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DJ PNUTZ: Bee-Sides (2017)

DJ PNUTZ: Bee-Sides (2017)Fresh – in both the primary and hip-hop senses of the word – from her recent 16 Psyche album, DJ Pnutz drops a brace of recording session extras that didn’t make the final cut in the shape of this Bee-Sides single. And about this, it would be remiss of the monkey not to create some buzz (thank you, I’m here all week) since the track Bee-Side is an efficient slice of heavy Hammond-tinged
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HOT BORDER SPECIAL: Thriller (2017)

HOT BORDER SPECIAL:  Thriller (2017)The countdown to the Halloween silly season is well under way and fighting the urge to put out something horror-themed if you’re a band must be akin to being trying to stop transforming under a full moon if you’re a werewolf. Hot Border Special acknowledge they must bow to the inevitable then but clearly figure that if they’re going to be lycanthropes, they might as well be
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MNP: Ratto Nero b/w Beard (7″ Vinyl)(2017)

MNP:  Ratto Nero b/w Beard (7Next from the aptly-named Delights label comes this new 45 from Brighton-based psych-funk outfit MNP in the form of the sinister double-header of Ratto Nero and Beard. The first of these provides a pysch-funk soundtrack to being hung up on a meathook and flayed, then having to watch while the perpetrator dons your skin like a bleeding suit. We’ve all been there. Beard on the other hand is
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THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. LUCINDA SLIM: World Gone Crazy (2017)

THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. LUCINDA SLIM:  World Gone CrazyThe Haggis Horns follow-up the spring release of Doc Brown-featuring single Take It back by teaming up with singer Lucinda Slim for World Gone Crazy. World gone crazy? How apt a title in a world where an American president who acts like an overgrown baby is so repellent he actually makes you want to cheer on a totalitarian dictator who looks like an overgrown baby. And that’s just
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D/TROIT: Soul Sound System (Album)(2017)

D/TROIT:  Soul Sound System (Album)If you didn’t catch news of the 45 release of the title track of the Soul Sound System LP a fortnight ago (and even if you did) now is the time to properly say hello to D/Troit who make an assured full-length statement to mark D/enmark’s entrance to the global funk-soul scene. If you did catch news of the 45 release you’ll know that among the band’s credentials is the fact that Daptone’s Gabriel Roth has chief mixing credits. Of course if he’s on board, you know a band is doing something right which perhaps has something to do with the fact that
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FOLD: Written in The Sky EP (2017)

FOLD:  Written in The Sky EPYou’ll have heard of ‘conscious’ hip-hop of course, but while Leeds four-piece Fold might be influenced by this genre of music, that’s not what they are. Calling them conscious soul would be more accurate – though there’s a strong chance using such a term would net you a spell in ‘Pseud’s Corner’ should Private Eye get wind of it, not to mention a slap from everyone else within earshot
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TRAMP RECORDS: Countdown To Soul (2017)

TRAMP RECORDS:  Countdown To Soul Rating: ★★★★★ Some might feel that launching a new compilation series when you’ve already got multiple vintage funk, soul, rnb and jazz ones on the go is a bridge too far. And it’s certainly true that Tramp are currently spinning myriad plates – Feeling Nice for example, not to mention Movements, Praise Poems, Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party, the Story Of… artist-
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DELIA ‘DEE DEE’ GARTRELL: I Must Be Doing Something Right b/w Fight Fire With Fire (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

DELIA 'DEE DEE' GARTRELL:  I Must Be Doing Something Right b/w Fight Fire With Fire (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Is it me or are Rocafort Records on fire at the moment? They’re certainly doing everything right in terms of dropping this huge re-press of double Delia ‘Dee Dee’ Gartrell delights I Must Be Doing Something Right b/w Fight Fire With Fire. Turns out that back in the day, Delia was banned from singing rnb by her mother. Happily, mum hadn’t reckoned on the arrival of
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Shadow Boxin’ b/w Iron Maiden (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR:  Shadow Boxin' b/w Iron Maiden (Vinyl 7Another release linked to something from April today and, in this case, we find El Michels Affair’ dropping yet more 45 action off superb Return To The The 37th Chamber album from back in the spring. Although they’ve avoided committing the biggest track off the LP to single format again (so we still live in hope of an All I Need 45), it’s hard to imagine there’ll be any complaints about finding the lilting psych-funk
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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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