Monthly Archives: May 2019

MORLACK: Pull Up

MORLACK: Pull UpIt had been relatively quiet from the Morlack camp over the last year or so but one of party breaks’ most prolific producers seems to be ramping up his productivity again with two EPS in the last month. The first was Katakana Edits Vol. 83, the second is this one – Pull Up. And as with its predecessor, it finds Morlack stepping outside of his DC Go-go comfort zone, this time into the
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MAKE IT FUNKY TORONTO presents: DJ TANNER AV Showcase

MAKE IT FUNKY TORONTO presents: DJ TANNER AV ShowcaseFollowing the overwhelming audience love for his AV set at a gig supporting Krafty Kuts in Toronto back in March, it would be rude of DJ Tanner not to recreate the very same set for posterity and upload to the interweb – er – so that’s what he’s done. Marvel and groove then whilst watching visuals for the very same tracks you’re listening and moving too. For those who prefer a more
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THE REBEL feat. ILLSPOKINN: The Sculptor (Vinyl 7″)

THE REBEL feat. ILLSPOKINN: The SculptorRating: ★★★★★ Oh shit! Can’t see this hanging around for long when it gets released next week. Hot new 45 thrills from the DJ’s Choice label as they enlist the services of one of the monkey’s favourite DJ/ producers, The Rebel, who returns with a band, NYC emcee Illspokinn and seven inch banger The Sculptor.  It’s a project that sees the outfit channel peak-era The J.B.’s perfectly while Illspokinn holds forth on the mic. Flip that bad boy
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JOHNNYPLUSE: ‘Give Me A Break’ podcast

JOHNNYPLUSE: 'Give Me A Break' podcastWind the clock back nearly a year and Johnnypluse was on the cusp on unleashing his new video and homage to the funk drum breakdown – Give Me A Break. Somewhere between then and now though, the video was jettisoned and – perhaps appopriately, given it’s focus on the sound of funky drums – the project has now been released as a podcast. It’s still got interviews with Krafty Kuts
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SOUL FLIP EDITS 7: In The Basement / My Sweet Lord (Vinyl 7″)

SOUL FLIP EDITS 7: In The Basement / My Sweet Lord (Vinyl 7Good lord! It’s Soul Flip Edits 7 the label’s third drop this year alone – or perhaps that should that be My Sweet Lord! since the B-side here re-flips John Gary Williams’ mid-tempo rendition of the George Harrison song into a storming northern soul mover whilst cunningly retaining the original tempo breakdown of course. That’ll be the bit during which Williams makes a soft-spoken soul
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PERFECT TOY RECORDS: Down In The Valley 3 & 4

PERFECT TOY RECORDS: Down In The Valley 3 & 4If you’d already had success dropping a double volume of super obscure but super dope garage soul and psych-funk (not to mention all shades in between and beyond) and you had a crate digger on speed dial who you knew could turn up another payload of such nuggets – you’d probably give him the green light straight away. Which is precisely what Perfect Toy Records have done on
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 83 (MORLACK)

KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 83 MORLACKNow on an incredible Vol. 83, the Katakana Edits series once more features breakbeat’s go-go king, Morlack, though on this occasion he’s heading in a funky direction that’s less DC-centric. First up is the brisk Jimmy Sabater-sampling Here Comes The Hook which sets a very funky precedent that is ably matched by the squelchy groove of Sossego – a heavyweight rerub of an already very groovy
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DJ YODA: Home Cooking

Looks like the fourth is strong (thank you, I’m here all week!) in Dj Yoda’s latest LP, Home Cooking which, if you don’t count his self-released Piano Breaks ’98 cassette job, is his…er…fourth solo studio long-player. Well, I say ‘solo’ but Home Cooking (or ‘Homecooking’ depending on your source) actually features a host of guest
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RALPH WEEKS: ‘Let Me Do My Thing’ re-press + VOODOOCUTS Remix (Vinyl 7″)

RALPH WEEKS: 'Let Me Do My Thing' re-press + VOODOOCUTS Remix (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Alright, so it’s a bit longer than a month between releases this time but who’s going to complain if it’s this large – only a 45 re-press of Ralph Weeks’ massive Panamanian funk bomb Let Me Do My Thing! One of the monkey’s favourite Latin funk tracks ever, the 1971 original – recorded by Weeks with band Los Dinamicos
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THE ALLERGIES feat. ANDY COOPER: 2Much! b/w Special 45

‘One, two, MUCH!’ Thus begins The Allergies new 45 featuring erstwhile UD emcee and unofficial third allergy Andy Cooper. Cue uptempo double bass line, a million jazzy and funky samples and Mr Cooper on top form machine-gunning syllables into the mic. Don’t forget to listen carefully to the shout-outs though as the earth-sheltered glory of Gloucester Services gets a namecheck in amongst
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