Monthly Archives: October 2012

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS: ‘Out On The Faultline’ LP audio stream + ‘You Mess Me Up’ video (2012)

Some bands joke about being big in Japan but we all know everyone wants to be big in the USA. The New Mastersounds actually are quite big in the USA having managed to sell ‘coal to Newcastle’ or perhaps more accurately, ‘funk to New Orleans.’ No mean feat. The Yanks apparently can’t get enough of this Leeds-based UK act whose best party trick, when they’re in the mood, is Meters’
…MORE

TOO MANY T’s: Earl Necks & Round Grey (Remix Mixtape) (2012) Free download

Even my chair rolled its eyebrows at the description of Too Many T’s as ‘the UK’s answer to the Beastie Boys’ but I had a listen and – yeah, alright, they’re pretty good. The Earl Necks & Round Grey’ Remix Mixtape finds Leon Rhymes and Standaloft rapping over a variety of remixed party breaks versions of old classics by the likes of everyone from the Yardbirds and Fontella Bass to Chaka Demus and DJ
…MORE

AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & CHARLIE FUNK feat. KING KAMONZI: It’s My Funk (2012) + video

Rating: ★★★★★
Ever seen a grown man cry? You’re about to. As far as I can make out this is a digital only release. I say ‘as far as I can make out’ because label ‘What The Funk haven’t exactly plugged their release with one of the founders of hip-hop. The only site I found for a label called ‘What The Funk’ made no mention of AB and you’d think with a legend like that on board
…MORE

MAKO & THE HAWK: ‘Ain’t No Other Big Boss Man’ video (2012) + free download

Bloody hell – it’s been a long minute since these two had anything out and now suddenly, out of the blue, here’s Mako & The Hawk with a brand new video for the first track they ever made – the as-played-on-Craig-Charles-Funk-&-Soul-Show, long-ago-maxed-out-on-soundcloud, Ain’t No Other Big Boss Man. It’s a straight-up, party breaks, mash-up banger of Christina Aguilera’s retro rnb hit Ain’t No
…MORE

VARIOUS: ‘Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis St Paul 1964-1979’ (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Many are the organising priniciples behind the funk and soul compilation – sub-genre, film tie-ins, as-sampled-bys, rarity, country of origin, gender of singer, you can pretty much name it, but my favourite – because it’s yielded most of my all-time favourites – is by U.S. city. The Soul Jazz label managed to pop out not one but three for New Orleans back in the day, as well as covering Miami
…MORE

THE GAFF: Katakana Edits Vol. 7 (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Now that’s what I’m talking about. The Gaff goes off on a remix/ edit tip delivering a sterling four-tracker that’s had poor old Juno scratching their heads for a generic pigeonhole and settling on ‘Broken Beat/Nu Jazz/Nu Soul.’ Frankly that makes it sound like some chin-stroking jazzbo’s got hold of a laptop and made some pretentious old shit. In
…MORE

NICOLE WILLIS & THE SOUL INVESTIGATORS: Tell Me When/ It’s All Because Of You (2012)

Nicole Willis and her band’s latest investigation into soul appears to conclude that the seventies is the new sixties. Thus it is that Tell Me When (We Can Start Our Love Thing Again) finds her hopeful pestering of a previous lover for further bedroom action delivered in a markedly smoother style than anything off 2005’s If This Ain’t Love LP. Slower, more depressing B-side It’s All Because Of You
…MORE

RAM SKANK: Madcap EP (2012)

Rating: ★★★★★
Heads up folks, Ram Skank is back once more with a 5-tracker of vintage-sounding big beat – the Madcap EP. The (almost) title cut Madcap Diggin’ starts off in a doomy Prodigy/ Diesel Power manner before switching to upbeat party breaks, Break Up is like classic early Chemicals, and Bonus Breakathon Beats does what it says on the tin. Naturally if
…MORE

THE SOUL IMMIGRANTS: The Ghetto, There’s No Way Out/ Sunk Without The Funk (2012)

More speed-funk arrived in the MB office the other day in the shape of this forty five, The Ghetto – There’s No Way Out, from The Soul Immigrants. I passed it straight over to the staff to review. Predictably, MB taxi driver ‘Jazzy’ Dave was in raptures after some initial confusion when he heard the word ‘immigrants.’ He was surprised that ‘foreigners’ who take jobs that hard-working, salt
…MORE

RZA: ‘The Man With Iron Fists’ deluxe vinyl package (2012) + RZA feat. The Black Keys ‘Baddest Man Alive’ video

The Get On Down label are really going large on the analogue special releases this autumn and so apparently are the music buying public. The special edition ‘Purple cassette’ re-release of Chef Raekwon’s Only Built For Cuban Linx sold out so quickly I didn’t even have time to post about it. I’m still mystified as to why anyone could go batshit about the shittest format ever to carry audio in the digital age but this limited vinyl release is
…MORE

Top