COCO LAGOS Y SUS ORATES: Guajira Boogaloo/ LOST DESTELLOS: Guajira Sicodélica (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ It was only in October that the monkey was praising Dynamite Cuts for their services to the funk for putting out the monkey’s favourite ever Afro-funky cut on 45 (the never before on 7″ Talkin’ Talkin’) and now here’s Vampi Soul doing the decent thing with one of the monkey’s favourite ever Latin-funky cuts – Coco Lagos Y Sus Orates’ Guajira Boogaloo. Admittedly

SOUL FLIP EDITS 15: Mr Big Stuff / I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (MAKO & MR BRISTOW Edits) (Vinyl 7″)

Soul Flip 15 Mako & Mr BristowLounging poolside, amiably failing to agree on their next release, soul impresarios Aldo Vanucci and Del Gazeebo were only too happy to be interrupted by Mako & Mr Bristow on the blower. Would they be interested in a heavyweight re-flip of Jimmy Hicks’ insouciant cover of Mr Big Stuff and a thunderous re-version of Candi Staton’s funky-soul standard I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s

DEEJAY KATCH feat. ABSTRACT RUDE: Make My 45 The P Funk/ RESIN DOGS: Jazz Crimes (DEEJAY KATCH edit)(Vinyl 7″)

Make My 45 The P FunkHip-hop rudeness straight outta Oz on this Deejay Katch double-header vinyl 7″ .   The release sees him deliver the goods with the P-Funk sampling Make My 45 The P Funk featuring Deejay Toby Gee on the cut and L.A. rapper Abstract Rude of Abstract Tribe paying homage to the vinyl format de nos jours. Yes, that will be the 45. The hip-hop business continues on the other side too where


FRED DAVIS:  Wine HopLater this year, Colemine Records is to release an album of long-lost material entitled Cleveland Blues by relatively obscure Cleveland musician Fred Davis. Before that however comes digital single Wine Hop – and thereby hangs a tale. The track is every bit as raw as you’d expect the blues to be and percussively funky as hell. It had also (along with the rest of the LP material) been


JOÉL DAVÍD & ANGELS OF LIBRA: Concrete JungleConcrete Jungle forms an interesting left turn for the Hamburg-based band Angels Of Libra after their recent soul-based collaborations with Nathan Johnston and Maiiar as they team-up with Boston MC and singer Joél Davíd to righteously skewer corruption and hypocrisy in the twenty-first century. The Angels provide a darkly psychedelic backdrop pitting portentous guitar chops, fuzz and


SURPRISE CHEF: Pash RashFresh from the success of December’s Education & Recreation LP, Oz crew Surprise Chef are back already with a new single Pash Rash. Though not on the LP, the clues are there that this may nevertheless have come from the LP recording session – the artwork for one – and the fact that it delivers the same spin on the 70s library music template as the LP material for

UGLY MAC BEER: The Valley Of The Kings LP

Rating: ★★★★★ Rumours of its coming long preceded its arrival but finally the moment is upon us and all and sundry can marvel at the sonic treasures of Ugly Mac Beer’s The Valley Of The Kings. Via the medium of instrumental hip-hop, the French producer’s latest LP is a concept piece designed to conjure the mysteries of Ancient Egypt – or more accurately – the atmosphere of

DOOLEY-O: Stick Yourself b/w Death Blow (Vinyl 7″)

DOOLEY-O: Stick Yourself b/w Death BlowRating: ★★★★★ Calling all emcees, unless you’re fighter or a damn good ducker, it’s time to stand aside for veteran mic master Dooley-O is back and on two monstrous beats from Bankrupt Europeans to boot. Side One is Stick Yourself – on which King Dooley invites all pretenders to, er, ‘stick themselves’ if they can’t compete with rhymes such as, “I was born with a spray can and a

LUCHITO: Dap Walk b/w NESTOR ALVAREZ: El Barrio (Vinyl 7″)

It might be the middle of the winter but it’s Latin funk o’clock at the record label that never sleeps (a.k.a Original Gravity) who are all ready to ensure you cop some tropical retro heat on a new 45 featuring Luchito’s funky sal-soul-style cover of Ernie And The Top Notes’ Nawlins funk classic Dap Walk by way of an A-side. Dope as this is, it’s run close by the flip – Nestor Alvarez’ minimal

X-RAY TED: Somebody Told Me

X-RAY TED: Somebody Told MeX-Ray Ted’s got a new single out – Somebody Told Me.
Oh really? What’s it called?
Somebody Told Me.
Yeah, you said, but what’s it called?
Somebody Told Me!
Hours of fun. Anyway – X-Ray Ted really does have a new single out and it is called, Somebody