Monthly Archives: December 2016

LADY WRAY: Smiling (2016) Video

smiling-lady-wraySo here’s the new video for Lady Wray‘s single Smiling released earlier in the year off her excellent Queen Alone album. It would be nice of course to link to previous MB posts on both single and album but due to the negligence of a supposedly reputable webhost, all MB content between early August and early October (including said posts) is now irretrievably lost. Happily MB’s
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BASEMENT FREAKS feat. ITRAN: The Rebel (2016)

the-rebel-itran-basement-freaksUnbowed by everything 2016 has thrown at us, Basement Freaks turns his hand to dancefloor dub reggae in the run-up to Christmas. The Rebel is his new cut and it features vocals from Itran who delivers insurrectionary vibes on the mic. Naturally, there’s an instrumental version for those who feel that musical rebellion should be expressed purely by the medium of, well, music
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VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Cub Vol. 4 (2016)

vol-4-craig-charles-funk-soul-clubReleased very slightly later in the year than we’ve come to expect since The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club album became an annual event, Vol. 4 finds Freestyle Records and keeper of the funk flame Craig Charles conspire to ensure that the festive season this year is righteously funky. And soulful. And latin. And afro. And could there be some four-to-the-floor business too? After all –
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MARKEY FUNK: Delights vs. Audio Montage (2016)

delights-vs-audio-montage-markey-funkIsraeli man-of-many-talents (dj, producer, musician) Markey Funk resurrects his Delights project as an independent label and delivers double psych-funk trouble with a brace of Audio Montage label remixes. For starters, the A-side sees Radio Trip’s Computers Singing transformed into drum-led b-boy breaks carnage with an irresistible b-line punctuated by organs from the farther side
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SADAT X: The Bass Player (2016) + video

the-bass-player-sadat-xStill spawning singles at this late stage in the year is Sadat X‘s summer LP Agua though I don’t think anyone will be complaining about the Brand Nubian’s latest, The Bass Player, one of the few LP cuts that features X on a solo tip. It’s charm comes from a beat replete with clattery drums and bassy funk courtesy of Bushwick bad boys Da Beatminerz and X’s distinctively raucous drawl as he spits
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AFTERNOONS IN STEREO: Echo Valley (2016)

echo-valley-afternoons-in-stereoAfternoons In Stereo takes a trip down jazz canyon on sixth LP Echo Valley which fuses multiple genres with, well, jazz, obviously. The title track (and opener) is a beatless Rhodes piano mood piece that swiftly gives way to the crisp breakbeat intro of City Of The Future and its jazz fusion vistas. Eames In Dub by contrast juxtaposes spacey echoes with jazz disco beats
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MISTER T: The Funk Ground (2016)

the-funk-ground-mister-tMister T gets his nu-funk on for four-tracker The Funk Ground marrying chunky drums to minimal non-percussive instrumentation. He establishes a territory that ranges from hypnotic opening earworm vocal cut The Heart Grows Fonder featuring Lucy Lune Gillespie to the clav-funk-meets-2-step-garage of Gamma Rays, the Yello-ish The Gospel Way and the JB inflected-breakbeat
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THE FUNK FURY: Like (2016)

funk-fury-like-epFuelled perhaps by all that rage, The Funk Fury dares to explore the twilight zone of breakbeat house on the opening title track to his Like EP which employs the sort of synths typical of the devil’s music to vie with chipmunk vocal samples over rolling drums. This is followed by Birdy where synth-powered 80s electro business plays out over heavier drums while the buzzsaw
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: Heatwave (2016)

heatwave-pama-internationalRating: ★★★★★ The long-absent Pama International make an impressive return after seven years with a new line-up and a sureshot rocksteady cover of Martha & The Vandellas’ Holland Dozier Holland-penned Heatwave – a.k.a Love Is Like A Heatwave. Vocals come courtesy of Jewels Vass and Anna Uhuru who conspire to sound a little bit Supremes-ish – appropriately enough
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DEM JUJU POETS: Barabara (2016)

barabara-dem-juju-poetsIt should be clear by now that the man behind Renegades Of Jazz, a.k.a. David Hanke is far from being one to limit himself generically. There’s all the Mash & Munkee b-boy breaks for example, the ‘northern jazz’ sound of initial Renegades Of Jazz drops, the subsequent atmospheric blues-tinged breakbeats of the Paradise Lost LP and more recently the afro-funk of LP Moyo Wangu. For
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