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DJ DESTRUCTION & DJ SPECIFIK: Bricolage 1 (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DESTRUCTION & DJ SPECIFIK: Bricolage 1Rating: ★★★★★ Wise Cut Records have lined up an amazing double header for debut release Bricolage 1 featuring DJs Specifik and Destruction. I know! That’s two massive sides of vinyl 7″ goodness right there, as both deejays pay homage to the classics of the cut n paste hip-hop record genre from the likes of Double D & Steinski and Coldcut. On the A-side – Destruction’s Opus #1 presents a kaleidoscopic collage of spoken word and
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BOCA 45 feat. EMSKEE & DJ WOODY: 45s EP (Vinyl 7″)

BOCA 45 feat. EMSKEE & DJ WOODY:  45s EPRating: ★★★★★ Who better to drop a 45 featuring a lyrical tribute to 45s than Boca 45 of 45Live fame? That’s a lot of 45, I think you’ll agree, and when you hear what our man has come up with on his brand new 45s EP in the company of Brooklyn emcee Emskee and DJ Woody, you’ll probably decide that even the amount of 45 you’d previously imagined you’d be getting was an
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DJ FORMAT: Devil’s Workshop

DJ FORMAT:  Devil's WorkshopRating: ★★★★★ If ‘the devil makes work for idle hands’ then the pandemic has been nothing less than a veritable ‘devil’s workshop’ – so be glad at least two of the hands in question belonged to DJ Format who has summoned forth a suitably prodigious creative opus in the form of his new album entitled, naturally, Devil’s Workshop. Which
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THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MC/ Working On Me (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MCLean On You? Working On Me? If you sense a collaborative or even transactional theme emanating from the track titles of the new Allergies 45 maybe it’s a reflection of their lockdown year success. On the one hand, they provided musical joy when times were bleak while on the other, they were rewarded with A-list playlist inclusion on BBC Radio 6 and a number of
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LEWIS PARKER: All I Got (Vinyl 12″)

Now then, who likes to recline and max with the illest tracks, master the dope joints so the shit be sounding phat on wax? That’s right, it’s producer and sometime emcee Lewis Parker who is back with 12″ vinyl single All I Got on 7 May this year. And ‘all ‘Lewis has got is a head-nod groove and his own mic skills which is plenty to perk up your ears and soundtrack your city drive-time before I
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 8 – X-RAY TED

BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 8 – X-RAY TEDGiven the way Covid laid waste to release schedules in 2020, it was perhaps no surprise that last year passed without a new entry in Bombstrikes’ long-running compilation series Funk N’ Beats. But fear not, for rising from the ashes of pandemic mayhem comes Funk N’ Beats Vol. 8 helmed by a new guest bombardier-in-chief, X-Ray Ted. Fresh from the success of his disco-breakin’
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DAYTONER: Life’s A Bitch b/w (It Ain’t) All Good (Vinyl 7″)

Friday's Funky 45 Vol. 12Imagine if Nas’s AZ-featuring Illmatic track, Life’s A Bitch, had a beat done in the style of J-Swift’s work on debut Pharcyde album Bizarre Ride II…? Daytoner and assorted bandmates certainly have done for the A-side of Friday’s Funky 45 Vol. 12 in their fifth crack of the FF45 whip alongside such hallowed company as Featurecast, Smoove, Freqnik & WDRE, Flipout and Red Astaire. Gone is the stoner head-nod of the original replaced by
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KRASH SLAUGHTA: Lucky Kookies (Vinyl 7″) + Sugar Coated DOOM re-press

KRASH SLAUGHTA: Lucky Kookies Couldn’t get enough of Krash Slaughta’s Sugarcubes vs DOOM project Sugar Coated DOOM? Or did you miss out on the never-to-be-re-pressed vinyl LP? Oh man, has Krash got you covered! Not only is the LP is getting a ltd. re-press but there’s also an all-new non-LP Sugar Coated DOOM 45 single dedicated to The Sugarcubes, Lucky Kookies, being released too
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DIZZY DUSTIN & PANDAMONIUM (feat. forty MCs): The Drop Cypher (Free download))

DIZZY DUSTIN & PANDAMONIUM (feat. 40 MCs): Drop Cypher It is true historically, that at times, MB post titles have verged on the lengthy – it’s one of the perils of adhering to a format – but the monkey draws the line at mentioning all forty emcees featured on the Drop Cypher besides Ugly Duckling rapper Dizzy Dustin.  For where Dizzy’s esrtwhile colleague Andy Cooper has made a name for himself dropping as many syllables as he can in
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MODERATOR: Midnight Madness LP

MODERATOR: Midnight Madness LP“Good midnight to you!” Thus begins the new Moderator LP, Midnight Madness, with a retro movie dialogue snippet heralding precisely the massive payload of dope that album preview tracks Wish I Was Dead and Unspoken suggested it would deliver. Not that there was ever much doubt given previous long-playing efforts, 2019’s The Mosaics and the previous year’s The World
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