SLAPPIN PLASTIC & MC SHURESHOCK: It Shocks Parts 1 & 2 (2016)

It Shocks Slappin Plastic MC ShureshockSlappin Plastic and MC Shureshock team-up for a lively slice of Oz-hop with single It Shocks – a track packing so much party punch that it had to be released through two different labels. Sugarbeat are in charge of the split personality affair that is Part 2 on which The Original Rude Boy mix can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be a garage-y breaks affair or a garage-y house
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HERMA PUMA: The Bob Ross EP (2016)

The Bob Ross EP Herma PumaSmokers of happy trees and fans of Herma Puma rejoice, for here is a brand new helping of HP-type sauce in the form of The Bob Ross EP – or seven slices of chilled vocal and instrumental boom-bap to you. Donnie Numeric helps out with a few bars on dreamy, soul-drenched opener Yesterday while most of the rest of the EP consists of multifarious flavours of downtempo beat sketches
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SCOUR RECORDS: Scoured Swing Vol. 1 (2016)

Scoured Swing Vol 1Having had a successful last few years tackling all manner of party breaks, Scour Records now turn their attentions exclusively to bear on the swing side of things with the advent of a new series – Scoured Swing Vol. 1. Enter a feral gang of breakbeat jitterbuggers consisting of both usual suspects and some new names armed with breaks, wobble, and saxophone cases bursting at the
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INNEREYEFULL: Summer Soul (2016)

Summer Soul InnereyefullInnereyefull get out their bid for summer anthem 2016 with this Craig Charles-supported slice of woozy, summery soul groove. What to call it though? Ooh – I know! Summer Soul! Yes – that sounds right for something occupying the intersection between 70s Bill Withers and 90s soul outfit Freak Power whose singer, Ashley Slater, coincidentally also features here – though as
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THE TIBBS: Dog Days (2015)

Dog Days The TibbsHolland’s hottest soul export, The Tibbs, have a second single out off their recent Takin’ Over LP, I see. That’ll be Dog Days then – a jaunty slice of Motown-ish rnb – apparently named after the hottest, sweatiest parts of August. Sounds like the perfect excuse to showcase the model looks of singer Elsa Beckman in no less than two skimpy retro dresses as she alternates between doing
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THE BONGOLIAN: Moog Maximus (2016)

Moog Maximus The BongolianIt’s surprising how long it’s been since the last Bongolian LP – four years since the Lost In Sound collaboration with Fay Hallam and five since Bongos For Beatniks in fact. Mind you, it’s not like the man behind the project (multi-instrumentalist Nasser Bouzida) has been resting on his laurels what with recording and then touring to support the massive success of Big Boss Man’s fourth LP
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JSTAR: Hear The Sound (2016)

Hear The Sound JStarTime was that when you heard a reggae hip-hop mash-up featuring either a well-known hip-hop beat and a lesser-known dancehall vocal (or a well-known hip-hop vocal and a lesser-known dancehall beat) the person responsible was almost certainly one of three men – one of whom was JStar. But in recent years he, like the other two (Shepdog and Mr Benn) has drifted away from the
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JAYL FUNK: Easy Summertime (Honkey Phonk 011)(2016)

Easy Summertime Jayl FunkRating: ★★★★★ I’m always partial to a well turned-out soul edit and here’s Jayl Funk with – Easy Summertime – a respectful reboot of Billy Stewart’s ’66 cover of a certain Gershwin-penned number of which there are allegedly 25 000 versions out there. This does, of course, mean that everyone knows the first line and this, along with
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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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BOCA 45: Boca’s Summer Scorchers (2016)

Summer Scorchers Boca 45Hotter than the Devil’s own barbecue, Boca’s Summer Scorchers is the soundtrack to your summer – even if Boca 45 does say so himself – with justification, admittedly. Cue mixed up old school hip-hop, funk and soul classics with a few new bangers chucked in for good measure (Eli Paperboy Reed’s Cut Ya Down for one) from the man’s prodigious stash of seven inch wax. That’ll
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