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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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JON KENNEDY: Enchantica (2017)

JON KENNEDY:  EnchanticaWhile you wait for the next full-length release from Jon Kennedy, he gets his trip-hop on with atmospheric new single Enchantica. The track is built around all-enveloping organic bass and drums as washes of sax and xylophone drift in and out of focus along with what might be a cut-up vocal loop from Bobby Darin’s version of Nature Boy wafting around in the background too. The
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CHRISTIANA: Lights More Lights (MANOSJMT edit)(2017) Free download

Lights More Lights Christiana ManosjmtNot a man to sit idly and twiddle his thumbs when it’s colder than an inuit’s outside toilet, Manosjmt has been having a fiddle around with 70s and 80s Greek folk singer Christiana. Not literally you filth mongers! I meant he’s tweaked her old folk pop hit Lights More Lights by dint of adding a dusty break and created a slinky lil downtempo disco funky number. You can fit this one right in there
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AFTERNOONS IN STEREO: Echo Valley (2016)

echo-valley-afternoons-in-stereoAfternoons In Stereo takes a trip down jazz canyon on sixth LP Echo Valley which fuses multiple genres with, well, jazz, obviously. The title track (and opener) is a beatless Rhodes piano mood piece that swiftly gives way to the crisp breakbeat intro of City Of The Future and its jazz fusion vistas. Eames In Dub by contrast juxtaposes spacey echoes with jazz disco beats
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