I don’t usually review albums, but after listening to The Menagerie’s latest slice of hip-hop goodness, Odd Beast I felt the urge …
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I was trawling through the ever growing mounds of promo, when I spotted the pun-tasticly named ‘Breakmaster Cylinder‘, which made me chuckle. Cracked open the email and found one of the most eclectic chunks of sliced and diced beats I’ve heard in a *very* long time.
Goes to show that a well chosen name can make you stand out from the crowd.
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 …
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.
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.
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!