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DR HOOKA’S Surgery presents: Battlejam – JFB Vs. WBBL Fri. 22 April, The Lanes, Bristol (2016)

JFB WBBL Battlejam Dr HookaHello – looks like party breaks’ very own sawbones, Dr Hooka, is bringing you another massive ghetto funky ‘surgery’ this spring. This time it’s what promises to be a visceral showdown between 3 times UK DMC champion JFB in one corner and, in the opposing one, ‘heavyweight bass champion’, WBBL. Neither the name or the appendage of the latter refer to the man’s weight
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THE KALEIDOSCOPE RADIO SHOW: 37 End Of Year Wrap Up (2015)

Kaleidoscope Radio Show Funk BristolIf you don’t know the monthly Bristol-based Kaleidoscope Radio Show then now is as good a time as any to get your your eye set to the radio dial (or at least the url bar, since the former Passion Radio show is now online) and your ear to the speaker to check out their ‘End Of Year Wrap-Up.’ The host is underground hip-hop emcee/ producer Vice, regular contributions come from
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MAKO & THE HAWK: Spacing Rasco – Free Download

(PRESS RELEASE) Is it a mash-up or is it a remix? Are these really two distinct concepts anyway? Mako and The Hawk couldn’t give a monkey’s! Shamelessly stealing Rasco’s vocals from Parker’s ‘Bristol bass’ hit Western Soul, they craftily weld the Cali Agent MC onto a new beat made from an obscure funk 45 dug up by Mako. In doing so they spawn a hip-hop monster! Spacing Rasco begins with a fanfare as it rumbles into earshot, Rasco materialises atop a bar or two of an electro beat to incite the crowd and then he must leap (at some risk to his own personal safety) astride a mighty funk break which steps in the arena and lays waste to all before it. ‘Ave some of that!

…and cop these too…
LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD – MAKO & THE HAWK vs. BEASTIE BOYS Too Many Rappers (‘Not Enough Funk’ Mix) 320 kbps
LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD – MAKO & THE HAWK – Shut Up & Give It Up 320 kbps
LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD – MAKO & THE HAWK – Ain’t No Other Big Boss Man 320 kbps
Mako & The Hawk – Facebook
Mako & The Hawk – Soundcloud
Mako & The Hawk – Myspace

MAKO & THE HAWK: Shut Up And Give It Up – Free download

(PRESS RELEASE) The second mash-up from these two, this is a project from which Mako has tried to distance himself, claiming that with Shut Up And Give It Up the Hawk was trying to ‘house’ him and that it sounds nothing like the “create something a bit like Rapper’s Delight” idea they had originally mooted. Despite this, the Hawk persists with the flimsy argument that Mako’s suggestion to, ‘put in some extra kick drums’ constitutes a significant contribution to the production process. Whatever the truth, this unholy marriage of Public Enemy and The Ting Tings will have so many hands in the air in the coming months that it should boost deodorant sales exponentially, with knock-on economic effects that might ultimately lift the UK from the current recession. Hurrah!

…and cop these too…
LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD – MAKO & THE HAWK vs. BEASTIE BOYS Too Many Rappers (‘Not Enough Funk’ Mix) 320 kbps
LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD – MAKO & THE HAWK – Spacing Rasco 320 kbps
LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD – MAKO & THE HAWK – Ain’t No Other Big Boss Man 320 kbps
Mako & The Hawk – Facebook
Mako & The Hawk – Soundcloud
Mako & The Hawk – Myspace

MAKO & THE HAWK: Ain’t No Other Big Boss Man – Free download

MAKO & THE HAWK: Ain’t No Other Big Boss Man – Free downloadIn which Mako & The Hawk apply the same principles to a funk/ RnB mash-up that the Nice Up crew and J Star already apply to reggae and hip-hop. Or at least The Hawk does. Mako described himself ambivalently as ‘executive producer’ and also as the ‘Andrew Ridgley to the Hawk’s George Michael’ on this project. Still, as the producer of the BBC Radio 6 Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show recently put it (shortly before it was played), “Big Boss Man And Christine Aguilera together, should it work? No! Does it work? Yes!” Thus for your delectation:

UGLY DUCKLING: Live @ The Thekla, Bristol, Jan. 2009

I went to see Ugly Duckling last night and as shows go it was unusual enough to prompt me to share a few pointers about enhancing your gig-going experience and in particular your Ugly Duckling gig-going experience, should you find yourself at a UD gig on their current tour to promote new LP Audacity (Read monkeyboxing.com review of Audacity).

1. Firstly, going up to MC Dizzy Dustin in the crowd before the show, shaking his hand and having a quick chat is all acceptable, as is enquiring into the possibility of an interview after the show. He’s very friendly and amenable.
2. Knocking a pint over on the table next to where Dizzy is sat so that it pours into his lady friend’s boot causing her to remove the boot in order to pour it out again, is both clumsy and embarrassing and should be avoided if at all possible.
3. Proferring apologies to said lady and then standing around uselessly while said boot is put back on is polite, if ineffectual. However, making claims like, “Sorry about that, I’m not drunk,” will (even if true) sound like the most desperate kind of pathetic lie.
4. Subsequently, to actually get drunk will have dire consequences for the success of writing a gig review. It may cause you to do some or all of the following: forget that you have a camera with which to take pictures of the band, forget virtually all the set except for a few split second visual flashes and the bizarrely clear recall that at the very end of the gig, after the music stopped Dizzy very kindly bigged up monkeyboxing.com to the crowd despite 2 and 3 above. It may also lead to 5, below.
5. Being introduced to Ugly Duckling’s other MC, Andy Cat by Dizzy is exactly the sort of opportunity that should be taken full advantage if you’re the editor of a music website. Being so refreshed that the only thing you can really remember is thinking how tall Andy C is when he’s speaking to you is not taking full advantage. Nor is it polite.

I’d would like, therefore, to take this opportunity to publicly apologise to Ugly Duckling (who always put on a class show) and particularly to the lady whose boots I soaked, whilst reminding all monkeyboxing.com readers that alcohol should be enjoyed sensibly and in moderation. Or you will pay in the morning.

Ugly Duckling – Myspace

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