Monthly Archives: June 2021

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Night Train EP (Vinyl 7″)

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Night TrainNo excuses for not leaping aboard the Night Train now as the Original Gravity label repeats the recipe of its Peter Gunn and 30-60-90 vinyl 7″s and gets four different artists to deliver four radically different versions of the same classic standard. In this case, said standard is Jimmy Forrest’s Night Train (famously ‘done’ by Mr James Brown and his Famous Flames in typical blistering
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ feat. ALEXIA COLEY: Magic Touch (Vinyl 7″)

RENEGADES OF JAZZ feat. ALEXIA COLEY: Magic TouchRating: ★★★★★ As regular MB readers will know, Renegades Of Jazz’s David Hanke is a tireless producer of original music and a man with Catholic tastes in both the music he produces and is inspired by. Party breakbeat, downtempo, afro, Latin and more besides – he’s certainly spread his love around. This time however, he’s all about the funky soul – a genre which, as regular MB readers
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BRONX SLANG feat. SA MARTINEZ: Jane

BRONX SLANG feat. SA MARTINEZ: JaneBronx Slang’s by now heavily anticipated second LP is out this August but before then, here’s the next single Jane featuring singer SA Martinez of 311 and a minimal organ-laced boom-bap beat from Jadell. Once again Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs deliver reportage from the frontline of American social inequality with a cautionary tale about prostitute Jane – or rather (and especially
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HILLSIDE & MATULAH ft. TYKOPAATTI: Fo Yo Mind/ Knock Out (Vinyl 7″)

HILLSIDE & MATULAH ft. TYKOPAATTI:  Fo Yo MindThe new Number Nine records 45 (the label’s seventh 7″, by the monkey’s count) sees Finnish crew Hillside & Matulah hook-up with a pair of musician homies and Tykopaatti of hip-hop collective Joku Rotti Mafia to bring you something Fo Yo Mind and your feet. The track pitches things somewhere between the sort of good-time funky, boom-bap that Abdominal and UD could be found
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MORLACK: Closet Freak EP

MORLACK: Closet Freak EPSurely the most prolific artist on BBP’s roster – even if he’s been relatively quiet of late – Morlack returns with brand new EP, Closet Freak. And if you know Morlack, you’ll know that’s surely an ironic title since he’s never been shy about being freaky with the beats. This one opens with a pumping synth-drenched bass n breaks edit of Motown classic Papa Was Rolling Stone while the
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DJ MAARS: Used To Dub H.E.R. b/w Wit Ya (Vinyl 7″)

DJ MAARS: Used To Dub H.E.R.Rating: ★★★★★ Two more tried and tested reggae hip-hop booties from the current undisputed king of such blends, DJ Maars, make it onto vinyl 7″ with the arrival of a new white and green splatter vinyl 45 from Easy Now Recordings. And such is the enduring popularity of boom-bap drums combined with reggae/ rocksteady samples (instead of funk and soul ones) and a good rap or
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THE ALLERGIES: Move On Baby/ Are You Ready (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Move On BabyRating: ★★★★★ It’s another massive single from Bristol kings of the funky breakbeat dancefloor, The Allergies, who put the moves on you (baby!) with new 45 – er – Move On Baby b/w Are You Ready featuring Andy Cooper and Marietta Smith. The first of these suggest the boys’ have taken careful note of previous successes at filtering their uptempo party breaks sound through a Latin
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SOUL FLIP EDITS 12: Light My Fire / The Happening (Vinyl 7″)

You’re damn right the Soul Flip crew is back – and with a vengeance too after what has been a fallow year thus far following a mere two booties in 2020. It’s all a far cry from 2019 when the crew managed no fewer than six 45 edit releases plus a vinyl LP collecting all previous edits and were making plans to achieve global old soul edit dominance! Still, this funky ‘De La Soul’ breakbeat
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BLOCKHEAD: Let’s Play The Feud

BLOCKHEAD:  Let's Play The FeudSometime Ninjatune artist and formerly Aesop Rock’s go-to man for a beat, producer Blockhead is back with a new LP entitled Space Werewolves Will Be The End Of Us All, shortly. Before that, you get a taster of the sound of things to come in the form of single Let’s Play The Feud on which he genre surfs – or at least sub-genre surfs – with abandon. It’s got psych-soul melodies, it’s got
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JOHNNYPLUSE: The Return Is Finished

If you were concerned because you hadn’t heard from Johnnypluse for a minute, you’ll be gratified to hear that the Irish producer is back with a new album shortly and, before that drops, new single The Return Is Finished. It’s a lo-fi breakbeat affair that pulls off the feat of being both midtempo and ambient in mood. The primary means by which the latter is achieved is a vocal from none other than
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