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THE EXCITEMENTS: The Mojo Train (2016) + video

Mojo Train The ExcitementsRaw sixties guitar stomp and raucous female vocals? Can I hear The Mojo Train coming like an rnb hurricane? I certainly can! And you know that means that the best retro soul band in Barcelona and arguably Europe too (not to mention some claim to being one of the best on the planet) is fast approaching with a new twelve-track LP due this September. That’ll be The Excitements then
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: Release Me (2016) + video

Release Me Marta Ren GroovelvetsRating: ★★★★★ What to release as the next Marta Ren & The Groovelvets single? Perhaps stank soul cut Release Me – one of the highlights of latest album Stop, Look, Listen? Well, it’s in the name isn’t it? But how to represent such a track in an audio-visual medium? How about getting two heavies to strong-arm Marta down into the bowels of some nameless building and leaving her in a
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THE MICROPHONE MISFITZ: Soul Rebelz (2016) video

Soul Rebelz Microphone MisfitzRating: ★★★★★ If you’re short of retro-boom-bap hip-hop, this is the week for you as Chicago’s Microphone Misfitz have a new video out for their super b-boy-friendly cut Soul Rebelz. 80s platform games graphics give way to He-Man-quality animation and finally to the Misfitz themselves intercut with martial-arts flick footage by way of a visual backdrop to the Ironside
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THE TIBBS: Next Time/ The Story Goes 7″ (2016) + video

Next Time The TibbsRecord Kicks continue to unearth the talent with the discovery of The Tibbs. Well, I say discovery – this Dutch outfit have actually been around for at least three years though this is their debut single. Here for your aural delectation on the one side is bluebeat-ish bit of soul (or perhaps a soulful bit of bluebeat) Next Time while the flip features the more northern-leaning The Story
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DOCTOR PETIER: Prologue (2016)

The-Prologue-Doctor-PetierThe NHS might be short of doctors in the early twenty-first century but the world of popular music is quite another matter. Say hello to Doctor Petier who is (or perhaps more accurately ‘are’) shortly to deliver wider access to essential funk services. The forthcoming album features drumming from sticksmen of renown Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio) and Myke Wilson (of cult
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AESOP ROCK: Rings (2016)

Rings Aesop RockIndie hip-hop king, Aesop Rock is back shortly with new LP The Impossible Kid. Out already though is the video for album cut Rings – all lurching Def Jux-ish drums, synths and lyrical reflection that perhaps Aesop shouldn’t have put his artwork on the back burner. How to reflect that in video form though? How about having Rock stumble across a ‘missing’ poster for himself in a
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MONGRELS: You Dig Raps?/ Combat Divers 7″ (SCOTTY HARD remix) (2016) + video

You Dig Raps  MongrelsYou dig raps? Mongrels do. Who are Mongrels? Well, one half of them is none other than veteran Sheffield mic manipulator Kid Acne who you’ll be pleased to hear he’s still connecting “the dots by telekinesis” and “sticking to his guns like permanent adhesive” as he reminds us on You Dig Raps? which turns on a Tribe-ish jazz loop and a crusty old vintage funk break. He also holds forth
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PROF: Motel (2015) Video

Motel ProfHotel, motel, whatcha gonna do today? Well, if you’re Rhymesayers rapper Prof and you’ve just finished a month-long tour of your latest album, you make a video of your track, Motel, on which you sing the blues (rather well and not just ‘well for a rapper’) about the lonely and the dispossessed hooking up in a sleazy motel for sex. Then you make a video showing those same
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ANDY COOPER: Room To Breathe/ Unlikely Assassin 7″ (2015) + video

Room To Breathe Andy CooperThe second piece of action with a Long Beach CA connection today and this time it’s Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper (sans Dizzy and Einstein) begging for Room To Breathe on the A-side. Room to breathe? This is your second solo seven inch inside two months man! Still as he says about handling biz – he might make it look easy but that don’t mean that it is. Slightly more intimate in feel than
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: I’m Not Your Regular Woman (2015) + video

I'M Not Your Regular Woman Marta Ren GroovelvetsThat Marta Ren & The Groovelvets album’s been a long time coming and – er – it’s still not here. It won’t be long though apparently and it’s got a name now – Stop, Look, Listen. Before that, here’s this – Marta and the boys’ blistering cover of Lucille Matthis’ ’68 southern soul b-side classic I’m Not Your Regular Woman – which as covers go, is pretty faithful. Now, there is a theory that covers
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