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Zombi Holocaust Review

Zombi Holocaust
(A.K.A. ‘Dr. Butcher, M.D.’)

Directed by Marino Girolami
Produced by Fabrizio De Angelis
Soundtrack by Nico Fidenco (Walter F. Sear for ‘Dr. Butcher, M.D.’

The trials and tribulations of an exploitation and Eurocult film collector: alternate titles, artwork, and director (& sometimes actor) pseudonyms. In the days before reliable internet research, it was not uncommon for me to buy a film, only to realize that I already owned it. Such was the case with this gem by Italian director Marino Girolami. ZOMBI HOLOCAUST (a.k.a. DR. BUTCHER, M.D.) is by its very nature, a quintessential exploitation film. It is not, by any means a good film (we’re not talking Criterion material here). It is, in fact however, a great example of Italian exploitation cinema – a vital contribution to the Video Nasty era. This was a classic example of the attempt to cash in on the late 70’s/early 80’s Italian zombie and cannibal craze. Continue reading

There Ain’t Nothing Like Hip Hop Music

That line, “there ain’t nothing like Hip Hop music” means just as much if not more now than it ever has. Hip Hop is in very chaotic and disruptive state with everything basically being categorized as such but within all of the darkness there will always be a peek of light shinning though as is the case with the new Ollie Teeba project, Short Order. Enlisting a line up captivating hold your attention MC’s including the likes of Jean Grae, Oxgyen and Audessey over new era boom bap goodness, the 8 cut outing gives you just enough to warrant extra replay value with even more room to hold tight in hopes of a second coming in the near future. Hip Hop is supposed to be a constantly forward moving entity and that’s exactly what this album is, forward moving while keeping a tradition of quality in tow. We hear from so many “trapped in nostalgia” music listeners that there’s nothing good out today, well it’s obvious that you’re looking in all the wrong places and you should try using Short Order as your starting point. Continue reading

DJ Format – Kool & The Gangstarr Generation

I’ve never really been a wake up and smile in the morning type of guy unless I had just reason to be like catching a flight to another country or saying cheese for the camera during a photo shoot and even then it’s a task to work the facial muscles. But waking up Monday morning to an email from the great DJ Format informing me about his new Kool & The Gang inspired 45 definitely got the day rolling on cheek to cheek note. DJ Format is a thoroughbred in his craft, he’s particular in making sure things are tight before it reaches the public’s ear and his new double sider 45 is just what the ear doctors ordered! “Kool & The Gangstarr Generation” is a tribute of sorts to one of our favorite funk groups and flips the script to create one super group of funky sample proportions and includes some of our favorite producers including Gangstarr, The Bomb Squad and 45 King. Made up and combining Kool & The Gang’s most influential tracks and perfectly splicing them together in such a way that we have yet to hear on a 7”, yet takes us back to early cut & paste style 12”. Continue reading

Hot Peas & Butta Double Feature Screening

Next week starts the annual Hot Peas & Butta Germany tour and our 5th year of traveling across the country with 45s of funk, soul and reggae in tow. Being that it is our 5th anniversary we wanted to do something special to kick things off, something that without a shadow of a doubt screams Hot Peas & Butta. If you know and understand our brand then it’s obvious that film culture, specifically Blaxploitation and Kung Fu cinema of the 70’s are a major part of us and has influenced our image since day one. So after hours spent working on something special we’ve connected with Filmclub 813 e.V., an amazing independent theater in Cologne, Germany to help take us back into the glory days of old NYC’s 42nd Street and it’s gritty theaters to do a double feature screening of two of our favorite films, Black Caesar starring Fred Williamson and Master of The Flying Guillotine starring Jimmy Wang Yu both shown in glorious 35mm! Both films are highly regarded as some of Quentin Tarantino’s favorites of the exploitation genre and we have to agree 100% with him. Continue reading

From Here To Funk meets Hot Peas & Butta

Looking forward to finally getting the HP&B Germany 5th year anniversary tour underway and especially excited to be returning to Kiel to rock with the fellas at From Here To Funk. For the last few years these guys have opened up their doors to us to brining what we do to the decks and for the amazing people of the city. Expect the usual late hours (going until at least 7am), proper musical selections, rare visuals and flowing drinks of this do not miss event!

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Mixes We Love

Almost on a daily basis we come across tons of music, some good and some not so good. We also get asked just as frequent, who and what are we listening to these days and just like the weather, that changes often. Of course we have our go to daily rotations that get us through the work day but from time to time something slips into our inbox that becomes a repeat listen here at the office which happens to be the case with these two lovely mixes from some of our favorites DJs and collectors. Continue reading

Return of Magic In Threes

Finally after what seemed like an eternity, Magic In Threes return with their latest album simply titled Return of Magic In Threes. We’ve been looking forward to a follow up to their 2011 self-titled LP and it’s exactly what we’d hoped for. Continuing on with their signature sound and obvious love of Library LPs and scores, they take the listener on a rather peaceful and relaxing cinematic journey within a world that’s obviously filled with chaos. This go around the group has released a 200 copy, limited edition cassette tape (hopefully vinyl LP to follow) for those of us who enjoy our analog sounds. There are only a handful of bands out today creating this type of vibe in what we like to call “New Library Sounds” which we believe will be the records that “diggers” and soundtrack enthusiasts will search for 20 years from now. We definitely know that this gets the Marsellus Wallace seal of approval and you know he’s official when it comes to the genre! Continue reading

Yuzo Koshiro “Streets of Rage”

Outside of food, music is one of the very few things that connect people from different walks of life. But unlike today’s hits on the pop charts that become outdated within a few short weeks, music from our favorite video games seems to resonate with us even after we’ve grown and moved on. There’s something nostalgic about hearing these electronic compositions that suck us back into a time where the handheld controller was spotted more in hands of the youth than today’s iPhone. One of the most recognizable and of course played games of that time was SEGA’s Streets of Rage which made it’s debut on the Genesis home console in 1991. Fresh out the box, the Genesis boasted incredible graphics but in addition to that, some of the most incredible music was composed. Continue reading

The Real Thing “Give It Up Turnit Loose”

There are record labels of all sorts pressing music to satisfy every type of vinyl lover out there. But very few have a distinct focus of seeking out quality and unreleased tracks from years past and delivering it with great care and detail. Super Disco Edits is one label that has made a name for itself doing just that, finding these unearthed gems and presenting them with great sound, authentic labels and in limited numbers of course. Their latest release is surely a welcome addition to their catalog and features a cover version to one of the greatest Bboy cuts ever, “Give It Up Turnit Loose” by The Real Thing. Originally recorded by Soul Brother #1 James Brown, The Real Thing’s version with help from producer Stu Gardner is an incredible take and equally fast and funky version featuring an extra long drum break that’s perfect for the double up or getting loose on the floor. Continue reading

While You Were Sleeping…. this dropped.

While you were sleeping a Russian exclusive 45 on the boutique Spasibo label dropped featuring The Soul Surfers back during the first quarter of the year. As with a few other releases that we’ve seen making their way from Russia, the original 7” was pressed as a promo only in the amount of 25 and shortly after released in limited numbers with a label variant. “Vladimir’s Groove” b/w “Igor’s Groove” features The Soul Surfers delivering more of that Russian funk with a swinging Jazzy edge to it. This 7” has been on repeat for quite sometime and has been a gem on the low since hearing our friend DJ Smirnoff from Saint Petersburg Russia give it spins. Continue reading