Monthly Archives: February 2014

DISCOBETA: Can’t Stop The Rockit (2014) Free download

Can't Stop The Rockit DiscObetaIs it a bird? Is it a plane? It’s an intercontinental breaks missile is what it is since Discobeta have re-worked and relaunched Herbie Hancock’s seminal hip-hop firework as a weapon of mass dancefloor destruction. Naturally Can’t Stop The Rockit comes with full scratch-guidance from Grandmixer DST and there’s also a vocal warhead in the form of – guess who – yes, of course, Doug E
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THE ALLERGIES: Calling The Shots EP (2014)

Calling The Shots EP The AllergiesSlim Goodgroove continues the revitalisation of the Goodgroove brand with the diverse and energetic Calling The Shots EP from Bristol’s The Allergies. The EP commences firing with the refunked party breaks of Special People followed by a rapid-fire radio edit (along with a more sustained one) of insistent old school-referencing brit-hop bump React featuring emcee Figure Of Speech and The
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RAY LUGO & THE BOOGALOO DESTROYERS: El Ritmo De Nueva York (2014)

El Ritmo De Nueva York Ray LugoI like to think of Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers as the latin boogaloo equivalent of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Both are the sun at the centre of their respective musical solar systems but while Sharon Jones and co. are orbited by myriad rivals, Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo
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NICK PRIDE & THE PIMPTONES: Rejuiced Phat Shake (2014)

Rejuiced Phat Shake Nick Pride PimptonesThe second full-length effort from Nick Pride & The Pimptones, Rejuiced Phat Shake, is out shortly and damn if they haven’t got more pep in their step since 2011’s Midnight Feast Of Jazz. This one has more vocal tracks on it for a start and in fact more tracks in total – though it’s barely any longer (at forty three minutes) than its predecessor. I think we all know that these sort of things
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THE EMINENT STARS: Sittin In’ (2014)

Sittin In The Eminent StarsBavarian label Tramp Records should be well known to regular MB readers as super-crate-digging, keepers of the vintage rare soul and funk flame but occasionally they like to stick out something new. As long as it sounds like something old. Enter Dutch outfit The Eminent Stars with whom you are invited to be Sittin’ In for their thirteen track debut
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MR DORIS & D*FUNK: Ben E./ Chali Kweli – ‘Lock Shit Down b/w Digable Drippers ‘9th Wonder’ (2014)

Lock Shit Down 9th Wonder Mr Doris D FunkHot on the heels of the label’s Q-Tip/ Eddie Kendricks Vivrant Thing booty drop comes another solid wax double header from 2Dogs Recordings – this time from Mr Doris and D*Funk. No prizes for guessing who the ‘Ben E’, ‘Chali’ and ‘Kweli’ ingredients are for chilled A-side Lock Shit Down nor even for divining the identities of the ‘Digable Drippers’ on the flip’s 9th Wonder. Impeach
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INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND: Bongo Rock 40th Anniversary Edition (2014)

Bongo Rock Incredible Bongo BandRating: ★★★★★ Was a record label ever more perfectly paired with a release, than this? Surely not, as funk/ hip-hop/ breaks label Mr Bongo gear up for the second massive re-release to arrive in the monkey’s inbox in a week – the fortieth anniversary edition of the Incredible Bongo Band’s Bongo Rock. Everybody knows their cover of Apache of course (dubbed the ‘national anthem’ of
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SLYNK: We’re Having A Good Time (2014) Free download

We're Having A Good Time SlynkEveryone get this freebie from Slynk, yeah? No? Well waste no further time acquiring a copy of the Brisbane badboy’s rerub of Raid by eighties LA disco funkers Zoom. Raid was about the pigs rocking up at a party and (by the sound of things on the record) grabbing revellers by the scruff of the neck, slamming them against the wall and giving them a solid shoeing. Funnily enough – it’s not a dissimilar
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SOULS OF MISCHIEF: ’93 Til Infinity (reissue)(2014)

'93 Til Infinity Souls Of MischiefRating: ★★★★★ Man, I remember where I was when I first heard this – that’s how much of an impact it made on me. At the time my hip-hop diet consisted mainly of De La, Tribe, 3rd Bass and the Beasties and while ’93 Til Infinity might have had jazz samples in common with all of those, it was Souls Of Mischief‘s caustic diss raps that stood out immediately. Well – them and the bass. At the time this was the heaviest I’d ever heard on a hip-hop record. In fact come to think of it, it still is pretty much. The only other place that I’d heard low end anything close to like it at the
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PETE CANNON & DR SYNTAX (feat. DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN & JEHST): ‘Do What We Wanna Do’ video (2014)

Do What We Wanna Do Pete Cannon Syntax Jehst DelOk, so now there is a video to Pete Cannon & Dr Syntax’s Del/ Jehst collab Do What We Wanna Do. And while the track may sound like the sort of turn-of-the-millennium effort for which (as I previously suggested) it was “the law that any video had to be…shot through a fish eye lens with lots of trippy psychedelic filters” depicting the artists involved, throwing social convention, “to the four
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