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Review: King Honey Feat. Chief Kamachi, Hezekiah & Gos Trinity

Label: Sound-Ink Records

Eerie harmonium and an ominous rhythm form the foundation for this slab from King Honey and a trio of Philly MCs, on which beats share center stage with the MCs, fully committed to the forwardly abstract. The b-side delivers compu-glitch remixes by Heat Sensor, DJ/rupture and King Honey himself. Solid. Read more » 

Review: 702 Feat. Pharrell Williams I Still Love You

Label: Motown

This joint is for all the cats who felt early SWV. 702's newest jam features Pharrell from the Neptunes singing the hook. And despite its simplicity, the drums on this Neptunes-produced track give this groove a serious feel, although Pharrell makes it sound playful on the chorus. Read more » 

Review: 3rd Edge Know You Wanna

Label: Parlophone

I can't wait for the day when DnD get to attack more American r&b remixes. The crew's Big Vocal mix of this fairly substandard Craig David knock-off vocal track still bumps, but its bubbling techno sounds and rich bass would sound really ace under some vintage R. Kelly or even Brandy. Check the dirty dub for less class, more sass. Read more » 

Review: Ramirez Hablando Rmxs

Label: Acetate

Chad Jackson very effectively brings tech-trance boys Ramirez's early-'90s accordion-tinged classic to the breaks arena. His Dark Horse Dub brings that old-school acid-buzz-bassline flavor, while the flip pumps the ranchera aspect and evokes a less heavy but funkier, Kickin' Records-style thump. Read more » 

Review: Nasty Crew Boys Meet Girls

Label: white

Freshest tune at the moment. Main boy MC Kano brings you the hottest lyrics on this grimy hip-hop-meets-garage tune. Simple beats, but very effective. This guy is gonna be big for 2003. A must for the record box. Read more » 

Review: Breakin Barriers Play Some Jazz

Label: Public Demand

A new flavor of garage from the camp called Basement-breakbeat flavor for the beats, with a very hooky jazzy sax all the way through the tune. Consider this one bumpin' and for the connoisseurs. Read more » 

Review: Corporation of London Funky Shit

Label: Locked On

The title says it all: this one is blowin' up on the underground at the moment. Again, breakbeat flavor with snippets of funky shit runnin' through the tune, simple beats and a very heavy bassline makes this a poisonous tune. Read more » 

Review: Hive & Keaton Feat. Busdriver Death Threat

Label: Violence

L.A.'s own Busdriver convincingly steals this one right out from under this tight team-up. With a style that is definitely all his own, Bus provides the perfect lyrical complement to the equally ill beats bumping and grooving underneath. A superb release sure to work the crowd into a frenzy. Read more » 

Review: Beat Assassins Dilute

Label: white

If you like your breakbeat garage like I do, then you'll love this one. Crisp 2-step beats with heavy b-line from start to finish. It's just noise all the way through. Mad and grimy and very catchy-love it. Read more » 

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