Monthly Archives: October 2019

SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good News

SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good NewsNext from Melbourne’s library music-influenced instrumental outfit, Surprise Chef, is All News Is Good News – the title track and second taster of their imminent debut LP. If you heard previous track Blyth Street Nocturne, you’ll know that is very good news indeed. For having shown with that they can rock it with the likes of NYC’s cinematic soul crews with that one, they go a bit
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LEON DINERO/ SCREECHY DAN: If You Ask Me/ Bandits (Vinyl 7″)

LEON DINERO/ SCREECHY DAN: If You Ask Me/ Bandits (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Daptone deliver a massive ‘both sides a winner’ reggae 45 here with If You Ask Me from new-geezer-on-the-block, Leon Dinero, on the A-side and Bandits from been-many-times-around-the-block dancehall legend, Screechy Dan, on – well – the A-side. That’s right, a double A-side and with a cast iron guarantee that you’ll be utterly unable to choose between Dinero’s harking
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SOUL FLIP EDITS: Soul Flip Edits LP

SOUL FLIP EDITS: Soul Flip Edits LPMissed out on any of the now sold-out Soul Flip edit 45s and are prepared to get them on wax whatever the format? Maybe you just prefer twelve inches to seven? Either way, your ship has come in with label captains Del Gazeebo and Aldo Vanucci overseeing the safe arrival of the Soul Flip Edits LP in record stores. A Soul Flip Edits LP!? It couldn’t possibly feature nine tracks culled from the first
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BLAKTRIX: The House Of The Immortal Ironfist (Prod. INDIGO CHILE)

BLAKTRIX:  The House Of The Immortal Ironfist (Prod.  INDIGO CHILE)Well blow me down if it isn’t UK emcee Blaktrix making a return on the Indigo Chile-produced The House Of The Immortal Ironfist after a very long absence. It’s not unheard of for an artist to take a year off but Blaktrix has just had seven in a row. Lucky bastard. Turns out he’s been travelling the world in search of enlightenment which resulted in being ‘blessed by the gods’ and honing his lyrical
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BRONX SLANG: More Grief

BRONX SLANG: More GriefRating: ★★★★★ Bronx Slang’s Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs finally do the decent thing and release one of the highlights of their excellent self-titled LPMore Grief – and if you’re sick of Trump’s shit this is definitely the track for you. Full of righteous fury, the track finds Beeks take the vocal lead and throw down more dope rhymes than the average emcee manages in a whole LP over a
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DR RUBBERFUNK: My Life At 45 (Part 3) (Vinyl 7″)

DR RUBBERFUNK: My Life At 45 Part 3Dr Rubberfunk continues his run of My Life At 45 – er – 45s – with My Life At 45 Part 3 then. Surely he must be forty-six by now though because Part 1 came out in July 2018 didn’t it? What’s that? Oh rrrright – I’ve got you – well – I didn’t think he’d mind since he’s made his age part of the title! Erm anyway – so Dr Rubberfunk is still a very youthful 45 and this one’s lead cut is the wistful (not to
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BILLA QAUSE: Somehow Someway

BILLA QAUSE: Somehow SomewayHere it is then, the new LP from the Mind The Wax stable – Billa Qause’s Somehow Someway – which you could be forgiven thinking was something unearthed from the late nineties.  I’m pretty sure when Bristol replaced Seattle as the city on which the music press’s attention was fixated in the mid-nineties that no-one was expecting a largely instrumental, slowed-down ambient form of hip-
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PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL: Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends Part 2

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL: Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends Vol. 2Back for another round of psychedelic, steam-punk hip-hop, it’s Professor Elemental with Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends Part 2 and an extensive posse of chums a la Amazing Friends. Unlike the album-length narrative arcs of such previous works as the excellent Apequest and School Of Whimsy, Amazing Friends Vol. 2 is, like its predecessor, more a short story compilation
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G LOVE feat. KEB’ MO’: Go Crazy (‘The Juice’ LP preview)

G LOVE feat. KEB' MO':  Go Crazy (The Juice LP preview)“I’m gonna lose my mind if I don’t go crazy,” reckons G Love on new track Go Crazy which features latter-day blues-man Keb’ Mo’. Truly a song for our benighted times, it’s the first preview of material the forthcoming album The Juice (set for a January release) and employs the sort of evergreen loose-limbed ‘delta blues meets laid back funky drums’ combo which has ensured
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