Monthly Archives: October 2015

JIMI NEEDLES: Float On (2015) Free download

Float On Jimi NeedlesJimi Needles has teamed up with ‘apparel connoisseurs’ Fanboyco for this latest free one. Not sure what Fanboyco’s contribution was – maybe they paid for the mastering – but what you get is Needles’ quality boom-bap re-version of The Floaters’ wafty 1977 UK number one soul hit Float On. Not only does our Jimi make sure the beat mans-up but he also does the track a service by
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COCKNEY NUTJOB: Heads Boppin’ EP (2015)

Heads Boppin' EP Cocckney NutjobRating: ★★★★★ Heads boppin’ and, presumably, legs a-noddin’ – though in truth whatever your bodily parts are doing, it’s likely none of them will be still when any of the cuts off Cockney Nutjob‘s new skankin’ hip-hop EP Heads Boppin’ are playing. The man’s so pleased with himself he’s even done a flash new mix with toasting from kiwi Kurnel MC on which all the tracks are
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VARIOUS: Freestyle 4 Funk 4 (Compiled by Timewarp)(2014)

Freestyle 4 Funk 4 TimewarpTimewarp release another double-sized, double-themed volume of beats here in the shape of Freestyle 4 Funk 4 (not to be confused with 2008’s Freestyle 4 Funk) and it’s another one of the label’s massive ‘almost’ retrospective releases. That’s ‘retrospective’ because it finds label main man Angelous ‘Timewarp‘ Stoumpos sifting through the label’s colossal back catalogue for the
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THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS feat. Lee Fields: Where Do We Go From Here (2015)

Where Do We Go From Here Mighty MocambosThe Mighty Mocambos return with a completely new track featuring soul man Lee Fields. It’s a slow-burn number of the kind often favoured by Fields himself but not unfamiliar to fans of Charles Bradley and those new kids on the block, Ephemerals. Man – it’s getting busy in soul city! Where Do We Go From Here, Fields might well ask. How about with a B-Boy Suite in B Flat Minor
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DISCOBETA: Honey Bee (re-scrub) (2015) Free download + video

Honey Bee DiscobetaTrue, Discobeta‘s disco-space-boogie-breaks effort Honey Bee has been previously released by [information redacted] but because [information redacted] didn’t [information redacted] which most people would view as not really playing cricket and because [information redacted] appears to have something of a history of [information redacted] – there was really only one
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WILLIE WEST: I’m Still A Man (Lord Have Mercy) (2015)

Willie West I'm Still A ManIf you caught Vol. 3 of the mighty Soul Jazz label’s New Orleans Funk series then you’ll already know Willie West since his Allen Toussaint-penned 1970 track Fairchild opens the compilation. His career actually started a decade earlier and – er – hasn’t finished yet – and you know what? He’s still a man. Just as well with a name like Willie. Single I’m Still A Man dropping on Timmion follows last
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MR BRISTOW feat. PHIL RAMOCON: Drunk On Funk EP (2015)

Drunk On Funk Mr Bristow Phil RamoconPhil Ramocon a.k.a Phil Ramacan a.k.a. Phil ‘The Thrill’ Ramocon, musical director of Channel 4’s Club Mix – you name it – he’s worked with ’em all: Jimmy Cliff, David Gilmour, Bob Marley, Neneh Cherry, Phil Collins (gahhh!), Take That (gahhh!), Gregory Isaacs, Mr Bristow…Wait – what!? Mr Bristow? Yep – that’s right. London-based producer Mr B has only scored a proper original soul
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FOLD: Fold (2015)

Fold FoldThe full-length eponymously-titled debut from Leeds outfit Fold is imminent and finds the band expanding their ‘fit a speech from inspirational public speakers to original music’ model to no fewer than ten tracks. Now, I know you might be thinking, ‘Well all they’ve done is fit inspirational speeches to original music’ but let’s consider both the parts and the sum of them
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CUT LA VIS feat. LOTEK: Rinse & Repeat (2015)

Rinse Repeat Cut La Vis LotekCut La Vis follows up his epic Maddy Carty-featuring summer skank Still Have The Love by re-loading his production washing machine with bubbling reggae, chucking in a hip-hop vocal from Lotek and then setting things to Rinse & Repeat. Absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong with that but remixers Fleck and Leo Samson are on hand nevertheless to change the cycle to junglist spin
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DUSTY TONEZ: Get Down (2015)

Get Down Dusty TonezNothing dusty about the beats on Get Down the latest EP from Irish breaks merchant Dusty Tonez as he delivers a triple dose of dancefloor breaks. La Bounce grinds up Lady Marmalade with a bit of added K7 while the title track grinds does the same to the funk with added bleepage. Best cut however is Got That Funk which ghettos up L.T.D’s Every Time I Turn Around with added Kanye for
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