This is the sound of chaotic resistance to the bland world order of Coldplay and Coca-Cola. Whaa! is a subversive potion of dub featuring the Upsetter himself, Brazilian grooves, African borrowings and funky electronicaRead more "Zuco 103 – Whaa!"
Low Life Records have been one of the UK’s most consistent purveyors of assured hip hop for well over a decade. This essential compilation of tracks that slipped between the cracks packs 13 urban tales set to the finest of beats and then unpacks the tracks in a bonus mix CD by Kam just for […]Read more "V/A – Life Before 40"
One Self is DJ Vadim (Russia/UK), Yarah Bravo (Sweden/Brazil) and Blu Rum 13 (US) — a veritable United Nations of funky hip hop. So what happens when three independent forces join for a common project? If this LP is anything to go by, the answer is a record you just love to loveRead more "One Self – Children of Possibility"
Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Bill Laswell: that is a heavyweight team if ever there was one and here they pull in collaborators to put down some dark, dark tunes. Deep bass exploration.Read more "Sly and Robbie – Version Born"
An astonishingly broad array of artists deriving deep inspiration from Afrobeat make the first of these CDs constantly surprising, while the second disc goes back to the source.Read more "V/A – Afrobeat Sessions"
Acid jazz, trip hop, eclectro – today’s label is tomorrow’s rope to be hung with. ‘Simply Good Music’ is one way of trying to slip the noose. I remember the first releases to come out of Giant Step many years ago and a few had the left-field down home funkiness that this collection successfully explores […]Read more "V/A: Simply Good Music Vol. 1 (Giant Step)"
We revisit this old interview with one of the pioneers of tuntablism…Read more "DJ Krush"