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Reviews

WORDSMITH: 'In Pursuit Of Harmony' (Def Ethics)

By Ryan Proctor | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
As one of the most engaging voices to have emerged from the UK rap scene in recent years, London-based lyricist Wordsmith has built a strong reputation for himself thanks to numerous ear-grabbing performances on mix-CDs, other artist's material and, of course, his own handful of releases. It's always been apparent… Continue>
Ask any self-respecting Hip-Hop fan to name their favourite producers from the 90s and you'll no doubt get the same predictable yet totally understandable answers - DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Showbiz etc. However, if those same boom-bap aficionados dug in their crates to check the credits on some… Continue>
Having already blessed back-in-the-day rap fanatics with retro releases from the likes of Godfather Don, Buckwild and Kwest Tha Madd Lad, the No Sleep label teams up once again with the Funkyman himself, Lord Finesse, for another collection of unreleased and hard-to-find dusty-fingered joints from the D.I.T.C. member's heavy crates. Continue>

JYAGER: 'Encrypted Scriptures' (YNR)

By Ryan Proctor | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
A relatively new name to the UK rap community, you'd never guess that Portuguese-born emcee Jyager (pronounced Yay-ger) started his musical journey as part of London's garage scene, as his vivid, often intricate verses sound far better suited to the head-nodding beats provided here by the talented Cee-Why than you… Continue>

DJ DECKSTREAM: 'Soundtracks 2' (Lexington)

By Ryan Proctor | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
If you were astute enough to have picked up "Soundtracks", the 2007 debut album from Japan's DJ Deckstream, then you should already know what to expect from its recently released follow-up - chunky, soulful Hip-Hop-influenced beats and a diverse selection of featured artists. Yet whereas its predecessor relied heavily on… Continue>

CAMP LO: 'Stone And Rob: Caught On Tape' (Soul Fever)

By Ryan Proctor | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
Camp Lo's debut album "Uptown Saturday Night" stood-out like a pair of snakeskin gators in a room full of Timberlands upon its release in 1997. In the same year that gave us the Five Percent-influenced lyrical darts of the Wu's "Wu-Tang Forever" and the thugged-out anthems of Capone-N-Noreaga's "The War… Continue>
Luther Ingram's career took a quantum leap in 1972 when the Stax distributed Ko Ko label - owned by the Mississippi-born singer's manager and producer, Johnnie Baylor - released his single ‘(If Loving You Is Right) I Don't Want To Be Wrong.' A febrile paean to adultery penned by Homer… Continue>

ISAAC HAYES: ‘Black Moses’ (Stax)

By Charles Waring | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
On August 10th last year, soul music lost one of its most influential and iconic figures in the shape of Isaac Hayes. The bald-pated Tennessee-born musician - who rose to fame writing songs for the likes of Sam & Dave at Memphis' at the famous Stax label - propelled soul… Continue>

JAMES DAY: Natural Things (Expansion)

By Charles Waring | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
This is the Boston-based songwriter / producer's follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Better Days,' a polished set of ‘80s-influenced smooth soul that won plaudits from the modern soul crowd back in 2006. The bandana-sporting tunesmith has produced an even better set with ‘Natural Things,' which features a raft of… Continue>

LEELA JAMES ‘Let’s Do It Again’ (Shanachie)

By Charles Waring | 27 April 2009
Published in: Album Reviews
Although Leela James wasn't even born when a teenaged Betty Wright scored a big Stateside hit in 1971 with ‘Clean Up Woman,' the 25-year-old Los Angeles-born singer tackles the classic Willie Clarke/Clarence Reid-penned number like a bona fide soul veteran on her new album, ‘Let's Do It Again.' It's the… Continue>
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