Monthly Archives: March 2016

FEATURECAST: 999/ Anticipate Nothing (2016)

999 Anticipate Nothing Featurecast999? Anticipate Nothing? Not just an apt description of what happens when you cut vital public services but also the two tracks that mark the return of the mighty Featurecast. Opening with what sounds like the intro to Foxy Lady, ragga breaks anthem 999 is the aural equivalent of your door exploding inwards and being trampled on by a privately outsourced SWAT team. Anticipate
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FREEAR: Bongo! (2016)

Bongo FreearThe new one from Slamboree founder Freear is his glitchy, electro-swingy effort Bongo! which makes prominent use of a Slim Gaillard sample. Seems harmless enough. So who can fathom the mind of the one whose video concept for this was to track around Bristol following a man hunched double, back exposed with a marker pen cartoon face on it and a giant strawberry blond afro wig
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LEON: Supafonkadelica (2016)

Supafonkadelica LeonSupafonkadelica marks Leon‘s first outing in a year with an all-original nufunk four-tracker on which he brings Donnie Ozone along to fill lyrical holes in the title track and People Like Fashion. The first of these parties like Prince while the latter louchely suns itself by the pool of pop camply referencing an undisclosed high fashion fiend. The balance of tracks is made up by fusion-style Moog-
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GHETTO FUNK: Shindig Weekender 27th – 29th (2015)

Shindig Weekender Ghetto FunkI know it’s tricky when you’ve had to clean ice off the inside of your car windscreen this month to even think about hanging out in a field listening to music in approximately ten weeks’ time but actually that is when Ghetto Funk are due to hold their annual shindig known as – er – the Shindig Weekender. Tearing shit up on the decks this year are the likes of DJ Yoda, A Skillz and Stanton
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CROSS BRONX EXPRESSWAY: Cross Bronx Expressway b/w Help Your Brothers (2016)

Cross Bronx Expressway Help Your BrothersRating: ★★★★★ 2016 is turning into something of a vintage year for rare groove fans. Following Tramp’s announcement of a huge long-lost Jesse Morgan cut which had been gathering dust for forty years, here’s Rocafort Records with a licensed re-issue of two stone-cold classic cuts from J&S Records’ house band Cross Bronx Expressway. The eponymous A-side is an uptempo blaxploitation
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MONGRELS: Full Moon/ Half Moon (2016)

Full Moon Half Moon MongrelsHere we go again, straight outta Chapeltown. Well, I say ‘Chapeltown’ – actually I don’t know where Kid Acne is based in Sheffield but one thing’s for sure – his Mongrels outfit keeps it, “old school screaming.” New single Full Moon/ Half Moon is the follow-up to their recent You Dig Raps? drop and Burgundy Blood hook-up …In The Pop Wilderness and is driven by a neck-snap drum break
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SMOOVE: For The Love Of 45s Pt. 2 Smoove DJ Mix (2016) Free download

For The Love Of 45s Pt 2 SmooveAhh – the 45. The format that refuses to die. More lives than a cat – harder to kill than Rasputin and once again the chosen format for a new mix from Newcastle’s greatest love machine. Yes, Smoove returns for pt. 2 of his love letter to the seven inch For The Love Of 45s, consisting of funk, soul and huge lashings of hip-hop – this latter, interestingly, a genre that almost exclusively favoured the
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MOOQEE & HERBGRINDER: Sound Around Town (Remixes) (2016)

Sound Around Town remixes Mooqee HerbgrinderIt might not be ‘hot town, summer in the city’ weather at the minute but Lovin Spoonful-sampling breaks oldie Sound Around Town from Moooqee and Herbgrinder gets some remix heat on this package from Funkanomics, Beatvandals and – er – Mooqee who gives things an ‘organ VIP’ editing. Funkanomics bring the sound around where grinding breaksville
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JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE: We Bring The Bass (2016)

We Bring The Bass Johnnypluse Stomrtroopers Of LoveSteel yourself for a sampler off the forthcoming Ape Panic LP from Johnnypluse & The Stormtroopers Of Love who Bring The Bass on this two track drop. It’s the skanking, Toots & The Maytal-toting, 110 bpm breaks of crowd-pleaser Stuck To The Roof that will pique the interest of MB regulars, though if anyone really insists (and someone always does), it arrives accompanied by aptly-titled junglist banger Jungle Thingz. Which is
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TRAMP RECORDS: Movements 8 (2016)

Movements 8 TrampRating: ★★★★★ Are Tramp trying to outdo Soul Jazz Records and/or BGP? It’s like a re-run of the Anglo-German naval arms race before WW1 only with rare vinyl instead of dreadnought battleships or something. And the way they keep the number of regular compilation series they manage to run in between all those record buying trips (Feeling Nice, Praise Poems, Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas
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