Mancunian House legend Gerald Simpson aka A Guy Called Gerald offers up a brand new mix of 80′s Hip-Hop and B-Boy. Simpson himself describes it as a tribute to Kool Herc, whose parties and DJ technique played a huge role in the formative years of Hip-Hop.
Rather than simply reiterate what so many people have said about the sad loss of such a genuinely inspirational person, I thought it only fitting to celebrate his jaw-dropping career. Alongside Busy P, DJ Mehdi was the driving force behind Ed Banger.
Whilst only a youngster, Melé has somehow managed to carve out an incredibly successful career as a producer. With storming releases on Mixpak and Grizzly already under his belt, he’s back with another EP for entitled ‘Starlight’.
Ghostpoet‘s been kicking a gargantuan storm this year, his debut album is a hell of a record and the debut single ‘Survive It’ threatened to render all other music pointless. Well, now he’s back with another track from the album, ‘Liiines’; a haunting ballad that avoids mawkish metaphors and clichés.
It’s a track that’s packed with heart-wrenching narratives and ingenious wordplay. It was only a matter of time before someone of xxxy‘s musical calibre would take a crack at reworking a track.
It’s a more upbeat affair than we’re used to from either Ghostpoet or xxxy but it plays its Funky card well, avoiding the trap of becoming either too cheesy or too po-faced. Grab xxxy’s version below and then go out and buy the album.
As one would expect from a professional drummer, Jonathan Meyer is all about the percussion. It’s should come as no surprise then that Meyer is a veteran in the Funky/Tropical arena.
He’s already played some big stages, sharing the bill with Tony Humphries and even Cirque du Soleil. Well, now he’s gone and produced a storming packet of tracks that should please anyone who heard his ‘Tribal Experience’ EPs with Frank ‘O Moiraghi.
So it’s about time he released another EP. ‘Many Things’ blends House, Tropical and Funky in rather a delightful way. There aren’t any tracks available for free yet, but you can stream the whole EP below, including Kerri Chandler’s stunning reworking of ‘Toms Over’.
In preparation for his new album, California-based Shlohmo has just put out a mix for FACT magazine. As a response to his continued association with the “LA Beatmaker” scene, he’s put together an incredibly diverse mix; Tears For Fears, Three 6 Mafia, Charles Manson and Tom Waits all feature
Bit too much R&B for my tastes but Tears For Fears, Tom Waits and Charlie Manson were a treat, albeit a jarring one. I really like the shaky quality and the track listed simply as “Broken Sinead O’Connor tape” is pretty funny; like a DJ’s very first attempt at scratching.
This is what Shlohmo had to say about his FACT mix: “I listen to a lot of different shit, so it’s kind of all over the place, both in genre and in sound quality. There’s some old shitty 64kpbs mp3s, some found cassettes, some broken cassettes, some music by friends, some Charles Manson, some screwed and chopped, you get it all.”
Download the mix below by clicking on the arrow on the right. It’s only available for three weeks, mind, so grab it now.
Aside from working on Toddla T’s sophomore album and contributing vocals to Speech Debelle’s ‘Blaze Up A Fire’, ol’ Rodney aka Roots Manuva has been working on his fifth studio album. The new album, ’4everevolution’, is supposed to be an extension of previous albums and possibly Manuva’s best yet. There’s more of the Dub, Conscious Hip-Hop and Grime but elements of Soul and even House music are drawn upon.
Excitingly, though it includes production and performance from Steve Dub and the Easy Access Orchestra respectively, it is the most Roots-produced LP to date. There are still a couple of collaborations though as MCs Lotek and Blakitude assist with vocals on a track each.
Aside from Lotek and Blakitude, newbie Rokhsan contributes vocals to the first single from the LP, ‘Get The Get’. Remixes of the single come from Breakage and Slugabed.
You can stream ‘Get The Get’ below and then buy the album on 26 September on Big Dada.