LACK OF AFRO feat. JACK TYSON-CHARLES: Freedom (2014)

Freedom Lack Of Afro Jack Tyson CharlesThe next single from Lack Of Afro‘s well-received Music For Adverts LP is the soaring stadium funk of album-opener Freedom featuring Jack Tyson Charles. Then it gets complicated. The 7″ vinyl flip is exclusive Blue Note-ish soul-jazz-funk instro Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances while the digi-single consists of the JTC-featuring title cut, a stripped back Gene Dudley Group remix
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CRASHGROOVE: Rotten Dancer (2014)

Rotten Dancer CrashgrooveLead with the shoulders not the hips? Two left feet? Terminal rhythm dodger? You know who you are and it’s time to celebrate since Crashgroove‘s just created your glitchy skankin anthem! It’s called Rotten Dancer and with a name like that and snatches of old movie dialogue samples like, “I – er – told you I was a rotten dancer” – why it’s
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FABREEZE BROTHERS (Paul Nice & Phill Most Chill): No Other Than (2014)

No Other Than Fabreeze BrothersHip-hop stinkin’ up the microphone? Terrible odour of autotuned hooks? Rotten rhymes? Digital beats to make you gag? What you need is No Other Than the Fabreeze brothers! You may know them as producer Paul Nice and fast rap attack dog Phill Most Chill who are here to make you breathe happy – the former with stripped-back boom-bap, and the latter with rhymes that, “take on the alien
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DON GARDNER: The Story Of Don Gardner (2014)

The Story Of Don GardnerRating: ★★★★★ The story of Tramp Records’ most excellent The Story Of… series continues with the tale of rnb, funk, soul and jazz drummer and vocalist Don Gardner. Hmmm – the name rings a bell – 1962 cut I Need Your Lovin’ perhaps – done as a duet with Dee Dee Ford? Yep – that Don Gardner. And while that track is not on this
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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: Long Black Road (SPARK ARRESTER re-edit) (2014) Free download

Long Black Road Spark ArresterAs if tampering with the soft rock behemoth of Chicago wasn’t enough, it’s now the turn of prog rock leviathans Electric Light Orchestra to undergo the Spark Arrester treatment. His prey is their obscure, Japan-only released Long Black Road off 2001 comeback LP Zoom. You can cop the prodigious wobble-bass result below though I should also point out that Spark Arrester
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CAPITOL 1212 feat. GAPPY RANKS: ‘Born As A Warrior’ video & free download (2014)

Freedom Fighter Capitol 1212 Gappy RanksCapitol 1212 ensure iration for the nation (or at least those attending their headline slot at the Electric Picnic Festival next weekend) by dropping a video for and free download of their Gappy Ranks-featuring Born As A Warrior reggae cut from recent LP The Return Of Rudy Nacho. Footage of civil rights campaigners from the American Deep South and South Africa backdrop Gappy’s
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EPHEMERALS: ‘Things Part 1′ video (2014) + Album release update

Things Part 1 EphemeralsThere’s nothing fleeting about Ephemerals‘ timeless brand of old school soul here exemplified on the video for Things Part 1. Singer Wolf Valbrun wanders the streets of St Paul’s, Bristol, pondering what the missus has been saying about starting a family and then notices a million reasons written in chalk on the pavement about why you wouldn’t want to start one: a morality-free society
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OMEGAMAN: Hot Sauce EP (2014)

Hot Sauce EP OmegamanSomething a little piquant (100% if the cover art is to be believed) from Oz producer Omegaman in the form of his Hot Sauce EP. That’ll be eight tracks then (four vocal plus the instros thereof) encompassing a ska breaks number (featuring Patou of Melbourne Ska Orchestra), carnivalesque latin hammond-boogaloo breaks, reggae breaks (featuring Mustafa Akbar of Nappy Riddem) and
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MR BRISTOW & BENNY SILVER: Get Lively EP (2014)

Get Lively EP Mr Bristow Benny SilverRating: ★★★★★ Further excellence from Mr Bristow as he is rejoined by partner in crime Benny Silver to trump their My Life EP from earlier in the year. The pair manage this with the Get Lively EP which skips around the intersection between boom-bap Brit-hop, swing-hop, recent rap adventures in the land of ghetto funk and the faintest hint of bashment, crackling, as it does so
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ALEXIA COLEY: Drive Me Wild (2014) + video

Drive Me Wild Alexia ColeyRating: ★★★★★ More excellence from Alexia Coley in the shape of the latin-horns flavoured northern soul of Drive Me Wild. She gets tingles deep inside according to the lyrics, which is what you’ll get when you hear it this too. Comes in Lack Of Afro and Skeewiff flavours too. The former goes in softly-softly before ditching the doo-wop percussion and unleashing something a little
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