Monthly Archives: July 2019

TOM CARUANA: Inner Space (CAN vs. hip-hop legends)(Free download)

TOM CARUANA: Inner Space - Free downloadRating: ★★★★★ Blimey – don’t sleep – a massive new Tom Caruana hip-hop mash-up LP has just landed as the producer pairs a host of MCs with beats crafted from the discography of mighty Krautrock pioneers Can – a.k.a. Inner Space – hence the name of this monster. And it is a monster – thirty-six cuts featuring a host of underground legends, many of whom sent
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 88 (MORLACK)

KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 88 (MORLACK)Morlack on Katakana Vol. 88? Didn’t MB already cover this? Nope, that was Katakana Edits Vol. 83 – also featuring Morlack, a mere two months ago. They don’t hang around (Vol. 89 is already out!) and neither does he – unlike the monkey who likes to take a holiday every now and then – hence the late love for this. This time it’s heavy party breaks-cum-nu-disco re-works of Tim Maia
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FREEDUST: Talk To Me EP

FREEDUST: Talk To Me EP Talk to me? Oh what as in,“Maserati 3200. Talk to me!”? No, don’t worry, it’s not the return of Terry Tibbs but rather new material from Freedust in the form of their Talk To Me EP. This four-tracker is the follow-up to last year’s Jump Up And Down EP and kicks off with a brisk but sexy female vocal title track that does everything to reinforce the monkey’s previous description of the outfit as the
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DJAR ONE / DJ TRON: The LH Body Rock / Bombshell (Vinyl 7″)

DJAR ONE / DJ TRON: The LH Body Rock / Bombshell (Vinyl 7Forget Trump’s Russian rip-off military hardware parade and make way for some 45 calibre heavy weaponry from Djar One and DJ Tron on this new Burning Sole Records seven inch. The A-side finds Djar One unleashing monstrous funk drums augmented with guitar fuzz, subby bass and vocal samples from the likes of the Beastie Boys – though Black Dynamite gets a look-in as well. Over
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EL-JAY BURNER: My Thing (Vinyl 7″)

EL-JAY BURNER: My Thing (Vinyl 7Combining hip-hop scratches, beats and boom with soulful reggae vocals, El-Jay Burner’s My Thing is the latest 45 to be unleashed in a string of quality drops from Fabyl Records over the last year. This marks the first seven inch release from the duo (consisting of producer Jimmy Plates and vocalist Leroy Smokes) and should ensure heavy rotation in the smoochy part of anyone’s bashment
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NEAL FRANCIS: This Time

NEAL FRANCIS: This TimeRating: ★★★★★ Neal Francis drops new single, This Time in the lead-up to the autumn release of full-length effort Changes and this – er – time, he says he went for the, “full Allen Toussaint vibe.” Which, for anyone familiar with previous Francis’ singles These Are The Days and Changes Pt 1, will know is going some from the man Craig Charles has dubbed the, “reincarnation of Allen Toussaint.” Is it
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BEATS & CULTURE: BNC003 (Vinyl 12″)

 BEATS & CULTURE: BNC003 (Vinyl 12After more than a half year of silence, the Beats & Culture Youtube camp hook-up with Melting Records for a third release blending hip-hop and dub with exotic sounds – this time featuring The Spy From Cairo, Thunderball, Invisible Sounds and SomehowArt. That’s right, four tracks, which means that, rather than the seven inches of the first two releases, they’ve had to resort to the vinyl format of champions – the twelve inch – and
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THE BURROUGHS: The Slip/ Forever In Love

THE BURROUGHS:  The Slip/ Forever In LoveTwo slices of throwback soul here on this ‘digital 45′ from nine-piece Colorado outfit The Burroughs, signed to Color Red Records – the label started by The New Mastersounds’ Eddie Roberts. The Slip takes its cues from the one and only Mr James Brown with the sort of fat in-the-pocket Cold Sweat-era groove that the JB’s would be happy with and that, presumably, another JB (i.e.
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DJ SHADOW feat. DE LA SOUL: Rocket Fuel

DJ SHADOW feat. DE LA SOUL: Rocket FuelRating: ★★★★★ It’s been a while since DJ Shadow got any coverage on MB but if he’s going to make tracks like Rocket Fuel with De La Soul then it might happen a little more often. The single finds the West and East coast legends unite to launch a windmilling, hook ‘n’ scratch-filled slice of b-boy hip-hop powered by Johnny Jenkins’ Gilded Splinters break. Not the newfangled
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SOULBRIGADA: Do Your Thang / Grab Dis Thang (RESENSE 046) (Vinyl 7″)

SOULBRIGADA:  Do Your Thang / Grab Dis Thang (RESENSE 046) (Vinyl 7I don’t know, nothing for two years and then two come along at once! Yes, the second drop this August from the highly respected Resense edits label is this one from Soulbrigada who steps out with two similarly named and equally funky edits from different ends of soul’s golden era. On the A-side, Do Your Thang tastefully reboots a mid-seventies Floridian number, extending things a bit
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