MISTER T: The Funk Ground (2016)

the-funk-ground-mister-tMister T gets his nu-funk on for four-tracker The Funk Ground marrying chunky drums to minimal non-percussive instrumentation. He establishes a territory that ranges from hypnotic opening earworm vocal cut The Heart Grows Fonder featuring Lucy Lune Gillespie to the clav-funk-meets-2-step-garage of Gamma Rays, the Yello-ish The Gospel Way and the JB inflected-breakbeat
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THE FUNK FURY: Like (2016)

funk-fury-like-epFuelled perhaps by all that rage, The Funk Fury dares to explore the twilight zone of breakbeat house on the opening title track to his Like EP which employs the sort of synths typical of the devil’s music to vie with chipmunk vocal samples over rolling drums. This is followed by Birdy where synth-powered 80s electro business plays out over heavier drums while the buzzsaw
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: Heatwave (2016)

heatwave-pama-internationalRating: ★★★★★ The long-absent Pama International make an impressive return after seven years with a new line-up and a sureshot rocksteady cover of Martha & The Vandellas’ Holland Dozier Holland-penned Heatwave – a.k.a Love Is Like A Heatwave. Vocals come courtesy of Jewels Vass and Anna Uhuru who conspire to sound a little bit Supremes-ish – appropriately enough
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DEM JUJU POETS: Barabara (2016)

barabara-dem-juju-poetsIt should be clear by now that the man behind Renegades Of Jazz, a.k.a. David Hanke is far from being one to limit himself generically. There’s all the Mash & Munkee b-boy breaks for example, the ‘northern jazz’ sound of initial Renegades Of Jazz drops, the subsequent atmospheric blues-tinged breakbeats of the Paradise Lost LP and more recently the afro-funk of LP Moyo Wangu. For
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DENNIS COFFEY: If You Can’t (SHAKA LOVES YOU edit)(2016)

if-you-cant-dennis-coffeyRating: ★★★★★ Long-time readers will know that the monkey is a sucker for a well-turned out booty and Shaka Loves You‘s edit of Dennis ‘Scorpio’ Coffey’s Finger Lickin Good LP track If You Can’t Dance To This, entitled If You Can’t is so well-turned out it could win a fashion show. A seventies one, hosted in Studio 54 anyway. Disco the way it should be then – with the percussion funky and
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SOUL JAZZ RECORDS presents: NEW ORLEANS FUNK Vol. 4 – Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-77 (2016)

voodoo-fire-new-orleans-funk-vol-4Rating: ★★★★★ Soul Jazz RecordsNew Orleans Funk series is one that should need no introduction. Vol. 1 came out in 2000 and established a benchmark for funk compilations both in terms of killer content, scrupulously researched liner notes and audio quality that no other label has thus far equalled. It was subsequently followed by three sequels – the ‘real’
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: So Long (2016) + video

so-long-marta-ren-groovelvetsNext up in the way of a single from Marta Ren & The Groovelvets is the noirish pomp of torch song So Long and judging by all the swearing it seems that soul hurricane Marta’s a bit upset. What could the matter possibly be? Well, a number of things it seems, though when she finally gets around to mentioning a former lover who left her, you suspect he’s probably the root cause. But how
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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARDO CARMICHAEL: Why Can’t We Live Together (2016)

why-cant-we-live-together-soul-sugarSoul Sugar take Timmy Thomas’s minimal seventies soul groove Why Can’t We Live Together and transform it into a slo-mo disco-inflected reggae groove with a super smooth falsetto soul vocal from Leonardo Carmichael. The gently throbbing bass and the song’s message are the very tonic for a world which seems bent on dealing with political and corporate excess by handing the
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LONE NINJA feat. KILLAH PRIEST: Ritual Daggers (2016)

ritual-daggers-lone-ninja-killah-priestOpens with the sound of rain and the rumble of distant thunder, a splatter of blood as a head is severed from a body and a sense of deep shadows charged with hidden menace? Must be the new one from Lone Ninja! Ritual Daggers sees our man finally broker a long-anticipated lyrical alliance with Killah Priest who cuts a path through twenty bars of the haunting piano-filled
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JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE: In The Heat (2016)

in-the-heat-johnnypluse-the-stormtroopers-of-lovePrepare for further mayhem from Ireland’s most notorious breakbeat party fiends Johnnypluse & The Stormtroopers Of Love as they unveil their new single In The Heat on which a lyrical breakdown of precisely how much chaos one band can cause while on tour unfolds over a thunderous glitchy breaks. Also comes with the skankin-breaks n’ house piano banger Pull The Cord (which
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