Tag Archives: Soul

DEM JUJU POETS: Liberated Thoughts (2017)

DEM JUJU POETS  Liberated ThoughtsAs announced back in December when the Barabara seven inch came out, here at last is LP Liberated Thoughts which sees producer David Hanke provide a full-length debut in his current afro-funk incarnation Dem Juju Poets. Anyone familiar with any of Hanke’s other incarnations – especially Renegades Of Jazz will know that this man doesn’t mess around when it comes to
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EKLIPS: ‘I Want You’ video (2017)

EKLIPS:  'I Want You' videoYou may recall back in December hearing news that French beatboxer Eklips had an album, Lips, coming out this spring on Radio Krimi. And you may recall that the news was heralded by the EP B4Lips which despite having all the presence of a multi-track vocal and instrumental recording, was in fact the product of Eklips’ vocal chords alone. Marvel once more then man’s talents as the first
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THE MELTDOWN: The Meltdown (2017)

Looks like Melbourne outfit The Meltdown are all set to do for country soul what Smoove & Turrell are doing for disco and northern soul and Ephemerals are doing for soul, which is to say side-stepping the temptations of the retro-authentic route and putting a twenty-first spin on their chosen genre without losing a sense of the sixties and seventies roots of the music. Also, as in
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KRAFTY KUTS & CHALI 2NA: Hands High 7″ (2017)

krafty-kuts-chali-2na-hands-highRating: ★★★★★ If you’ve already released one banger recently you’d think it would be sportsmanlike to at least let the competition feel like they had something of a chance before dropping another one. No such mercy from Krafty Kuts and Chali 2Na though who follow-up early March’s funky boom-bap collab. It Ain’t My Fault on which they were joined by Dynamite MC with
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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 + Jump video

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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