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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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LA MAMBANEGRA: Ma Parece Perfecto/ Barrio Caliente (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you were paying attention back in November, there’s a strong chance you may have caught the latin heat of La Mambanegra‘s blistering twenty-first century take on 70s NYC salsa combining elements of funk and hip-hop in the shape of La Mamba Te Invita. Now, with album El Callegüeso y su Malamaña in the offing, the crew, who hail from Cali, Colombia, unleash two
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ROY ROBERTS: Roy Roberts Experience (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ Fretting away that there hasn’t been a career retrospective of another largely unfeted funk-soul brother or sister from Tramp Records lately? Fret no more as Perfect Toy Records delivers what amounts to the same thing – in this case with a focus on Roy Roberts. New comp. the Roy Roberts Experience adopts the same tried and tested formula of collating said
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: UK Tour (2017)

If you’ve been reading the monkey or listening to Craig Charles BBC 6 Funk & Soul Show in the last year, you might well have been alerted to the ‘smoking hot funk beast’ that is Estonian six-piece Lexsoul Dancemachine. Sweeping out of eastern Europe with their eleven-track debut LP Deus Lex Machina, the band have left a trail of scorched live music venues in their wake and now it’s the UK’s
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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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