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Catching up on some recent new releases - Featuring the undisputed queen of modern soul Mary J Blige, which melds perfectly into a track off the new Grand Puba album. It's great to see those two talents back to back again. Some killer dancehall styles coming out strong from Squeeze Tarlea (possible contender for my song of the week), and The Nextmen (Another contentder for song of the week) . Nineties underground rapper Prince Powerule makes a welcome return after so many years - and shows that classic Hip Hop is not dead.
Rhythm Heritage - Holdin' Out En Vogue - Free Your Mind [Tommy's Spoiled Brat Mix] Gecko Turner - Un Limon En La Cabeza Thievery Corporation feat Mr Life - Fight To Survive The Brothers Nylon - Shove It In My Mouth Mr Fox - Party Track Barbara Fowler - Come & Get My Lovin Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - Up 2 Get Down The Sylvers - Come Back Lover Come Back Bruni Pagan - Fantasy Mt Airy Groove - Pieces of a Dream Frick & Frack - Look out Kool Moe Dee - How Ya Like Me Now…
A big thank you to my good friends over at Liquid Beat Records for sending over their latest offering on 45. Being already familiar with the top quality of the labels back catalog, I knew before the needle even hit the grooves that this release was going to be something special. The cover art alone is beautifully designed adorned with some lovely black and white photos of what looks to be an extraordinarily minimal home studio set up - a sign for what is to be contained with perhaps? The production definitely follows through on the sparse motifs, with Portland…
Some real exciting new releases graced the turntables this week. Firstly, a tantalizingly soulful collaboration between rising star Thundercat and Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins that definitely has me excited for the forthcoming album - as does the brand new release from R&B songstress Faith Evans who gives us a taste of her upcoming new album featuring Notorious BIG and Snoop Dog.
Back again for the first podcast of the new year, and do I have some serious joints for you! Kicking things off with a a tasty new release from my favourite 45s label Dusty Donuts, where Naughty NMX slices up some EPMD and Bob Marley. A quick trip through some classic late eighties Hip Hop joints, and a detour into some seriously funky seventies grooves before I turn up the notch and drop soome bangin' recent club releases - Including new joints from Run The Jewels, Husky from Random Soul, and devastating new one from Metroplane.
In a year that was all about headlines (and most of them kind of crappy) at least the music was pretty good.