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THE BROTHERS NYLON: Bitches Cold Brew (2017)

Welcome to the weird world of The Brothers Nylon which finds the NYC-based Rufolo Brothers belching (sometimes literally) whatever whimsical notion takes their vocal fancy over funky drums and bass and into a vintage tape machine. Obviously, that’s not weird enough for them, so they then send it through the ether to library music fiend and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee
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TROMBONE SHORTY: Here Come The Girls (2017)

Big Easy native Trombone Shorty drops new LP Parking Lot Symphony (his debut for Blue Note Records) at the end of next month. Featuring ten new original cuts it also contains covers of two classic New Orleans funky bumps – The Meters’ It Ain’t No Use and this – a remarkably faithful cover of Ernie K Doe’s Allen Toussaint-penned hit Here Come The Girls. Oh alright – there’s a fair bit of
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SMOOVE: Main Sourced 7″ audio premiere (2017) + Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Fans of that ol’ boom-bap will no doubt be familiar with a certain classic of the genre – Breaking Atoms – the debut LP from Large Professor’s crew, Main Source. A veritable samplefest, there’s no doubting its influence or the fact that it has stood the test of time. In fact it’s the sort of thing that the likes of Smoove have been aurally mainlining since it came out. That’s got to have an effect on a man, surely? Er – a little
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DON DAYGLOW: Power EP (2017) + video

The artist formerly known as Ewan Hoozami might be threatening to go all nu-disco and house on us now that he’s been seduced by the dark side but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got time for a splendid four track EP of lightly edited straight-up disco biscuits entitled Power. Power? I feel empowered just listening to them – not to mention compelled to reach for my Qiana shirt and tailored
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Iron Man video (2017)

The Wu-Tang sample old soul; El Michels Affair instrumentalise the Wu-Tang’s samples into new old-sounding soul. Confused? Doesn’t matter, EMA have had the biggest successes of their career with it and a second album-load of such material – Return To The 37th Chamber – is on its way in just over a month. To tide you over – here’s the video to their three and a half minute take on Ghostface
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TRAMP RECORDS: The Soulful Side Of GME & Musette Records (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ Honestly, you write about not having had a Tramp retrospective focussing on some obscure soul-funk artist in a while and then they go and do their other speciality of dropping a comp. focussing on some obscure soul-funk label. It’s actually been three years since the previous such volume on which they checked out The Funky Side Of Goldband & ANLA – the
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DJ MONEYSHOT VS MR CRITICAL: Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 (2017) Audio premiere

Rating: ★★★★★ If you’re reading this, it means you’ve got yourself a ringside seat to the audio premiere of Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 on which the UK’s super Solid Steel selectah DJ Moneyshot goes mano a mano with Belgian legend Mr Critical once again! Oh shit! As Moneyshot himself puts it, “each DJ gets ten minute turns to cold rock the spot with the illest selections and call out his
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IZO FITZROY: Skyline (2017)

Another in long line of A&R successes for Jalapeno Records, Izo FitzRroy is someone you can expect to hear a lot more in the future as the effects of her debut album reverberate outwards. Positively dripping with soul, jazz and blues influences, Skyline reflects experience gained by FitzRoy from touring in the Deep South of the USA and touring with the likes of Jon Cleary & The Absolute
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Funk Originals (2017)

Breakbeat Paradise is a label which has made a name for itself over the last decade and more by providing party breakbeat junkies with all manner of musical goodies, not a few of which have made cheeky usage of samples borrowed from the golden era of syncopated soul. Now the label is returning the favour to the funk with an EP of all-original 70s-style tracks. Aptronymically entitled
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79.5: Boy Don’t Be Afraid (2017)

Big Crown continue to show the way forward in pop music with their find 79.5 whose new single Boy Don’t Be Afraid is the second to be drawn from the soon come Predictions album. It seems to come from an alternative 2017 in which drum machines, autotune and house music have never been invented and dance bands still like guitars, use live organic drum breaks and hark back to the
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