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JIMMY PLATES & ENDEVERS: With No Delay…

JIMMY PLATES & ENDEVERS:  With No Delay...It is of course purely coincidental that an LP recorded in the noughties by Jimmy Plates & Endevers, given the ironic title With No Delay… and finally released towards the end of October this year is only now receiving coverage on MB a month after dropping. One likes to think that the London-based Plates and Philly collective Endevers will see the funny side. I blame Covid. Still, With
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JALAPENO RECORDS: Two Decades Of Funk Fire + Ltd. 7″ Vinyl Boxset

Two Decades Of Funk FireRating: ★★★★★ An artist roster like that of Jalapeno Records does tend to render idle boasting superfluous, so when they entitle a compilation to celebrate twenty years as a going concern Two Decades Of Funk Fire, you’d better believe the hype. How is it ‘funk fire’ though? Let me count the ways. Firstly, there’s one track for each year of the label’s existence. No need to
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BRONX SLANG: Copy That

BRONX SLANG: Kopy ThatNew lyrics of fury from Bronx Slang as they take up their debut LP’s anti-establishment baton to battle American corruption and racism for new single, Copy That, the first off their forthcoming LP. What’s that boys? You’re under attack? Ah well, you know the drill, first they mock you, and if they doesn’t work they try to buy you and if that doesn’t work, they try to kill you – it’s all
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MR DORIS & D-FUNK (feat. N’FA JONES & CANTALOOP): All Down

MR DORIS & D-FUNK (feat. N'FA JONES & CANTALOUP):  All DownIn the sort of close international collaboration that populist politicians could learn a thing or two from, Mr Doris, D-Funk, N’Fa Jones and Cantaloop come together from the four corners of the globe (well, the UK, Ibiza, Oz and NZ at any rate) for All Down. The result is a highly agreeable hip-hop bump possessed of a mellowness also signally missing from international relations these days
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THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The World’s On Fire (Let It Burn)

THE DAMN STRAIGHTS: The World's On Fire (Let It Burn)Producer and multi-instrumentalist Lack of Afro hooks up once more with emcee Herbal T to become The Damn Straights and they announce their partnership with the single The World’s On Fire (Let It Burn). Imagine a scuzzy funk-rock-hip-hop take on Eminem’s My Name Is… taking a lyrical WTF! look at the state of things and you’re ballpark. Turns out the track was actually recorded
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BOCA 45: 2020 Donuts LP (Ltd)

BOCA 45:  2020 Donuts LPDid you miss out on your chance to avail yourself of any of Boca 45’s 2020 Donuts vinyl 7″s? Indeed did you miss all of them given how fast they flew out off the shelves? Thought you’d never have the chance to catch them on wax? Fear not – Boca’s got you covered – man’s only gone and arranged to have the lot put out in album format or as he calls it, the 2020 Donuts LP. Yep – all the A-sides
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JOHNNYPLUSE: The Ultimate Breaks & Hiphop Toolkit

JOHNNYPLUSE: The Ultimate Breaks & Hiphop ToolkitBack at the start of September, the monkey covered the fact that breakbeat producer Johnnypluse had released his Old School Hiphop Sample Packs – a kicks and percussion volume along with a breaks volume. Figuring that some folks might find two packs too fiddly, the ever-resourceful JP has now unleashed The Ultimate Breaks & Hiphop Toolkit. This monster includes more than 3Gb of breaks, synth, bass, cuts and
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BRONX SLANG: The Bronx Kill Mixtape (Free download)

BRONX SLANG: The Bronx Kill MixtapeRating: ★★★★★ Having judged the middle of an ongoing pandemic not quite the best time to be releasing an LP, Bronx Slang – a.k.a. Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs – nevertheless unleash more hip-hop commentary from the frontline with their straight dope Bronx Kill Mixtape. And it is a veritable verbal broadside against the racist hate, oppressive brutality and catastrophic
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ANDY COOPER: L.I.S.T.E.N. (Album)

ANDY COOPER: L.I.S.T.E.N. (Album)Rating: ★★★★★ While Ugly Duckling’s last studio album Moving At Breakneck Speed might’ve dropped a whole nine years ago, band member and emcee Andy Cooper hasn’t slowed down for a moment since. Aside from being the official ‘unofficial third member’ of the crew on all The Allergies’ albums and a host of their singles, the last nine years have also seen him deliver two solo
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PROSPER & BADBOE: Toxic Funk Vol. 3 (Vinyl 7″)

PROSPER & BADBOE: Toxic Funk Vol. 3 (Vinyl 7 Prosper & Badboe ensure the 45 side of things continues to bubble away at the Breakbeat Paradise label with the arrival of new vinyl 7″, Toxic Funk Vol. 3.  And the first of two cuts to be featured is A-side Beastie Lifestyles on which (you guessed it) the Beastie Boys’ All Lifestyles ‘pella sees the light of day again over a jaunty new disco-funky beat. This alone should provide more than enough ‘shabadoo shabbadee’ (if not
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