Monthly Archives: September 2015

ATMA feat. CHIEF KAMACHI & LONE NINJA: The Portal Of The Immortals (Prod. JEDRAPRIN) (2015)

Portal Of The Immortals AtmaJedaprin‘s beat for Atma‘s new one opens with portentous bells and promptly goes heavy on the epic orchestral human voice samples. It’s exactly what you’d expect of a track called The Portal Of The Immortals though it does tend to remind you of Carl Orff’s O Fortuna a.k.a the classic Old Spice theme. Not that that’s ever held back the likes of Jedi Mind Tricks and Ill Bill which is very much the
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MORONGROOVER: Get Up EP (2015)

Get On Up MorongrooverRating: ★★★★★ The man with the bravest name in breakbeat returns on Breakbeat Paradise with a cracking four track EP of crunchy party breaks topped with a slew of hip-hop acapellas as the label continues to nurture a non-wobble vibe. Things begin with the title track which provides an appropriately large Miami Bass-ish beat for the Miami bass-ish rap vocal off Klubbheads’ terrible
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EPHEMERALS: Chasin’ Ghosts LP Sampler (2015)

Chasin' Ghosts sampler EphemeralsRating: ★★★★★ Rising UK soul outfit Ephemerals belie their name once more with an album sampler that indicates new material all set to capitalise on their already impressive success including support from the likes of Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Groove Armada plus a playlisting on Radio 1Xtra. If you’re not already familiar with this band
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THE BLUEBEATERS: Hungry Heart/ The Model (2015)

Hungry Heart BluebeatersRating: ★★★★★ More premium ska covers action here from The Bluebeaters as their latest 45 drops shortly. This’ll be the second single from their excellent Everybody Knows album released in the spring. The whole point of a cover should be an inspired re-imagining of the original and here the band manage that twice over with impressive
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DAYTONER: Synchronicity (2015)

Synchronicity DaytonerGood lord! Has it really been three years since Daytoner‘s Wass Records debut? The answer is ‘yes’, as he finally provides a follow-up to the sample-delic, genre-hopping, retro-beat-fest that was 2012’s Sunburst Radio. Mind you three years is a relatively swift wait given that new label (Skeewiff’s Pedigree Cuts) took the practically insane step of telling a producer to “take as long
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TIMEWARP: Diskocutz: The Album (2015)

The Album Timewarp DiskocutzTimewarp Music‘s main-man in his Timewarp (as opposed to Timewarp Inc.) guise, puts all four to the floor once more here with latest LP Diskocutz: The Album. And if you’re expecting anything other than nu-disco antics from an album with a title like that, from a man with this man’s past form, then there’s no hope for you. That said, things start off
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KILMATIK feat. KOOL KEITH as ROBBIE ANALOG: Zero Weirdos (KEV LA KAT remix) (2015) Free download

Zero Weirdos Kev La Kat remix…on which Kev La Kat has a stab at remixing at Kilmatik‘s Zero Weirdos featuring legendary Ultramagnetic MC Kool Keith as alter ego Robby Analog. Well, I say features – he does a verse at the end. Always nice to hear him though – going on about eating out the crackerjack’s box, having a Pamper to cover your buttcrack and having a criteria to wash in Ajax, among other things. Ahh
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SOUL SUGAR feat. COURTNEY JOHN: All I Know (2015)

All I Know Soul SugarAll Courtney John knows, is that what you reap is what you sow. And I know that because that’s what he sings on Soul Sugar‘s elegantly minimal new reggae soul single All I Know. But that’s not all I know. I know that John’s wistful falsetto, the occasional smouldering organ and subtle guitar licks and atmospherics add up to more than the
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EXTRA MEDIUM: Size Up (2015)

Size Up EP Extra MediumMedium electro blues doesn’t fit? Large electro swing gives no props? What you need is extra medium! Pounding bass and wobble but not so much that you drown the blues and swing elements. Welcome to Extra Medium’s Size Up EP where the music of early to mid 20th century America gets bumped into the this century without being reduced to a minor element. Blues Boogie
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GANGRENE: ‘The Last Great Disgrace’ video (2015)

The Last Great Disgrace GangreneGood god! Not another Gangrene video already? Well, actually yes – this time for creepy-vocal-sample-filled instro The Last Great Disgrace. To truly appreciate the essence of disgust for LP You Disgust Me and this track in particular, Gangrene (a.k.a Alchemist and Oh No) took it upon themselves to explore the now derelict Willowbrook State School for handicapped children
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