May 29, 2007

i don't need this trouble

natural self featuring alice russell

i don't need this trouble e.p.
2006 / breakin bread
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natural self is a producer of some pretty kick arse funk and hip hop, his sound distinctively atmospheric, with hard drums and crazy percussion. the awesome alice russell applies the vocals on this great, break-beatin' funk soul treat!

rebel radio [smalltown djs mix]

smalltown djs

hai karate allstar remix series: funk
2006 / hai karate
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this canadian label has some great records and remixes. for more, check out smalltown djs myspace. the above track is a fresh hot cup of hip hop, afro blend.

what's your problem? [martin brew remix]


what's your problem?
2005 / discotheque
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there's a crazy xylophone or something in the background on this track, that flows nicely with the laid back groove and kelly dickson's soulful vocals.



? / white
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fk1000 is a collaboration between fort knox five and ursula 1000. from what i've heard of fk5 they are worth digging for - unfortunately not that prolific. this is a catchy hip hop track with a bit of dancefloor sensibility.

May 17, 2007

the robot

jimmy green

old 45
? / wand
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i don't know anything about this track or jimmy green - but i do know it's funky soul with sound effects. buried in one of the mixes on andy votel's music to watch girls cry, which you can check out here.

your love is too much

gene harris & the 3 sounds
gene harris & the 3 sounds
1971 / blue note
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another gene harris selection; the maestro delivers the funky stuff on piano, backed by sizzling bass and percussion. enjoy!

simple song (grand phabao mix)

the procussions

parisdjs release
2006 / -
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i've recently discovered this l.a. hip hop outfit - the laid back old school vibe is right up my alley. the track is a fine dose of reggae/hip hop, with lots of percussion - courtesy of grand phabao. check out the album 5 sparrows for 2 cents, and a great live mix here.

May 6, 2007

blacker [94eq mix]

the ballistic brothers

the ballistic brothers vs the eccentric afros (volume 2)
1994 / delancy street
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the ballistic brothers were ashley beedle, rocky and diesel. their sound was jazz-influenced dance, not quite acid jazz, with great samples and a hip hop feel. the "vs eccentric afros" compilations were in particular very innovative and supremely cruisy. listen out for the gil scott-heron sample.



big beats (compilation)
1997 / ?
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great chunky bass in this hip hop groove from the big beats compilation. i can't find the original album - a collection of detroit or east coast hip hop instrumentals. solid.

May 4, 2007

going down for the last time

ronnie keaton

keb darge's legendary deep funk vol 1 (compilation)
1997 / bbe
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another killer funk-soul cut where i don't know anything about the artist. this track is lifted off the supremely funky keb darge's legendary deep funk, a series of compilations unearthing awesome and obscure 45s. well worth checking out.