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MONKEYBOXING.COM presents: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 3 (2013) Free download

Filthy rhythm? Dirty soul? If you haven’t got ’em you want them. If you’ve got them you’ll want more. So here it is then – monkeyboxing.com’s annual treat – Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul: Vol. 3 – a free unmixed ‘mixtape’ celebration of some of the biggest bangers (and not a few of the monkey’s favourite cuts) from the last twelve months of FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, PARTY BREAKS and REGGAE
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J STAR: Licensed Plates (2013)

Is that seismic activity? A low level unscheduled military transport flypast? Relax – it’s just the bass on the new LP from reggae mash-up/ remix king J Star LP. Licensed Plates he’s named it, rather cheekily for a man who cranks out bootlegs like they’re going out of style, though in this case it is actually true. All twelve tracks are actually legit – all officially sanctioned remixes or versions from the
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J STAR: Regulate Rock – Free download – 2011

Back in the day Warren G and Nate Dogg were regarded as lame-ass jiggy shit in my neck of the woods. Still, time passes and you know what? Regulate still sounds like a cheesy, over-produced rnb turd. G-funk my ass. Enter reggae remixer to the stars – J – er – Star, two years ago. MB waxed lyrical about the skill and dedication required to make Regulate actually sound classy as opposed to something that the people who originally made it thought sounded classy
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MONKEYBOXING PRESENTS: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 1 (2011) Free download

Monkeyboxing.com is proud to present Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul featuring the dopest cuts from some of the finest current purveyors of FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NUFUNK, GHETTOFUNK and REGGAE. Includes EXCLUSIVE tracks from SMOOVE (Jalepeno/ Wack), ANDY TAYLOR (Resense/ Wack), and THE HAWK (Record Kicks) along with ALDO VANUCCI, FEATURECAST and THA ‘LIKS massive hip-hop banger from last year, a remix from reggae-remix legend JSTAR and more
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JSTAR: (Still) Passin’ Me By – Free download + Citizen Sound Wa-Do-Dub remix news

Heads up DJs! Just in time for New Year’s Eve – reggae mash-up king JStar has put up his massive Pharcyde vs Marcia Aitken booty from 2005’s Most Wanted Vol. 1 as a full .aiff download and you can cop that hugeness below. Also, the big man has just done a rude rerub of Citizen Sound’s Wa Do Dub too…inna dnb stylee – clear evidence (if it were needed) of the deleterious effects of hanging around with junglists
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CAPITOL 1212 – Don Man Sound feat. Tenor Fly – Invade The Carnival EP

It’s all about the bass north of the border and here to prove it are Capitol 1212, though they have roped in wee Sassenach Tenor Fly (formerly of The Freestylers) to provide vocal assistance. Unlike most EPs of this nature (the original mix plus a remixes) it’s tricky to choose between tracks in terms of your clear favourite, though J Star does his usual – er – star turn and thus probably has the edge if anyone does…
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NICE UP & J STAR: Cut Ups, Bruck Ups and Muck Ups Vol. 2 – 2010 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★★

As many DJs will tell you, just because something bumps on the dancefloor doesn’t mean you want to hear it in the car or on your mp3 player – and the opposite is also true. Happy the person, then, who gets hold of this second volume from the kings of reggae mash-up/ remix-land which, like its predecessor Vol. 1 (and hopefully any future successors) run tings in both clubland and pretty much anywhere else you care to play it. Once again the main contributors are J Star (recently nabbed to remix Madness’s last single LISTEN HERE) and Nice Up label boss DJ Shepdog – though on Cut Ups…2 they’re also joined by Jeff Li (the fashion designer? Surely not?) and Brighton’s Black Grass.
The vinyl faithful, who no doubt already snapped up more than a few of these cuts when they came out as limited 45s over the last year or so, will already know the drill followed by this team of irie souljahs: basically grab either a reggae beat or a hip hop beat and put the first in bed with some manner of vocalist who’s not a reggae toaster (usually a hip-hop rapper) and the second (i.e. a non-reggae beat) in bed with a reggae toaster – either way the non-reggae element gets shown a healthy dose of Jah love.
Some of the treats available on this second crack of the whip see J Star mixing and mashing a host of skanking classic cuts with Snoop Dogg’s Drop It Like It’s Hot, Lil Kim’s Lighters Up, and achieving the virtually impossible by providing Diana Ross with more credibility than she’s had in years. On second thoughts – make that ‘ever.’ Not to be outdone, Shepdog gives the reggae re-rub treatment to Dee-Lite, Gorillaz, and even The Nextmen and M.I.A. at the same time, the naughty boy. These boys want to watch out – sooner or later somebody will be after them to do an original. Pretty much essential.

Listen to Nice Up & J Star – Cut Ups, Bruck Us and Muck Ups Vol.2

J Star – Myspace

Nice Up – Myspace

NICE UP & J STAR: Cut Ups, Bruck Ups and Muck Ups Vol. 1 – 2009 – Album review

Rating: ★★★★★

(Read monkeyboxing.com review of Cut Ups, Bruck Ups & Muck Ups Vol. 2 HERE
Ah the mashup – refuge of the lazy DJ/ Producer or inspirational genius? It all depends on whose doing it and what the outcome is like. In the case of J Star and Nice Up DJs Shepdog and (on one track) Moodie, it’s the latter. Those who keep their eyes glued to the relevant new release pages of their favourite online record stores may well recognise the greater portion of the cuts on offer here from successive 7 and 12” releases over the last few years and if they possess a pulse will probably have snapped up a lot of them. They’ll also be familiar with the recipe. Take one classic vocal stem (usually off a hip-hop track but possibly off a dancehall or decent pop track) and graft onto the instrumental of another (usually a rocksteady or reggae track but sometimes a hip-hop track) always obeying the rule that the one does not come from the same genre as the other.
Thus we have Skankin’ In The Way of Control with Gossip singer Beth Ditto getting a rocksteady workover, as does Nas’ The Virgo and shortarse rapper Skee Lo’s I Wish. Craig Mack’s posse-cut Flava In Your Ear also gets a piggyback from Root’s Manuva’s Witness 1 Hope and Damien Marley gets to sing Welcome To Jamrock over Dead Prez’ Bigger Than Hip Hop. The collection also includes No Diggedy – basically Black Street’s No Diggity astride a reggae rhythm – J Star’s four year old grenade that really blew up the reggae/ hip-hop mash-up sound in a big way. There are a couple of exclusive new tracks (including Limb By Limb – Cutty Ranks on vocals and DJ Premier on beats anyone?) presumably to entice those who actually bought the vinyl singles though, naturally, there isn’t room on here to include the entirety of the J Star/ Nice Up back catalogues. Still, the Vol. 1 tag on the end of the title is promising and I sense a volume 2 in the offing. Oh yeah – and you get 14 sound effects including sirens, reggae toaster vocal drops and that 70s arcade game thing that (appropriately enough) sounds like a bomb dropping. Hear me now!

Listen to – NICE UP & J STAR: Cut Ups, Bruck Ups and Muck Ups Vol. 1

Nice Up – Myspace

J Star – Myspace

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