SURPRISE CHEF: Iconoclasts

SURPRISE CHEF:  IconoclastsAussie cinematic soul fiends Surprise Chef present another musical hors d’oeuvre before serving up the main course of their first LP on Big Crown, Education & Recreation in the form of new single Iconoclasts. A subdued affair, it almost evokes certain types of traditional Japanese music both in the arrangement and, at times, even the instrumentation. The sort of thing you’d have no
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GIULIANO SORGINI: Zoo Folle (Vinyl LP)

GIULIANO SORGINI:  Zoo Folle As the release of Giuliano Sorgini 45 Mad Town/ Ultima Caccia (note to self – spell that B-side correctly this time!) indicated back in January this year, a full release of Sorgini’s Zoo Folle OST is something to get very excited about. This isn’t the first time the LP has been released on wax but this double album version contains both the originally released soundtrack on the first two sides along
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THE SOUL SURFERS: Russian Funk/ Sirtaki (Vinyl 7″)

THE SOUL SURFERS: Russian Funk/ Sirtaki (Russian funk nutters The Soul Surfers return with a new 7″ single shortly featuring tracks entitled – er – Russian Funk and Sirtaki. The first of these is a gloriously swirling uptempo psych-funk affair that pairs crunchy drum breaks with more traditional jangly Russian sounds – including a woodwind instrument which sounds suspiciously like a medieval recorder or something providing a
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BETTY BLACK feat. THE FAMILY FORTUNE: Cry Me A River (Vinyl 7″)

BETTY BLACK feat. THE FAMILY FORTUNE: Cry Me A RiverRating: ★★★★★ Funky Bond-theme thrills in this take on Arthur Hamilton’s classic fifties torch song, Cry Me A River, as Betty Black fronts The Family Fortune on Malachi Trout’s Skyline Recordings label. The last time something of this ilk came out – apart from the late sixties golden era – was probably the late nineties so we seem to be operating on a thirty year cycle for soaring
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ROGER RIVAS: Cool Mood (Ltd. Vinyl 7″)/ Free download

ROGER RIVAS:  Cool Mood (Ltd. Vinyl 7You know how Happy People Records occasionally likes to release a cut by latter-day reggae organ legend Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites/ Night Owls fame? Well here’s the next one – Cool Mood. That’ll be an instrumental Studio One style rocksteady number then will it? Laden with organ parps and riffs as is Mr Rivas’ wont? Certainly will. Wonder what’s on the flip? The A-side versioned in
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MARLOWE (L’ORANGE and SOLEMN BRIGHAM): Past Life

MARLOWE Past LifeIs it me or is it a long minute since some decent original hip-hop has been out? Thankfully Marlowe (a.k.a producer L’Orange and emcee Solemn Brigham) are here to right that wrong with new single and harbinger of forthcoming LP Marlowe 3, Past Life. ‘Marlowe 3’? Does that mean the duo are about to drop their third LP? Certainly does
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SAM REDMORE: Universal Vibrations LP

SAM REDMORE:  Universal Vibrations LPYou’ve been reading about the singles here on MB since last September (five of them no less!) covering a range of genres and sub-genres but this month it’s Sam Redmore’s debut long player, Universal Vibrations which has finally dropped. It’s an eleven-track set with a name that implicitly makes the bold claim of being able to rock the
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THE FILTHY SIX: Exit Music

THE FILTHY SIX:  Exit MusicWhen you find out that The Filthy Six’s latest single is a break-up track, the title, Exit Music, makes perfect sense. For added darkness it was written in the depths of winter too. Imagine that, breaking up in the depths of winter. Nightmare. So it’s only natural too that Exit Music should be bossa-tinged Latin jazz, redolent of summery drives down Pacific Coast Highway. Wait, what?!
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FLEVANS: It Takes The Whole Day / In Shadows

FLEVANS: It Takes The Whole Day / In ShadowsHere’s the new single from Flevans then, It Takes The Whole Day. Wait, what!? It’s a twenty-four hour long track?! He’s not messing around is he? No, stupid, that’s the title – It Takes The Whole Day. Wait, what!? The title takes the whole day? etc. etc. Hours of fun. Though actually, the new Flevans single actually only provides three minutes, four seconds of orchestra-drenched pop-
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LROY vs SUCKASIDE: Toxic Funk Vol. 8 (Vinyl 7″)

LROY vs SUCKASIDE:  Toxic Funk Vol. 8 (Vinyl 7Looks like it’s LROY and Suckaside who get to deliver the latest volume in BBP’s 45s series Toxic Funk, with Volume 8. This consists of Second Warning and Let The Music Play a.k.a. breakbeat edits of a pair of late sixties soul cuts a la, Paul Sitter’s Nothing But A Heartache from earlier in the year. Oohh you’d like to hear some of that wouldn’t you? Sadly, embeddable audio is signally
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