BILL KING: Soul Street

BILL KING: Soul StreetHere’s Bill King’s Soul Street then, on which the father of Jesse ‘Dubmatix’ King (for it is he) steps out on his own for a funky homage to the night club. You remember night clubs – places where social distancing was a physical impossibility and it was all about the music, the drinking and the good times. Anyway, this instro offers layered and soulfully funky grooves that’ll prompt a shimmy
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PLACEBO: Polk b/w Balek (Vinyl 7″)

PLACEBO:  Polk b/w BalekLovers of the first wave of jazz-funk (and sample-fiends) take note, this 45 reissue of two classic cuts off Placebo’s 1973 LP – er – 1973 is still available but unlikely to be so for long – given the sold out status of much of Matasuna Records’ back catalogue.  The two tracks in question – Polk and Balek – are the work of Belgian jazz-funk outfit Placebo rather than hitherto unknown early material
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MUNGO’S HI-FI X MARINA P feat. TIPPA IRIE & DENNIS ALCAPONE: The Beat Goes SKA (Vinyl 7″)

MUNGO'S HI-FI X MARINA P feat. TIPPA IRIE & DENNIS ALCAPONE The Beat Goes SKAHere’s news that Glasgow reggae commandos Mungo’s Hi-Fi have got together with vocalist Marina P (featured on the band’s recent reggae re-version of Smashing Pumpkins’ Soma), Tippa Irie and Dennis Alcapone (!) to get all ska on Sonny & Cher’s The Beat Goes On for Record Store Day. Technically, the official release date was 29 August which makes this bit of MB love a bit tardy. Having said that, it’s the monkey’s
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PIGALLE CONNECTION: Casino & Church b/w Vendetta James (Vinyl 7″)

PIGALLE CONNECTION: Casino & Church b/w Vendetta JamesRating: ★★★★★ Just out – this new slice of 45 hotness on Mocambo Records from ‘cinematic funk’ supergroup Pigalle Connection – Casino & Church backed with Vendetta James. The line-up is drawn from the wider Mocambo roster and bandleader is none other than Hammond hotshot Guillaume Metenier of retro reggae outfit Soul Sugar. Meanwhile the two instrumental cuts on
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SMILE DAVIS/ DJ MAARS: Roots The Jewels b/w Rocksteady Business (ULURU 002)(Vinyl 7?)

Roots The Jewels b/w Rocksteady BusinessRating: ★★★★★ If you’ve ever thought Run The Jewels’ bars would sound better over a beat crafted from rocksteady samples rather than El-P’s ear-challenging rhythms (or even DJ Shadow’s), then Little Beat More Records have got you sorted right out with Roots The Jewels on new 45 Uluru Vol. 2 on sub-label Uluru. Why – it’s a record so positively upbeat it could almost prevent a ruck
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HAITCH & RHABDOMANTIC ORCHESTRA: Veggie Tales Vol. 2 – Wonder Us (Vinyl 7″)

Is it me or does the cross-section of an avocado on the cover of Veggie Tales Vol. 2 look a bit like something else? Er – anyway, let’s not allow that to distract us from the matter at hand which is that the next one in the Little Beat More label’s veggie-food themed series of 45s is out shortly and this time our musical chefs are Nigerian vocalist Hector Edwards (otherwise known as Haitch) and the
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ANDY COOPER: L.I.S.T.E.N. video

Rating: ★★★★★ A week ahead of next week’s L.I.S.T.E.N. LP release from Andy Cooper comes the video for the title track revealing a number that’ll definitely make you perk your ears up, not to mention open your eyes wide. There’s Andy’s chaingun vocals of course and also the clear visual references to Children’s Workshop TV of the 70s and 80s as a host of AC’s homies don costumes to
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JIMMY PLATES & ENDEVERS: Tree Gods

JIMMY PLATES & ENDEVERS: Tree GodsJimmy Plates & Endevers’ transatlantic hip-hop collaboration follows last single Vinyl Comeback with the next to be released from the forthcoming No Delay… LP – Tree Gods. Tree gods? Oh what – like the Green Man? Well, not exactly, though the PR has it that the London DJ/Producer and the Philly hip-hop collective have, “gone from smoking trees to saving them”. That said, it’s not
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BEAT BRONCO ORGAN TRIO: Missoula-Nairobi (Vinyl 7″)

Missoula-NairobiNew Beat Bronco Organ Trio 45 single, Missoula-Nairobi might not have appeared on the band’s recent LP Road Trip, but that doesn’t mean they can’t take you on a wild ride spanning two continents. And – as the title suggests, that is precisely what they are doing, musically at least, by creating a two part instrumental that unites the band’s love of afro-rhythms with the drummer’s hometown. Cue a drums-heavy slice of Afro-funk
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SMOOVE: Friday’s Funky 45 Vol. 9 (Vinyl 7″) + Wack Records 19-22

SMOOVE:  De La Smoove/ Hall & Soul (Vinyl 7I don’t know, nothing for ages and then four come along at once – well five technically, though one is a re-release. I’m on about Smoove mash-ups of course – the very thing, in fact, that our Berry Geordie set Wack Records up for back in the day. And so it is that Wack Records 19-22 (a.k.a. Sunny Juice, It’s All Good, Skeelo Wonder and Hall & Soul) get a simultaneous release. Well – when you’ve made a special mix of tracks for BBC 6
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