Monthly Archives: October 2013

TRAMP RECORDS: Feeling Nice Vol. 2 (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ A new Tramp funky soul comp.? Feeling Nice Vol. 2 – chock full of superrare nuggets? We’ll just call it 5 stars yeah? Actually we won’t just do anything. Mainly because I wrote the press sheet for this back in the summer in which everything I could say about this release happily coincided with everything I wanted to say about this release – albeit with the kind of rhetorical
…MORE

DJ FORMAT & PHILL MOST CHILL: ‘The Foremost’ album sampler video (2013)

It seems like little more than a year since the last DJ Format LP. But then maybe that’s because it is only little more than a year since the last DJ Format LP – 2012’s Statement Of Intent. Not that The Foremost is just a DJ Format LP you understand, for our man brings this one to you in the company of 80s old school original NYC emcee Phill Most Chill. Hence the title ‘Foremost.’ PMC
…MORE

PHOENIX CITY ALL-STARS: Skatisfaction (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ The stock-in-trade of ska supergroup Phoenix City All-stars (boasting members of Kasabian, Pama International, The Bongolian, The Delegators, Sidewalk Doctors, Intensified, Dub Vendor All-stars and The Loafers) is Studio One ska-style versions of classic standards. As stock-in-trades go, it’s not a bad one and when it’s executed this well, it’ll have you skankin like Frankie Dan
…MORE

CALIBRO 35: Traditori Di Tutti (2013)

I had a girlfriend once who made me a cup of coffee in one of those massive ‘grande’ mugs from the machine behind the bar in the place she was working. It had me wired all afternoon. And all evening. And most of the early hours. Turns out that what she’d made me by mistake and put milk in was a grande mug of espresso. Now, if you imagine that the entire personnel of either Big Boss
…MORE

POETS OF RHYTHM vs. EDAN: Video (part 2) (2013)

Not had enough of Edan in a glossy black wig eh? I refer, of course, to his effortless cutting between Poets Of Rhythm wax whilst rhyming promo verse over the top in the apparently ‘gone viral’ Poets Of Rhythm vs. Edan video part 1. Well, now’s your chance to catch the reclusive legendary rapper/ dj/ producer looking quite a bit like Joey Ramone once more. Both videos are part of the PR campaign by
…MORE

MR BRISTOW: Kiss My Limb (2013) Free download

Still unconvinced that there are millions to be made from flogging a mash-up EP on Juno download, Mr Bristow pops out another free nugget of cheeky action like some sort of bootleg birthing machine. This time he performs the feat of rendering that Cutty Ranks acapella fresh again by marrying it with Kiss Is Sweet from seventies chanteuse (and ex-wife of Stevie Wonder) Syreeta. It’s a proper
…MORE

DJ ROAST BEATZ: Heavy Ear Play EP (2013)

Roast Beatz garners some impressive allies to drop verbals on his Heavy Ear Play EP in the form of Action Bronson and Stig Of The Dump. NY rapper Bronson appears on no fewer than two cuts – the first (and title) track along with Stig and Brotherman and closer 5 Star General in the company of Phoenix Da Icefire. Just as well our man’s up to the job right? Evidence of this can be
…MORE

MINIMATIC: Let’s Get It Into Your Soul EP (2013)

Let’s Get It Into Your Soul proposes Minimatic on this new EP as he offers to mainline some soul-bossa straight into your earholes with a title track that cheekily appropriates the acapella of Marvin Gaye’s massive shag anthem Let’s Get It On. This is followed in short order by some reggae-ed up Fiddy (In Da (Roots) Club, naturally) and standout Planet Jerk – a funked-up, swinging sixties slice of
…MORE

FUNKY DESTINATION: Down To The Music (2013)

Unlike many another artist, there’s no claiming that his music will take you to a funky location for the unusually-monikered Timewarp-signing Funky Destination. Oh no. He’s claiming he actually is that very place. Nevertheless, despite having thus cruelly deprived his own music of a purpose, the Down To The Music EP still manages to deliver two tracks of respectable nu-funkified disco breaks
…MORE

KALBATA & MIXMONSTER: Congo Beat The Drum LP video trailer (2013)

Congo Beat The Drum is the forthcoming 100% analogue dub-roots-reggae album from Kalbata & Mixmonster. It’s the sound of white producers making beats that black producers used to make hooking up with some of the same black singers who used to sing on that kind of beat back when black producers made them. As it turns out, it doesn’t sound a lot different to the sort of music
…MORE

Top