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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS: Be Yourself (Vinyl LP + 45) Re-release

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS:  Be Yourself (Vinyl LP + 45) Re-releaseMaybe a funk revival twenty years after funk first became displaced or absorbed by disco and early hip-hop was on the cards but who would have predicted that a further two decades on (having lasted twice the length of funk’s original heyday) it would still be going strong? Maybe The New Mastersounds know something about it having appeared in 1999 just a few years after the
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DEF JEF: Just A Poet With Soul (2012) Expanded edition

Yo – Def Jef’s back. Well – re-released anyway. Just A Poet With Soul was the NYC born rapper’s debut at the tail end of the 80s and featured the kind of funky uptempo hip-hop dropped by Young MC and the UMCs. When he wasn’t trying to house you that was. Yeah – Jef was quite partial to a bit of hip-house backing for his mixture of party rhymes and socio-political comment. Now on the one hand
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KOOL G RAP & DJ POLO: ‘Road To The Riches’ & ‘Wanted: Dead Or Alive’

Rating: ★★★★★
Holy shitfire! Classic hip-hop doesn’t come much heavier than Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, and their output doesn’t come much heavier than ’89’s Road To The Riches or ’90’s Wanted: Dead Or Alive – it isn’t called the ‘golden era’ for nothing. Both of these are now dropping in expanded edition 2xcd sets to include all those hard to find alternate mixes off the twelve inches and yield not a few that are
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TONE LOC: Loc-ed After Dark (Expanded edition) (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Let me see now – gravelly-so-laid-back-it’s-horizontal delivery? The immortal lyrics “So I gave some to my dog when he began to beg/ Then he licked his bowl and he looked at me and did the wild thing on my leg”? Must be legendary Sunshine State rapper Tone Loc. Yep, it’s another classic hip-hop cd release (amidst a slew of them this autumn) from Delicious Vinyl (there’s a certain
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THE PHARCYDE: Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (Expanded Edition) (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
According to the PR this is Kanye West’s “favorite album of all time.” But don’t let hamster-cheeks’ seal of approval put you off, The Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde is actually one of the greatest west coast hip-hop albums of all time, if not one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time – hence this twentieth anniversary re-release
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BOCA 45: Lafayette Partytime (2011)

Lafayette Partytime from Bristolian beatmaker Boca 45 gets a seven inch re-release to mark the imminent digital re-release of his Pitch Sounds LP. Boca 45 a.k.a. Scott Hendy is responsible for the monkey’s favourite ever funk, soul, hip-hop club night, ‘Diggin In The Crates’ at Bristol’s tiny, underground (literally) Dojo Lounge. To fully get the picture of a Saturday night at the Dojo back in the day imagine
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