Monthly Archives: November 2013

THE FONTANELLES: Horns Of Freedom (2013)

November is this year’s month of afrobeat it would appear what with The Fontanelles’ Horns Of Freedom and The Liberators Power Struggle both coming out. The Fontanelles (in case you didn’t read about July single Pinprick/ Criminality on MB) used to be the onstage band for the London run of Fela Kuti musical Fela! You imagine it would have been a bit hard to go home and forget all
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THE LIBERATORS: Power Struggle (2013)

Hello – what’s this? Ah yes – Power Struggle – the next big LP drop on Record Kicks. It’s the second album from ten-piece, Sydney-based afrobeat crew The Liberators yielding nine tracks and forty three minutes of afro-tinged instro grooves plus one vocal cut and slotting in somewhere between Daptone signings The Budos Band and Antibalas. Notable cuts include opener Cairo Uprising – a suitably dark
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DON CAVALLI: Temperamental (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Five years down the line from last LP Cryland and funky bluesman Don Cavalli has clearly made another crossroads deal with Satan in order to create the equally brief and equally brilliant Temperamental. For those not familiar with the Don, what he likes to do on record is rock up, provide extremely funky delta blues with vocals in sung in English (with an American blues rasp and
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ED MEME feat. APOLLO NEGRI: Young Scene (2013)

Bit of a mod groover here as Ed Meme (a.k.a. The Impellers’ Glenn Fallows) covers KPM king Keith Mansfield’s ’68 cut Young Scene and hooks up with hammond hound Apollo Negri to supplant horns with keys from the start, add in some extra percussion and make it sound not so much like a tv theme. Not that that was Keith’s fault especially, since his stock in trade was creating tv library
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SUBTIFUGE feat. MR WILLIAMZ: Ganja Dadda (2013) (Dirty Dubsters remix)

Who’s your ganja dadda? I’m betting Mr Williamz thinks he is on the evidence of these lyrics – clearly generated by a staunch proponent of the ‘erb. Quite apart from the fact that he knows lots of names for it and seems to have smoked it in multifarious places in multifarious ways he appears to make the controversial claim that if you “Smoke ganja, you know ya live longer…an’ if ya tink I lie
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TIMEWARP INC: Ghetto Drunk Remixed Vol. 2

Timewarp Inc.‘s Ghetto Drunk LP from back in February gets a another whirl around the remix tree on this second volume of remixes which travels (not unsurprisingly) by the name of Remixed Volume 2. This time it’s the turn of Umbo, Soopasoul, mSdoS, Apedroid, Angel Funke, Atfunk, Trotter, Gabriel Rocca, The Spank!, and MustBeat Crew to put their own
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: Get Up On Your Feet EP (2013) + video

Wasn’t it the late great Rufus Thomas who said, “Get up on your feet and then you start to move,”? I’m not sure what he had in mind was Cockney Nutjob‘s third outing for the Radical Mixtape label but to some extent that’s academic as the parping bass-horns which form an integral part of the powerful skanking title track along with the various chopped-up well-known vocal snippets that
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DISCOSOCKS: Sock Drawer Secrets # 2 (2013) Free download

Further Sock Drawer Secrets from disco rebooter Discosocks who has brushed aside well-thumbed ‘grot’ mags and strawberry nipple cream to reveal three lesser-known disco cuts over which he’s worked up a furious edit lather. The results are a chunkier I Don’t Mind from former Chi-Lite Eugene Record, a (penis) pumping re-rub of Party Down by George Duke (former Miles Davis, Cannonball
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N’FA JONES: Life’s A Game (TOM SHOWTIME Re-rub) (2013) Free download

“Life is just a game and there are many ways to play,” opines Oz rapper N’Fa Jones on the first single off his forthcoming LP collab with Drapht. It’s a controversial sentiment that might not achieve universal appreciation what with all that feral capitalism and global oppression stuff going on – not to mention super Typhoons. Lost your job so the CEO can have another fucking yacht? Only
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TIMES NEUE ROMAN (feat. RICH KIDD): Late Night Toronto (2013)

Life imitates art as Toronto hip-hop crew Times Neue Roman find that the summer 2012 video for their woozy hip-hop sleaze-anthem Late Night Toronto was actually staggeringly prescient. Said video features the drug-fuelled nocturnal adventures of revellers wearing masks of Toronto mayor Rob Ford. The very same Rob Ford who recently confessed to smoking crack. If only the
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