Monthly Archives: January 2018

LATYRX: The Album 20th Anniversary DLX

Rating: ★★★★★ As the end of the nineties segued into the noughties, there was a point at which the Soulsides crew morphed into the Quannum crew and pretty much had the U.S. West Coast sewn up like some sort of alternative Californian Wu-Tang. And it’s easy to see why. There was DJ Shadow (perceived as the ‘big’ producer figure -despite the fact that various other members were more than
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS + LADY WRAY: Electric Ballroom (London) Thursday 25th January 2018

Soul man Lee Fields makes another trip to UK shores on Thursday 25th January this year in the company of his band The Expressions and soul sister Lady Wray. The presence of two of New York label Big Crown’s biggest artists at London’s Electric Ballroom should certainly ensure a high voltage show. Not least of the reasons for this will be their respective pedigrees. Fields has been
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BAZZA RANKS feat. DYNAMITE MC: Memories (Vinyl 7″)

BAZZA RANKS feat. DYNAMITE MC:  MemoriesDynamite MC displays an elephant-like power of recall on Memories, the new one from Bazza Ranks which is essentially a irie dancehall pastiche of (and homage to) Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s classic early 90s boom-bap adventure T.R.O.Y. But what’s old Dyna reminiscing about from back in the day? ‘Marijuana’ – well, you sensed he might…’good times’ – glad to hear it…’knife crime’
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SKEEWIFF: Mexican Flyer/ Delta Dawn (Vinyl 45)

SKEEWIFF:  Mexican Flyer/ Delta Dawn (Vinyl 45)The very label they founded now delves deep into Skeewiff’s back catalogue to meet the insatiable demands of the seven inch-buying public. And it turns out they’ve struck double cheeky old gold to boot. Enter, by way of an A-side, the 2001 released 12″ B-side edit of Ken Woodman & His Picadilly Brass’s Mexican Flyer in all its ‘tropical jazz meets garage rock breaks’ glory. Blimey –
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CALIBRO 35: SuperStudio/ Gomma (Vinyl 7″)

CALIBRO 35:  SuperStudio/ Gomma (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ As the video teaser before Crimbo should have made clear, Dre and Jay Z-sampled Italian cinematic music fiends Calibro 35 are taking their crime-funk to the next level on forthcoming LP Decade. Why? Because those bad boys have added orchestral elements. You see how that works don’t you? You come at them with fists they bring a knife. You bring a knife, they bring guns. You bring guns, they bring, like
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MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS: Break Down (Steppin Tones edit) Free download

MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS:  Break Down (Steppin Tones edit) Free downloadApart from playing session horns on a shedload of soul and rock songs between the late sixties and the mid eighties, the Muscle Shoals Horns also liked to drop their own stuff – notably horns-led (obviously), bass-popping disco-era funk like Break Down now edited for your delectation by Steppin Tones. Even more, full-on than their own Born To Get Down, the original Break Down
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VARIOUS: Jalapeno Funk Vol 9

VARIOUS: Jalapeno Funk Vol 9 I don’t know about you but there’s almost as many shades of The Italian Job about the retro red, white and blue van on the cover of the Jalapeno Funk Vol. 9 as there are shades of the 70s Bronx. Which makes it the perfect visual metaphor for a twenty-one track compilation of British funk, soul and funky-breaks inspired by the golden era of Stateside funk and soul. Twenty-one?! You were
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KENO: Around The Corner

KENO:  Around The CornerRating: ★★★★★ The new year is finally upon us but what lies around the corner from producer David Hanke? Appropriately enough, it’s a new sample-based cinematic downtempo LP entitled Around The Corner under the nom-de-plume Keno. Which means that ‘the producer with a thousand names’ (well, alright five at least) has added yet another moniker to a growing list that already includes
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BOBBY JONES: Welcome Back A Foolish Man b/w Lovin’ Hard, Livin Good (Vinyl 7″)

BOBBY JONES:  Welcome Back A Foolish Man b/w Lovin' Hard, Livin Good (Vinyl 7Rocafort Records make it a new year double whammy by following up news of the forthcoming Andy Cooper LP with news of another dope seven inch soul repress – in this case Bobby Jones’ Welcome Back A Foolish Man. Originally released back in 1970 on the Kack label (no, I can’t it would be like shooting fish in a barrel), this finds slept-on Chicago soul man Jones pleading with his missus to take him ‘back’ over a mid-tempo, strings-
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JAD ABSTROCK: Edge Of The Galaxy

Drifting in from the outer reaches of the Funky Way for the New Year is Ukrainian producer Jad Abstrock with the cosmic sounds of his new album Edge Of The Galaxy. In truth, this collection of space-funky grooves has actually been out since the end of November, and news of its release reached outlying receivers at MB Towers just under a week after that. But hey – what’s the best
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