Monthly Archives: May 2017

GIST: The Payback (2017) Video

GIST:  The PaybackGist might still be working on the full-length follow-up to their debut self-titled 2015 LP but they don’t want you to forget about them. They certainly don’t want someone to forget about them anyway what with this talkbox-vocals-featuring cover of the late, great Mr Brown’s seven-minute revenge epic The Payback. The video opens with the dialogue sample, “We don’t like dictators. We don’t
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ODJBOX: Party Toad (2017)

ODJBOX:  Party Toad Look out it’s Party Toad. Don’t worry that’s neither an attempt to make Wind in The Willows sound less twee or a reference to some slimy Tory party donor but the new one from producer Odjbox whose re-work of Arthur Conley’s Funky Street MB regulars may remember. This employs a similarly funky bounce but is all-original and straight up twenty-first century bizniz. To wit, it provides
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MELVIN SPARKS: Live At Nectar’s (2017)

MELVIN SPARKS:  Live At Nectar's“My name is Melvin Sparks on the gui-tar!” Thus opens the first track, Miss Riverside, on Melvin Sparks: Live At Nectar’s to whoops and applause from the crowd. Melvin Sparks? Not ‘the’ Melvin Sparks? Melvin Sparks the rnb and soul jazz guitarist who used to back the likes of Dr Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff and Charles Earland? Melvin Sparks whose soul-boogie cut If You Want My Love
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DJ VIDA G: Club Havana (2017)

DJ VIDA G: Club HavanaClearly as keen as Manosjmt to make up for the lack of latin breaks this year, former Nynfus Corp. producer Vida G goes troppo with the cumbia cool of Club Havana which provides a picante little warm weather dancefloor shimmy. In case that’s not enough action for people, our man has also had Voodoocuts roll in like a low pressure front with his reflip. And while this might keep the
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TRAMP RECORDS: Various – Virtue Recording Studios (2017)

TRAMP RECORDS:  Various - Virtue Recording StudioRating: ★★★★★ Despite being a relatively tiny label, Tramp Records has spent over ten years establishing a big reputation for painstakingly compiling and re-releasing rare vintage funk and soul and new collection Virtue Recording Studios is one of their dopest yet. With it, they continue an occasional series focussing on the catalogue of a particular label from back in the day. Previous
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NOW AGAIN RECORDS: Function Underground – The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974 (2017)

NOW AGAIN RECORDS: Function Underground - The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974Rating: ★★★★★ A title like Function Underground – The Black and Brown American Rock Sound 1969-1974, might have you believing that this staggeringly good new Now Again label comp. is going to assail your ears with a wall of guitar feedback along the Hendrix/ Black Merda axis. And to be fair there is a bit of that sort of thing on here (not that you’ll be complaining, you understand) whereas in actuality – the whole
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 3 – Featurecast (2017)

BOMBSTRIKES:  Funk N' Beats Vol. 3 - Featurecast Curation of the Bombstrikes Funk N’ Beats series passes to Featurecast for Vol. 3 and in contrast to his own recent wobbly material, our man pursues a decidedly un-wobbly path through the history of party breaks from turn of the millenium classics to the present day leavened with a dash of noughties deep funk here and there. Among the former are the obscure (but nonetheless dope) Wiseguys cut
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