Monthly Archives: January 2016

MONGRELS: You Dig Raps?/ Combat Divers 7″ (SCOTTY HARD remix) (2016) + video

You Dig Raps  MongrelsYou dig raps? Mongrels do. Who are Mongrels? Well, one half of them is none other than veteran Sheffield mic manipulator Kid Acne who you’ll be pleased to hear he’s still connecting “the dots by telekinesis” and “sticking to his guns like permanent adhesive” as he reminds us on You Dig Raps? which turns on a Tribe-ish jazz loop and a crusty old vintage funk break. He also holds forth
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EMAPEA: Seeds, Roots & Fruits (2016)

Seeds Roots Fruits EmapeaWhat year is it again? 2016? I thought it was 1995 – at least I did when I heard Emapea‘s Seeds, Roots & Fruits which channels all those Mo Wax comps. from the mid-to-late nineties. Beats? Dusty. Samples? Crusty. Raps? Laid back. Basslines? Chunky. There’s plenty of variety too – Orange and Good Old Days and Milky Haze are dead ringers for early Nightmares On Wax or DJ
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PATTI BOULAYE: You Stepped Into My Life (CHICKY BOOM edit) (2016) Free download exclusive

You Stepped Into My Life Patti BoulayeIt’s not too early in the month for a funky disco edit is it? Ask the ladies and they’ll tell you it’s never too early for a funky disco edit so here’s Chicky Boom with his re-version of one to make the chicks go boom! What he’s done of course is to take the Bee Gees-penned You Stepped Into My Life by disco-fox Patti Boulaye (who herself was responsible for lending a bit more oomph to the
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THE UPPERTONES: Closer To The Bone (2016)

Closer To The Bone The UppertonesIt’s time to get your retro on with The Uppertones – a side project of the indefatigable Bluebeaters trombonist Gigi ‘Mr T-Bone’ Gaspari. And you know with a band name that ends in ‘tones’ that this is going to be ska-related right? Right. Although in this case we’re going all the way back to the roots of the very earliest Jamaican ska (which owed a debt to the off-beat guitar sound of
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LONE NINJA feat. HOLOCAUST & PRO THE LEADER: Cyborg Ninjas (Prod. ANTHAI) (2016)

Cyborg Ninjas Lone NinjaThe dark future currently so vogue-ish in the hip-hop underground manifests itself again here as Lone Ninja heads forward in time to combat problems caused by the total collapse of civilisation and global plague. Happily he’s not actually alone this time but in the company of homies Pro The Leader and the aptly-named Holocaust. Just as well really since they face all
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FORT KNOX FIVE feat. SLEEPY WONDER: 24 Hours To Set It Off (2016)

24 HOurs To Set It Off Fort Knox Five Sleepy WonderFort Knox Five burst out of the stalls for 2016 with more energy than a roomful of toddlers and their first drop this year in the form of another single from their recent Pressurize The Cabin LP. This time it’s the turn of pumping skank 24 Hours To Set It Off featuring Sleepy Wonder and two big name remixes. First up is Deekline who goes for the big ravey builds and buzzsaw bass while
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BEAT RIDE: Dreamers (2016)

DReamers Beat RideDid you overdo it over the new year? You did didn’t you? You’re never drinking again, work should be banned…where’s your duvet? What you need is something to capture your mood – not too energetic, smokily evocative, perhaps a little sombre and tinged with bluesy regret. Say hello to Beat Ride‘s trip-hoppy new whose four track Dreamers EP. Another Bad Day is the one for
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