Tag Archives: Funk

RENE COSTY: Expectancy (2017)

Bet you haven’t heard of Rene Costy – music teacher, classical violinist, jazz musician and composer. The last point is what concerns us here since our man composed a ton of library music in the seventies from which period one track, Scrabble, was discovered in short order in the nineties by a number of significant breaks and hip-hop musicians and made it onto tracks such as
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DIAZPORA: Islands (2017)

No band is an island, and German funk outfit Diazpora show they’re no exception to the rule with new LP – er – Islands which draws influences from all over the funk – ahem – diaspora. It’s the fifth album from the nine-piece Hamburg band whose number includes David ‘The Hauf’ Nesselhauf – fresh from his solo Afrokraut effort in October and has been analogue engineered by
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ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM: Shakey Ground (2017)

Long known for their respectful (not to mention classy) free download edits, Rocknrolla Soundsystem now turn up with no fewer than three respectful and classy cheeky versions of funk and soul classics on NYC label Alpaca Edits. What you get is a nearly four-to-the-floor take on the release’s title track by psychedelic funkers The Temptations, a more fluidly four-to-the-floor re-
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LEON: Body & Soul (2017)

Body Soul LeonFrench multi-instrumentalist and producer Leon takes no prisoners on new EP Body & Soul, appropriately enough since he shares a name with Luc Besson’s cinema hitman. The seven tracker cuts a blistering mod, psych, surf, and jazzy path through instrumental party breakbeat territory as our man pits his guitar chops against uptempo and vaguely Propellerheads-ish beats. This is rawer
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BLACK HEAT: Zimba Ku (CHARLIE BEALE Remix) (2017) Free download

Zimba Ku Charlie Beale remix Black HeatFor his latest trick, Charlie Beale puts the electro-blues to one side in order to indulge his funky side with a relatively light touch remix of Black Heat’s mid-70s cut Zimba Ku. Wait a minute, I’ve heard that drum break before somewhere? You certainly have – Souls Of Mischief, Pete Rock and – er – Jessie J have all
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks: Tearz/ Verbal Intercourse 7″ (2017) + ‘Return To The 37th Chamber’ video trailer

Tearz El Michels AffairHere’s the seven inch lead single off El Michels Affair‘s forthcoming second LP-length volume of cinematic, psychedelic Wu-Tang covers Return To The 37th Chamber – the sequel to 09’s Enter The 37th Chamber. Label mates Lee Fields and Shannon Wise of The Shacks feature on vocals on Tearz (a collaboration I like to think of as ‘tears of a Big Crown’ – thank you, I’m here all week) Wise
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MONKEYBOXING.COM presents: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 (2017) Free download

Filthy Rhythm Dirty Soul Vol 7 monkeyboxingIt’s been a crazy-ass last six months here at MB and Monkeyboxing’s free annual funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae and breaks LP extravaganza very nearly didn’t happen this year. Primarily because MB was nearly permanently lost in the autumn. Happily, disaster was averted which means you lucky people get the mighty, mighty Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 bursting at the
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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: ‘Behind The Scenes’ video (2017)

Behind The Scenes DJ Format AbdominalRating: ★★★★★ Poor old Abdominal – trying to make a living out of being a full-time emcee. How quaint. Still, it does provide ample material for a wry look at how that actually works in 2017 on new Abs and Format cut Behind The Scenes. And how it works is that crate-digger and veteran creator of phat shit, DJ Format, puts together a
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LUCKY BROWN & THE SG’s: Mesquite Beat (2017)

Mesquite Beat Lucky Brown The SGsLong known for its services to the funk with untold re-issues of super rare drops, Tramp Records also occasionally likes to release completely new material – if it possesses the requisite soul vibes. So much so in fact that they’ve created new imprint Tramp Tapes specially for such material. The debut seven inch drop finds deep funk man Lucky Brown teaming up with soul quartet The
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Fighting Your Shadow (2017)

Fighting Your Shadow Hannah Williams AffirmationsA new year and a new single off the debut LP for Hannah Williams’ new project Hannah Williams & The Affirmations. Yes – soul burner Fighting Your Shadow is the new one – but how to represent it audio visually? Some esoteric martial-arts themed reference to shadow-boxing perhaps? No? A noir-themed video? No? Ah – we’re going for a low-lit, atmospheric, retro split-screen film
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