Monthly Archives: December 2017

PROFIT feat. JFB: Booking Hot (SHAKA LOVES YOU remix)(2017)

PROFIT feat. JFB:  Booking Hot (SHAKA LOVES YOU remix)Part two of tonight’s remix frenzy is the Shaka Loves You boys’ take on the final single from emcee PRofit‘s True Colours album – the JFB-featuring Booking Hot. Out go the wah-wah guitar, and electro beat of the original and in come a rather more funky break, horns and a Rhodes melody, the latter of which lends something of a pensive air to proceedings despite the undoubtedly
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MENACE*LIVE: My Persona (DUBMATIX remix) (2017)

MENACE * LIVE:  My Persona (DUBMATIX remix)Following his success with Megative’s excellent More Time, reggae remixer de jour, Toronto’s Dubmatix, gets his hands on slacker anthem My Persona by former Shootyz Groove roadie Menace*Live for another legit remix. Man knows how to pick a track! Out goes the heavy bashment beat of the Queens-based rapper’s original and in comes Dubmatix’s trademark heavy dub-reggae skank as he works
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ANDY COOPER: The Layered Effect (Vinyl LP)(2017) + European tour dates

ANDY COOPER:  The Layered Effect (Vinyl LP)Rating: ★★★★★ If you’ve been paying attention, Andy Cooper’s forthcoming new album, The Layered Effect is not completely surprising given the flurry of releases in the last two years. Indeed, after all these, another full length solo LP was surely the next – er – layer of the cake. Let’s face it, this sometime member of nineties/ noughties throwback boom-bap trio Ugly Duckling has
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TIMOTHY MCNEALY: Funky Movement (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ While talk of seven inches and Dallas may bring to mind a certain ubiquitous bongo film, pre-1978, you could be regularly assured of a different kind of seven inches in ‘D-Town’ courtesy of Texas funk king Timothy McNealy. Why? Because back in the day, McNealy was busy throwing down soul and funk 45s on his Shawn imprint. But neither back in the day, nor
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Tarantino Bass Sample Pack (Black Octopus)(2017) + ‘Screaming Jazz’ routine video

BASEMENT FREAKS:  Tarantino Bass Sample Pack (Black Octopus)As a blood red sun sets over 2017, what’s this that comes ambling over the horizon to the sound of mournful mariachi trumpets and harshly jangling guitars? Why it’s Basement Freaks’ new sample pack, Tarantino Bass, on which the the Balkan beat bandit provides a posse of sax, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and accordion loops (among other things) influenced by the sound of both Old
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SCOUR RECORDS: Freemixed Nuts Vol. 5 (2017) Free download

SCOUR RECORDS:  Freemixed Nuts Vol. 5 (2017) Free downloadHappy late birthday to Scour Records which yesterday turned five and observed the event in the best way the label knows how – by unleashing a big fat compilation of nutty winter goodness. Which is to say they dropped Vol. 5 of their annual Freemixed Nuts comp. weighing in at a bountiful twelve cuts. And that means it’s their biggest one yet – why – that’s one for every day of Christmas!
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Sunny Holiday In Lexico (2017)

If you caught Lexsoul Dancemachine’s blistering debut LP Deus Lex Machina last year and/or caught one of their electric live shows, you’ll definitely be stoked to hear that album number two, Sunny Holiday In Lexico, has arrived and right to expect even more heavy funk bombardment. But don’t expect Deus Lex Machina
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Moyo Zaidi (2017)

RENEGADES OF JAZZ:  Moyo Zaidi Naturally after Renegades Of Jazz’s full-length afro-funky Moyo Wangu outing last year, Moyo Zaidi was only to be expected. However, where Moyo Wangu (a.k.a ‘My Heart’) found producer David Hanke re-connecting with his early childhood in Tanzania, Moyo Zaidi (a.k.a. ‘Oi mate – let us have a go with your stems, I’ve got some ideas’) finds twelve remixers get in on the act with
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FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: The Traveler (2017)

Freethinker Funk Essence’s album The Traveler came out – oohh – over a month ago so I’d say it’s probably high time it got shown some love. The German producer has dropped a number of EPs on Mustbeat Records since they snapped him up a couple of years ago and these (like his Timewarp Music releases before that) have demonstrated our man’s penchant for breakbeat tunes frequently
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MAURICE SMITH: Can’t Fight The Feeling (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you missed Maurice Smith’s Delta Soul EP back in the summer on which this self-proclaimed ‘old soul’ went fully 1960s, now’s your chance to catch up with a 45 of that release’s best cut, Can’t Fight The Feeling, in all its seven inch vinyl glory. The cut is a chanking uptempo northern soul stomper on which Smith does his best Marvin Gaye impression and declares his
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