Monthly Archives: March 2020

LONE NINJA feat. RAY VENDETTA: Concealed Position (Prod. BLAQ MASQ)

LONE NINJA feat. RAY VENDETTA: Concealed Position (Prod. BLAQ MASQ)The ongoing partnership of emcee Lone Ninja and producer Blaq Masq continues with new single Concealed Position featuring kindred spirit Ray Vendetta (possibly not his real name) of Triple Darkness who joins forces with our heroes in for a new onslaught of verbal combat. Like ninja costume, Blaq Masq’s beat this time eschews frills for dark simplicity, with relentless boom-bap
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Rubix

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: RubixIf you want a further taster of what to expect from El Michels Affair on their hotly-anticipated forthcoming LP Adult Themes, look no further than new single Rubix. This follows November’s 12345678910 with which it shares a common cinematic soundtrack bent (obviously – this is El Michels Affair we’re talking about!) but while that took its cues from the Far East, Rubix is seventies
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DR RUBBERFUNK: My Life At 45 (Vinyl LP)

DR RUBBERFUNK:  My Life At 45 (Vinyl LP)If you’ve been awake over the last eight months, you’ll know Jalapeno stalwart, Dr Rubberfunk, has been dropping a series of hot vinyl 7s every couple of months entitled My Life At 45 – each featuring a couple of nuggets from the good Dr’s studio plus a bonus beats type cut. What better plan next than to assemble all the tracks (sans bonus beat cuts) together on vinyl LP? That means a second chance
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Do It + video

SMOOVE & TURRELL: Do It + videoHeads up everyone, it’s time for a new single from Smoove & Turrell, which goes by the catch-all double entendre title of Do It. Said cut takes the form of classic S&T 125 bpm 80s disco soul and features more slap bass than Mark King and Flea going head-to-head in a bass-slapping competition on the planet Larry Graham. Meanwhile Turrell belts out the hook, “Come on and do it (Do It!)/
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BOBBY OROZA: Strange Girl (Vinyl 7″) + video

BOBBY OROZA: Strange Girl (Vinyl 7Next from Bobby Oroza comes Strange Girl, a cover of Strange Boy by originally performed jointly by fellow Big Crown artists El Michels Affair & The Shacks. With Oroza’s falsetto replacing Shannon Wise’s whisper and Cold Diamond & Mink now in charge of instrumentation, the cover is as dreamy as the original though now the vibe is lowrider soul as opposed to indie-psychedelia and
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Nu Reality

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Nu Reality ‘Six-headed Estonian groove monster’, Lexsoul Dancemachine is back with new single – er – Nu Reality. And if you caught them a couple of years ago when they barrelled in from left of field with debut LP Deus Ex Machina or the follow-up Sunny Holiday In Lexico, you’ll know they mean business both in the studio, where they’re tighter than a gnat’s chuff, or live, where the tightness slips not a
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DEDY DREAD feat. OLIVIA RUFF: Don’t Wanna Wake Up (Vinyl 7″)

“Don’t Wanna Wake,” up sings Olivia Ruff on the new vinyl 7″ from Dedy Dread. I know how you feel mate, the country’s been hijacked by hedge fund managers and their far-right attack dogs, it’s barely stopped raining since September and I tore a nail last night, closing my laptop. Thinking about it, that’s precisely the sort of mood requiring a slice of alt. R&B featuring the soothing tones of
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MORLACK: Skanky Bank Vol. II EP

MORLACK: Skanky Bank Vol. II EPAre you getting the feeling there’s an island influence on the four new cuts from Morlack that comprise Skanky Bank Vol. II? The cover art’s a bit of a giveaway after all, the Funk Blasters’ Betty Davis label logo which seems to have swapped heads, old-school Worzel Gummidge style, (“‘allo Aunt Sally, I’ll just get me rasta ‘ead on”), and the rest of it features palm trees silhouetted against a
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MR COLLAGE: Layers

MR COLLAGE: LayersMr Collage? Layers? Could we be in the presence of a beat-making sample-junkie? I think we could! Say hello to the little-known (but on the evidence of this soon to be much more widely-known) Greek producer whose long-player debut takes in breakbeat music of multiple shades – boom-bap hip-hop, dancefloor-geared uptempo breaks and downtempo cinematic stuff. Eleven tracks deep
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CUT BEETLEZ vs NICE GUYS: Cut Ya Ass Up

CUT BEETLEZ vs NICE GUYS: Cut Ya Ass UpLooks like it’s joint single time as Finland’s Cut Beetlez production team team-up with Philly emcee duo Dirty Winters and Lynx 196.9 for Cut Ya Ass Up. And if that sounds nasty – it’s because it is. “What you fucking looking at? I’ll throw dry wall at your eyeballs because I’m a nice guy,” goes the intro over epic horns and double time hi-hats which belie the lumbering 87 bpm Tiger tank
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