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NILES PHILIPS: Out Of Sight EP

NILES PHILLIPS:  Out Of Sight EPAll the way back in 2013, Niles Philips provided one of the monkey’s favourite tracks of the year with his blues-tinged Hammond funky re-work of The Worldstylers’ Gimme One More. Having not heard much from the Dutch producer in the intervening years, he suddenly hoves back into sight with his all-original four-track EP Out Of Sight and reveals his talent for blissful breakbeat
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MONONOME & PIRANHA: Before His Fall b/w Spaceship (Vinyl 7″)

MONONOME & PIRANHAGreek downtempo label Melting Records expands into the 45 market with the arrival of the Melting Records Singles line, the first of which is this one featuring Mononome’s Before His Fall and Piranha’s Spaceship. On the A-side you’ll find Greek producer Mononome melding electronica sounds with organic elements for a dreamily melancholy slice of broken beat-influenced
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HAMMOND CLASSICS: Pour Eve

HAMMOND CLASSICS: Pour EveLet no-one accuse Hammond Classics of being a one-track pony when it comes to music production. Over the years we’ve had everything from bashment breaks and reggae to an absolute shedload of Latin breakbeat nuggets.  Not this time though. For new single, Pour Eve, we’re enticed in a downtempo cinematic direction by a piano-led beat overlaid with samples of a Birkin-
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FOLD feat. MR GEE: Aphelion

Another cut to fall foul of the MB summer holiday chaos has been this effort from Leeds band, Fold, dropping a fortnight or so ago, hot on the heels of previous single Insurgent Mood. This time around it’s downtempo hip-hop number, Aphelion, featuring MC and poet Mr Gee on the mic and a searing critique of racial inequality. Gee’s lyrics pointedly include a pop at bandwagon-jumping
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PYROGENIC: Hard Like Steel

PYROGENIC: Hard Like SteelAfter numerous Cut Beetlez drops, here are yet more Finnish frolics from Fabyl Recordings in the shape of Pyrogenic’s latest single Hard Like Steel. The downtempo duo are veterans of making atmospheric instro beats since the early 90s when, armed with computer, sound card and tracker software, they pretty much had to make their own material given the apparent dearth of
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HOWIE B feat. DJ WORDY: Thats Down + video

HOWIE B feat. DJ WOODY: Thats Down + videoWhen Howie B helped kick start the whole trip-hop thing in the 90s, did he still think it would be a ‘thing’ a quarter century later – or that – as with new single, Thats Down, he’d still be making it? I say trip-hop, the presence of Chinese DMC champion, DJ Wordy, and his turntablist skills along with an ambient electro/ techno sound palette pushes the envelope enough you’ll be
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HIP CUT: Hip Society

HIP CUT: Hip Society That ol’ early Shadow/ Krush sonic template continues to stand the test of time and while it might not have been flavour of the month for – oohh – at least twenty years, you can rely on there always being a few LPs a year worth a listen. Indeed, Hip Cut’s Hip Society is the second in two months, the other being DJ Moya’s II305 – and what are the chances (?) – Moya himself turns up on one of the
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DJ MOYA: II305

DJ MOYA: II305Long-time MB readers will know that while the greater proportion of what gets featured on the site is aimed squarely at the dancefloor, occasionally something a little more chin-stroky makes it past MB’s strict door policy. That of which we speak goes by many names of course – instrumental hip-hop, downtempo breaks, trip-hop and (if you’re James
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NAANVA: Rivulet EP

NAANVA:  Rivulet EPBack awhiles just over a year ago, a track by the name of Flowers Of Spring landed on the monkey’s virtual doormat from someone called Naanva. All preconceptions of this being some sort of world music project instantly dissipated as a Cotton Club-style jazzy intro quickly became imbued with the sound of b-boy drums and then it was all about how the jazzy influences alternated
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KENO: Around The Corner

KENO:  Around The CornerRating: ★★★★★ The new year is finally upon us but what lies around the corner from producer David Hanke? Appropriately enough, it’s a new sample-based cinematic downtempo LP entitled Around The Corner under the nom-de-plume Keno. Which means that ‘the producer with a thousand names’ (well, alright five at least) has added yet another moniker to a growing list that already includes
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