Monthly Archives: June 2022

THE NEXTMEN feat. KIKO BUN: Big Time

THE NEXTMEN feat. KIKO BUN:  Big TimeRating: ★★★★★ Blimey, The Nextmen feat. Kiko Bun’s Big Time is so good I might have to forgive The Nextmen for they time they tried to house me in Bristol’s Lakota all the way back in 2014. It wasn’t a great gig – this on the other hand is a great track – and you can beat me til I’m blue if that’s a lie. Let’s see now, forge a phat boom-bap beat out of a super groovy slice of late 60s organ
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LUCHITO & NESTOR: Fortune Teller b/w Para Que? (Vinyl 7″)

LUCHITO & NESTOR:  Fortune TellerRating: ★★★★★ Fortune Teller by Luchito & Nestor? Don’t tell me the Latin incarnation of multi-instrumentalist and Original Gravity Records label boss Neil Anderson is dropping a funky Latin boogaloo version of the Benny Spellman classic on 45? He certainly is and it’s every bit the total sureshot it sounds like from that description, coming on like something recorded in Spanish
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WHIRLWIND D feat. LEWIS PARKER & SPECIFIK: Lucky Number (Vinyl 7″)

WHIRLWIND D feat. LEWIS PARKER Lucky NumberWho’s this blowing through with new hip-hop 45 Lucky Number on which bars are unleashed over a beat evoking the soundtrack from a 70s mystery flick? Why it’s Whirlwind D with no less than Lewis Parker in the slipstream! What’s that boys? Lucky Number is an ironic title? Ah right – I’ve got you – so like when the shit unexpectedly hits the fan on an epic scale? Maybe like when you tell people
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Breakin’ The Riddim Vol. 4

Breakin’ The Riddim Vol. 4 BBPAfter a two year hiatus, the Breakbeat Paradise label returns with the latest instalment of its reggae-breakbeat compilation series, Breakin’ The Riddim Vol. 4. This time it’s a seven-tracker and the personnel are Jayl Funk, Badboe, Funkin Basstards, Pecoe, Towlie DJ, Clairvo and Funkinright. ‘Boe, Clairvo and Funkinright all take the skanking bassfunk route and leaven their
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: Unity Of Opposites

BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: Unity Of OppositesRating: ★★★★★ Nailed that dope reggae roots sound and not sure what to do next? Why not combine Jamaican riddims with the traditional sound of the Mediterranaean? That’s pretty much what Blend Mishkin and Roots Evolution have done on their latest LP, Unity Of Opposites which, (as the name implies) is well aware of its disparate influences
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FREEDUST: Take Me There/ Beleedat

FREEDUST:  BeleedatRating: ★★★★★ How to describe new Freedust singles, Take Me There and Beleedat, both international affairs on which Italian producer Daniele Carmosino deploys Barcelona-based singer Saphie Wells and Puerto Rican rapper Bardo respectively? Turns out, ‘pretty damn dope’ will suffice. Take Me There is a sultry summer anthem
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EMINEM feat. CEE-LO: The King And I

EMINEM feat. CEE-LO:  The King And I Eminem? I thought he’d retired. Anyway, here he is lured out of a life of daytime TV and queuing at the post office to contribute The King And I to the forthcoming Baz Lurhmann-directed Elvis movie soundtrack. Ahhhh – well that explains it! Do you want any one to guest with you on the track, Marshall? Um – yeah – I’ll have Cee-Lo Green please. Cue, the riff from Jailhouse Rock chopped
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THE MELTDOWN: Side By Side

THE MELTDOWN: Side By SideRight, here’s The Meltdown. What? Not again! You’re such a catastrophist – every silver lining’s got a cloud; there’s no problem too small to become a massive…what? Oh right, Melbourne band The Meltdown. Well why didn’t you say so?  Oh and their new single Side By Side too. About as far from a raging musical meltdown as you could imagine and rather more soulful balm for a
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Lex On The Beach EP

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE:  Lex On The Beach EPFulfilling the promise of singles Pigeon Pit and Lazy Breeze, here’s the full Lex On The Beach EP release from Lexsoul Dancemachine. And it’s homage to 80s funk and yacht rock is so full-on you can practically feel the wind ruffling your blond-tipped mullet. Hang on something’s out of place! That’s right, you’re not on the dancefloor; it’s time to roll-up the sleeves of that shiny Italian
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DESTRUCT: The Best You Never Heard

DESTRUCT: The Best You Never HeardThe Mind The Wax label’s services to hip-hop go up another notch with the release of West Coast rapper Destruct’s The Best You Never Heard LP. And if you think that album title is an idle boast before you’ve listened to it, a quick check of who the man has worked with should give you cause for pause since the list includes emcees of the calibre of Smif-N-Wessun’s General Steele
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