Longtime buddy of the blog, Ewan Hoozami, has taken a bit a of musical ‘left at the traffic lights’ move recently
Not being satisfied with smashing up dancefloors of the UK and Europe with eclectic, beat laden party styling sets, or releasing sample heavy mashups, he’s taken to singing …
Sometime music is surprisingly dumb and formulaic.
C’mon, admit it, DUR-DUR-WUBWUBWUBWUBWUB can get *seriously* trying after the the first few microseconds unless you’re full of more horse tranquillisers than Shergar on a comedown and ‘bootleg culture’ isn’t much better. Face it, the majority of songs which work well together, or can be ‘reinterpreted’ by banging a chunky beat and bassline underneath them is rapidly diminishing.
I like The Allergies, they seem to be one of the few using their brains whilst making music. It’s not just the same formulaic ‘take a popular song from the 60s/70s/80s and stick a wobble under it’ which seems to be all too prevalent in some scenes, but a proper cut and pasting of samples, scratches, nicely structured and usually they’re dancefloor catnip.
Darlingtons finest funk band (ok, it’s not a long list, but still, these guys and gals are damn good, so hear me out) Weekend Sun are back with another batch of beats on Hero Records.
The title track, You’re Good To Me is a proper funk shuffler with a beautiful soul vocal from Esther Taylor. Cracking litle sax solo in there as well.
The flip side, Her Name Escapes Me is a far mellower affair, with slinky strings and a bossa-nova beat that hits the perfect ‘summer evening’ vibe.
On remix duty for the A side are the Renegades of Jazz, who lift the energy levels and drop a stack load more horns on it – always a popular move in my book – before a triple play from Hero No 7. with the Distant Hero and a pair of B-Boy mixes, the first of which makes things a little darker before the latter two sign out with a properly beaty take on life
If you’re liking the sounds, it drops on 28 August on limited edition 7″ vinyl via Kudos, and digitally soon after.
The collabo list on Mr Boss’s The Landing II reads like a who’s who of UK Hip-hop right now, with everyone from the young thrusters Fliptrix and Ramson Badbonez from High Focus to the (relatively) old heads of the scene, Stig of the Dump and Dr Syntax, so this promises much … does it deliver?
Everyone loves a good mashup don’t they? Taking a well known track, spinning it on it’s head and watching the dancefloors reaction of “ooh, I know thi … wait a minute” before going mental is a great laugh.
It’s also somewhat of a speciality of the Booty Fruit boys and girls and they’ve done the business again on Proper Produce Volume 2.
Leading from the front , the EP opens with label boss Hidden Riddim and his compadre El Bomba’s track, Dr Fluteski. Taking a chopped and screwed flute loop from the Beastie Boys laid over a snapping snare, this will surely set your head nodding.
Next up Bristol boys, The Allergies, take it to a mellow place, reflipping Blueboys Remember Me, adding some Grace Jones and a soupcon of Dennis Edwards to give you Remember. I love the cheeky little Eric B & Rakim sample from Paid in Full on the outro.
On Where’s Me Washboard, Hong Kong Ping Pong show their love of both kinds of music, Country *and* Western when they go digging for samples. Featuring a full-bore gap-toothed yokel style ’harmonicky solo’ over one of Kernows biggest recent exports – Bass.
The prolific DJ Maars sees us out with Givin Up, a cheeky little lift of Mos Def’s massive hit Mathematics over the top of a personal favourite of mine, New Orleans Funk legend Lee Dorsey’s Give it Up, then add some extra bongos. Nice
Available now from junodownload.
And as an extra-bonus-doubleplusgood feature, here’s the video for the Allergies tune below!
How’s your neck?
A bit stiff?
What about this?
Still not feeling limber?
Right, it’s time to roll out the big guns. Frameworks new joint should do it …
From the phat horns and b-boy friendly break of the opening track, Here We Come, you can tell that the debut Mash & Munkee album, We Like It Like That, is going to be a ripsnorter.
Though you might not be able to tell if you look out your window, it’s allegedly BBQ season, and this, as all things in life needs a soundtrack. Stepping up to the plate to give you all you need to make that Jerk Chicken all the sweeter are the boys from Booty Fruit, with their first volume of Dubplate Bullets
Given my recent trip to Oz, I’ve developed a fear of the Drop Bear.
What with all of the locals over there warning me about them, I spent large amounts of time lying in the gutters of Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney outside bars and hostelries, looking up into the trees to try and spot the little critters before they savaged me.
Though this blog sometimes seems to fixate upon the biggest and bounciest of Ghetto breaks and hip-hop, there is a softer, gentler, more cuddly side to your humble blogger, and the new Jesse Futerman EP is definitely appealing to it.