Review: Ever a duo of fine taste, Mobb Deep have sampled many a musical gem. There's too many collected here to name them all (25 in total) but some of the album's many highlights include Giorgio Moroder's snowblind and slick Scarface disco on "Tony's Theme", the cavernous '70s funk rock of "Dirty Feet" (as famously pinched for "Shook Ones Pt II"), another "Cavern" this time Liquid Liquid's punk-funk masterpiece, and the hysterical intimacy overload of Prince's "If I Was Your Girlfriend".
Review: London's legendary Honest Jons Records has lined up a rather special release schedule for the new year, and this first release by Crying Lion is just a taster of what's to come from the Ladbroke Grove massive. Recorded in a church in Glasgow by several members of Trembling Bells, this LP contains all elements of the mystical and magical, gliding across nine songs of medieval folk chanting peppered with a dash of electro-acoustic wonder. It's music for true outsiders and an album guaranteed to transport you into a distant world, a different sort of atmosphere. It's also a fine addition to the label's stellar catalogue. There's plenty more to come from both the imprint and artists. A must have, don't miss it.
Review: For their next trick, classic cult label Honest Jon's serve up a collection of field recordings of the Mijikenda tribes, made in different spots in and around Mukunguni village, coastal Kenya. There's 14 in total, and it proves a fascinating listen: first track, the creepily percussive "Ndema" is played to sound like a bat, with shrill frequencies intended to heal the village sick, the chant of "Dena" is haunting, "Matatizo" is fantastic acapella pop, while elsewhere multi drums are utilised to chase away "Pepo Mlume", the devil who poisons the imagination. Essential listening.