SMITH & THE HONEY BADGERS: The Honey Badger Strut/ Let’s Pretend (2014)

Honey Badger Strut Smith Honey BadgersThe honey badger is the animal kingdom equivalent of a permanently angel-dusted Bruce Lee – it’s relatively small but you definitely wouldn’t mess with it. As it happens that’s not a bad description of Smith & The Honey Badgers and their new release either. Relative unknowns on the funk and soul scene, they’ve recently released an ass-kicking 45 featuring The Honey Badger
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GHETTO FUNK presents: HOWLA & WBBL (GFD13)(2014)

Howla WBBL Crazy Paver GunfunkHaving scored massively with drops from both Howla and WBBL, Ghetto Funk here team up and let loose the pair of them. First up is Crazy Pavers which starts off a bit electro swingy but then spends quite a bit of time sounding like a dead ringer for a ghetto funk edit of the Roobarb and Custard theme. Then Gunfunk comes along and employs a more obviously funky groove and a
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THE GRITS: Make A Sound (album) (2014)

Make A Sound The GritsRating: ★★★★★ Brighton’s The Grits sally forth for the autumn with their second full-length effort and Make A Sound indeed, though their are significant developments in their – er – sound from the band’s self-titled debut. Vocalist Sophie Adler-McKean has joined the group for starters and appears on more than half the tracks but while she might exhort the listener to, “make a sound
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BUNNY GENERAL: Mek Them Rock (JSTAR remix) (2014)

Mek Them Rock Bunny JStarSay ‘Bunny General’ to people of a certain age and they’ll think of a big scary rabbit who runs his warren like a gulag. Then of course there’s also reggae/ dancehall star Bunny General whose released more singles than hot dinners you’ve had. I’ll let you work out which one veteran reggae remixer JStar has worked his magic on, suffice it to say, Mek Them Rock gets the full digi-dancehall
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QDUP: Lone Star EP (2014)

Lone Star EP - QdupFort Knox Recordings’ QDup has cued up a load of p-funk beats for his Lone Star EP and what better to call the breaker-friendly opener than Mothership Calling? This comes with added rap vocals from Tee Double and Tigre Liu who no doubt appear out of dry ice clad in thigh length leather boots and bandoliers when doing this live. Second track Electro Funk Boogie does what it says on the tin
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LONE NINJA feat. JUNE MARX: Alpha Protocol (2014) + new album update

Alpha Protocol Lone NinjaI’m always partial to a bit of Lone Ninja so it’s triple sakes (that’s rice wine to you) all round as the masked mic manipulator steps from the shadows again in the company of June Marx over a beat from JBL The Titan with a rhyme about…a video game? Well – the single is called Alpha Protocol. Never underestimate the power of allegory my friends or the ability of a culture’s
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EDO G feat. CHUCK D: Fight (2014)

Fight Edo GEdo G (a.k.a Ed OG) has returned with a new album containing the track Fight – a never more pertinent (in these days of massive corporate and establishment corruption) reprise of the spirit of Public Enemy’s ’87 message of fury – Fight The Power. Who to get to join him on record though? Someone with a track record of sticking it to the man perhaps, someone who won’t take any shit –
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CAPITOL 1212 feat. TENOR FLY: Lif Up (2014)

Lif Up Capitol 1212 Tenor FlyBelieve urbandictionary.com and ‘lif up’ is what you do with one of your legs and buttocks prior to breaking wind. Happily, Tenor Fly is merely requesting that his brothers and sisters ‘lif up’ their heads and stand proud and firm in the face of intolerance. Either that or his guffs come from really weird place. The original and RCola mixes
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EPHEMERALS: ‘The magnificent seven questions’ interview (2014) + Free download ‘Things (part 1 & 2)’

Monkeyboxing interview EphemeralsFast rising seven-(or nine – depending on how you count it) piece funk-soul outfit and Jalapeno-signings, Ephemerals, have the likes of Charles Bradley and Lee Fields in their sights with their debut (yet, highly accomplished) first album Nothing Is Easy just out. Not that anyone should be surprised that their shit is so together since the personnel number some guy called Jimi
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THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL: Space Rangers Super Girl Edition (90s Rap Remixes part 3) (2014)

Space Rangers Super Girl Edition Scarlet PimpernelThe man who put the ‘pimp’ into Pimpernel is back as Manchester-based producer The Scarlet Pimpernel emerges from his musical chop-shop having customised the work of Queen Latifah and Roxanne Shante in his trademark 90s style. Somewhat livelier than previous drops this one finds Roxanne Shante’s rolling Big Mama morphed into a crashing cymbalfest complete with sirens
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