‘Rap Stats’ & ‘The Language Of Hip Hop’


I don’t really know why things like this excite me as much as they do. Hip-hop’s big business and in the digital age where data is power I shouldn’t really be surprised or overly impressed when someone applies a formulaic model to it. But I am, and as such have dedicated countless hours to over analysis of moments in music…

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JMF’s You Asked For It Part 3 – ‘Even Through The Bad Times’


And here we are at Part 3 of 4 of ‘You Asked For It’ – Jimmy Monsta Funk playing wax selected exclusively from his record purchases of 2016. If you missed the first installments you can catch up below. Well worth doing as each part throws up a totally different slant on how the year played out release wise, from…

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All My Records Episode 1


Having moved about 4000 records to a third house in three years I’m getting ready to concede that there is a possibility that my wife and parents are right, I’m never going to listen to them all again. And that’s sad, because although I’d consider myself equal parts collector and selector, records are meant to be played. Like a lot…

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JMF’s You Asked For It Part 2 – ‘Stranger Things Have Happened’


Stoked to be presenting the second instalment of Jimmy Monsta Funk’s 2016 wrap-up. Drawing on his record purchasers from last year exclusively he’s handed us a five hour vinyl rundown split across four parts. If you missed the first part last week you can check it out here: https://awkmo.co/jmfs-you-asked-for-it-part-1-paid-the-cost/ Episode 2 is ‘Stranger Things Have Happened‘ – appropriately kicking off…

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The Dead Albatross Music Prize 2017: Shortlist


Hazar! The Dead Albatross Music Prize has officially rolled around for 2017! The season for the award show launched on Wednesday night with Paul Ackroyd aka Kamikaze announcing this year’s shortlist inside a three-hour special on Reel Rebels Radio. For the uninitiated the Dead Albatross Music Prize was kicked off by Paul in 2013 to recognise the best records to…

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JMF’s You Asked For It Part 1 – ‘Paid the Cost’


We’ve been sitting on this for way too long. Back about two months ago Jimmy Monsta Funk delivered us over five hours of 2016 records, split across four mixes. Well worth the wait though, as he’s on point as always with curation and skills. You Asked For It is drawn for JMF’s own collection of vinyl purchases across 2016, and the sectioning…

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Elisha Morningstar – ‘MTS’ Cassette [Canti Magneti]


When it’s all too hectic I can usually find some solace in field recordings. My favourite forms of these manipulations sit somewhere between a podcast and musique concrete, able to hit on the startling familiarity that you might find in hearing another’s voice in discussion with you versus audio treats made from unexpected sources. I recently picked up MTS, a…

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Assel – ‘This Will Not Stand’ LP [Where To Now?]


Anyone else sick of the pre-order hype? With the exception of Akira, who’s label have said that they’ll ensure there’s enough for everybody incidentally, I’m well over being pimped bs”limited” and “pre-order necessary” records that seem to make their own labels nervous. If you’re a record label you should be able to back yourself and your roster on release, just…

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