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Wrongtom meets The Ragga Twins – In Dub

‘In Dub’ is the new album of dub mixes by roots and reggae producer Wrongtom and Hackney’s veteran breakbeat/ jungle MC’s the Ragga Twins. Remixing tracks from their ‘In Time’ album, Wrongtom dissects and then rebuilds each track with a new lease of life. For those of you looking for a spaced out, dubbed out instrumentals, this is for you. Out now on Tru Thoughts, it’s a must for any dub, reggae fans.

The Shacks – This Strange Effect

Check out the new video from The Shacks, “This Strange Effect”. Directed by Leon Michels (El Michels Affair), the track is taken from the groups self titled EP available now on Big Crown Records.

The Menagerie – Odd Beast

For those that don’t know, The Menagerie are the hip hop super group comprising of gentleman of rap Professor Elemental, the great Dr Syntax and super producer Tom Caruana. The group released their debut album  ‘Wild Kingdom’, in 2005 and gained a cult following in their adopted hometown of Brighton and beyond, with International DJ Magazine calling the group a ‘seriously tight unit, as anyone who has witnessed their live shows will testify’.
The Menagerie are now back with their new offering “Odd Beast”, and I can tell you, it lives up to its name perfectly. Elemental and Dr Syntax complement Tom Caruana’s signature brand of quirky, sample-laden hip hop with comedic, tongue-in-cheek lyrics touching on subjects such as relationship pressures (‘She’s Gone’), a shared disdain for team sports (‘It’s Only A Game’) and interactions with professional peers (‘Rappers Don’t Want To Be Our Friends’). Guests include Al The Native (aka Jordan Stephens of Rizzle Kicks) and Sabira Jade (DJ Vadim), while DJ Nick Maxwell provides the always-on-point turntable skills.
Released on September 4th, this is definitely one for any hip hop fans looking for something a bit different, something to make you laugh and smile, a group that’s not afraid to be themselves and have a laugh whilst doing it. Get it!

Jon Kennedy – Ha!

Producer Jon Kennedy returns with a new album “Ha!”. Providing us with his usual unique take on beats, bleep and funky things, the first single, title track “Ha!” is a great example of whats in store. Check out the excellent animated video, grab limited edition 7″ and then get the album released 22nd September on Jon Kennedy Federation.

Strangelove – EP 1

Finally Strangelove return with a new release, “EP 1”. Taking their brand of blissed out, left of centre hip hop to a new level. Production wise, “EP 1” is sparse, atmospheric, verging on ambient at time, with hints of future beats and electronica, this is miles away from boom bap hip hop, but it works perfectly. Super chilled, yet full of energy, the MC’s lay their well crafted rhymes over melodic tones and noises, there’s not always a beat, but they show you don’t always need one. The groups sound does fit well into the weed driven UK hip hop scene, but doesn’t rely on cliches vocally or musically too many fall into. Creating a sound that stoners and experimental fans will enjoy equally, or just fans of good interesting music.
Out now on limited edition cassette and digital, this is definitely the kind of thing we want to hear more of coming out of the UK. Also check out the video for the track “Lonely Souls” featuring Bellatrix.

 

 

Legion of Goon – T.I.T.S

Stig of the Dump and Stu the Don are, Legion of Goon! Check out their latest video “T.I.T.S”  taken from the forthcoming album, “Project Goon”. The album is released on the 8th of September and can be yours for free is you head over to www.legionofgoon.com and sign up to the mailing list.

Aver – Verschobenes Bassline Syndrom video

Check out the brand new video from Aver for the track “Verschobenes Bassline Syndrom”. The track is taken from the album, “Die Berlin Dateien” available now on vinyl, cassette and digital from Village Live records. Don’t sleep!

Tobacco – Ripe & Majestic (Instrumental Rarities & Unreleased Beats)

Tobacco releases “Ripe & Majestic”, a new album of rare instrumentals and unreleased tracks recorded between 2007 and 2017.
These include instrumental versions of tracks by Beans, the instrumentals of remixes of people such as Sole, The Go Team, Dirty Ghosts and other unused beats and outtakes.
All the tracks on offer are unmistakably Tobacco, they have his signature sound, but all work perfectly as stand alone instrumental tracks. This is heavy, grinding, sometimes brutal electronic beat music, taking in influence from psychedlia, indie rock, hip hop and god knows what else, but it works and works well.
Out August 25th Red Cult Records.

The Casual Sexists – Karakara EP

The Casual Sexists are back with a brand new EP, “Karakara” released 11th August on Feral Media. Spiking their pop cocktail with skulking dancehall rhythms and minimalistic electro-funk, The Casual Sexists bring the combination to a dizzying high with this new EP.
The title track places a pitiful but tenacious stalker in the Casuals’ crosshairs, torn apart by Varrick in sardonic and sultry tones against a musical backdrop of speaker-rattling basslines, lo-fi percussion and a maddeningly catchy chorus.
The fractured funk jalopy that is “Curse” finds Varrick and Ed confronting the mixed feelings of sustained disillusionment and fleeting triumph inherent in the creative process—whilst wryly noting the slight absurdity of applying such lofty dramatics to their DIY milieu.
Third and final is “Pop Music”, a celebration of one of the Casuals’ very favourite things, yakked with detached glee over an angular electro rhythm littered with samples and some very janked-up percussion.
For the as-yet-unfamiliar, The Casual Sexists began their musical life in London before relocating to Varrick’s native NYC, where they make music using a computer along with various domestic objects, animal sounds and the overwhelming madness of the world at large.
Grab the EP on the 11th HERE and in the mean time check out the video for Karakara, its worth it for Ed Zeds dancing alone!

Psychedelic Ensemble – Dive

The Psychedelic Ensemble release the new album “Dive”, featuring vocals from Bobby Smokes, who is in fact the Ensembles rapping alter ago.
The album mixes left-field electronics, future beats, jazz, and psychedelics with vocals that are somewhere between rapping and spoken word. Although the album may not always work perfectly, Psychedelic Ensemble has definitely created a really interesting piece work, that will need repeat listens to gain its full potential.

 

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