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DR HOOKA presents: A SKILLZ, KROSSBOW, ROAST BEATZ & More (2015) Frome, 24 October

Dr Hooka's Birthday BBQ A Skillz 2015Given a first world mega-city status that puts it right up there with the likes of L.A. and Tokyo, it’s hardly surprising that Frome, Somerset should be the location for Dr Hooka‘s Birthday BBQ – an event that gathers such breakbeat like minds as the mighty A Skillz, glitch-hop supremos Krossbow and a host of others including Goodgroove, Chrispop, Extra Medium, Bubaking, Titan Sound
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A SKILLZ & KRAFTY KUTS: Now Drop (DJ TANNER video edit)(2015) + free download

Now Drop A Skillz Krafty KUts DJ TannerA couple of weeks ago the winning combination of A Skillz & Krafty Kuts teamed up once again for Now Drop, a reliably hands-in-the-air funky breaks – er – drop that managed to give a new lease of life to Yank jazz-rockers The Ides Of March with the help of a large dollop of Fatman Scoop. It wasn’t just a vehicle (see what I did there?) to rehabilitate Stateside rock dinosaurs though. No, it
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DJ TANNER: A Skillz’ ‘Poppa Soul’ (‘Is It A Banger? Parks & Recreation video edit) (2014) + DJ Tanner ‘All Vinyl Funk Mix 2004’ free download

Poppa Soul video All Vinyl Funk Mix 2004 DJ TannerDouble trouble from DJ Tanner here (he of video edits for Featurecast, The Reflex, WBBL, Amerigo Gazaway, The Gaff, Daytoner, Smoove, The Allergies and Mako & The Hawk among others) as the Canadian delivers his latest video edit (the snappily-titled ‘Poppa Soul’ (DJ Tanner Parks & Recreation video edit)) for A Skillz’ massive Ultramagnetic MCs/ Bobby Byrd mash Poppa Soul
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FORT KNOX FIVE: 10 Years Of Fort Knox Five Remixed (2013) + ‘We Love To Bring Back The Funk’ free download

How’s this for a plan: you get fifteen of the finest bass n breaks producers to remix fifteen of your finest tracks from ten years of adventures in the world of party breaks production and assemble them in ascending order of bpm? This, ladies and gentlemen, is precisely what the mighty Fort Knox Five have lined up for release in ten days time on their own (what else?) Fort Knox Recordings label
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A SKILLZ: Beats International ‘Dub Be Good To Me’ (Festival Edit)(2013) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ Well this is jam hot isn’t it? That boy from the big bad city, A Skillz, has only gone and retouched Beats International’s Dub Be Good To Me in time for festival season – hence this ‘Festival edit’. This song has been in my life so long it’s like it’s always been there. It came out right about when I started to go out clubbing. I remember dancing to it at in Bristol’s legendary
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A SKILLZ: Think (It Takes Two) feat. Lyn Collins (2012) Free download + London Show 6.10.12

Rating: ★★★★★
It’s reassuring to know that the mighty Lyn Collins ‘features’ on what is essentially a remix of her own song – still – this is a remix by the mighty A Skillz so we’ll let him off. If you’re one of the three people who hasn’t yet heard this, imagine Lyn Collins still-fresh original, cut up a bit with Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock’s massive ’88 hip-hop club banger It Takes
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DJ NU-MARK: Broken Sunlight Series 3 – ‘Our Generation’ feat. Ernie Hines/ ‘The Fever’ feat. A-Skillz (2012) Free download

Hello. New Nu-Mark. It’s the third drop in the former J5 dj’s Broken Sunlight album series and the title cut is a re-edit of Ernie Hines’ classic seventies funk number Our Generation. Like the original, it kicks off with a couple of bars of dope funk rock riff but quickly settles into a mellow soul groove. If you’d prefer a bit more heat it’s over on the flip in the shape of a collabo with A-Skillz who is
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DJ LOVE feat Geechi Suede: Zigga Zigga – 2011

Rating: ★★★★★
Hot damn! This is the best thing I’ve heard rapper Geechi Suede on since Camp Lo dropped Black Hollywood way back in 2007! Dallas-based DJ Love shows he’s no musical cowboy with a beat that could cause a stampede on any dancefloor. It’s not that it’s particularly fast nor especially lairy, more that it’s harder to resist than a sexy Mexican maid with nothing innocent on her mind.
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EWAN HOOZAMI: Free mashup madness! – Greg Nice vs. Bob Marley/ Nick Fonkyson vs. Alice Russell/ Parov Stelar vs. Cee Lo Green/ Grinny Grandad vs. A Skillz vs. Public Enemy

Bristol beatmonger Hoozami, gets in on the end of year/ start of new year free download craziness with some of his own. That’s right – not ‘one’ – ‘some.’ Clearly not a man to be outdone, the rising producer (whose debut breaks and beat-fest LP Wildebeats recently dropped on Pig Balls Records`) here conjures up no less than four mashups as he fiendishly engages in splicing experiments with the efforts of the good and the great
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GRINNY GRANDAD: Good Girl (A Skillz remix) 7” – 2010 – Single review

Rating: ★★★★★

In which A Skillz transforms the somewhat innocent original into a rather more naughty slice of brassy, beat-heavy funk, mainly by speeding it up by 10 bpm or so and adding a bigger drums. Neither factor detracts from singer Kymberley Kennedy’s Aguilera-esque vocal and both render the track guaranteed dancefloor artillery. The fact that this remix is accompanied by a video featuring a fat bloke whose bitch tits wobble while he does an uprock (see below) coupled with the fact that they got A Skillz to actually do a remix in the first place makes it clear that here is a band who possess canny twenty-first century marketing skills. You would expect little else from an outfit who have apparently been featured on the GTA soundtrack. I wouldn’t know about that as I abhor violence and computer games. Muthafucker.

Listen to Grinny Grandad – Good Girl (A Skillz remix)

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