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SMILE DAVIS: Made You Look (Vinyl 7″)

Smile Davis makes you look in a reggae hip-hop direction again with new Nas cheeky version, Made You Look. Yes, that will be a certain Nas acapella over a lively cut n paste reggae beat or, to put that in perspective, a song you all can very much step with. Admittedly not the first time said Nas ‘pella has been used and it certainly won’t be the last but runnin’ nonetheless. What’s that?
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BRONX SLANG feat. SA MARTINEZ: Jane

BRONX SLANG feat. SA MARTINEZ: JaneBronx Slang’s by now heavily anticipated second LP is out this August but before then, here’s the next single Jane featuring singer SA Martinez of 311 and a minimal organ-laced boom-bap beat from Jadell. Once again Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs deliver reportage from the frontline of American social inequality with a cautionary tale about prostitute Jane – or rather (and especially
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DJ MAARS: Used To Dub H.E.R. b/w Wit Ya (Vinyl 7″)

DJ MAARS: Used To Dub H.E.R.Rating: ★★★★★ Two more tried and tested reggae hip-hop booties from the current undisputed king of such blends, DJ Maars, make it onto vinyl 7″ with the arrival of a new white and green splatter vinyl 45 from Easy Now Recordings. And such is the enduring popularity of boom-bap drums combined with reggae/ rocksteady samples (instead of funk and soul ones) and a good rap or
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THE ALLERGIES: Move On Baby/ Are You Ready (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Move On BabyRating: ★★★★★ It’s another massive single from Bristol kings of the funky breakbeat dancefloor, The Allergies, who put the moves on you (baby!) with new 45 – er – Move On Baby b/w Are You Ready featuring Andy Cooper and Marietta Smith. The first of these suggest the boys’ have taken careful note of previous successes at filtering their uptempo party breaks sound through a Latin
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ELEMENTAL & MR FRISBEE: The Good Dad Club

ELEMENTAL & MR FRISBEE: The Good Dad ClubGiven that hip-hop is now in its forties and has had numerous kids along the way (including older slightly emo daughter, trip-hop, and youngest, trap, the, er, unplanned accident) when could be more appropriate for the genre to celebrate fatherhood? The answer is never – and no pair are more qualified to do the celebrating than Professor Elemental (on this styled simply as ‘Elemental’)
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DUSTY DONUTS 20: Feeling Good (JIM SHARP & GOCE edit)/ Old Digger (JIM SHARP edit)(Vinyl 7″)

DUSTY DONUTS 20It’s a bit of special one for the second part of Dusty Donuts’ double 45 release announcement today for the piece of wax in question is the label’s twentieth drop! That’s right Dusty Donuts 20 – and who better to helm that than Jim Sharp – the man responsible for the first ever Dusty Donuts release? No-one, that’s who! Er – though, come to think of it, maybe they could get DJ Goce to help
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DUSTY DONUTS: Weapons of Choice Vol.2 feat. MARC HYPE, DJ ROBERT SMITH, NAUGHTY NMX & DJ GOCE (Vinyl 7″)

Not for the first time, Dusty Donuts confound the competition by announcing two sureshot 45s simultaneously, a double whammy in which Weapons Of Choice Vol. 2 functions as the opening salvo.  Yes, that will be a battle tool and what a battle tool at that – generated (as it is) by the combined talents of Marc Hype, DJs Goce and Robert Smith and Naughty NMX. Hot damn –
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KRASH SLAUGHTA feat. PHILL MOST CHILL: Rebel Base (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ With less notice than a surprise Imperial attack, news of a new Krash Slaughta vinyl 7″ has arrived in the monkey’s inbox and it’s hotter than the barrel of an ion cannon 5 minutes into a major combat situation. The 45 in question is Rebel Base, Admiral Slaughta’s secret new dance-floor weapon and evidence of an alliance with mic pirate Phill Most Chill – a man famed
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CRASH PARTY: Toxic Funk Vol. 5 (Vinyl 7″)

CRASH PARTY: Toxic Funk Vol. 5 (Vinyl 7?)Rating: ★★★★★ Breakbeat Paradise keep up a very successful run of 45s as Crash Party – er – crashes the party with Toxic Funk Vol. 5 and a double measure of hip-hop influenced booty. We’ll start by considering B-side World Gone Def. which marries Joe Tex, Method Man and a funky boom-bap rhythm for a joint which could well have been an A-side itself were it not for the fact that the A-side on this, Dirty Glass, generates even more
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AZIDO 88 & CADILLACQUE: Heavy Hitters

Looks like Roast Beatz’ label Cuttin’ It Fine was pretty stoked to get Heavy Hitters from producer Azido 88 and emcee Cadillacque in the submissions inbox. An original slice of contemporary boom-bap, it finds Azido 88 going chunky on the drums with fuzzy bass and FX-drenched horns while Cadillacque employs the mic style de jour to wonder where all the ‘heavy hitters’ have gone. The label couldn’t let that one
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