MR BENN feat. NANCI CORREIA: Stand Up (2014)

Stand Up Mr Benn Nanci CorreiaRating: ★★★★★ Stand Up indeed as one of the standout tracks (and the monkey’s absolute favourite) from Mr Benn’s excellent album, Shake A Leg, of last summer gets a single release. Featuring Nanci Correia (of Congo Natty and Nanci & Phoebe fame) it’s less a call to stop sitting down than an invitation to engage in a midtempo skank
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ZEMERALD: You Keep Me Hanging On (2014) Free download

You Keep Me Hangin On ZemeraldNo hanging around for Zemerald here as he gets his funky edit on again after what seems like mere days since his last effort. This time he imagines New Orleans funk queens Bonnie & Sheila have asked him to remix their sixties banger You Keep Me Hanging On by enhancing the beat, speeding it up ever so slightly and interpolating a few vocals from the Family Stand. The ever generous Z-man
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KODOJA: Kaiju graphic novel with soundtrack Kickstarter campaign (2014)

Kodoja KickstarterIt’s those crazy funk/movie/comic fanboys the Hot Peas & Butta crew again. You know – the ones behind two Big Pimp Jones blaxploitation soundtracks to movies that don’t exist and two Kodoja ‘monster funk’ soundtracks to comics that do exist (plus the comics themselves) and now they’re back with a Kickstarter project for something so large it’ll make Godzilla look like
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Fire (2014)

Fire EP Renegades Of Jazz AspectsFire is the first single off forthcoming LP Paradise Lost from ‘northern jazz’ don Renegades Of Jazz. Turns out he’s enlisted fallen rap angels, Aspects for mic duties and they employ their impressive powers of rhyme and rhetoric to spread the commandments of the adversary – you know – thou shalt add an ‘l’ to the end of any word ending in a vowel, thou shalt drink scrumpy and only
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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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