Monthly Archives: December 2020

KAMAU KURU: Cafe Culture

KAMAU KURU: Cafe CultureFresh from the success of the summer’s Oxydental album on which he married eastern music samples to dusty, lo-fi drum breaks, London producer Kamau Kuru returns with Cafe Culture on which a similar aesthetic is applied to the sounds of the French and Italian riviera from the 50s and 60s with a similar wry touch when it comes to using vintage newsreel vocal samples. For yes
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FRED RAMIREZ: Hold On I’m Coming (Vinyl 7″)

FRED RAMIREZ: Hold On I'm Coming (Vinyl 7Neither a double entendre (at least an intentional one) nor an expression of exasperation, Hold On I’m Coming is, of course, famously the refrain of Sam & Dave’s soulful 1967 declaration of support for a desperate loved one. And on this latest Matasuna Records 45, it is transfigured through a Latin jazz prism by Fred Ramirez. An instrumental, the cover showcases Ramirez’s formidable piano
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ROUGHNECK JIHAD & DJ PNUTZ: General Jihad and Prime Minister Pnutz

General Jihad and Prime Minister PnutzHere’s a collaboration to conjure with as veteran emcee General Jihad forges a musical alliance with dj/producer DJ Pnutz for new LP General Jihad and Prime Minister Pnutz.  Jihad has been active since the late 80s but is best known for his role as one third of Bay Area underground hip-hop outfit Third Sight.  DJ Pnutz on the other hand will be more familiar to MB readers as the woman behind LPs
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JSTAR: Survivor b/w THE DYNAMATES: YGTL (ULURU 003)

ULURU 003 SurvivorLook out – it’s the latest delivery of reggae booty bombs from Little Beat More imprint Uluru which delivers another classic pair of unofficial reggae rerubs. First up is one from long-time don of the reggae cheeky version, Jstar himself, who weighs in with Survivor – a track sure to punch above its weight on the dancefloor by splicing the Rocky theme to a digi-dub riddim. Risin’ up to the
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SOUL FLIP EDITS 11: Can’t You See You’re Losing Me/ Uncle Willie Good Time(Prod. DJAR ONE)(Vinyl 7″)

SOUL FLIP EDITS 11Soul Flip Edits 11 is something of a musical paradox being both the much delayed eleventh volume in Del Gazeebo and Aldo Vanucci’s excellent funk and soul edits series and approximately the millionth Djar One release this year – with more still to come. The man must live like the Road Runner – always moving at maximum velocity and only glimpsed as a blur
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THE ALLERGIES: Jumping Off b/w Gather Around (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE ALLERGIES:  Jumping Off b/w Gather AroundRating: ★★★★★ There are less than thirty days to go before the worst year in recent memory is consigned to history and the big question is – ‘Is there time for The Allergies to squeeze out one more 45 before it’s lights out on 2020? Looks like there is! So gather around for the party is jumping off! Or rather say hello to Jumping Off b/w Gather Around – less track titles than descriptions of what
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MR BRISTOW: Xmas Mix 2020

MR BRISTOW: Xmas Mix 2020It has been a shitty year hasn’t it? Global pandemic, movement curtailed, holidays cancelled, jobs lost, and presiding over the whole mess, a flailing and nakedly corrupt government. Still at least there’s always a pub or a club to go to. Oh wait, no, can’t go to those either. What everyone needs is cheering up! We need to escape from reality (at least temporarily) and return to
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