Monthly Archives: March 2018

ILLVIS FRESHLY & CHARLIE BEALE: Killin’ It (Free download)

ILLVIS FRESHLY & CHARLIE BEALE: Killin' It (Free download)It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from either of them but here’s Charlie Beale with Victoria, BC outfit Illvis Freshly and they’re Killin It.’ Can you expect a fusion of funky drums, blues-funky guitar that occasionally fully rocks out and party-rockin bars? I think so – not that you’d expect anything less from a team-up between nineties hip-hop and nineties guitar music-melding Illvis Freshly and UK
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LACK JEMMON: Forbidden Treasures EP

LACK JEMMON:  Forbidden Treasures EPRating: ★★★★★ Everybody likes forbidden treasures and here are Lack Jemmon with three of them (and no half measures) as they make their debut on bass n breaks label Bombstrikes with monster EP – er – Forbidden Treasures. The first word that springs to mind is ‘nastayy’ and if you think that when you hear the 808s and horns of the opener and title track, it only intensifies with
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SON OF SAM feat. LIFFORD & BLAISE B: Fighting Talk EP + video

SON OF SAM feat. LIFFORD & BLAISE B:  Fighting Talk EP + videoRating: ★★★★★ Last year’s debut album from Son Of Sam, Cinder Hill, ended up being MB’s album of the year and deservedly so pairing, as it did, dope all-original (and mostly live-played) beats with an array of legendary emcees. One of the absolute highlights of this LP of highlights though was self-affirmation anthem, Fighting Talk, featuring bars from Blaise B and underpinned by a dubby-
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NUMBER NINE RECORDS: King Kong Rap (PRIMATUNE feat. MASTA ACE) b/w Bunnybreak (BLOCKBOY) (Vinyl 7″)

NUMBER NINE RECORDS:  King Kong Rap (PRIMATUNE feat. MASTA ACE) b/w  Bunnybreak (BLOCKBOY) (Vinyl 7Celebrating Munich hip-hop with an LP compilation? You need a lead single to promote it then! Preferably something on 45 (since that is the format de jour) and preferably something big and hairy. Step forward Primatune with their boom-bap beast King Kong Rap featuring none other than Juice Crew luminary, Masta Ace. Blimey – that is very big and very hairy. Expect drums that set puddles of water quivering half a mile
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BEAT LE JUICE: I Control Your Body (SCOUR RECORDS Freemix)

BEAT LE JUICE:  I Control Your Body (SCOUR RECORDS Freemix)Scour Records Freemix time again and it’s Beat Le Juice’s turn as, fresh from last month’s So Much Style EP, the Scour newbie delivers glitch-boogie delight I Control Your Body. Cue much slo-mo squelching, and classic vocal snippets from the likes of (among others) Naughty By Nature as Mr Le Juice controls your body when it’s time to rock a party. Although that’s a party presided over by a
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HOLLIE COOK: Stay Alive (HEMPOLICS remix) + extra tour dates

HOLLIE COOK:  Stay Alive (HEMPOLICS remix) + extra tour datesHollie Cook’s star continues to rise following the release of her rather good third album, Vessel Of Love, so much so in fact that a Hempolics remix of album track Stay Alive has been released and Cook’s world tour has been extended. Where the original LP version (produced by Youth of Killing Joke) employs dubby, electronica-tinged reggae, The Hempolics jettison the electronica and dub shit
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PAN AMSTERDAM: Plus One video

PAN AMSTERDAM:  Plus One videoRating: ★★★★★ Who exactly is Pan Amsterdam? The smooth samples, the laidback lyrical delivery – half stream-of-consciousness/ half tongue-in-cheek lyrics – and the hijacking of an old Alexander O’Neal video for new single Plus One reveal a wry sense of humour possessed by the likes of both Messrs Daniel Dumile and Kool Keith Thornton. Surely there can’t be a third such
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U-GOD: Bit Da Dust

U-GOD:  Bit Da Dust Oh hello, it’s a new U-God single – Bit Da Dust – the second to be taken from forthcoming solo LP Venom. But is he still gonna give it to ya, with no trivia? Indeed, will shit still be raw like cocaine straight from Bolivia a quarter of a century after the Wu-Tang’s first appearance. Well, the signs are promising – a minimal beat courtesy of DJ Homicide & Jose Reynoso, graphic novel style
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GIZELLE SMITH: Dust b/w Hey Romeo (Vinyl 7″)

GIZELLE SMITH:  Dust/ Hey Romeo (Vinyl 7Blimey what is this – the fourth Gizelle Smith single in as many months? Let it not be said that she’s one to rest on her laurels. Here Smith packs off an ex. on Dust with a ‘5-4-3-2-1’ countdown refrain – sure to invite audience participation – over hectic drums augmented by an appropriate amount of guitar wah. On the flip (for yes, this is a vinyl 7″), is the equally heavily syncopated Hey
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CAPITOL 1212: Some Will Try/ Real Talk Sound

CAPITOL 1212:  Some Will Try/ Real Talk SoundIt’s been a while but Edinburgh-based dancehall dons, Capitol 1212, finally return (in their tenth year in the business, no less) with a new double single and a cast of thousands. Well, not so much a ‘cast’ as featured guests. And not so much ‘thousands’ as three vocalists and The Dble Twelve Horns. In fact the latter (just the two of them rather than twelve – or even twenty-four) aren’t
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