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KID ACNE: Have A Word LP

KID ACNE: Have A Word LPRating: ★★★★★ Incredible though it may seem, Have A Word is Kid Acne’s first solo long-player in the twelve years since the release of 2007’s Romance Ain’t Dead. Now, that is a lot of water under the bridge. Back then MB didn’t even have a .com address and that album came on like a tongue-in-cheek Yorkshire pastiche of the Beasties – not least of the reasons for which being Req
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DJ MAARS & TOM SHOWTIME: Roots Party b/w Hungry Busta (Vinyl 7″) + Free Fyah Vol. 8

DJ MAARS & TOM SHOWTIME: Roots Party b/w Hungry Busta (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ All we wanna know is where the party at so it’s lucky reggae hip-hop kings, DJ Maars & Tom Showtime have the answer pressed in gorgeous, palm green, seven inch vinyl on new 45 Roots Party.  You like the sound of that, don’t you?  Biggie’s Party & Bullshit acapella placed atop a beefed-up slab of rocksteady – why it’ll fuck up the party before it’s even started!  And as you’ll
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THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: 2066

THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS:  2066Rating: ★★★★★ Not content with bashing out two super-dope, steel-drum funk albums (The Serpent’s Mouth and 55) since 2016 under their Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band alter-ego, The Mighty Mocambos have decided 2019 is the year to unleash yet another LP, entitled 2066, under their original moniker. Which is going some, I think you’ll agree. But have this German crew spread
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KID ACNE: You Get What You’re Given

KID ACNE feat. SPECTACULAR DIAGNOSTICS: You Get What You're GivenIt’s almost time for Kid Acne’s new album Have A Word but while you wait, here’s next single You Get What You’re Given. And what you’re given is Acne opening the floodgates of his forebrain once more and allowing consciousness to stream out over a suitably reflective beat from Spectacular Diagnostics. This being Kid Acne of course, the contents of his forebrain are worth a listen. For in-
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BLAKTRIX: The House Of The Immortal Ironfist (Prod. INDIGO CHILE)

BLAKTRIX:  The House Of The Immortal Ironfist (Prod.  INDIGO CHILE)Well blow me down if it isn’t UK emcee Blaktrix making a return on the Indigo Chile-produced The House Of The Immortal Ironfist after a very long absence. It’s not unheard of for an artist to take a year off but Blaktrix has just had seven in a row. Lucky bastard. Turns out he’s been travelling the world in search of enlightenment which resulted in being ‘blessed by the gods’ and honing his lyrical
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BRONX SLANG: More Grief

BRONX SLANG: More GriefRating: ★★★★★ Bronx Slang’s Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs finally do the decent thing and release one of the highlights of their excellent self-titled LPMore Grief – and if you’re sick of Trump’s shit this is definitely the track for you. Full of righteous fury, the track finds Beeks take the vocal lead and throw down more dope rhymes than the average emcee manages in a whole LP over a
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BILLA QAUSE: Somehow Someway

BILLA QAUSE: Somehow SomewayHere it is then, the new LP from the Mind The Wax stable – Billa Qause’s Somehow Someway – which you could be forgiven thinking was something unearthed from the late nineties.  I’m pretty sure when Bristol replaced Seattle as the city on which the music press’s attention was fixated in the mid-nineties that no-one was expecting a largely instrumental, slowed-down ambient form of hip-
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PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL: Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends Part 2

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL: Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends Vol. 2Back for another round of psychedelic, steam-punk hip-hop, it’s Professor Elemental with Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends Part 2 and an extensive posse of chums a la Amazing Friends. Unlike the album-length narrative arcs of such previous works as the excellent Apequest and School Of Whimsy, Amazing Friends Vol. 2 is, like its predecessor, more a short story compilation
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SHOTGUN SHELL feat. LONE NINJA: What Lies Beneath (Remix)(Prod. BLAQ MASQ)

SHOTGUN SHELL feat. LONE NINJA:  What Lies Beneath (Remix)(Prod. BLAQ MASQ)Keen followers of both UK rap and international collaborations might well be pleased to hear about the What Lies Beneath remix from the UK’s Shotgun Shell. Turns out that that which lies beneath – or rather she who lies beneath is Shell herself – and packing a small arsenal of street-fighting battle rhymes to boot, just so you know she ain’t nuttin’ ta fuck wit. All the same, if you’re
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BANKRUPT EUROPEANS feat. DJ MUZZELL & PHILL MOST CHILL: Class Dismissed (Vinyl 7″)

BANKRUPT EUROPEANS feat. DJ MUZZELL & PHILL MOST CHILL: Class Dismissed (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Dayyam! That’s all the monkey is saying about red-hot new 45 Class Dismissed from the long-absent Bankrupt Europeans featuring DJ Muzzell and Phill Most Chill. On second thoughts, ‘Dayyam!’ won’t be enough – not nearly by half – to describe this cut n paste monster made in the tradition of Double Dee and Steinski’s groundbreaking 80s ‘lessons.’ For Bankrupt Euros
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