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Mental Combat issue 890

Author: Blaze
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Every year, we force Blaze to sit down and spend “friggin’ ages” sorting through 12 months’ worth of Homebase releases, to decide which ones are the keepers. Then we make him put it in alphabetical order. It’s sort of cruel, really – but I’m sure you’ll agree the result is something pretty special, encompassing a huge range of underground hip hop (with some splashes of funk thrown in for good measure). We, and Blaze, hope you find it useful.

1.    13TH SON - Our Lives. Grindin [Australia]
2.    4 DAYS IN GENEVA - 4 Days in Geneva. HHIM [USA/Switzerland]
3.    40 WINKS - Sound Puzzle. Merck [Belgium]
4.    7L & ESOTERIC - Egoclapper. Fly Casual [USA]
5.    ABDOMINAL - Escape from the Pigeon Hole. Do Right [Canada]
6.    A-LOVE - Ace of Hearts. Crookneck. [Australia]
7.    ARMY OF THE PHAROAHS - Ritual of the Battle. Baby Grande [USA]
8.    AZTEXT, The - The Sacred Document. AZT [USA]
9.    BAMBOOS, The - Rawville. Tru Thoughts. [Australia]
10.    BEASTIE BOYS - The Mix-Up. Capitol [USA]
11.    BLACK MILK - Popular Demand. Fat Beats [USA]
12.    BLOCKHEAD - Uncle Tony’s Colouring Book. Ninja Tune [USA]
13.    BLU & EXILE - Below the Heavens. Sound in Colour [USA]
14.    BLUE SCHOLARS - Bayani. Rawkus [USA]
15.    BLUE SKY BLACK DEATH ft. HELL RAZAH – Razah’s Ladder. Babygrande [USA]
16.    BRAND NUBIAN - Time’s Running Out. Traffic [USA]
17.    BREAKTHROUGH - Breakthrough. Pantone [Japan]
18.    BROTHER ALI - Undisputed Truth. Rhymesayers [USA]
19.    BUDOS BAND, The - The Budos Band II. Daptone [USA]
20.    CAMP LO - Black Hollywood. Traffic [USA]
21.    CILVARINGZ - I. Top Notch [USA/Netherlands]
22.    COLOR CLIMAX - Plug it in. Breakin Bread [UK]
23.    COPPERPOT - WYLA. Low Life [USA]
24.    CUNNINLYNGUISTS - Dirty Acres. [USA]
25.    DAP-C - The Richest Misfit Bootleg. [UK]
26.    DASAN AHANU & PICASSO - Present The Jim Crow Jackson Experiment. Grindin [USA]
27.    DEEJAY OM - Reheated Naan & Curry. Galapagos [USA]
28.    DEVIN THE DUDE - Waiting to Inhale. Rap-A-Lot [USA]
29.    DIRTY DIGGERS - The Pleasure is all Mine. Zebra Traffic [UK]
30.    DJ ALIBI - One Day. Tres [Russia/USA]
31.    DJ BONES - Roll Call. Obese [Australia]
32.    DJ DAY - The Day Before. MPM [USA]
33.    DJ DREZ & MARTY WILLIAMS - The Complete Moon Bay Sessions. [USA]
34.    DJ JAZZY JEFF - Return of the Magnificent. Rapster [USA]
35.    DJ MAYONAISSE - Still Alive. Anticon [USA]
36.    DJ REGAL - Loop Dreams. Unique [Australia/UK]
37.    DJ VADIM - Soundcatcher.  Ninja Tune [UK]
38.    DJ ZEPH & AZEM - Rise Up. OM [USA]
39.    DR SYNTAX - Self Taught. Dented [UK]
40.    DUBBLEDGE - The Richest Man In Babylon. Low Life [UK]
41.    DUMHI - Three Seats From Heaven. Duhmi [USA]
42.    FREESTYLE PROFESSORS - The Best of (The Unreleased Album) [USA]
43.    FREQUENT FLYERS - The Best Album. Milk Dipper [Japan]
44.    GHOSTFACE KILLA - Big Doe Rehab. Def Jam [USA]
45.    GRAND DADDY IU - Stick to the Script. Fat Beats [USA]
46.    HAGGIS HORNS, The - Hot Damn. First Word. [Scotland]
47.    HARLEM EXPERIMENT, The - The Harlem Experiment. Ropeadope [USA]
48.    HELIOCENTRICS, The - Out There. Stones Throw [USA]
49.    HEZEKIAH - I Predict a Riot. Soul Spazm [USA]
50.    HMD One - Pursuit. Philasofikal [USA]
51.    HOT 8 BRASS BAND - Rock With The Hot 8. Tru Thoughts. [USA]
52.    IVENS – Sounds To Expire To. Eco-Tone [Australia]
53.    JOSH MARTINEZ, AWOL ONE & DJ MOVES - Splitsville. Camobear [Canada]
54.    J-RO – Rare Earth B-Boy Funk Vol 2. JuJu [USA/Sweden]
55.    KATALYST - What’s Happening- Invada [Australia]
56.    KLASHNEKOFF - Lionheart: Tussle with the Beast. Low Life [UK]
57.    KOLLABO BROTHERS, The - For My People. Kool Kat [Finland]
58.    KUTIMAN - Music is Ruling My World. MPM [Germany/Israel]
59.    LEFTIES SOUL CONNECTION - Skimming the Skum. MPM [Netherlands]
60.    LIFESAVAS - Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack. Quannum [USA]
61.    LITTLE BROTHER - Get Back. ABB [USA]
62.    MARCO POLO - Port Authority. Rawkus [Canada]
63.    MUNESHINE - Walk in the Park. Mumbles [Canada]
64.    NOSTALGIA 77 OCTET, The - Weapons of Jazz Destruction. Tru Thoughts [UK]
65.    OH NO - Oh No’s Experiment. Stones Throw [USA]
66.    OHMEGA WATTS - Watt’s Happening- Ubiquity [USA]
67.    ONRA & QUETZAL - Tribute. Bo Bun [France]
68.    ORGONE - The Killion Floor. Ubiquity [USA]
69.    OUTLINES - Our Lives Are Too Short. Sonar Kollektiv [Germany]
70.    PEGZ - Burn City. Obese [Australia]
71.    PETE PHILLY & PERQUISITE - Mystery Repeats. Unexpected [Netherlands]
72.    PHAROAHE MONCH - Desire. Umvd [USA]
73.    PHAT KAT - Carte Blanche. Look [USA]
74.    PIP SKID – The Pip Donahue Show. Peanuts & Corn [Canada]
75.    QUANTIC SOUND ORCHESTRA – Tropedelico. Tru Thoughts [UK]
76.    RAHEEM JAMAL - Boombox. Brick [USA]
77.    REDMAN - Red Gone Wild. Def Jam [USA]
78.    SEAN PRICE - Jesus Price Superstar. Duck Down [USA]
79.    SHAWN LOV - Waiting for a Ghost. Nuff Said [USA]
80.    SIXTOO - Jackals & Vipers in Envy of Man. Ninja Tune [Canada]
81.    SKREIN - The Eat Up. Dented [UK]
82.    SKUFF - The End of the World. The Music [UK]
83.    SNOWGOONS - German Lugers. Babygrande [Germany/USA]
84.    SOUND STYLISTICS – The Sound Stylistics Play Deep Funk. Freesty [UK]
85.    SPEECH DEFECT - Come for the Funeral, Stay for the Food. Hand Cuts [Sweden]
86.    STATIK SELEKTAH - Spell My Name Right. [USA]
87.    STEADY DIGGIN WORKSHOP - Let’s Go Steady. Carbon Imprint [UK]
88.    STYLE HIGH CLUB - Creativity Department. [Australia]
89.    TALIB KWELI - Eardrum. Warner [USA]
90.    TALIB KWELI & MADLIB - Liberation. Stones Throw [USA]
91.    THES ONE - Lifestyle Marketing. Tres [USA]
92.    TOM C & PRINCE PO - Saga of the Simian Samurai. Threshold [USA]
93.    ULTIMATE FORCE - I’m Not Playin’. Strong City [USA]
94.    UNDERCLASSMEN - Underclassic. Muve [Switzerland]
95.    URTHBOY - The Signal.  Elefant Traks [Australia]
96.    WAX TAILOR - Hope & Sorrow. Blend Corp [France]
97.    WILD CHILD - Jack of All Trades. - [USA]
98.    X-CLAN - Return From Mecca. Suburban Noise [USA]
99.    Y-SOCIETY (Insight & Damu) - Travel at your Own Pace. Tres [USA]
100.    ZYGOTE - Beats to Make You Frown. Boot [UK]

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