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FTLN – Substance Abuse

September 5, 2017


Don’t Get Us Wrong / West Los – Substance Abuse

September 5, 2017


Format: 12″ Black Vinyl

Side A: a classic mid 80s hip hop feel filled with strong loops (and classy cowbell!). A trip through the canyons of a big US city. Lyrical storytelling with both group and solo representations. A call-to-arms that evokes the spirit of hip hop pioneers with flowing rapping and lock-step musicality. Old-school with modern sensibilities and a ‘I wish it lasted longer’ vibe.

Side B: a darker, bassier lyrical West Coast poem set afloat on a sea of classic drones and pads. A hot slice of real-life vocals telling the LA truth but without bravado or gangsta braggadocio. Old-school in the very finest way but with a modern-day realism. An ode to the City of Angels which would sound fantastic as the score to a film of TV series.

Score: 9/10

Thought:  a road-journey to the West Coast, a poetic rediscovery of legendary hip hop sounds and attitude. Plug me in and double the run-time!


Rear View Remix / Rear View – Substance Abuse and KRS One

September 3, 2017


Format: 7″ Blood Red Vinyl

Side A: KutMasta Kurt Remix – a superior slice of old-school hip hop slathered with saucy scratch trax and sensational street-level MCing. Simple but effective beats mix with traditional loops and get down samples, as the group lyrics and solo verses build biographical and compelling stories. Solid low rhythms pulse out with a pirate radio vibe. The purest form of traditional 80s hip hop – intelligent lyrics coupled with classic beats. So good to hear the KRS crew back on wax!

Side B: Original Version – a darker rap sound blended with a 90s hip hop feel. More aggression and attitude and a lower/bassier tone. With cleaner/simpler repetitive loops, this version allows the lyrics to stand out and you experience a more colourful vocal performance, stronger and more forward yet still underpinned by an insistent musicality

Score: 9/10

Thoughts: so old school they haven’t even built the damn school yet. Hip hop perfection with trad group vocals and solo break-downs – nothing but pure class!

Info: Substance Abuse

How Are You Wired/Scrape Yourself From the Floor – Pet Crow

August 28, 2017


Format: 7″ Lemon Yellow Vinyl

Side A: a frenetic ensemble of drums with punk-girl pop-i-ness. A pacey, upbeat bass-led stompingly fun punk-pop insta-classic. Channelling the very best of late 70s US female-led punk vibes, this is a real deal, a short sharp hit of musical perfection. Stuffs its punk credentials down your throat and never lets up!

Side B: Psychedelic surf-punk with a tsunami of luscious ethereal vocals. A spooky 60s undercurrent sweeps you out into the depths of echoic instrumentation. You are dragged back to the beach for a Halloween party pleaser, a high energy po-go-ing riot of raucous excitement. This is the sound of having a punk party in a lava-lamp!

Score: 10/10

Thoughts: It doesn’t get any better than this…flying the flag for perfectly performed punk-pop. Time to hit the dance floor and start a po-go party!

Info: Too Pure Singles Club / Pet Crow


Knew You’d Never Been There / Secret Sister – Seize the Chair 

August 19, 2017

Format: 7″ black vinyl 

Side A: a supreme slice of lo-fi melodic angst that channels the best of 90s indie poetry and mixes it into a tasty pie of glittery guitar and up front bass. A knowing mid to the Charlatans brings back happy 90s summertime. Melancholic but ever so melodic

Side B: a top tier punk indie stomper with oodles of ethereal floaty vocals and smashy crashy drums.  Toe tapping beach flavoured big hitting tune that never stops invading your brain

Score: 8/10

Final Thought: an oh so superior soup of super tasty indie poetry seasoned with delicious beats and an umami of 90s vibes

Info: Too Pure Singles Club 

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