Monthly Archives: March 2016

DALINDEO: Slavic Souls (2016)

Slavic Souls Dalindeo“What’s not to like about a melancholic party song?” says Dalindeo band leader Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen of the Finnish band’s new LP described in the PR Blah as a “Surf-Jazz-Tango-Extravaganza.” Ah the Finns and their melacholy. A mate persuaded me to go to the cinema once to watch a Finnish film. I forget the name of the director and the film now but I do remember that
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SEASICK STEVE: Banjo Song (MISTER FRENCHWAX remix) (2016) Free download

Banjo Song remix Mister Frenchwax Seasick SteveI don’t know, you leave home at 13 to avoid a stepfather who’s a bit handy with his fists, hobo around the country looking for work, become friends with Joni Mitchell, move to Norway the best part of fifty years later, release an album and get championed by a London radio DJ. Next thing you know, you’re a bona fide living blues legend. In short you are Seasick Steve and everyone wants a piece of you – including Mister Frenchwax
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DJ OMBRE & COUPE CHIMISTE: Cassette de Mixage Vol. 1 (2016) Free download

Cassette De Mixage Vol 1 DJ Ombre Coupe ChimisteRating: ★★★★★ DJ Ombre & Coupe Chimiste? Isn’t ‘ombre’ French for ‘shadow’? And ‘coupe’ French for ‘cut’ and ‘chimiste’ French for…ahhhh. You see what they’ve done there? It shouldn’t give you too much of brainfreeze to work it out now the monkey’s done the hard work for you. Et qui sont-they? Why ils-sont producer Chicky Boom and un ami (or possibly une amie) who have hooked-up, dug
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE RECORDINGS: Badass Funk EP (2016)

Badass Funk EP Breakbeat Paradise RecordingsRating: ★★★★★ Blimey. Hold the floor. When a label like Breakbeat Paradise celebrates ten years in the business you know you can expect some heavyweight party breaks action and with a name like Badass Funk EP – you know that shit is going to be stanker than JB’s jock strap. Don’t be expecting any wobble though because part of this one’s charm is that in celebrating a label
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VARIOUS: Migrant Beat Foundation Vol. 1 (2016)

Migrant Beat FoundationHow bad are things in the Middle East? So bad that millions are leaving it for Europe – presumably because all those European arms sales to various brutal regimes have assured them of an open-armed welcome, not to mention all that colonial carving up and interference – the tail end of which is still within living memory – and which laid the basis for much contemporary strife
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Deus Lex Machina (2016)

Deus Lex Machina Lexsoul DancemachineRating: ★★★★★ You hear things in the unlikeliest of places. Or rather (in the case of Lexsoul Dancemachine‘s debut LP Deus Lex Machina) you hear things from the unlikeliest of places. Mind you it is 2016 and what with the interweb and all, no one should really be surprised that an amazingly raw broadside of contemporary funk should come barrelling out of Estonia. Billing themselves as
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Love Like This/ Dog Was A Doughnut (2016)

Love Like This Bacao Steel Rhythm BandHas your hotly anticipated LP been put back a couple of months? No worries. Why not release another seven inch to keep punters fluffed? In this case a funky steel drum cover of Faith Evans’ 90s cut Love Like This on the A side and a funky steel drum cover (well – they are the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band) of Cat Steven’s 70s electronica curio Dog Was A Doughnut? Yep – not bad – nice
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FORT KNOX FIVE feat. ASHLEY SLATER: Fire In My Belly (2016)

Fire In My Belly Fort Knox FiveThe latest single off Fort Knox Five‘s Pressurize The Cabin LP is Fire In My Belly on which Ashley Slater assists them on a pleasing journey that musically terminates somewhere between Ohio Player’s Love Rollercoaster and a full mothership connection. Remixers All Good Funk Alliance take over the journey at this point and bypass the mothership entirely to dock at disco spacehub
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MARCELLA PUPPINI VS. R.A. THE RUGGED MAN: ‘The Greatest’ (2016) + video

The Greatest Marcella Puppinin RA Rugged ManPuppini sister Marcella and NY emcee R.A.The Rugged Man hook-up for new swing-hop single hook-up The Greatest. What to do for a video concept though? Aww – it’s got to be Marcella as the femme fatale and R.A. as the gangster playboy. Cue chiaroscuro lighting, smoke and a minimalist speakeasy card game setting while they cross and double cross each other lyrically. Yep
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BIG L: Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous (20th Anniversary)(2016)

Lifestylez Ov Da Poor Dangerous Big LIt’s another 90s hip-hop twentieth anniversary – which these days means it’s time for another Get On Down prestige re-issue. Getting the treatment this time is D.I.T.C. affiliate Big L who sadly won’t be celebrating the re-release of his debut LP Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous since he very much lived it like he rapped it and was the victim of a driveby shooting by an unknown assailant(s)
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