Attention eBay shoppers! Get your dusty Loadstone , Jasman , Bay Sound and Boola-Boola label funk singles now while the bid prices are still within reach. The imminent release of Ubiquity 's killer new Bay Area Funk comp (due October 7) promises to do for the dollar value of vintage San Francisco and Oakland scene joints what the Funky 16 Corners set did for Indiana-area plastic - through the roof, sport. Once casual collectors with money to burn get a load of the bluesy glories of Marvin Holmes , the Unforgettables , Wylie Trass and the awesome San Francisco TKO's , it'll all be over but the shouting.
Distributed on the down low, the Canadian Classix, Volume 1 mix disc - assembled by the on-air crew from CKLN-FM's hugely popular Real Frequency hiphop program - is a brilliant Toronto-centric document of bangin' underground Canuck hiphop creativity. Boasting rugged business from Kardinal Offishall , Saukrates , Thrust , IRS , BrassMunk , Mathematik , Checkmate , Citizen Kane , Marvel and others, Canadian Classix has been astutely put together with the same love and respect for the form that went into many of these bedroom and basement productions. Be sure to hit up P-Plus , Muziklee Inzane or Arcee for a copy at Real Frequency's Una Mas mash-up Friday (September 26), and definitely grab the long-threatened Volume 2 if they've got it ready.
Ever wonder what's happening in the wacky world of British hiphop? Me neither, but the September issue of glossy UK rap rag Hip-Hop Connection comes stuck with the Ain't You Heard? mix disc from the taste-making hosts of BBC 1xtra's Original Fever show, Rodney P and Skitz , who offer up a head-turning sampling of what's currently rockin' Austin Minis on the mean streets of London. Skeme , Caramac , Fredi Kruga and K.ners outclass the microphone competition, but ringers like dancehall destroyer Elephant Man , who turns up on The Pressure, and the Nextmen , who deliver the sick beats for Rodney P's Hear What I Say steal the show.
The sensuously slinky sound of classic Congolese rumba is the sort of thing I could listen to non-stop for weeks straight without complaint. So believe me, the El Congo - Rumba Congalaise (Marabi/Bros) disc, on which Kinshasa scene legend Wendo Kolosoy joins Brazzaville's Antoine Moundanda in recapturing that long-lost late 50s vibe, is a dazzling delight. Listen to the first few notes of the Rumbanella Band 's swing through Tabu Ley Rochereau 's Kellya and you'll be hooked.