The Pressure (GFD04)(2013)

Stop children, what’s that sound? It’s the bass-wobble-hip-hop noise of right now. We’ve seen a few things in this line recently and I predict the floodgates will open in the next twelve months. Funk Ferret & Imagine This‘s Apply The Pressure is essentially ghetto funk with a real live emcee on it. It’s the sort of thing that has the potential to bury the shite-awful David Guetta
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