Monthly Archives: June 2018

WOXOW: Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7″)

WOXOW:  Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7Back in May, MB featured single, Up, by Italian producer Woxow and featuring Danish MC Blacc El, which despite its firmly European origins managed to channel a decidedly golden-era hip-hop vibe. Now comes the release of Woxow’s debut album Alcazar which, besides Up, boasts appearances from Ken Boothe, J5’s Akil, Blurum 13 (all on the same track!), Pugz Atomz, Hannah Williams, Cyril
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FUTURE BLUES PROJECT: The Remixes

FUTURE BLUES PROJECT:  The RemixesIn keeping with Bristol’s reputation for experimenting with music of black origin comes new outfit Future Blues Project with debut album The Remixes. The Future Blues Project name bit is pretty easy to understand – they’re taking one of the foundations of modern music and filtering it through a twenty-first century musical prism – sampling, looping, adding beats from different
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SAM KRATS feat. EL DA SENSEI: Revive Rap (Vinyl 7″)(Dusty Donuts Ltd 003)

SAM KRATS feat. EL DA SENSEI:  Revive Rap (Vinyl 7Revive Rap? Tall order you might think what with shit having been largely moribund since Nas announced hip-hop’s death eleven years ago. Well in the mainstream at least. As MB readers will know, the art as practised by Kool Herc and all true followers since is immortal and here are UK producer Sam Krats and Artifacts emcee El Da Sensei to prove it once more with the
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PAN AMSTERDAM: Landlord Elijah

PAN AMSTERDAM:  Landlord ElijahIt’s time for the next single to be drawn from the mighty Pan Amsterdam’s superb debut LP, The Pocket Watch, and this time around it’s all about the social commentary and what is apparently a bit of autobiography detailing rapper Leron Thomas’ bid to get started in the biz on Landlord Elijah. Adopting a world-weariness Donald Glover’s character Earn from Atlanta would recognise
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DJAR ONE: Beggin’ b/w Stranger In My Arms (Vinyl 7″)

DJAR ONE:  Beggin' b/w Stranger In My Arms (Vinyl 7I’m beggin, beggin’ you-oh-hooh, won’t you make a forty-five edit of some rather big old northern soul tracks? Hmm – alright it doesn’t quite scan doesn’t it? Happily there are no such issues with either side of this sureshot 45 from the man Djar One (which follows up his last 45 edits), both of which groove like a bastard. Well obviously, they would since the source material consists of a brace
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NAANVA: Rivulet EP

NAANVA:  Rivulet EPBack awhiles just over a year ago, a track by the name of Flowers Of Spring landed on the monkey’s virtual doormat from someone called Naanva. All preconceptions of this being some sort of world music project instantly dissipated as a Cotton Club-style jazzy intro quickly became imbued with the sound of b-boy drums and then it was all about how the jazzy influences alternated
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VVS VERBAL feat. GENERAL STEELE: Grind

VVS VERBAL feat. GENERAL STEELE:  Grind You know when you see emcees from back in the day still trying to rep. it like they once did, despite the beer belly and it all seems a bit sad? Well it’s pleasing to see that no such fate has befallen Smif-N-Wessun’s General Steele. No, it has not for Steele pretty much – er – steals the limelight in a lean and mean feature in VVS Verbal’s new video Grind over a straight-up gutter boom-bap beat
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VARIOUS: Fabyl: Arrival

VARIOUS:  Fabyl: ArrivalRating: ★★★★★ A new wave of big beat seems to have been lurking in the wings ever since the first wave of big beat and in recent years the likes of Rory Hoy and Pulpfusion have been resolutely flying the flag for old school uptempo breakbeat music that doesn’t bass wobble like a Weeble. Joining them in 2018 is producer to the stars, Nick Faber, a man who knows a thing or two about big
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LIVING COLOUR: Plastic People (Vinyl 7″)

LIVING COLOUR: Plastic People (Vinyl 7And now for a Living Colour 45. Yay – dreads, loud 80s funk rock riffs and dayglow cycling lycra – what could possibly go wrong? No, not that Living Colour. This is all about Tony Kalangis’ band not Vernon Reid’s. Kalangis’ outfit being a seventies funk crew who were not averse to knocking out chugging clavinet n horns-driven business such as Plastic People – now given a welcome 7″ repress
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DJ ROAST BEATZ: 5 Week Mash-up EP + ‘Let It Go’ feat. MYS DIGGI & ELLA MAE SUAREF

DJ ROAST BEATZ: 5 Week Mash-up EP + 'Let It Go' feat. MYS DIGGI & ELLA MAE SUAREF Consider yourself about to be fully apprised of all the details of Dj Roast Beatz’ 5 Week Mash-up as the time nears for the arrival of Let It Go (featuring Mys Diggi and Ella Suaref) – the debut release on the man’s new label Cuttin’ It Fine Records. To allay your fears for Mr Beatz’ health, let’s clarify right now that the ‘mash-up’ in
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