Tag Archives: Soul

CALIBRO 35: SuperStudio/ Gomma (Vinyl 7″)

CALIBRO 35:  SuperStudio/ Gomma (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ As the video teaser before Crimbo should have made clear, Dre and Jay Z-sampled Italian cinematic music fiends Calibro 35 are taking their crime-funk to the next level on forthcoming LP Decade. Why? Because those bad boys have added orchestral elements. You see how that works don’t you? You come at them with fists they bring a knife. You bring a knife, they bring guns. You bring guns, they bring, like

VARIOUS: Jalapeno Funk Vol 9

VARIOUS: Jalapeno Funk Vol 9 I don’t know about you but there’s almost as many shades of The Italian Job about the retro red, white and blue van on the cover of the Jalapeno Funk Vol. 9 as there are shades of the 70s Bronx. Which makes it the perfect visual metaphor for a twenty-one track compilation of British funk, soul and funky-breaks inspired by the golden era of Stateside funk and soul. Twenty-one?! You were

BOBBY JONES: Welcome Back A Foolish Man b/w Lovin’ Hard, Livin Good (Vinyl 7″)

BOBBY JONES:  Welcome Back A Foolish Man b/w Lovin' Hard, Livin Good (Vinyl 7Rocafort Records make it a new year double whammy by following up news of the forthcoming Andy Cooper LP with news of another dope seven inch soul repress – in this case Bobby Jones’ Welcome Back A Foolish Man. Originally released back in 1970 on the Kack label (no, I can’t it would be like shooting fish in a barrel), this finds slept-on Chicago soul man Jones pleading with his missus to take him ‘back’ over a mid-tempo, strings-

ANDY COOPER: The Layered Effect (Vinyl LP)(2017) + European tour dates

ANDY COOPER:  The Layered Effect (Vinyl LP)Rating: ★★★★★ If you’ve been paying attention, Andy Cooper’s forthcoming new album, The Layered Effect is not completely surprising given the flurry of releases in the last two years. Indeed, after all these, another full length solo LP was surely the next – er – layer of the cake. Let’s face it, this sometime member of nineties/ noughties throwback boom-bap trio Ugly Duckling has

TIMOTHY MCNEALY: Funky Movement (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ While talk of seven inches and Dallas may bring to mind a certain ubiquitous bongo film, pre-1978, you could be regularly assured of a different kind of seven inches in ‘D-Town’ courtesy of Texas funk king Timothy McNealy. Why? Because back in the day, McNealy was busy throwing down soul and funk 45s on his Shawn imprint. But neither back in the day, nor

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Sunny Holiday In Lexico (2017)

If you caught Lexsoul Dancemachine’s blistering debut LP Deus Lex Machina last year and/or caught one of their electric live shows, you’ll definitely be stoked to hear that album number two, Sunny Holiday In Lexico, has arrived and right to expect even more heavy funk bombardment. But don’t expect Deus Lex Machina

RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Moyo Zaidi (2017)

RENEGADES OF JAZZ:  Moyo Zaidi Naturally after Renegades Of Jazz’s full-length afro-funky Moyo Wangu outing last year, Moyo Zaidi was only to be expected. However, where Moyo Wangu (a.k.a ‘My Heart’) found producer David Hanke re-connecting with his early childhood in Tanzania, Moyo Zaidi (a.k.a. ‘Oi mate – let us have a go with your stems, I’ve got some ideas’) finds twelve remixers get in on the act with

MAURICE SMITH: Can’t Fight The Feeling (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you missed Maurice Smith’s Delta Soul EP back in the summer on which this self-proclaimed ‘old soul’ went fully 1960s, now’s your chance to catch up with a 45 of that release’s best cut, Can’t Fight The Feeling, in all its seven inch vinyl glory. The cut is a chanking uptempo northern soul stomper on which Smith does his best Marvin Gaye impression and declares his

CALIBRO 35: ‘Decade’ LP teaser (2017)

CALIBRO 35:  Decade LP teaserHeavily influenced by sixties and seventies crime flicks and sci-fi movies, Italian retro-fiends Calibro 35 have spent the last decade honing their cinematically funky sound. They’ve even managed to get themselves sampled by the likes of Dr Dre and Jay-Z. Blimey. How do you get bigger than that? Well, (not that it’s all about size you understand) the boys have decided to expand their

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2017

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the monkey’s biggest albums of 2017!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2017 HERE)

1. Son Of Sam – Cinder Hill

Hip-hop LP of the year bar none – a legendary array of emcees astride all-original true school beats