Monthly Archives: May 2014

COCKNEY NUTJOB: Dizzee Liquidator (2014) Free download

Dizzee Liquidator Cockney NutjobCockney Nutjob maintains his profile between ‘official’ bootlegs (now there’s an oxymoron) with rascally skank Dizzee Liquidator. Essentially it’s a pumping blend of the ‘pella for Stand Up Tall (from the man known as Dylan Mills to his mum) with a beat-heavy, uptempo rerub of the Harry J Allstars rocksteady classic The Liquidator. And all in time for the sunshine – altogether now – ‘Get your backs up
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Broken Toys (2014) Album review

Broken Toys Smoove TurrellRating: ★★★★★ Smoove & Turrell reach that critical career watershed of the ‘difficult third’ album. You know – the one which can elevate a good band to classic status or see a previously good band consigned to the scrap heap like…well…like a broken toy. Sure, debut Antique Soul was particularly well-received and the pair sidestepped the ‘Antique Soul-Pt II’-trap with Eccentric Audio
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CHIMA ANYA: The Surgery Triage EP (2014) Free download

Surgery Triage EP - Chima AnyaYou can’t say that Chima Anya doesn’t rap about what he knows about since, unlike that charlatan Dre, he is actually a practising doctor of medicine. Thus straddling two worlds, he is painfully aware of the way rap lyrics have traditionally tended to glorify the dealing and consumption of narcotics without providing a contrasting voice. Here he aims to rectify that. You may be aware of the running
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THIRD COAST KINGS: West Grand Boulevard (2014)

West Grand Boulevard Third Coast KingsBefore it became a financially bankrupt post-industrial wasteland the city of Detroit was famous for two things: being a centre for the mass production of motor cars and being a centre for the mass production of soul and funk music. The thoroughfare of West Grand Boulevard (known along a particular stretch as Berry Gordy Jr Boulevard fact fans) cuts through said city and now
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ROCOE & UMBERTO LUMBER: Raw Spank (2014)

Raw Spank Rocoe Umberto LumberYes this is a track called Raw Spank from two men with the surname ‘Lumber.’ They’re Italian and part of disco collective Body Heat (there we go again) so presumably it’s just a coincidence that their surname sounds like the English word for wood – something which I’m sure we’re all aware can be pounded or sat on but in any case needs regular rubbing to maintain its condition. Then
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TUPAC: Old School (Cookin Soul remix)(DJ TANNER video edit)(2014) Free download

Old School Tupac Cookin Soul DJ TannerNow I know the kids nowadays think Jay Z is old school but back when Jay Z was new school, Tupac was name-checking his old school which seems to have included – er – quite a lot of the original new school (LL Cool J, Slick Rick, Doug E Fresh, Mantronix and Stetsasonic), the golden era gang which succeeded them (Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul, Eric B & Rakim) and a few of the real
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QUASAMODO feat. THALIAH: My Friend Is Blue (2014) + The Big Picture LP

My Friend Is Blue Quasamodo Thaliah“My friend is blue!” sings Thaliah on the new Quasamodo single of the same name. It’s probably safe to assume that said friend is neither a smurf nor an alien so I guessing they’re feeling a bit moody. Certainly the the smokey atmospherics (both musical and lyrical) of this latest Q-funk groove would suggest the latter. It’s all bluesy/ jazzy piano, noirish strings somewhere in the
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PARIS DJS: 6 x 45s Box Set + Dis Is Reggae Soul crowd funding campaign (2014)

Dis Is Reggae Vol. 1 Crowdfunding campaign ParisDJsMB’s Paris homies Paris Djs (DJouls and Grant Phabao to you) are at it again only this time from a wax angle! Yep they’re out to raise money for not one but two vinyl projects! The Vinyl Is Good For You 6 x 45s box set features: Afrodyete (The Breakestra), Alice Russell (courtesy of Tru Thoughts), Brownout, Grant Phabao, Jungle Fire, The Lone Ranger & Carlton Livingston and The
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BASEMENT FREAKS STUDIO SESSIONS VIDEO: The Gaff (2014)

The Gaff Studio Sessions videoBlimey the next installment in Basement FreaksStudio Sessions video series is here already! In case you missed the last one, this is where unwary DJ/producers wander into the Hamburg lair of George Fotiadis a.k.a. Basement Freaks and he corners the bastards for two minutes until they give up all their production secrets. Or at least look a bit shifty in front of the camera. Here it’s Canuck
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CAYETANO presents YURIYURI: Space Cumbia (2014)

Space Cumbia High HopI was just thinking it had been a bit quiet on the latin breaks front and then Cayetano bungs this in my virtual in-tray. Well I say Cayetano, really it’s YuriYuri. Or is it? I’ll let you speculate on the exact nature of ‘their’ business relationship. Let’s just say Cayetano’s all about original compositions and YuriYuri is less scrupulous when it comes to the question of samples. Here, title track Space Cumbia doesn’t
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