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MARLOWE (L’ORANGE and SOLEMN BRIGHAM): Past Life

MARLOWE Past LifeIs it me or is it a long minute since some decent original hip-hop has been out? Thankfully Marlowe (a.k.a producer L’Orange and emcee Solemn Brigham) are here to right that wrong with new single and harbinger of forthcoming LP Marlowe 3, Past Life. ‘Marlowe 3’? Does that mean the duo are about to drop their third LP? Certainly does
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ANDY COOPER: Now You Know

ANDY COOPER: Now You KnowHaving diversified into the ‘old school hip-hop-for-kids’ arena this year, Andy Cooper proceeds with new single Now You Know just in time for the start of the new term. Boooo! The new term that is; not AC, of course. Less boisterous than debut kids cut, P.A.R.T.Y., Now You Know finds our man laying down random facts over a beat that might have come off any Ugly Duckling LP back in the day
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KRASH SLAUGHTA: K.R.E.A M. b/w P.L.O. Style (Vinyl 7″)

KRASH SLAUGHTA: K.R.E.A M. b/w P.L.O. StyleRating: ★★★★★ Sometimes things are so hot they burn a hole in your pocket. Like the new Krash Slaughta 45. Maybe people should put some C.R.E.A.M. on that or, more accurately, K.R.E.A.M.. Yes, that does stand for Krash Rules Everything Around Me (see what he did there?) – another superb Krash Slaughta outing and another superb outing for an evergreen Wu-Tang acapella
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THE ALLERGIES: Vamonos feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITH (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Vamonos feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITHThe dream-team is back then, as The Allergies team-up with Andy Cooper and Marietta Smith to launch Vamonos, their first drop in quite some time – since November if the monkey remembers correctly. Vamonos? Oh what – Spanish for ‘Let’s go’? Precisely. And given the time of year, it would make sense if this was a ‘going on holiday’ song. It is! Well, what are the chances? Naturally with a
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MEGA RAN & AMERIGO GAZAWAY: STRANGERS: Back To The Lab

MEGA RAN & AMERIGO GAZAWAY:  STRANGERS:  Back To The LabWith the whole world gone Stranger Things-crazy, it would be rude not to take musical inspiration from the 80s-inspired show – especially if your field is hip-hop. After all, it’s not like the series’ themselves don’t heavily ‘sample’ the 80s cinematic output of Messrs Spielberg and Carpenter. So it’s hardly surprising that rapper Mega Ran and producer Amerigo Gazaway have
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ANDY COOPER: P.A.R.T.Y.

ANDY COOPER: P.A.R.T.Y.Doin’ it for the kids this summer is indefatigable Ugly Duckling and Allergies mic manipulator, Andy Cooper, who it seems has a forthcoming LP out entitled Kid Hop, aimed at children with the intention (it says here) to inform, educate and entertain. Before the album release however comes the release of first single P.A.R.T.Y. which provides the sort of old school – well – party-vibes
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PAN AMSTERDAM AND DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK: EAT

PAN AMSTERDAM AND DAMU THE FUDGMUNK: EATRating: ★★★★★ If you caught the debut LP, Pocket Watch, by rapper/ jazz trumpeter Pan Amsterdam (a.k.a Leron Thomas to his folks and jazz appreciating fans), you’ll already appreciate the man’s talent on the mic and his instrument of choice. If you caught that and his subsequent material on the Ha Chu LP, you’ll know he’s worked with a variety of producers and the beats
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G LOVE: Philadelphia Mississippi

G LOVE: Philadelphia MississippiHere we are then, two years on from the well-received Juice LP and G Love is back with the new one – Philadelphia Mississippi – still sans Special Sauce, but hooking up with a multitude of guests. While his releases usually deliver some sort of combination of hip-hop and blues, G has, in the past experimented, tinkering with the template to let the blues (on Coast To Coast Motel) or even
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BLAKTRIX feat. SONNYJIM: Shoey (Prod. A.H.FLY)

BLAKTRIX feat. SONNYJIM:  Shoey (Prod. A.H.FLY)Time for a new Blaktrix single and despite the name Shoey our man’s not rapping about motorcycle helmets (which is spelt Shoei, of course) – though cohort Sonnyjim might at one point be referencing the time-honoured Australian practice of doing a ‘shoey’ i.e. drinking alcohol from footwear. Whatever the provenance of the name, this is basically part brag-rap, part battle
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THE NEXTMEN feat. KIKO BUN: Big Time

THE NEXTMEN feat. KIKO BUN:  Big TimeRating: ★★★★★ Blimey, The Nextmen feat. Kiko Bun’s Big Time is so good I might have to forgive The Nextmen for they time they tried to house me in Bristol’s Lakota all the way back in 2014. It wasn’t a great gig – this on the other hand is a great track – and you can beat me til I’m blue if that’s a lie. Let’s see now, forge a phat boom-bap beat out of a super groovy slice of late 60s organ
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