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Genre pick of the week Cover of Let It All Hang Out / California Soul by Ador / Gerald Wilson & His Orchestra.

Ador / Gerald Wilson & His Orchestra

Let It All Hang Out / California Soul

There's always a party on the cards when a new 5 Borough Breaks drops, and this latest addition is no exception. The A-side hits us with "Let It All Hang Out" from two-hit wonder A.D.O.R., who teamed up with school friend Pete Rock for this fierce 1992 hit. As infectious as it gets, the track sees Pete Rock in peerless form, slicing a classic horn loop into infinity and working the mixer into a frenzy. Stone cold classic. On the flip we get the OG sample source a smooth and summery jazz version of KFC classic "California Soul" as recorded by the Gerals Wilson Orchestra. Vibes 4 dayz!

What do you get when you combine the best hip-hop producer in Boston with one of the best upcoming lyricists in NY? "Well Done". In the style of classic producer & MC albums, Statik & Bronson deliver intricate rhymes and head-nodding beats on this noteworthy release. Coming straight out of Flushing, Queens, NYC, Action Bronson personifies the golden era of East Coast, New York hip-hop. Repping Boston, New York & New Hampshire Statik Selektah is known as the 'east coast boom bap ambassador' and holds down weekly radio slots on Eminem's Shade 45. He has produced & worked with Nas, Joey Bada$$, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, 50 Cent, Jadakiss, John Legend, Wale, Bun B & many more. Check out "Well Done” and get reminded of how good rap used to sound.


Matt says: After working with Freddie Gibbs earlier in the year (and delivering one of my albums of the year...) I was truly excited to see what fruits a Statik Selektah and Action Bronson collaboration would yield... I wasn't disappointed: a sprawling double LP full of the wry New Yorker's wit and dry explicit humour combined with that familiar, all-important old skool BOOM BAP from one of the best beatsmiths on the planet. Essential hip-hop record!


2xColoured LP Info: Red vinyl double LP

DJ Vadim returns to the Dubcatcher kitchen for another feast of reggae, dancehall and digital bass pressure. A futuristically-leaning interpretation of the JA standards, mixed with the occasional bit of UK flaver, it sees Vadim relocate from London to Barcelona and as such, is more sun-flecked, energetic and party-focused.

As usual, a royal guest list reading like an A-2-Z of global talent: Mr Lexx (Major Lazer), Suku from dancehall legends Ward 21, BAY-C from TOK, Red Fox & studio 1 legend Earl 16 plus UK grime champion Killa P.

If you've ever been lucky enough to see this multi-textured and incendiary DJ play live, then this album should take you right back to front left, twerking and jerking you're way through myriad styles of bass culture. Also sounds mega soundtracking a hot box session in a blacked out Honda Civic! Big ting!

Hashim, born Jerry Calliste Jr. got his start in the music biz by infiltrating (read: cleaning) the offices of indie hip-hop label Tommy Boy; he went on to cofound Cutting Records (later home to 2 in a Room, whose “Wiggle It” went gold). His 1983 cut “Al-Naafiysh” conquered the Danceteria club scene as an epic six-minute b-boy anthem that made kids spin smoking bald spots into their heads. New York stations like WKTU blew it up, while hip-hop DJs used its vocoded imprimatur, “It’s time,” as a scratch tool. One of the finest electro records ever produced, this is every home should have one tackle...

There are few musicians – let alone beat–makers - in the world whose output in its raw form provides his listener with a full on musical experience before anything is added. Madlib is such a talent. Hip hop is his canvas, but he creates the most wondrous things with it. Before a microphone is switched on, before a rhyme even uttered, a Madlib beat stands alone as a complete thing. Since the issue of the collaborative album with rapper Freddie Gibbs - Piñata, already being hailed as contender for rap album of the year - we’ve been asked countless times to issue the beats Madlib created for the project as instrumentals. And we've conceded. Piñata put Gibbs in the spotlight, one that a growing audience is finally acknowledging that he deserves. On Piñata Beats, though, it’s Madlib, quietly spinning on the center stage. Through seventeen cuts of arcane film snippets, dusted funk and soul, psych and prog rock musical diversions, Madlib proves to live up to what Gibbs once said of him: “Madlib quite simply, is music.” 

Open Mike Eagle

Rappers Will Die Of Natural Causes

    Reissue of the long unavailable second album by highly acclaimed rapper Open Mike Eagle,soon to be seen hosting the Comedy Central TV show The New Negroes. Features several tracks that are amongst the most popular in his live set.

    In 2011 LA upstart rap label Hellfyre Club (Subsidiary of Alpha Pup) released Open Mike Eagle’s “Rappers Will Die of Natural Causes”. Widely considered an indie-rap watermark, the LA Times said of the album:”the Los Angeles-based Project Blowedian has carved out a singular niche. He’s analytical, sardonic, political, and he manages not to take himself seriously despite taking everything seriously.”

    From dark themes like morality and race relations, Mike managed to draw out some of his most imaginative and witty work. And with features like Rhymesayers Entertainment’s P.O.S. and art rap godfather MC Paul Barman, it was the release that put Open Mike Eagle into the national rap conversation.

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