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CHIMA ANYA & SLONE: Coffee + video

Ok – let’s modern shit up a bit. Chima Anya has been working with producer Slone and the third single to be released from forthcoming LP People Forget is Coffee which finds Anya unashamedly dumping a lady friend because he hasn’t got time for, well, coffee after they’ve done the wild thing. On the face of it, what we have here is something of a seven day type deal – you know like the Craig
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SQUASHY NICE: All The Way

SQUASHY NICE:  All The Way Rating: ★★★★★ With regard to music, February is the month that just keeps on giving this year and here’s yet more dope in the form of the release of Atlanta-based producer Squashy Nice’s solo LP All The Way. Arguably re-release would be the more accurate term since it transpires that this actually came through (somewhat below the radar) on Loretta Records last year in both digital and
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BAZZA RANKS & IMAGINE THIS: That Stuff

BAZZA RANKS & IMAGINE THIS: That StuffIn a departure from his more usual dancehall-oriented drops, Irish bass don Bazza Ranks hooks up with Kiwi emcee Imagine This for some of That Stuff – a decidedly bass-heavy slice of hip-hop which manages to combine label Bombstrike’s penchant for both twenty-first century breaks and that ol’ boom-bap. Surely there are only two directions remix crews can head in then? WBBL
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VAST AIRE: Airebender (prod. COSMIQ)

VAST AIRE:  Airebender (prod. COSMIQ)“Master of the elements is here/ And my tribe has no fear,” there’s no mistaking the voice of Cannibal Ox emcee Vast Aire as the man re-surfaces on new single Airebender – apparently as blissfully unaware of the vagaries of British-English slang as the financial backers of the film The Last Airbender. Other than that, it’s all good news for fans of Can. Ox who will also prick up their ears at
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FEEL GOOD PRODUCTIONS feat. VOKAB COMPANY: Hold On To Your Money

FEEL GOOD PRODUCTIONS feat. VOKAB COMPANY: Hold On To Your MoneyHold On To Your Money, the new one from Italian production crew Feel Good Productions, finds emcees Burkey and Rob Hurt of San Diego’s Vokab Company hold forth about making ends meet. But that won’t stop you reaching for your wallet when you hear it. Despite the swamp-rock harmonica intro, this is all about resurrecting various aspects of the 90s West Coast underground with things
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THE FUNDAMENTALS: Thing

THE FUNDAMENTALS:  Thing Rating: ★★★★★ Top of your funk essentials list for January (and probably your funk edits list for a long time to come, no doubt) should be The Fundamentals’ monster edit of Dyke & The Blazers’ monster version of the Isley Brothers’ It’s Your Thing. With the title now appropriately reduced to simply a single menacing word Thing, the pair (consisting of X-Ray Ted and B-Side) eschew the
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CUT CHEMIST feat. EDAN & MR LIF: ‘Metalstorm’ video

CUT CHEMIST feat. EDAN & MR LIF:  'Metalstorm' videoWell here’s a Friday night treat for you and no mistake as Cut Chemist delivers the sequel to Storm – the Edan and Mr Lif-featuring best cut off his ten year-old solo LP The Audience’s Listening in the form of Metalstorm. And you know what that means, right? Yep – it means more Lif and Edan. Plus another electro-based, scratchadelic beat based around another sample from the same Vox
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THE HERBALISER feat. JUST JACK: Seize The Day

THE HERBALISER feat. JUST JACK:  Seize The DayWith a new album (Bring Out The Sound) due shortly, The Herbaliser set about generating some pre-LP hype with new single Seize The Day. Seize the day? – how very pro-active – anyone helping you with that boys? Just Jack? Who’s Jack? Just kidding! You mean Caaamden Town vocalist Just Jack of course. Presumably that’s because his unmistakably British presence provides precisely
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JAD ABSTROCK: Edge Of The Galaxy

Drifting in from the outer reaches of the Funky Way for the New Year is Ukrainian producer Jad Abstrock with the cosmic sounds of his new album Edge Of The Galaxy. In truth, this collection of space-funky grooves has actually been out since the end of November, and news of its release reached outlying receivers at MB Towers just under a week after that. But hey – what’s the best
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ANDY COOPER: The Layered Effect (Vinyl LP)(2017) + European tour dates

ANDY COOPER:  The Layered Effect (Vinyl LP)Rating: ★★★★★ If you’ve been paying attention, Andy Cooper’s forthcoming new album, The Layered Effect is not completely surprising given the flurry of releases in the last two years. Indeed, after all these, another full length solo LP was surely the next – er – layer of the cake. Let’s face it, this sometime member of nineties/ noughties throwback boom-bap trio Ugly Duckling has
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