ELI PAPERBOY REED: Bank Robber

ELI PAPERBOY REED:  Bank Robber Latter-day soul-man Eli Paperboy Reed returns on 12 April with next LP 99 Cent Dreams, the follow-up to his excellent gospel-tinged fifth studio LP My Way Home album. And, on the evidence of the chanking guitar and piano-drenched first leak off it, Bank Robber, it promises to be every bit as excellent. The track draws inspiration from a deep well of mid sixties soul/ rnb influences and if it
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FREEDUST feat. SARINA LEAH: ‘Jump Up And Down’ video

FREEDUST feat. SARINA LEAH:  Jump Up And Down videoIf you were paying attention last year, you may well have caught Freedust’s Jump Up And Down EP from last year an uncharacteristically upbeat-sounding affair in these dark times with shades of both Skeewiff and St Etienne about it. The title track, you may remember, was a lively bossa-breaks affair with added surf guitar and featured the vocal talents of Sarina Leah. And what
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DJAR ONE: You Keep Me Hangin On’ b/w I Can Feel Your Love (Vinyl 7″)

DJAR ONE:  You Keep Me Hangin On' b/w I Can Feel Your Love Need more soul in your b-boy sets or b-boy in your soul sets? Djar One’s your man as he re-versions two sista cuts from the sixties! First up is a supreme-ly beat-match friendly take on the Holland-Dozier-Holland-penned You Keep Me Hangin’ On as sung by everyone’s favourite Motown girl group. Meanwhile, on the flip you’ll be feeling the drums as some heavyweight
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BLACK SUGAR: Viajecito/ Too Late (Vinyl 7″)

BLACK SUGAR:  Viajecito/ Too Late (Vinyl 7Keeping up the rare Latin vinyl 45 pressure, label Matasuna step up a gear by dropping this first ever vinyl-only reissue of two seventies cuts by Peruvian Latin funk-soul brothers Black Sugar a mere month after the last drop from Enrique Lynch. First up is Viajecito which travels an initially psych-funky road of sinister wah-wah and tribal screams before lightening the mood somewhat by
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ALEXIS EVANS: I Made A Deal With Myself + video

ALEXIS EVANS:  I Made A Deal With Myself + videoRecord Kicks’ new boy is the Anglo-French Alexis Evans and the label’s just released the video of his jaunty album-teasing northern soul-flavoured I Made A Deal With Myself. Deal with yourself eh, Alexis? And the nature of said deal? Oh, it’s to do with the missus – it’s over! Right? But how to represent such a matter in audio-visual format? Maybe you stick your earphones in when she starts
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THE CIRCLE OF CONFUSION feat. CORNELL CAMPBELL: Hole In The Ceiling (Vinyl 7″)

THE CIRCLE OF CONFUSION feat. CORNELL CAMPBELL:  Hole In The Ceiling (Vinyl 7If you’re already known for releasing funk, soul and hip-hop whither next if you’re looking to expand generically? Why – reggae of course! Step forward Rocafort Records with their first drop of the new year featuring Swiss production team (not to mention certified reggae addicts) The Circle Of Confusion along with Jamaican vocal legend Cornell Campbell. Hole In The Ceiling is the rootsy
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SOUL FLIP EDITS 6: I Can’t Get Next To You (WONDERLOVE Re-edit)/ Swim (WONDERLOVE Short edit)(Vinyl 7″)

SOUL FLIP EDITS 6:  I Can't Get Next To You (Wonderlove's Re-edit)/ Swim (Wonderlove's Short edit)(Vinyl 7Seeing the post title here, some of you might be thinking, ‘Er – but what happened to Soul Flip Edits 5? The last one I remember was Soul Flip Edits 4!’ And you’d be right. Don’t panic though. Turns out there’s been an issue at the pressing plant and in an endearingly analogue type of way, number 5 will now arrive out of sequence. In the meantime, what the Soul Flip crew
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DJ CLAIRVO feat. ALIENS IN DENMARK: Rally In Bristol

DJ CLAIRVO feat. ALIENS IN DENMARK:  Rally In Bristol  Continuing his long-running ‘Rally In…’ breakbeat series, DJ Clairvo is shortly to release Rally In Bristol featuring label-mates Aliens In Denmark. Anyone familiar with Clairvo’s work will know he’s a man with catholic tastes in breakbeat music and while this release follows in the slipstream of his rather splendid El Clarividente Latin breaks collection, the vibe is altogether more that of a
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WAXNERDS: Harder Than Jezahel/ Mob Fire (Vinyl 7″)

WAXNERDS:  Harder Than Jezahel/ Mob Fire (Vinyl 7Deconstructing and rebuilding hip-hop tracks based on samples with extra use of the samples but also using the rapapellas and the sample source vocals? It’s what Waxnerds do. Don’t call it an edit! On their latest 45 to hit the streets – it’s all about the mighty P.E.’s Harder Than You Think‘s collision with the equally mighty Shirley Bassey’s Jezahel on Harder Than Jezahel. Well, I
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Mount Pleasant Remixed Vol. 1

SMOOVE & TURRELL:  Mount Pleasant Remixed Vol. 1Aye, aye – Smoove & Turrell unlock the stems for a trio of cuts off their recent Mount Pleasant long-player and step hastily back as a horde of remixers steam in to get their scaly claws into the Geordie pair’s neo-disco and soul. Emerging bloodied and torn but triumphant from such a Darwinian bloodbath are Valique, Basement Freaks and Dr Rubberfunk. Clutched in Valique’s scarred
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