Download: Astral Black release Frass FM 2 ft Opal Block, Jon Phonics, DJ Milktray, Migos…

    Beats label Astral Black celebrate their second anniversary of existence with a sequel to their Frass FM compilation (still up for free DL here) featuring artists from the roster and affiliates who have featured at their nights. Keep a tab on Astral Black on Facebook, Soundcloud and Twitter. Download the comp from Bandcamp. Frass FM 2 by Astral

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Pete Cannon: High Focus Remixes Instrumentals

Pete Cannon’s production is rock solid no matter the style (check his madness as Opal Block on the free Frass FM 2 comp from Astral Black) but his work for High Focus sees him hone his frankly slamming boom bap stripes to perfection. Download this comp of his instrumentals for artists on the label for the princely some of £2.99,

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Third Run The Jewels variant for Marvel – Nick Gazin

Retconning Deadpool into the 1984 Secret Wars event is genius (well, for Deadpool fans) and issue 1 sees the third Run The Jewels variant in the past few months (following Howard the Duck #2 and Deadpool’s final regular issue to date, #45). This time, the art comes from the same guy who did all the album work, Nick Gazin. Check

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Circle Star Records, Stones Throw’s step-sister, kicks off proper with Jesse Hackett aka JUNK

  Hackett’s been about for a good decade or so musically, but never as an outright solo musician. Under the name JUNK, his will be the first album release on the new Stones Throw imprint, Circle Star Records (their first 45 was a Dam Funk archive release back in 2009). You may already be familiar with his input as Gorillaz’

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Interview // Sven Atterton funks up Manchester pre-Tuxedo

Sven Atterton is the perfect accompaniment to Tuxedo’s set at Band On The Wall this coming weekend. You can listen to his album, The Cove, below, and I suggest you take me up on that offer to uncover a world dripping with spaced out funk. You can Bandcamp stream The Cove below or head to the purchase page. Check Sven’s

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Herrotics and Danny Diatribe double album launch

Manchester hardcases Taste The Diff’rence and Golden Egg team up this Bank Holiday weekend at the Deaf Institute for a double album launch – Danny Diatribe’s Elevations Illustrations and the legendary (!) Herrotics with their second album proper, Fathead. Facebook event <– PRE-ORDER THE HERROTICS ALBUM HERE FROM BLAH RECORDS  

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Preview King Deluxe’s Year Four compilation ft Alphabet’s Heaven, Jacob 2-2, Muta, more

The Canadian beats label celebrates its fourth anniversary with many artists it has brought to the fore, including Calvin Cardioid, Jacob 2-2, Muta, A Thousand Years, and the guy who first brought the label to my attention, Brighton bossman Alphabet’s Heaven.   The visuals for this label, from the ridiculous HR-FM, always knock me for six. Props! Buy the album

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Preview: Adrian Younge and Ghostface prep Twelve Reasons To Die II – peep the 45s box set

The Twelve Reasons album was a special one, not only because it was a fantastic album, but because it brought the sheer talents of Adrian Younge to a much wider audience. I recently had the pleasure of dissecting some of his work with DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ for an RBMA session (up here soon), and it was Twelve

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