Monthly Archives: November 2016

DENNIS COFFEY: If You Can’t (SHAKA LOVES YOU edit)(2016)

if-you-cant-dennis-coffeyRating: ★★★★★ Long-time readers will know that the monkey is a sucker for a well-turned out booty and Shaka Loves You‘s edit of Dennis ‘Scorpio’ Coffey’s Finger Lickin Good LP track If You Can’t Dance To This, entitled If You Can’t is so well-turned out it could win a fashion show. A seventies one, hosted in Studio 54 anyway. Disco the way it should be then – with the percussion funky and
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SOUL JAZZ RECORDS presents: NEW ORLEANS FUNK Vol. 4 – Voodoo Fire In New Orleans 1951-77 (2016)

voodoo-fire-new-orleans-funk-vol-4Rating: ★★★★★ Soul Jazz RecordsNew Orleans Funk series is one that should need no introduction. Vol. 1 came out in 2000 and established a benchmark for funk compilations both in terms of killer content, scrupulously researched liner notes and audio quality that no other label has thus far equalled. It was subsequently followed by three sequels – the ‘real’
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: So Long (2016) + video

so-long-marta-ren-groovelvetsNext up in the way of a single from Marta Ren & The Groovelvets is the noirish pomp of torch song So Long and judging by all the swearing it seems that soul hurricane Marta’s a bit upset. What could the matter possibly be? Well, a number of things it seems, though when she finally gets around to mentioning a former lover who left her, you suspect he’s probably the root cause. But how
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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARDO CARMICHAEL: Why Can’t We Live Together (2016)

why-cant-we-live-together-soul-sugarSoul Sugar take Timmy Thomas’s minimal seventies soul groove Why Can’t We Live Together and transform it into a slo-mo disco-inflected reggae groove with a super smooth falsetto soul vocal from Leonardo Carmichael. The gently throbbing bass and the song’s message are the very tonic for a world which seems bent on dealing with political and corporate excess by handing the
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LONE NINJA feat. KILLAH PRIEST: Ritual Daggers (2016)

ritual-daggers-lone-ninja-killah-priestOpens with the sound of rain and the rumble of distant thunder, a splatter of blood as a head is severed from a body and a sense of deep shadows charged with hidden menace? Must be the new one from Lone Ninja! Ritual Daggers sees our man finally broker a long-anticipated lyrical alliance with Killah Priest who cuts a path through twenty bars of the haunting piano-filled
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JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE: In The Heat (2016)

in-the-heat-johnnypluse-the-stormtroopers-of-lovePrepare for further mayhem from Ireland’s most notorious breakbeat party fiends Johnnypluse & The Stormtroopers Of Love as they unveil their new single In The Heat on which a lyrical breakdown of precisely how much chaos one band can cause while on tour unfolds over a thunderous glitchy breaks. Also comes with the skankin-breaks n’ house piano banger Pull The Cord (which
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CHAINSKA BRASSIKA feat. TOOTS: Don’t You Try (2016) Audio premiere

dont-you-try-chainska-brassika-tootsRating: ★★★★★ Imagine if you were a bunch of young ska-loving rascals and your band not only won – say – the world reggae contest but as a consequence you got to record with – oohh, I don’t know – Toots Hibberts of Toots & The Maytals fame at – maybe – the Harry J Studios where Bob Marley cut umpteen tracks. Of course one young band don’t need to imagine this
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JSTAR: Stand To Order (2016)

stand-to-order-jstarHe’s rinsed the reggae hip-hop mash-up concept, curated a compilation of Kiwi dub reggae, dropped a comp. of his own remixes and recently had out a single of all original material. So it stands to reason that JStar‘s full-length studio album Stand To Order would follow in – er – short order – as our man assembles an all-star cast from the global reggae/ dancehall underground for eight (or ten
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ROEBUCK ‘POPS’ STAPLES: Father Father (ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM edit) (2016) Free download

father-father-roebuck-pops-staples-rocknrolla-soundsystemRocknrolla Soundsystem have one of those – ‘ooh – this’d sound better if it was a bit faster with a bit more drum leverage, tweaked bass, maybe some extra guitar’ moments with the blues-gospel title cut off Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples final album. A remix idea in other words. And don’t they execute it well? So much so, that the patriarch of the Staple Singers sounds right at home on the
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THE HEMPOLICS: Me Love To Sing Remixes (2016)

me-love-to-sing-the-hempolics-remixesThe Hempolics – them love to sing. Well – it’s right there in the title of their lilting skank of a summer hit Me Love To Sing isn’t it? Of course there’s also them that love to remix – Mungo’s Hi-Fi for one, DJ Vadim for another and Loggi for a third. And some of them know other people besides vocalist Dandelion who love to sing – or at least toast – like Solo Banton and Horseman. Yes
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