Although hailing from a Hip Hop background - check his remix EP’s for the science - Canadian beatsmith Koushik’s more recent output could be dismissed as coffee table musak. That would be a mistake, as although his folksy psyched out soundscapes can become repetitive, there’s a playful lightness of touch about his dreamy arrangements while his reverb drenched warblings betray a refreshing vulnerability.

Audio Two - Top Billin' 7" [First Priority Music US]Fuck the Swiss Family Robinson! The most enterprising Robinson family hails from NYC. And they’re repping Brooklyn, bitch! Independent label First Priority Music was founded by Nat Robinson in 1986, a basic studio was set up and his wide eyed progeny, Kirk and Lana, subsequently exploded onto the rap map as Milk D and MC Lyte.

South London’s answer to Dilla? Hyperbole? Boring reference point? Maybe. But taking the baton from the deceased legend, as well as Bleep-Hop purveyors Oh No, Flying Lotus and Mark Pritchard, TV library composer Paul White applies his considerable arrangement skills to off kilter, electronic instrumental Hip Hop in his spare time. And jolly good it is too.

Hip Hop has an odd relationship with Jazz. Many like to talk up the connections between them and some even see them as linear extensions of each other. But is this true? Sure, they have common ground but they also have much to tell them apart. In essence, Jazz is about flux, leading, following and exploration whereas the beauty of Hip Hop is in its simplicity, its repetition.

Baptman - Groo / Luv2 Luv U 7" [Melting Pot Records]Melting Pot Records is an exciting development from ex-Groove Attack / Superrappin’ A and R Oliver Von Felbert. Anyone with a passing interest in 90’s independent Hip Hop will recognise this as a seal of quality. Clearly a man who knows his tomatoes it comes as no surprise this new endeavour has been behind obscure sure shots from DJ Day, Marc Hype, Circle Research, Hawkeye and Imperial Breed with many more on the horizon.

If Mike Skinner’s third album ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’ was a fragile and knowing reflection of the dark corners of fame usually reserved for the other side of a hotel room door, then ‘Prangin Out’ is surely its flag bearing anthem. An intense foray inside the head of one of the country’s greatest songwriting talents, the theme of losing it has never been treated with such grace, and never elicited so many reactions from horror to empathy to wanting to be right there in it with him.

You may well have heard of the Beta Band, but maybe you are wondering how they have cropped up on here. Well I do have a varied musical taste, but really it is because for the start of his solo career as King Biscuit Time, Steve  Mason has produced quite an interesting little 7" release. Some of the Beta Band's biggest tracks were produced by Colin Emmanuel, better known in Hip Hop circles as C-Swing.
 

Kids In TracksuitsI seem to remember this crew from some Channel 4 competition in which I believe they did quite well. The crew comprises Snigger and Homey from Nottingham, who first decided to get into this music thing around 2002. This is the debut release from these pesky Kids In Tracksuits comes in the format of a 7” Limited Edition vinyl which is called an EP and features just three tracks as an introduction.
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