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LACK OF AFRO feat. KENNZO: Bad Ass Self

LACK OF AFRO feat. KENNZO:  Bad Ass SelfHere we go then – no more L.O.A. being M.I.A as Lack Of Afro breaks a roughly two year silence since his last release with new single Bad Ass Self which features Big Apple rapper Kennzo. And it’s a bit of funk-rock extravaganza too with a simple drum break, bass, fuzz guitar and horns formula allowing Kennzo plenty of space to hold forth on every M.C.’s favourite topic – themselves. He’s so
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DUSTY DONUTS 18: Espírito Do Rio (JIM DUNLOOP Brazil Wave Mix)/ Different Sweetnuts (JIM DUNLOOP & GRZLY ADAMS Walk In The Shade edit)(Vinyl 7″)

DUSTY DONUTS 18Rating: ★★★★★ Good times – Dusty Donuts 18 is on the way! As is their wont, the DD crew have been busy tracking down classic hip-hop sampled sources and then re-imagining the original tracks with the way they were sampled in mind and – hey presto – you have neither a re-build of the rap tracks nor an edit of the originals but something in between. Jim Dunloop’s Espíritu Do Rio (Brazil Wave Mix) gets it on boom-bap style with the
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HAYNESY feat. DJ JABBATHAKUT: The Reworks EP

HAYNESY feat. DJ JABBATHAKUT:  The Reworks EPRating: ★★★★★ Let’s admit it, some old school hip-hop cuts do benefit from a remix so you can see why Haynesy might take on Jungle Brothers’ I’ll House You, and the sparse 808-powered Big Mouth from Whodini. On the other hand it’s hard to see how some could be equalled, let alone bettered, so spare a thought for the size of our man’s cojones in taking on Eric B & Rakim’s Let
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PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL & MR FRISBEE: Let’s Get Messy

PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL & MR FRISBEE: Let's Get MessyGet messy? Don’t mind if I do! Yes, lovable neo-Victorian, future-vintage, time-travelling, master of ceremonies, Professor Elemental has donned his fighting trousers once more for a new phonographic  recording dubbed, purely coincidentally, Let’s Get Messy. Riding production shotgun in the Prof’s line-streamed steam gurney for this particular musical journey however is
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THE SCRIBES X ASTRO SNARE: ‘Mighty Mighty’ video

THE SCRIBES: 'Mighty Mighty' videoThe Scribes continue to promote their Totem Trilogy EP Pt 1 collab. with Astro Snare by releasing this video (produced entirely during isolation by Wild Child Studios (Instagram @wild_child_studios)) for reggae-influenced EP track Mighty Mighty. Since the track in question lyrically forms a broad call to rise up against corrupt power everywhere, what better topic for
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CBNG (CUT BEETLEZ & NICE GUYS): Home

CBNG (CUT BEETLEZ &  NICE GUYS):  HomeReleased just last week, Home is the new single by Cut Beetlez and Nice Guys and finally covered today on MB despite the monkey being at, well, home. It is the third track to be lifted from the CBNG LP (also now out) on which more presently. The track finds the foursome on a mellower tip than of late, as a soothing beat comprising piano tinkles, a lounge sample and the odd bit of
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FORT KNOX FIVE: DC’s Finest Volume 1

FORT KNOX FIVE: DC's Finest Vol. 1Fort Knox Five haven’t been sat on their hands during lockdown and in their munificence are shortly to be re-releasing Volume 1 of DC’s Finest, a collection of their mash-ups, remixes and edits from 2006-2008 at a ‘name your price’ rate. Which makes it perfect for all those whose income has been affected as a consequence of various governments’ failure to follow-up basic pandemic
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THE SCRIBES X ASTRO SNARE: Totem Trilogy Pt 1 EP

THE SCRIBES X ASTRO SNARE:  Totem Trilogy Pt 1 EPThe Scribes don’t do things by halves and just to prove that, they’re back with a new release, in three EP installments – the first of which is Totem Trilogy Part 1 – produced by Chicago-raised Astro Snare and featuring UK hardcore rap pioneer MC Duke. Oh yeah and the cover art is by illustrator Chris Malbon (a man whose client list includes Nike and Lucasfilm) which, when put with the
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TOM CARUANA: Adaptatrap

TOM CARUANA: AdapatrapRecently released, Adaptatrap is the new instrumental album from producer Tom Caruana.  MB readers will know Caruana as the man behind such mash-up LP colossi as Black Gold and An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space as well as for various Professor Elemental releases and his live hip-hop project Son Of Sam.   Clearly a man who has a
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KROMANAUTS feat. KOOL KEITH: Heavyweight Building

KROMANAUTS feat. KOOL KEITH: Heavyweight BuildingLeaving their more customary reggae-based beats to the side, DC’s Kromanauts make good on their promise to explore the ‘entire spectrum of the chromosphere’ on Heavyweight Building with a guest slot from hip-hop heavyweight Kool Keith and a beat that harks back to the Dan The Automator-produced days of Keith’s Dr Octagon alter-ego. Of course mere 4/4 time won’t cut the weird with these guys so it’s all about the 6/8
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