MAGIC MIX

hip hop . wonky-hop . breaks

WEEK STARTING 27 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of Resurgence by Jigmastas.
Following closely behind last year's expanded reissue of 2000's 'Grassroots', the New York duo of DJ Spinna & Kryminul present 'Resurgence', a long awaited album of previously unreleased material. Comprising tracks created between 2003 and the present day, 'Resurgence' represents the duo's musical growth during a period where most of us assumed the Jigmastas project was on hold. From start to finish, 'Resurgence' is brimming over with soul thanks to Spinna's distinctively languid boom-bap productions. Rapper Kryminul is on fine form with his clever and witty brand of storytelling, which still stays close to the streets whilst keeping the subject matter varied and eclectic. Storming guest appearances come from Shabaam Saadique and Old World Disorder (SKAM2, Shadowman Boogie), both familiar names to Jigmastas fans. With the announcement of another brand new album 'Stellar' coming later in 2016, 'Resurgence' is a perfect opportunity to bring yourself up to speed with Jigmastas, just as they prepare to reclaim their rightful place at hip hop's top table.

Max and Glenn are music lovers first and foremost - playing it, making it, digging for it, talking about it - music is their lifeblood. Less concerned with the world of online hype, you could describe their vibe as “old school”. Put them behind the turntables and they’ll smash out a proper 100% vinyl back-to-back set skipping between jazz, funk, hip-hop, soul and disco - the heart and the backbone of their sound - and have the whole room freaking out to Polish jazz-funk oddities.

Lock them in the studio together and it’s the swing that grabs you when one of their productions stumbles and nearly trips out of the speakers. The duo revel in the exploration of the space in between beats, and the resulting loose-knit, roly-poly grooves that they coax from the MPC nestle comfortably amidst the deep-dug vinyl treasures that populate their DJ sets.

Let’s be clear though, we’re not talking about simple reverence to the warmth and dynamics of classic records, and we’re definitely not talking about straight forward sampling (which is by far the easiest way to imbue vintage character into your productions). Max and Glenn’s approach to the making of 'The Yard Work Simulator' was atypical.

Taking in chunky but totally misshapen four-to-the-floor bangers 'Where The Fuck Are My Hard Boiled Eggs?!', 'Jumbo Frøsnapper' and previous single 'Magic Johnson' alongside the shuffling 7 minute breakbeat epic title track and digi-funk nuggets 'Money $ex Theme' and 'Flat Peter', the result is a 10-track trip through the pair’s deliciously warped psyche, channelled through a ton of hardware. A direct extension of the album’s irreverent sonic palette, the artwork is by friend and illustrator Rahel Süßkind.

Releasing their debut albums independently for the excellent Danish label Tartelet; and also Box Aus Holz; Brandt Brauer Frick's "The Gym"; Space Hardware and WotNot Music, and together for the first time on the inaugural Money $ex Records 12” in 2015, Max (real name Max) and Glenn (real name Konstantin) originally linked up as mutual fans via Soundcloud in 2012. Konstantin was living in Essen but whenever he visited Berlin they hung out and began making music together. They would meet at OYE Records (Prenzlauer Berg), one of Berlin’s finest independent record stores run by kindred spirit and local linchpin Delfonic (real name Markus). He not only established and runs the Box Aus Holz and TORBEN imprints but he also co-founded and runs the Money $ex label with Max and Glenn.

Drawing comparisons with South London’s scruffy beat crew 22a and label / club night Rhythm Section a similarly close-knit collectives fostering voracious vinyl appetites and a healthy attitude to eclecticism, the Money $ex gang are in full flow.

Sonically and ideologically off to the left of the pristine, highly-polished dance music underground, Max and Glenn have built their reputation on short-run vinyl-only 12”s, real grass roots independent record store excitement / support, turning dancefloors on their head week in week out, and pure word of mouth. It has been solely about the music from the beginning and with 'The Yard Work Simulator' the duo are set to spread their message even further.


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Havoc & The Alchemist

The Silent Partner

    It has been said that real gangsters move in silence. In the case of Havoc (of Mobb Deep) and legendary producer The Alchemist, the duo chose to let their music speak for themselves. As one of the most decorated producers in hip-hop today, The Alchemist’s relationship with Mobb Deep dates back to 1999 when Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs introduced the then-upcoming producer to the revered New York duo. The Alchemist would go onto forge a strong bond with the group, resulting in a myriad of collaborations throughout the years. As a true veteran MC, Havoc has recently begun to explore an already booming solo career. The Silent Partners is a magnificently organic album that brings together one-half of the Mobb with their favorite producer for a modern day hip-hop classic. The Silent Partners is slated to feature guest appearances by Method Man, Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) and Cormega, and will undoubtedly make a loud impact on the hip-hop culture for years to come. 

    "Panic Room 9" is the latest release from Starch Records. A collaboration between beat makers Ill Move Sporadic and world renowned battle rapper Tenchoo. Full of heavy, original breaks matched by equally weighty basslines and a rich sonic tapestry, the record harks back to the glory days of UK rap; with deft lyricism (and great subject matter), unfathomably slick flow and infectious hooks. Jason Williamson, front man of Sleaford Mods makes a punchy and fitting appearance on "Who's On The One", solidifying this as an essential piece of British hip-hop. A wonderful LP, the likes of which we don't see much here at Piccadilly HQ these days. RIYL: Blackalicious, DJ Food, Dilated Peoples, Sleaford Mods, Grand Central Records, The Roots etc etc. 

    This unreleased J Dilla full-length will be available for Record Store Day with an exclusive bonus 7” only available for RSD 2016. PayJay Productions, Inc. was the company James Dewitt “J Dilla” Yancey founded in 2001 to house his production company and his publishing company. The Estate of James Yancey has revived PayJay as a functioning imprint, and announced the release of J Dilla’s long lost vocal album, 'The Diary'. The tracks come straight from multi-track masters found on 2-inch tape shortly after Dilla’s passing in 2006. Many were mixed by Dilla himself. Those that weren't have been mixed by engineer Dave Cooley, who worked extensively with Dilla during his years in Los Angeles. Using Dilla’s original demo mixes as his guide, Cooley attempted to finalize Dilla’s vision for these tracks, while keeping all of the elements that Dilla had in place in his original demos present. 'The Diary' is an album of vocal performances recorded between in the early 2000s over production by the likes of Madlib, Pete Rock, Nottz, House Shoes, Karriem Riggins and others.

    The Record Store Day vinyl issue of 'The Diary' includes a special 7” pressing of 'The Ex' that will only be found on the RSD issue of the LP. 

    Re-pressed for the first time to celebrate BBE's 20th anniversary, this selection of "Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living" was originally released in 2009. 

    BBE Records team up with DJ / producer Mr Thing who digs deep into his extensive collection to compile a series of five long players of rare and sought after breaks. This series reflects brilliantly on his dedication to digging for those untouched and unrivalled samples and breaks as you hear him use in his DJ sets. As a DJ, Mr Thing never fails to engage the crowd with his winning combination of hip hop and funk breaks spiced up with his legendary mixing and scratching skills Volume two in the series features another fine selection of B-boy / B-girl funk bombs.




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