Review: Five years after their collaborative debut, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs reconvene for a follow up that goes even deeper. Madlib is of course a celebrated producer who has worked with some of the best in the game, and Gibbs is a raw street rapper, so it is the differences as much as the similarities between the two that make this such a compelling listen. At times complex and challenging, at others effortless and charming, it's an album stuffed with a myriad of different sounds, styles and references that is hard to categorise but easy to admire.
J Rawls presents The Liquid Crystal Project - "A Tribute To Troy"
Sons Of Time - "Before Sundown" (feat J-Live)
Sam Krats - "Revive Rap" (feat El Da Sensei & Gee Bag - Jim Sharp remix)
Space Invaders - "Done It Again"
Melvin Sparks - "If You Want My Love" (with Jimmy Scott)
Smith & The Honey Badgers - "The Billionaire Strut"
Laura Vane & The Vipertones - "Man Of Your Word"
Osaka Monaurail - "No Trouble On This Mountain" (feat Shirley Davis)
Ann Sexton & The Baltic Soul Orchestra - "You're Losing Me"
Marc Gregor - "Mabusso"
Benjamin & The Dreamdancers - "Not One More Tear"
Djar One - "The Get Down" (feat Andy Cooper)
Misumani - "Prove Your Love" (feat First Touch)
Skyy - "Call Me"
Hollie Cook - "Postman"
Review: In 2008, German label Unique asked crate-digging party starters Soulinus and Pun to put together the first volume in their "This is DJs Choice" compilation series. Only one further instalment - with tracks selected by Keb Darge and Lucinda Slim - appeared before the series was shelved. Happily, Unique has decided to re-launch it, with Marc Hype and DJ Suspect in charge of the track list. They've done a bang up job, all told, offering up a sizzling, 15-track selection that giddily sprints between steel band reggae (Hollie Cook), soul-jazz (Melvin Sparks), heavy funk (Smith & The Honey Badgers, Osaka Monoaurail), boogie (Skyy), Afro-latin heaviness (Marc Gregor) and head-nodding hip-hop (Sons Of Time, Benjamin & The Dreamdancers).
Metal Banshee ( Mad Professor Mix One) (CD2: Mezzanine Mad Professor)
Angel (Angel Dust)
Teardrop (Mazaruni dub One)
Inertia Creeps (Floating On dubwise)
Risingson (Setting Sun dub Two)
Exchange (Mountain Steppers dub)
Wire (Leaping dub)
Group Four (Security Forces dub)
Review: Two decades have passed since Massive Attack signaled a new stage in their career with the dark, paranoid and claustrophobic brilliance of "Mezzanine", their third studio album. Given the current global political climate, it arguably sounds even more relevant 20 years after it first hit stores. This time round, the re-mastered original set comes accompanied by something none of us have heard before: Mad Professor's complete dub translation, which was slated for release around the turn of the Millennium but for one reason or another never came out. Like his take on "No Protection", it's an inspired set of revisions that takes 3D and Daddy G's dense and red-eyed originals into wild new bass-heavy places. Even if you own the original version already, it's well worth picking up this special edition just for that alone.
Rich Medina - "Can't Hold Back" (feat Sy Smith - Platinum Pied Pipers remix)
Julien Dyne - "Stained Glass Fresh Frozen" (feat Mara TK)
Little Dragon - "Come Home"
Andres - "El Ritmo De Mi Gente" (feat Lady)
Fort Knox Five - "Uptown Tricks" (feat Mustafa Akbar - Rodney Hunter remix)
Daniel Bortz - "Cuz You're The One"
Jose Gonzalez - "Remain"
Big Muff - "My Funny Valentine"
Les Sins - "Grind"
Tirogo - "Disco Maniac"
SLF & Merkin - "Tag Team Triangle"
Joeski - "How Do I Go On" (feat Jesante)
Kings Of Tomorrow - "Fall For You" (feat April - Sandy Rivera's classic mix)
Soulful Session/Lynn Lockamy - "Hostile Takeover"
Anne Clark - "Our Darkness"
Peter Digital Orchestra - "Jeux De Langues"
Noir & Haze - "Around" (Solomun vox)
Marcellus Pittman - "1044 Coplin (Give You Whatcha Lookin 4)"
Lady Alma - "It's House Music"
Daniela La Luz - "Did You Ever"
Review: It would be fair to say that Studio K7 has pulled off something of a coup in getting Kenny Dixon Jr. to agree to compile and mix the latest installment in the long-running DJ Kicks series. It is, somewhat remarkably, the legendary Detroiter's first commercially available mix set. This triple-vinyl edition features a whopping 19 cuts - all in unmixed form - from the 30 track mix. Musically, it's a blazed, jazzy, soulful and groovy as you'd expect, and contains a mixture of downtempo beats, nu-jazz and hazy house cuts from the likes of Flying Lotus, Dopehead, Peter Digital Orchestra, Nightmares On Wax, Soulful Session and Lady Alma.
Streak Of Luck (feat HR (Bad Brains) & Daniel Son)
Love Me In My Heart (instrumental)
Come Back Alone (instrumental)
Working For God (instrumental)
Streak Of Luck (instrumental)
Electric Energy (instrumental)
Sleepy Time (instrumental)
Hot Fire (instrumental)
Review: Jamaican legend Lee Scratch Perry is, to say the least, eccentric, yet despite his love of the herb and advancing years, he is still turning out plenty of essential material. This is a brand new collaboration with New Jersey producer Mr. Green that delivers on each of the 18 tracks. Perry can be heard muttering on many of the tracks - making drum sounds, talking about love - and what goes on around him ranges from authentic dub to more electronic, rock tinged and contemporary styles. It's a fascinating juxtaposition that keeps the legendary Perry right at the forefront of dub.