Monthly Archives: March 2019


GERALD MCCAULEY & COLD DIAMOND & MINK:  Wondering (Vinyl 7Lowrider soul does seem to be big at the minute doesn’t it? So much so in fact, that when a big tune comes along, people can’t leave it alone, it seems. DJ Mike Noriega for example, was smitten enough with the B-side version of Pratt & Moody’s 2017 cut Lost Lost Lost featuring the music of Timmion House Band Cold Diamond & Mink sans vocalist, that he wrote new lyrics for it. Enter vocalist Gerald McCauley to deliver Noriega’s

MINED & FORREST: Coming Through EP

MINED & FORREST: Coming Through EPStand aside please, Mined & Forrest coming through with – er – Coming Through, the follow-up to their previous extended play effort on Breakbeat Paradise – There It Is. And while they might sound like some sort of psychic detective duo, their work is rather more grounded in solid twenty-first breakbeat music. The title cut is mid-tempo Snoop n strings-assisted synth business


ERIC BOSS: Bad Luck Rating: ★★★★★ “If it wasn’t for bad luck/ I wouldn’t have no luck at all,” muses Eric Boss on new single Bad Luck craftily channeling an everyman vibe as old as the blues genes in funk and soul’s bloodline. It’s not just the classic simplicity of the hook that appeals either; there’s the raw drums, the sparse blaxploitation wah-wah guitar, the pulsing bass on the verses, the horns

JSTAR feat BLACKOUT J.A: All I Have (JOE REVELL remix)

JSTAR feat BLACKOUT J.A: All I Have (JOE REVELL remix) Looks like JStar’s maintaining a higher profile this year since here is his second single already though culled, somewhat unusually, from nearly three year old album Stand To Order. Then again – it is a remix, and one by Kiwi Joe Revell no less – a man who clearly revels (thank you I’m here all week!) in the fact that all he has (and another one!) is a great big rolling drum break. He uses it

THE ALLERGIES: Commanding 45s Mixtape – Free download

THE ALLERGIES: Commanding 45s MixtapeI don’t know, though I have been told, an Allergies mix is…
UNBELIEVABLE! Get on that dancefloor and throw some shapes private or I’ll stick my boot so far up your ass the sweat from my knee will save you going to the bar!
Ulp, blimey its Commanding 45s, the new mixtape idea The Allergies’ thought of while driving to a gig

MORLACK: Good To Go Go Vol. VI

MORLACK: Good To Go Go Vol. VIOk so here’s your latest lesson in DC go-go from Morlack – surely the music’s biggest fan (not to mention biggest proponent of it) outside Washington DC itself – with another massive payload of 80s-influenced beats. Imagine an A Skillz entirely fixated on the music brought to the world by the likes of Chuck Brown and later Experience Unlimited and Trouble Funk and you’re


PIMPERNEL JONES: RPM 2019They seek him here, they seek him there but if they’d been looking for him in February, the only place they’d have found Pimpernel Jones would have been locked away in his studio as he raced against time to create an album inside a month for the 2019 RPM challenge. Did he make it? Of course he did – and the result is a seventeen-track LP of grooving head-nod beats created on MPC but

ORIGIN ONE: Deeply Rooted

ORIGIN ONE:  Deeply RootedFollowing a pair of promising singles over the last two years comes Deeply Rooted, the debut long-player from Origin One a.k.a Nottingham-based producer Kevin Thomson. An eleven-strong affair, it delivers a varied cross-section of bashment sub-genres from roots reggae to jungle and features a wealth of vocal talent. Indeed a different guest on every track (bar the one instrumental) though

CHROME: Dopamine Hit (I Need A Hit SMOOVE remix) b/w To The Big Apple (Vinyl 7″)

CHROME:  Dopamine Hit (I Need A Hit SMOOVE remix) b/w To The Big Apple (Vinyl 7In more ‘title track as single’ news on MB today, it turns out Smoove’s remix of Chrome’s Dopamine Hit is shortly to get a vinyl 7″ release. UK rap veteran Chrome made his name as part of East Anglian hip-hop outfit Def Tex of course and Dopamine Hit is the title track of his recent solo LP on which he frankly admits to needing – well – a hit. Not a hit from the bong you understand, nor

FOLD feat. POTENT WHISPER: We’re The Ones (single)

FOLD feat. POTENT WHISPER:  We're The Ones (single)Title track of the forthcoming Fold LP, single We’re The Ones features emcee and spoken word commando Potent Whisper on the mic and the band reckon it’s got the broadest appeal of anything they’ve done so far. Cue, stuttery funk drumming, soulful horns and bass, scratching, vintage vocal samples and of course a positive, uplifting vocal message throughout from Mr Whisper himself. “If you feel like us shout ‘We’re