Monthly Archives: September 2018

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: The Serpent’s Mouth

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  The Serpent's MouthRating: ★★★★★ Turns out it’s been two years since Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s heavy-hitting debut 55 on Big Crown Records so it’s not really surprising that the follow-up is here already. Of course, if the band were following the traditional pattern of releases then new long player, The Serpent’s Mouth, would provide us with similar thrills to LP number one with perhaps a bit of the
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THE NICEGUYS: Hacienda Funk

THE NICEGUYS:  Hacienda FunkPossibly figuring that an EP entitled That Ass might send out the wrong kind of message in these times of renewed enquiry into gender politics, The Niceguys (or Bombstrikes) have plumped for sort of naming it after the ‘other’ track Valley Hacienda. And if Hacienda Funk possibly conjures madcap ‘Madchester’-style fun for a few aging musos (which this release definitely does not
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LUCKY BROWN & THE S.G.’s: Mesquite Suite

LUCKY BROWN & THE S.G.'s: Mesquite SuiteMesquite Suite? ‘Mesquite Schweet’ more like as Tramp Record’s latter-day funky heroes Lucky Brown & The S.G.s return with their latest full-length offering. Brown has been a Tramp regular since 2011 when his Lucky Brown’s Space Dream solo album appeared offering earthy blues and swamp funk, an effort followed by more of the same on 2015’s Mystery Road. The script has been flipped a bit for Mesquite Suite however with
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A TRIBE CALLED QUEST: 1nce Again (RHYTHM SCHOLAR AtariFunk 8-Bit Remix)

The summer holidays are over, a new cycle of academic rigor begins again and what better time to welcome back Rhythm Scholar, eh students? And his role this term is both to (re)familiarise you with the classics and experiment with creating something new from said classics. Now then, what’s all that bleeping? I do hope someone hasn’t got a phone out. Oh it’s you Mr Scholar – sorry I
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: 1 Thing

Ok so here’s one thing that’ll get you trippin’ – Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s 1 Thing cover of Amerie’s massive 2005 funky rnb classic. So that means they have to play drums like The Meters’ ‘Zigaboo’ Modeliste and deliver a steel drum melody that covers the guitar and Amerie’s vocals right? Right. It’s a tough call but the monkey reckons they’ve nailed it up pretty tight and
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FORT KNOX FIVE & K LAB feat. BABY BAM: Jinglin’ Janglin’

FORT KNOX FIVE & K LAB feat. BABY BAM:  Jinglin' Janglin' It’s a clear-cut case of DC to BC by way of NYC as Fort Knox Five team up with K Lab and Jungle Brothers’ Baby Bam for new one Jinglin’ Janglin’. What’s the story there then boys? Go on glitch me with it – I’m all ears. Well – it turns out this meeting of musical minds is not just a geographical hook-up; there’s a temporal element too as seventies funky clavinet is paired with
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THE ALLERGIES: Dance Now/ Fade Away feat. ANDY COOPER (Vinyl 7″) + Video

THE ALLERGIES:  Dance Now/ Fade Away feat. ANDY COOPERI think it was C+C Music Factory who once sang Everybody dance now!, and if new Allergies single Dance Now features a similar lyric and an implicit intention to make you sweat, let’s all offer up a prayer of thanks that the sort of dancing required for this uptempo sister funk banger is very much of the b-boy persuasion. And if you’ve seen the
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JOHNNYPLUSE: ‘Listen’ video

JOHNNYPLUSE:  'Listen' videoIrish breakbeat force of nature Johnnypluse has got a new single and video, Listen, out soon and it’s described here as sounding like, “Oasis drinking with the Chemical Brothers in a 90s warehouse.” In case you thought that was former UK number one Setting Sun, please note that was Oasis collaborating with the Chemicals not Oasis
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THE FUNKSTAMATICS: Koekwaus (100K Horns Mix)

FUNKSTAMATICS:  Koekwaus (100K Horns Mix)Looks like The Funkstamatics (a.k.a. the band formerly known as Euro Cinema) have been having rather a lot of success on Spotify these days recently clocking up an impressive one hundred thousand plays of their 2013 single Koekwaus. Thinking that perhaps they ought to celebrate, the band had a ponder about how they could top the
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