EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Iron Man video (2017)

The Wu-Tang sample old soul; El Michels Affair instrumentalise the Wu-Tang’s samples into new old-sounding soul. Confused? Doesn’t matter, EMA have had the biggest successes of their career with it and a second album-load of such material – Return To The 37th Chamber – is on its way in just over a month. To tide you over – here’s the video to their three and a half minute take on Ghostface
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KOOL HERTZ: Here Comes The Sun EP (2017)

If you haven’t tuned in to Kool Hertz‘s frequency yet, now might be a good time as his four-track Here Comes The Son EP is out and very loud. In time-honoured party breaks fashion, old and not-so-old samples are cut up and looped, given the funky drums treatment and a bass jolt. The first two tracks cater to the kids with the title track’s wobbled-up treatment sure to work up a sweat as
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TRAMP RECORDS: The Soulful Side Of GME & Musette Records (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ Honestly, you write about not having had a Tramp retrospective focussing on some obscure soul-funk artist in a while and then they go and do their other speciality of dropping a comp. focussing on some obscure soul-funk label. It’s actually been three years since the previous such volume on which they checked out The Funky Side Of Goldband & ANLA – the
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KRAFTY KUTS & DYNAMITE MC feat. CHALI 2Na: It Ain’t My Fault (2017)

Rating: ★★★★★ If news of a third studio LP from Krafty Kuts fluffed your nuts at the end of last year, this new single featuring both Dynamite MC and Jurassic 5’s Chali 2Na is going to make you blow your load by setting the bar massively high for dancefloor boom-bap in 2017. It Ain’t My Fault bangs and let that be the last word on the subject. Oh – except to say that Krafty’s ‘Hands High’ 2017 tour featuring both emcees has been well under
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DJ MONEYSHOT VS MR CRITICAL: Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 (2017) Audio premiere

Rating: ★★★★★ If you’re reading this, it means you’ve got yourself a ringside seat to the audio premiere of Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 on which the UK’s super Solid Steel selectah DJ Moneyshot goes mano a mano with Belgian legend Mr Critical once again! Oh shit! As Moneyshot himself puts it, “each DJ gets ten minute turns to cold rock the spot with the illest selections and call out his
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IZO FITZROY: Skyline (2017)

Another in long line of A&R successes for Jalapeno Records, Izo FitzRroy is someone you can expect to hear a lot more in the future as the effects of her debut album reverberate outwards. Positively dripping with soul, jazz and blues influences, Skyline reflects experience gained by FitzRoy from touring in the Deep South of the USA and touring with the likes of Jon Cleary & The Absolute
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Funk Originals (2017)

Breakbeat Paradise is a label which has made a name for itself over the last decade and more by providing party breakbeat junkies with all manner of musical goodies, not a few of which have made cheeky usage of samples borrowed from the golden era of syncopated soul. Now the label is returning the favour to the funk with an EP of all-original 70s-style tracks. Aptronymically entitled
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GROOVY JOY & SEBASTIAN ROSER: Mola Gramola (2017)

The Beatnik City label dips its toe into electro-swing waters with Groovy Joy & Sebastian Roser and finds itself decadently yanked into a pool along with Lavern Baker and Billie Holliday. These two ladies who provide the source material from the fifties and thirties respectively for the two booties, Fe Fo Fu and Meeny Mo contained on Mola Gramola find themselves, like us, lured into an
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BROTHER ALI: Own Light (What Hearts Are For)(2017) + Pen To Paper video + ‘All The Beauty In This Whole Life’ LP announcement

Now then – you’re Rhymesayers legend Brother Ali and you’ve got an album out soon. It only makes sense to put out a single to promote it but you’ve also got a video for another track and an album video promo announcement ready to go to – gahh! Which do you put out first? How long a gap do you leave between each one to ensure maximum exposure? Oh – the PR agony
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PHIBES: Raw 2 The Floor EP + ‘Ain’t No Thing’ A Glitch Swing Collection (2017)

Apparently not ones to drop merely one thing when they can be releasing a three track EP on legendary breaks label Bomb Strikes at the same time as putting out a self-released ten track album on their bandcamp, the Phibes boys have done precisely that this February. The Raw 2 The Floor EP finds the pair open with the heavy artillery of the title track upon which skeletal beats vie with
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