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THE ALLERGIES: Why You Buggin’ (feat. ANDY COOPER)/ Downtime (ALLERGIES remix )

THE ALLERGIES: Why You Buggin' (feat. ANDY COOPER)/ Downtime (ALLERGIES remix )How’s this for a payload? Bombstrikes returning to wax with Andy Cooper feat. The Allergies and their Run DMC cover Why You Buggin’ on the A-side and an Allergies remix of Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon’s Downtime on the flip. I know! Apart from that Boca 45/ Mohawestra special a couple of years ago, I don’t think Bombstrikes have messed with vinyl for the best part of a decade. Why You

THE ALLERGIES: Push On (Album)(2017)

Allergies Push OnRating: ★★★★★ My word – is that The Allergies again? Airplay all over BBC radio, vinyl seven inch singles ago-go, a deepening collaboration with Ugly Duckling rapper Andy Cooper to the point that he’s almost the third member of the group and now here’s their second full-length album. What to call that bad boy though? Push Out? Nope

ROAST BEATZ feat. DR SYNTAX: Boom Box (2015) Video

Boom Box video Roast BeatzDJ Roast Beatz delivers a homage to Yo! MTV Raps with a masterly pastiche of the defunct but legendary 80s and 90s show that doubles as the new video to the Dr Syntax-featuring Boom Box off RB’s Luxury Boom Bap LP which was released earlier this year. A pastiche of Yo! MTV Raps? Does this mean impressions of presenter Fab 5 Freddy, lots of ladies shaking booty and enough cartoon

PETE CANNON & DR SYNTAX (feat. DEL THE FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN & JEHST): ‘Do What We Wanna Do’ video (2014)

Do What We Wanna Do Pete Cannon Syntax Jehst DelOk, so now there is a video to Pete Cannon & Dr Syntax’s Del/ Jehst collab Do What We Wanna Do. And while the track may sound like the sort of turn-of-the-millennium effort for which (as I previously suggested) it was “the law that any video had to be…shot through a fish eye lens with lots of trippy psychedelic filters” depicting the artists involved, throwing social convention, “to the four


It’s a UK backpack-rap wet-dream as Mancunian knob-twiddler Pete Cannon teams up with Dr Syntax, Jehst and US West Coast Hiero legend Del The Funky Homosapien for ode to libertarianism Do What We Wanna Do. It’s a throwback to that kind of turn-of-the-millenium beat where it was the law that any video had to be a moving hand-held p.o.v. job shot through a fish

FOREIGN BEGGARS: United Colours Of Beggattron – 2009 – Album review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this autumn has had a mad crazy release schedule as labels everywhere make up for the fact that they could barely be arsed to release anything in the spring. As a consequence, review turnaround times have been shorter than an old-schooler’s come back. Given that the UK hip-hop underground’s ‘most-likely-to’ (that’ll be the FBs) have new album United Colours Of Beggattron out on Monday that left only one option. That’s right – it’s time for a ‘byron’. You must know the drill…

Upbeat intro – topical – bit of Obama – yeah, I’m feeling this…

MOVE HIGHER (Audra Nishita)
Sounds like the slow intro-bit to a mid-nineties Goldie/ Metalheadz track. All the way through. With rapping on. Apparently FBs have been around for ages but haven’t got the recognition they deserve. A fresh topic you’ll agree.

KEEP IT COMIN’ (feat. Jehst, Kyza & Dr Syntax)
This one’s ok – bit of scratchin’ and Kidulthoodie ‘ya brer’s beeyatch gat a rass claat’ rhymes. Plus a lame male vocal rnb hook.

BREAK FREE (feat. Audra & Kai Nishita)
The third track with a positive mental attitude title, yet another rnb hook and a kick drum I can barely hear. I went to switch the kettle on during this one.

DON’T DHOOW IT (Feat. King Knut)
Sounds like a Cool Kids beat but Foreign Beggars rapping – first one that makes my ears perk up. Mainly because it reminded me of Cool Kids.

The promo cd sleeve tells you this one’s a skit in case it’s playing and you’re deaf. Inexplicably imagines a vaguely Asian sounding hospital radio DJ announcing a performance by Foreign Beggars. I’ve had funnier colds.

SEVEN FIGURE SWAGGER (Feat. Dubbledge, Badness & Rednaz)
A chorus that won’t leave your head all day, this is P.R.O.P.E.R.

CONTACT (feat. Noisia)
…as is this. Deserves to be as big as Root’s Witness. Huge beat by Dutch dnb heads Noisia. Some twat on a site called monkeyboxing only gave the single 3.5 out of 5.

SHAKE IT (feat. Noisia)
The one where the boys get a bit ‘naughty’. Contains cerebral rhymes like, “Love to take you out on a date if I could/ Maybe let me give you a taste of my wood.” On reflection, makes me think of filthy bumping and grinding so not that bad.

The synth-keyboards one.

This one’s a skit too. Well – more of a 30 second beat really.

ASYLUM BOUND (feat. Ben Sharpa)
Starts with a voice like that Asian Fonejacker character who works for an ‘internet service providings’ call centre. But set in an asylum. About going mad or something. Probably sounds better if you’ve been at the green.

BIG N’BLACK (Phat Kat)
Starts off with a Chicago sample making you think it’s about to turn into a M.O.P. style banger. Then goes a bit tinny – probably so it sounds good on the kids’ mobile phone speakers. Not the best beat for Phat Kat’s 50 second phoned-in rhyme – he sounded much better on DJ Design’s last LP…

PROVE IT (Guilty Simpson)
…as did Guilty Simpson funnily enough. How’m I supposed to get amped off something that permanently sounds like it’s going to kick off but never does?

Scratching at the start wakes you up but it turns out it’s a skit.

NO MORE (Kashmere, Jehst & DJ 2Tall)
Arguably the best lyrics on the LP but sounds like it was made during a mad ketamine binge at the Dented studios. Could have done with being a bit faster and having more bass.

KEEPING THE LINE FAT (feat. Graziella)
Mid-nineties female garage vocal hook, a beat that sounds like late-era disco ramming grime at the lights and FBs rock up about a third of the way through. The sound of arriving at some sort of ‘Grime-fest’ in Michael Knight’s K.I.T. In a good way.

NO HOLDS BARRED (feat. Devlin, Noisia & DJ 2Tall)
Noisia again. Not unlike a digital earthquake.

Instrumental. Sounds like a last track. Mind you, so do quite a lot on this.

COMMENTS: Props to the FBs for attempting to craft an album that aims to maintain underground credibility while giving the pop charts a sly grope but United Colours of Beggattron basically revolves around a three track centrepiece with satellites of largely decreasing interest either side, despite a slew of heavyweight UK and US guests. As an LP this has the same sense of anti-climax that I got from Roots’ Run Come Save Me where nothing else on the LP approached the magnitude of Witness. Still, good enough singles potential to merk the competition and in any case how many whole albums do you listen to on a regular basis these days anyway? Tasteful cover too.

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FOREIGN BEGGARS/ SCRATCH PERVERTS: Neurosonics Audiomedical Video

Crazy bastards. Chek:

(PRESS RELEASE) Foreign Beggars have geared up for the release of their new album “United Colours Of Beggattron” on October 19th by heading over to the Neurosonics Audiomedical Laboratory to showcase some of the most amazing special effects you’ll ever see.
The Neurosonics Audiomedical Laboratory is described as the “Kingdom of the unreal but also a higher state of being, ultimately free of the limitations of the material world through the agency of science, technology, and imagination.”
Director Chris Cairns teamed up with the UK’s most progressive; Foreign Beggars, Scratch Perverts, Shlomo, Stig Of The Dump and Dr. Syntax to bring you this groundbreaking piece of multimedia artistry. Sound, Vision, Skills, Art Direction, Special Effects and Impeccable editing all come into play create something so special there’s no way you can only watch it once! Behold the greatest breakthrough in Audiomedical Neurosonics.


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