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Archive for the month “May, 2017”

Jason Furlow – Last Man Standing

Last year saw the return of Sebash, one half of the classic hip hop freak funkers New Kingdom, via the excellent Mongrels album, “Attack The Monolith”. Now the other half, Nosaj aka Jason Furlow returns with a brand new cassette single, “Last Man Standing”.
Jason lays his unmistakable raspy vocals over a cinematic, electronic, sharp yet laid back hip hop rhythm to great effect. The b-side, “Modern Man” features fellow electro freakster CX Kidtronik, so you know this is going to be something special.
Released on the 30th of June via Dub Ditch Picnic on limited cassette single and digital. If seeing is believing then I believe!

Mr Thing and Micall Parknsun – The Raw

Check out the new track from Mr Thing and Micall Parknsun. “The Raw” is a quality slice of low slung, head nodding hip hop, keeping it unashamedly rugged, real and underground. This is the first single taken from the forthcoming album, “Lets Finish What We Started” and is definitely proving Thing and Parky make a great combination. Oh and it has an awesome video too!

Dr Strange and Friends

The Diabolical Dr Strange is back with a tasty free album featuring the good doctor on production and a roaster of his friends on the vocals. This is 10 tracks of heavy, cellar dwelling hip hop, rough and raw, just how we like it. As ever Doc Strange captures that grimy, underground, early 90’s sound and feel, bringing it up to date and sounding fresh.
Out now for free download!

Bare Beats & Dusty Ohms – The Bare Dusty Beat Tape

UK producers Bare Beats and Dusty Ohms have teamed up to release the beat tape, “The Bare Dusty Beat Tape”. Bare Beats takes control on the first side of the tape, with a little help from Jabba Tha Kut and Dusty Ohms handles side two. The two beat makers have come together to create a beat tape with an overall vibe that links the pairs production and creates a very enjoyable listen. Electronic, wonky, forward thinking hip hop beats are the order of the day here, all perfectly executed over 26 tracks.
Out now on Millennium Jazz  records.

Cryptochrome – More Human

Cryptochrome’s second album, “More Human” is now available for download. Having release a slew of videos to preempt the full length release, you can now grab the album in full and enjoy one of the most entertaining, interesting, genre blending albums of the year. Taking influence from underground hip hop, trip hop, electronica, folk and more, “More Human” is a truly refreshing and unique album. Mixing Una’s Bjork-esque vocals with Anik’s well rounded rhyming skill all over SON’s razor sharp production, the album has something for everyone. We urge you to get your copy and fill your head with cryptochrome!

 

Mr Ekow – Between Haircuts

UK rapper Mr Ekow is back with a new EP, “Between Haircuts”. The EP continues Ekows journey into soulful, electronic hip hop featuring production from TheUnsung, Prospect and Taiko. The EP also feature the guest vocals of Myles the Rhetorical, Titi the Writer and Ebonie G. All fans of hip hop, neo-soul and smooth electronics will enjoy this EP, so grab it now!

DJ Supreme – Artric feat. Icepick

The legendary DJ Supreme from the classic hardcore UK hip hop group Hijack is back with a new single featuring veteran rhymer Icepick. Carrying on with his unique and uncompromising hard hitting sound, this is a must for all old school and new school b-boys out there.
Grab it now on white vinyl from Nake Ape Records.

 

Function Underground: The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974

The Great Divide between R&B and rock n’ roll came after the Beatles and the British Invasion decimated the Top 40 chart in 1964. Simultaneously, R&B entered a new phase, soon to be labelled “soul,” which upped the music’s gospel quotient and turned its frantic twang. So somewhere in the mid to late-1960s, rock n’ roll became perceived as something for the Caucasian kids. When Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Lee made the scene, they were said to be black musicians entering into a white world. While that couldn’t be farther from the truth, that false dichotomy has existed in America’s popular conscious ever since, to the point where the idea of a black rock musician is on the level with the idea of a black cowboy.
This anthology presents earnest questions as to why we know so little about these bands and the movement of which they were a part. While we don’t anticipate that we’ll ever find a definitive answer as to what these ensembles’ true goals were, then, we do know that they took their charges seriously. And they knew they were onto something different, something that, though only they and their immediate kin might recognise it, was more interesting than the status quo. Function Underground shines light on an important and overlooked part of rock n’ roll’s history and talented ensembles that toiled in the shadows, derided by their peers.
Available to buy on CD, LP and digital now from Now Again Records.

Walter Gross – Super Basic

Walter Gross returns with a new beat tape that pull on all his influences to create an unique, left of centre, experimental album.
“Super Basic” ranges from hard hitting, distorted beats to off kilter electronica and ambient noise. At times I’m reminded of fellow beat creator Al Lover, with the woozey wash of sounds on offer. It definitely makes for interesting listening.
The limited edition cassette and digital are released on May 23rd and we suggest you seek it out!

The Apostles – Banko Woman

For over forty years, the Apostles of Aba have stood as the jewel in the crown of the music scene in Eastern Nigeria. Since their formation in 1973, the band has turned out memorable performances in a variety of styles including rock, soul, funk, pop and reggae. Even today, the Apostles continue to thrill audiences in their hometown of Aba with dazzling shows.
Cultures of Soul are now set to release one of the Apostles’ more obscure, yet relentlessly funky recordings, “Banko Woman”, originally released on the eponymous LP on Love Day Records in 1977. Straddling the world realms of afro-funk and disco, the track has long been a coveted dance floor filler amongst DJs, and for the first time is available for a wider audience. On the B-side is “Faith, Luck & Music,” also from the original Banko Woman album. Released as a limited edition 7 inch on May 19th visit Cultures Of Soul to secure your copy and have a listen. Perfect sunshine music!

 

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