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MR COLLAGE: Layers Remixed

MR COLLAGE: Layers Remixed If you were paying attention to music back in March you might have caught Mr Collage’s debut LP, Layers, which displayed no mean production talent in the field of hip-hop and breakbeat music. Mind you, given that it was March you might well have been paying more attention to the still emerging pandemic which meant poor old Mr Collage (like everyone else) was forced to play
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THE ALLERGIES: Say The Word

THE ALLERGIES: Say The WordRating: ★★★★★ Good lord is it time to say some words about new Allergies LP – er – Say The Word already? It’s the fourth in as many years without so much as a pity break for the competition! They soared over that ‘difficult third’ LP hurdle like it wasn’t even there – mainly because they’ve been enjoying a near vertical career trajectory that has taken them from DJ-only gigs to full live-band
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DJ DSK: DNA Edits Vol. 4 – Bad Girls/ Need You Tonight (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DSK: DNA Edits Vol. 4 (Vinyl 7Told you we weren’t done with DJ DSK news this month and here’s the next item – which turns out to be nothing less that Vol. 4 of our man’s DNA Edits vinyl 7″ series. But what has he taken a scalpel to this time? Well, since you’re asking, side A has a crack at disco queen Donna Summer’s Bad Girls. This one’s more about tweaking the beat and arranging than lengthy extensions –
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DON LEISURE: Steel Zakuski

DON LEISURE:  Steel ZakuskiDon Leisure’s full-length retro Russian samples-based beat tape, Steel Zakuski follows hot on the heels of last month’s single Valery’s Fate which features in this mammoth twenty-one track set. One half of First Word Records’ The Darkhouse Family, the Don is widely-travelled and less a collector of the in sound from way out so much as a collector of the spaced-out sound from way out
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KARL MORGAN: Hidden Cymbals

KARL MORGAN: Hidden CymbalsIn a bid to increase its market share of library music (not to mention corner the market in punning LP titles), label King Underground is shortly to launch new library style drop Hidden Cymbals, showcasing the skills of session musician and drum teacher Karl Morgan. The release includes seven full compositions in a cinematic soul vein accompanied by the drum and the bass
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VARIOUS: Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor)

Songs For AndyIf you wanted a measure of the respect the sadly and recently departed DJ/producer Andy Taylor commanded on the music scene then here it is, Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor). The ten-tracker, has been assembled by Mr Bird and features contributions from Smoove & Turrell, Lloyd Wright, Daytoner, Kid Felony, Dedy Dread
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FOLD: Insurgent Mood

Don’t let the mellow head-nod beat fool you – Leeds outfit, Fold, are in an insurgent mood. Cue another example of their stock-in-trade – which is to say, a bedrock of a richly orchestrated hip-hop beat topped with some incendiary spoken word plucked from history. In this case, it’s another outing for outspoken African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (the first African-American to
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MORLACK: Good To Go-Go Vol. VII

MORLACK: Good To Go-Go Vol. VIIBack on home territory after the nu-disco-inflected excursions of May’s Good Times EP, Morlack returns to his beloved DC Go-Go as source material for Good To Go-Go Vol. VII. This eight-tracker opens with Stevie getting some assistance from Little Benny & The Masters on Robin Practice and then it’s roto-tom-ago-go on track two’s laid-back poolside splice of Pleasure, Jaco Pastorius
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KAMAU KURU: Oxydental

KAMAU KURU:  OxydentalRating: ★★★★★ Say hello to London-based producer Kamau Kuru – someone you’ll definitely be hearing a lot more of on the strength of debut LP Oxydental. ‘Oxydental’? Yep – this one very much lets you get your teeth into the sampled sounds of the occident laid over drum breaks for our man is as keen to draw on the sounds of his mixed heritage as he is inspired by the likes of
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: I Know EP

Clearly on a roll, French duo Prosper & Stabfinger are already following-up April’s Down In The Basement EP with a new three-tracker that stylistically intersects with disco in a different way on each cut. Title track, I Know, features a pair of vocalists (Ashley Slater and Georges Perin) who know their way around a sleazy P-funky inspired  groove while closer Funk Sauce (which features
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