Unfortunately loads of the DnB records in my collection from around the millenium are worse for wear as I was playing out on the regular. I probably should have taken better care, but at the time it really didn’t matter. As I get older I have started to realise that I want to enjoy some of this music in 30 years time and alot of these records won’t ever be repressed,  so about 18 months ago I have started buying doubles of some of my favourites 😉

One 12″ that came my way yesterday that sits in my all time DnB top 10, is Sci-Clone’s Everywhere I Go remix. The tune rolls out nicely with some live but loose jazzy drums & uplifting/euphoric keys, the sub bass drops subtlely and Kiwi Nathan Haines blows his soulful sax out over the top (later after the breakdown he blows a few flute licks too). This is no club banger, but somehow it’s still got something infectious and special about it. It is a pity that Sci-Clone only put out a handful of releases around the year 2000 as their music was definitely magic. This is one of them tunes that raises the hairs on arms when I hear it & is perhaps one of the most beautiful moments in DnB. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh … TUNE

Rise – Messages

April 29, 2011

After a couple of tidy outings on 7″, the Manchester based producer Rise has finally dropped his debut LP on Futuristica Music. Messages is a deep & spiritual nu jazz album, consisting of some trip hop tracks though to some some more uptempo joints. Its a wholesome listen throughout and for fans of DJ Cam, Pharoah Sanders or even Cinematic Orchestra. Read the rest of this entry »

I am questioning myself as to why I haven’t ever mentioned this pair on here, because everyone needs some 40 Winks in their life. The Belgish crate digging duo are back after a refreshing 3 year rest, with their 4th long player It’s The Trip.  This is not just instrumental Hip Hop minus some rapping, but a trip of meticulously crafted samples that will grab your attention and take you on a colourful & vibrant trip through some laidback beats. This is definitely for fans of jazzy beats or early DJ Shadow works. The 2xLP is out now on Project Mooncircle.

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I think this dropped in the form of a Stones Throw Podcast around the time Secondhand Sureshots was released. I saw this this other day & thought I’d bag the physical copy as you can’t go wrong with a funky president mix. It is by no means his best mix as there is some pretty random dollar bin cheese included but I think J.Rocc wanted to make the point that he can make anything he plays sound good. hmmmm I am not so sure, but it is an entertaining listen!!

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Med & Kweli – Classic

April 26, 2011

timeless, everlasting, music, next generations passing…hear melodies, feel memories flashing, tears to the laughing……classic

This one has been out a few months & is without a doubt one of the strongest hip hop releases I have heard in the last years. Medaphoar & Talib Kweli spit over a sweet Karriem Riggins beat that he put together with what sounds like some Astrud vocals & a Jobim guitar lick. Who said Hip Hop is dead!!??

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Wordup to Stilts over at DWG for sorting me a copy of this. I have been after this some time and it finally landed this morning in the post. Frenchy Dela did these remixes a good 3 or 4 years ago for the Japanese label Subcontact. I reckon the stakes is high remix is almost better than the original. Limited, rare and dope.

This is suppose to be an album but I would rather class it as an EP or beat tape as most of the tracks clock in at about 1 minute in length. It is very much on the same tip as his Hi-Hat Club release with that instrumental and smoked out / jazzy / boom bap sound. Twit One is highly regarded here in Germany amongst the underground Hip Hop scene, but still hasn’t received the shine he deserves worldwide. Steppingstones 10″ is out soon on MPM…. Goandgetitonfridaythe15th!!

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Local reissue label Sonorama pay tribute to the late & great Deutscher jazzman Peter Herbolzheimer, with a seriously brilliant 14 track compilation of unreleased cuts. It was all produced between 1970 and 1975 in Cologne and Munich with legendary musicians from his explosive band Rhythm Combination & Brass. There is loads of brass action, open drums, a sprinkle of latin flavour plus a heavy dose of soul & funk. Exceedingly good.

Onur Engin has taken the re-edit world by storm the last 6 months, releasing a handful of slices on various labels. Up next on his schedule is a 12″ on the naughty little GAMM label from Sweden. The a side he has touched up the Freddie Hubbard’s classic Sunflower and on the flip he has taken on some ultra rare boogie joint that you ain’t ever gonna stumble over 2nd hand. Oh yeah, I also forgot to mention his flexin’ edit of Bill Summers’ Come Into My Life that was released last month, so make sure you bag that too…

This one was out on CDR about 5 years ago and the beat loving people at Poo-Bah records finally decided to press up 500 hand numbered copies & on super heavy duty 10″ wax. Good music doesn’t age does it!!!?