Monthly Archives: November 2021

NAPOLEON DA LEGEND & AMERIGO GAZAWAY: Everything Fresh

NAPOLEON DA LEGEND & AMERIGO GAZAWAY: Everything FreshSay hello to yet another musical collab. born during lockdown when MC Napoleon Da Legend connected with producer Amerigo Gazaway at the start of the pandemic. The pair immediately hit it off and a full album, The World Changed (released next week), was the consequence. Before that drops though, they hit you with single Everything Fresh on which Napoleon Da Legend sorts through
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SMOKE & MIRRORS: Second That Emotion (Vinyl 7″)

SMOKE & MIRRORS:  Second That Emotion Second that Emotion is the second four-track reggae 45 this week from Badasonic Records and it’s another winner – this time courtesy of Smoke & Mirrors. That’ll be the lockdown brainchild of former Gangbuster John Roy who (as so many were), found himself frustrated by the enforced restriction of the pandemic and took it upon himself to write tunes, lyrics and arrangements
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WHIRLWIND D: Without Music (feat. MICALL PARKNSUN) b/w Labels (SMOOVE Mix)(Vinyl 7″)

WHIRLWIND D:  Without Music It’s a doubly nice slice of vinyl 7″ from B-Line Recordings next with this new single from Whirlwind D. On A-side Without Music, ‘D and another Brit-hop veteran, Micall Parknsun, go head-to-head on the subject of the redemptive power of – well – music over a soulful midtempo Djar One beat with cuts by Specifik. Flip it over meanwhile and you get a remix of another ‘D
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PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL presents: Nemesis

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL presents: NemesisAn overarching comedy steampunk narrative is the gift that keeps on giving, it seems, with the arrival of Nemesis, another long-playing instalment in the adventures of chap-hop MC Professor Elemental. But could this be the final instalment? If you’re not up to speed, the Prof. is the veteran of multiple adventures many of which have involved time-travel and fiendish
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SOUL FLIP EDITS 13: The Snake / You Don’t Know What You Got Until You Lose (SENIOR CITIZEN Edits) (Vinyl 7″)

SOUL FLIP EDITS 13: The SnakeAnd so welcome to the Soul Flip Edits 13┬ávinyl 7″, on which Greece’s Senior Citizens (no, not those kind of senior citizens!) apply themselves to the work of Al Wilson and Bobby Hebb to see if they can’t flip it for the twenty-first century without losing that golden era soul feel. How did they do? Very well of course or they wouldn’t have made it onto a piece of ‘Flip wax at all! First to be taken in
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MAXADO: Upon A Smile EP (Vinyl 7″)

MAXADO: Upon A Smile (Vinyl 7Brazilian early reggae outfit Firebug might have disbanded (no pun intended) but singer Maxado is still flying the boss flag with new 45 single Upon A Smile once again produced by former Firebug bassist and Latin Grammy award-winning producer Victor Rice. The PR says our man is ‘equally at home in all three early Jamaican styles’ – i.e. ska, rocksteady and reggae and the proof is
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SUCKASIDE: Toxic Funk Vol. 7 (Vinyl 7″)

SUCKASIDE: Toxic Funk Vol. 7 (Vinyl 7You can’t beat good original music but sometimes, despite musical fashion sidelining a musical style or genre, there remains considerable appetite for what has been sidelined and certainly more than can be catered for by people still making original music in that style or genre. It’s one of the reasons why booties are so enduringly popular and 90s hip-hop is a case in point. Enter Suckaside with Vol. 7 of Breakbeat Paradise’s vinyl
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KID ACNE feat. JEHST: Neon Fogou

KID ACNE feat. JEHST: Neon FogouSterling beats and rhymes from the top team of ‘our’ Kid Acne and Chicago producer Spectacular Diagnostics again with a little help from Jehst on the new single Neon Fogou. Neon what?! You know – fogou – ancient underground structures of indeterminate usage? No? Never mind – although it does bring to mind the megalith and monolith references of previous Kid Acne releases at any
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FOLD: Aphelion – A Tribute To Lorraine Hansbury

FOLD: Aphelion - A Tribute To Lorraine HansburyCause for celebration, if you been following the progress of Leeds outfit Fold on MB, is the news that their long-awaited Aphelion – A Tribute To Lorraine Hansbury album is finally out. Those familiar with previous work from the band will be aware that they’ve carved out a musical niche fitting the spoken words of inspirational figures to original music that draws influence from library
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