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MUSTAFA AKBAR: Get Down Wit It

MUSTAFA AKBAR: Get Down Wit ItNappy Riddem vocalist and sometime Fort Knox Five collaborator Mustafa Akbar strikes out on his own shortly with new single Get Down Wit It, inviting all who will join him (a fair few I’d imagine) to engage in a spot of bass-heavy, twenty-first century update of eighties funk. Such is Get Down Wit It which features muted guitars, swirling synths, insistent drums and the kind of
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MORLACK: Good To Go Go Vol. V

Who better to deliver the thirtieth release on the Funk Blasters label than the head honcho himself, Morlack? And what better release than Vol. V of Good To Go Go, the latest instalment of a series of heavyweight breaks which chops up Morlack’s beloved DC Go-Go a.k.a the music which has had Washington D.C. rocking since the funk era. Good To Go-Go Vol. V turns the party out with five cuts
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FREAKPOWER: United State EP

FREAKPOWER:  United State EPRating: ★★★★★ What better time for nineties groovers Freakpower to return with the United State EP, their first drop in twenty years or so? Trump is in the Whitehouse advocating guns for teachers and a nuclear spanky botty for Kim Jong-Un, the UK is on course for self-inflicted economic disaster, and Putin is going to be ‘voted’ Russian president again next month. Who wouldn’t fly their
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 4 – FORT KNOX FIVE(2017)

BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 4 – FORT KNOX FIVE(2017)Got bombs to drop? You’ll need a crew with the skills. Which is probably why Bomb Strikes’ annual Funk N Beats series sees DC’s Fort Knox Five take control for Vol. 4. And take control they do with the regulation twenty-plus deep selection of ordnance to lay waste to global dancefloors. This selection is resolutely funky (you’d expect nothing else after all) and delivers both the old and the
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BEAT LE JUICE: So Much Style

BEAT LE JUICE:  So Much StyleNew Scour signing, Beat Le Juice, is a man whose USP appears to be combining the glitchy sounds of now with the G-funk of yore marrying, as he does, squelches, bleeps and – well – glitches with so-smooth beats on this four-tracker. What to call such an entity though? So Much Style perhaps? That should do it. Expect plenty of Rhodes piano along with ‘blink and you’ll miss ’em’ chopped-up
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MODERATOR: The World Within

MODERATOR:  The World WithinYet more quality downtempo from the Melting Records stable – this time from twenty-two year old producer Moderator who’s so young he wasn’t even born when Bristol supplanted Seattle as the musical underground’s city of the moment and grunge guitars were ditched for atmospheric 80-90 bpm loops and breaks. Even more remarkably, World Within was originally released three years
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BAZZA RANKS & IMAGINE THIS: That Stuff

BAZZA RANKS & IMAGINE THIS: That StuffIn a departure from his more usual dancehall-oriented drops, Irish bass don Bazza Ranks hooks up with Kiwi emcee Imagine This for some of That Stuff – a decidedly bass-heavy slice of hip-hop which manages to combine label Bombstrike’s penchant for both twenty-first century breaks and that ol’ boom-bap. Surely there are only two directions remix crews can head in then? WBBL
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RORY HOY: The Other Side Of Forever EP

RORY HOY:  The Other Side Of Forever EPWho better to provide the debut release for Terence ‘Pulpfusion’ Thöny and Kim ‘Wiccatron’ Sørensen’s new label Big Fat Mama Beats than the UK’s like-minded Rory Hoy – a man for whom beats can never be big enough? Frankly what else would you expect from an entity created solely for the furtherance of ‘big beat, breakbeat, nu-funk and break tech boom-bap’ – and I refer to the
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LACK JEMMON feat. KURNEL MC: Joan Jett (Remixes)

LACK JEMMON feat. KURNEL MC:  Joan Jett (Remixes)Having managed, arguably, to score the best track on Breakbeat Paradise’s recent Bring Back The Funk comp. with their earworm cut Joan Jett featuring Kurnel MC, Hungarian duo now bring back Joan Jett for the remixes. Of which there are six – which means the remix package of just this one track is the same length as – why – the entire EP on which the original appeared! But who got
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THE FUNDAMENTALS: Thing

THE FUNDAMENTALS:  Thing Rating: ★★★★★ Top of your funk essentials list for January (and probably your funk edits list for a long time to come, no doubt) should be The Fundamentals’ monster edit of Dyke & The Blazers’ monster version of the Isley Brothers’ It’s Your Thing. With the title now appropriately reduced to simply a single menacing word Thing, the pair (consisting of X-Ray Ted and B-Side) eschew the
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