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THE ALLERGIES: Felony/ Rile ‘Em Up (feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITH)(Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Felony/ Rile 'Em Up (feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITH)(Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ New Allergies LP Say The Word drops later this year but it would be tantamount to a felony for them to leave you till then without any new material. Which is why they’re all set to rile you up with a new vinyl 45 out today entitled – er – Felony and backed with the Andy Cooper and Marietta Smith-featuring Rile ‘Em Up. The former is the result of the boys having co-opted another
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J&B KINGS: Let’s Go-Go

J&B KINGS: Let's Go-GoIf things are all too gloomy for you at the moment, you may welcome this slice of funky DC go-go from the J&B Kings – Let’s Go-Go. The ‘Kings consist of Jesse ‘Dubmatix’ King and Bill King and this instrumental track follows up their Louisiana Strut in stylistically harking back to the roots of the genre and Chuck Brown’s original go-go material whilst maintaining something of a hip-hop
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CUT BEETLEZ: Graveyard Gravitas

CUT BEETLEZ: Graveyard GravitasNew heat arrives from Cut Beetlez in the form of Graveyard Gravitas. This time the Finnish duo have invoked the sounds of a delta blues lament as their backdrop. The cut opens with a soaring theatrical sample that for twenty seconds or so belies the sombreness of what follows – and what follows is sombre indeed. Enter a super-subby bass, a mournful piano and a melancholy female
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LONE NINJA feat. RAY VENDETTA: Concealed Position (Prod. BLAQ MASQ)

LONE NINJA feat. RAY VENDETTA: Concealed Position (Prod. BLAQ MASQ)The ongoing partnership of emcee Lone Ninja and producer Blaq Masq continues with new single Concealed Position featuring kindred spirit Ray Vendetta (possibly not his real name) of Triple Darkness who joins forces with our heroes in for a new onslaught of verbal combat. Like ninja costume, Blaq Masq’s beat this time eschews frills for dark simplicity, with relentless boom-bap
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MR COLLAGE: Layers

MR COLLAGE: LayersMr Collage? Layers? Could we be in the presence of a beat-making sample-junkie? I think we could! Say hello to the little-known (but on the evidence of this soon to be much more widely-known) Greek producer whose long-player debut takes in breakbeat music of multiple shades – boom-bap hip-hop, dancefloor-geared uptempo breaks and downtempo cinematic stuff. Eleven tracks deep
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CUT BEETLEZ vs NICE GUYS: Cut Ya Ass Up

CUT BEETLEZ vs NICE GUYS: Cut Ya Ass UpLooks like it’s joint single time as Finland’s Cut Beetlez production team team-up with Philly emcee duo Dirty Winters and Lynx 196.9 for Cut Ya Ass Up. And if that sounds nasty – it’s because it is. “What you fucking looking at? I’ll throw dry wall at your eyeballs because I’m a nice guy,” goes the intro over epic horns and double time hi-hats which belie the lumbering 87 bpm Tiger tank
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D90 DISCS: 70s Sumting/ Big B.U.T.T./ The Beat Done Changed/ Now You Know (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Hot on the heels of Amerigo Gazaway’s sold out Poppa’s Got A Brand New Bag 45 from December, comes another huge Biggie booty 7″, this time in the shape of D90 Discs’ super fresh second release, 70s Sumting/ Big B.U.T.T./ The Beat Done Changed/ Now You Know. Four tracks on a 45? Yeah, I know – but doable if they’re short and essential if they’re dope – which
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LONE NINJA: Quad Barrel (Prod. BLAQ MASQ)

LONE NINJA: Quad Barrel (Prod. BLAQ MASQ)I have to say, I don’t recall a quad-barrel shotgun being among the traditional ninja inventory – but you’ve got to keep up with the times I suppose. And it’s probably just as well because on this one, Lone Ninja’s taking on Phantasm‘s undertaker, The Omen‘s Damian Thorn, demonic puppets and Richard ‘Night Stalker’ Ramirez, not to mention entering the House Of A Thousand Corpses and
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BOCA 45: Powerful (feat. HANNAH WILLIAMS)/ Sparky Evans (2020 Donuts # 1)(Vinyl 7″)

BOCA 45: Powerful (feat. HANNAH WILLIAMS)/ Sparky (Vinyl 7Who’s this hard-charging straight into February with his Powerful/ Sparky Evans 45 – the first in a strictly limited series called 2020 Donuts? It’s Boca 45 of course, championing the vinyl 7″ as ever with one track that sounds like it was named after a soul sister and one that features one. The latter, Powerful, is the A-side and finds the Jay-Z-sampled Hannah Williams give it large about corrupt leaders over a conga-tastic beat that veers
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INNEREYEFULL feat. KURNEL MC: Music Is Alive

INNEREYEFULL feat. KURNEL MC: Music Is AliveA couple of months since last single, Night Of The Living Bass Bins (and less than that before the new LP) comes the next Innereyefull single, Music Is Alive, which again suggests a varied and impressive album in the offing. The trademark bass rumble is in full effect once more though while it was employed to dubby effect on the previous one, this time around it underpins a
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