Tag Archives: Soul

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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CHRIS READ feat. PUGZ ATOMZ: Chocolate Milk (2017)

Honestly, you wait ages for a Chris Read and Pugz Atomz collab. and then two come along at once with an album in the offing to boot. The first collab. was the Pharcyde-ish Baby Don’t Go which is due out on Dinked Records next week. The next one the monkey’s had wind of is this – the neo-soul-tinged jazz rap of Chocolate Milk which also features Neak and Mojo Green and
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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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RAG N BONE MAN: Human (MANOSJMT edit) (2017) Free download

Human Rag N Bone Man Manosjmt editRating: ★★★★★ The indefatigable Manosjmt turns his sights to Rag N Bone Man for his latest edit. Having clearly identified a singer with soul, he then sets to work identifying the missing element from last summer’s hit. It’s a double time stomping beat of course which means that this edit delivers the unexpected sound of Rag N Bone Man keeping the faith in a neo-northern soul style
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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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MONKEYBOXING.COM presents: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 (2017) Free download

Filthy Rhythm Dirty Soul Vol 7 monkeyboxingIt’s been a crazy-ass last six months here at MB and Monkeyboxing’s free annual funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae and breaks LP extravaganza very nearly didn’t happen this year. Primarily because MB was nearly permanently lost in the autumn. Happily, disaster was averted which means you lucky people get the mighty, mighty Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 bursting at the
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THE WOMACK SISTERS: Darling (2017) Video

Darling The Womack SistersHello it’s The Supremes. I mean the Lovelites – no – The Vandellas – ooh, no – its The Womack Sisters. Now there’s a name with a soul lineage. And they are actually the daughters of Cecil and Linda Cooke Womack which means…they’re also the granddaughters of soul legend Sam Cooke. Of course they won’t be channelling a Motown soul vibe – it being 2017 and all, don’t be ridiculous –
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LUCKY BROWN & THE SG’s: Mesquite Beat (2017)

Mesquite Beat Lucky Brown The SGsLong known for its services to the funk with untold re-issues of super rare drops, Tramp Records also occasionally likes to release completely new material – if it possesses the requisite soul vibes. So much so in fact that they’ve created new imprint Tramp Tapes specially for such material. The debut seven inch drop finds deep funk man Lucky Brown teaming up with soul quartet The
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