Beastie Boys vs MFSB - "Check It Out People" (4:19)
MFSB - "People All Over The World" (dub) (4:11)
Review: On his last two singles on Soopastole, mash-up maestro DJ Soopasoul smashed together elements of Stevie Wonder and Redman/Method Man, and James Brown and Crooklyn Dodgers. For his latest trick he's decided to pepper an edited version of "People All Over The World" by Philadelphia Soul legends MFSB, with raps from a stone cold classic Beastie Boys tune. It's the sort of thing that shouldn't work, but the Beasties' flows work perfectly over the flanged guitars, undulating bass and unfussy 4-to-the-floor Philly Soul grooves of the MFSB track. You can hear his instrumental rework of that track on the flip; it's so good that it's arguably worth the entrance price on its own.
Review: Canadian Jorun Bombay is a long time remix master who now lands on Soundweight Records with his latest cut up and reworking efforts. The A-side finds him take on Blondie's legendary 'Rapture', which mixed slick raps with post-punk guitars. Here it becomes sweet rolling funk gem with molten chords and plenty of soul. The flip-side is a tropical rework of 'Don't Pay Any Fuller' that ups the bass and beefs out the drums, while layering in steamy chords and percussion that brim with character. These are two more classics in the spotless catalogue of Jorun Bombay.
What Does Your Soul Look Like (part 1 - Blue Sky revisit) (7:33)
Review: DJ Shadow's classic Endtroducing set a new benchmark for sampling when it was first released in 1996, and one that has never been bettered. The debut album from the American crate digger, scratch master and MPC genius is a complex, tightly woven record that goes from dark and psychedelic instrumentals to gorgeously soul soothing moments of downtempo bliss via imaginary film soundtracks, all with style and finesse. That the whole thing was made in his apartment on just an Akai MPC60 sampler, a Technics SL-1200 turntable and an Alesis ADAT tape recorder, with samples from his own vinyl collection, makes it all the more impressive.
Review: Last year, Nick Holder's Treehouse Records put out Canadian trio Down To Erf aka MC Mathematik, and producers Steely Dan & Wal's 'Uprise' single ad it soon went. Now it's repressed having originally appeared on a Beatfactory compilation way back in 2001. It still sounds hot, however, with its noodling Rhodes keys and meandering bassline. Multiple voices add their own layers to the tune and make this a glowing, late night lullaby that cannot fail to melt your being. The instrumental is another killer cut from this outfit, who have a relatively small but perfectly formed discography.
Review: Deep house maestro Nick Holder's Treehouse Records reissues the remixes of Down To Erf's 'To Each His Own' a year after the original pressing flew off the shelves. MC Mathematik, and producers Steely Dan & Wal (aka Wall & Steel) did a fine job on the original, which they themselves have re-worked here. It's a super seductive jam with plenty of space between the beats and a nice trumpet line lingering up top like a warm breezy on a summer's evening. The smooth flowing rhythms are almost sung, lending them a harmonic feeling that adds to the overall lushness of the single.
You Gon' Learn (feat Royca Da 5'9" & White Gold) (3:54)
Alfred (interlude) (0:29)
Those Kinda Nights (feat Ed Sheeran) (2:57)
In Too Deep (3:19)
Godzilla (feat Juice WRLD) (3:30)
Leaving Heaven (feat Skylar Grey) (4:24)
Yah Yah (feat Royce Da 5'9", Black Thought, Q-Tip & Denaun) (4:55)
Stepdad (intro) (0:15)
Never Love Again (2:57)
Little Engine (2:57)
Lock It Up (feat Anderson Paak) (2:52)
No Regrets (feat Don Toliver) (3:22)
I Will (feat KXNG Crooked, Royce Da 5'9" & Joell Ortiz) (5:05)
Alfred (outro) (0:30)
Review: Whether you appreciate the man himself, or even his music, there is no denying that Eminem's enduring ability to lay down the tightest wordplay and most cutting bars is second to none, even decades after he first shocked the world. His eleventh studio album - realised digitally back in January - shows off more of his technical skills and explores plenty of interesting ideas. The mood, as if often the case with this nasal rapper from Detroit, is defiant, and takes aim at critics as well as making superb use of a hook from Q-Tip, collaborating with 27-year-old Young M.A and plenty more besides.
Review: Earlier this year, long-serving Canadian DJ/producer Philip Cabrita donned his familiar Flipout alias for the first time in two years in order to deliver a fresh remix of pioneering Texan gangsta hip-hop crew Geto Boys. Here he goes one step further, offering up a pair of B-boy and B-girl friendly cut-and-paste workouts for Agogo offshoot Resense. A-side 'Let the Soulpride In' is a bona-fide club rocker, with the Vancouver-based producer peppering a crunchy, 120 BPM, jazz-fired soul breakbeat with warm bass, guitars, chiming melodies and all manner of familiar spoken word snippets. Over on the flip he switches focus, fusing a cut-up, rearranged version of a Jungle Brothers instrumental with Clipse's raps from 'When The Last Time'. As you'd expect, it's a genuine boom-bap treat.
Speak Easy (feat Phoenix Da Icefire & Unique Hastings) (5:00)
American Dreams (4:05)
Coming In (feat Jman, Upfront, Joey Paro, Datkid, Oliver Sudden, Doug Sure, Flying Monk, The Strange Neighbour & Big Toast) (3:16)
My Brain (feat Mas Law, Doug Sure, Nina Khadija & Ash The Author) (4:32)
What You Speaking For? (feat The Strange Neighbour & Verbz) (2:44)
Chinese Whispers (feat Rodney P) (3:00)
Scarred Face (feat Mysdiggi) (4:30)
Increase (Illinformed remix) (3:32)
Put Me On (feat Neek The Exotic - Illinformed remix) (4:24)
Annihilate (feat El Da Sensei - Illinformed remix) (4:26)
South London's Revorg Records have snapped up this standout record from former 35 Above member MC Gee Bag and beat maker Illinformed. A fine host of guests such as Rodney P, Mas Law, Oliver Sudden and Upfront MC guest along the way to add their own words and wisdom, but nothing detracts from the mainman's message. He spits over jazzy downtempo numbers like "Bully" and the classic era "Speak Easy" but also gets confrontational and real on "What You Speaking For?" feat The Strange Neighbour & Verbz. Vital, verbose, vivid, it all adds up to a thoroughly fresh hip-hop sound.
The mysterious Ghost Phone are back with a third instalment of properly good edits here. The Bristol crew seriously know how to chop and screw r&b into fresh new forms mixed with sow motion grime, ambient and sweet and spooky sound sources. Here the opener loops Brandy's voice into a late night apparition, 'Miss You Anymore' is a stuttering bit of cavernous cloud rap to sink deep into while the classic R&B vocal washes over you, and 'Babylon' explores a more pained and melancholic vibe. Last of all, 'Girls Need Love Too' is icy cold and hella catchy with its trap beats and hits.
Review: Astonishingly, 2020 marks 20 years since a group of Newport lads got together to form one of UK hip-hop's most unique rap crews, Goldie Lookin' Chain. To celebrate this significant anniversary, the Welsh collective has recorded a brand-new album, the hilariously titled Original Pyrite Material, and offered it up on glistening gold-coloured vinyl. It's an enjoyable romp all told, with the crew spitting largely laugh-out-loud rhymes - as has become their trademark - after Rhys-produced beats that offer a suitably lo-fi take on the squelchy, synth-heavy sounds of G-funk. Sure, there's nothing particularly groundbreaking here - by now we should all know what to expect from GLC - but it is hugely entertaining and arguably one of their strongest albums for years.
Review: When IFA first emerged in the mid 1990s, the hype was so great that they ended up signing with EMI imprint Capitol Records. Dropped after their first single tanked, the smartly dressed Californian crew went back underground and eventually released their much-anticipated debut album, International Family Affair, in 1997. Now finally available again on vinyl, the set is undoubtedly one of the strongest - and possibly most overlooked, too - G-funk albums of the 90s. Mixing on-point raps with smooth, R&B-style choruses and beats that rely heavily on both colourful electrofunk synths and squelchy electronic basslines, the album remains a smile-inducing treat for those who like their hip-hop laid back, sweet and soulful.
Jim Dunloop - "Espirito Do Rio" (Brazil Wave edit) (3:13)
Jim Dunloop & GRZLY Adams - "Different Sweetnuts" (Walk In The Shade edit) (3:58)
Review: For the latest "45" in the Dusty Donuts series of edits and mash ups, the Berlin-based crew has turned to long-time crew member Jim Dunloop, a jazz-trained pianist-turned-producer best known for his work alongside Marc Hype. He begins with "Spirit De Rio", a wonderfully warm, head-nodding, hip-hop style revision of a summery-sounding old samba gem rich in dewy-eyed female vocals and glistening guitars. Long-time friend, and occasional collaborator Grizzly Adams lends a hand on flipside cut "Different Sweetnuts", a deep and woozy revision of a fragile, female-fronted soul number that wraps drowsy elements from the pair's source material around a bass-heavy beat.
Review: Here's something for those looking to fill in the gaps in their classic hip-hop collection: a sizzling seven-inch boasting two of the Jungle Brothers hottest hits. On the A-side you'll find "Because I Got It Like That", a lolloping party hip-hop jam built around an assortment of complimentary samples, most notably a lift from Sly and the Family Stone's killer cut "You Can Make It If You Try". Over on the flip you'll find one of the most recognizable dance anthems of the late '80s, the early hip-house classic that is "I'll House You". Based on Todd Terry's similarly big "Can You Party", the tune is a warehouse-ready bounce-along that sounds as fresh now as it did way back in 1988.
Review: Indie rap legend Murs has worked with a fine list of artists from 9th Wonder to Snoop Dogg and now he finds himself in collaboration with C-Lance. It comes ahead of a new series of singles he has cooked up and opens with 'Late Night Lobo,' Pixelated pads wash over the groove while Murs does his well-articulated thing up top. 'Psychedelic Steve' (feat Coy Dog) is a deeper jam that has a more reflective mood. What's more, this record is in memory of two dogs that belonged to friends of Murs, so a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the ASPCA.
Review: Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked first met in the same year that they each picked up XXL's much vaunted Freshmen of the Year Award. They are both legends in the rap game and Ortiz went on to sign with Dr Dre's Aftermath label before moving onto Shady Records with his cohorts Joe Budden, Royce da 5'9 and KXNG Crooked as Super group Slaughterhouse. He has also featured on Eminem's latest record while KXNG Crooked was signed to Virgin Records at just 17 before joining Death Row Records. They are finally working together on this hard new project which delivers raw raps, soulful joints and dark beats along the course of its eight cuts.
Review: Parisian beastsmith Onra teams up with Belgium's Pomrad, a composer and instrumentalist, and together they take us right back to the golden 90s era of golden West Coast hip-hop. This new vinyl only single 'California' ft Mr Getto Jam is a real low riding head nodder. That famous Californian heat really runs through the tune with its lazy chords and slow motion rhyme flow sinking you into a stoned reverie. The instrumental is even more peeled back for extra heady vibes. Put this one on and transport yourself to another world, and we sure could all do with a bit of that right now.
Review: For the latest edition in their ongoing series of golden-era hip-hop seven-inch reissues, Mr Bongo is taking us back to 1992 and Positive K's biggest hit - the 500,000-selling ode to unrequited love, "I Got A Man". Lyrically impressive, with the Bronx mic man delivering both male and "female" rap parts (the latter via voice-changing studio trickery), the song owes its success in part to a beat that makes great use of a funky loop from A Taste of Honey's "Rescue Me", which famously also formed the backbone of Funky Four + 1's early hip-hop classic "That's The Joint". Over on the flip you'll find the hazier and jazzier "SHakin", whose killer beat boasts judicious lifts from tracks by Wade Marcus and the D.O.C. In a word: essential.
Just (feat Pharrell Williams & Zack De La Rocha) (3:26)
Never Look Back (2:57)
The Ground Below (2:32)
Pulling The Pin (feat Mavis Staples & Josh Homme) (3:37)
A Few Words For The Firing Squad (Radiation) (6:46)
Yankee & The Brave (instrumental) (2:26)
Ooh La La (instrumental) (3:00)
Out Of Site (instrumental) (3:23)
Holy Calamafnck (instrumental) (3:57)
Goonies Vs ET (instrumental) (3:05)
Walking In The Snow (instrumental) (3:57)
Just (instrumental) (3:27)
Never Look Back (instrumental) (2:58)
The Ground Below (instrumental) (2:31)
Pulling The Pin (instrumental) (3:38)
A Few Words For The Firing Squad (Radiation) (instrumental) (6:40)
Review: Hip-hop super group Run The Jewels aka Brooklyn-based rapper-producer El-P and Atlanta-based rapper Killer Mike return with their fourth in their self-titled album series. Once again the American heavyweights call on a big roster of collaborators with DJ Premier, 2-Chainz, Pharrell Williams and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme all appearing. The tracks remain hard-edged and direct, with cacophonous synths and oversized hits making each track an attention grab. The rhymes are of course on point throughout, with standouts including the machine gun bars of 'Walking The Shadow.'
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