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BASEMENT FREAKS: Walk Away (2016)

Walk Away Basement FreaksJalapeno Records are so excited about the forthcoming new LP from Basement Freaks that they’re unleashing two cuts ahead of next month’s album release. First to see the light of day is funky instrumental lope Walk Away which is less a track than a musical embodiment of Bootsy Collins on his way to score. In fact, by the time you get to the bridge it’s pretty much a musical embodiment
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EPHEMERALS: You’ll Never See Me Cry (2015)

You'll Never See Me Cry EphemeralsHot on the heels of the sampler for Ephemerals’ forthcoming second LP Chasin’ Ghosts comes lead single You’ll Never See Me Cry which manages to marry piano-led, retro soul sounds with the melancholia of a certain type of indie music (this latter being something fully played up to by whoever decides on the band’s release artwork) with, as far as I can make out, every chance of
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EPHEMERALS: Chasin’ Ghosts LP Sampler (2015)

Chasin' Ghosts sampler EphemeralsRating: ★★★★★ Rising UK soul outfit Ephemerals belie their name once more with an album sampler that indicates new material all set to capitalise on their already impressive success including support from the likes of Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Groove Armada plus a playlisting on Radio 1Xtra. If you’re not already familiar with this band
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OHIO PLAYERS: Fire (CHICKY BOOM remix) (2015) Free download

Fire Ohio Players Chicky BoomJalapeno signing Chicky Boom aims to get things hot under the collar with this new freebie. It’s a remix of an Ohio Players number – specifically the band’s ‘other’ signature track which is also the title cut off their 1974 Fire LP. Here, Fire is given a bpm boost and taken to deep disco paradise on a four-to-the-floor (love) rollercoaster ride. Happily, this ‘rollercoaster ride’ will neither
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EPHEMERALS: Live @ Queen of Hoxton 27 May (2015)

Ephemerals live May 2015Here’s another post in what has turned into ‘heads-up about one-off soul and hip-hop gigs in London town’-week at MB Towers. This time it’s Jalapeno Records‘ rising soul stars Ephemerals a.k.a. the UK’s answer to Charles Bradley and Lee Fields, who pay a fleeting one-stop visit (but are sure to leave a lasting impression) to Queen of Hoxton in East Lahndahn. If you’re in the vicinity
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THE ALLERGIES: Kicking Up Dust EP (2015) + God Walked Down video

Kicking Up Dust EP The AllergiesNormally it’s kicking up the dust that’s likely to bring on the allergies but what happens if The Allergies bring on Kicking Up The Dust? Allow Dr Monkey to explain. Preliminary symptoms are likely to involve involuntary bodily twitching which may develop into a full-blown movement towards the dancefloor as a result of a combined exposure to a gospel-soul stomp, a groovy disco biscuit, a
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ALEXIA COLEY: Something’s Going Down (Renegades Of Jazz remix) (2015)

Something's Going Down Alexia ColeySomething’s Going Down? It certainly is – Alexia Coley‘s dropping another single from the autumn’s Keep The Faith LP which manages to be equal parts northern soul stomp and something a little jazzier. What you might call it…’northern jazz’ I suppose. Hmmm – that reminds me of something…Ooh – I know! Renegades Of Jazz. I wonder who’s doing the remix on this? Why – it’s
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Now Or Never (2014)

Now Or Never Smoove  TurrellRating: ★★★★★ So it turns out that the next single off Smoove and Turrell‘s epic soul and disco LP Broken Toys from back in the summer is the closer, Now Or Never. Coincidentally the band must have been wondering precisely when they could get away with releasing this big ‘lights-have-come-back-on’ drunken folksy singalong and if not now, in the festive season when you can hardly
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Will You Be Mine (2014) + video

Will You Be Mine Smoove TurrellRating: ★★★★★ Fans of classy disco get very lucky here as Smoove & Turrell unleash the massive and obvious choice for crossover hit single from third LP Broken Toys in the form of the potentially Daft Punk/ Pharrell/ Niles Rodgers-bothering Will You Be Mine. They’re from Newcastle though so don’t expect the video to feature the band all gannin aboot in spangly threads like. This one
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EPHEMERALS: ‘The magnificent seven questions’ interview (2014) + Free download ‘Things (part 1 & 2)’

Monkeyboxing interview EphemeralsFast rising seven-(or nine – depending on how you count it) piece funk-soul outfit and Jalapeno-signings, Ephemerals, have the likes of Charles Bradley and Lee Fields in their sights with their debut (yet, highly accomplished) first album Nothing Is Easy just out. Not that anyone should be surprised that their shit is so together since the personnel number some guy called Jimi
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