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BOBBY OROZA: This Love (album) + Your Love Is Too Cold video

BOBBY OROZA: This LoveVying for the title of king of the new wave of lowrider soul must surely be Bobby Oroza with his debut album This Love. The LP is the culmination of a journey that began three years ago with the original release of the title track – a slice of summery Latin soul haze – on Timmion Records. Last year the single was re-released on New York’s Big Crown label and there was talk of a
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THE HAWKMEN: The Hawkmen (Album)

THE HAWKMEN: The HawkmenRating: ★★★★★ The self-titled debut LP of Craig Charles playlist (and live) favourites, The Hawkmen, finally arrives and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The project is the brainchild of Scott ‘The Hawk’ Milsom (erstwhile bassist for Big Boss Man as well as sometime DJ/Production partner of Mako) and displays a similar love for the music of the fifties, sixties and seventies as Reggae
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BRONX SLANG: Bronx Slang LP

BRONX SLANG:  Bronx SlangRating: ★★★★★ Hurrah! It’s finally time to get fully attuned to that ‘ol boogie down Bronx argot with the long-awaited, self-titled debut LP from Bronx Slang. The album, on the Fabyl label, follows a trio of dope singles characterised by classic hip-hop word-play between Jerry Beeks (previously known for solo work on Bad Magic, the label owned by The Wiseguys’ Theo Keating, back in the
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TOM CARUANA presents: Black Gold (WU-TANG vs JIMI HENDRIX) Ltd. black and gold vinyl LP

TOM CARUANA presents: Black Gold (WU-TANG vs JIMI HENDRIX) Ltd. black and gold vinyl  LPRating: ★★★★★ Oh man – now here’s a Christmas present. Those with longish memories might remember that between the Guardian and New York Times-featured Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers mashup LP and The Beatles vs Hip-hop Legends: ‘An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space’ (he’s not one for short titles), Tom Caruana delivered what is not only still
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THE PUTBACKS: The Putbacks

THE PUTBACKS albumArguably the most leftfield of all the big Oz funk-soul outfits, The Putbacks follow-up the heavy soul of Dawn, their 2014 debut (a collab. with vocalist Emma Donovan) with this new self-titled effort. If you caught previous singles The Way (the LP’s only vocal cut) featuring neo-soul man Bilal or the more recent Oranges, you’ll know that things have now headed in directions both ‘cinematic’ and
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MEGATIVE: Megative (album)

MEGATIVE: MegativeRating: ★★★★★ Here we go then – Megative’s debut LP channelling the sound of Ghost Town-era The Specials as if produced by Massive Attack across eleven tracks. What’s that – you wanted a proper review? Like that’s not enough to have you immediately seeking out a copy? Ok then, well, let me see now – I suppose there’s a bit of The Clash
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D/TROIT: Soul Sound System (Album)(2017)

D/TROIT:  Soul Sound System (Album)If you didn’t catch news of the 45 release of the title track of the Soul Sound System LP a fortnight ago (and even if you did) now is the time to properly say hello to D/Troit who make an assured full-length statement to mark D/enmark’s entrance to the global funk-soul scene. If you did catch news of the 45 release you’ll know that among the band’s credentials is the fact that Daptone’s Gabriel Roth has chief mixing credits. Of course if he’s on board, you know a band is doing something right which perhaps has something to do with the fact that
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JON KENNEDY: HA! LP (2017) + HA! video

JON KENNEDY:  Ha! LP (2017) + Ha! videoVeteran downtempo beatmaker, Jon Kennedy, finally returns this week with his long-teased new album HA! – his seventh full-length affair in a music career which effectively began with the new millenium when he was discovered by Mr Scruff. Curiously, this was around the time that the 90s trip-hop/ downtempo bubble began to burst and we entered what the Guardian was pleased to
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BEI BEI & SHAWN LEE: Year Of The Funky LP (2017)

BEI BEI & SHAWN LEE:  Year Of The Funky LPDid you know it was the Year Of The Funky? Well, technically, it’s actually the Year of the Rooster but that wouldn’t convey in the quite the same way (or actually, not at all, if we’re being honest) the Guzheng-plus-funky-drums combo that is the new album from Guzheng virtuoso Bei Bei and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee. For that is precisely what we have here, seven years after the release
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RUN-D.M.C: Run-D.M.C. (2016)

run-dmc-re-issueNext up for a deluxe re-issue from Get On Down is one of the most influential hip-hop LPs of all time – Run-D.M.C.‘s Run-D.M.C.. To say that this self-titled debut was a wake up call for hip-hop would be an understatement. Out went the comfortable ‘rhymes over hookless, seven-plus minute disco grooves’ that had pretty much been the model from Sugarhill onwards; in came shorter track-
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