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Review: Cursor Minor Remote Control EP

Label: Lo

A reasonable foray into robot rock starts this four-tracker from the young Mr. Miner. Today's standard processed voice describes things that then happen to the music itself, making it strangely satisfying to listen and dance to. The subsequent tracks are each slightly less charming than the one before. Read more » 

Review: Bugsy and Snake feat. Freeway Scratchin' & Survivin'

Label: Take Down

Although Jay-Z's bearded buddy Freeway should be the main selling point of this single, he gets outshined by the folks who got him in the studio. Freeway seems to have trouble finding the groove on Sean S.'s loopy beat, but Bugsy and Snake are right in the pocket with a vengeance, kickin' that hard Philly hip-hop. Freeway may be the reason people pick up this single, but Bugsy and Snake are the reason they'll like it. Read more » 

Review: Wildchild Feat. Percee P and Medaphor Knicknack 2002

Label: Stones Throw

Rhyme inspector Percee P kicks predictably great rhymes, overshadowing Lootpacker Wildchild and his homie Medaphoar and making up for a less-than-stellar Madlib track (who'da figured that?). Wildchild goes for delf on the flip, rhyming about his parental responsibilities with panache, but Percee's the main attraction here. Read more » 

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 » 

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