Tag Archives: Soul

FOLD: Written in The Sky EP (2017)

FOLD:  Written in The Sky EPYou’ll have heard of ‘conscious’ hip-hop of course, but while Leeds four-piece Fold might be influenced by this genre of music, that’s not what they are. Calling them conscious soul would be more accurate – though there’s a strong chance using such a term would net you a spell in ‘Pseud’s Corner’ should Private Eye get wind of it, not to mention a slap from everyone else within earshot
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TRAMP RECORDS: Countdown To Soul (2017)

TRAMP RECORDS:  Countdown To Soul Rating: ★★★★★ Some might feel that launching a new compilation series when you’ve already got multiple vintage funk, soul, rnb and jazz ones on the go is a bridge too far. And it’s certainly true that Tramp are currently spinning myriad plates – Feeling Nice for example, not to mention Movements, Praise Poems, Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party, the Story Of… artist-
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DELIA ‘DEE DEE’ GARTRELL: I Must Be Doing Something Right b/w Fight Fire With Fire (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

DELIA 'DEE DEE' GARTRELL:  I Must Be Doing Something Right b/w Fight Fire With Fire (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Is it me or are Rocafort Records on fire at the moment? They’re certainly doing everything right in terms of dropping this huge re-press of double Delia ‘Dee Dee’ Gartrell delights I Must Be Doing Something Right b/w Fight Fire With Fire. Turns out that back in the day, Delia was banned from singing rnb by her mother. Happily, mum hadn’t reckoned on the arrival of
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Shadow Boxin’ b/w Iron Maiden (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR:  Shadow Boxin' b/w Iron Maiden (Vinyl 7Another release linked to something from April today and, in this case, we find El Michels Affair’ dropping yet more 45 action off superb Return To The The 37th Chamber album from back in the spring. Although they’ve avoided committing the biggest track off the LP to single format again (so we still live in hope of an All I Need 45), it’s hard to imagine there’ll be any complaints about finding the lilting psych-funk
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JOHN TURRELL: The Kingmaker (2017)

JOHN TURRELL:  The KingmakerRating: ★★★★★ Stop what yas deein and listen up. Wor John released an album a few years ago and ye meet have missed it. Nivvor mind that though since the monkey’ll be gannin on aboot it for a few lines now ta fill ye in like. What really? A re-release of John Turrell’s 2013 debut solo LP The Kingmaker already? Even back then the man was singer in the Craig Charles’ Fantasy Funk Band by
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T-BIRD: Mr President (2017) + video

T-BIRD:  Mr President (2017) + videoCriminally underrated, the now de-funked T-Bird & The Breaks have left a big hole in the global underground funk and soul scene so it’s good news to hear that gravel-voiced, master-lyricist T-Bird, a.k.a Tim Crane, is back in the saddle with a new single/ video, Mr President, as well as an album, Bottle Fulla Rainbows, in the offing as well. Until that LP comes out though – here’s a single
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PHAT FRED: Apple Pie b/w Chocolate Cake (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

Phat Fred? Blimey – last time I heard from them it was their Record Kicks 7″ double-header with Poets of Rhythm more than a decade ago. Despite this Rip Van Funkle act, something’s galvanised them into action recently and you better be hungry because they are providing soul food. A-side Apple Pie delivers JB-ish rhythmic flavours along with rhythm guitar, organ licks and the
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KORPIFUNK: Lickin’ Lips (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

KORPIFUNK: Lickin Lips (Vinyl 7Ministers of the new super heavy Finish funk, Korpifunk, drop their opening salvo – the Lickin’ Lips Vinyl 7″ on Perfect Toy Records in just over a week and provide plenty of evidence that they’re ones to watch. The five-piece outfit from southern Finland are all about the grooves – a fact immediately clear whichever track you play first. The A-side is a bassy mid-tempo chugger on which
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THE EMINENT STARS: Bar Shift (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

THE EMINENT STARS:  Bar Shift (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ The Eminent Stars’ Bar Shift vinyl 7″ is their first new material since 2014’s Sittin’ In With album and damn if it doesn’t top anything on that. Once again the band team up with the whiskey-voiced Bruce James who lays it down about – well – his bar shift and in doing so provides an anthem for skid row intoxicologists everywhere. Always the same faces in the main it
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DOC TMK feat. FAE SIMON: You Are Me (Video)(2017)

DOC TMK feat. FAE SIMON:  You Are MeAnother Doc TMK single in the run-up to forthcoming LP Jus Do It, and this time it’s Anglo-French hookup, You Are Me, featuring BBE-signed vocalist Fae Simon. The track finds TMK combining heavyweight cinematic boom-bap with Simon’s jazzy rnb vox in an exhortation for audiences everywhere to find their inner strength and unleash their creative potential. Which explains
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