Monthly Archives: April 2019

THE AGGROLITES: Pound For Pound

THE AGGROLITES: Pound For PoundRating: ★★★★★ Let me see now, vintage sixties organ sounds, boss reggae vibes and a soulful growl? Pound for pound, there can surely only be one outfit that produces such glorious ‘dirty reggae’ sound and it is of course the one and only Aggrolites with new single – er – Pound For Pound. Turns out this is the harbinger of their sixth studio album, Reggae Now!, due towards the end of May
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KELLY FINNIGAN: Since I Don’t Have You Anymore

KELLY FINNIGAN: Since I Don't Have You AnymoreMonophonics singer Kelly Finnigan’s The Tales People Tell LP drops at the end of this week but by way of one further taster before it does – check out heartbreak groove Since I Don’t Have You Anymore. Following I Don’t Wanna Wait, it’s the second official single to be released ahead of the album (although, confusingly, Catch Me I’m Falling – which is also on the LP – was released ages ago
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COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS: One Of The Ones feat. KYLIE AULDIST/ Force Of Nature feature FALLON WILLIAMS (Vinyl 7″)

COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS: One Of The Ones feat. KYLIE AULDIST/ Force Of Nature feature FALLON WILLIAMSOf course if you’re one of Oz’s two biggest funk-soul bands, you’ll want to have some sort of vinyl out around the time of Record Store Day, and if you’re Cookin’ On 3 Burners, you might well want to make it two vocal cuts off your recent Lab Experiments Vol. 2 album featuring two of your biggest vocalist collaborators. And so it is that we get soul warmth and heartache from Kylie Auldist
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SMUGGLER BROTHERS: In The City/ Jam (Vinyl 7″)

SMUGGLER BROTHERS: In The City/ Jam (Vinyl 7Surely few cities could be more appropriate for a band named Smuggler Brothers to hail from than the Mafia-associated Palermo, Sicily – for that is indeed their base. And the contraband in which they trade? Why sixties and seventies crime-flick soundtrack-influenced material of course! Hold on a minute though, aren’t they treading on someone else’s toes here? Don’t a certain Calibro 35 have
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ALDO VANUCCI feat. KYLIE AULDIST: Get A Hold On This + remixes

The latest single to be taken from Aldo Vanucci’s party-bumpin’ second LP, Diggin For A Living, is the Kylie Auldist-featuring, neo-northern soul stomping Get A Hold On This, which comes with a remix package so groovalicious, it might as well be called ‘Get A Hold Of This’. First up are The Allergies who, presumably figuring it would be hard to make things even more stomping, get a
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TANIKA CHARLES: Love Overdue b/w Remember To Remember (Vinyl 7″) + video

TANIKA CHARLES: Love Overdue b/w Remember To Remember (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ It’s turning out to be a vintage year for lovers of retro soul music and with this new 45, Record Kicks signing, Toronto-based soul sister, Tanika Charles unleashes her own double broadside by way of a lead single off her forthcoming second LP, The Gumption. On the A-side for example, we have Love Overdue a club mover with added clap-along appeal that harks back to classic early/ mid sixties Sugar Pie
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ELI PAPERBOY REED: 99 Cent Dreams

ELI PAPERBOY REED:  99 Cent DreamsRating: ★★★★★ It might be called 99 Cent Dreams but don’t let the self-deprecating title fool you – the latest LP from Eli ‘PaperBoy’ Reed is 24 carat quality and further confirmation (were it needed after the cathartic post-major label gospel fire of 2016’s My Way Home) that Warners didn’t so much shoot themselves in the foot when they let him go as much as shoot both feet right off. This
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PROJECT GEMINI: Forest Creeper/ Monsters At Garden’s End (Vinyl 7”)

DJ Markey Funk’s Delights label continues to expand its clan of psych-funk wizards and the latest recruit is Project Gemini – essentially musician, producer and music journo Paul Osborne collaborating with Israeli drummer Shuzin and with Markey himself on lead keys and production. Can we expect a double slice of clattery drums and swirling spaced-out vintage synth work? We
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NICOLE WILLIS & BANDA PALOMITA: I Call Your Name (SMOOVE remix)

NICOLE WILLIS & BANDA PALOMITA: I Call Your Name (SMOOVE remix)You’re Nicole Willis, you’ve got a brand new band (Banda Palomita), you’ve got a brand new musical bag that’s heavy on the 80s influences and you need a remix of your electro boogie single, I Call Your Name. So who you gonna call? No, not Ghostbusters! You’re going to call Smoove and get him to don his disco hat, and I think we all know that is a very ‘disco’ hat indeed. He’ll probably
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PAN AMSTERDAM: All Kindsa Don’t

PAN AMSTERDAM: All Kindsa Don'tNot had enough whimsy in your life lately? Allow Pan Amsterdam into your life once more then and let his mellifluous tones to float into your earholes atop those trademark jazz trumpet and woozy synth-laced beats. Floating in from the farthest reaches of hip-hop where things get all mixed up with spoken word and jazz, Pan Am is busy making all his usual “nonsensical sense” on All
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