ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: Long Black Road (SPARK ARRESTER re-edit) (2014) Free download

Long Black Road Spark ArresterAs if tampering with the soft rock behemoth of Chicago wasn’t enough, it’s now the turn of prog rock Leviathan’s Electric Light Orchestra to undergo the Spark Arrester treatment. His prey is their obscure, Japan-only released Long Black Road off 2001 comeback LP Zoom. You can cop the prodigious wobble-bass result below though I should also point out that Spark Arrester
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CAPITOL 1212 feat. GAPPY RANKS: ‘Born As A Warrior’ video & free download (2014)

Freedom Fighter Capitol 1212 Gappy RanksCapitol 1212 ensure iration for the nation (or at least those attending their headline slot at the Electric Picnic Festival next weekend) by dropping a video for and free download of their Gappy Ranks-featuring Born As A Warrior reggae cut from recent LP The Return Of Rudy Nacho. Footage of civil rights campaigners from the American Deep South and South Africa backdrop Gappy’s
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EPHEMERALS: ‘Things Part 1′ video (2014) + Album release update

Things Part 1 EphemeralsThere’s nothing fleeting about Ephemerals‘ timeless brand of old school soul here exemplified on the video for Things Part 1. Singer Wolf Valbrun wanders the streets of St Paul’s, Bristol, pondering what the missus has been saying about starting a family and then notices a million reasons written in chalk on the pavement about why you wouldn’t want to start one: a morality-free society
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OMEGAMAN: Hot Sauce EP (2014)

Hot Sauce EP OmegamanSomething a little piquant (100% if the cover art is to be believed) from Oz producer Omegaman in the form of his Hot Sauce EP. That’ll be eight tracks then (four vocal plus the instros thereof) encompassing a ska breaks number (featuring Patou of Melbourne Ska Orchestra), carnivalesque latin hammond-boogaloo breaks, reggae breaks (featuring Mustafa Akbar of Nappy Riddem) and
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MR BRISTOW & BENNY SILVER: Get Lively EP (2014)

Get Lively EP Mr Bristow Benny SilverRating: ★★★★★ Further excellence from Mr Bristow as he is rejoined by partner in crime Benny Silver to trump their My Life EP from earlier in the year. The pair manage this with the Get Lively EP which skips around the intersection between boom-bap Brit-hop, swing-hop, recent rap adventures in the land of ghetto funk and the faintest hint of bashment, crackling, as it does so
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ALEXIA COLEY: Drive Me Wild (2014)

Drive Me Wild Alexia ColeyRating: ★★★★★ More excellence from Alexia Coley in the shape of the latin-horns flavoured northern soul of Drive Me Wild. She gets tingles deep inside according to the lyrics, which is what you’ll get when you hear it this too. Comes in Lack Of Afro and Skeewiff flavours too. The former goes in softly-softly before ditching the doo-wop percussion and unleashing something a little
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2PAC: California Love (BRUNO BORLONE & BOOGIE MIKE remix)(2014) Free download

California Love Bruno Borlone Boogiue MikeMost people are aware that California knows how to party, many are cognizant of the fact that it’s a state where you never find a dancefloor empty and a few enlightened individuals have even apprehended that it’s a state where one riots rather than rallies. Who knew however, that things were similar in at least one whole country south of the equator? For, if this slap bass-powered remix
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BIG BOSS MAN: Last Man On Earth (album) (2014)

Last Man On Earth Big Boss ManRating: ★★★★★ The UK’s mod-liest funk-soul-jazz-rnb-psych-fuzz outfit, Big Boss Man, are back with their fourth LP shortly and have decided to go with the whole concept-album – er – concept. In this case, the apocalyptic ‘last man on earth’ idea. It’s probably why they’ve run with the title The Last Man On Earth. Well – the sixties was a decade where all that hedonism was balanced by the very
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SMOOVE: Big Bird (remix) (2014)

Big Bird SmooveRating: ★★★★★ If there’s a man who knows how to provide a set finale it’s Smoove a.k.a. Berry Geordie and here he opens up the sky and comes to you with a very large funky breaks take on Eddie Bird’s stomping Stax cut Big Bird. Frankly, it’s enough to turn you eight feet tall and bright yellow. There’s no sign of a release or free
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ERIC B & RAKIM: In The Ghetto (RHYTHM SCHOLAR Urban Renewal Remix) (2014) Free download

In The Ghetto Rhythm Scholar remix Eric B RakimWhen is it ok to listen to The Eagles, Phil Collins and Bob Seger? When they’re sampled along with Elvis and James Brown on a new beat for Eric B & Rakim’s 1990 cut In The Ghetto of course! Step forward Rhythm Scholar who provides a musical education by managing to rehabilitate AOR and cheesy pop rock with his ‘Urban Renewal’ mix. It ain’t where your music’s from it’s where it’s at
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