Monthly Archives: October 2018

DJ PNUTZ: Play That Beat Mrs DJ

DJ PNUTZ:  Play That Beat Mrs DJNever let it be said the girls can’t match the beat-making output of the boys as DJ Pnutz drops her third full-length album, Play That Beat Mrs DJ, in two years. And once again the San Diego-based dj/producer weighs in with a substantial opus too – this one tipping the scales at fifteen tracks. Like its predecessors, The Good Wife’s Guide To
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR feat. LEE FIELDS: Never Be Another You (Reggae remix) (Vinyl 7″)

LEE FIELDS:  Never Be Another You (Reggae remix) (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Following the first installment, we now have the second of October’s ‘top reggae nuggets you didn’t see coming’ – though the soulful early reggae remix version of Lee Field’s late night tribute to a lady, Never Be Another You, is a different beast entirely. Also, I say ‘you didn’t see coming’ – it turns out our Lee has been asking
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LOOSE JOINTZ: Is It All Over My Face? (Vinyl 7″)

LOOSE JOINTZ:  Is It All Over My Face? (Vinyl 7‘Is it all over my face?’ asks singer Melvina Woods on the Larry Levan female vocal version of the notorious Loose Jointz disco track of the same name. And of course what was all over Woods’ face was an expression of joy at her love of dancing – so get your minds out of the gutter
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DAYTONER: Shout Love

DAYTONER:  Shout Love Rating: ★★★★★ Hot on the heels of the summer’s Off The Hook LP, the Daytoner crew are back already with a new single Shout Love – which aims to channel the redemptive power of funky soul to relay a message of positivity and unity in these benighted times. Blimey – that’s a tall order. Still we can’t think negatively, we have to try, after all
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JUKE JOINTS: Suit & Tie (SHAN FRENZIE remix)/ Without Da Funk (HOOPTY & A BAKERS DOZEN Tabu edit)(Vinyl 7″)

JUKE JOINTS:  Suit & Tie (SHAN FRENZIE remix)/ Without Da Funk (HOOPTY & A BAKERS DOZEN Tabu edit)(Vinly 7Rating: ★★★★★ It’s been a while since a decent cheeky version of something has made its way monkey-wards and what do you know – here are two at the same time! That’ll be Oz-based Juke Joints crew then whose Shan Frenzie is up first with a belt and braces funk version of JT’s Suit & Tie. I think we all know JT’s original version started out all chopped and screwed and then forty
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KILL EMIL: Matata/ Humanidad (Vinyl 7″)

KILL EMIL: Matata/ Humanidad (Vinyl 7The Matasuna label has been going hard on an Afro-Latin tip lately, and here they follow up their re-release of super-rare Sangre Joven cut Zamba Zamba (along with a Voodoocuts remix) with this new 45 from Greek producer Kill Emil. The A-side, Matata, might take its name from the Swahili word for problems but our man seems to have no difficulty knocking out a pumping mid-tempo affair
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THE HAWKMEN: Soulful Dress/ I Can Tell (Vinyl 7″) + video & tour dates

THE HAWKMEN:  Soulful Dress/ I Can Tell (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ More familiar to MB readers in his former role as Big Boss Man’s bassist and also as one half of Mako & The Hawk, The Hawk has recently been building the rep. of his scorching new live combo, The Hawkmen – an outfit currently being championed by no lesser a personage than Craig Charles. With a long
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MAVI MARX, DJ SQUIGZ: ‘My Resignation’ video

MAVI MARX, DJ SQUIGZ:  'My Resignation'There’s a certain irony in the first release of a new label being called My Resignation but on the evidence at hand, it seems unlikely that Michigan-based rapper Mavi Marx and UK (by way of Thailand) producer DJ Squigz will be collecting their P45 anytime soon. Squigz provides a reliably 90s feel for the beat while Marx growls his way through three plus minutes of him-standing-firm-
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PREZ 96: ‘Kidnap Rap Part 2’ video

PREZ 96: 'Kidnap Rap Part 2' video“Dad! I want to listen to that 90s hip-hop! That story-telling hip-hop – that old school hip-hop.” Thus opens new one, Kidnap Rap Part 2 from Prez 96 and don’t we all want to listen to that kind of hip-hop? What’s a father to do? Step up of course – and in a manner that Daddy Freddy and Gunshot would recognise only too well. Cue heavyweight boom-bap and that ol’ much missed narrative – in
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MR BIRD feat. BnC (The Disco Vampire): Hit The Top

MR BIRD feat. BnC (The Disco Vampire): Hit The TopNot content with remixing the likes of The Herbaliser, Mr Bird has his own hip-hop business out right now. Yep – he’s aiming high in the company of rapper Bruises N Cuts a.k.a BnC a.k.a. the Disco Vampire with new single Hit The Top. This’ll be the second release on the B.I.R.D. label which you’ll be totally unsurprised to hear is Bird’s own label. The track itself turns on a beat which
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