Tag Archives: 2010

RAEKWON: London, HMV Forum, 18 March 2010 EPK + Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang LP update

Yeah, that’s right – the chef will be cooking up some Tang-y (see what I did there?) delights for your aural consumption in the UK in March. I guess you could look at it as kind of like a live course between his last serving Only Built For Cuban Linx Part II and the forthcoming Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. Yes, you did read that correctly – Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang will appear on the public’s table in only two months time and feature

UGLY DUCKLING: The interview – 2010

Underground legends Ugly Duckling have been delivering consistently excellent, funky, sample-based hip-hop since the early nineties and have a discography totalling no fewer than four studio LPs.


FOREIGN LEGION: ‘Travel Lite’ single out now, ‘Night Moves’ LP due 17th August 2010

Foreign Legion’s Night Moves LP (cover art below links) has been coming out and then failed to more times than an indecisive closet gay man. The evidence on the band’s own Hungerstrike Records website, would suggest that the latest due date for Prozack Turner and Marc Stretch’s much-delayed album is 17th August this year. The underrated Bay Area hip-hop duo’s long-awaited third LP is preceded by the seemingly troublesome digital release of promo single Travel Lite. And when I say troublesome, it looks like it’s been kicking around the web for a few weeks now even though publicity for it has been practically zero, the release date varies according from site to site, the artwork has changed (see below LP cover), the video has been pulled from YouTube (at the time of writing) and (depending on the site you visit) it sometimes comes with another track, Ultimate, as well as instrumentals of both. What is going on in the FL camp? Enquiring Minds want to know! Nevertheless – the understated Travel Lite rocks an ATCQ style beat courtesy of Intro Beats (i.e. the man behind the FL’s Secret Knock EP banger, Piano Banger) and lyrically explores the joys of the tour while the altogether trippier Ultimate offers woozy summer horns, Asheru & Blue Black style – …LISTEN to both HERE. Apparently, “the full length album is dropping in late summer and has appearances by Rhymesayers alumni Night Clubber Lang of the Boom Bap Project, Oh No, and Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers!” according to the Hungerstrike Records site, which also notes that the album, “is already being hailed a classic by both Prozack Turner’s and Marc Stretch’s mothers.”
Foreign Legion – Myspace

ADIDAS Skateboarding: Silas Baxter-Neal pro shoe + Gonz track top

Another summer update from the skate wing of global giant Adidas finds Silas Baxter-Neal getting his own shoe which (along with the other new drops) retains the company’s recent penchant for subtle colourways. The Eldridge Superstar, for example, gets the colours reversed from the first version and the Busenitz soccer cleat turns up in a nice red wine colour leaving the yellow stripes on the Gonz as the brightest splash of colour anywhere. Talking of Gonz – check out his new retro bad-boy track top in it’s two different colour schemes…


EASTER SUNDAY BASS FESTIVAL: Feat. Nightmares On Wax + The Trojan Sound System – WIN FREE ENTRY FOR 2

You know that feeling when there’s a proper bass-y sound system going off and you’re all a bit – “Damn! I can feel that in my chest! Look at those parked cars moving down the road because of the vibration?” Yeah? Just wanted to check because that’s what’s on offer here and you can get your bad ass (and someone else’s bad ass) in for free at Camden’s Koko to see Nightmares On Wax, The Trojan Sound System, Dub Pistols and Smerins Anti-Social Club on 4th April if you can just lift your weed-hindered hands enough to google the answer to the question below. Obviously I don’t expect anyone to actually know the answer any more. What’s the point in having a memory when you can just get catatonic on the chronic and tap up google instead? Anyway – here’s that question:COMPETITION CLOSED – congratulations Haridas Stewart!
Q – Where did the ‘Trojan’ part of Trojan Records name come from?
MAIL your answer to monkeyboxing.editor@yahoo.com

(PRESS RELEASE) Come and join the party at Soundcrash at KOKO this Easter Sunday for a journey through the louder side of things, with some truly legendary bands bringing the noise and busting the bass-bins…
A VERY rare performance from the incredible NIGHTMARES ON WAX SOUND SYSTEM. Properly iconic legends the TROJAN SOUND SYSTEM will be in full attendance ready to get the room skanking with a vengeance; Chart-toppers the DUB PISTOLS will demonstrate why they are still super-cool with their furiously energetic live show; and with support from Leeds’s electronica-whizzes Paper Tiger, the fantastic SMERINS ANTI SOCIAL CLUB and Tru Thought’s super-sultry-songstress Lizzy Parks it’s a truly cataclysmic collection of live acts to while away your Easter evening and set yourself up nicely for that bank-holiday lie-in!
Come and join Soundcrash at KOKO this Easter Sunday for a journey through the louder side of things, with some truly legendary bands bringing the noise and busting the bass-bins…
The Nightmares of Wax Soundsystem come out of hiding for an ultra-rare fully-live London performance! Nightmares on Wax should need no introduction; having released one of the most iconic albums of the 90s in ‘Smokers Delight’ – one of the very first Lps on Warp records – N.O.W. then went on to release mixes in the highly respected ‘Dj Kicks’ and ‘Late Night Tales’ series, as well as being instrumental in bringing the legendary De La Soul back into the spotlight thanks to their Sounds of N.O.W. EP. That’s some career! Tonight they will regale those lucky enough to attend Koko on Easter Sunday with the full-on Nightmares on Wax experience. BIG.


Trojan Sound System – Myspace

The Dub Pistols – Myspace