Monthly Archives: October 2013

MORRIS CHESTNUT: And Then This Happened (2013)

Oh come on Morris – don’t be coy. And then what happened? You pimped your name – yeah figured that – there was just something about the combination of surname ‘Chestnut’ and the first name ‘Morris.’ Then you wandered around several decades of black music like some sort of retro MOBO-hobo selecting samples before pimping them for the nufunk/ ghetto funk generation creating
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DJ FORMAT & PHILL MOST CHILL: The Foremost (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ No time for messing about – the new DJ Format & Phill Most Chill LP The Foremost is even more nearly upon us than it was last time MB reported that the new DJ Format & Phill Most Chill LP The Foremost was nearly upon us. And that time was just over a week ago when the only audio available was an album sampler video plus the humble Juno player. No worries though since a
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SHAKA: Party Bangers Vol. 6 (2013)

Just backdoored the peak at Teahupoo? Throw out a shaka. Won the latest Billabong XXL? Throw out a double shaka! Vintage VW Beetle or camper driver who’s just experienced the massively unlikely coincidence of passing someone else who drives a Beetle or vintage VW camper? Throw out a shaka – even if you are clueless as to the gesture’s name and origin. All very well – but what do you throw
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S STRONG: Slang 42 (2013)

He might not be the most prolific of bootleggers but S Strong doesn’t piss around when he gets down to business. Last time I caught him, he was all about the mambo breaks. Of late however, it seems he’s caught swing fever – of which Slang 42 is the most recent (and pick) of the bunch. Slang 42, when it’s at home, is a highly cunning Linguistics (Jurassic 5) mash-up with the title track of the
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WEEKEND SUN: Feeling Inside (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Weekend Sun? Chance would be a fine thing. How about externalizing that feeling inside though which, in Weekend Sun‘s case, manifests as the kind of hypnotic disco groove which you might be forgiven for expecting a young Donna Summer to grace. It’s one Beth Miller who turns up on this though but she’s a lady who rises to the occasion and proves more than equal to
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DJ MAARS vs. TOM SHOWTIME: The Bling Tubby EP (2013)

DJ Maars and Tom Showtime continue their run of excellent reggae/ hip-hop mashups but alongside their (well-deserved) reputation for so doing they begin to cultivate a reputation for really quite shocking reggae/hip-hop puns as titles. Thus it is that The Bling Tubby EP constitutes the sequel to The Chipper Irie EP and the pair embark on a sadistic journey that seems likely to inflict such
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WACK RECORDS 13: SMOOVE & SUONHO ‘A Little Soul’/ ‘Summertime’ (Smoove remix) (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ It’s been two years since Wack 12 and at least a year since a version of A Little Soul appeared in a Smoove mixtape. God knows, I for one have constantly pestered Berry Geordie to release this massive collabo with Suonho. Now, finally (judging by soundcloud) he’s given the people what they want. And what they want is this supercharged soul n bass rework of A Little Soul
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DJ JUNK: So You Think You Got Breaks? (2013)

The new one from long-serving UK b-boy, dj/producer DJ Junk is this new album on Pulpfusion’s Pigballs label – So You Think You Got Breaks? If you’re the sort of person who knows their Assembly Line break from their Honky Games break (and even if you’re not) Junk’s here to provide you with another 22 (!) b-boy breaks cuts to file alongside the likes of your Hero No. 7, DJ
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F-BLOCK: Wine Or Grind EP (2013)

I’d always thought of Wine Or Grind as a question – the answer to which is ‘grind’ of course – especially if Prince Buster is asking. Not so F-Block though who issues it here sans question mark like it’s some sort of order. And we all like taking orders don’t we? You know – chained up – making whimpering noises, hoping we haven’t forgotten our ‘safe’ word…we’ve all been there. He’s certainly convinced
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JOHNNYPLUSE & MO MATIC: Spread Out EP (2013)

On which Johnnypluse and Mo Matic heroically rein in their respective impulses to commit untold breaks mayhem proffering instead minimal spacey dub instro Spread Out. It’s a new direction that lasts all of one track after which restraint spreads out and scatters to the four winds as they deliver two steaming great dnb assaults in the shape of different mixes of the misleadingly titled Dubby Dub
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