Monthly Archives: January 2018

THE FUNDAMENTALS: Thing

THE FUNDAMENTALS:  Thing Rating: ★★★★★ Top of your funk essentials list for January (and probably your funk edits list for a long time to come, no doubt) should be The Fundamentals’ monster edit of Dyke & The Blazers’ monster version of the Isley Brothers’ It’s Your Thing. With the title now appropriately reduced to simply a single menacing word Thing, the pair (consisting of X-Ray Ted and B-Side) eschew the
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CUT CHEMIST feat. EDAN & MR LIF: ‘Metalstorm’ video

CUT CHEMIST feat. EDAN & MR LIF:  'Metalstorm' videoWell here’s a Friday night treat for you and no mistake as Cut Chemist delivers the sequel to Storm – the Edan and Mr Lif-featuring best cut off his ten year-old solo LP The Audience’s Listening in the form of Metalstorm. And you know what that means, right? Yep – it means more Lif and Edan. Plus another electro-based, scratchadelic beat based around another sample from the same Vox
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THE HERBALISER feat. JUST JACK: Seize The Day

THE HERBALISER feat. JUST JACK:  Seize The DayWith a new album (Bring Out The Sound) due shortly, The Herbaliser set about generating some pre-LP hype with new single Seize The Day. Seize the day? – how very pro-active – anyone helping you with that boys? Just Jack? Who’s Jack? Just kidding! You mean Caaamden Town vocalist Just Jack of course. Presumably that’s because his unmistakably British presence provides precisely
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JERRY JONES – Compared To What (ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM Edit)

JERRY JONES - Compared To What (ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM Edit) We’re not even a month into the new year and the good shit is rolling in thick and fast. Here’s the latest nugget in the form of a Rocknrolla Soundsystem re-edit of the title track from Compared To What – the rare Studio One album recorded by Philly soul man Jerry Jones back in 1971. With full respect to the original, the RRSS boys unobtrusively extend the intro and beef-up
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ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI: Lost & Found

ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI:  Lost & FoundIf you dig Calibro 35, The Bongolian, Shawn Lee or any others who owe a debt to the great library music composers and performers of the sixties and seventies – indeed if you dig the funky back catalogues of library labels KPM and DeWolfe – you’re going to dig new Alessandro Alessandroni comp. Lost & Found. Put together by Four Flies Records, this collection gathers together fifteen
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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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