Monthly Archives: June 2019

LOUISA ROX & ANDY TAYLOR: Society

LOUISA ROX & ANDY TAYLOR: SocietyIf you’ve caught Pray or Stand Up, the previous collabs between singer Louisa Rox and DJ/Producer Andy Taylor, you know you’re going to be in for a treat with the news that the pair have a new single, Society, out. Does that means it once again combines Andy’s keen ear for b-boy-friendly beats (not to mention funky bass and guitar chops) and Rox’s ethereal vocals?  It certainly
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TANIKA CHARLES: Tell Me Something (video)

TANIKA CHARLES: Tell Me Something (video)Tanika Charles follows up the brace of dancefloor stormers delivered on last single Love Overdue with her latest drop, soul slowie Tell Me Something. Apparently it’s about that, “moment in every new relationship when you need to establish what exactly the status is. Hopefully you arrive at that point at the same time, but sometimes one of you needs a little extra encouragement. Maybe
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IKEBE SHAKEDOWN: Unqualified

IKEBE SHAKEDOWN: UnqualifiedSo it seems that funky Afro-psych-soul outfit Ikebe Shakedown returns with a new full-length album, Kings Left Behind this August on Colemine Records. If that’s too long a wait though, you can preview the sort of delights on offer now with new track Unqualified – which, in spite of the title, displays a veritable surfeit of skill at playing uptempo cinematic soul. Expect a driving beat
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ALEXIS EVANS: I Made A Deal With Myself (Vinyl 7″)

ALEXIS EVANS: I Made A Deal With Myself (Vinyl 7The contemporary northern soul scene has apparently been crying out for a 45 release of Alexis Evans’ I Made A Deal With Myself off recent album I’ve Come A Long Way. And since no self-respecting northern soul DJ would dare to play album vinyl at a gig and because Record Kicks aim to please their target market – there was only one possible solution – press up a 300-run limited 45
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FORT KNOX FIVE: The Brazilian Hipster (Vinyl 7″)

FORT KNOX FIVE: The Brazilian Hipster (Vinyl 7Back in 2004 when Fort Knox Five’s fifth release and signature cut The Brazilian Hipster first came out, the vinyl 12″ was still king of DJ formats, digital was a dirty word and the 45 was little more than the province of die-hard spinners of old wax. Fast forward to now and the 12″ is a rarity, digital’s huge (but still a dirty word in some parts) while there’s nothing hipper than a vinyl 7″. What
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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS: Kings & Queens

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS: Kings & QueensFollowing hot on the trail of first single Let’s Go Back, comes Kings & Queens – the second drop from The New Mastersounds’ forthcoming LP-length collab. with vocalist Lamar Williams, Shake It. The PR has this one billed as an ‘Average White Band meets Marvin Gaye’ type number and there is indeed plenty of funk bounce from the band (with guest horns) and vocal smoothness from
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KOKORO DISCO-SAN: Isla Fantasía b/w Sonic Feeling (Vinyl 12″)

KOKORO DISCO-SAN: Isla Fantasía b?/?w Sonic Feeling (Vinyl 12Uncannily dropping at the same time as a colossal heatwave is scheduled to hit Europe comes double tropical disco biscuit and vinyl 12″ Isla Fantasía b/w Sonic Feeling from Barcelona trio Kokoro Disco-San. Who says you can’t rely on the weather? Isla Fantasía is six-plus minutes of pumping, Brazilian-inflected four-to-the-floor action while B-side Sonic Feeling is the only
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CUT BEETLEZ & THE GOOD PEOPLE: Cut People

CUT BEETLEZ & THE GOOD PEOPLE: Cut PeopleCut master! Cut faster! Yes – the ‘Fabyl four’ (a.k.a Finnish production duo Cut Beetlez and the two-man NYC rap attack The Good People) team up again in the wake of recent single Bad News for six-track EP Cut People, which – like the single – is very good news. Now then – if I was in an outfit called the Cut Beetlez, I’d probably want to get straight to the point with some nifty
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Neverthless

RENEGADES OF JAZZ: NeverthlessSince 2011, he’s invented the genre of ‘northern jazz’ and put out two albums’ worth of it (plus a remix LP of one of them), created an epically atmospheric Lucifer-themed concept album (plus a remix of the same), dropped an afro-beat inspired long player (and, again, a remix of the same) and now, creative powers as fertile as ever, David Hanke a.k.a Renegades Of Jazz, releases his
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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEO CARMICHAEL: Never Too Much (Vinyl 12″)

SOUL SUGAR feat. LEO CARMICHAEL: Never Too Much (Vinyl 12Cementing their credentials as purveyors of the smoochiest late night reggae soul covers, Soul Sugar return with their extended ‘Discomix’ cover of Luther Vandross’s early 80s anthem Never Too Much on vinyl 12″. And while they might not be wearing massive shiny suits like old ‘Velvet Voice’ (well, you have to assume no-one else would want to wear that sort of getup anyway), where could
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