Monthly Archives: September 2012

RUCKUS ROBOTICUS feat. SPANKY WILSON: Thank God It’s Funky (T.G.I.F.) (2012) + video

The term ‘funky’ is abused with such heinous frequency when applied to music that Thank God It’s Funky is a sentiment I experience much less frequently than you might expect on a preliminary listen to anything that PR assures me is ‘funky.’ Happily, Ohio producer (and regular Solid Steel Radio guest) Ruckus Roboticus‘s hook-up with legendary soul-queen Spanky Wilson (of funky
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THE QUALITONS: Rolling The Bones/ Fulcimpa 7″ (2012)

More-or-less the sonic love-child of Big Boss Man and The New Mastersounds, The Qualitons released a rather good LP of mod-funk and mod-rnb back in 2010 called Panoramic Tymes. New single and hectic funk workout Rolling The Bones features guest singer Andy Hefler who equivocates about gambling as a pastime, on the one hand sounding a note of caution (“Before you throw the
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KOOL G RAP & DJ POLO: ‘Road To The Riches’ & ‘Wanted: Dead Or Alive’

Rating: ★★★★★
Holy shitfire! Classic hip-hop doesn’t come much heavier than Kool G Rap and DJ Polo, and their output doesn’t come much heavier than ’89’s Road To The Riches or ’90’s Wanted: Dead Or Alive – it isn’t called the ‘golden era’ for nothing. Both of these are now dropping in expanded edition 2xcd sets to include all those hard to find alternate mixes off the twelve inches and yield not a few that are
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BADBOE – Pump Up The Funk EP (2012)

Pump Up The Funk? Steady on Boe – is that wise? Pump up a genre of music already so libidinous it’s named after the stink of sex? Mind you, we’re actually dealing with ghetto funk here – not a form of music renowned for restraint – and so it is that producer Badboe gets out his Danish funk enlarger and proceeds to pump for all he is worth. The Claire G Phunk What You Gonna Do For Me is a
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MANKOORA – El Loco/Boogaloo Tormenta (2012)

Mankoora? The new Lamborghini super car? A Congolese psych-funk supergroup from the 70s? An exclusive members-only sex club in Berlin? Nope – none of the above – though debut single El Loco/ Boogaloo Tormenta is a bit exotic. Yep, it’s all uptempo b-boy breaks and South American musical stylings – kind of like Renegades Of Jazz on a latin jazz tip. But then maybe that’s because this is
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FEATURECAST: Run For Cover (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Featurecast finally delivers a full-length album – Run For Cover and it’s a bit of a game changer for the genre known as ‘ghetto funk.’ Now, you might have reservations about a term which has been appropriated by a scene producing a frequently bass wobble-obsessed, latterday descendant of nineties big beat which also has the hots for funk, disco and
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TONE LOC: Loc-ed After Dark (Expanded edition) (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Let me see now – gravelly-so-laid-back-it’s-horizontal delivery? The immortal lyrics “So I gave some to my dog when he began to beg/ Then he licked his bowl and he looked at me and did the wild thing on my leg”? Must be legendary Sunshine State rapper Tone Loc. Yep, it’s another classic hip-hop cd release (amidst a slew of them this autumn) from Delicious Vinyl (there’s a certain
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RORY HOY – Bounce Rock/ Everybody Wants To Be A DJ (2012)

I think Pulpfusion might have started something with his Wrong World foray into ‘ghetto metal.’ Here’s the burgeoning scene’s latest progeny in the shape of Rory Hoy‘s forthcoming release on the Bulabeats label. That’ll be Bounce Rock then which does what it says on the tin. I got out of breath just listening to it. And then I heard Saxon Scoundrels‘ heavier remix and had to go and have a cup of tea and a lie-down. The sentiment of
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE TASTEMAKERS: Work It Out (2012)

The first single off the forthcoming Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers LP Hill Of Feathers is soul-bluesy slowie Work It Out which aims, with the aid of Hannah’s ample vocal chords, to capture the pain of a failing relationship. The video features the band in suitably sombre mode halfway up a hill in an autumnal forest interspersed with flickery Georges Melies-style footage of a pair of lovelorn
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MORLACK: Ghetto Messiah EP (2012)

“He’s not the messiah he’s a very naughty producer.” “I’m Morlack!” “No I’m Morlack.” “But mother, I thought you said the ghetto funkers raped you?” “Yeah. At first.” “I have a very gweat fwiend, his name is Biggus Bassus,” etc. etc. It’s Morlack everyone and in case you missed it, he’s got a new EP out – Ghetto Messiah. Morlack does ghetto funk that sounds like it was made between
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