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The Funky Instrumentals 45

A 2 track single () — released May 5th 2008 on Mukatsuku

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Nik Weston's Mukatsuku label steps up with it's first release of 2008 and what a blinder! With an impressive back catalogue, this vinyl only imprint can always be trusted to uncover a gem and this, the seventh release on the label raises the bar even higher. One of Japans most respected hip hop producers of recent times, DJ Mitsu The Beats has been responsible for many a classic on labels such as Jazzy Sport, Stone Throw and Blue Note - all straddling the jazz/hip hop/broken beat sound perfectly. Here he serves up 2 exclusive instrumentals from his 3 piece hip hop outfit Gagle, of whom he is the producer. The A Side 'Eastern Voyage' is a jazzy hip hop instrumental, evoking the classic sound of Smash Hunters 'Fat Jazzy Grooves' series. Heavy on the head nod, but also fat enough to rock the spot. Over on the flip, the breaks come thick and fast on 'Kuro Fessional MC' - a simple but effective peak time funk rocker.

the sound of a million dusty Blue Notes laid back to back, cut-up, chopped and spun out again over a classic hip-hop rhythm. - Update Magazine

2 fresh and funky hip hop instrumentals on this rather splendid 7”...reminding me of the Fat Jazzy Grooves productions of the mid 90s. Heavy stuff! - Shepdog IDJ

Dirty funk beats and big,bold almost cinematic jazz collide in a whirlwind workout. - DJ Magazine

tight jazzy hip hop instrumentals, and with Mitsu on the production, very clean and snappy. The B side 'Kuro Fessional MC' is particularly tough, uptempo breakbeats and sparse horn stabs unite for a teasing DJ tool that should be longer! - Pete Isaac Jelly Jazz

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