Batunga & The Subprimes – Gates of Ouantou 7″

In its first month 2020 has already seen many quality 7″ releases. Here comes another from a label we love – Matsuana Records. 
The label generally focuses on re-releasing lost treasures. But more recently they have been putting out more contemporary tracks. This time around they feature two contemporary tracks by Paris based Afrobeat band Batunga & The Subprimes.
The band were founded in 2009 by musicians from different backgrounds. They were brought together by a will to mix African music Latin, Jazz, and even Rock. They have brought this explosive mix to many shows across Europe and beyond.
2017 saw them self-release their first album ‘Man in the Field’ (2017), followed by their EP ‘Let dem In’ in late 2019. Matasuna has chosen two cuts from these to release on vinyl for the first time.
Gates Of Ouantou, from the EP, has the ingredients for a timeless Afrobeat classic. The arrangement, instrumentation and interplay of the musicians immediately draw you into its spell
Man in the Field on the flip is from the album. It unusually features banjo in an Afrobeat song but this fits in very well. It also shows that classical structures can be broken up and developed in a new approach/context. 
All Matsuana’s releases sell out quickly so pick up a copy or two now. 



45s, 7" vinyl, Hip Hop

Choi feat. Guilty Simpson – Hip Hop Saved My Life 7″

Choi records out of Melbourne have started 2020 with a bang with their debut Hip Hop 45 release. Produced by Choi of the superb group The Traffic and featuring the legendary Guilty Simpson.
Side A is the original mix of the track. A chugging old school beat interspersed with a lovely horn sample, scratches and a switched up chorus. Guilty Simpson’s flow is perfectly placed over the top and he never fails to impress with his rhymes.
Side B features the Space Remix which is slower paced (90 bpm). Heavy bass, crunchy drums and synth lines keep you head nodding throughout.
We can’t wait to see what else the label has up its sleeves this year.
45s, 7" vinyl, Promo

Type 303 – Sticky Disko 7″

To celebrate their 10th release, 45 Live Records have taken a surprise turn in releasing a hip house/acid house 45.
The release is from Finnish producer Dan Kaipio aka Type-303. Pete Isaac – head honcho at 45 Live – managed to pick up the last copy of Type-303’s last record. This followed a recommendation by DJ Food who has been amassing a large collection of Acid House 45s.
Pete got in touch with Dan and asked him whether he would like to do a 45 for the label and the rest as they say is history.
Side A ‘Sticky Disko’ is a straight up ska acid bouncy floor filler. It will bring back fond memories from the the early UK rave scene for those of a certain age.
Side B ‘ Analog Acidbath’ does exactly what it says on the tin. A funky heavy layered 303 workout for the dancefloor.
We were lucky enough to pick up one of the super limited edition psychedelic and transparent version before they sold out. There are a few copies of the black vinyl available but don’t hang around. Both releases come housed in a lovely full colour sleeve.
45s, 7" vinyl

Skratch Bastid & Nick Bike – Stepchild 7″

Woah what a way to start 2020! Skratch Bastid one of our favourite DJ’s teams up with one of our favourite producers to release a new 7″. It comes with a great story to boot.
In his late teens Nick Bike was obsessed with Skratch Bastid’s mixtape CD “Satisfaction Guaranteed”. Within the mix was a rough edit called ‘Stepchild’. He begged Bastid to finish it for many, many years. Finally Bastid invited him to help get it going and the result is now here for everyone to enjoy.
Its a b-boy and dancer hit and DJ’s need to pick up doubles without delay.
The B-side features 2 tracks. First up is Bastid’s “BBQ Break” followed by “Hollywood Shack Up” which puts a twist on a familiar Kool and the Gang joint.
Check out Bastid’s instagram for a short video of him cutting up two copies of the record.


NIke BIke Skratch Bastid



45s, Live events

Good times by the Sea – 21/07/19

Good times by the sea is a bit of an understatement as Sunday 21 July 2019 was an absolutely amazing time by the sea.

Music First Events put themselves on the map last year with their superb 2 day festival at the Oval in Hastings featuring amongst others the Sugar Hill Gang, Big Daddy Kane, The Brand New Heavies and more.

They have now cemented their reputation for quality events with a stunning summer show at the iconic De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.

First up was Norman Jay MBE who brought his good times double decker bus out of retirement for the first time in 6 years to park up on the De La Warr’s outdoor terrace. Repleat with his crystal clear bass heavy original sound system he steadily drew the crowd in with a fine selection of summery soul, hip hop, funk and dance warming them up nicely through till 7pm.

Sir David Rodigan then boarded the bus and gave the crowd a history lesson of reggae and dancehall accompanied by amazing snippets of his life as a DJ and broadcaster. The banter was hilarious with him quipping that “people say you can’t dance to reggae” before dropping General Levy’s ‘Incredible’ and a slew of other classic jungle tracks. He then told us that a DJ has a responsibility to play new music before dropping ‘Program’ by Chase and Status complete with 2 pull ups followed by “Toast” by Koffee. He finished the set off with more classics.

Matt Feast then closed out the terrace section of the event with a choice selection of original vinyl 45s.

The party then moved inside the auditorium which had more Good Times decor and another heavy sound system. The crowd then got to witness the legendary Cuban Brothers. Rodigan described them lovingly as “those lunatics from Glasgow” and he wasn’t wrong. They wowed the crowd with their funked up party hits, out of this world dancing skills and comedy gold banter. There was a reason this section of the event was for over 18s as the crew gradually disrobed until Miguel Mantovani was left gyrating through the crowd wearing just a swan posing pouch.

Norman Jay then returned to the stage with a drum and bass, funk and party anthems set to round the evening off leaving everyone with a huge grin on their faces having had an amazing time.

Music First are back at the De La Warr on Sunday 25th August 2019 with Roni Size, The Scratch Perverts and Dat Brass. There are only a few tickets left available directly from the venue for what is also going to be another top event. Like their page for details of future events. https://m.facebook.com/MusicFirstEvents/