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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BABE RUTH/ ORGANIZED KONFUSION: The Mexican (MR FANTASTIC EDIT)/ Prisoners Of War (2017)

The Mexican Prisoners Of War Babe Ruth Mr Fantastic Organiized Konfusion OriginalsThe Originals label continue their essential mission to re-release classic sampled tracks and the tracks that sampled them, one on either side of a classic seven inch vinyl platter. In this case, an extra breaks edit of Babe Ruth’s The Mexican (a mainstay of Kool Herc’s sets at block parties back in the day) – by Mr Fantastic and a Babe Ruth-sampling Prisoners Of War by Organized Konfusion
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RAG N BONE MAN: Human (MANOSJMT edit) (2017) Free download

Human Rag N Bone Man Manosjmt editRating: ★★★★★ The indefatigable Manosjmt turns his sights to Rag N Bone Man for his latest edit. Having clearly identified a singer with soul, he then sets to work identifying the missing element from last summer’s hit. It’s a double time stomping beat of course which means that this edit delivers the unexpected sound of Rag N Bone Man keeping the faith in a neo-northern soul style
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LEON: Body & Soul (2017)

Body Soul LeonFrench multi-instrumentalist and producer Leon takes no prisoners on new EP Body & Soul, appropriately enough since he shares a name with Luc Besson’s cinema hitman. The seven tracker cuts a blistering mod, psych, surf, and jazzy path through instrumental party breakbeat territory as our man pits his guitar chops against uptempo and vaguely Propellerheads-ish beats. This is rawer
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ALPHONSE MOUZON: I’m Glad That You’re Here (DON DAYGLOW edit) (2017) Free download

Im Glad That Youre Here Don Dayglow Ewan HoozamiJazz fusion drummer Alphonse Mouzon was perhaps not the most likely person to release late period disco hit I’m Glad That You’re Here in 1981 but he clearly wasn’t a man to be pigeonholed. Someone else who isn’t a man to be pigeonholed is Don Dayglow. Nope, not another hangover from the devil’s own musical decade but the dj/producer hitherto known as Ewan Hoozami who’s just
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BLACK HEAT: Zimba Ku (CHARLIE BEALE Remix) (2017) Free download

Zimba Ku Charlie Beale remix Black HeatFor his latest trick, Charlie Beale puts the electro-blues to one side in order to indulge his funky side with a relatively light touch remix of Black Heat’s mid-70s cut Zimba Ku. Wait a minute, I’ve heard that drum break before somewhere? You certainly have – Souls Of Mischief, Pete Rock and – er – Jessie J have all
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks: Tearz/ Verbal Intercourse 7″ (2017) + ‘Return To The 37th Chamber’ video trailer

Tearz El Michels AffairHere’s the seven inch lead single off El Michels Affair‘s forthcoming second LP-length volume of cinematic, psychedelic Wu-Tang covers Return To The 37th Chamber – the sequel to 09’s Enter The 37th Chamber. Label mates Lee Fields and Shannon Wise of The Shacks feature on vocals on Tearz (a collaboration I like to think of as ‘tears of a Big Crown’ – thank you, I’m here all week) Wise
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J DILLA: J Dilla Turntable (2017) + exclusive Dilla feat. Nas 7″ ‘The Sickness

Portable J Dilla turntableHe might sadly have left us over a decade ago but James Yancey (a.k.a. the man known far and wide as Jay Dee or J Dilla) still casts a long shadow over hip-hop and the wider music scene. A bit like vinyl really. So what better way to acknowledge this legendary producer than via a Dilla-themed suitcase turntable? Man – that almost sounds
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DJ MAARS vs TOM SHOWTIME: Let Me Clear My Dub/ Loose Juice (2017 Re-bake) Ltd. 7″(2017)

Loose Juice DJ Maars Tom ShowtimeRating: ★★★★★ This is what is known in the trade as a sureshot or one that ‘never leaves the bag’. It is, in short, an essential purchase. Yes, it’s the long overdue seven inch vinyl release of a pair of gigantic DJ Maars and Tom Showtime reggae-hiphop booties. On the A-side is the pair’s brand new roof-raising reggae re-version of DJ Kool’s evergreen Let Me Clear My Throat while B-side
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MONKEYBOXING.COM presents: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 (2017) Free download

Filthy Rhythm Dirty Soul Vol 7 monkeyboxingIt’s been a crazy-ass last six months here at MB and Monkeyboxing’s free annual funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae and breaks LP extravaganza very nearly didn’t happen this year. Primarily because MB was nearly permanently lost in the autumn. Happily, disaster was averted which means you lucky people get the mighty, mighty Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 bursting at the
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