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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Late Nights & Heartbreak (2016)

late-nights-heartbreak-hannah-williams-the-affirmationsRating: ★★★★★ Earlier this year, Hannah Williams arose like a phoenix from the ashes of previous funk-soul outfit Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers and made a grand re-entrance to the world of funk and soul with brand new band, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, and glorious single Tame In The Water to boot. This was followed just last week with an epic psych-funk
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Dazed & Confused (2016)

dazed-confused-hannah-williams-affirmationsRating: ★★★★★ Travellers down the Led Zeppelin covers highway, are strongly advised to look out for dodgy reggae tracks with even more dodgy names (D’Yer Maker) and any lyrical references to The Lord of the Rings strewn in their path. Given the frequency of the latter, that does make for a dangerous journey. It’s enough to make you arrive at your destination dazed and confused in fact
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THE TIBBS: Dog Days (2015)

Dog Days The TibbsHolland’s hottest soul export, The Tibbs, have a second single out off their recent Takin’ Over LP, I see. That’ll be Dog Days then – a jaunty slice of Motown-ish rnb – apparently named after the hottest, sweatiest parts of August. Sounds like the perfect excuse to showcase the model looks of singer Elsa Beckman in no less than two skimpy retro dresses as she alternates between doing
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: Release Me (2016) + video

Release Me Marta Ren GroovelvetsRating: ★★★★★ What to release as the next Marta Ren & The Groovelvets single? Perhaps stank soul cut Release Me – one of the highlights of latest album Stop, Look, Listen? Well, it’s in the name isn’t it? But how to represent such a track in an audio-visual medium? How about getting two heavies to strong-arm Marta down into the bowels of some nameless building and leaving her in a
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IL COMPLESSO DI TADA: Il Complesso Di Tada (2016)

Il Complesso Di TadaYou might not realise it but what you’re in the mood for right now is an LP devoted to mid-1960s Italian TV show music. No, you are. You’re positively ripe for Il Complesso Di Tada a thirteen-track collection of (in no particular order) hammond-led instrumentals, sultry soul jazz, bubblegum garage rock, epic sixties ballads, bossa and boogaloo craziness. In many respects, it’s like
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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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