MAGIC MIX

hip hop . wonky-hop . alt r&b

WEEK STARTING 29 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Bohemian B-Boys by Paul Nice And Pooky.
NYC reaches across the pond to the Golden Ghetto of Hoylake, UK for this journey through sifted samples, vetted vocals and borrowed beats. Hip Hop royalty Paul Nice meets Bohemian B-Boy Pooky uptown for this epic 4 tracker of chopped and dropped vocals and beats. Heavy latin influences on "Times Up" from Paul Nice sit nicely alongside Pookys "Appreciate' cut", sampling heavily from Claudio Jorges "Trem Da Central". On the flip, the kid comes back hard with the Clube do Balanco sampling brilliance of "Mistakes Of A Woman", a red hot dancefloor filler if ever I've heard one. King DJ Paul Nice completes the package with the grab-your-lino B-boy dopeness of "The Business". Full scale DJ support from Daddy G, Chris Crates and Nightmares On Wax pretty much guarantees this as one quality product.



Reissue of woefully underrated debut album from Illadelph MC Bahamadia. 'Kollage' boasts production from Gang Starr's own DJ Premier and Guru, DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt of da Beatminerz, Rap-A-Lot vet NO Joe, Ski, and the Roots. Goddamn, is that a sweet list of producers or what?! Everybody gives 'Kollage' a cohesive sound of slick urban smoothness. This is some laid back ish, but that doesn't mean that the beats don't bang because they do!

And of course the master of ceremony here is Ms. Bahamadia herself. The moment you listen to her, it'll come as no surprise that she is a student of Guru. Her voice is a low monotone, her flow is incredibly smooth, her delivery is relaxed, and she has an affinity for similes. Her technique is sharp and precise and she flows just like clean water.

Only a single LP on its original 1996 release, this reissue spreads the 15 tracks over two LPs for a nice loud sound.


James Brown / Percee P

Make It Good To Yourself / Lung Collapsing Lyrics

The Originals is back once again, this time getting down with the Godfather of Soul himself and the super funky 'Make It Good To Yourself' which appeared on the Black Caesar soundtrack in 1973 but has never before been released on a 45. Loaded with breaks to sample, the label pair James Brown with one of Percee P’s dope early releases, 'Lung Collapsing Lyrics' from 1992, which takes the funky break and slows it down to a hip hop beat. This one's also on 45 for the first time!

Daedelus

The Light Brigade

Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus - otherwise known as Alfred Darlington - is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. With 'The Light Brigade', Daedelus returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, a fitting home for the Los Angeles electronic pioneer. The album recalls the Crimean war of 1853-56. The music was written and recorded before the recent troubles broke out in the region, a turn of events which lends an air of requiem to the album.

Opening with 'Until Artillery', an elegiac voice invokes the conflict as glorified in Lord Alfred Tennyson’s infamous poem, backed by electronic swells that build into a poignant climax, contrasting the simple melodies that are the distinction of the album. 'Onward' is a haunting lament; layered, melancholy vocals provided by previous collaborator Young Dad wind their way through treated pianos and deep textures creating a mournful ballad of noise. In 'Shot And Shell', a cavalcade of fingerpicked guitars are embedded in warm synths, and closing track 'Country Of Conquest' is a heartbreaking string composition that recalls Shostakovich.

'The Light Brigade' is a musical interplay of light and dark, soft and heavy, beautiful and frightening. The ghosts of war reverberate into the present in this deeply moving meditation on mortality.


Hud'Mo returns with the ultimate trap banger! You might recognise ‘Chimes’ as it's used on the latest MacBook Pro advert, which premiered in the UK on primetime Saturday night television. The perfect spot for it, obviously, as it's become the most Shazamed advert in the world since its international roll out. ‘Chimes’ features raindrop-like synth chimes, who-let-the-dogs-out style gruff man barks, a trumpet fanfare and heavyweight trap-hop riddim that will be shaking a set of car boot subs near you soon. 'Brainwave' sets the choral vocal presets to ethereal and anthemic, getting the little grey cells aquiver with some frenzied prog synth work on top. Keeping things in the rock arena, 'King Kong Beaver' is another surefire stadium monster, dropping ELP-like keyboard bombast over crunching breaks. Closing the EP DJ Gammer gives 'Chimes' a hardstyle makover.


Maceo & The Macks / Gang Starr

Parrty / Who’s Gonna Take The Weight

Originals #23 brings us the killer pairing of Maceo and Gang Starr. If ever two tracks were made for this label then these are they - you're gonna need doubles of this! On side B Primo tears shit up on the classic 'Who’s Gonna Take The Weight' from 1991. “Guru with the mike and Premier is the anchor”! On side A we get Maceo & The Macks’ 1973 original funk bomb 'Parrty'. Contrast, compare, get on the dancefloor.


Pete Rock & CL Smooth

TROY / The Basement - Jim Sharp Edits

Two Pete Rock & CL Smooth classics remixed and re-imagined by Jim Sharp. Side features golden era anthem 'They Reminisce Over You (TROY)', complete with Tom Scott sax sample, given a smoother, funkier groove and nice warm pads. On the flip 'The Basement' is transformed from reggae-tinted head nodder to low riding roller as Jim Sharp eases in Edwin Starr's Hell Up In Harlem groover 'Easin' In' as a new backing track.


Having gone overground with his self-titled debut long player back in 2011, all went quiet on the SBTRKT release front soon after, leaving us waiting three years for new original material. His recent interim release of three instrumental ‘Transitions’ EPs joined the creative dots between the first and second albums, giving us pointers on what to expect next.

'Wonder Where We Land' traverses the current landscape of electronic post-dubstep / bass music, taking in the upbeat and downbeat, with minimal piano soul, house, synth-pop and hip hop used as points of reference along the way. Longtime collaborator Sampha continues his journey as main vocalist here, with Jessie Ware also reappearing alongside a wider spectrum of guests that includes Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), MCs Raury and A$AP Ferg, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Koreless and newcomer Denai Moore.

Opening with some experimental Wurlitzer weirdness, the bass drops into the subtle atmospherics of pianotronic ballad  'Wonder Where We Land' featuring Sampha, who also lays his fragility on 'Temporary View' and 'If It Happens'. One of a smattering of instros, 'Lantern' rides the arpeggiated synth-heavy Purple wave. 'Higher' offers a minimal trap groove while Raury speeds through his rap, taking a breath to sing the massive chorus hook. 'Look Away' is a fractured glitch-pop number complete with Autotuned vox by Caroline Polachek. The acoustic piano meets machine music theme continues on 'Problem (Solved)', which has Jessie Ware sounding sublime, and jittery Denai Moore-sung 'The Light'. Coming across like a Chemical Brothers future festival anthem 'New Dorp. New York' has Ezra Koenig icing the cake. The album closes with Ferg from the A$AP Mob freeforming over bombastic synth-fest 'Voices In My Head'.


Having gone overground with his self-titled debut long player back in 2011, all went quiet on the SBTRKT release front soon after, leaving us waiting three years for new original material. His recent interim release of three instrumental ‘Transitions’ EPs joined the creative dots between the first and second albums, giving us pointers on what to expect next.

'Wonder Where We Land' traverses the current landscape of electronic post-dubstep / bass music, taking in the upbeat and downbeat, with minimal piano soul, house synth-pop and hip hop used as points of reference along the way. Longtime collaborator Sampha continues his journey as main vocalist here, with Jessie Ware also reappearing alongside a wider spectrum of guests that includes Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), MCs Raury and A$AP Ferg, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Koreless and newcomer Denai Moore.

Opening with some experimental Wurlitzer weirdness, the bass drops into the subtle atmospherics of pianotronic ballad  'Wonder Where We Land' featuring Sampha, who also lays his fragility on 'Temporary View' and 'If It Happens'. One of a smattering of instros, 'Lantern' rides the arpeggiated synth-heavy Purple wave. 'Higher' offers a minimal trap groove while Raury speeds through his rap, taking a breath to sing the massive chorus hook. 'Look Away' is a fractured glitch-pop number complete with Autotuned vox by Caroline Polachek. The acoustic piano meets machine music theme continues on 'Problem (Solved)', which has Jessie Ware sounding sublime, and jittery Denai Moore-sung 'The Light'. Coming across like a Chemical Brothers future festival anthem 'New Dorp. New York' has Ezra Koenig icing the cake. The album closes with Ferg from the A$AP Mob freeforming over bombastic synth-fest 'Voices In My Head'.

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLtd CD Info: Deluxe 2xCD edition in gatefold sleeve. Includes 6 bonus tracks.

2xLtd LP Info: Deluxe 2xLP edition in gatefold sleeve. Includes zoetrope picture disc (plus zoetrope card insert) with 7 bonus tracks.

Betty Wright / Marlena Shaw

Clean Up Woman / Remember Me - Jim Sharp Edits

Brand new label Dusty Donuts delivers two remixed soul stompers courtesy of London’s Jim Sharp. Side A sees Betty Wright’s classic ‘Clean Up Woman’ get treated with a healthy dose of Brooklyn flavour, moving the tempo up without losing the original classic 70s soul-funk feel. Side B is a horned up, funked up retake of Blue Boy's Marlena Shaw ‘Woman Of The Ghetto’ sampling 'Remember Me', given an extra hip hop feel.


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