Monthly Archives: January 2016

GERASIMOS LAVRANOS: Hally Gally Stin Athena (MANOSJMT remix) (2016) Free download

Hally Gally Manosjmt G LavranosRating: ★★★★★…and continuing tonight’s string of bangers here’s G.Lavaranos‘ Manosjmt’s super-swinging, retro-bringing take on Greek composer Gerasimos Lavranos’ Hally Gally Stin Athena. About the original of which there is surprisingly and depressingly little on the interweb. Suffice it to say that Manosjmt (or JMT) has done a respectful job with the old boy’s work, polishing it
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ANDY COOPER feat. DOC TMK: Yalla, Yalla (2016) Exclusive first listen!

Yalla Yalla Andy Cooper Doc TMKRating: ★★★★★ Yalla, yalla? Andy Cooper speaking Arabic? Oh come on. No! That’s what ‘yalla’ means! ‘Come on’/ ‘let’s go’. Indeed plug it in, turn it on, turn it up, but whatever you do come on – for this eastern-themed 45 from the UD emcee is all set to rock the casbah this spring. Yalla Yalla continues the travel-vibe that informed last UD LP Moving At Breakneck Speed only this
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CALAGAD 13: Music Is My Life (2016)

Music Is My Life Calagad 13Rating: ★★★★★ 120 bpm plus and makes you want to leap around like a hare on hot coals? Gotta be b-boy breaks. Welcome to a world where if it doesn’t give you that itch, it ain’t worth scratching. There are no such shortcomings for The Fonkey Calling though – the amping opener to Calagad 13‘s triumphal return to BBP (their Music Is My Life EP) which carries enough firepower to see off
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AFRO CLUSTER: They Don’t Know (HIPHOPPAPOTAMUS remix)(2016)

Hiphoppapotamus Afro Cluster They Don't Know remixThe conscious afro-funk vibe of They Don’t Know by Cardiff-based outfit Afro Cluster here gets a rerub as Hiphoppapotamus boosts the bottom end and simplifies the percussion for impact. Frankly, it’s no less than you’d expect from the man though what you might not expect is the fact that any donations made towards this or any other music by Hiphopapotamus go towards the refugee crisis because, and I quote, ‘they need it more
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 38 (2016)

Vol 38 Katakana EditsAre you a soul man? Do you know anyone who’s a soul man? Timewrap does. He knows Mr Vragz and between them they’ve got soul fingers as they rework soul classic – er – Soul Finger into re-energised Hammond breaks workout Soul Fingerz. It sounds like Big Boss Man after they’ve sampled and eaten themselves. Also comes accompanied by much mellower Timewrap outing Jalec because
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TRU FUNK: Tasty Beats Vols. 9 and 10 (2016)

Tasty Beats Vol 9 Vol 10 Tru FunkAfter a six month hiatus, here’s the Tru Funk label to wrap up their successful Tasty Beats series before heading off on another hiatus. I like to imagine they’re off somewhere hot, sitting by the pool, pina coladas in their hands surrounded by beach babes. Bloody hell – it’s all right for some isn’t it? Assuming of course that is what they’re up to. Er – anyway, it’s Tasty Beats Vol. 9
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APANEMIC: A Thousand Secrets EP (2016)

A Thousand Secrets ApanemicMore dusty downtempoisms and the shade of 1995 yet again today, this time in the form of Apanemic‘s A Thousand Secrets EP. A thousand secrets but only four tracks that is and this time we get shades of Portishead’s pals, Earthling. The flavour is a bit more strings n scratching, there’s a bit more reverb and on the title track there’s even some bluesy harmonica. Four really nice cuts
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: Beware (2016) Free download

Cockney Nutjob BewareRating: ★★★★★ There are many things to beware of in life – beware the Batman, beware the walking dead but most of all, Beware Cockney Nutjob. This man opens his 2016 reggae-hip-hop rampage like some sort of production boy scout and assembles a banger from an old sample and a certain NY emcee’s lyrics of fury. His what? Indeed. You don’t know the half – in fact – there’s
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DAVID BOWIE: Starman (ZEMERALD remix) Free download + DJ TANNER video

Starman Zemerald remix David BowieYesterday saw the passing of another musical legend but while David Bowie’s most famous persona, Ziggy Stardust, may have been all about the glam, let’s not forget he shared a penchant for outrageous spangly suits and boots with George Clinton’s Parliament/ Funkadelic crew. And the similarities didn’t end there for in the mid-seventies our Dave had a funk/soul period during
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PURGATORY OF SOULS: Tripmatic EP (2016)

Tripmatic Purgatory Of SoulsYou can tell it’s January because it doesn’t seem like anyone can bear to release anything that isn’t trip-hop. Mind you – when it seems like it’s night for most for the day and you feel like you’ve got S.A.D. even when you haven’t, you can see the attraction of slo-mo beats redolent with vinyl crackle. It’s basically because trip-hop is the musical equivalent of a duvet – and this month
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