Monthly Archives: May 2021

PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES: Comencemos b/w Mi Moooto (Vinyl 7″)

PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES:  ComencemosMatasuna Records bring that funky Latin heat again – this time with a double helping from Venezuelan Porfi Jiminez’ Phirpo Y Sus Caribes outfit. The A-side Comencemos is a cover of Ginger Baker-powered Fela Kuti track Let’s Start upping the tempo very slightly and subtly Latin-ising the feel of the track. Arguably even better is flip Mi Moooto, a Jiminez original that, as the title
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FLOYD JAMES & THE GTs: A Weight Hanging Over Me / History Repeats (Vinyl 7″)

Although recent releases have explored the sound of ska, early reggae and Latin grooves, the Original Gravity Records label now turns its attentions back to the sound of the Civil Rights Movement in the form of two soul sides from Floyd James & The GTs.   The title of B-side, History Repeats, captures the vibe depicted in a black and white sleeve that suggests MLK/ Malcom X-era
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Pump Up The Jam

Estonian funk outfit Lexsoul Dancemachine are known for their blistering live shows so it was only natural that for their first ever cover, they would choose Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic. What?! Pump Up The Jam?!!! The cheesy, 1989, Euro-hip-house, world-wide hit, Pump Up The Jam? ‘Pump up the jam, Pump it up, While your feet are stomping’ Pump Up The Jam? That Pump Up The
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KRASH SLAUGHTA feat. PHILL MOST CHILL: Rebel Base (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ With less notice than a surprise Imperial attack, news of a new Krash Slaughta vinyl 7″ has arrived in the monkey’s inbox and it’s hotter than the barrel of an ion cannon 5 minutes into a major combat situation. The 45 in question is Rebel Base, Admiral Slaughta’s secret new dance-floor weapon and evidence of an alliance with mic pirate Phill Most Chill – a man famed
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CRASH PARTY: Toxic Funk Vol. 5 (Vinyl 7″)

CRASH PARTY: Toxic Funk Vol. 5 (Vinyl 7?)Rating: ★★★★★ Breakbeat Paradise keep up a very successful run of 45s as Crash Party – er – crashes the party with Toxic Funk Vol. 5 and a double measure of hip-hop influenced booty. We’ll start by considering B-side World Gone Def. which marries Joe Tex, Method Man and a funky boom-bap rhythm for a joint which could well have been an A-side itself were it not for the fact that the A-side on this, Dirty Glass, generates even more
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AZIDO 88 & CADILLACQUE: Heavy Hitters

Looks like Roast Beatz’ label Cuttin’ It Fine was pretty stoked to get Heavy Hitters from producer Azido 88 and emcee Cadillacque in the submissions inbox. An original slice of contemporary boom-bap, it finds Azido 88 going chunky on the drums with fuzzy bass and FX-drenched horns while Cadillacque employs the mic style de jour to wonder where all the ‘heavy hitters’ have gone. The label couldn’t let that one
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MONONOME & PIRANHA: Before His Fall b/w Spaceship (Vinyl 7″)

MONONOME & PIRANHAGreek downtempo label Melting Records expands into the 45 market with the arrival of the Melting Records Singles line, the first of which is this one featuring Mononome’s Before His Fall and Piranha’s Spaceship. On the A-side you’ll find Greek producer Mononome melding electronica sounds with organic elements for a dreamily melancholy slice of broken beat-influenced
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ANDY COOPER: Hot Off The Chopping Block (Vinyl LP)

ANDY COOPER: Off The Chopping Block (Vinyl LP)With absolutely no sign of abatement in his blistering release schedule (if anything, things seem to have stepped up a gear!) and barely six months since last full-length effort L.I.S.T.E.N., Long Beach emcee Andy Cooper is back already with news of his forthcoming album, Hot Off The Chopping Block.  The name, like that of 2017’s The Layered Effect, is a reference to the
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SOUL SUGAR feat. BOOKER G & BLUNDETTO: Cool Down + I Want You Sly & Robbie remix

SOUL SUGAR feat. BOOKER G & BLUNDETTO:  Cool DownSoul Sugar’s latest single, Cool Down, provides a taster of what to expect on their forthcoming fourth album, Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk & Dub, and if it’s anything to go by that’ll be a very sweet main course. Soul Sugar bandleader Guillaume Metenier has not only co-produced this track but roped in fellow countrymen Blundetto (for the guitar), Blackjoy and – er – himself, under
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BRONX SLANG: Happens A Lot

BRONX SLANG: Happens A LotRating: ★★★★★ Damn there’s some good hip-hop around at the minute! Oh you forgot hip-hop could be good? Yeah – well, these days, it happens a lot – which also just happens to be the title of Bronx Slang’s contribution to the goodness as well as being the next single to be lifted off their forthcoming second LP. Oh you forgot they had a new LP on the way? Well Jerry Beeks and Ollie
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