Between MC Andy Cooper’s opening count in, to the memorable end credit shout outs, their latest feel-good hip-hopper crams in more breaks, more funk, and more raps, into a single than the group has ever dared before.
Built around an earworm double bass lick and some neck-snapping drums, the track forms the perfect backdrop for the LA rhyme-slayer let us know that, “On stage I’m calm as a Decepticon/That transforms from Gandhi to Genghis Khan”, before dropping his fastest verse…ever. Yes! And if you’ve heard their blistering early sure shot collabo, ‘Rock Rock’, then you know that’s no mean feat.
Sweating as their go-to mic man ups his game, the production duo of Rackabeat and Moneyshot dutifully raise theirs, digging harder and chopping wilder with the music. They swerve in slick samples and cheeky vocals. Spin back cut sections and take breakbeat U-turns. Yet the ex-Ugly Duckling frontman never falters, relishing the challenge. It makes for one wild ride, leaving you panting for more. Proving that sometimes ‘2 Much’ is never enough.
Not content with just serving up 13 heaters on the ‘Steal the show’ the boys have been back up in the lab assembling this nifty little EP for you… Headed up by a total heavyweight taken from that album - ‘Keep It Moving’. It’s a platform for Welsh based MC and resident member of Afro Cluster – Skunkadelic, to provide us with some authentic UK hip hop flavours. Delivered via his signature baritone over some classic soul beats from the boys – it’s a good old-fashioned rap track with a positive message. That’s what we like. ‘When The Heat Comes Down’ won a ton of admirers at radio when it was released last October for its funky groove and good-time party rap from international hip hop dons ASM. This version sees it reimagined by The Allergies themselves with the funk factor ramped up to eleven.
Linguistic athlete - Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) has become something of a mainstay on Allergies records and it’s easy to see why with tracks like ‘Run It Back’ demonstrating his prowess on the mic. Funk DJ extraordinaire Smoove steps up to revise this outrageous acapella with some heavy artillery breaks that are already doing damage in the clubs.
Rounding things off is the classic Allergies cut ‘Entitled To That’ - but not as we know it (Jim). Keeping you on your toes - this upbeat ‘Roots Mix’ version sees the boys look to their reggae influences for inspiration, check it out on our new dub and reggae playlist below.
All tracks are from album ‘Steal The Show’ which will be the third after 2016’s ‘As We Do Our Thing’ these things are best described as Party Bangers, Northern Soul Stompers and Block Rocking 90’s Throwback Beats and Rhymes featuring guests rappers ‘Andy Cooper’ ‘Blu Rum13’ and ‘Hypeman Sage’ and 2017’s ‘Push On’ possibly named as they do ‘Push On’ their sound with more use of live instruments, Andy Cooper is back this time on writing duties ‘Dr Syntax’ returns and there some quality Soulful vocals from Canadian singer ‘Honey LaRochelle’
It’s exactly the reason why their first and second albums have been heavily rotated across the BBC radio stations, played almost weekly on The Craig Charles Funk and Soul show and were awarded the coveted BBC6 Music ‘Album Of The Day’ twice in as many years. Throw into the mix significant features in The Observer, Mixmag and Bandcamp as well as topping charts and playlists across the major online stores and streaming sites, and it’s hard to ignore what these guys are doing right now…
Their M.O hasn’t changed as they continue to ply their signature playful style that reshapes vintage sounds for the modern dancefloor, with two more red hot tracks guaranteed to get the party started.
The track we feature on our playlist is ‘Can’t Keep Working This Hard’ is an up-beat slice of sister funk, telling all you fellas out there to shape up or ship out. It’s got everything to help you keep your man in check with suitably sassy lyrics and a hook that doesn’t quit. It’s a finger waving, toe tapping, booty shaking affair ready to move any crowd imaginable…
They’ve refined their sound even further on the record with more live instrumentation than ever before as they evolve their funky orchestrations to exciting new territories. Honey LaRochelle lays down the uptempo vocals and Mr Woodnote drops some funky live saxophone into the mix.
Flip the wax and we have the unofficial third member of the crew - Andy Cooper, taking lead vocals on ‘Run It Back’ – another classic collaboration, fusing dusty breaks and soul jazz samples with Cooper’s quickfire vocal delivery. It’s everything we’ve come to expect when these guys get together – a perfectly executed classic Hip Hop track that ticks all the boxes – funky beats, dope rhymes, quality DJ scratching, and a right earworm of a chorus. Beautiful.
Other tracks previously featured are now in our archived playlist but you can still listen here and check out the latest music added to our playlist above,
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