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THE TIBBS: Takin’ Over (2016)

Takin Over The TibbsThe TibbsTakin’ Over? No – I’m not on about the couple at number 46 with the cherry tree on the front lawn and the privet hedge – that’s the Tibbs. I’m talking about The Tibbs – the latest in a respectable line-up of Dutch retro funk and soul acts who with their debut LP, fronted by female vocal powerhouse Elsa Bekman could be the very thing (and then some) to fill the vacancy left by
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THE TIBBS: Next Time/ The Story Goes 7″ (2016) + video

Next Time The TibbsRecord Kicks continue to unearth the talent with the discovery of The Tibbs. Well, I say discovery – this Dutch outfit have actually been around for at least three years though this is their debut single. Here for your aural delectation on the one side is bluebeat-ish bit of soul (or perhaps a soulful bit of bluebeat) Next Time while the flip features the more northern-leaning The Story
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: Stop, Look, Listen (2016)

Stop Look Listen Martan Ren GroovelvetsRating: ★★★★★ Well it’s about bloody time isn’t it? When was this originally promised again? End of 2014 or something? Is its title a description of what the band have been up to for the last two odd years perhaps? Who knows? But it’s impossible to stay mad at Marta Ren & The Groovevelvets for long since they’re about to deliver the blistering Stop, Look, Listen – one of
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CALIBRO 35: S.P.A.C.E. 7″ Ltd. orange (2016)

SPACE Calibro 35Two things you can be always be sure of when a new Calibro 35 single comes out: reliably mod-funky music and a video worth a watch. In this case the typically retro latter departs from the band’s previous antics in consisting solely of library footage of the Saturn 5 launch. But what kind of music should accompany a small group of weakly smiling astronauts as they enter what is
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THE BLUEBEATERS: La Mia Geisha (2015)

La Mia Geisha The BluebeatersThe Bluebeaters squeeze in another single off their superb Everyone Knows album before the end of the year with their take on Luigi Tenco’s 1962 Italian hit and croony ballad, La Mia Geisha. Poor old Luigi sadly committed suicide in 1967 after hearing that another of his songs had been eliminated from the Sanremo Music Festival a.k.a. the festival which inspired Eurovision. If only he’d
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: I’m Not Your Regular Woman (2015) + video

I'M Not Your Regular Woman Marta Ren GroovelvetsThat Marta Ren & The Groovelvets album’s been a long time coming and – er – it’s still not here. It won’t be long though apparently and it’s got a name now – Stop, Look, Listen. Before that, here’s this – Marta and the boys’ blistering cover of Lucille Matthis’ ’68 southern soul b-side classic I’m Not Your Regular Woman – which as covers go, is pretty faithful. Now, there is a theory that covers
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CALIBRO 35: S.P.A.C.E. (2015)

SPACE Calibro 35You’ve got to have some cojones or a reputation for delivering excellence if you want to open your latest LP with a beatless bit of two-minute instrumental atmospherics that sounds like a generic mood-establishment piece off any sixties/ seventies sci-fi/ horror flick you care to mention. I wouldn’t know about the first but Italian cinematic funksters Calibro 35 certainly have the second –
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THE BLUEBEATERS: Hungry Heart/ The Model (2015)

Hungry Heart BluebeatersRating: ★★★★★ More premium ska covers action here from The Bluebeaters as their latest 45 drops shortly. This’ll be the second single from their excellent Everybody Knows album released in the spring. The whole point of a cover should be an inspired re-imagining of the original and here the band manage that twice over with impressive
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THE BLUEBEATERS: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (2015)

Everybody Knows The BluebeatersEverybody knows that Everybody Knows is the very fine ska/ rocksteady comeback LP from Italian ska/ rocksteady outfit The Bluebeaters that came out earlier this year – or at least they should do by now. And everybody probably knows that The Bluebeaters are a covers outfit. But does everybody know that The Bluebeaters’ new single is a very fine boss reggae cover of the title track
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THE BLUEBEATERS: Everybody Knows (2015)

Everybody Knows The BluebeatersRating: ★★★★★ You might have thought it would be fairly catastrophic for a band who have been around since the mid-nineties to lose their lead singer, yet The Bluebeaters didn’t miss a (blue)beat, when original vocalist Giuliano Palma left for a solo career two years ago by filling his empty check ska loafers with a bandmate, Pat
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