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Singles
Step Off
Cat: FNJ 0327. Rel: 19 Jan 24
Step Off (feat Little Brother) (2:49)
Step Off (instrumental) (1:49)
Don't Fool With The Dips (feat JR Writer, Hell Rell & 40 Cal) (4:06)
Don't Fool With The Dips (Scratch-a-pella) (0:45)
Review: A-Trak! You may have been introduced to him as a World Champion turntablist, an iconic indie record label owner, half of Duck Sauce, a producer, a festival DJ, a remixer, Kanye's Tour DJ, or former Juicero advocate, but you may not know that he had a hip-hop record label in the early to mid 2000's, known as Audio Research Records. During this time, Trizzy hooked up with arguably 2 of the best hip-hop groups to come out of that era, producing records for Little Brother and the mighty Dipset. One of the very few Little Brother records that 9th Wonder didn't produce, 'Step Off' falls right in line with the LB aesthetic. A-Trak got busy with a bouncy joint that ended up on tons of mixtapes, available only on ARR 12" until now. Same story with the B-side; there, A-Trak teamed up with Dipset for 'Don't Fool With The Dips!' featuring 40 Cal, Hell Rell, J.R. Writer. Now re-released in collaboration with Fool's Gold Records on 7" vinyl alongside new, original artwork by RHEK.
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Gespielt von: The Allergies
 in stock $26.14
Watch Out Now
Watch Out Now (7" + MP3 download code)
Cat: HR 017. Rel: 08 Feb 24
Altered Tapes - "Watch Out Now" (Hijackin' For beats remix) (4:03)
Double A - "Tell Me" (So Cold remix) (4:32)
Review: Heat Rock add yet another breaksy heater to their repertoire and, in so doing, welcome two wicked producers from across the pond into their roster; Altered Tapes from Chicago, and Double A from New Zealand. The former stalwart goes in on an infamous flute loop from The Beatnuts, working in phat kicks and sawn-off breakbeats for a pacier, dancier instrumental version. Double A backs this up on the B with, dedicating a prayer and an amen to the same Dirty South classic. A must-have DJ tool for the aspiring breaks-purveyor.
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 in stock $15.57
We're The 2 Emcees
We're The 2 Emcees (CD single)
Cat: SS 2096SCD. Rel: 25 Jan 24
We're The 2 Emcees (Afro Beat mix)
We're The 2 Emcees (Bronx mix)
We're The 2 Emcees (Afro beatstrumental)
We're The 2 Emcees (Bronx mixxstrumental)
We're The 2 Emcees (Bronx dubb)
 in stock $16.64
Love For The Sake Of Dub
Cat: BCR 163. Rel: 08 Feb 24
Love For The Sake Of Dub (2:51)
Grilled (2:55)
Review: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band is an enigmatic steel pan collective from Hamburg that has a hardcore fan following around the world and a new album on the way that is superb. They are loved for their covers of hip-hop classics and last year served up a version of the Stranger Things theme tune but this time out we get 'Love For The Sake Of Dub' of 45 rpm. It is another pair of funky tunes with the signature brass sounds front and centre as the fat bottom rhythms roll deep and fleshy. Another gem from this leftfield outfit.
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 in stock $10.04
Honey (reissue)
Honey (reissue) (hand-stamped 1-sided yellow vinyl 12")
Cat: GUHONEY YELLOW. Rel: 15 Feb 24
Honey (Glenn Underground remix) (8:50)
Review: The queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu and the king of Chicago house music Glenn Underground together on one 12" was always going to be special. And so it proved back in 2010 when the latter edited the former's 'Honey.' It sold out in super quick time but now gets a cheeky one-sided hand-stamped reissue on yellow wax having previously fetched up to a hundred quid on second-hand markets. It is eight minutes of shimmering deep house with sustained pads and Badu's evocative vocals lighting up the beats in a sensual fashion.
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 in stock $16.89
Just A Friend
Just A Friend (limited purple vinyl 7")
Cat: CLO 4919. Rel: 25 Jan 24
Just A Friend (4:00)
Just A Friend (instrumental) (4:00)
Review: Highly collectible 7" vinyl from the dearly departed East Coast rap icon, Biz Markie! This re-cut version of Markie's classic ode to unrequited love has been remixed and remastered to sound better than ever. Released in 1989, far before the concept of the "friendzone" had crystallised and become a popular meme, we can hear its nascent stirrings in this subversion of original-era hip-hop, in which Markie crudely and comedically spans disgruntled, dejected raps and twinging croons, all expressive of the pain of rejection.
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 in stock $18.48
Szlam
Szlam (limited hand-numbered 7")
Cat: ARS 005. Rel: 22 Jan 24
Szlam (3:54)
Scienki (3:47)
Review: Polish group Bloto are emblematic of the adventurous spirit which drives Astigmatic forwards as a label. There's a strong, instrument-oriented jazz backbone to the music, but it equally functions as daring, inventive club music. Drop the needle on 'Szlam', the A-side of this new 7" from the Wroclaw-based outfit and you'd think you were hearing some DMZ-informed soundsystem pressure. That's as much about the looping flute refrain as the breakstep roll of the drums and one note bass drops, but there's still the scintillating energy of a live band powering the sonics. B-side workout 'Scieki' is a moody strutter with a dash of acidic snarl in its stomping bassline and some eerie keys on top, coming on like horror jazz for dimly lit dancefloors.
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 in stock $22.97
No Reign No Flowers
Cat: BLUKUM 014LP. Rel: 25 Jan 24
Huddle Up (3:05)
Ghetto Love Story (2:30)
Disrespect (2:14)
AfterThought (feat Danny Brown) (2:32)
Life Line (feat Hamzaa) (3:18)
Prayers (feat Suspect OTB) (3:21)
Glory (feat Ghetts) (2:55)
Review: Danny Brown, Haza, Suspect, and Ghetts all feature on the No Reign No Flowers EP with D Double E, who himself is one of the UK's finest rap talents. From radio sets to early raves, big hits to top work in the field of jungle, grime and garage, he has done it all and then some (including writing the original track for the viral IKEA Christmas Advert, don't you know). He shows his class again here with seven superb cuts that keep his signature style front and centre despite the big guests. Big up to a UK great.
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 in stock $21.11
Go Go Special
Go Go Special (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: DJB 4508. Rel: 29 Jan 24
TF Megamix (4:53)
Sardines Is The Word (4:43)
Review: EDdits master DJ Bacon returns for two of his boxiest yet on the usual 7". Bacon's production style betrays a kind of Buddhist mindfulness, or at least a minimalism, in its approach; all you need is a good beat, ever-so-slightly abstracted from its original context, to arouse the excitations of both mind and body. The fact of not knowing the sample's origin is part of the art; this condition of not knowing fetishises the breakbeat, by partially obfuscating knowledge of where the sample came from. Titles like 'Sardines Is The Word' and 'TF Megamix' are likely coded allusions to these original desiderata, but only the most hardened connoisseurs, a secret club in which Bacon and a select few others surely fraternise, would know exactly which sample sources these are. Thus we have the continued recreation of DJ Bacon as a purveyor of cool; one which enables us to enjoy the slick roundedness of these beats more than we would if the game was given away.
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Gespielt von: The Allergies, Smoove
 in stock $17.16
High Noon
High Noon (12" + insert)
Cat: DDJB 91241. Rel: 22 Jan 24
Sphere (3:19)
After The Wind (4:16)
Daydream (3:24)
Heart (4:26)
The Other Side (3:37)
Crossroad (3:26)
 in stock $45.40
One Question
Cat: RSR 002. Rel: 15 Feb 24
One Question (feat SLIMKID3) (3:24)
One Question (feat SLIMKID3 - Jim Sharp remix) (3:07)
Review: This all-star collaboration features SlimKid3 from Pharcyde, Hamburg DJ and producer Schmiddlfinga as well as DMC Champion DJ Robert Smith. The uplifting party track 'One Question' is result of their talents. This jam gives off a classic 90s sound with the sampling, scratching and production. All three members work in harmony to create an amazing jam for the summer. If this gets in the right hands, expect it to blow up. Jim Sharp on the remix offers a great alternative version that hits just as hard. This 7" packs a punch for the hip-hop heads!
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 in stock $14.78
Bigger Than Jamrock
Bigger Than Jamrock (7" Nachpressung)
Cat: MC 004. Rel: 08 Jan 24
Bigger Than Jamrock (3:54)
Sleng Hop (3:39)
Review: An eagerly awaited repress of DJ Shepdog's 2006 mashup of Damian Marley's 'Welcome To Jamrock' with Dead Prez's 'It's Bigger Than Hip Hop', effortlessly juxtaposing one of contemporary dancehall's most iconic vocals with undeniably one of the fattest basslines ever laid. This iconic pairing is flanked by ultra fun cut 'Sleng Hop' uniting the original Dead Prez acapella with another of the world's most famous basslines- Prince Jammy's Casiotone MT-40 'rock & roll' rhythm... You do the math!
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 in stock $16.37
Legends
Legends (limited translucent green 12" + poster)
Cat: DML 001. Rel: 15 Feb 24
DJ Slugo - "How We Do" (6:08)
DJ Thadz - "Let Me Squeeze 'Em" (3:08)
DJ Phats - "Booty Anthem" (2:52)
DJ Thadz - "Freak Hoe" (2:35)
DJ Phats - "Where The Sluts" (4:16)
DJ Slugo - "Last Of The Year" (3:54)
Review: The game-changing and sub-genre-defining house label Dance Mania has assembled some of its most noted legends on one limited edition and translucent green 12" here. DJ Thadz is one of them and is a Windy City veteran known for his dynamic DJ sets and high-energy productions. He serves up two raw, jacked-up ghetto jams in 'Let Me Squeeze 'Em' and 'Freak Hoe' while DJ Slugo keeps it loopy and bumpy with 'How We Do' and 'Last Of The Year'. DJ Phats completes this bawdry EP with the juke-style energy of 'Booty Anthem' and jazz-laced sweatathon, 'Where The Sluts'.
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 in stock $22.44
Iko (Never Felt This Way)
Cat: M 45005. Rel: 01 Feb 24
Double A - "Iko (Never Felt This Way)" (4:18)
Jim Sharp - "Tell Me What To Do" (3:37)
Review: Jim Sharp presents his sophomore Mountain 45s release, following up the absolute banger of a debut, 'Westchester Eagle'. Coming full circle, we hear Sharp team back up with fellow producer Double A here; on the A we've got the latter's 'Iko (Never Felt This Way)', a fearless cross-section of big beat, Latin funk and sampled West African refrains, while Sharp helms up the B-side this time around, with a full-horseshoe'd rerub of an (ashamedly on our part) unknown funk delight.
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 in stock $14.78
Go Funk Me
Cat: DUR 0087. Rel: 11 Jan 24
Go Funk Me (2:46)
Bucket (2:50)
Review: The Du-Rites is a superb funk combo based in New York City with Jay Mumford (no, not that Mumford) on drums, keys and bass guitar and Pablo Martin on guitar, bass guitar and keys. They have been turning out the jams now for almost a decade and 'Go Funk Me' on Od Maid is their latest. The short but sweet A-side rides on a deep cut funk rhythm that is softened by some fluttering flutes, though the baritone spoken words being a hint of menace next to the organ chords. 'Bucket' on the B-side is another percolating rhythm with cool spoken words and plenty of liveliness in the perc.
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 in stock $12.41
Ungreatful Lover
Cat: TG 07. Rel: 15 Jan 24
Ungreatful Lover (Yard mix) (7:42)
Ungreatful Lover (Hip-hop mix) (7:49)
 in stock $15.57
La Mujer Serpiente
La Mujer Serpiente (limited 7")
Cat: WONDER 228. Rel: 11 Jan 24
La Mujer Serpiente (3:55)
Selam (4:01)
Review: Earthtones have got a new albumin the way and this is the very first and very tasty teaser single from it. This one is actually a collaboration with longtime friend and co-producer Oliwa and it has a stunning lead vocal that is full pf passion and heart ache and comes from Colombian-Canadian talent Lido Pimienta. The drums are slow, heavy and cumbia influenced extra bass synths, keys, guitars and drums all making it feel contemporary as well as traditional. We're told "the vision of this track is one of upliftment of womxn and femmes everywhere."
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Gespielt von: Voodoocuts
Tags: Cumbia
 in stock $12.66
Marking My Time
Marking My Time (limited clear vinyl 12")
Cat: 586449 9. Rel: 11 Jan 24
Remember (3:56)
Mama (3:31)
Mad At Fire (3:51)
Someday (2:44)
Marking My Time (4:27)
Diane (3:11)
Review: 'Marking My Time' is the second EP from Elmiene. The six-track EP includes the title track 'Marking My Time', which first debuted on Later... With Jools Holland, 'Mad At Fire' (co-written by Syd and produced by Lil Silva), and 'Mama' (produced by Sampha), along with the current single 'Someday'. The follow-up to Elmeine's debut EP 'El-Mean', released earlier in 2023, this one hears a worthy continuation of the Oxford-born soul singer's growth, sprouting outwards from his influences and into his own true niche.
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 in stock $22.16
Kween In My Eyes
Kween In My Eyes (hand-stamped vinyl 7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: DR 7002. Rel: 14 Feb 24
Kween In My Eyes (4:43)
Domelo Ance (3:48)
Review: The Dolfin label has been rolling out some high quality jams of late and are currently building up to a much anticipated album from Blaque Dynamite that is worth keeping an eye open for. Now they look to Felix for this hand-stamped vinyl 7" 'Kween In My Eyes'. It is a slow, low slung and heart-warming deep house sound with a hooky beat and jazzy chord draped over the drums as a smooth r&b vocal is smeared into the mix. On the flip is the even more downbeat and late night 'Domelo Ance' with its lazy and heat damaged chords making for a super seductive sound. A steamy 45 then, for sure.
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 in stock $20.59
Chocolate Swirl
Chocolate Swirl (12" + poster + insert)
Cat: OEG 01. Rel: 31 Jan 24
Chocolate Swirl (dirty South - radio) (3:36)
Chocolate Swirl (radio) (4:29)
Chocolate Swirl (remix - Street) (4:00)
Chocolate Swirl (Reggaeton - radio) (4:16)
Chocolate Swirl (bonus Beat - radio) (3:50)
Chocolate Swirl (remix - radio) (4:10)
 in stock $23.49
Rhyme Wrecka
Cat: UNIQ 3131. Rel: 17 Jan 24
Rhyme Wrecka (3:15)
A-Dorable (4:10)
Review: Two tracks off the legendary 1993 tape-only release 'The Rhyme Wrecka' EP by Manchester hip-hop Group Freakin' Inglish, featuring Red Venom, on vinyl for the first time. This is a raucous Britcore gemstone, and an important window into a style that should be known to many more hip-hop enjoyers than most mainstream vernacular histories have allowed thus far. Seguing through the interweaving, but toothy, flows of Venom, alongside crewmates Eric-T and Yozzer, using the half-American accents informed by the predominance of gangsta rap at the time, this is still a killer record with a distinctly Northern - Salford to be precise - sound. 'Wrecka' is an apt description indeed.
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 in stock $12.66
Snap Your Neck Back EP
Snap Your Neck Back EP (yellow vinyl 7")
Cat: PAPLF 702. Rel: 17 Jan 24
Introspection (2:18)
Snap Your Neck Back (part 1) (3:06)
Danger Zone (3:31)
Scratch FX (Skip Proof Loop part 1) (0:53)
Scratch FX (Skip Proof Loop part 2) (0:42)
Scratch FX (Skip Proof Loop part 3) (0:40)
Review: Gasoline originally released the superb Snap Your Neck album back in 2005 on a digipack CD via Pamplemousse Productions and La Fondation. It has never since been reissued but now Beatsqueeze Records has secured the rights and servers it up on this 7" yellow slab in limited quantities. It covers plenty of hip-hop ground across the three tracks and also includes a trio of 'Skip Proof Loops' versions of 'Scratch FX'. The originals take in the snappy drums and lounge chords of 'Introspection', the golden era boom bap and menacing bars of 'Snap Your Neck Back (part 1)' and East Coast Mobb Deep-style swing of 'Danger Zone'.
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 in stock $16.89
Shawty Don't Play
Shawty Don't Play (1-sided 12")
Cat: DR 12051. Rel: 14 Feb 24
Shawty Dont Play
Review: Dolfin keeps it as classy as ever with this floaty new 12" from Ben Hixon and Stefan Ringer, two quality operators if ever there were some. They offer up just one cut on this single-sided slab of wax but a fine one it is too - the dusty drums have a certain heaviness to them while the wispy pads and noodling bass lines keep you suspended in mid-air. The seductive vocals bring a hip-hop energy to the deepest of grooves and ensure this one is going to get some emotions flowing when dropped in the small hours of the night in a cosy back room.
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 in stock $23.49
Idiosyncratic
Cat: TSRZV 39. Rel: 04 Jan 24
Idiosyncratic (3:41)
Mesmerise (3:56)
 in stock $16.11
BSL Braziliiance
Cat: PTF 011. Rel: 15 Feb 24
BSL Braziliiance (4:11)
Braziliiance Bonus Beats (3:24)
Review: A full quarter of a century ago now, Rawls made musical magic with the legends that are Mos Def aka Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli, hip hop dons in their own right but also known collectively as Black Star. That was on the top tune 'Brown Skin Lady' and now 25 years on Rawls has gone back to revisit the original session sounds. He has sampled them and given them a fresh breath of air as well as reworking the beats, this time very much for the dance floor, and with plenty of Brazilian flavour. On the flip, you also get a flame-hot instrumental 'Braziliiance Bonus Beats'.

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The SP Chronicles
Cat: JIT 004. Rel: 08 Feb 24
Jon Deliz - "Ascension" (2:59)
Broke - "Filter Guitar" (1:45)
Golfhead93 - "Guns That Burst" (4:32)
Broke - "Go Ahead" (3:09)
Jon Deliz - "Vicious Cycle" (1:59)
Golfhead93 - "We Smoke" (4:21)
 in stock $22.44
Kickin' Kutz Vol 1
Cat: KK 701. Rel: 20 Feb 24
Players Anthem (4:07)
Make Money (3:52)
Review: Junior Mafia consisted of Lil' Cease, Chico, Nino Brown, Larceny, Trife, MC Klepto, and Lil' Kim and hailed from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. Kickin records collects their two biggest hits and includes them on one 7". These two classics of New York hip-hop are guideposts for the history of the genre. Both of them feature the legend Notorious BIG himself. On side one you have the worldwide hit 'Players Anthem' then on side two there is the equally as large 'Get Money'. You could not escape these tracks in 1995. Hip-hop royalty!
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 in stock $14.78
Somebody Like U
Somebody Like U (12" + insert)
Cat: PEG 7432. Rel: 31 Jan 24
Somebody Like U (club) (6:16)
Somebody Like U (12" radio dub remix) (3:50)
Somebody Like U (Drum/Vocal) (6:14)
Somebody Like U (12" dub remix) (3:42)
Somebody Like U (radio) (4:57)
Somebody Like U (Funk) (3:57)
Somebody Like U (acappella) (4:34)
Tags: 90s House
 in stock $25.33
A Delusional Guide For The Disillusioned
Cat: BEP 021. Rel: 08 Feb 24
Mind Control (1:24)
Delusional (2:55)
Apocolyptic Flows (feat Ramson Badbonez) (3:17)
Hamster Wheel (feat Roughneck Jihad) (3:52)
Stay Grounded (2:40)
Mind Control (instrumental) (1:22)
Delusional (instrumental) (2:55)
Apocolyptic Flows (instrumental) (3:15)
Hamster Wheel (instrumental) (3:52)
Stay Grounded (instrumental) (2:41)
Review: A Delusional Guide for the Disillusioned is an all new collaboration between Kemastry and Jazz T that takes in five seriously heavyweight cuts that skirt around the edges of hip-hop. The beats have a futuristic and otherworldy quality with sinewy synths and twinkling celestial pads as the well-articulated and menacing bars are delivered with precision and an absorbing narrative. Some fine guest features from Ramson Badbonez and Roughneck Jihad add extra character to the beats and the artwork to this vinyl pressing, and the flipside full of instrumentals, is the icing on the cake.
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 in stock $17.69
Mary Ep
Mary Ep (pink vinyl 12")
Cat: ACRO 1081. Rel: 12 Feb 24
The Who's It Now Intro (1:14)
Understanding (4:04)
Ya'llright? (3:41)
Snowday (3:34)
Mary (feat Velvet Negroni) (3:10)
Sunshine (3:33)
Wouldn't It Be Nice? (3:06)
 in stock $25.61
Bandoleros
Cat: EDRV 004. Rel: 26 Jan 24
Intro (0:58)
Bank Heist (4:08)
Wild Cowboys (2:29)
Jail Break (4:25)
Save Wife (4:14)
Stage Coach (2:20)
Epilogue (1:01)
Review: Prolific Philly rap eccentric Lynx 196.9 teams up for a first-time collaboration with the un-knock-downable legend Kool Keith for an incendiary new mini-album, 'Bandoleros', a concept piece intended as a modern spaghetti Western soundtrack. The rat-helmeted wordsmith and the surrealist vigilante prove an unsurprisingly wicked combo, as both emcees glide suavely over boom-bap centrepieces sampled from various spaghetti film sources, while detailing the blueprints of their various forthcoming jailbreaks.
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 in stock $31.41
New Levels
Cat: RLV 4502. Rel: 25 Jan 24
Koralle - "New Levels" (feat Illa J) (2:49)
Modern Sound Quartet - "Chartreuse" (2:33)
Review: An Italian library gem reimagined by beatmaker Koralle and rapper Illa J. An indelible new instalment in Four Flies' Reloved series, 'New Levels / Chartreuse', comes bundled with the original instrumental from late 70s Italian ensemble Modern Sound Quartet. With the aim of the series in mind - which is to put a modern and urban spin on tunes from Italian golden age soundtracks and library music - Koralle deploys his unique jazz-funk sound to create a smooth and stylish hip-hop beat to which Illa J adds irresistible swag and coolness. More than a remix, 'New Levels' takes 'Chartreuse' into the world of contemporary hip-hop and rap.
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 in stock $16.89
Krafty Smith EP
Cat: OD 012I45. Rel: 18 Jan 24
Don't Stop (feat 1773 & Katjuscha) (3:12)
Hang On (feat Supastition) (3:49)
Review: Krafty Kuts and DJ Robert Smith team up to highlight what they do best. Krafty Kuts is known for his unique beats from hip-hop to ghetto funk, while DJ Robert Smith is more known for his scratches and turntable work. After Krafty passed on a few beats to DJRS in 2021, Smith quickly realized that he wanted to create an EP from said beats, and in doing so set about enlisting the help of his connections, fomented and cemented all over the world. The second of three vinyl records making up the overall six-tracker EP 'Krafty Smith', this one hears 'Don't Stop' and 'Hang On', both romantic forward-thrusts through G-funk and glitz, retold through three guest rapper-bullhorns: 1773, Katjuscha Grischkowski and Supastition.
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Gespielt von: The Allergies
 in stock $19.54
Krafty Smith EP 02
Cat: OD 012II45. Rel: 18 Jan 24
This Fear (feat Slimkid3 & Moonbeam Kelly) (3:59)
Here I Come (feat Wildeluxe) (3:12)
Review: The first instalment of Krafty Kuts and DJ Robert Smith's latest six-tracker 'Krafty Smith' - which comes split into three collectable vinyl versions for you to obsessively froth at the mouth over and thus acquire - hears two of this turntablism-via-production master-duo's best works come to waxen light. With the instrumentals here completed before help was enlisted, the first to receive a rap contribution was 'Here I Come', featuring Wildelux, who on request delivered his bars in no time. This vision was strengthened as more feature requests followed: Slimkid3 thereafter took Moonbeam Kelly on board for 'This Fear'. Within an impressively short timeframe, a masterpiece of first-class artistry was conceived.
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Gespielt von: Smoove
 in stock $19.54
Pen To The Paper
Cat: OD 012III45. Rel: 18 Jan 24
Pen To The Paper (feat BambuDeAsiatic) (3:45)
Don't Stop (instrumental) (3:10)
Review: Split across three vinyl records on the physical side, Krafty Kuts and Robert Smith deliver their latest EP 'Krafty Smith' as a kind of triangulation (whereas the digital version is beast all unto its own). While the first two instalments on wax hear rappers Supastition, 1773, and Moonbeam Kelly glide over a razzmatazz of G-funk, the pair throw a more serene, string-timbred curveball on part 3. Guest rapper BambuDeAsiatic delivering a compelling creative injuction in the form of 'Pen To The Paper', brushing off his haters with a strident plea for stridency itself; 'Don't Stop', meanwhile, is the EP's only instrumental track and nails the cross-section of hip-hop and jazz-funk, eagerly throwing together rambunctious brass bursts and lower-register licks on guitar.
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Dopest Verse
Dopest Verse (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: BBC 005. Rel: 20 Feb 24
Dopest Verse
Da Whole Kit & Kaboodle
Review: The good work of the small but already mighty Boom Bap Classics label continues here as it introduces another iconic pair of 90s gem that are now available on 45 rom for the first time ever. And those gems are Mad Kap's 'Dopest Verse' and 'Da Whole Kit & Kaboodle' which are both taken from his 1992 debut album which itself remains a timeless classic. The A-side is a lovely one with several MCs at work at once next to some mad scratching, and the flip is more raw and funky. Limited to just 300 copies, this release is a must-have for collectors and fans old and new alike.
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 in stock $14.78
King Of The Beats
King Of The Beats (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: TIC 011. Rel: 21 Feb 24
King Of The Beats (45 edit) (5:22)
Get Stupid Fresh (part 1) (3:53)
Review: Mantronix declared themselves 'King of The Beats' back in 1988 and managed to live up to the title across a fine career. The tune is of course widely credited with being the first track to ever sample the amen break so many art forms owe it a real debt of gratitude. Its blend of old school hip-hop, electro and club music is topped off with rapper MC Tee in fine form. This reissue on Lil Static comes in limited quantities and is backed with 'Get Stupid Fresh' (part 1), another classic joint from back in the day.
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Gespielt von: The Allergies, Voodoocuts
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Hidden Knowledge EP
Hidden Knowledge EP (180 gram vinyl 12" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: DNO 016. Rel: 06 Feb 24
Where Did You Go (2:28)
Patterns (4:52)
Classics (2:20)
Hidden Knowledge (1:53)
Robert Downey (1:38)
 in stock $15.31
La Lisana Lah
Cat: SOUK 012. Rel: 05 Feb 24
Tib Al Huroof (4:12)
Taqdirahu Anta (3:41)
Dijla Wal Fada' (3:19)
Zyadet Naqs (3:38)
Al Watar Al Wiswas (5:00)
Review: A timely reissue from Souk Records of Muqata'a's brilliant self-released EP from back in 2017. Muqata'a is a key player in the Palestinian electronic scene who has enjoyed - well, earned - a fine upward career arc that has been rooted in a sense of resistance and urgency. Along the way, he's left a unique signature sound and that can be traced back to this 12". Expect glitchy electronics and whirring machine loops, Middle Eastern percussive sounds and a mystic sense of the unknown as it lurches from beat to beat in a densely detailed fashion.
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Kairai Banban
Kairai Banban (7" with booklet)
Cat: UB 002. Rel: 02 Jan 24
Kairai Banban (4:03)
Zoku Ohara Bushi (3:02)
 in stock $26.40
Strange Universe
Cat: UHR 462. Rel: 25 Jan 24
Strange Universe (2:10)
Strange Universe (The Czar-Keys remix) (2:08)
Strange Universe (Marco Polo remix) (2:41)
Review: First time released on 7" vinyl, and taken from the critically-acclaimed Non Phixion album The Future Is Now. This reissue of Strange Universe includes the original LP version produced by Necro, plus two new remixes by The Czar-Keys and Marco Polo. The Strange Universe was birthed amongst the numerous blunted, Colt 45 malt liquor-fuelled sessions Non Phixion had with Doom at their Area 51 studio in Canarsie in 1998. Necro provided the beat, which everyone thought sounded like something Doom would have made. It was one of the first songs recorded for The Future Is Now.
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Series: 1$ Bin Breaks
Odetta - "Sakura" (2:04)
Oliver Sain - "On The Hill" (2:25)
Milt Jackson With The Ray Brown Big Band - "Enchanted Lady" (2:05)
Annette Peacock - "Survival" (1:41)
The Originals - "Sunrise" (1:36)
Isaac Hayes - "A Few More Kisses To Go" (1:23)
Les McCann - "Go On & Cry" (1:27)
Review: The Galaxy Sound Co US is now up to number 41 in their buy-on-sight 'Series: 1$ Bin Breaks'. It's another vital 45 rpm that packs a lot in with plenty of epic sound sources that you will recognise and love from some of your favourite hip-hop joints. Artists like Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Puff Daddy, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, J Dilla, Redman and Alicia Keys have called upon the sounds you will hear here from original artists like Odessa, Milt Jackson With The Ray Brown Big Band, Issac Hayes and many more. File this one under essential breaks, library sounds and jazz nuggets.
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Uptown Rulers
Uptown Rulers (blue & pink splattered vinyl 7")
Cat: F SJ126. Rel: 25 Jan 24
Uptown Rulers (3:51)
Uptown Rulers (Professor Shorthair remix) (4:48)
Review: Connie Price & The Keystones team up with one of New York's finest, Apani B. Fly MC (collabs w/ Black Star, MF Doom, DJ Spinna) & Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. (The Wild Magnolias). 'Uptown Rulers' is the perfect blend of Mardi Gras Indian funk from New Orleans and the flows and cadence from Hollis, Queens. Apani B. gives you a lesson in the blood, sweat, and tears that go into the masking culture, while Bo Dollis Jr. carries on his father's legacy with chants to the ancestors. For the B-side, Professor Shorthair leans further into the origins of hip-hop with a boom-bap backbone and scratches that give a nod to the OG Big Chief, Bo Dollis. Extended intro and outro for all you DJs out there!
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Favelas
Favelas (7")
Cat: ROC 054. Rel: 01 Feb 24
Favelas (feat Sadat X & Diana Purim) (3:59)
Favelas (instrumental) (3:58)
Review: Rocafort Records took a trip to LA last summer to meet Dan Ubick, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and DJ who is also an original member of Breakestra and founding member of reggae bands The Lions and Night Owls. They decided to hook up on this project which he devised as a couple of instrumentals which then changed form and became the Brazilian-inspired hip-hop sounds you can hear on this 7". Percussion player Bobby Easton, singer Diana Purim and Sadat X from NYC's Brand Nubian also helped add some extra colour.
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They Reminisce Over You (Altered Tapes remix) (reissue)
Cat: HR 002BLUE. Rel: 22 Feb 24
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "They Reminisce Over You" (Altered Tapes remix)
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - "They Reminisce Over You" (Altered Tapes remix instrumental)
Review: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth are a big part of the history in hip-hop during the early 90s. Hailing from Mount Vernon, New York they released two classic albums and a handful of singles to great success. A regular selection on the very influential MTV Yo-Raps show they quickly gained notoriety for Pete Rock's use of obscure soul and jazz records. Here we have the reissue of the 2017 release that brings their most popular track to the masses once again. 'They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)' blew them up big and was their highest charting record. This 7" features the Altered Tapes remix along with the instrumental on the second side. You would be hard pressed to find another track that is the epitome of the New York hip-hop sound in 1992 then this mega-hit.
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Dual
Dual (clear orange vinyl 12" (indie exclusive))
Cat: YT 087TE. Rel: 11 Jan 24
Demons (0:53)
Beneath The Tree (3:46)
Without (3:50)
Hesitant Oath (0:40)
Indecision (4:29)
Can't Get Close (3:37)
Review: Sampha is now well established as a solo artist in his own right having first risen up via work with SBTRKT, Kanye West, Drake, Jesse Ware and Frank Ocean, amongst others. The British singer, songwriter and producer has since released a couple of well received albums but before then came his Dual EP back in 2013. It found the South Londoner really establish his own voice on a mix of tunes that were recorded in his own bedroom and showcased his style and intent early on. Snap up this bit of history on exclusive orange vinyl.
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Dusty Donuts Volume 3 (reissue)
Cat: DD 003JIMRE. Rel: 11 Jan 24
Rubber Band (Jim Sharp edit) (3:55)
The Light (Jim Sharp edit) (4:12)
Review: The Dust Donuts crew return with a reissue of another delicious 7"s of perfectly aged funk and hip hop sounds. Canadian-born, London-based DJ Jim Sharp was at the controls for this third volume and first up his edits 'Rubber Band.' It has big woodblock hits and brash horn leads with a percolating rhythm that rises and falls in dramatic and emotive fashion. The flip is an edit of a classic hip hop Joint, 'The Light', with the aching original vocal left in place next to lush piano chords and dusty golden era beats.
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Eastside Edits 006
Cat: ESE 006. Rel: 25 Jan 24
Here's My Name (3:35)
Heard It Through Creedence (4:02)
Review: For their sixth addition to the Eastside Edits series, Ontarian hip-hop editors (and here, total reconstructors) Suckaside drop two new versions down the chimney for Christmas. As ever, the cat-and-mouse game of original-track discovery is up; this time, we hear new takes on Snoop Dogg's 'What's My Name' (here reincarnated as 'Heres My Name') and Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' (here, 'Heard It Through Creedence'). Both are stereo-centred and bass-bolstered, with new big beats and slick instrumental varnishings providing ample extra headroom for ever-rejuvenative dancefloor goings-on.
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360 Degrees
Cat: CNP 032. Rel: 05 Feb 24
Ultrapitch Skipless Vocal Samples (11:48)
Regular Pitch Skipless Vocal Samples (12:46)
Review: The Cut & Paste label serves up a 32nd release here that pays homage to the art of the scratch DJ. This most effective and useful scratch tool comes on 12" from Symatic and celebrates a decade of the imprint with two sides and over 20 minutes of re-mastered samples and new vocal scratch sentences. They are pitched up, looped and primed and ready for deployment in your DJ sets to bring some raw energy and old school hip-hop and rave cool. Superb stuff, just don't try and listen to them all together one after the other or you will see your mind.
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Yeah
Yeah (7")
Cat: HOMEHIT 013. Rel: 19 Feb 24
Usher - "Yeah"
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - "Get Low"
Review: After his amazing performance on the mainstage at the Super Bowl, this 7" comes out exactly at the right time. Usher showed why he was one of the strongest male performers in pop music with his review of some of his biggest hits in his 25+ year career. A clear highlight was his top ten hit 'Yeah', featured here on 7" featuring Lil John, who also puts in an appearance on the B-side with another club destroyer in 'Get Low'. Not many other tracks represent the 2000s dance club much better than these do.
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