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SOULBROTHA: The Connexion EP (2011)

Everyone knows if you want something done efficiently you get the Germans involved, so if it’s nineties boom-bap you want – who you gonna call? Cue producer tag team of B-Base and 12Fingerdan a.k.a Soulbrotha since a) it’s always nineteen-ninety-three round their place and b) they live in Hamburg. It also helps that they’re shit-hot producers and have access to some quality

FREESTYLE PROFESSORS: Gryme Tyme LP update + Tracklist

Christ! Mountains have visibly eroded in the time elapsed between the first rumours of new Freestyle Professors album Gryme Tyme coming out and the present. Then the original spring release date got put back to February and now it looks like it’s actually going to be out on 1 October 2009. You know it’ll be worth the wait though. If you were lucky enough to catch the Confuse A Few EP earlier this year you’ll already be familiar with a couple of tracks off this, including the mighty Luv U. You’ll also be aware that Branesparker and Giff both have PhDs in lyrical science, as do Stanley Grimes (a.k.a. Rampage) and Lord Finesse who swing by on this too. And just check out who’s on production duties – 12 Finger Dan, Buckwild, J Supiria, Showbiz, Minnesota, Branesparker himself as well as – wait for it – Diamond D. I’m getting a twitch just thinking about it!

Freestyle Professors: Gryme Tyme – 2009 – Tracklist:
A1 Intro (2:05)
A2 Turn My Headphones Up (4:26)
A3 Valley Of Death (4:26)
A4 Who Am I? (3:38)
A5 Luv U (3:40) feat. Akbar, Stanley Grimes
B1 Confuse A Few (3:59) feat. Lord Finesse
B2 Breakin’ Tha Rules (3:45)
B3 Gryme Tyme (3:49)
B4 Jump On It (4:07) feat. Akbar, Don Q
B5 Let Me Tell You Something (2:00)
C1 Time Flies (4:04)
C2 The Lord’s Prayer (3:49)
C3 The Breakdown (1:20) feat. Lil Sha
C4 Testify (4:54)
C5 We Comin’ (3:54)
D1 Those Was The Days (Remix) (3:47) feat. Kasha
D2 Think About It (4:23)
D3 Radio (4:43)
D4 Knick Knack (4:11) feat. Akbar, Stanley Grimes
D5 Outro (0:52) feat. GW Foxx

Freestyle Professors – Myspace



1. (-) Freestyle Professors – Luv U
It’s that ‘Bronx grimy sound’ y’all. Massive.

2. (-) Mako & The Hawk – Ain’t No Other Big Boss Man
Genius funk/ RnB mash-up.

3. (-) The Hangmen – Boogie Now
Philipino funk. No, really. Don’t knock till you’ve tried. (Hit Soul Jugglers sample – listen link is wrong at source))

4. (1) The Hawk – Electric Boogaloo
Crazy bongo breaks and electro flourishes? Pumas on and mat out!

5. (3) Recordkingz (feat. The Beatnuts) – Rock Ya Shoulders
News Orleans funk sampling banger.

6. (4) Black Pepper – You Keep Running Out Of Gas
Re-issue of sweet, funky, 60s sister-soul classic.
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7. (2) Rup – Make Moves
The wordsmith returns on this funky robotic bounce.

8. (-) Dr Crobe – Money Grows
Northern sou- er – I mean hip-hop, with added squelchy wah-wah.

9. (-) Wolfmother – Back Round
Hairy snarling rock beast. Obviously.

10. (-) The Killer Meters – Freak
More Betty Davis style funk-rock from upcoming LP.

FREESTYLE PROFESSORS: Confuse A Few – 2009 – 12″ review

Rating: ★★★★★

Hey – they don’t make them like this anymore do they? Erm, except obviously they do because here’s this, the official 12” for upcoming, long-awaited LP Gryme Tyme due in June – and I’ve had that straight from the horse’s mouth. Well, Branesparker’s at least. Anyway, DITC affiliates and underground legends Freestyle Professors are back with their super-heavy, crate diggin’, self-styled Bronx-grimey sound to bring you five all-new tracks, two of which you also get as instrumentals. I’m confused. Isn’t this an EP? Whatever, Branesparker himself produces four of the five, two of which drop a bit of social commentary and get their dark on putting me in mind of Non-Phixion or something: the Lord Finesse produced (and featuring), title track and Jump On It on which original FP member Don Q and Akbar stop by. Personally, I was more excited by the funkier cuts and crazy battle rhymes with which the other three are packed – what with Stanley Grimes tearing it up on, We Won’t Stop “Thought you had testicles, turned out to be some ovaries/ Get out of here, go back to school, be what you supposed to be” and the epic church organ on Dat Grit Grime. The track I’ve really been waiting for though, since they dropped the video last year, is the ridiculously mighty breaks and rhymes of Luv U – another Stanley Grimes hook-up. And because they’re such jokers, Freestyle Professors have hidden this away at the end of side two of the vinyl. How to sum this record up? A rhyme from Dat Grit Grime will suffice – “We don’t give a fuck if you call it old school/ See that’s soulful…”
Out now on Freestyle US. Don’t snooze!

Listen to Freestyle Professors – Confuse A Few

Freestyle Professors – Myspace




1. (NEW) Freestyle Professors – Luv U (Unreleased)
Giff and B Sparks done cooked up some fresh Bronx heat. Heed!

2. (NEW) K Delight & The Voodoo Guru feat. Chrome – The Wildstyle Dream (Playing Around)
Does what it says on the tin. One for breakers everywhere: Part 1

3. (NEW) D.J.H – Hip-Hopper From Birth – Hip-Hopper From Birth EP (D.J.H)
Killer track from crazy fresh EP. One for breakers everywhere: Part 2.

4. (NEW) Fakts One feat. Little Brother – Grown Folks – Long Range LP (Green Streets U.S.
Little Brother kill it again on a guest spot.

5. (1) The New Mastersounds – All We Can Do – Plug & Play LP (One Note)
Ultra itchy break, squelchy wah-wah and bass like an eel hitting the side of a dustbin.

6. (3) Betty Moorer – It’s My Thing – Diggin’ In The BGP Vaults LP (BGP)
Funky soul is the sexiest music ever. Betty Moorer tells it like it is.
ListenRead Review…

7. (6) The Bamboos – King of the Rodeo/ Can’t Help Myself (Tru Thoughts)
The Bamboos borrow Megan Washington and Ty for two more funky dancefloor slayers.

8. (4) Tame Impala – Desire Be, Desire Go – Tame Impala EP (Modular)
Western Oz’s finest drop a filthy great psychedelic fuzz-rock monster.

9. (NEW) Que Billah feat. The Cool Kids – Colours (Unreleased)
Billah got the beats: The Kids got the rhymes. And ‘sneakers’. In lots of colours. Word.

10. (NEW) Sir Beans feat. Blaktrix – Sour Grapes (Unreleased)
Beans and Blaktrix always mean hip hop business. One day Beans’ll release an LP!


Freestyle Professors done cooked up some more Bronx heat! Luv U will feature on the duo’s forthcoming 18 track LP Gryme Tyme due for release in early 2009 featuring production by Show, Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Buckwild, Minnesota, Branesparker, and 12FingerDan. Heads up!

Freestyle Professors – Myspace