Monthly Archives: May 2018

FORT KNOX FIVE: I Know Kung Fu (DC’s Finest Remint) + free download

There was no turning down legendary DC beatmakers Fort Knox Five yesterday when they asked if MB would like to do a free giveaway of FK5’s I Know Kung Fu. Lost in the vaults for years, the track had been gathering dust among jade statues and ancient scrolls until it was unearthed in the quest for material to include on the FK5-curated Bomb Strikes comp. Funk N Beats Vol. 4
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DAYTONER: Second Stomp b/w I Get By (Vinyl 7″)

DAYTONER:  Second Stomp (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ I do hope you caught Daytoner’s sterling neo-northern soul 45 outing, Needed You/ Sicka, earlier in the year and now it’s time for a second neo-northern soul effort entitled, appropriately enough, Second Stomp. Second Stomp? “I don’t think they know about Second Stomp, Pip.” ‘But they know about Stevie’s Uptight don’t they Merry?’ They certainly should do, so
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VARIOUS: Down In The Valley (Perfect Toy Records)

VARIOUS:  Down In The ValleyPerfect Toy have been digging the crates again and this time knocked out Down In The Valley which comes in two vinyl volumes or one combined cd. They should probably get someone they know well to sort out the sales notes for that. Oh – hang on – whatdyaknow: ‘“A heavy selection of mod-rockers, garage and psych-funk tracks,” runs the sub-title of new compilation series, Down
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BNC: Remember That EP

BNC:  Remember That EPIt’s been a while but MC BnC a.k.a Bruises n Cuts is back with a new drop – the Remember That EP on his label MBRD a.k.a. My Boom Raises The Dead Records. Don’t go expecting his ‘boom’ to be all fast and raucous though. No this’ll raise the dead by dint of reminding them of lazy, hazy days in the light…skateboarding at the park…staring at the blue sky…barbecues, afternoons on the beach
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MADISON WASHINGTON: Baytrified/ Djedet + video

MADISON WASHINGTON:  Baytrified/ Djedet + videoThe JTHOTEC-featuring Baytrified finds thatmanmunkz switching from his Pan Amsterdam project with Leron Thomas back to his other going hip-hop concern, Madison Washington, with Bay Area native Malik Ameer as MC. And with a name like Baytrified – what else was it going to be but a celebration of Ameer’s beloved Bay Area? Except hold on – what’s this? “The Bay ain’t the bay no
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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARD CARMICHAEL: I Want You Discomix

SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARD CARMICHAEL:  I Want You DiscomixReggae goes slo-mo disco then on the new 12″ from Gee Street Recordings’ Soul Sugar as the band – known for all manner of retro reggae business – comes up trumps with a highly serviceable cover of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You hit from ’76 in the form of the I Want You Discomix. Standing in for Gaye is eminently capable Jamaican vocalist and previous Soul Sugar collaborator Leonard Carmichael while Soul Sugar
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REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD: RWW II

REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD: RWW IIRating: ★★★★★ Despite the name, you won’t find Reggae Workers Of The World plying off-beat rhythms with a Marxist lyrical bent on RWW II, as anyone who caught RWW I will know. What you will get on new LP is the premium quality early ‘boss’ reggae and sixties/ seventies soul vibe of the first LP as part of an expanded stylistic palette which now includes doo-wop, sixties rnb and soul
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: Fire In Me EP

PROSPER & STABFINGER:  Fire In Me EPCurrently turning out about one EP/ single thingy a year on Bombstrikes, Prosper & Stabfinger’s effort for 2018 – the Fire In Me EP – is out tomorrow. But where their Mista Funkmaster EP chopped up the samples and their Dopeness EP balanced the samples with original vox, the pair go all original for this one. Forgoing his more usual falsetto, funky man Georges Perin adds a touch of
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE RECORDINGS: Badass Funk Vol. 2 (Vinyl 12″)

BREAKBEAT PARADISE RECORDINGS: Badass Funk Vol. 2 (Vinyl 12Two years on from the heavyweight first installment, Breakbeat Paradise pulls Badass Funk Vol. 2 out of the bag. Returning for a second crack at the whip are Badboe (obvs. – it’s the man’s label!), B-Side, the two-man demolition team that is Breakbeat Junkie Vs DJP and DJ Roast Beatz whilst Ewan Hoozami, Ale Tosses, Turntill & Merlin and Morlack all put in a first appearance. First up
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FREEDUST: Jump Up And Down EP

FREEDUST:  Jump Up And Down EPWho’s this then – sounding like the lovechild of Skeewiff and St Etienne with their Jump Up And Down EP? Why it’s none other Freedust. No, not the cry you never heard from PCP dealers on 70s NY streets but a pan-European trio consisting of Italian Daniele Carmosino, Swede Lisa Widmark and Brit Sarina Leah. What a perfect example of pan-European co-operation. Indeed they’re just the antidote
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