Monthly Archives: October 2014

LOOP MAFFIA: OG Kush EP (2014)

OG Kush EP Loop MaffiaI see Loop Maffia‘s back with his OG Kush EP. His OG what EP!? Is that a drug reference? You’d never catch me taking drugs, oh dear me no, I don’t need drugs when I’ve got coffee and tea to perk me up, alcohol to loosen my inhibitions, nicotine to calm me, sleeping pills to help me sleep and paracetamol to take away the pain. And if the drug reference wasn’t enough here’s this young
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RED MARTINA: Rhythm & Rhyme (2014)

Come Oh Home Red MartinaMoody piano keys and trumpets, 85 bpm break, 4 a.m. female vocals, bit of scratching, sampled 1940s-sounding vocal loop….is it 1995? Are we in Bristol? Not with a soaring orchestral-rock hook like that we’re not. But I’ll give you a clue – remove the vocals of Hayley Cass and substitute the ‘gargling with broken glass’ raps of Vinnie Paz and you’d have…Jedi Mind Tricks. This must be Red Martina then – the hip-trip-hop side project
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AGELESS: I’m Gone (2014) Free download

I'm Gone AgelessRight, this is long overdue some love and has been languishing in the monkey’s inbox for the best part of a month without there having been sufficient time to give it the ear time it deserves. That time has come however and one thing is certain – if you like your glitch-hop and electro breaks funky and super soulful, you’ve come to the right place as NYC producer Ageless righteously provides ample
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BOMBSTRIKES: 10 Year Takeover (2010) + MOOQEE & HERBGRINDER Sound Around Town (Mooqee organ VIP edit) Free download

10 Years Bomb StrikesA whole decade of Bombstrikes? That’s right and I’m not talking life on the Gaza strip either. Nope, I refer Mooqee and Beatvandals‘ record label having reached a stage where it could blow out ten candles on a birthday cake – if it had enough puff. Talking of puff – probably not the narcotic of choice at any night where Bombstrikes cuts are played – what with the focus being on breakbeat
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LEFTIES SOUL CONNECTION: Akathisia (2014)

Akathisia Lefties Soul ConnectionVeteran Dutch funk crew Lefties Soul Connection return with the latest installment of their crunchy drums ‘n searing hammond riffage signature sound at the start of next month. Appropriately named after a kindred disorder to ‘restless leg syndrome’ Akathisia kicks off (thank you, I’m here all week) with the drums of death title track and hectic dancefloor groover Chum
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BIG BOSS MAN: Crimson 6Ts (2014)

Crimson 6Ts Big Boss ManBlow Up’s finest, Big Boss Man, cast around their recent excellent fourth LP The Last Man On Earth for more single material and settle on the sixties Soho basement club vibes of…Crimson 6Ts. Packed with the most Georgie Fame-esque of organ riffs and solos, a horn section (where did that come from?) and ‘chank-chank’ guitar, this soul-jazz groover possesses ample retro-mod
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REVEREND CLEATUS & THE SOUL SAVIOURS: Soul Saviour Stew (2014) Vinyl re-release

Soul Saviour Stew Reverend Cleatus Soul SavioursStrolling to check the MB post the other day, I discovered Reverend Cleatus had turned up with the mail. It transpires that a welcome re-release of the short-lived Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours‘ only full length album Soul Saviour Stew was in the offing. The monkey was all set to swing into posting action as the news spread through MB Towers when funky monkeyboxing tea lady Loretta
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GHETTO FUNK presents: THE NICEGUYS (GFPD19) (2014) Free download from 24 October

The Niceguys Ghetto Funk presentsWarping electro blues devastation? Biggie and Ludacris-drenched ghetto-Meters? Jump-up jungle with huge 808 stabs the likes of which the world hasn’t seen since the glory days of Aphrodite laced with Public Enemy shutting ’em down? A burly ghetto funk rerub of Rufus Thomas’ Funky Bird? Welcome to the world of The Niceguys my friends. A place of free delights – at least for now
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JIMMY CHAMBERS: You Can’t Fight It (feat. Kenny Lynch) (2014)

You Can't Fight It Jimmy ChambersRating: ★★★★★ A recurring motif in 80s American b-movies found dwindling bands of plucky, right-thinking and well-armed survivors regularly facing relentless onslaughts from some sort of horde – Zombies, communists, you name it. In Assault On Precinct 13 it was merciless urban gangs who were pitched against a couple of policemen, two secretaries and a brace of ‘normal’ murderers
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FUNKANOMICS: Odysseus (SHAKA A.V. Edit) (2014) Free download

Odysseus Shaka FunkanomicsSome time ago, Glaswegian comedian Limmy did a skit on ‘rapper’ Pitbull‘s inexplicable popularity, “One minute there’s nae Pitbull, the next there’s this guy aboot forty jumpin up and down on the stage in a suit like he’s just come straight out fae work…” Well, it doesn’t help that people like Funkanomics go and use a Pitbull ‘pella, even if it is on a disco beat. Or that Shaka
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