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SUBES: Free To Speak (2015)

Free To Speak SubesDutch outfit Subes‘ third full-length effort finds them once again exploring their bass and breaks-heavy amalgam of jazz, bossa and afro-influenced grooves in the eleven track deep Free To Speak. As with its two predecessors Contra Bossa and Thrill From The Pill, this is an all-live instrumentation effort with content varying from club-ready numbers like the sax-led Free Basic
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MR BIRD & GREG BLACKMAN: Save Me (2015) + video

Save Me Mr Bird Greg BlackmanMr Bird and Greg Blackman shouldn’t need any introduction and are in absolutely no need of a rescue here either as they release the gospel-tinged, soul-jazz highlight of their Lo-Fi Classics LP, Save Me. Bird provides an irresistibly shuffling beat and double bass-driven groove while Blackman employs his full and not inconsiderable
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Paradise Regain’d (2015)

Paradise Regain'd Renegades Of JazzRating: ★★★★★ Renegades Of Jazz made a very early bid for album of the year with his Satanic-themed, Milton-inspired northern jazz breaks epic Paradise Lost all the way back in January and there’s been little to rival its magnificence thus far. Now a decent amount of time has elapsed however, Agogo are all primed to summon its counterpart to earth – a counterpart travelling
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HIDDEN JAZZ QUARTET feat. GREG BLACKMAN: Tap On The Backdoor (2015)

Tap On The Backdoor Hidden Jazz Quartet Greg BlackmanTap On The Backdoor? Ooh there’s nothing worse than being locked out is there? There you are, dressing gown flapping wide and showing your arse, vainly slapping the pockets you’ve already panic-checked, knocking on your own door just in case all the people that weren’t in your house to let you in a minute ago have miraculously materialised inside and…what did you say? It’s the
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MO’ HORIZONS: The Banana Remixes (2015)

The Banana Remixes Mo' HorizonsPurveyors of jazzy-bossa-boogaloo-breaks Mo’ Horizons are ‘between albums’ at the minute, so to keep everyone happy until a new one becomes ripe they’re putting out The Banana Remixes at the start of June. Basically it’s a bunch their stuff that’s been remixed along with another bunch of remixes they’ve done of other people. At the moment there are only six tracks available for
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ASHLEY SLATER: Bone Idol Vol. 1 (2015)

Bone Idol Vol. 1 Ashley SlaterRating: ★★★★★ Ashley Slater, sometime frontman of Norman Cook’s pre-Fatboy acid jazz funkers Freak Power, ex-member of Loose Tubes, Microgroove and BigLounge and (despite the X-Factor’s best efforts) currently one half of Kitten & The Hip is, lest we forget (or unless you didn’t know in the first place) an accomplished trombonist. Look – there’s one right there in that
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TRAMP RECORDS: Movements 7 (2015)

Movements 7 Tramp RecordsIt’s lucky number seven for the long-running funk, soul, jazz, rnb compilation series from Bavarian diggers supreme, Tramp Records, and the word this time around is very much ‘jazzy.’ How jazzy are we talking though? Jazzier than Miles Davis’ at band practice? Jazzier than jazz hands at improvisational hour down the jazz club? Jazzier than the jazziest of jazz mags on the jazz mag
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EMMA BEATSON: OBK Sessions (2015)

OBK Sessions Emma BeatsonEmma Beatson – that name rings a bell. Ah yes, wasn’t there an exclusive Mako & The Hawk remix of the Hawkmen’s version of her Do It on the last-but-one Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club comp? Yes, there was! Said track found the Parisian chanteuse in fine northern soul-y mode which, as a listen to the preview of the OBK Sessions reveals is not nearly the sum of her
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THE KALEIDOSCOPE RADIO SHOW: 37 End Of Year Wrap Up (2015)

Kaleidoscope Radio Show Funk BristolIf you don’t know the monthly Bristol-based Kaleidoscope Radio Show then now is as good a time as any to get your your eye set to the radio dial (or at least the url bar, since the former Passion Radio show is now online) and your ear to the speaker to check out their ‘End Of Year Wrap-Up.’ The host is underground hip-hop emcee/ producer Vice, regular contributions come from
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HUGH GLEDHILL: Big Dinosaur Mouth (2014)

Big Dinosaur Mouth Hugh GledhillJezebel Sextet and JTQ guitarist luminary Hugh Gledhill is shortly to open his Big Dinosaur Mouth and unleash the roars (or at least the well-modulated tones) of nine funk, jazz-funk and soul jazzy cuts. Actually, if we’re talking about opening mouths, perhaps we should include singer Mudibu of The Killer Horns whose meaty soul vocals adorn four of the cuts here in a manner broadly
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