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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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ANDY COOPER: Hot Off The Chopping Block (Vinyl LP)

ANDY COOPER: Off The Chopping Block (Vinyl LP)With absolutely no sign of abatement in his blistering release schedule (if anything, things seem to have stepped up a gear!) and barely six months since last full-length effort L.I.S.T.E.N., Long Beach emcee Andy Cooper is back already with news of his forthcoming album, Hot Off The Chopping Block.  The name, like that of 2017’s The Layered Effect, is a reference to the
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BRONX SLANG: Happens A Lot

BRONX SLANG: Happens A LotRating: ★★★★★ Damn there’s some good hip-hop around at the minute! Oh you forgot hip-hop could be good? Yeah – well, these days, it happens a lot – which also just happens to be the title of Bronx Slang’s contribution to the goodness as well as being the next single to be lifted off their forthcoming second LP. Oh you forgot they had a new LP on the way? Well Jerry Beeks and Ollie
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DJ DESTRUCTION & DJ SPECIFIK: Bricolage 1 (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DESTRUCTION & DJ SPECIFIK: Bricolage 1Rating: ★★★★★ Wise Cut Records have lined up an amazing double header for debut release Bricolage 1 featuring DJs Specifik and Destruction. I know! That’s two massive sides of vinyl 7″ goodness right there, as both deejays pay homage to the classics of the cut n paste hip-hop record genre from the likes of Double D & Steinski and Coldcut. On the A-side – Destruction’s Opus #1 presents a kaleidoscopic collage of spoken word and
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BOCA 45 feat. EMSKEE & DJ WOODY: 45s EP (Vinyl 7″)

BOCA 45 feat. EMSKEE & DJ WOODY:  45s EPRating: ★★★★★ Who better to drop a 45 featuring a lyrical tribute to 45s than Boca 45 of 45Live fame? That’s a lot of 45, I think you’ll agree, and when you hear what our man has come up with on his brand new 45s EP in the company of Brooklyn emcee Emskee and DJ Woody, you’ll probably decide that even the amount of 45 you’d previously imagined you’d be getting was an
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DJ FORMAT: Devil’s Workshop

DJ FORMAT:  Devil's WorkshopRating: ★★★★★ If ‘the devil makes work for idle hands’ then the pandemic has been nothing less than a veritable ‘devil’s workshop’ – so be glad at least two of the hands in question belonged to DJ Format who has summoned forth a suitably prodigious creative opus in the form of his new album entitled, naturally, Devil’s Workshop. Which
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THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MC/ Working On Me (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MCLean On You? Working On Me? If you sense a collaborative or even transactional theme emanating from the track titles of the new Allergies 45 maybe it’s a reflection of their lockdown year success. On the one hand, they provided musical joy when times were bleak while on the other, they were rewarded with A-list playlist inclusion on BBC Radio 6 and a number of
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LEWIS PARKER: All I Got (Vinyl 12″)

Now then, who likes to recline and max with the illest tracks, master the dope joints so the shit be sounding phat on wax? That’s right, it’s producer and sometime emcee Lewis Parker who is back with 12″ vinyl single All I Got on 7 May this year. And ‘all ‘Lewis has got is a head-nod groove and his own mic skills which is plenty to perk up your ears and soundtrack your city drive-time before I
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