Monthly Archives: December 2018

SHAKA LOVES YOU: Boogie EP

SHAKA LOVES YOU:  Boogie EPDid you catch Shaka Loves You’s recent Boogie single on Bomb Strikes? You know, the one featuring Fullee Love (a.k.a Jurassic 5’s Soup) in full funk vocalist mode? I hope you did as it’s the boys’ best track ever and finds them hook n slinging their way to something rather special. Now it’s the turn of the Boogie EP from which that cut was lifted. Of the other three tracks included
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KURE feat. LONE NINJA: Suicide Run

KURE feat. LONE NINJA:  Suicide RunThe suicide run eh? We’ve all been there. Though admittedly not in the company of Lone Ninja who ensures on this that Oz producer Kure is covered all the way to the end of his beat with full tactical lyrical support. What’s that Lone? “Your twenty henchmen with dying scourge guns blaze/ From deadly mission, yo, I emerge unscathed.” Why – that’s perfect – it’ll be the ninja training one
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ANDRÉ M: Dodged A Bullet (Vinyl 7″)

ANDRÉ M:  Dodged A Bullet (Vinyl 7Like fellow travellers Big Boss Man, The Bongolian and the Qualitons, André M could surely find no greater happiness than being transported back to 1969 and forced to repeat it in a sort of mod-themed Groundhog Year-type experience for the term of his natural life. But what’s a man do about such an affliction? Seek help for obsessive nostalgia perhaps? What? Are you mental? This is
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WOXOW: Chaos Remixes

WOXOW:  Chaos RemixesYou may remember Chaos, the second single off Woxow’s debut LP Alcazar, not just as a conscious slice of boom-bap but also because the Italian producer managed to persuade not just rocksteady legend Ken Boothe to appear on it but also Akil from Jurassic 5 and Blurum 13 as well! With those sort of networking talents (alongside his knob-twiddling skills) it must have been no trouble at all
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TOM CARUANA presents: Black Gold (WU-TANG vs JIMI HENDRIX) Ltd. black and gold vinyl LP

TOM CARUANA presents: Black Gold (WU-TANG vs JIMI HENDRIX) Ltd. black and gold vinyl  LPRating: ★★★★★ Oh man – now here’s a Christmas present. Those with longish memories might remember that between the Guardian and New York Times-featured Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers mashup LP and The Beatles vs Hip-hop Legends: ‘An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space’ (he’s not one for short titles), Tom Caruana delivered what is not only still
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MR BRISTOW: Festive Funkathon 2018

MR BRISTOW:  Festive Funkathon 2018It’s become something of a tradition at MB Towers that cometh the Yuletide season, cometh Mr Bristow with a festive mixtape so it was no surprise when he appeared on the monkey’s virtual doorstep brandishing his Festive Funkathon 2018 mix and grinning like a cheeky Victorian street urchin. As well he might, given that said mix might well be the soundtrack for all your
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ROSTRUM RECORDS: Top Shelf 1988

ROSTRUM RECORDS:  Top Shelf 1988Rating: ★★★★★ Many are the claims to have brought ’88 back but surely never before with as much authority as Rostrum Records’ mighty compilation of thirteen long lost cuts from thirteen different hip-hop legends – Top Shelf 1988. The Top Shelf of the title was (so the story goes) a small studio on the Lower East Side of Manhattan where emcees found a safe haven from the
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