MYKILL MIERS & LONE NINJA (PROD. BLAQ MASQ): Killer Instinct

MYKILL MIERS & LONE NINJA (PROD. BLAQ MASQ):  Killer Instinct‘Danger, danger, danger’ – we might still be waiting for Lone Ninja’s next full-length effort to drop but he’s keeping his skills honed in the meantime with bars on new Blaq Masq-produced murder-rap cut Killer Instinct alongside veteran mic-slayer Mykill Miers who it seems Masq has managed to persuade out of retirement. So it is that the two heavyweights square up either side of
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DJ PNUTZ: Pretty Good For A Girl/ Play That Beat Mrs DJ (Vinyl 7″)

DJ PNUTZ:  Pretty Good For A Girl/ Play That Beat Mrs DJ (Vinyl 7Next up from DJ Pnutz is this nifty little vinyl 7″ which features the lead cut off last year’s rather splendid 16 Psyche LPPretty Good For A Girl – and provides an object lesson in how what to do with funky drum breaks, horn stabs and slow-burning organ chords. While clocking in at a nippy nearly 120 bpm on the bpm-ometer, it’s mood is arguably better suited to the soundtrack than b-
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RORY HOY: Flamingo At The Disco

RORY HOY:  Flamingo At The DiscoDespite being named after possibly the campest thing imaginable, Rory Hoy’s new single Flamingo At The Disco manages to restrain disco’s more flamboyant excesses for a down-to-earth and highly serviceable slab of mirrorball business that should fit nicely into anyone’s nu-disco set whilst also providing a gateway to old school disco sets or those comprised of Mr Hoy’s beloved big beat
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DAYTONER: Off The Hook

DAYTONER:  Off The HookRating: ★★★★★ It’s been a while since Sunburst Radio hasn’t it? You remember – the debut Daytoner full-length released back in 2012 when it was all about one man, his samples, the occasional original tune and the odd mate popping round to add vox or instrumentation? Since then, that man, Steve Cantrill – known to all and sundry as ‘Moss’ – has surrounded himself with a six-
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79.5: Boy Don’t Be Afraid (7″ vinyl) + ‘Predictions’ LP announced

79.5:  Boy Don't Be Afraid (7Yes, Boy Don’t Be Afraid was out before but with Brooklyn’s 79.5 (yet another jewel in Big Crown Records’ already jewel-encrusted – er – crown) announcing that they’re releasing debut LP, Predictions, in September, it seemed like the right time to put it out again, albeit with slight modifications. Thus label boss, Leon Michels (for it is he) has nudged the bpms down a smidgin
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THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN’S DUB CLUB: Pound For Pound

THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN'S DUB CLUB: Pound For PoundRating: ★★★★★ You might expect an outfit with a name like Gentlemen’s Dub Club to be as relaxed as the next men on the UK bashment scene regarding their release schedule – what with dub’s long association with partaking of a herb not commonly associated with activity. But what if the next men on the UK bashment scene were actually
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RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De Vibes

RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De VibesNow then – what’s happening this Saturday in Bristol that’s fifty years old and hasn’t happened since 2014? That’s right – St Paul’s Carnival! Would anyone like to provide something suitably bashment for the occasion? Step forward Ruckus B a.k.a Dirty Dubster Jay Sharp with Parly B on hand to provide vocal support on Build Up De Vibes. Cue heavy uptempo dub with a chopped-up Amen
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SHAKA LOVES YOU: ‘Bills Bills Bills’ free download

SHAKA LOVES YOU:  'Bills Bills Bills' free downloadComing through with the summer soul goodness once again are Shaka Loves You with their edit of Bills Bills Bills. Oh what – as in Destiny’s Child? Nope – as even the first second will reveal a genuine seventies funk source rather than 90s rnb courtesy of Shek’spere. This is of course an edit of Johnny K’s 1973 Miami soul cut I Got Bills To Pay
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Xxplosive/ Burn (Vinyl 7″)

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  Xxplosive/ Burn (Vinyl 7With a follow-up to debut LP 55 already waiting in the wings for a September release, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band keep up the momentum with a new 45 – Xxplosive b/w Burn. Hmm – those track titles sound familiar don’t they – could they reflect the band’s predilection for nineties/ naughties hip-hop? They could! Side A of the 7″ finds Dre’s
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WOXOW: Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7″)

WOXOW:  Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7Back in May, MB featured single, Up, by Italian producer Woxow and featuring Danish MC Blacc El, which despite its firmly European origins managed to channel a decidedly golden-era hip-hop vibe. Now comes the release of Woxow’s debut album Alcazar which, besides Up, boasts appearances from Ken Boothe, J5’s Akil, Blurum 13 (all on the same track!), Pugz Atomz, Hannah Williams, Cyril
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