Monthly Archives: December 2008

PENDULUM:

Groundbreaking, innovative, shocking…anyway – enough about The Prodigy – Pendulum release their new single “Showdown” on January 5th via Warner Brothers Records / Ear Storm Records and have just set the video, based on Fight Club and featuring two scantily clad chicks beating the shit out of each other, live on YouTube.
pendulum.com

DAN AUERBACH:

Black Keys singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach releases his debut solo LP, Keep It Hid (READ MONKEYBOXING.COM REVIEW) on 10 February 2009 on Nonesuch Records. If you head on over to his myspace you’ll get a hit of what it’ll sound like – two of the three posted tracks suggest something not a million miles from what The Black Keys sound like. And if that’s not a massive surprise, it’s hardly a bad thing either is it? Y’know – what with the ‘Keys being legends and all. Auerbach himself said, “This record is a mixture of things I like to listen to, psychedelia, soul music, country harmonies.” For a full tracklist and more info. swing by nonesuch.com, where you’ll also get an audio hook-up.

Dan Auerbach – Myspace

DA WIESEL:

Rating: ★★★★★

I remember December as being the time of year when the only dance tracks released are shit abominations involving tacky house beats and vocals cheesier than the feet of mice who live under a camembert factory. So I guess that makes this December some sort of anomaly as it’s been one of the funkiest months all year. Hot on the heels of all the other good shit (actually preceding much of it – as this review’s a bit late) comes Da Wiesel. Unsurprisingly, ‘Wiesel’ is German for weasel and as everyone knows, weasels are some heavyweight rodents that definitely don’t live under cheese factories. Thus ‘A’ side Shotgun is utterly true to character in that it’s a non-cheesy slice of heavyweight instrumental funky breaks – a quality it shares with ‘B’ side Downtown Breakdown and second B Side Cool Hot Grits which finds an excellent use for the Another One Bites The Dust b-line and the flows of Roots Manuva. Any vinyl soldiers out there thinking of getting the party started on NYE want this in their record bags. Or as Rodney Smith puts it – “…Pump your fist and stamp your footsy, if you can’t dance just wiggle your tootsie.”
Out now on Sunsetsoul.

Listen to – Da Wiesel – The Shotgun EP

Frequento – Myspace

www.sunsetsoul.de

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums – 2008


Here’s what you should have bought…
See Monkeyboxing.com’s – Top 10 Tracks – 2008 HERE)

1. THE BLACK KEYS – Attack & Release (V2)
Triumphant fuzzed-out blues groove return for the ‘Keys.
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2. K-DELIGHT – Audio Revolution (Playing Around)
K-Dilla on the cut – the year’s most convincing B-boy document.
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3. THE BAMBOOS – Side Stepper (Tru Thoughts)
“Oh my god that’s some funky shit!”
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4. UGLY DUCKLING – Audacity (Fat Beats)
Long Beach hip-hoppers back with a more sophisticated and mature sound.
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5. THE COOL KIDS – The Bake Sale (Chocolate Industries)
“Make some noise, it’s the new black version of The Beastie Boys”!
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6. DJ DESIGN – Jetlag (Look Records)
The former Foreign Legion DJ makes his mark with this fresh LP.
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7. PARKER – Western Soul (Rocstar Recordings)
Bristol bassssssssssss!
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8. JAKE ONE – White Van Music (Rhymesayers)
Collaboration city! Jake One puts Seattle hip-hop on the map.
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9. THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS – Plug & Play (One Note)
Multiple flavours of effortless funk from mod, to New Orleans, afrobeat to Blue Note.
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10. G LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE – Superhero Brother (Brushfire)
Feel-good funky, rootsy, blues bumps, like always.
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks – 2008


Sounds you hear that linger in your ear…
N.B. Chart includes re-releases but NOT unreleased tracks
See Monkeyboxing.com’s – Top 10 Albums – 2008 HERE)

1. THE SNUGS (feat. Little Hannah Collins) – Trying (Freestyle)
Laid-back vintage ska horns, clattering breakbeat and proper soul vocals from the gorgeous ‘Little’ Hannah Collins.
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2. JIMMY HICKS – Mr Big Stuff (New Orleans Funk Vol 2 LP) (Soul Jazz)
Mad funky strut – takes Jean Knight’s track and throws it straight back.
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3. DJ DESIGN (feat. Guilty Simpson) – Ferocious (Jetlag LP) (Look Records)
Mental sci-fi boom-bap battle rhyme!
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4. BETTY MOORER – It’s My Thing (Andy Smith: Diggin The BGP Crates LP) (BGP)
Funky soul is the sexiest music ever. Betty Moorer tells it like it is.
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5. AIM (feat. Q-Ball & Curt Cazal) – Before (Birchwood EP) (ATIC)
Q Ball and Curt Cazal hook up again to trade effortless rhymes over an Aim beat and orchestral soul horn loop about how “Everything was whips and chains” back in the day. Genius.
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6. THE COOL KIDS – What It Is (The Bake Sale LP) (Chocolate Industries)
Breaaakkkkkks! Old school heat in an Eric B and Rakim style.
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7. ALL NATURAL – Back Slap (Elements: Fire LP) (All Natural)
Capital D returns with super dope rhymes while Tone B Nimble pulls out all his best cuts.
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8. THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS – All We Can Do (Plug & Play LP) (One Note)
Ultra itchy break, squelchy wah-wah and bass like an eel hitting the side of a dustbin.
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9. THE BAMBOOS (feat. Ty) – I Can’t Help Myself (Side Stepper LP) (Tru Thoughts)
Jump-up funk that heads straight for the dancefloor.
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10. THE BLACK KEYS – Same Old Thing (Attack & Release LP) (V2)
Still got game! More planet-sized blues-rock groove.
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PUMA Suede – Overspray

Puma follow up the MTV Rap re-working of the old-school Suede with the Overspray. As you’ll see from the pics, it’s a bit like some little vandal with a spraycan has been let loose on a set of Suedes. You’ll notice the smooth shine of the ‘paint’ gradually splatters out over the suede uppers itself in a not unfetching away. Also, it does mean that if you rock a pair of these and jack matching colour cans from Halfords for your next two-colour burner, you needn’t worry too much about getting drips on your kicks. As is often the case with these things, those crafty Japanese have got their hands on them first at Mita Sneakers.
Source/ Further info. and pics:nicekicks.com

EVIDENCE (feat Phonte, Blu and Will I Am) – For Whom The Bell Tolls – 2008 – Single review

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

No man is an island but I wished I was fucking on one when I heard this miserable dirge. This is the musical equivalent of an aging Bassett Hound resting its drooling jowls on paws that are two days away from a fatal injection. Not even the presence of Little Brother’s Phonte Coleman can rescue the sometime Dilated Peoples’ rapper from raising the Christmas suicide rate with this. Apparently his EP’s going to be called The Layover – I’d fucking have one if I was him. Evidence – you should never ask for whom the bell tolls. It tolls for you son.
Out now on Decon US

Listen to – Evidence – For Whom The Bell Tolls

Evidence Myspace

THE REGALS – I Took Rock N Roll For Real/ You’re Sure Taking Care Of Me – 2008 – Single review

Rating: ★★★☆☆

When I first heard the A-side of this by Finnish funksters The Regals it sounded like Tom Jones covering Ricky Martin’s La Vida Loca. Unfortunately it still sounded like that on all subsequent listens. Thank Christ for the B side then which sounds like Tom Jones doing a mental funk soul bomb. It’s good to know the Finnish funk and soul scene is still thriving though…anyone remember The Soultors?
Out now on Jupiter Finland

Listen to – The Regals – I Took Rock N Roll For Real/ You’re Sure Taking Care Of Me

The Regals – Myspace

THE KILLER METERS – Dance Move Shake/ Black Mountain – 2008 – Single review

Rating: ★★★★☆

I never used to understand the point of The Killer Meters who started off as a Meters covers band. Happily they’ve given themselves a point by hooking up with vocalist Karime Kendra and dropping two massive slices of original funk-rock the like of which hasn’t been seen since Betty Davis vanished off the scene. Er – that’s it basically.
Out now on Breakin Bread

Listen to The Killer Meters – Dance, Move Shake!/ Black Mountain

The Killer Meters – Myspace

www.killermeters.com

BETTY DAVIS – Come Take Me/ You Won’t See Me In The Morning, He Was A Big Freak/ Don’t You Call Her No Tramp – 2008 – 7″ reviews

Rating: ★★★★★

The re-release of the former Mrs Miles Davis’ back catalogue is long overdue though it hasn’t happened properly yet. If you’re uninitiated I’ll explain the rules: if you like funk and you ever see anything with Betty Davis written on it you buy it. Wild child Betty Mabry was a model who turned Miles onto Hendrix (and, according to rumour, turned Hendrix on a bit himself), borrowed some of Sly Stone’s band when Sly went a.w.o.l. and made several LPs of scorchingly filthy rock-tinged funk. These cuts’ll give you an idea and they ain’t even the best stuff she did.
Out now on Light In The Attic US

Listen to Betty Davis – Come Take Me/ You Won’t See Me In The Morning

Listen to Betty Davis – He Was A Big Freak, Don’t You Call Her No Tramp

Betty Davis – Myspace

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