Tag Archives: Soul

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: Never Be Another You/ Lover Man (2017)

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS:  Never Be Another You/ Lover ManHeads up ladies, soul man Lee Fields is all set to drop another single off his latest LP, Special Night, and he loves you doesn’t he? Surely there’s no ambiguity in the opening lyrics, “…you can’t measure/ the things I wanna do for you/ Please let me do it/ ‘Cause it’s my pleasure/ I get so much joy out of serving you.” Mind you there is that slow and sexual lope of a beat beneath
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GIST: The Payback (2017) Video

GIST:  The PaybackGist might still be working on the full-length follow-up to their debut self-titled 2015 LP but they don’t want you to forget about them. They certainly don’t want someone to forget about them anyway what with this talkbox-vocals-featuring cover of the late, great Mr Brown’s seven-minute revenge epic The Payback. The video opens with the dialogue sample, “We don’t like dictators. We don’t
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MELVIN SPARKS: Live At Nectar’s (2017)

MELVIN SPARKS:  Live At Nectar's“My name is Melvin Sparks on the gui-tar!” Thus opens the first track, Miss Riverside, on Melvin Sparks: Live At Nectar’s to whoops and applause from the crowd. Melvin Sparks? Not ‘the’ Melvin Sparks? Melvin Sparks the rnb and soul jazz guitarist who used to back the likes of Dr Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff and Charles Earland? Melvin Sparks whose soul-boogie cut If You Want My Love
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TRAMP RECORDS: Various – Virtue Recording Studios (2017)

TRAMP RECORDS:  Various - Virtue Recording StudioRating: ★★★★★ Despite being a relatively tiny label, Tramp Records has spent over ten years establishing a big reputation for painstakingly compiling and re-releasing rare vintage funk and soul and new collection Virtue Recording Studios is one of their dopest yet. With it, they continue an occasional series focussing on the catalogue of a particular label from back in the day. Previous
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NOW AGAIN RECORDS: Function Underground – The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974 (2017)

NOW AGAIN RECORDS: Function Underground - The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974Rating: ★★★★★ A title like Function Underground – The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974, might have you believing that this staggeringly good new Now Again label comp. is going to assail your ears with a wall of guitar feedback along the Hendrix/ Black Merda axis. And to be fair there is a bit of that sort of thing on here (not that you’ll be complaining, you understand) whereas in actuality – the whole
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DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL: Still Hungry LP (2017)

DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL Still Hungry LPRating: ★★★★★ You have to wonder if it ever occurred to DJ Format and MC Abdominal when their first collaboration, Ill Culinary Behaviour, dropped in 2001, that they’d still have an appetite for making quality boom-bap nearly two decades later. Back then the underground hip-hop scene was in rude health (like those who made the music) but over the intervening years, times have
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RENEGADE BRASS BAND: Totems (2017)

RENEGADE BRASS BAND:  TotemsHas it really been three years since Renegade Brass Band’s debut LP Rhymes, Beats & Brass? It seems so and thus high time for a follow-up which they have duly provided in the form of splendiforous nine-tracker Totems which weighs in at one track longer than its predecessor. Only nine tracks? Damn straight – and even that requires a monumental amount of puff (not that kind) in a
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VARIOUS: Funky Chimes – Belgian Grooves From The 70s (2017)

Funky Chimes - Belgian Grooves From The 70sRating: ★★★★★ It shouldn’t be that surprising that Belgium managed to provide some super-dope funky grooves back in the day – it is after all the land that spawned the much-sampled Chakachas. What is surprising however, is how long this funky legacy has taken to be discovered or at least re-discovered. Happily, the SDBAN label’s Funky Chicken compilation from a few years ago certainly
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APOSTLES: ‘Banko Woman/ Faith, Luck & Music’ 7″ (2017)

APOSTLES:  'Banko Woman/ Faith, Luck & Music' 7Crate digger label extraordinaire Cultures Of Soul have, in recent memory, explored Caribbean disco, Bollywood disco, and Brazilian funk. For this forthcoming release however, they turn their attentions to Nigeria to bring two ‘never before on 45’ LP cuts by Nigerian afro-funkers Apostles to seven inch wax. The A-side features the afro-disco title track off the 1977 Banko Woman LP which is
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DAYTONER: Shedits 3 EP (2017)

DAYTONER: Shedits 3 EPRating: ★★★★★ If you caught volumes 1 and 2 of Daytoner’s excellent Shedits series you’ll already know that ‘Shedit’ is a byword for quality funk/ soul, ska/rocksteady edit/ remix thingies in party breaks circles. So the announcement that our man has been pottering around at the bottom of the garden again for Shedits 3 EP is cause for celebration. First up is Apache Street for anyone
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