Digging in the pockets
New records worth shelling out for
1. Whirlwind D – Battle Tip 2015
Originally created as a submission for the Ageing B-Boys Unite! volume 2 compilation by Waxer, this remix was liked so much by Whirlwind D he just had to have it on his latest release.
2. Neighbourhood Threat – Creepin Up on the Downlow
This was a crew that most people knew nothing about. These tracks were recorded in 1992, with three of them originally pressed in very limited numbers on a white label and the other three existing only on cassette. You can read the full story here.
3. Tough Crowd – Forget Yesterday
The debut release for this Bradford-based jazz hip hop outfit, and the second release on my own Style Warrior Records. It’s blummin’ brilliant by ‘eck!
4. Fabreeze Brothers – How To Cut & Paste (Lesson 1)
The long awaited LP from the Fabreeze Brothers does not disappoint, trust me. The 2 x coloured wax LP comes with an extra 7″ and insert sheets all housed in a double-sided die-cut sleeve designed by Mr. Krum… and the tunes are all great.
Digging in the crates
Rediscovering some gems
5. Forss – Flickermood
Wonky, glitchy, funky… this debut release from Forss built entirely from samples on his laptop is a real treat.
6. Jazzanova – Glow and Glare
Incredibly strong output from the German force that is Jazzanova on their debut (and my favourite) album. The whole LP is brilliant.
Digging through the dirt
Charity shops, Car boots and Record fair bargains
7. The Kane Gang – Brother Brother
Smashing bit of funk-synth-pop. £1.45 from Oxfam
8. Paul Hardcastle – Moonhopper
One of the best white-man-afros of the 80’s get’s busy on this electro-funk monster. £1 from a car boot.
9. Loose Ends – Hangin’ On A String (Contemplating)
Excuse the crackles on here, but quite frankly nothing could harm such a sublime example of Brit-soul-funk. An essential purchase… especially at £1 thanks to the car booty.
Digging through the net
mp3 selection and an upcoming exclusive
10. Wildflower – Bubbles
This guy is the producer for another band I’m a big fan of, Moonchild. Here is his debut EP… it’s only a couple of quid… dive in!
11. Spatts – Hip Hop Owes Me Money
Due out later this year, Spatt’s LP is chock-a-block with guest MC’s from all over the shop. This track features many of them who appeared at his regular event of the same name in Milton Keynes.
12. Mark Barrott – Bush Society (edit)
Absolutely lovely 2 track EP from Mark Barrott making great use of found sounds when he was living in South America. Hypnotic tribal ambient goodness.