Monthly Archives: December 2013

AD N KUTS: Funkin Fresh Summer 2013/14 Mixtape (2013) Free download

It’s that crazy-ass duo Ad N Kuts on the – er – cut again with their Funkin Fresh Summer 2013/14 Mixtape. Summer?! But it’s winter surely? Not in their hemisphere it ain’t and stop calling me Shirley. Yes, these two are from a place down under where water also swirls the other way into plugholes, the ute isn’t a group of young bloods in hoodies but something you drive around in and
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DIRTY DUBSTERS feat. TURBULENCE: When The Road Calls (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Good lord – er – I mean whagwaan? Who’s causing all that sonic bodderation and setting soundwaves in flux? Why it’s Turbulence of course, in the company of Ireland’s men-most-dub (i.e. the Dirty Dubsters) with the When The Road Calls EP. Said EP offers the very soulful digi-dub original plus remixes from King Yoof, Numa Crew, T.Kay and Zion Train which take in 140 bpm jungle, rolling dnb and wobble
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FRESH FROM THE SEWER: Mixtape 2013 (2013)

The Fresh From The Sewer crew (a.k.a. Turtle and his ‘trusty sidekick’ Fringe Of Steel’) have been catering to the radio-listening public’s burning need for the best in twenty-first century funky bass n breaks for some time now and here they are to celebrate with their Mixtape 2013. It’s big, it’s dirty and in a nutshell, it’s a total noisefest primer for what they’ve been playing for the last twelve
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J-SOUND: Super Nature (the remixes) (2013)

“Super nature the remixes god-damn!” Hmm – somehow that doesn’t sit quite as well with the beat as the simpler “Super nature god-damn” which J-Sound culled from the the Beasties’ Triple Trouble back in the summer for his Super Nature drop. Just as well, the two remix heads involved here (Badboe and Trotter) just messed around with the beat. Badboe fills in the sonic gaps in the comparatively sparse original with extra percussive
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BANDURA/ SONO RHIZMO: Resense 038 (2013)

Tropical breaks anyone? Hardly seasonal I know but fuck that. It’s pissing with rain here right now and frankly I welcome the sonic calypso invasion of Trinidad’s Duke Of Iron coming from my speakers in Bandura-ised fashion – which is to say sensitively married to organic sounding breakbeats. On the flip (and it really is a flip – this is a wax drop!) the ever-reliable Sono Rhizmo cannily stitches a bit of
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GENERAL NARCO: Digital Bombs (2013)

Que es General Narco? No-one knows, allegedly, though I suspect Slim Goodgroove has a fairly good idea since Digital Bombs is out on Goodgroove Records. Also, while he might sound like he’s quite high up in the Sinaloa Cartel and trafficking industrial amounts of brown and green, Narco is actually quite high in the bass scene’s estimation and trafficking industrial amounts of breaks and
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BADBOE: Pump Up The Funk Remixed (2013)

Ploughing through the vast drift of rival ghetto funk/ breaks remix EPs and albums deluging the monkey’s inbox at the moment is Pump Up The Funk Remixed – whereon every track (except for Bad Mofo) from Badboe‘s entire year-old LP Pump Up The Funk gets the rework treatment from a sackful of remixers. These are, to wit: Kool Hertz, WBBL, The Captain, JPOD, Chudy, Father Funk
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LACK OF AFRO feat. WAX & HERBAL T: P.A.R.T.Y. (2013) + video

Rating: ★★★★★ If your record is a slam dunk of an uptempo, b-boy breakin’ banger on which former Def Jam rapper Wax and his twin brother Herbal T bring their game and it’s going to get an ad synch with any company – it might as well be Adidas. Either that or Puma anyway. Here it’s the former, as slab of funk-based insanity PARTY (the hip-hop highlight of Lack Of Afro‘s 2011 LP This Time) is
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NAUGHTY BY NATURE: Feel Me Flow (Maars Reggae Re-rub) (2013) Free download

Yet another effortless DJ Maars hip-hop/ reggae rerub – this time to celebrate hitting the “magic thousand mark.” Thousand what? Times he’s been fluffed by soundcloud groupies? Who can say – but here’s his reggae edit of Naughty By Nature’s Feel Me Flow anyway which takes Treach’s lyrical meanderings about beats, women and life and applies them in time-honoured fashion over a
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 13 & 14 (2013)

The Katakana Edits label returns with Vol. 14 from Timewrap. Cue a bit of skankin deep disco boogie plus a dubby edit of Duran Duran’s eighties breakthrough hit Girls On Film entitled Girls On Drugs. The original uncensored video for Girls On Film contains alarming (especially for then) images of female models rubbing themselves off on greased poles during a pillow fight, female models snogging, female models mud-wrestling semi
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