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Review: Greyboy Make Noise

Label: Ubiquity

First of all, I know people who'd love records like this. Singing verses, horns, keys, rhyming with a jazzy vibe. As for myself' get anxiety. Would people that I know buy it? Maybe. Would I buy it? Probably not. It would make me go purchase the Politics of the Business album. Read more » 

Review: Soul Purpose Take Over

Label: Coup d'Etat

As far as bragging underground rap records go, this is neither good nor bad. Pumpkin Head definitely shines with a nice rhyme flow. The beat is basic. If you're a Soul Purpose fan add this to your collection; if you are undecided at the record store buy Politics of the Business to avoid taking any unnecessary risks. Read more » 

Review: Rehash Morning b/w Number Four

Label: Rehash Media

The second 7" by self-described Dallas record nerds High-C and Wilson proves that Texas booty got soul, GWB excepted. As expected from a couple of diggers, the breaks are funky, but it's the atmosphere built up by lazy Rhodes vibes and gossamer trumpet that makes this record sublime. A bit scruff around the edges, but in that waking-up-after-a-bender-and-realizing-you-bagged-the-hot-bass-player sort of way. Read more » 

Review: Voom: Voom Baby 3

Label: Compost

On one version of the title track of their third single, Pete Kruder and the Fauna Flash boys sprinkle some quasi-Parisian vocoder bits over an ascending, '80s-ish disco groove. The flip puts the vocals aside and lets us enjoy the irresistible yet restrained elements. Bottom line: these guys just couldn't help but put out a floor-burner. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Floorplay 3: House Broken EP

Label: Play

Titonton Duvante is broken techno's most fearless beat programmer right now. His infinitely funky tech-soul contribution to the new comp on Toronto's Play Records seethes with erratic snares and snorting hi-hats, as aqua waves of synth melody crash on his beat beachheads. A nice cut from Augusta, and Legion of Green Men's ambient-broken remix of Marc de Breyne further affix a blue ribbon to this remarkable collection. Read more » 

Review: Various Artists Playlist EP: Compiled by Jazzanova

Label: JCR

The range that Jazzanova-Compost Records achieves with their output is only comparable to Blue Note or Atlantic during their late-'60s heights. The punchy, low-slung-bass-driven hyperactivity of Rima's stab-and-run mix of a sumptuous Underwolves vocal number, and Faze Action's samba polish of Victor Davies make for an abundant sonic palette. Pick your choice and take a spin. Read more » 

Review: 37HZ 37hz

Label: SkyDive Recordings

The Kraymon mix is the winner on this 12-inch by Dutchman Hens Zimmerman, with a cohesive blend of elements: good breakbeats and a solid bassline landscaped with spiritual undertones. The flipside offers three edits that don't improve much on the main track, but may appeal to collectors with experimental taste. Overall, a nice piece of wax. Read more » 

Review: Donae'o My Philosophy (Bounce)

Label: Social Circles

Sticky gets sick wid it on this one, laying down a cantankerous, dark and breaky garage riddim with plenty of clever change-ups to keep that ass dropping. Donae'o doesn't slouch on the vocals either, delivering some rough anti-gun talk in a fast, hip-hop-inflected style-kind of like Prodigy of Mobb Deep if he was both Cockney and on crank. Nasty! Read more » 

Review: Elite Force No Turning Back

Label: Whole 9 Yards

This tasty techy two-tracker whets your appetite for Elite Force's full-length album No Turning Back, out on the renowned Whole9Yards label later this year. Here's two winners for peak-time dancefloors with sexy tribal beats, classy housey synths, twisted FX and lowdown dirty sub base. Read more » 

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