BIG BOSS MAN: Crimson 6Ts (2014)

Crimson 6Ts Big Boss ManBlow Up’s finest, Big Boss Man, cast around their recent excellent fourth LP The Last Man On Earth for more single material and settle on the sixties Soho basement club vibes of…Crimson 6Ts. Packed with the most Georgie Fame-esque of organ riffs and solos, a horn section (where did that come from?) and ‘chank-chank’ guitar, this soul-jazz groover possesses ample retro-mod
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REVEREND CLEATUS & THE SOUL SAVIOURS: Soul Saviour Stew (2014) Vinyl re-release

Soul Saviour Stew Reverend Cleatus Soul SavioursStrolling to check the MB post the other day, I discovered Reverend Cleatus had turned up with the mail. It transpires that a welcome re-release of the short-lived Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours‘ only full length album Soul Saviour Stew was in the offing. The monkey was all set to swing into posting action as the news spread through MB Towers when funky monkeyboxing tea lady Loretta
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GHETTO FUNK presents: THE NICEGUYS (GFPD19) (2014) Free download from 24 October

The Niceguys Ghetto Funk presentsWarping electro blues devastation? Biggie and Ludacris-drenched ghetto-Meters? Jump-up jungle with huge 808 stabs the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since the glory days of Aphrodite laced with Public Enemy shutting ‘em down? A burly ghetto funk rerub of Rufus Thomas’ Funky Bird? Welcome to the world of The Niceguys my friends. A place of free delights – at least for now
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JIMMY CHAMBERS: You Can’t Fight It (feat. Kenny Lynch) (2014)

You Can't Fight It Jimmy ChambersRating: ★★★★★ A recurring motif in 80s American b-movies found dwindling bands of plucky, right-thinking and well-armed survivors regularly facing relentless onslaughts from some sort of horde – Zombies, communists, you name it. In Assault On Precinct 13 it was merciless urban gangs who were pitched against a couple of policemen, two secretaries and a brace of ‘normal’ murderers
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FUNKANOMICS: Odysseus (SHAKA A.V. Edit) (2014) Free download

Odysseus Shaka FunkanomicsSome time ago, Glaswegian comedian Limmy did a skit on ‘rapper’ Pitbull‘s inexplicable popularity, “One minute there’s nae Pitbull, the next there’s this guy aboot forty jumpin up and down on the stage in a suit like he’s just come straight out fae work…” Well, it doesn’t help that people like Funkanomics go and use a Pitbull ‘pella, even if it is on a disco beat. Or that Shaka
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KAHLI ABDU & TRACKPANTS: On This Side (2014)

On This Side Kahli Abdu TrackpantsRating: ★★★★★ This’ll make you miss summer. A little over three minutes of tripped-out guitar picking over a crackly breakbeat and the reverbed rhymes of DC’s Kahli Abdu adds up to one sweet slice of psychedelic hip-hop which missed its ideal July release date by two and a half months, a ten degree drop in temperature and a shitload of rain. At least at the monkey’s end. Luckily Abdu’s
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VARIOUS: Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade (2014)

Peru Bravo Tiger's MilkTiger’s Milk Records delivers another long cool draft of classic South American vibes here in the shape of Peru Bravo or more accurately, Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul & Psych From Peru’s Radical Decade – to give it its snappy full title. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Peru’s ‘radical decade’ was more or less the rest of the planet’s radical decade too – i.e. the ten or so years with 1969 at its epicentre
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THE ARSONISTS: The Session (2014)

The Session The ArsonistsThe Arsonists first emerged in 1993 and set the underground on fire with tight rhymes and a bass-heavy, jazz-sampling sound on debut single The Session. They went on to release two LPs and appear on Atari Teenage Riot’s final LP. There was talk of a new album called Lost In Fire due last year featuring Q-Unique, D-Stroy, Freestyle, Swel Boogie and Jise One but that appears to be – well
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ZEMERALD: Candy (2014) Free download

Zemerald CandyRating: ★★★★★ “Here we are children! Come and get your lollipops! Ice cream! Chocolates! All free today!” Generally I’d advise a certain amount of wariness where free candy is concerned but in this case, I’m confident, Zemerald isn’t going to trick you into the back of cage pulled by horses and laugh like bastard while dragging you to christ knows where. No, he’s giving away some sweet
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ORIGIN ONE feat. CHESHIRE CAT: Good Ganja (2014)

Good Ganja Origin One Cheshire CatThe latest from Irish Moss is this one-drop riddim cut from the Nottingham-based Origin One and dancehall veteran Cheshire Cat which is lyrically concerned with that reggae staple Good Ganja. Well quite – whoever heard of a song in praise of bad weed. Along for the remix ride and trailing clouds of fragrant smoke in their wake are Mr Upfull and a brass section full of digi-horns, Juice
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