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Boom­box 2 ★★★★ Soul Jazz

It’s all back to the era of fat laces and heavy­weight ghet­to­blasters again on the sec­ond in­stal­ment in the Boom­box se­ries of out­takes from the early days of hip-hop cul­ture. Culled from var­i­ous in­de­pen­dent re­leases from 1979 to 1983, when savvy black busi­ness­men started to put rap on wax for the first time, it’s the story of what hap­pened when hip-hop’s sound and cul­ture moved be­yond its roots in the Bronx and be­gan to take off. You can see the blur­ring of lines be­tween this new-school and old-school disco, soul and R&B on cuts like Har­lem World Crew’s Let’s Rock, Lit­tle Starsky’s

Dancin’ Party Peo­ple and Busy Bee’s School Days. Aside from the mu­sic, Boom­box 2 comes with fan­tas­tic back-in-the-day pho­tos, a range of fly­ers, sleeve notes and in­ter­views with play­ers such as Peter Brown, Keel­ing Beck­ford and Ta­harqa Aleem. soul­jaz­zrecords.co.uk JIM CAR­ROLL

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