Monthly Archives: August 2017

JOHN TURRELL: The Kingmaker (2017)

JOHN TURRELL:  The KingmakerRating: ★★★★★ Stop what yas deein and listen up. Wor John released an album a few years ago and ye meet have missed it. Nivvor mind that though since the monkey’ll be gannin on aboot it for a few lines now ta fill ye in like. What really? A re-release of John Turrell’s 2013 debut solo LP The Kingmaker already? Even back then the man was singer in the Craig Charles’ Fantasy Funk Band by
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MARKEY FUNK: Witch Doctor (Vinyl 7″) (2017)

MARKEY FUNK:  Witch Doctor (vinyl 7Look out – Markey Funk’s box of delights is open once again and this time it’s new psych-funk 45 Witch Doctor that slithers out. Working his production voodoo, he crafts initial Delia Derbyshire-esque synth swirls that rapidly give way to a phat drum break apparently recorded by like-minded space traveller Dan Mayo of CRuNCH 22 and then the heavy fuzz guitar kicks in. No
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T-BIRD: Mr President (2017) + video

T-BIRD:  Mr President (2017) + videoCriminally underrated, the now de-funked T-Bird & The Breaks have left a big hole in the global underground funk and soul scene so it’s good news to hear that gravel-voiced, master-lyricist T-Bird, a.k.a Tim Crane, is back in the saddle with a new single/ video, Mr President, as well as an album, Bottle Fulla Rainbows, in the offing as well. Until that LP comes out though – here’s a single
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SON OF SAM feat. MASTA ACE & LARGE PROFESSOR: Come A Long Way (2017)

SON OF SAM feat. MASTA ACE & LARGE PROFESSOR: Come A Long Way (2017)Originally formed in ’03, underground hip-hop outfit Son Of Sam are back for ’17 with new single Come A Long Way which features no fewer than two legendary NY emcees – Large Professor and Masta Ace. The outfit consists of producer Tom Caruana (of Wu-Beatles Magical Mystery Chambers fame), rhythm section John and Joe Sam (whose background includes stints with both
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PHAT FRED: Apple Pie b/w Chocolate Cake (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

Phat Fred? Blimey – last time I heard from them it was their Record Kicks 7″ double-header with Poets of Rhythm more than a decade ago. Despite this Rip Van Funkle act, something’s galvanised them into action recently and you better be hungry because they are providing soul food. A-side Apple Pie delivers JB-ish rhythmic flavours along with rhythm guitar, organ licks and the
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MORONGROOVER & MR BRISTOW: Ghetto Disco EP (2017)

MORONGROOVER & MR BRISTOW:  Ghetto Disco EPGents – time to get your three-piece flared-leg suits on; ladies – time to hit the wardrobe for a jersey wrap because Morongroover and Mr Bristow are shortly to go large with their Ghetto Disco EP on Breakbeat Paradise! The pair set out with the intention of funking you up till you boogie down and with opener I Like It Like That it’s Soul Train Disco Night manoeuvres from the off. Then
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WINDMILLS: Stay Golden (2017)

WINDMILLS:  Stay GoldenRating: ★★★★★ Firmly holding on to what’s golden for their third LP – er – Stay Golden, are Californian underground hip-hop crew Windmills. The outfit – consisting of producer and multi-instrumentalist Rex Rey and emcee Framework – first hit the ground in 2011 with their debut As Above, So Below delivering fresh hip-hop psychedelia best
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SCREECHY DAN & BLUNTSKULL: Keep Doin It (2017)

SCREECHY DAN & BLUNTSKULL:  Keep Doin It The new one from Brooklyn Dancehall veteran Screechy Dan finds him hooking up with producer and known 90s reggae-boom-bap fiend Bluntskull so it’s no surprise that Keep Doin It should strip things back to the time-honoured recipe of the kick, the snare and the double bass all at around a 100bpm tempo. Elsewhere, Cut La Vis keeps doin it inna old school dancehall stylee, Rukus in a new
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: I’m Coming Home b/w Precious Love (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

LEE FIELDS:  I'm Coming Home b/w Precious Love (Vinyl 7Soul survivor Lee Fields is all loved-up on his new vinyl 7″ with a double paean to the woman of his heart (well – we’ll assume it’s the same woman anyway) and once again, both cuts come from his recent Special Night album. A-side I’m Coming Home finds our man in world-weary mode lamenting the fact that, “the man tried his best to work me to death,” atop a suitable slowie of a
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COCKNEY NUTJOB feat. KURNEL MC: Differences (2017) Free download

COCKNEY NUTJOB feat. KURNEL MC:  DifferencesEveryman do ‘is ting a lickle way different and when it comes to their cover of DRS and Kenny Ken’s ’94 junglist cut Everyman entitled Differences, Cockney Nutjob and Kurnel MC do their ‘ting’ about fifty bpm slower inna skankin-midtempo breaks stylee. Also Mr Nutjob’s bowel-loosening buzzsaw synth bass is rather different too. This is perhaps surprising given jungle’s penchant
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