Monthly Archives: May 2022

BLEND MISHKIN feat. DUB PISTOLS & MC DANK MEME: Mad One

BLEND MISHKIN feat. DUB PISTOLS & MC DANK MEME:  Mad OneSo the third single from Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution’s forthcoming Unity Of Opposites album is Mad One featuring Dub Pistols and MC Dank Meme. Now while the words ‘mad one’ might conjure early 90s Manchester and pilled-up types in super baggy pastel-coloured clothing, rest assured that this is resolutely dubby reggae drenched in brass with Eastern Mediterranean
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LIPPHEAD: The Squirrel From Ipanema

LIPPHEAD: The Squirrel From IpanemaIf you weren’t aware that producers Blockhead and Eliott Lipp were working together as Lipphead – er – you are now. Debut LP, In The Nude, is out mid-June on the Young Heavy Souls label but before that comes debut single The Squirrel From Ipanema. A mid-tempo hip-hop instrumental, it features crunchy drums, and richly layered instrumentation with a non-lyric
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ALEXANDER KOROSTINSKY: Bones Of God (Vinyl 7″)

ALEXANDER KOROSTINSKY: Bones Of God Alexander Korostinsky’s Bones Of God has been burning a hole in the monkey’s inbox for a week now (the trouble was finding something to embed but that’s all sorted now) and you’ll see why when you hear it, for this Turkish-funk-influenced cut is an absolute beast! Must be the season for eastern-themed psych-funk since this comes hot on the tail of the latest El Michels Affair single
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Kahbi

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: KahbiCinematic soul crew, El Michels Affair, return to the Turkish funk and Bollywood influenced territory of their Yeti Season LP with new one-off single Kahbi. Once again, the band get label mate Piya Malik of 79.5 on vocals and she supplies precisely the requisite amount of exotic promise you’d expect from such a drop. It would seem (at least currently) that this one is just a digital
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GRAMOPHONE SOUL feat. GEOFF LAI: For Your Soul

GRAMOPHONE SOUL feat. GEOFF LAI: For Your SoulNext on Cuttin’ It Fine is uptempo shimmy For Your Soul from Gramophone Soul featuring the vocals of Geoff Lai of Baker Brothers. And while the production’s about as new school as it can get, the horns, hand-clap and piano-drenched rhythm owes everything to sixties RnB. It’s not a million miles from what Daytoner has been putting out with his live band for example and – speak of the
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SUCKASIDE feat. KURNEL MC: Giving Up

SUCKASIDE feat. KURNEL MC:  Giving UpFresh from the success of their joint Beastie booty project with LROY, Suckaside return to hip-hop with new Kurnel MC-featuring single Giving Up. That’ll be a soul-drenched beat then featuring heavy strings-drenched boom-bap shot through with a vein of old soul gold while our Kurnel holds forth about, well, himself – it is a hip-hop track after all. Also on hand is Badboe’s
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KRAAK & SMAAK: Squeeze Me (Vinyl 7″)

KRAAK & SMAAK: Squeeze Me (Vinyl 7Jalapeno Records scores another hit scouring their back catalog for stuff to release on 45 for the first time and for the second time this year it’s old Kraak & Smaak material they use. Both tracks on the release are lifted from 2008’s Plastic People LP – the A-side being funky breakbeat-powered, Ben Westbeech-featuring banger Squeeze Me. Turns out that, back in the day, the track was
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SAM REDMORE: Tears (SCRIMSHIRE Remix)

SAM REDMORE: Tears (SCRIMSHIRE Edit)Just so that you’re fully up to speed on this one: this month Scrimshire is remixing a tune released last month by Sam Redmore that’s actually a cover of a Giorgio Moroder cut from the 70s that DJ Shadow covered in the 90s. Got that? Good. But if Redmore jettisoned the epic psych-rock of Moroder’s original for a cumbia-ish direction whither next for Adam Scrimshire? Well, while he’s
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SABROSA: Sure Pow / Tangerine Shot (Vinyl 7″)

SABROSA:  Sure Pow / Tangerine ShotSabrosa will have you all mixed up and checking your head with new 45 Sure Pow b/w Tangerine Shot. Any Beastie Boys fans will instantly recognise that bouillabaisse of names given that Sabrosa is the name of the Beasties’ fattest and dirtiest ever funk nugget while the uptempo car chase wah wah funk of A-side instrumental Sure Pow borrows elements of the Beasties’ Sureshot
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NAPOLEON DA LEGEND & AMERIGO GAZAWAY: Oda Nobunaga

NAPOLEON DA LEGEND & AMERIGO GAZAWAY: Oda NobunagaHere’s Oda Nobunaga then. Heavens no, not the actual ‘demon daimyo’ of Sengoku-period Japan but the new single from Napoleon Da Legend & Amerigo Gazaway! Just as well, we don’t want anyone losing their heads, now do we? Having said that, if you’re partial to a bit of orientally-themed hip-hop (and who isn’t?) you might just metaphorically lose your head to this. A boom-bap beat featuring
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