Monthly Archives: April 2013

ACEYALONE: ‘Leanin On Slick’ single & album update (2013)

(Full album review HERE) Heads up, Aceyalone’s back next month in fine style with a thirteen track LP, Leanin On Slick which only features Cee-Lo Green, BIONIK and Daniel Merriweather! For those not up to speed with Acey, let’s put it like this: he used to rap in West Coast underground legends Freestyle Fellowship and dropped one of the best freestyle deliveries I ever saw, acapella, on Kevin Fitzgerald’s
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CAROLINE LACAZE: En Route (2013)

Caroline Lacaze‘s French language vocals on her debut En Route might fly in the face of tradition whereby ninety-nine per cent of non-native English speaking singers on the contemporary funk/ soul scene ply their trade in English but that’s why I love the French. They adhere to wild and crazy notions that singing in ‘foreign’ is no less valid than singing in English. Plus, they are well aware that –
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TREMENDO BIG RECORDS presents: TELEPHUNKEN Artist EP 01 (2013)

I was only thinking at the weekend that I hadn’t heard from Telephunken‘s Tremendo label and then this EP turned up. With a title like ‘Artist EP 01’ I’m sensing this one is the first in a new artist-focussed series. And I have to say, if it was my label and I was a producer, I reckon I’d be the first artist I’d feature. Apparently, Telephunken thinks the same way because guess who delivers 3 slices of
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HARDLY SUBTLE: ‘Dub Of The Bay/ Stop Me Like This’ 7″/ Burning Starlight free download (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ Hello – it’s the Hardly Subtle crew of Aldo Vanucci and Dave Remix coming up trumps again with three flavours of effortless reggae fyah. Two of these are available in seven inch format: Otis’s Dock Of The Bay flipped vintage reggae style as Dub Of The Bay and Stop Me Like This. There’s no need to stop me if you think you’ve heard that second one before by the way – you almost
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THE BAS LEXTER ENSAMPLE: Resense 034 (2013)

Rating: ★★★★★ On which Bas Lexter mashes up reggae, crunk and latin with all the swagger of a party breaks conqueror. As well he might since this is the main shit. I’ve dropped opener – skankin’ Ying Yang Twins bootleg Kilburn Soulshaker – twice in two nights to an ecstatic reception – especially from the ladies, who it appears, far from being put off by such lyrics as, “She’s leaking/ She’s soaking
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FUNKOSOL: Combination Of Styles EP (2013)

Fresh Beats Vol. 1 has only been out of the bag less than a month and Chudy‘s new label Funkosol is already dropping the Combination Of Styles EP. And if you think that’s a high turnaround, it features Morlack who’s back like that with his third release this month! He’s accompanied by Jayl Funk, Warson and Azzar and, while that might be a combination of artists, the style here is
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GHETTO FUNK presents: TOM SHOWTIME (GFPD14)(2013) Free download

What time is it? I’ll tell you what time it is – it’s Tom Showtime and Ghetto Funk are dropping a four track free EP of some of the funkiest nuggets they’ve had out out in a while from the man recently seen going large inna reggae hip-hop stylee with DJ Maars on their quality Chippa Irie EP. Expect to find Edwin Starr sho’ nuff mashed up with Lil Kim, Tony Camillo funkin em all with the kind help of Bumpy Knuckles, ODB and Kelis over a
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GHOSTFACE KILLAH: ‘Murder Spree’ video + ’12 Reasons To Die’ album update (2013)

New Wu. Who knew? Actually, quite a lot of people but since Murder Spree off the forthcoming Ghostface Killah/ Adrian Younge LP 12 Reasons To Die only got leaked last night you might not have heard that yet – vid below. The album comes out on RZA‘s Soul Temple imprint in collaboration with the Get On Down label which has lately become synonymous with deluxe re-releases of
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SIGN OF FOUR: Hammer, Anvil & Stirrup (2013)

You see? This is what happens if you refuse to listen to music made after 1969 and buy all your clothing from Atom Retro. You make an album of eleven tracks of psychedelic-jazzy-latin-library music instros that sound like incidental music accompanying the part in any sixties film where a straight character takes drugs and the track titles are things like Fruit Juice For Everyone and Sun
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MORLACK: Katakana Edits Vol. 10 (2013)

I’m surprised Morlack finds time to do gigs. His latest is this 5-tracker on digi-label Katakana Edits whereon he works his boogie. Joe Tex’s caboose is loosened on the appropriately-named opener Loose It, free rein is given to squelchy old-school funk breakisms on Let’s Boogie and then we’re edged into disco-breaks territory for Big Pill. That leaves Capital S which is less a Tower Of Power edit than a
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