Monthly Archives: February 2021

BISHOP THA DJ feat. ULLNEVANO & SUN ZULU: I Ain’t Dead (Prod. MYDUS)

BISHOP THA DJ I Ain't Dead He’s been on the scene since ’86 but he’s not dead! Whodat? Bishop Tha DJ of course, back on the cut (with a dash of 1-800 Suicide off Gravediggaz’ first LP Niggamortis, no less) and keeping it boom-bap with I Ain’t Dead. Featuring Baltimore emcees Ullnevano and Sun Zulu and that golden lo-fi production touch from Mydus, the
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MADE TO DANCE: MTD Series 007 – Achili/ Yuda (Vinyl 7″)

MADE TO DANCE: MTD Series 07 - Achili/ Yuda Nu-disco business on this new 7″ from the Made To Dance label who seem to specialise in keeping the names of those involved on the downlow – though I can tell you that at least one of those involved on this also has a release out on another edits/re-press label very shortly. In this case, said business involves edits Achili and Yuda. The A-side and first of these reboots an old rumba classic
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THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The Damn Straights EP

THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The Damn Straights EPNever a man to have merely a single iron in his fire, Lack Of Afro’s Adam Gibbons follows the release of sixties soundtrack/ cinematic soul-influenced Here We Go EP with an entirely different project in collaboration with rapper Herbal T who constitutes the other fifty per cent of The Damn Straights. Nominally hip-hop, the EP features nearly as much rock guitar as a Beastie
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QUEEN MAB: Roll With The Punches

QUEEN MAB: Roll With The PunchesSometime of Kitten & The Hip and before that Freak Power, Ashley Slater is a man as likely to be working on a solo project or featuring on someone else’s work.  But whither hast thou been of late, Mr S? Working on a recent guest vocal spot? Nope? New guest trombone spot? Nope? Ah, well then, perhaps here I hit it true – Queen Mab hath been with you! Or more correctly, you are half of
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GEE BAG X ILL INFORMED: Foreigners (Vinyl 7″) + Video

GEE BAG X ILL INFORMED:  ForeignersLast seen round these parts on the Jim Sharp remix of the Revive Rap 7″ feat. El Da Sensei, Gee Bag here takes centre stage on the Ill Informed-produced Foreigners. Out shortly on 45, the track is lifted from last year’s Gee Bag X Ill Informed LP Respect Ya Elders! and pulls no punches at all in its excoriating attack on twenty-first century racism in the UK which continues to make black
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RICHIE PHOE feat. KASSIA ZERMON: Baby I Love You So (Vinyl 7″)

RICHIE PHOE feat. KASSIA ZERMON: Baby I Love You SoWhen he was considering re-making Jacob Miller’s rootsy early 90s cut, Baby I Love You So, it’s quite possible Richie Phoe wasn’t expecting to be told, “If you’re going to cover one of my favourite records, it better be fucking good.” Turns out this wasn’t a line from a resurgent Spanish Inquisition but no less chilling for the fact that it seems to have issued from none other than Massive Attack’s
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MODERATOR: New album release date and previews

ODERATOR: New album release date and previewsIf you’ve been paying attention to the releases coming out of the Melting Records stable in the last couple of years, one name that won’t have escaped your attention is that of Moderator whose 2019 The Mosaics LP pieced together quality instrumental hip-hop from a kaleidoscope of influences. While the label has taken a year’s Covid break, it’s clear that Moderator himself has
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OMEGAMAN: Rebel Rocker

OMEGAMAN: Rebel Rocker Given the way Covid has negatively affected the music industry in the past year, you’d expect the system to have made rather more people into a ‘rebel rocker’ than just Ikenna and Omegaman. Or maybe it has and they’re just not singing about it yet. Whatever the truth of the matter, Oz-breaks-maker Omegaman is back with his fat new breakbeat reggae riddim, Rebel Rocker, atop
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PM WARSON: In Conversation

PM WARSON: In ConversationAlready lauded by the likes of Craig Charles and the Fred Perry clothing company – there’s set to be a lot more conversation about PM Warson when his debut LP, True Story, drops this April. In the meantime here’s In Conversation, the first single to be lifted from said long player and demonstrating the same sense of retro soul and R&B groovin’ evinced on Warson’s breakthrough
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DJs CODO & MARK JAMES feat. FRED VALLE: Alright (Vinyl 7″)

Waxnerds Alright 7Rating: ★★★★★ Every night the monkey has the strangest dreams and last night’s was that Waxnerds DJs Codo & Mark James co-opted Fred Valle to help them deliver epic Latin boom-bap vibes with further top shelf acapella assistance from one Big Daddy Kane. Imagine the surprise at MB Towers when the ‘dream’ turned out to be true
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