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IZO FITZROY: Skyline (2017)

Another in long line of A&R successes for Jalapeno Records, Izo FitzRroy is someone you can expect to hear a lot more in the future as the effects of her debut album reverberate outwards. Positively dripping with soul, jazz and blues influences, Skyline reflects experience gained by FitzRoy from touring in the Deep South of the USA and touring with the likes of Jon Cleary & The Absolute
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Funk Originals (2017)

Breakbeat Paradise is a label which has made a name for itself over the last decade and more by providing party breakbeat junkies with all manner of musical goodies, not a few of which have made cheeky usage of samples borrowed from the golden era of syncopated soul. Now the label is returning the favour to the funk with an EP of all-original 70s-style tracks. Aptronymically entitled
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79.5: Boy Don’t Be Afraid (2017)

Big Crown continue to show the way forward in pop music with their find 79.5 whose new single Boy Don’t Be Afraid is the second to be drawn from the soon come Predictions album. It seems to come from an alternative 2017 in which drum machines, autotune and house music have never been invented and dance bands still like guitars, use live organic drum breaks and hark back to the
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LA MAMBANEGRA: Ma Parece Perfecto/ Barrio Caliente (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you were paying attention back in November, there’s a strong chance you may have caught the latin heat of La Mambanegra‘s blistering twenty-first century take on 70s NYC salsa combining elements of funk and hip-hop in the shape of La Mamba Te Invita. Now, with album El Calleg├╝eso y su Malama├▒a in the offing, the crew, who hail from Cali, Colombia, unleash two
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ROY ROBERTS: Roy Roberts Experience (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ Fretting away that there hasn’t been a career retrospective of another largely unfeted funk-soul brother or sister from Tramp Records lately? Fret no more as Perfect Toy Records delivers what amounts to the same thing – in this case with a focus on Roy Roberts. New comp. the Roy Roberts Experience adopts the same tried and tested formula of collating said
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: UK Tour (2017)

If you’ve been reading the monkey or listening to Craig Charles BBC 6 Funk & Soul Show in the last year, you might well have been alerted to the ‘smoking hot funk beast’ that is Estonian six-piece Lexsoul Dancemachine. Sweeping out of eastern Europe with their eleven-track debut LP Deus Lex Machina, the band have left a trail of scorched live music venues in their wake and now it’s the UK’s
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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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