Tag Archives: Soul

LADY WRAY: Underneath My Feet (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ The full MB review of Lady Wray‘s excellent Queen Alone LP from the autumn might have been lost in the ‘great MB server outtage of 2016‘ but that certainly doesn’t mean Ms Wray has been forgotten about at Monkeyboxing Towers especially when she puts out singles as good as Underneath My Feet – or Underneath My Feel as it is listed on the Big Crown Youtube page at the
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BOCAWOODY: Carousel (2017) Ltd. vinyl LP & 7″ bundle

Ah Carousel! Once your thirtieth birthday comes around, that clear crystal in your palm turns red, you put on those white robes and hockey mask and get whirled up to the big meat grinder in the ceiling. Oh wait – no – sorry that’s Carrousel with two ‘r’s on Logan’s Run. This Carousel is the new twelve-track album from Bocawoody a.k.a Boca 45 and DJ Woody with quite a bit of help from
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THE BROTHERS NYLON: Bitches Cold Brew (2017)

Welcome to the weird world of The Brothers Nylon which finds the NYC-based Rufolo Brothers belching (sometimes literally) whatever whimsical notion takes their vocal fancy over funky drums and bass and into a vintage tape machine. Obviously, that’s not weird enough for them, so they then send it through the ether to library music fiend and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee
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TROMBONE SHORTY: Here Come The Girls (2017)

Big Easy native Trombone Shorty drops new LP Parking Lot Symphony (his debut for Blue Note Records) at the end of next month. Featuring ten new original cuts it also contains covers of two classic New Orleans funky bumps – The Meters’ It Ain’t No Use and this – a remarkably faithful cover of Ernie K Doe’s Allen Toussaint-penned hit Here Come The Girls. Oh alright – there’s a fair bit of
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SKINSHAPE feat. AARON PAUL TAYLOR: Inside (2017)

By way of a heads-up that Skinshape‘s new album Life & Love is in the offing (and in fact due on 3 May this year) comes the first single drawn from said LP. Like the material on 2015’s Oracolo, the ethereal Inside continues the psychedelic journey that began on 2014’s self-titled debut and features a soulful vocal turn by Aaron Paul Taylor. It’s less a song than a gloriously warm summer
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SMOOVE: Main Sourced 7″ audio premiere (2017) + Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Fans of that ol’ boom-bap will no doubt be familiar with a certain classic of the genre – Breaking Atoms – the debut LP from Large Professor’s crew, Main Source. A veritable samplefest, there’s no doubting its influence or the fact that it has stood the test of time. In fact it’s the sort of thing that the likes of Smoove have been aurally mainlining since it came out. That’s got to have an effect on a man, surely? Er – a little
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ASIAN HAWK: ‘Turntable Soul’ video (2017)

We’ve all seen Rahzel and the like sing soul whilst simultaneously engaging in that secondary element of hip-hop, beatboxing, to the extent that such antics are ten-a-penny now. But when was the last time you saw anyone sing soul whilst engaging in the primary hip-hop element of turntablism? Thought so. Enter 5 X UK DMC champion, Asian Hawk, who coolly knocks out
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Iron Man video (2017)

The Wu-Tang sample old soul; El Michels Affair instrumentalise the Wu-Tang’s samples into new old-sounding soul. Confused? Doesn’t matter, EMA have had the biggest successes of their career with it and a second album-load of such material – Return To The 37th Chamber – is on its way in just over a month. To tide you over – here’s the video to their three and a half minute take on Ghostface
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TRAMP RECORDS: The Soulful Side Of GME & Musette Records (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ Honestly, you write about not having had a Tramp retrospective focussing on some obscure soul-funk artist in a while and then they go and do their other speciality of dropping a comp. focussing on some obscure soul-funk label. It’s actually been three years since the previous such volume on which they checked out The Funky Side Of Goldband & ANLA – the
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DJ MONEYSHOT VS MR CRITICAL: Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 (2017) Audio premiere

Rating: ★★★★★ If you’re reading this, it means you’ve got yourself a ringside seat to the audio premiere of Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 on which the UK’s super Solid Steel selectah DJ Moneyshot goes mano a mano with Belgian legend Mr Critical once again! Oh shit! As Moneyshot himself puts it, “each DJ gets ten minute turns to cold rock the spot with the illest selections and call out his
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