Monthly Archives: May 2013

VARIOUS: Ragga Party Jams Vol. 8 (2013)

Not ones to lie idle while all and sundry are knocking out bass-filled reggae booty, Dirty Dubsters fire up the engines at Dirty Dubster Digital again for Ragga Party Jams Vol. 8. What do you fancy? Bit of old school breakbeat ragga? How about a Bluntskull‘s blend of some toasting over Clyde Stubblefield’s ubiquitous Funky Drummer break topped with that mournful trumpet off
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BUMPY KNUCKLES: Somn’ Wrong (Prod. Freddie Foxxx)(2013)

Two heavyweight original stateside boom-bap bumps in twenty four hours – what’s going on? This time around it’s Bumpy Knuckles a.k.a. Freddie Foxxx. And he’s a man with a bit of a pedigree: debut LP produced over twenty years ago by Eric B, cameos on tracks by the likes of BDP, OC, Naughty By Nature and Gang Starr back in the day. Oh yeah – and legend also has it that he missed a
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DJ NU-MARK feat NYOIL: Lay Em Low (2013) Free download

The devil makes words for idle hands and he obviously didn’t think J5 dj/producer Nu-Mark had enough to do what with making some original beats this month for forthcoming movie Ride Along (starring Ice Cube and John Leguizamo among others), a nine date UK and Spanish tour with Jurassic 5 in June, subsequent dj sets in Brazil, and a couple of tracks on a forthcoming Lonely Island LP. So here’s this – a freebie collabo between Uncle
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DE KRAAIEN – Pechvogel (2013) video

News just in…the ghetto funk sound has finally made it into the pop charts. In Holland. Yesh my friendsh – fat beatsh, grinding shynths and buzzsaw bassh. It’sh all there. Plush Dutch vocalsh. Noysh! Time to shelebrate – shmoke and a pancake? Hey everyone – it’s De Kraaien (The Crows – I’m reliably informed) with Pechvogel (literally ‘bad luck bird’ ; idiomatically ‘unlucky
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GEORGE BARNETT: Get Lucky (Smoove remix) (2013)

Right, so let me get this straight: 19 year old musician George Barnett has done a highly competent (but not wildly different) cover of Daft Punk’s planet-sized feelgood hit of the summer, Get Lucky. Which he just happens to have sung, played all the instruments on and performed. And generated nearly 115 thousand plays on soundcloud and over 2 million on Youtube in the
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FUNKOSOL: Fresh Beats Vol. 2 (2013)

It’s whole lotta bumps time from Chudy‘s Funkosol label already as Fresh Beats Vol. 2 delivers a slew of ghetto funky edits and mash-ups from one of the scene’s newest labels. The Man From DelMonty says ‘yes’ to a Ghetto Funk Icons-style edit of The Spin Doctors’ Two Princes, Robinson Grooves moves your feet with the sort of bass-heavy rework of early nineties style house-y
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EWAN HOOZAMI: Skin Too Deep (2013)

Skin too deep? Leave the old flesh and get your robot on, then. Say hello, once again this month, to Ewan Hoozami who gives further clues to the nature of his forthcoming Robot Soul LP with lead single Skin Too Deep on which he ventures far into the faintly neon-lit synth murk of eighties disco-funk and rocks his own vocals with such aplomb that he’s in imminent danger of invading Planet Pop. If you want a visual metaphor for this number
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DISCOSOCKS: Sock Drawer Secrets #1 (2013) Free download

Sock drawer secrets eh? A mankini that you were ‘forced’ to wear on that stag do, gents? Mr Buzzy, ladies? A Swedish penis pump? A pussy whip? A crusty old ‘Er – how did that get in there? Don’t recognise that at all, it’s not mine, no!’ single sock? How about three pumping edits of lesser known disco-funk bangers? In the case of Heavy Disco label signing Discosocks – it’s the latter: a revitalised Rock Don’t Stop and Save Me
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: 2 Kinds Of Men/ Summer’s Gone (2013) + video

Rating: ★★★★★ “So Marta – what type of music do you and the band play?” “Oh both kinds – funk and soul.” ‘Nuff said as Record Kicks‘ latest find is Portuguese crew Marta Ren & The Groovelvets – an outfit who supplement super-tight arrangements with powerful soul vocals from Ren of whom it must be said: ‘girl got a voice!’ I hadn’t heard anything on the contemporary soul scene to
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MR BIRD: Know Your Rodents (2013)

No smelling a rat here as one of the UK’s most proficient sampledelic producers, ex-pat Mr Bird, re-releases his second LP from 2006 Know Your Rodents which is sixteen tracks of the sort of thing that were Ninjatune’s bread and butter back in the day. Put another way, this collection provides the sort of sample-rich instrumental breakbeats that have been tarred with all genre brushes from ‘trip-hop’ to ‘cinematic’. Either way (or indeed, any which way
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