Monthly Archives: January 2015

BIG BOSS MAN: Changing Faces (2015)

Changing Faces Big Boss ManRating: ★★★★★ Did someone say Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake? Well who wouldn’t if they looked in the mirror expecting to see themself i.e. ‘Robert Neville,’ but the image kept morphing from Vincent Price to Charlton Heston to Will Smith? Come again? It’s Changing Faces – the latest single from retro-apocalyptic concept LP Last Man On Earth by funky UK mod-squad Big Boss Man of course
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T BIRD & THE BREAKS: Harmonizm (2015) + Harmonizm video

Harmonizm T Bird  The BreaksRating: ★★★★★ It might have been a slow train coming (it’s been over three years since last LP Never Get Out Of This Funk Alive!) but Texan funk crew T Bird & The Breaks‘ funk locomotive has finally pulled into party groove central with third LP Harmonizm and confirmation that it is time, more assuredly than ever before, to get your boogie on
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VARIOUS: The Odyssey – A Northern Soul Time-Capsule (2015)

Odyssey Northern Soul Time CapsuleFor a certain generation at least, the phrase ‘time capsule’ conjures images of Blue Peter presenters in wellies burying a box filled with a Rubik’s cube, a copy of Adrian Mole and a Rick Astley cd so that future generations can learn that mainstream entertainment in the eighties wasn’t quite as piss-poor as it is now. With the exception of Rick Astley obviously. The Odyssey – A Northern Soul Time-Capsule however, aims to capture the essence of
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DISCOBETA: The Bounce EP (2014) + Come Correct video

The Bounce EP DiscobetaRating: ★★★★★ Discobeta follow up their Worthwhile EP on Morlack’s Funk Blasters label with the equally worthwhile The Bounce EP. Side-stepping the tinny digital drums trap that claims more than its fair share of victims at the ghetto funk end of the party breaks scene this pair opt for funkier and more interesting percussive patterns, judicious rather than profligate
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STEPPA STYLE: No Sound EP (2014)

No Sound EP Steppa StyleFans of cheap racial stereotyping will be disappointed to learn that here is a Russian dancehall artist who has passed up the opportunity to call himself Boris Banton and perform a po-faced, half-cut turn over an offbeat balilaika-powered riddim. Fans of good dancehall on the other hand will be pleased to find a rather decent Dirty Dubsters reggae version of See The World
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FRANKEE MORE: That’s The Funk (2015)

That's The Funk Frankee More“Frankee says make it 3 cuts of synthy funk breaks”. Alright that’s a bit too long to fit on the front of a supersized white t-shirt but that’s what Frankee More is offering on this eminently listenable release on Bulabeats. The title track is a catchy head nod instro primed with samples of how to build a funk groove and P-funky synths. Give It Up To Party is a much livelier disco-laced
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FUNKY DESTINATION: Supersonic Bomb (2015)

Supersonic Bomb Funky DestinationThe mirrorball-with-a-fuse pretty much captures it on the cover art of Funky Destination‘s second full-length effort Supersonic Bomb which contains seventeen original cuts of solid nufunk action featuring live instrumentation and vocals. There’s a heft and chunk to this that other nufunk drops often lack and it’s the sort of thing you might file alongside Quasamodo or early Basement Freaks
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KOKA MASS JAZZ: Smile (2015)

Smile Koka Mass JazzIt’s a seven remixes deep package for Bulgarian Koka Mass Jazz and funky disco number Smile on this. Mr T delivers a deep club breaks smirk, My Neighbour Is gives it a stoned breakbeat grin, Poldoore does a house-y simper, Green Street offers a acid jazzy beam, Vitamin D stays close to the original and offers a justifiably smug twitch at the corners of his mouth and Loop Maffia goes way
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SMOOVE: For The Love Of 45s Smoove DJ Mix (2015) Free download

For The Love Of 45s DJ Mix SmooveSmoove parks all that neo-disco business for a minute and returns to his roots with a party-friendly, b-boy funk, hip-hop and latin mix that includes a number of cheeky one-off cuts (dubplate 45s one trusts) done especially for…well…For The Love Of 45s.. That’ll be one hour ten minutes of prime, fluidly-mixed, block-rockin’, old school action then. Well, I say ‘block rockin’ but
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EPHEMERALS: Alive in Paris (2015) Free download

Alive In Paris EphemeralsThis is a taste of what happened when Ephemerals ended up Alive in Paris last autumn and did a live set for Les Nuits Zebrees. Typically of a funk-soul kind of stripe, it seems the band were transformed by the ‘City of Love’ into a 1970s instrumental fusion-era type Miles Davis outfit, at least on first track The Oligarch which becomes a nearly eight minute epic including a lengthy bit of
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