Monthly Archives: October 2016

BONE 40: Groovin’ EP (2016) Free download

groovin-bone-40Is it time for a bit of downtempo breaks? I think it is – it’s been a while – so here’s Dutch producer Bone 40 with his six-track Groovin’ EP on which he aims to combine the live jazzy and soul vibes of everyone from Booker T, Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis on the one hand with Madlib and Dangermouse
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MAKO & THE HAWK feat. CHIMA ANYA: The Devil Made Me Do It/ Strut Your Stuff – 7″ (2016) + official videos

the-devil-made-me-do-it-strut-your-stuff-mako-the-hawk-chima-anyaSo there’s been all that Mako & Mr Bristow action in the last year or two but what has been up with Mako & The Hawk, you might have wondered. Well, wonder no longer – the pair who sound a bit like a 1970s cop show are back with a double A-side wax 45 of all-original, sample-based, party-friendly
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SERGE SEVERE: Shots Fired (prod. ZAPATA)(2016) Free download

shots-fired-serge-severe-zapataNext one out of the clip for Portland mic manipulator Serge Severe is Zapata-produced number Shots Fired about the trigger-happy tendencies of the boys in blue over the pond and the way they just seem to keep getting away with it. Perhaps it’s to do with the man greasing palms behind the scenes? Well – that is
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: Make The World (2016)

make-the-world-lee-fields-the-expressionsRating: ★★★★★ That male yang to Sharon Jones’ yin, evergreen funk-soul brother Lee Fields is shortly to return with full-length album, Special Night, on label of the moment – Big Crown Records. Before he does so, here’s the second single and hot damn it’s a storming slab of stomping funky soul, featuring righteously vintage-
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TOSSES: Scratch Beats Vol. 1 (2016)

scratch-breaks-vol-1-tossesAle Tosses‘ production conveyor belt seems to be working overtime at the minute – this is at least his third release this year! Scratch Beats Vol. 1 boasts heavier beats, snarlier synths and arguably wider appeal though. While the feel is broadly ghetto funky/ glitch breaksy – blues and funk get sucked into
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EMPRESARIOS: ‘No Vamos A Parar Remixed’ EP (2016)

no-vamos-a-parar-empresarios-remixed-epThere’s no stopping Empresarios as they push ahead with more remixes off last year’s The Vibes album, this time handing the keys (or at least the stems) of No Vamos A Parar over to remixers Bobby C Sound TV, DJ Clairvo, Senor Griff and Farid. Senor Griff gets all latin psychedelic with the dub FX while Farid
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TOM SHOWTIME feat. 1/6 & Class A: Birds Of Paradise (2016)

birds-of-paradise-tom-showtime-class-aBirds Of Paradise – not those tropical avians with the lairy plumage nor the Bristol florist, nor even the infamous Bristol massage parlour that shares the same name – but the latest drop from Tom Showtime – a limited edition 45 no less, straight outta Melbourne and featuring the lyrical talents of 1/6 and
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CYPRESS HILL: Cypress Hill Special 25th Anniversary Edition (2016)

25th-anniversary-cypress-hill-skullGood lord! It’s been a quarter of a century since that funky Cypress Hill shit first hit the public consciousness on their self-titled debut album and five years since the last anniversary re-release! Perhaps it’s time to light another – er – I mean re-release it again. Which label will have their hand
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‘TEAR THE ROOF OFF: The Untold Story Of Parliament/ Funkadelic’ – Documentary (2016)

documentary-parliament-funkadelic-tear-the-roof-offParliament/ Funkadelic live shows were legendary for being wild and crazy events – as you might have guessed from the music, lyrics and album covers. But what was life like behind the scenes of the legendary funk collective – just the same? Wilder? Or maybe it was all a bit pipe and slippers? Wonder no longer as award-winning documentary maker Bobby J Brown unlifts the veil
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THE NEW BUZZ feat. JESS LEAN: ‘Like We Used To’ 7″ (2016)

like-we-used-to-the-new-buzzThere was a time a year or two ago where you couldn’t move for tripping over yet another new funk/ soul outfit from Oz – probably from Melbourne. But if things have been quiet on that score recently, Brisbane’s The New Buzz are here to put things to right with their debut 45 which offers up two rather different but both highly promising bumps, off the ground. A-side Like We
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