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PHILLY WHIZZ: Inside The Axe Wound – 2009 – Album review

Rating: ★★★½☆

It’s been two years since Philly Whizz’s excellent Random Era collaboration with partner in crime Ash The Gent and this second solo LP from the respected Scouse MC takes a typically no-prisoners approach to life as a rapper in a genre that is overlooked (UK Hip-hop) and in a city where (if Philly Whizz is to be believed), Shameless is less comedy and more documentary.
Inevitably, anyone familiar with the Random Era LP will find themselves making comparisons with this – and, for the first two thirds of the LP they will find this one somewhat different. As the title Inside The Axe Wound would suggest – shit isn’t always pretty though it’s related with black humour. Sick And Tired’s world weary observation is fairly representative thereof, “This is a story that must be told/ This isn’t a place where you wanna grow old…Nothing’s gonna change, nothing’s happenin la’/ But it’s alright we got Ringo Starr/ Scallies in the front, scallies in the back, prossies everywhere and they’re all on crack.” We Don’t Really Care finds Philly joined by Systems D for an amusing swipe at the industry, both the wannabe try-hards and mercenary southern A&R types. D.T. and C.B. is one of the more dancefloor-friendly efforts here – where Philly has a crack at groupies but the group who take the brunt of Phil’s ire (on more than a few tracks) are those males who constantly hide their insecurity behind posturing and brutal, random violence. A worthy crusade but after a while it becomes a little wearing to listen to and on One Man Mafia every bit as annoying as the people it critiques. Shawn on the other hand is a sympathetic ska-hop portrait of the archetypal boy on the verge of going bad due to lack of parenting and a state safety net with more holes in it than a sieve that’s been used for shotgun target practice.
When you get to the thirteenth out of sixteen tracks however, there’s a sudden and noticeable change. It’s almost like you’re listening to a second shorter EP bolted onto the first longer one. Shit gets all mellow and funky, the mood changes and it’s almost like you’re listening to – er – well – Random Era. Indeed, when Ash ‘The Gent’ Nugent pops up on the woozy stoned groove Slow Lane, you are. Keef and T.L vehicle All Mouth makes great use of a sample of the Life Of Brian stoning/ ‘Jehovah’ scene and Can’t Rewind maintains the mellow. Things are brought to a close by Shit City which melds the edge of the earlier tracks with the funkiness of the last few. Consistent and competent, and free of Philler (Leave it out! Bad Puns Ed.) – would that it had just a little more killer.

MONKEYBOXING ARCHIVE A-Z – 2006-2008

This is an A-Z search for reviews, news, interviews written on the Monkeyboxing Empire blog from 2006-2008:

N.B. Artists are listed by alphabet as follows: Ben Harper under ‘B’ not ‘H’, DJ Yoda under ‘D’ not ‘Y’ though words like ‘the’ are ignored so ‘The Black Spots’ are under ‘B’. Also – Compilation LPs are included in the list, by the first letter in the title e.g. Let’s Boogaloo Vol. 3 will be found under ‘L’. ‘Lifestyle’ products are listed alphabetically by the first letter of the brand name e.g. ‘P’ for Puma: Scott Bourne kicks.
Abdominal – Pedal Pusher – 2007 – SINGLE
Abdominal – Escape From The Pigeonhole – 2007 – LP
ADIDAS SKATE SUPERSTAR – NEWS – Autumn (Fall)/ Winter 2008
Afrophysics – The AP EP: Truthsayers – 2007 – EP
Aim – Birchwood EP – 2008 – EP
All Natural – Elements Fire – 2008 – LP
Andy Smith – Diggin In The BGP Vaults – 2008 – LP
Atmosphere – NEWS – Free LP download
Atmosphere – NEWS – New album When LIfe Gives You Lemons… released in April 2008
Atmosphere – NEWS – Shoulda Known single free download
Atmosphere – Shoulda Known – 2008 – SINGLE
Atmosphere – NEWS – UK tour w. Brother Ali – 2008
Atmosphere/ BrotherAli/ Kidz In The Hall LIVE: Bristol Thekla- 2008
Atmosphere – NEWS – Tag It Gold!
Audioslave – Revelations – 2006 – LP
Ayatollah – Drum Machine LP release
Baby Charles – Hard Man To Please/ Jackson Fingers – 2008 – SINGLE
The Bamboos – Rawville – 2007 – LP
The Bamboos – Bring It Home – 2007 – SINGLE
The Bamboos – King Of The Rodeo – 2007 – SINGLE
The Beastie Boys – The Mix Up – 2007 – LP
Beck – Timebomb – 2007 – SINGLE
Beck – Modern Guilt – 2008 – LP
Ben Harper – Both Sides of the Gun – 2006 – LP
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Lifeline – 2007 – LP
Big Boss Man – NEWS – New album due in 2008
The Black Keys – Just Got To Be/ Black Door – 2007 – SINGLE
The Black Keys – Strange Times – 2008 – SINGLE
The Black Keys – NEWS – New LP Attack & Release due April 08
The Black Keys – Attack & Release – 2008 – LP
The Black Keys – NEWS – I’m Glad download
The Black Keys – I Got Mine – 2008 – SINGLE
The Black Spots – Take A Sound – 2006 – 12″ SINGLE
Black Milk – Popular Demand – 2007 – LP
Bombs – A Fifth Of Cool J – 2007 – EP
Breakestra – Lowdown Stank/ MIss Funky Sole – 2008 – SINGLE
Cage The Elephant – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked – 2008 – SINGLE
Camp Lo – Black Hollywood – 2007 – LP
The Chemical Brothers feat. Fatlip – The Salmon Dance – 2007 – SINGLE
Chris Cornell – Carry On – 2007 – LP
Color Climax – You Got What You Wanted – 2008 – SINGLE
Common – Finding Forever – 2007 – LP
The Cool Kids – The Bake Sale – 2008 – EP
The Cool Kids – Delivery Man video/ Free downloads – 2008 – EP
Introducing CRACKHOUSE RECORDINGS
Cut Chemist – The Audience is Rural – 2006 – LP
DangerDoom – The Mouse and the Mask – 2006 – LP
Del The Funky Homosapien – Eleventh Hour – 2008 – LP
Del The Funky Homosapien – Leak Pack Volume 1 Free download – 2008
Diamond D – Stunts, Blunts and Hip-hop – 2006 – LP
Diplomats Of Solid Sound feat. Diplomettes – Plenty Nasty – 2008 – LP
DJ Babu – New album release – Duck Season
DJ Design – Jetlag LP – Free download
DJ Shadow – The Outsider – 2006 – LP
DJ Shadow – This Time (I’m Going To Try It My Way) – 2007 – SINGLE
DJ Yoda – Wheels – 2006 – SINGLE
Donovan Frankenreiter – Move By Yourself – 2006 – LP
Duffy – Mercy – 2008 – SINGLE
Dyke And The Blazers – We Got More Soul – 2007 – LP
ETNIES – Ollie King – NEWS – 2008
Fakts One – NEWS – Long Range LP release
Flying Saucer Rock & Roll – Richard Blandford – 2008 – Novel review
Folkdevils – 2006 – EP
Foreign Legion – NEWS – New LP due Mar. 08
Foreign Legion – Interview/ news update/ Secret Knock EP/ LP and bye bye Design
Foreign Legion – The Secret Knock EP – EP review
Foreign Legion – NEWS – Night Moves LP announced
Foreign Legion – NEWS – Night Moves LP update + free EP download + Prozack Turner video interview
45 King/ 4th Pyramid/ Wale/ Pase Rock – Free download
Freestyle Professors – Luv U video
Funky Forty Fives – Vols. 8/11/12 review
Galactic – From The Corner To The Block – 2007 – LP
G Love – G Love’s Lemonade – 2006 – LP
G Love – Peace, Love & Happiness – 2008 – SINGLE
G Love – Superhero Brother – 2008 – LP
G Love – NEWS New LP Superhero Brother set for 2008
The Go! Team – The Wrath Of Marcie – 2007 – SINGLE
Gnarls Barkley – NEWS – Listen to new track RUN
Gnarls Barkley – Going On – 2008 – SINGLE
The Gutter Twins – NEWS – Free download
The Hawk – INTERVIEW
Hieroglyphics – Over Time – 2007 – LP
Honey Cone – Sunday Morning People – 2007 – SINGLE
Isaac Hayes R.I.P.
Jake One – Press release – White Van Music LP release
Jedi Mind Tricks – Servants in Heaven, Kings in Hell – 2006 – LP
Jurassic 5 – Feedback Tour – Bristol Academy – 26 September 2006
Jurassic 5 – Feedback – 2006 – LP
Kamikazi Airlines record label – introducing…
Keith Christmas – Light of the Dawn – 2006 – LP
Keith Christmas – Litton Old Down Acoustic Club – 6 December 2006
Kid Acne – Romance Ain’t Dead – 2007 – LP
Press Release – Kidz In The Hall – Love Hangover video
News: The Knux – Remind Me In 3 Days album sampler
Let’s Boogaloo Vol.3 (compilation) – 2006 – LP
Let’s Boogaloo Vol.4 (compilation) – 2007 – LP
Lily Allen – Alright Still – 2006 – LP
Lily Allen – Littlest Things – 2006 – SINGLE
Little Barrie – Live at Bristol Thekla – Feb 24 2007
Little Barrie – Pin That Badge – 2006 – EP
Little Barrie – Stand Your Ground – 2007 – LP
Main Flow & 7L – Flow Season – 2006 – LP
Mark Ronson – Toxic – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Stop Me – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Oh My God – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Valerie – 2007 – SINGLE
Mark Ronson – Version – 2007 – LP
NEWS: Master Shortie – Dead End Single
Memory Man feat. Kool Keith – The Kool Keith Show – 2007 – SINGLE
The Metros & Toddla T feat. Metronom – Free download
News: The Mighty Underdogs – Free Downloads/ Dropping Science LP
Monster Maker (Sharkey & C-Rayz Walz) – Monster Maker – 2007 – LP
Mooqee – Rippin It Up / Polar Crunk – 2007 – PROMO SINGLE
Mos Def – True Magic / Tru3 Magic – 2006 – LP
Mr Christopher/ Rex Rey/ Von Hause – NEWS – Free download – 2008
Mr Lif – Mo Mega Tour – Bristol Thekla – 25 October 2006
Mr Lif – Mo Mega – 2006 – LP
Nas – Hip-Hop Is Dead – 2007 – SINGLE
The New Mastersounds – Plug & Play – 2008 – ALBUM
New Orleans Funk & Soul Vol. 2 – 2008 – LP
Nice Up – Skankin In Teh Way/ Jah Wish – 2008 – SINGLE
Nice Up – Blud & MIA/ Witness The Flava – 2008 – SINGLE
The Nouvellas – NEWS – Debut album and single due in 2008
The Nouvellas – NEWS – Listen to live tracks
The Nouvellas – Satisfied – 2008 – SINGLE
Parker – Western Soul – 2008 – SINGLE
Parker – To Eternity – 2008 – LP
Parker – Western Soul – 2008 – LP
Pendulum – Propane Nightmares – 2008 – SINGLE
Pendulum – Live: Carling Academy – 2008
Pharoahe Monch – Desire – 2007 – LP
Pharoahe Monch – Body Baby – 2007 – SINGLE
Pharoahe Monch – Push – 2006 – SINGLE
PUMA Skate – NEWS – Scott Bourne Kicks
Ralph Rip Shit – The Best Name – 2006 – EP (only title track reviewed)
Random Era – The Searching Years EP – 2007 – EP
Random Era – The Searching Years – 2007 – LP
Random Era – Interview – 2007
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Stadium Arcadium – 2006 – LP
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Desecration Smile – 2007 – SINGLE
Rex Rey – The Raw Deal Vol. 1 – 2008 – LP
RJD2 – The Third Hand – 2007 – LP
Rup – Rup On Zebra – 2007 – LP
Sadat X – The Okie Doke/ Theatrics- 2008 – SINGLE
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights – 2007 – LP
The Snugs – Strugglin’ – 2007 – SINGLE
The Snugs – Trying – 2008 – SINGLE
Sir Beans OBE – Miles From Home – 2006 – EP
Sister Funk 2 – (compilation) – 2007 – LP
Sober & Dribbla – Broken Plan – 2006 – EP
Sober & Dribbla – Freaks Speak Dark – 2008 – LP
Sober & Dribbla – Interview
Stoned Soul Picnic – Erotic Cakes – 2006 – LP
Stoned Soul Picnic – One Dollar Hotel Parts (1 & 2) – 2007 – 7″ SINGLE
The Sweet Divines – NEWS – Introducing the…
T Bird & The Breaks – NEWS – Introducing the…
Tame One – NEWS – Da Old Jersey Bastard LP June release
Ugly Duckling – Bang for the Buck – 2006 – LP
Ugly Duckling – NEWS – New album due 2008
Ugly Duckling – NEWS – announce new LP Audacity
Vast Aire – NEWS – Deuces Wild LP & Tracklist.
Vast Aire – Dueces Wild – 2008 – LP
Vordul Mega – Megagraphitti – 2008 – LP
The White Stripes – Icky Thump – 2007 – SINGLE
Wolfmother – Wolfmother – 2006 – LP
Wolfmother – The Joker and the Thief – 2006 – SINGLE
Wu Tang Clan – The Heart Gently Weeps – 2008 – SINGLE

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