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Various - Stax: The Soul Of Hip Hop When hip hop emerged in the late 1970s, it was about the freshest sound music had heard since the advent of rock'n'roll three decades earlier. Of course, musical movements don't spring up from nowhere completely, and this exciting new music borrowed heavily from funk and soul, quite literally in many cases, with the use of samples. This album explores the archives of legendary soul label Stax to find 14 tracks sampled elsewhere, such as Booker T & The MGs' Melting Pot, which Big Daddy Kane used on Another Victory, and Williams Bell's I Forgot To Be Your Lover. One for the crate-digger and casual fan alike.

The Proclaimers - Notes And Rhymes Having danced along in a hundred dingy nightclubs to an 'ironic' DJ playing (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles, it is hard to know just how serious one should take a new Proclaimers album.

Are they one-hit wonders? Misunderstood Celtic troubadours? The Krankies with acoustic guitars? Disappointingly, a listen to their eighth studio record sheds little light on the dilemma. At times the subject matter is overtly political, with unemployment and war all tackled. But the unflinchingly lightweight backing, which positively defines the word twee, along with by-numbers fillers like Love Can Move Mountains, ensures a mixed message.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 27, 2009
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