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JSTAR & DR CAT present: Dub Zealand – 2011 + tracklist

It says here that the tracks on Dub Zealand, “highlight the surprising relation,” between the islands forming New Zealand and Jamaica. ‘Surprising’!? Given the Olympic quantities of weed smoked in either nation there’s little to be surprised about. Jamaican marijuana consumption is, of course, legendary but I’ve actually been to the ‘land of the long white cloud’ and they’re just as bad over there. There’s clouds all right. Of bong smoke.

FAB SAMPERI: Power Bossa – 2011

Fab Samperi a.k.a. The Captain (or ‘Commander Of The Beat’ as he’s known around these parts) follows up flagship single Listen Up with the rest of his fleet of new tunes in the shape of album Power Bossa. As the ‘bossa’ bit of the title implies, continuity throughout this LP comes from being rooted in the rhythms of Brazil but as the ‘power’ bit would suggest – percussion is generally rather more substantial than a little latin-jazzy cocktail shimmy

JOHNNYPLUSE: Laser, Lasers, We Need More Lasers – 2011 + ‘It’s Some Craic’ free download

Here he is then, back once again like a renegade master – yes – it’s Irish beat assassin JohnnyPluse with new album Lasers, Lasers, We Need More Lasers – or (as it’s almost certainly destined to be known) Lasers. For those who aren’t in the know, JP is a man afflicted by ‘breaks’-ADHD – a little known disorder that I’ve just invented but which perfectly describes his clear conviction that there can never be enough breaks.

FOREIGN LEGION: ‘Night Moves’ + tracklist – 2011

Even more delayed than the Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 fellow true-schoolers Foreign Legion finally release ‘difficult third’ album, Night Moves on 12 April this year.

Full-Time B-Boy was the big underground banger that broke them (in the UK at least) at the turn of the millenium

WINDMILLS: As Above, So Below – 2011 – Album review + Free download

HIGHLIGHTS: Solitary Figure – Slow Mode – My Summer Fantasie – Windmills – Reborn Of Thought
SOUNDBITE: “You want hip-hop the way that it was?/ Then it’d be more fun to hang around instead of killing my buzz/ It’s Windmills motherfucker and we’re happy you came/ Do I expect those to front? That’s the way I was raised”

Rating: ★★★★★

PHILLIP MORRIS: Lady Liberty Is Wasted – 2011

Hats off to Chi-town’s Phillip Morris, for avoiding such rap clichés as restyling his name to reduce at least one part of it to an initial and/or adding a ‘street’ nickname. True, this does mean he sounds like some sort of interior designer but I suspect he’s unlikely to give a shit about that since his tongue is frequently in his cheek throughout this collection of unreleased back catalogue cuts and a few new ones.

THE LIBERATORS: ‘The Liberators’ LP + Rags To Riches video – 2011

Record Kicks come through with a big release here in the shape of The Liberators who bring some serious afro-funk heat on their debut album The Liberators. I’m not quite sure who did the production on this but they’ve got down a pretty heavyweight sound. Consequently there’s a lot of rumble in the Liberators’ jungle – less ‘Shaft In Africa’ than ‘Shaft-right-here-in the-room-with-you.

FOUL MOUTH JERK: ‘The Oldest Trick In The Book’ LP + ‘Back Up On The Scene’ (feat Artifacts) free download + video

What do you mean you ain’t heard of Foul Mouth Jerk? Never mind – the North Carolina rapper’s fifth (yeah he’s been around a while – “Straight crazy, born-loser like a AIDS baby…Spitting since the late 80s”) album dropped recently and the fact is – you should have been all over that shit already. Clearly a man who understands that hip-hop does not mean rapping over Euro-house beats, Jerk keeps his beats fat and his rhymes gully. Just check out the dirty funk-soul-based ruffness of cuts like Save Ya Breath.

ROGER MOLLS: ‘Rewind’ LP – 2010 – Release details + tracklist + Hiphopology video

I’ll be the first to admit that the name ‘Roger Molls’ isn’t exactly redolent of the mean streets of the Bronx (and I’m sure Roger wouldn’t be too far behind me) but that’s because he hails from France, a country with a highly respectable hip-hop tradition nevertheless. ‘Rewind’ finds Molls hot on the trail of fellow French beat maestro, Wax Tailor, as well channelling the spirit of RJD2’s debut LP

SOULSHAKER Vol 7 (compilation): 2010 – release details + tracklist

Having sorted out the latest volume in their Let’s Boogaloo funk, soul and boogaloo series, it was only right for the Record Kicks label to turn their attentions to their other ongoing series – Soulshaker – to further explore the wildly different world of funk, soul and afrobeat. Once again it’s a tastefully put together cross-section of the current scene featuring many familiar names.