Monthly Archives: November 2012

DOPEGEMS: ‘Journey To The Shore’ 7 inch (2012)

James Brown might have invented funk but some, like George Clinton, took the idea and ran with it to the very edge of pop music as we know it. Others ran wayyy beyond. That’s right folks – I’m on about the crazy spaced-out world of funky seventies jazz fusion. Or as I like to think about it, the ‘Marmite’ corner of the funk universe. Full of epic instrumental odysseys, tempo changes, and an
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SOUL REVOLUTION: ‘One More Time’ LP (2012)

Remember the more soulful wing of the underground Cali hip-hop sound of the late nineties/ early 2000s? I’m mainly talking about Quannum projects – er – projects – Blackalicious, Latyrx, Lyrics Born’s solo stuff – that sort of thing. Soul Revolution do – and they’ve taken the most soulful end of that already soulful body of work and run with it. ‘Soul’ – it’s in their name see? They’re
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DJ NU-MARK feat HAAS: Never Be Wrong (Broken Sunlight Series 5) free download + Ltd. USB album news

“You probably wonder why it’s taken so long/ I told you one day I was gonna get paid from these songs” raps Haas on Uncle Nu’s big soul horns beat Never Be Wrong somewhat ironically as it’s free download time from Nu-Mark again. Once more the former J5 dj/producer generously launches his latest single (Haas-featuring ) into the ether by way of advertising both the fifth in a vinyl series of ten
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STONES THROW: Madlib to score ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton’ documentary (2012)

Many people know Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw label as the home of the DOOM/ Madlib project Madvillain, Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne. They also like to put out weird shit like James Pants. Anyway – they’re making a feature-length documentary about how avant-garde they are called Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton and Stones Throw signee and avant garde hip-hop producer Madlib is
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MAKO & THE HAWK vs. MORLACK: Ghetto Assassins EP (2012)

Billed as some sort of martial arts-style music production death match, the Ghetto Assassins EP pits one of the most prolific ghetto funk ninjas against possibly the laziest pair of breaks-shinobi in the known universe. In the last two years, Morlack has dropped an entire album plus more EPs, and freebies than you’ve had hot dinners – whereas Mako & The Hawk have put out a couple
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T BIRD & THE BREAKS: Somebody Had A Drinking Problem Last Night (2012) + video

Rating: ★★★★★
Robert Jay once sang, “Alcohol oh alcohol, got to put you down/ Taken all my money, threw me on the ground.” Coincidentally, it’s this snippet of his classic heavy funk cut Alcohol that opens the video to T Bird & The Breaks‘ brand new single – sleazy roadhouse soul stomper “Somebody Had A Drinking Problem Last Night” – another song which conveys
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VARIOUS: (Chris Gill & Lance Ferguson present) The Soul Of Melbourne (2012)

What’s Melbourne ever given the world? Well – apart from Olivia Newton John and Neighbours (cheers for them by the way) – actually quite a lot of contemporary funk and soul. MB regulars will know that while Brighton (UK) and the States seem to supply just under a quarter apiece of the planet’s entire output and just under another quarter seems to originate from a smattering of locations
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Apple Sauce (B-Boy mix) (2012) Free download

“Want apple sauce on that mate?” The answer’s yes, of course, when ‘that’ is your decks and the apple sauce is Renegades Of Jazz‘s B-Boy mix of his very own album track Apple Sauce. Imagine some latin hip-hop heads have got hold of the spy-funk original and supercharged the percussion with some Nu-Yorican Bronx flavour and you’ll have a rough idea of where this is coming from. Once
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GHETTO FUNK presents: Bobby C Sound TV (GFP12)(2012)

Love it or hate it, there’s a reason why the Ghetto Funk label is king of the ghetto funk scene. Firstly, the label name has provided a generic title by which a range of disparate sounds from funky breaks to breakbeat bass wobble (which arguably does constitute a new hybrid breakbeat genre) has come to be known over the last couple of years. Secondly there’s the reason why the name of
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TREMENDO Vol. 3: Various (2012)

Er, yeah – so this should’ve been posted last week. If you didn’t know, the man behind the Tremendo label is Spanish ghetto funker Telephunken. That’s SeƱor Telephunken to you. Or Senor Tremendo. Sounds like a magician – which is apt since his first trick, I mean track, (well – it is his label) is to sample Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name – just in
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