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BONE 40: Groovin’ EP (2016) Free download

groovin-bone-40Is it time for a bit of downtempo breaks? I think it is – it’s been a while – so here’s Dutch producer Bone 40 with his six-track Groovin’ EP on which he aims to combine the live jazzy and soul vibes of everyone from Booker T, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis on the one hand with Madlib and Dangermouse
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SAVAGES: Five Finger Discount (2016)

Five Finger Discount SavagesYou’ve heard of the Five Fingers Of Death and the ‘Five Finger Fillet’ game (as made famous by a Colonial Marine and an android with a knife on Aliens) but what about the Five Finger Discount? The mind boggles. A budget kung fu flick? A shorter version of ‘Five Finger Fillet’ in which a hatchet is used? How about a five-track vinyl album by Hungarian producer Savages? You’re nearly right on the last
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APANEMIC: A Thousand Secrets EP (2016)

A Thousand Secrets ApanemicMore dusty downtempoisms and the shade of 1995 yet again today, this time in the form of Apanemic‘s A Thousand Secrets EP. A thousand secrets but only four tracks that is and this time we get shades of Portishead’s pals, Earthling. The flavour is a bit more strings n scratching, there’s a bit more reverb and on the title track there’s even some bluesy harmonica. Four really nice cuts
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PURGATORY OF SOULS: Tripmatic EP (2016)

Tripmatic Purgatory Of SoulsYou can tell it’s January because it doesn’t seem like anyone can bear to release anything that isn’t trip-hop. Mind you – when it seems like it’s night for most for the day and you feel like you’ve got S.A.D. even when you haven’t, you can see the attraction of slo-mo beats redolent with vinyl crackle. It’s basically because trip-hop is the musical equivalent of a duvet – and this month
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EMAPEA: Seeds, Roots & Fruits (2016)

Seeds Roots Fruits EmapeaWhat year is it again? 2016? I thought it was 1995 – at least I did when I heard Emapea‘s Seeds, Roots & Fruits which channels all those Mo Wax comps. from the mid-to-late nineties. Beats? Dusty. Samples? Crusty. Raps? Laid back. Basslines? Chunky. There’s plenty of variety too – Orange and Good Old Days and Milky Haze are dead ringers for early Nightmares On Wax or DJ
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BEAT RIDE: Dreamers (2016)

DReamers Beat RideDid you overdo it over the new year? You did didn’t you? You’re never drinking again, work should be banned…where’s your duvet? What you need is something to capture your mood – not too energetic, smokily evocative, perhaps a little sombre and tinged with bluesy regret. Say hello to Beat Ride‘s trip-hoppy new whose four track Dreamers EP. Another Bad Day is the one for
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SKINSHAPE: Oracolo (2015)

Oracolo SkinshapeRating: ★★★★★ Skinshape (a.k.a Will Dorey of Horus Records) follows-up his self-titled debut LP of last year with an impressive end-of-year effort that falls out of the psychedelic tree and hits every single branch on the way down. Oracolo combines sixties American roadtrip psychedelia with its slightly more pastoral English sixties cousin, throws in a healthy smattering of the more organic
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SKINSHAPE: Old Days (2015)

Old Days SkinshapeNothing like a little bit of retro psychedelia is there? Especially when it’s got a downtempo funky groove locked down. Heads up then because this is the new one from producer/ multi-instrumentalist Will ‘Skinshape‘ Dorey whose Old Days channels the new old sound of Tame Impala via the sort of rhythms favoured by downtempo beat-heads of yore. Imagine DJ Shadow at a Grateful Dead
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THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL: The Beast And The Beauties EP (2015) Ltd. Free download

The Beast And The Beauties Scarlet PimpernelNext from The Scarlet Pimpernel after all those 90s rap remixes is this – his The Beast And The Beauties EP. Each of the three tracks contained thereon is graced by a different female vocalist (Jube, Sid M and Martha Cecelia respectively) so one assumes they’re the beauties and Mr Pimpernel is the beast whose beats are transformed from cinematic instrumentals into one
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ZEMERALD: About Her (2015) Free download + video

About Her ZemeraldOne for jilted lovers and fans of both trip-hop and drum n bass everywhere as Zemerald‘s latest takes the vocals off a version of The Zombies’ 1964 mod-jazz-beat/rock single She’s Not There and slows it right down for that downtempo moodiness. He even throws in a dnb bridge for the point in said jilted lovers’ self-absorption when they get a bit angry and rail against the world for
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