Monthly Archives: February 2015

JOHN ROBINSON & KIYO ITACHI: ‘The Path Of Mastery’ Vinyl LP(2015)

The Path Of Mastery John Robinson Kyo ItachiAll manner of guff pops through the monkey’s virtual letterbox on a daily basis in the name of hip-hop and more than half of it ends up in the monkey’s virtual bin. But that’s because they haven’t achieved The Path Of Mastery attained only by the few. Such as Scienz Of Life rapper Lil Sci a.k.a. John Robinson and French producer Kyo Itachi. Signs that the aforesaid mastery
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MINIMATIC: ‘If This Is Love/ Owner Of A Boogaloo Heart’ 7″ (2015)

If This Is Love MinimaticRating: ★★★★★ Sometimes the true genius of making a bootleg lies in seeing the simple thing that everyone else has overlooked – “Why not speed this up and add that beat? My god it’s so obvious!” Then again, sometimes the true genius of the bootleg lies in seeing the funk in something profoundly unfunky and marrying this with the drums from that song, the melody from another
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C.J.PLUS: B-Boy’s Boogie (2015)

B-Boy's Boogie C.J. PlusRating: ★★★★★ Ukrainian producer C.J. Plus might be from the city of Odessa but the file says he’s spiritually from the Bronx. And how are the monkey’s secret intelligence service aware of this? Because all the evidence displays our man getting his B-boy stance very convincingly on for this original six-tracker, aided and abetted on three
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ODJBOX: Penguin (2015)

Penguin OdjboxPenguin is the latest leak from Odjbox‘s Oak EP – his forthcoming ‘KPM Shorts’ drop on EMI’s KPM library music subsidiary. Many will know of KPM as the source of much late sixties/ early seventies funky Hammond-driven instrumentals – however, while both instrumental and funky, Hammonds are noticeably absent. Instead Penguin begins with a flurry of horns and drums before settling into a
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CANNIBAL OX: Harlem Knights (2015)

Blade Of The Ronin Cannibal OXA mere fortnight since the debut single, Iron Rose, off Cannibal Ox‘s long-awaited second LP, Blade Of The Ronin, comes the second – Harlem Knights. Like its predecessor, Harlem Knights features producer Bill Cosmiq’s take on El-P’s swirling synth-powered beatscapes from the first LP (basically more-or-less the same synths but far more fluid beats that don’t hurt your ears) while
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BASEMENT FREAKS: ‘A Quarter Of P’ mix + Euro tour dates (2015)

A Quarter Of P Basement FreaksBack in the day eastern Europe was regularly paid visits by Mongol hordes from one direction and then, slightly later on, by the Turks from another – both groups who used to tear through causing all manner of havoc. This year its Georges Fotiadis and Perin a.k.a. Basement Freaks who are both sweeping though the land west of the Urals as well as heading north to the very gates of Vienna and
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GHETTO FUNK: Shindig Weekender 2014 Afterhours Compilation (2015)

Afterparty Compilation 2014 Shindig WeekenderWhat about getting pissed in a field in late spring then? While listening and dancing to what is colloquially known as ‘ghetto funk’? Welcome to the Shindig Weekender which takes place this year on 23rd -24th May near Bath. The ‘decknicians’ at the Ghetto Funk label’s home-from-home ‘The Nightclub’ will have you so amped you won’t even mind falling on your ass in cowshit. Of course, not
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RED VENOM feat. CRAIG G & DONALD D: One Moment (Prod. POZ) (2015)

One Moment Red Venom Craig G Donald D PozWhat’s this then?
One Moment.
Ok, but then will you tell me what this is?
One Moment.
I know, I heard you – but will you tell me what this is after that?
One Moment
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DJ DSK & THE LOST SOUL COLLECTIVE: Police Woman (2015) Free download

Police Woman DJ DSK Lost Soul CollectiveTime for a bit of free Police Woman action in a totally non-‘it’s your birthday, here’s the stripper’ kind of way – although, that may disappoint you given the artwork. No, this’ll be ‘DJ DSK & The Lost Soul Collective on a b-boy breaks free download edit of Henry Mancini’s Police Woman theme’ kind of way which is equally saucy. DSK tears off Mancini’s dense layers of brass and synth
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CHART – FEBRUARY 2015

(NEW) 1. The Beatles vs. Hip-hop Legends – An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space

Yes, all of it. All 48 glorious tracks of it
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