QUARTER STREET: Fantasia (2015) + Video + title track ltd. free download

Fantasia Quarter StreetWhat do you reckon the chances are of an Australian group in 2015 being able to get anywhere close to sounding like the Fania giants of yore in a way that hitherto few aside from Ray Lugo have? The answer is pretty damn close as it happens – say ‘hello’ to Quarter Street, the Melbourne-based four-piece core of Latin-American heritage whose full-length debut
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NICOLE WILLIS & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS: One In A Million (2015)

One In A Million NIcole Willis Soul InvestigatorsHey everybody it’s Timmion time! And while that might sound not unlike the opening to a certain kids’ TV programme about an animated sheep it’s actually your heads up to the fact that there’s a new Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators single, One In A Million, out in a few weeks – the second to foreshadow the upcoming new LP. Expect a funky, horns-led, seventies soul affair on
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BALKAN RIDDIMS: Sensimilla (DJ INKO remix) (2015) Free download

Sensimilla Balkan Riddims DJ InkoBetween releases, DJ Inko likes to get busy with the edits, remixes and bootlegs. Also, as anyone who knows his work will be aware, he likes to spread his production love as widely as possible which is why lots of his work is available gratis. In this instance it’s Inko’s cheeky version of Balkan Riddims’ Sensimilla which is available for your delectation as he lights a fire under the arse of
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IDRIS ACKAMOOR & THE PYRAMIDS: Rhapsody In Berlin (2015)

Rhapsody In Berlin Idris AckamoorArising phonenix-like after over three decades, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids re-released their three privately pressed 70s LPs a while back and then did a European tour in 2010. As if that wasn’t enough, they then went and released a new LP in 2012 and now there’s this new 45. Rhapsody In Berlin – for such is its name – is a slow burning slice of afro-instro-funk complete with a
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SEE-I: Knowledge Shine Bright Remixed EP 2 (2015)

Knowledge Shine Bright Remixed EP 2 See IYou knew there was going to be a sequel when you saw the ‘1’ in the name of the first EP and here it is – the Knowledge Shine Bright Remixed EP 2 on which Sammy Senior, Thunderball, Lack Jemmon and Palletz get busy with their choice of cuts off See-I‘s last album. Thunderball utterly transforms the mellow rootsy original of Never Give Up into persistent junglist jump-up
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MAKO & MR BRISTOW: Supersoul Rock N Roll EP (2015)

Supersoul Rock N Roll EP Mako Mr BristowBristol-to-London pairing Mako & Mr Bristow follow-up their own previous EPs on Breakbeat Paradise (Mako with The Hawk and Mr Bristow with Benny Silver) by dropping a brand, spanking, new 4-track EP of funk-soul-hip-hop-party breaks shortly – tracks off which have been getting much love from Craig Charles of late. They should probably get someone they know well
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SAVAGES Y SUEFO: Remixes Y Reworks (2015)

Remixes Y Reworks Savages Y SuefoBet you can’t guess what sort of deal is on offer from Savages Y Suefo‘s next release – Remixes Y Reworks. Oh alright then – yes it is a stack of quality rerubs from among the Hungarian production duo’s favourites of the last few years. The collection includes a proportion of work that the pair have re-done for fellow Hungarian artists such as The Qualitons, Kerekes Band, Marcel and
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: BBP Power Hour Podcast (2015) Free download

Powerhour Podcast Breakbeat ParadiseAn hour of funky breakbeat music in a podcast? A power hour of breakbeat music in a podcast. It’s paradise! The Breakbeat Paradise Power Hour Podcast to be precise – and it’s going to be comin’ atcha on a monthly basis from now on, hosted by BBP artists who will be previewing (among the many tracks played) forthcoming BBP drops with a free track giveaway after every show. The first
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CHIMA ANYA: The Trilogy (Prod. CLEM BEAT’Z) (2015)

The Trilogy Chima Anya Clem Beat'zRapping doctor Chima Anya reunites with French beatmaker Clem Beat’z for new track The Trilogy. Title not withstanding, this is “a song in two parts,” the first of which finds our Chima exercising his wrath at some unspecified individual or individuals over a suitably portentous beat that is half Delta blues/ spiritual and half Twin Peaks incidental music. Then it morphs into dreamy forties
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THE HAGGIS HORNS: Return Of The Haggis EP (2015)

Return Of The Haggis Haggis HornsThe Haggis Horns provide an hors d’oeuvre before the main course of their What Comes To Mind LP in autumn with this EP Return Of The Haggis. The three-tracker opens with Keb Darge’s missus Lucinda Slim gracing the boogie funk of Can’t Stop The Feeling with a smooth vocal soul turn, and closes with a boogie-tinged remix of the band’s Hot Damn single featuring John McCallum
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