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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Unathi b/w Zaharila (vinyl 7″)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR:  Unathi b/w Zaharila (vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ El Michels Affair certainly haven’t fallen asleep basking in the glory of last year’s excellent Return To The 37th Chamber and here’s two magnificent reasons why on either side of a fresh new 45 entitled Unathi and Zaharila. Hmm – sounds a bit Bollywood. Damn straight! At least Bollywood funky that is – as they draw on the vocal talents of Piya Malik from label mates
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THE BAMBOOS feat. J-LIVE: Broken + lyric video

THE BAMBOOS feat. J-LIVE: Broken + lyric video News of the debut single, Lit Up, off The Bamboos’ forthcoming eighth studio LP Night Time People certainly lit up MB social media (contrary to what is still shown by the flaky MB ‘Like’ widget on post) and second single, Broken, is all set to do the same with an appearance from veteran emcee J-Live. Full of crossover appeal, Live holds forth about the hard times of mental illness and never
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: I Feel Alive/ Mr Hyde (Vinyl 7″)

SMOOVE & TURRELL:  I Feel Alive/ Mr Hyde (Vinyl 7The monkey told you Smoove & Turrell’s new LP, Mount Pleasant, was on the way and so it is at the end of this month. In the meantime, here is the second single and follow-up to Izo FitzRoy collab. You’re Gone. Entitled I Feel Alive and backed with Mr Hyde – it demonstrates once again that S & T have more than one musical side. The role they’ve carved out as radio-friendly Chic and
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JOE FARRELL/ ARTIFACTS: Upon This Rock (MR FANTASTIC edit)/ Whassup Now Muthafucka(Vinyl 7″)

The original release of saxophonist Joe Farrell’s funky jazz-rock epic Upon This Rock from 1974 is around twelve minutes long and takes a good three and a half minutes of ‘fusion’-style farting about before it even gets funky – though when it does get funky, it gets very funky indeed. So much so in fact that Artifacts, Method Man, Common, Redman and Kanye West have all plundered the track for their own beats at
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DAYTONER: Second Stomp b/w I Get By (Vinyl 7″)

DAYTONER:  Second Stomp (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ I do hope you caught Daytoner’s sterling neo-northern soul 45 outing, Needed You/ Sicka, earlier in the year and now it’s time for a second neo-northern soul effort entitled, appropriately enough, Second Stomp. Second Stomp? “I don’t think they know about Second Stomp, Pip.” ‘But they know about Stevie’s Uptight don’t they Merry?’ They certainly should do, so
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VARIOUS: Down In The Valley (Perfect Toy Records)

VARIOUS:  Down In The ValleyPerfect Toy have been digging the crates again and this time knocked out Down In The Valley which comes in two vinyl volumes or one combined cd. They should probably get someone they know well to sort out the sales notes for that. Oh – hang on – whatdyaknow: ‘“A heavy selection of mod-rockers, garage and psych-funk tracks,” runs the sub-title of new compilation series, Down
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OTTO DE ROJAS Y LOS ULTRA 76: Choca Las Caderas / Al Ritmo De Bump Bump (Vinyl 7″)

OTTO DE ROJAS Y LOS ULTRA 76: Choca Las Caderas / Al Ritmo De Bump Bump (Vinyl 7Matasuna Records deliver more latin action with this lively double-header 45 from Otto De Rojas Y Los Ultra 76. On the one side is classic uptempo latin jazz/ funk/ disco nugget Choca Las Caderas from 1976, adorned with the piano tinkles of legendary ivories-tickler De Rojas. On the flip the Peruvian combo try their hand at a cover of Soulful Strut by Stateside soul-jazz groovers Young-Holt
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CALIBRO 35: Psycheground (video + ltd. Vinyl 7″)

CALIBRO 35:  Psycheground (Video)Of course it was only a couple of months ago that Italian kings of cinematic funk, Calibro 35, dropped their umpteenth studio LP, Decade which, the monkey noted, “…starts innocuously enough with the afro-tinged lilt of Psycheground…[and]…in Calibro 35-land we’re in the title sequence of whatever film is in their heads…[which]…surely…features a lengthy single-take of a
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N Beats Vol 5 – THE ALLERGIES

BOMBSTRIKES:  Funk N Beats Vol. 5 - THE ALLERGIESGood grief is it that time already? Yes it is! Bomb Strikes’ annual Funk N Beats compilation which ensures a healthy supply of – well – funk and beats to keep you going until the next offering is now in its fifth year with the unsurprisingly-named Vol 5 just out. But who to run the show in 2018? Who could possibly have the requisite curatorial skills? Enter a pair of youthful ‘Whispering’ Bob
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THE KING ROOSTER: The King Rooster (album)

KING ROOSTER:  The King RoosterJust in time for Record Store Day, London-based raw funk outfit The King Rooster follow last year’s low-key cassette-only EP, Charisma Cafe, and a string of much higher profile 45s by scratching up a full-length LP of lowdown and dirty funk grooves – the self-titled The King Rooster. And said business is heavyweight in multiple senses of the word. There’s the funk of course; there’s the fact
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