Monthly Archives: July 2017

THE ALLERGIES: Push On (Album)(2017)

Allergies Push OnRating: ★★★★★ My word – is that The Allergies again? Airplay all over BBC radio, vinyl seven inch singles ago-go, a deepening collaboration with Ugly Duckling rapper Andy Cooper to the point that he’s almost the third member of the group and now here’s their second full-length album. What to call that bad boy though? Push Out? Nope
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE RECORDINGS: Big Fat Mama Beats 2 (2016)

BREAKBEAT PARADISE RECORDINGS: Big Fat Mama Beats 2BBP’s latest comp. is Big Fat Mama Beats 2 – a second and even larger helping (ten tracks rather than seven) to follow-up last year’s first volume. As before, dismiss from your mind any notion suggested by the cover art or title of delicate or swinging tweaks of Big Maybelle tracks. What you’re getting here is industrial-sized slabs of fat funk breaks – for which read plenty of glitch and grind
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THE NEW BUZZ & KARL S WILLIAMS: Valley Of Silence 45 (2017)

THE NEW BUZZ & KARL S WILLIAMS:  Valley Of Silence b/w Brisket Bits 45Bringing the soul fuzz on this 45 are The New Buzz & Karl S Williams – the latter joining the Brisbane outfit to lend a southern rasp to torch song Valley Of Silence on the A-side of their new seven inch. Initially, it’s all about the low ‘n slow as Williams smoulders along to brooding organ and tremolo guitar but eventually things build to an epic psych-fuzz outro and Williams in soul overdrive. There’re
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Feriado Tropical (Vinyl 7″) (2017)

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE:  Feriado Tropical 7Feriado Tropical? Tropical Holiday? Sounds nice – who doesn’t want one of those? But what if you could have a tropical holiday on seven inch wax? I know! And that’s precisely what you’ll be able to cop from Estonian funk juggernaut Lexsoul Dancemachine come this autumn. How do you like them coconuts? Coincidentally, Coconuts – their equally tropically-flavoured single from last year –
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NAVIGATOR: Powers Everlasting (LIONDUB mix)(2017) Audio premiere

NAVIGATOR:  Powers Everlasting (LIONDUB mix) Audio premiereRating: ★★★★★ From collaborations with the Freestylers and Skarra Mucci to touring with Lenny Kravitz, there’s no denying that Navigator MC has made his mark on music in multifarious ways over the years. However, it’s taken him until now to deliver his debut album, Alignment, on which he makes up for lost time by sorting out no fewer than twenty-seven tracks which take in the many
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MAKO & MR BRISTOW: ‘Stank Soul Edits Vol. 3’ (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

MAKO & MR BRISTOW:  'Stank Soul Edits Vol. 3' 7Looks like the cat is already out of the bag on this one so little reason to hang fire about the fact that Mako & Mr Bristow are to follow up their mighty double 7 inch 2015 Resense edit drops with a Stank Soul Edits Vol. 3 45 (Resense 043) early this autumn. This time around the pair dig-up an old southern soul ballad on the one hand and a late-night love song on the other, re-flipping them as
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HOLLIE COOK: Angel Fire (2017)

HOLLIE COOK: Angel FireAh – Hollie Cook – always a pleasure – especially since she has a new single out entitled Angel Fire. All the elements of a classic Cook reggae cut are there, the butter-wouldn’t melt vocals and a classy reggae beat with pop savvy. It’s what she once referred to, tongue-in-cheek, as ‘tropical pop’ in fact. A term which has no doubt haunted her ever since, like the ghost of Amazulu, bandied around
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JAYL FUNK feat. TARZAN BROS: Funkin’ Your Soul (2017)

JAYL FUNK feat. TARZAN BROS: Funkin' Your SoulJayl Funk and Tarzan Bros. channel late 70s Bronx vibes on their latest collaboration Funkin’ Your Soul. Out on Jayl Funk’s very own Honkey Phonk label, this drop is all about the super disco-breakin’ vibes, positively dripping with retro-synth bass and funky geetar while Tarzan Bros. grace the mic in a firmly Sugarhill stylee. Let’s put it this way – Sylvia Robinson would have released it. Can
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THE BOMBAY ROYALE: I Love You Love You (2015)

THE BOMBAY ROYALE:  I Love You Love You To misquote MC Coppa from all the way back in 2010, The Bombay Royale are a band with Bollywood plans and (no doubt) Bollywood fans who do weird dancing with their hands. And if they were all about the sixties sitar funk on first LP (2012’s You Me Bullets Love) seem now to be heading in a New Wave-influenced musical direction with the first single taken from
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BAZZA RANKS meets JAGO & DEEMAS J: Riddim Riders EP (2017) Video

Remember when Jamaican dancehall became obsessed with boom-bap beats? To be fair, it was around the time when everyone was obsessed with boom-bap beats which is to say the 90s – a sound and era celebrated in three-tracker the Riddim Riders EP from Dirty Dubsters’ Bazza Ranks and Tru Thoughts vocalists Jago and Deemas J. Oohh – does that mean three helpings of rapid-fire patois
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