Snack Attack, Vol 8

Bobby’s Buffalo Chips – Chilli Beef flavour

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Picked up after a gig in Brixton, I didn’t have huge hopes for these, but figured it was worth a punt. Well, it wasn’t.

Walkers Max and other ridged crisps I’ve tried previously have tended to have a pleasingly snappy crunch – these were bordering on stale despite being well within the expiry date.

The flavour was actually ok – tiny bit of chilli heat underpinning the standard crisp “beef” flavour (has anyone ever eaten beef that actually tastes like that though?). But the feeling that they’d been opened for a week, then resealed, totally spoiled the experience.

4/10

Mixtape Monday, Vol 28

Endless Rhythm – Week 1

I generally try and keep these section reserved for other people’s mixes I’ve enjoyed listening to, but every so often I’ve popped in one of my own. Today is one such day!

I give you my brand new radio show on Music Box Radio, which will air weekly 9pm-11pm, then be hosted on this here Mixcloud I’ve set up!

Expect the very best, all genres and all eras in the mix, taking in well-worn classics that have served me over the years, through to up-front promos I’ve just been sent.

Here’s what was up in Week 1!

Hidden Agenda – Big Lamp
Chance the Rapper – All Night (feat. Knox Fortune) (Kaytranada Extended Joint)
Plant Life – When She Smiles She Lights The Sky (4 Hero Remix)
Most Wanted – Calm Down Instrumental
Giant Panda – Racist
Dizzee Rascal V Beatvandals – Old Skool Mashup V2 ( Beatvandals Mix )
The Pointer Sisters – Automatic
Behling – Last Chance
LL Cool J – Jingling Baby (Remixed But Still Jingling)
Central Line – Walking Into Sunshine (Original Larry Levan 12” Mix)
Moderat – Eating Hooks (Siriusmo Remix – Solomun Edit)
Booka Shade – Lost High (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
Soul of Hex – Nobody
Jean Jacques Smoothie – 2 People (Blonde Version)
Demuir – Roots Of House
Solardo – Tribesmen
Groove Armada – Superstylin (Riva Starr Edit)
Red Rack’em – Tomato Pope
Champion + Four Tet – Flip Side
Walker & Royce – I.T.B.
Doc Daneeka – Never Wanna Lose You
Dimitri From Stoke On Trent – I Wanna Be Your Lobster
Chic – Everybody Dance (12” Version)
Boy 8-Bit – Action Break
Roy Davis Jr – Gabriel (Live Garage Version)
Freeway – What We Do” (featuring Jay-Z/Beanie Sigel)
Giggs – The Best
Slum Village – Fourth & Back (Rock Music)
Anderson .Paak – Come Down
People Under the Stairs – Trippin’ At The Disco
Amerie – Take Control
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Different Marks – Lavender Lady

Snack Attack, Vol 7

Hip Pops – Sweet Chilli Flavour

Well, I’ve fallen behind somewhat in these reviews, but one that is in the offing is the Barbecue Popchips. However, it has been gazumped by these curiosities that I picked up in a greengrocer in Bethnal Green.

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I was obviously drawn by the puntastic name, and the very reasonable price and low calorie count didn’t hurt either. These are one of the new breed of “popped” crisps that have started to appear on the market, a pleasingly crunchy style that is apparently relatively low in fat or something. These are more than half soy, and contain a pretty impressive 17.5% protein as a result. And they only have about 2/3 of the calories of Walkers Ready Salted or Doritos Tangy Cheese. So, while not a health food, that’s actually a lot better if you do need a snack to keep you going in terms of your waistline. They are very high in salt though.

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Anyway, to the item in question. Nobody is buying these to be healthy, they are buying them to be a tasty salty snack. And they deliver, more or less. They are not as good as Popchips, although I didn’t A/B them. They seemed a tiny bit thinner, and the flavour of these was a timid attempt at sweet chilli – not even close to the God-level seasoning on the Walkers Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli crisps that are very much the Leo Messi of the crisp world – been around for ages, still going strong, hard to pick a fault with. But these were a decent little snack, and a bargain at 59p. I’d personally have liked a touch more flavouring, and that flavouring to have a touch more heat.

6.5/10