CUT BEETLEZ & THE GOOD PEOPLE: Cut People

CUT BEETLEZ & THE GOOD PEOPLE: Cut PeopleCut master! Cut faster! Yes – the ‘Fabyl four’ (a.k.a Finnish production duo Cut Beetlez and the two-man NYC rap attack The Good People) team up again in the wake of recent single Bad News for six-track EP Cut People, which – like the single – is very good news. Now then – if I was in an outfit called the Cut Beetlez, I’d probably want to get straight to the point with some nifty
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Neverthless

RENEGADES OF JAZZ: NeverthlessSince 2011, he’s invented the genre of ‘northern jazz’ and put out two albums’ worth of it (plus a remix LP of one of them), created an epically atmospheric Lucifer-themed concept album (plus a remix of the same), dropped an afro-beat inspired long player (and, again, a remix of the same) and now, creative powers as fertile as ever, David Hanke a.k.a Renegades Of Jazz, releases his
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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEO CARMICHAEL: Never Too Much (Vinyl 12″)

SOUL SUGAR feat. LEO CARMICHAEL: Never Too Much (Vinyl 12Cementing their credentials as purveyors of the smoochiest late night reggae soul covers, Soul Sugar return with their extended ‘Discomix’ cover of Luther Vandross’s early 80s anthem Never Too Much on vinyl 12″. And while they might not be wearing massive shiny suits like old ‘Velvet Voice’ (well, you have to assume no-one else would want to wear that sort of getup anyway), where could
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KOKA MASS JAZZ: Elephunky Trip (Vinyl 12″)

Koka Mass Jazz’s Elephunky Trip twelve inch is the new piece of vinyl out from Timewarp Music and, perhaps surprisingly, is only the long-running label’s second wax drop. To all intents and purposes, this previously digital-only release is a mini-LP with seven original tracks on it, plus a second version of one of these by the band along with vocal and instro versions of another of the
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Sakura Chan b/w Seabass (Vinyl 7″)

KIND & KINKY ZOO: Sakura Chan b/w Seabass (Vinyl 7Another single from Kind & Kinky Zoo so soon after the last one? Does anyone else sense an album in the offing? This time it’s Sakura Chan b/w Seabass. The tonally lighter former floats (or more accurately flauts) off through funky psychedelic late sixties pastures characterised by Rhodes piano and gnarly vintage keyboard sounds, dry funky drums, a middle eight vocal refrain and, of course
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THE LINK QUARTET: Secret Sessions LP

THE LINK QUARTET: Secret Sessions LPSeems like yonks ago that Hammond fiends The Link Quartet (now celebrating their quarter century!) last had anything out and a quick trawl of the interweb reveals that, actually it has been a couple of years, so a full length LP – in this case live recorded effort Secret Sessions – is long overdue. It does appear that these sessions are so secret that they’re – ahem – still keeping almost
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DJ DSK: DNA Edits Volume 1 (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DSK: DNA Edits Volume 1 (Vinyl 7It’s not just building societies jungle boogie-ing to Kool & The Gang these days – DJ DSK is too – on new 45 DNA Edits Volume 1! Yep, turns out our man has only gone and launched his own edits label, DNA Edits, and the first release finds Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and co’s biggest funky moment getting re-tooled with all the usual good stuff – extra percussive leverage, extended bits, mix-friendly
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AE3: Black Rider

AE3: Black RiderRating: ★★★★★ Bloody hellfire! Stand by for the heavyweight psych-funk-fuzz on AE3 a.k.a Alan Evans Trio’s new single Black Rider. Oh what – Alan Evans – as in the Soullive sticksman? Yes, that Alan Evans. Turns out it’s drummer-man Evans himself on vocals and this is the only vocal track on forthcoming LP The Wild Root. The only vocal track? On the evidence of this, he should have
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THE BAND OF ENLIGHTENMENT REASON & LOVE: Zota Yinne (Vinyl 7″)

THE BAND OF ENLIGHTENMENT REASON & LOVE:  Zota Yinne (Vinyl 7The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love eh? The name of the Philophon Records’ house band is certainly one to conjure with, consisting as it does of qualities sorely missing a voice in these benighted times. Luckily the band have been able to transmit positive vibes on their debut 45 via the medium of rootsy instrumental reggae on A-side Zota Yinne and gypsy-psychedelia on flip Starlet Road Filling Station. For added kudos, both cuts
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MARTA REN: Worth It (Vinyl 7″)

MARTA REN: Worth It (Vinyl 7“Was it worth it? Am I worth it? The pain ain’t worth it? I don’t know,” sings Marta Ren on the hook of new 45 Worth It – like she doesn’t already know the answer. Of course it was worth it! We commence with the rumbling bass, funky drums of a heavy mid-tempo soul groove, in comes some tremelo guitar and then the Porto soul queen is off, “Something told me this was a trap.” No –
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