OTTO DE ROJAS Y LOS ULTRA 76: Choca Las Caderas / Al Ritmo De Bump Bump (Vinyl 7″)

OTTO DE ROJAS Y LOS ULTRA 76: Choca Las Caderas / Al Ritmo De Bump Bump (Vinyl 7Matasuna Records deliver more latin action with this lively double-header 45 from Otto De Rojas Y Los Ultra 76. On the one side is classic uptempo latin jazz/ funk/ disco nugget Choca Las Caderas from 1976, adorned with the piano tinkles of legendary ivories-tickler De Rojas. On the flip the Peruvian combo try their hand at a cover of Soulful Strut by Stateside soul-jazz groovers Young-Holt
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MANOSJMT: Bossa Nova

MANOSJMT:  Bossa Nova Got bossa? Don’t worry if you haven’t, Athenian producer Manosjmt has got you well and truly covered. Enter three versions of his latest effort Bossa Nova constructed from samples of Jacques Brel’s ’58 cut Dors Ma Mie, Bonsoir and Paul ‘John Adams’ Giamatti. Three versions? Why yes! Bossa Nova (Hop), Bossa Nova (Hop & Hop) and the Bossa Nova (Instrumental). So that’s a bossa nova
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HOLLIE COOK: Ghostly Fading + Summer/ Autumn 2018 tour dates

HOLLIE COOK:  Ghostly Fading Another single off Hollie Cook’s rather good Youth-produced third studio album Vessel Of Love appears and this time it’s one of the jauntiest tracks from the LP, Ghostly Fading. Can we expect Cook’s sweetly ethereal vocals over an electronica-informed pop reggae skank by any chance? We certainly can – but what exactly is she singing about? Buggered if I know but it sounds good. Oh
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MEGATIVE: Have Mercy

MEGATIVE:  Have MercyDid you catch Don Letts blasting Megative over the airwaves the other day? No? You’re missing out. The debut album hasn’t arrived yet but following previous singles More Time, Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) and One Day…All This Will Be Gone, fourth single, Have Mercy has. On it the Brooklyn-based dub-meets-Two-Tone collective (which numbers amongst its members
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CHIC: Good Times (RHYTHM SCHOLAR Remix)

CHIC:  Good Times (RHYTHM SCHOLAR Remix)Back in 1979, Chic weren’t best pleased at Sugarhill Gang’s unauthorised sampling of Good Times – even though it wasn’t actually sampled but re-played. Now of course there’s a list as long as both your arm of tracks which have either sampled or replayed this legendary disco nugget, so who knows what the band would make of the Good Times Rhythm Scholar Remix. Of course
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WOXOW feat. BLACC EL: Up

WOXOW feat. BLACC EL: Up In the second part of today’s ‘leftfield video malarkey from Italy’ here’s Woxow’s new cut, Up, featuring Danish MC Blacc El. Woxow (yes, that is a palindrome, trivia fans!) is the latest nom-de-plume of dj, producer, promoter, tour manager, vinyl collector and all round music fiend Theo Melody onetime of Sweet Life Society (let me hear you
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CALIBRO 35: Psycheground (video + ltd. Vinyl 7″)

CALIBRO 35:  Psycheground (Video)Of course it was only a couple of months ago that Italian kings of cinematic funk, Calibro 35, dropped their umpteenth studio LP, Decade which, the monkey noted, “…starts innocuously enough with the afro-tinged lilt of Psycheground…[and]…in Calibro 35-land we’re in the title sequence of whatever film is in their heads…[which]…surely…features a lengthy single-take of a
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DJ FILTHY RICH: Craig Mack: A Mixtape Tribute

DJ FILTHY RICH:  Mixtape Tribute to Craig MackPutting flava in your ear in honour of rap legend Craig Mack, is DJ Filthy Rich – last heard of around these parts with his two volume tribute to 90s hip-hop’s mutual love affair with Jamaican dancehall culture. For this outing however, our man Rich is all about paying tribute to a hip-hop great who was instrumental (thank you, I’m here all week) in helping Bad Boy Records blow up with massive single Flava In Your Ear
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N Beats Vol 5 – THE ALLERGIES

BOMBSTRIKES:  Funk N Beats Vol. 5 - THE ALLERGIESGood grief is it that time already? Yes it is! Bomb Strikes’ annual Funk N Beats compilation which ensures a healthy supply of – well – funk and beats to keep you going until the next offering is now in its fifth year with the unsurprisingly-named Vol 5 just out. But who to run the show in 2018? Who could possibly have the requisite curatorial skills? Enter a pair of youthful ‘Whispering’ Bob
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JSTAR meets DJ’s CHOICE: Warrior EP

JSTAR meets DJ's CHOICE:  Warrior EPWell it had been a while since any proper bashment business had arrived on the monkey’s virtual doormat but you know how it is – nothing for ages and then two come at once. And so it is that JStar rocks up with news of a new 7″ EP entitled Warrior hot on the heels of the DJ’s Choice label’s debut release. And it’s not just a coincidence that JStar’s drop is called Warrior
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