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SMILE DAVIS/ DJ MAARS: Roots The Jewels b/w Rocksteady Business (ULURU 002)(Vinyl 7?)

Roots The Jewels b/w Rocksteady BusinessRating: ★★★★★ If you’ve ever thought Run The Jewels’ bars would sound better over a beat crafted from rocksteady samples rather than El-P’s ear-challenging rhythms (or even DJ Shadow’s), then Little Beat More Records have got you sorted right out with Roots The Jewels on new 45 Uluru Vol. 2 on sub-label Uluru. Why – it’s a record so positively upbeat it could almost prevent a ruck
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ANDY COOPER: L.I.S.T.E.N. video

Rating: ★★★★★ A week ahead of next week’s L.I.S.T.E.N. LP release from Andy Cooper comes the video for the title track revealing a number that’ll definitely make you perk your ears up, not to mention open your eyes wide. There’s Andy’s chaingun vocals of course and also the clear visual references to Children’s Workshop TV of the 70s and 80s as a host of AC’s homies don costumes to
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JIMMY PLATES & ENDEVERS: Tree Gods

JIMMY PLATES & ENDEVERS: Tree GodsJimmy Plates & Endevers’ transatlantic hip-hop collaboration follows last single Vinyl Comeback with the next to be released from the forthcoming No Delay… LP – Tree Gods. Tree gods? Oh what – like the Green Man? Well, not exactly, though the PR has it that the London DJ/Producer and the Philly hip-hop collective have, “gone from smoking trees to saving them”. That said, it’s not
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SMOOVE: Friday’s Funky 45 Vol. 9 (Vinyl 7″) + Wack Records 19-22

SMOOVE:  De La Smoove/ Hall & Soul (Vinyl 7I don’t know, nothing for ages and then four come along at once – well five technically, though one is a re-release. I’m on about Smoove mash-ups of course – the very thing, in fact, that our Berry Geordie set Wack Records up for back in the day. And so it is that Wack Records 19-22 (a.k.a. Sunny Juice, It’s All Good, Skeelo Wonder and Hall & Soul) get a simultaneous release. Well – when you’ve made a special mix of tracks for BBC 6
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MEGA RAN X DEL THA FUNKY HOMOSAPIEN: Proto Culture 2.0

Proto Culture Mega Ran DelGamers ahoy – time to geek out as nerd-rapper Mega Ran upgrades Del Tha Funky Homosapien’s twenty year old tribute to Capcom and Dreamcast, Proto Culture, into – wait for it – Proto Culture 2.0. Well – what else are you going to call a tribute to playing on consoles? But while Del was player one and Khaos Unique player two on the original, this time around it’s Mega Ran who’s player one. But wait – a player two has entered
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DANCED TIL MIDNIGHT feat. NOSAJ of NEW KINGDOM: Low Slung (Vinyl 7″)

Low Slung Danced Til MidnightTurns out it’s not just Kid Acne working with New Kingdom’s Nosaj this side of the pond these days as new 45 Low Slung from Essex-based producer Danced Til Midnight reveals. The track in question features a languidly sleazy mid-70s funk groove over which Nosaj half sings/ half raps in a manner once the province of Latyrx’s Lyrics Born. On the flip meanwhile, is instrumental Demerera Dash – a b-boy-friendly nugget which marries
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JOHNNYPLUSE: The Old School Hiphop Sample Packs

JOHNNYPLUSE: The Old School Sample PackA veteran with twenty odd years knob-twiddling under his belt, not to mention eight LPs and sixty EPs, Johnnypluse knows a thing or two about production – and one of those very things is that you can never possess enough sample packs. Enter said Mr Pluse stage right with his all-new The Old School Hiphop Sample Pack in two parts: Kicks & Percussion and Breaks. Why it’s just the
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ANDY COOPER: The Man (Vinyl 7″)

ANDY COOPER: The ManIt’s time to welcome back Long Beach M.C. Andy Cooper with the first single off his forthcoming next solo LP L.I.S.T.E.N. entitled The Man. Clearly AC decided to err on the side of caution title-wise instead of running with the rather more exciting Zulu Space Anus (as previously promised on the ‘Gram) so that the monkey would find it harder to work into a sentence. A craven u-turn, I think
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THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ: Midwest Anime EP

THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ: Midwest Anime EPNew material coming through here from Windy City hip-hop crew, The Microphone Misfitz, in the shape of their new Midwest Anime EP – a tribute to their favourite retro anime. And who doesn’t like retro anime? First up is Gatchaman‘s tribute to, well…Gatchaman – originally presented to kids in the English-speaking world in somewhat neutered form (i.e. without the violence, profanity
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FOLD feat. MR GEE: Aphelion

Another cut to fall foul of the MB summer holiday chaos has been this effort from Leeds band, Fold, dropping a fortnight or so ago, hot on the heels of previous single Insurgent Mood. This time around it’s downtempo hip-hop number, Aphelion, featuring MC and poet Mr Gee on the mic and a searing critique of racial inequality. Gee’s lyrics pointedly include a pop at bandwagon-jumping
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