The Strictly Breaks crew is back from a long and arduous mission to find even more rare vintage B-Boy breaks than last time. They've done it again, rustling up 25 obscure old cuts that formed the backbone of hip-hop DJ sets for like, ever. Of the many original gems here, some of our faves include the far-out psychedelic soul-rock of "Wodo Zimna Wodo", Isaac Hayes' string heavy "In Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile" and the sumptuous loungey comfort of "Life Of Luxury" by James Clarke.
You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs, and you can't find rare vinyl gems without getting dusty fingers. Except, thanks to the crate diggers art Strictly Breaks, you actually can. Here for the 27th time, are more deep soundtrack cuts from the past. Highlights include the retro moody espionage vibes of "Les Petroleuses Generique" by Marc Collin, the sassy, sidewalk struttin' "Emmanuelle In America" and the classic rare Rod Stewart/Python Lee Jackson raw blues jam "In A Broken Dream".
Africa Seven continue their rich vein of releases this year with an indepth exploration of the Tala A.M. discography. Those unfamiliar with the Cameroonian's story will be shaken by the adversity he lived through before going on to enjoy a successful music career; blindness and the death of both parents afflicted him as a child. However Tala Andre Marie's love of music was his guiding light, as was Cameroonian icon Manu Dibango who helped him relocate to Paris and thus began a recording career consisting of no less than 13 albums! African Funk Experimentals 1975 To 1978 sees Africa Seven dip into the Tala AM archives for a ten track presentation of his funkiest cuts during the early years of recording for the Fiesta label. "Hot Koki" is a particular treat, whilst disco selectors will love "Sugar Lump".
This Italian producer specialises in choppy, late night jazz-funk, and its business as usual on the Tra Soul E Jazz EP. There are three new slick and smoky cuts here: the hazy nu-soul of "Don't Give Me Up", the Fender Rhodes-led jazz-hop jam "In The Rain" and the loungey, funky-drummer-boasting Latin grind of "Dig It".
A London based leftfield funker producer, Mr Mamode excels in filling dancefloors with evocative quirky grooves and breathy vocals. Here he drops this seven-track mini-LP for the esteemed Five Easy Pieces and it's a winner. Highlights include the sleazy clavinet-driven grind of "In This Case", the stoned and broken nu-soul of "Like I Do" and the bonkers percussive freakout "JumpWorkShakeMov".