Initially appearing mainly on compilation EPs, The Allergies have recently graduated to starring on their own eponymous releases. Here they team up with the respected Jalepeno for sizzling four tracker, Kicking Up The Dust. It's an extremely varied affair, providing both different styles for different tastes or, simply just different cuts for different parties - "God Walked Down" is breaky, gospel-tinged soul, "Be With You" is low-slung and loose disco-house, meanwhile "Flip The Scripture" is rockified West Coast groovy hip-hop and "Hold It" goes straight back to a world of 70s cop car chases. Cool!
Tequila-fuelled beats from Exeter. Is it a rave in a regional branch of Chilango? Nope, it's the latest EP from veteran nu-funk & breaks producer, El Bomba, on new label Breakerz Banquet. Boasting four musical burritos packed with Latin goodness, highlights include the percussive Mexican groover "El Baron", the organ-led big beat hip-houser "Buen Viaje" and the slow melancholic bounce of "Tristeza".
The creative partnership of DJ Oil, The Monkey Nuts and Hope Masike is haphazard one, with their acclaimed Boombap Idiophonics album almost condemned to spend purgatory in cyberspace somewhere between France and Zimbabwe. However against all odds the album got made (and in time for a last minute slot at a big African festival too!), and "Beetle Juice" is one of the LP's highlights. Here as a stand alone single, the song - a sleek and repetitive groovy mantra- really shines. Also included is a live rendition that turns the track into more of an organic hip-hop jam.