Monthly Archives: December 2015

THE NICEGUYS: Rock Me EP (2015)

Rock Me The NiceguysThey might come from the land of Emmenthal but there’s no Swiss cheese on this new three-tracker from The Niceguys. Well I say three-tracker, it’s a two-tracker plus a dub of the title cut really. First up is Dirty Banger which embodies its name by upping the ante on that M.O.P. track with synth sounds so abrasive they could saw through wood – handy as the bathroom at Monkeyboxing Towers is
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THE GOOD NEWS PROJECT (POE & CTZN feat. DEL, JAM BAXTER, GEE, JUAN ALDERETE & TAKA TOZAWA ): The Doors EP (2015)

The Doors The Good New Project Poe CTZN DelRating: ★★★★★ There’s more drug references than you can shake a spliff at on this extremely pleasant and presumably-Aldous Huxley-referencing slice of psychedelic hip-hop, The Doors. Essentially it’s a blissed-out six minute posse cut and behind the track is ‘supergroup’ outfit The Good News Project consisting of Poe & CTZN, Gee, Jam Baxter, Juan Aldarete, Toka
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KUHJO: Habanera Swing (2015)

Habanera Swing Kuhjo digitalRating: ★★★★★ Here’s a well-deserved and long overdue digital release for Kuhjo‘s 2011 seven inch latin hip-hop booty drop Habanera Swing. Anyone who caught it on wax will know that this application of Afro Rican vox to a latin beat is hotter than snorting ground Scotch Bonnet peppers off the breasts of a Cuban lap dancer during a climate-change induced heatwave in
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DR KING & YT: TV Baby (Remixes) (2015)

TV Baby Dr King YTI feel like a bit of reggae. Do you feel like a bit of reggae?Although…it’s not very Christmassy is it? Dr King & YT get round the problem of a December release date for summer music on TV Baby by addressing the seasonal pastime of watching hours of utter bollocks on the box – “It no right, fi watch TV from morning to night…you definitely know you need to sort out ya life.” My
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BASEMENT FREAKS: ‘All That Funk’ (2015) Jalapeno Funk Vol. 7 exclusive!

Jalapeno Funk Vol 7  Basement Freaks All That Funk!The end of the year, the dreadful queues in the shops, Shakin’ Stevens’ bloody Christmas song in the charts again, MPs voting to bomb Syria even though last month David Hameron said that Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria will cause “further radicalisation and increase terrorism”, Jalapeno Funk Vol. 7…wait…what was that last one? Jalapeno Records are going to release a
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SCHOOLLY D: PSK (What Does It Mean)/ Gucci Time 12″ Colour vinyl re-issue (2015)

PSK Gucci Time Schoolly D‘PSK we’re making that green/ People always say, “What the hell does that mean?”‘ What it means of course is that Schoolly D was bigging up his gang on one of the first gangsta records ever, thirty years ago! On the flip was the equally great Gucci Time. Yo Schoolly! What time is it? It’s about that time for MC Schoolly D to start hummin’ a rhyme, of course. Why? Because prestige hip-hop re-issue
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PROF: Motel (2015) Video

Motel ProfHotel, motel, whatcha gonna do today? Well, if you’re Rhymesayers rapper Prof and you’ve just finished a month-long tour of your latest album, you make a video of your track, Motel, on which you sing the blues (rather well and not just ‘well for a rapper’) about the lonely and the dispossessed hooking up in a sleazy motel for sex. Then you make a video showing those same
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AWON & PHONIKS feat. HEENI: Profit Off My Pain (2015) Video

Profit From My Pain Awon PhoniksRating: ★★★★★ Profit Off My Pain is taken from Awon & PhoniksKnowledge Of Self EP and finds the duo hitting hard with the mellowest of beats. An acoustic guitar floats over minimal bass and sparse boom-bap drums and Heeni supplies the soaring female vocal hook while Awon gives a name to the kind of shit the man gets away with like racial division and divide-and-rule economics –
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DJAR ONE (feat. CARPETFACE): 1-2-3-4-5 Wake Up! (2015)

1-2-3-4-5 Wake Up! Djar One CarpetfaceChrist! No chance of a snooze with Djar One in the area as the French dj/ producer/ MC gets his uprock on in the form of 1-2-3-4-5 Wake Up!. The intro to the A-side kicks off with a cockerel, a vocal loop shouting ‘Wake Up’ and the sound of an alarm clock. And that’s before UK emcee Carpetface is let loose to work his thing over a swinging big band sample of the kind oft-favoured by UD and
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PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL: Apequest (2015)

Apequest Professor Elemental Tom CaruanaRating: ★★★★★ That most British master of ceremonies is back. I refer of course not to Mr B the so-called ‘gentleman rhymer’ (a mere charlatan, despite his many enthusiastic confederates) but to a true eccentric genius from the days of empire – Professor Elemental. Regular followers of the Professor may recall that our man was careless enough to mislay his friend
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