Monthly Archives: July 2020

MR COLLAGE: Layers Remixed

MR COLLAGE: Layers Remixed If you were paying attention to music back in March you might have caught Mr Collage’s debut LP, Layers, which displayed no mean production talent in the field of hip-hop and breakbeat music. Mind you, given that it was March you might well have been paying more attention to the still emerging pandemic which meant poor old Mr Collage (like everyone else) was forced to play
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THE ALLERGIES: Say The Word

THE ALLERGIES: Say The WordRating: ★★★★★ Good lord is it time to say some words about new Allergies LP – er – Say The Word already? It’s the fourth in as many years without so much as a pity break for the competition! They soared over that ‘difficult third’ LP hurdle like it wasn’t even there – mainly because they’ve been enjoying a near vertical career trajectory that has taken them from DJ-only gigs to full live-band
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: My Jamaican Dub b/w The Healer (Vinyl 7″)

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: My Jamaican Dub b/w The Healer (Vinyl 7Now here’s a band who always know what time it is when it comes to covers. Yep – you better believe I’m talking ’bout Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band who are about to drop 55 gallon steel drum covers of both Grace Jones and Erykah Badu numbers by way of a new 45 single. On one side, Jones’ farty-bassed, 1983, electro-dub cut My Jamaican Guy gets re-envisaged as a minimal
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DJ DSK: DNA Edits Vol. 4 – Bad Girls/ Need You Tonight (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DSK: DNA Edits Vol. 4 (Vinyl 7Told you we weren’t done with DJ DSK news this month and here’s the next item – which turns out to be nothing less that Vol. 4 of our man’s DNA Edits vinyl 7″ series. But what has he taken a scalpel to this time? Well, since you’re asking, side A has a crack at disco queen Donna Summer’s Bad Girls. This one’s more about tweaking the beat and arranging than lengthy extensions –
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DON LEISURE: Steel Zakuski

DON LEISURE:  Steel ZakuskiDon Leisure’s full-length retro Russian samples-based beat tape, Steel Zakuski follows hot on the heels of last month’s single Valery’s Fate which features in this mammoth twenty-one track set. One half of First Word Records’ The Darkhouse Family, the Don is widely-travelled and less a collector of the in sound from way out so much as a collector of the spaced-out sound from way out
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DJ’S CHOICE: El Ray De Boogaloo (THE REBEL) b/w Que Se Sepa (PABLO RUIZ)(Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Lego Funk has constructed yet another splendid edits 45 here with a brace of reworked Latin funk cuts for the new DJ’s Choice vinyl 7″. On the A-side for example, you’ve got Pablo Ruiz’s reflip of Roberto Roena’s 1974 salsa-influenced number Que Se Sepa as sampled by Ugly Duckling on Let It Go. Now vastly extended with additional drums and percussion, it’ll have
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DNA RECORDS: Falcon Claw (ROBERT TORRES) b/w International (KUNMING BROS. feat. DIDJELIRIUM) (Vinyl 7″)

Falcon Claw vs Kunming BrosRating: ★★★★★ Marvel at the musical kung fu of DNA Records as the label unearths lost soundtrack b-boy heat in the shape of Falcon Claw by Robert Torres. No, that doesn’t sound familiar does it? Probably because it was recorded for a martial arts movie in the 70s but never used and then pretty much forgotten about outside the immediate family circle of its creator. Enter DNA
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BAHAMA SOUL CLUB & AREMA AREGA: Mango EP

BAHAMA SOUL CLUB & AREMA AREGA: Mango EP It’s all about the sunniest and sultriest of Latin soul jazz on the new one from Bahama Soul Club – i.e. Mango – graced by the vocal talents of Cuban singer Arema Arega. With new LP Bohemia After Dawn imminent, it offers a second glimpse of what to expect following Never Roam No More. The EP consists of the original version plus bossa and reggae remixes from Club Des
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BLAKTRIX: Dumb EP + 5 Euro Shades free download

BLAKTRIX: Dumb EP + 5 Euro Shades free downloadNews of track The House of Immortal Ironfist last autumn provided incontrovertible evidence that Cardiff-based MC Blaktrix was back after a seven-year absence and suggested a new release was on the way. And here it is – the Dumb EP featuring said Anime-inspired cut, new single 5 Euro Shades and more besides. The title track kicks us off with a reliably old school beat
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MUNGO’s HI-FI X MARINA P: Soma

MUNGO's HI-FI X MARINA P:  SomaRating: ★★★★★ Ooh hello what’s this? Soma? Ah yes – the new one from from Mungo’s Hi-Fi employing the undeniable vocal talents of songstress Marina P. Er – Soma, though? Surely not a reggae version of Smashing Pumpkins’ tedious 90s misery-fest Soma? The very same! It’s amazing the wonders a reggae makeover can
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