Monthly Archives: February 2018

FREAKPOWER: United State EP

FREAKPOWER:  United State EPRating: ★★★★★ What better time for nineties groovers Freakpower to return with the United State EP, their first drop in twenty years or so? Trump is in the Whitehouse advocating guns for teachers and a nuclear spanky botty for Kim Jong-Un, the UK is on course for self-inflicted economic disaster, and Putin is going to be ‘voted’ Russian president again next month. Who wouldn’t fly their
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 4 – FORT KNOX FIVE(2017)

BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 4 – FORT KNOX FIVE(2017)Got bombs to drop? You’ll need a crew with the skills. Which is probably why Bomb Strikes’ annual Funk N Beats series sees DC’s Fort Knox Five take control for Vol. 4. And take control they do with the regulation twenty-plus deep selection of ordnance to lay waste to global dancefloors. This selection is resolutely funky (you’d expect nothing else after all) and delivers both the old and the
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BEAT LE JUICE: So Much Style

BEAT LE JUICE:  So Much StyleNew Scour signing, Beat Le Juice, is a man whose USP appears to be combining the glitchy sounds of now with the G-funk of yore marrying, as he does, squelches, bleeps and – well – glitches with so-smooth beats on this four-tracker. What to call such an entity though? So Much Style perhaps? That should do it. Expect plenty of Rhodes piano along with ‘blink and you’ll miss ’em’ chopped-up
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MODERATOR: The World Within

MODERATOR:  The World WithinYet more quality downtempo from the Melting Records stable – this time from twenty-two year old producer Moderator who’s so young he wasn’t even born when Bristol supplanted Seattle as the musical underground’s city of the moment and grunge guitars were ditched for atmospheric 80-90 bpm loops and breaks. Even more remarkably, World Within was originally released three years
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THE BAMBOOS: Lit Up + Video

Oh hello – Oz funk commandos The Bamboos are finally back with new single Lit Up off forthcoming album Night Time People – their eighth – due for a June release. If you’ve been paying attention (and you’d have to have been in the northern hemisphere because last album (2013’s Fever In The Road) slipped by with no discernible promo whatsoever), you’ll have noticed that the last two
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KING ROOSTER: Back Chattin b/w Fat Chance (Vinyl 7″)

KING ROOSTER: Back Chattin b/w Fat ChanceKing Rooster deliver their first bid to be cocks of the funky walk in 2018 with the second piece of Dinked 45 label action today. Back Chattin’ takes no crap off anyone with an uptempo funk bomb that seems to have been influenced nearly as much by amphetamines as the golden era of funk and soul and turns in guitar work that New Mastersounds-like nods to both Blue Note and New
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FUNKY BIJOU: What The World feat. MAFE b/w Por Favor (7″ Vinyl)

The first of two installments from the Dinked 45 camp today is this donut showcasing Funky Bijou a.k.a ces deux hommes francais who know a thing or two about what the breakers want. And on both sides of the disc here, that turns out to be Latin rather than Gallic flavour. However, if in the case of b-boy neo-soul cut What The World featuring vocalist Mafe, the sound of South and Central
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SQUASHY NICE: All The Way

SQUASHY NICE:  All The Way Rating: ★★★★★ With regard to music, February is the month that just keeps on giving this year and here’s yet more dope in the form of the release of Atlanta-based producer Squashy Nice’s solo LP All The Way. Arguably re-release would be the more accurate term since it transpires that this actually came through (somewhat below the radar) on Loretta Records last year in both digital and
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GIZELLE SMITH feat. ERIC BOSS: Hero

GIZELLE SMITH feat. ERIC BOSS:  HeroAs the 30 March release date of Gizelle Smith’s Ruthless Day album draws near, she drops a new single, the duet Hero, as the ‘instant grat’ track if you pre-order said LP. But as anyone knows, a hero has got to be strong, he’s got to be fast, he’s got to be fresh from the fight – so who has she picked to join her on the mic? Step forward Eric Boss (a.k.a. E Da Boss) for another duet with
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RUKUS feat WARD 21: Champion (MR BENN remix)

Oh good – I do love a Mr Benn remix and judging by past reactions, so do you. Here he applies his legendary production skills to Champion – Rukus & Ward 21’s ominous, synth-laden dancehall tribute to Q Project’s Champion Sound. Of course, ‘ominous’ and ‘synth-laden’ aren’t adjectives that immediately spring to mind when you think of Mr Benn and as he puts it himself, “I switched the
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