Monthly Archives: January 2019

YUGEN BLAKROK: Anima Mysterium

YUGEN BLAKROK:  Anima MysteriumEnjoying a well-deserved higher profile of late due to that guest slot on Vince Staples’ Black Panther OST track, is experienced emcee Yugen Blakrok whose new long-player Anima Mysterium – the follow-up to 2013’s well-received Return Of The Astro-Goth drops tomorrow. Hailing from South Africa, Blakrok cultivates a shamanic presence (as those LP titles suggest), with intricate
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DR RUBBERFUNK: My Life At 45 (Part 2) (Vinyl 7″)

DR RUBBERFUNK: My Life At 45 (Part 2) (Vinyl 7Where’s there’s a Part 1, you know there’s a Part 2 – and here it is, the second instalment of Dr Rubberfunk’s My Life At 45. You what? Yes, it’s a gag – he’s forty-five and it’s a 45 rpm slice of wax. This time the A-side is sax-y jazzstrumental Canvas Cathedral – consisting of a spacey uptempo breakbeat backdrop from Rubbers and expansive horn daubs from Ben Castle. Things
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GRAMOPHONE SOUL: Unwind Yourself EP

GRAMOPHONE SOUL:  Unwind YourselfIt’ll be relentless party music time in a matter of days as Gramophone Soul’s Unwind Yourself EP is shortly to be released on DJ Roast Beatz’ very own Cuttin’ It Fine label. Turns out that our Gram used to be a house music DJ but a move to Edinburgh some time ago prompted him to see the colossal error of his ways and he now spends his time making sample-based party breakbeats by way of
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FLEVANS feat. LAURA VANE: Invisible

FLEVANS feat. LAURA VANE:  InvisibleFlevans’ latest single, Invisible, is the third to be released off his forthcoming long-player, Part-Time Millionaire, the second to feature songstress Laura Vane and the best one yet so let’s hope it’s showing up on everyone’s radar. It starts off with pensive rhythm guitar, bass and head-nodding drum break while our Laura hopes she can escape a ‘few dark days’ during which she’s been ‘choking
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LANCE FERGUSON: Lance Ferguson’s Rare Groove Spectrum

Lance Ferguson's Rare Groove SpectrumSo there you are, listening to some rare-as-buggery funk/soul/jazz/ Latin track from back in the day on uploaded to Youtube but with crappy audio and wishing someone would re-press it to vinyl and, even if they did, if this section here were extended or if that soul tune was done in a Latin stylee and you’re thinking – hey, producers do edits of stuff like this for precisely those
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SHEILA TETTEH QUAYE: Miss Uncertainty b/w Soul Caesar (Vinyl 7″)

SHEILA TETTEH QUAYE:  Miss CertaintyRating: ★★★★★ Here we go them – absolutely no doubt that Sheila Tetteh Quaye’s new funk 45 Miss Uncertainty is most definitely fire. Sheila Tetteh who? Nope, the monkey neither. This didn’t come in as a submission, it just hove into to view on the web and a quick stab at googling yielded nothing but dead-end Google+ and Facebook pages though there is an FB page for Swiss label That’s
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FOLD vs MOTORMOUF: Stronger Than The Evils – audio premiere

FOLD vs MOTORMOUF:  Stronger Than The Evils - audio premiereAfter a year-long hiatus, Fold return in the company of Nottingham MC and beatboxing champ Motormouf with a new single – Stronger Than The Evils. What evils? You mean the death stare that Vicky Pollard gets given a lot on in Little Britain? No, you moron! As in the multifarious evils of modern Britain – you know – corporate tax evasion, continued banking scandals, secret
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FREEDUST feat. SARINA LEAH: ‘Jump Up And Down’ video

FREEDUST feat. SARINA LEAH:  Jump Up And Down videoIf you were paying attention last year, you may well have caught Freedust’s Jump Up And Down EP from last year an uncharacteristically upbeat-sounding affair in these dark times with shades of both Skeewiff and St Etienne about it. The title track, you may remember, was a lively bossa-breaks affair with added surf guitar and featured the vocal talents of Sarina Leah. And what
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DJAR ONE: You Keep Me Hangin On’ b/w I Can Feel Your Love (Vinyl 7″)

DJAR ONE:  You Keep Me Hangin On' b/w I Can Feel Your Love Need more soul in your b-boy sets or b-boy in your soul sets? Djar One’s your man as he re-versions two sista cuts from the sixties! First up is a supreme-ly beat-match friendly take on the Holland-Dozier-Holland-penned You Keep Me Hangin’ On as sung by everyone’s favourite Motown girl group. Meanwhile, on the flip you’ll be feeling the drums as some heavyweight
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ELI PAPERBOY REED: Bank Robber

ELI PAPERBOY REED:  Bank Robber Latter-day soul-man Eli Paperboy Reed returns on 12 April with next LP 99 Cent Dreams, the follow-up to his excellent gospel-tinged fifth studio LP My Way Home album. And, on the evidence of the chanking guitar and piano-drenched first leak off it, Bank Robber, it promises to be every bit as excellent. The track draws inspiration from a deep well of mid sixties soul/ rnb influences and if it
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