Monthly Archives: October 2019

PAMA INTERNATIONAL: Part Two (The Altruistic Soul Sound Of Pama International)

PAMA INTERNATIONAL: Part Two (The Altruistic Soul Sound Of Pama International)Rating: ★★★★★ The altruism of Pama International seemingly knows no bounds as they unleash another full set of sixties soul-style covers and originals entitled Part Two following swiftly in the wake of last week’s 45 which, as you might expect, contained two cuts off this particular release by way of a lead single. The LP’s name of course is a reference to the fact that this is the
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SHAWN LEE: Wichita / Brown Hair Woman

SHAWN LEE: Wichita / Brown Hair WomanWichita and Brown Hair Woman are the new singles from multi-instrumentalist and all-round music legend Shawn Lee, last heard of in these parts working with Guzheng virtuoso Bei Bei. Not that these two cuts are in any way Chinese sounding you understand and far more in the way of being country soul. That’s quite a transition you might think but as Shawn opines on the electronic
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FORT KNOX FIVE: McGuire’s Audio Shop

FORT KNOX FIVE: McGuire's Audio ShopInspired by a vintage sign they once picked up while out and about in a seedy back alley of Dupont Circle in Washington DC in the 90s (and which has graced their studio wall ever since), Fort Knox Five’s next single is McGuire’s Audio Shop. Less a full-on dancefloor bomb than an evocative mid-tempo head-nod, this funky instrumental strut is characterised by almost Mexican horn melodies
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Funky Buttons (Audio premiere)

BASEMENT FREAKS: Funky Buttons (Audio premiere)Those familiar with the party breakbeat ouevre of Basement Freaks’ may be a tad surprised to find Giorgios Fotiadis dropping a chilled set of mainly 80s-influenced funk on new mini-album, Funky Buttons, but they won’t be disappointed. The nine tracks on this release were created over the summer and are so thoroughly imbued with the heat of the season they more or less create their
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: Take R Time EP

PROSPER & STABFINGER: Take R Time EPProsper & Stabfinger return with their new Bombstrikes EP Take R Time which has admittedly taken well over a year to materialise since their last one, Fire In Me – not that you’ll be that bothered as they bring the triple threat. First up is the Too Many Ts-featuring title track which establishes the fine line the EP walks between old and new school sounds as funky hip-hop is
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THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: 2066

THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS:  2066Rating: ★★★★★ Not content with bashing out two super-dope, steel-drum funk albums (The Serpent’s Mouth and 55) since 2016 under their Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band alter-ego, The Mighty Mocambos have decided 2019 is the year to unleash yet another LP, entitled 2066, under their original moniker. Which is going some, I think you’ll agree. But have this German crew spread
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LIAM BAILEY: Champion (Vinyl 7″)

LIAM BAILEY: Champion (Vinyl 7Big Crown Records’ A&R mojo continues to work a treat with the label’s recent acquisition of Liam Bailey and the release of new single Champion, produced by label boss Leon Michels. The track is the first to be released from Bailey’s forthcoming album and finds him deliver a paean to a dancehall beauty over a moody Juno bass and 808-powered riddim while acoustic flip, Please Love Me, will be
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KID ACNE: You Get What You’re Given

KID ACNE feat. SPECTACULAR DIAGNOSTICS: You Get What You're GivenIt’s almost time for Kid Acne’s new album Have A Word but while you wait, here’s next single You Get What You’re Given. And what you’re given is Acne opening the floodgates of his forebrain once more and allowing consciousness to stream out over a suitably reflective beat from Spectacular Diagnostics. This being Kid Acne of course, the contents of his forebrain are worth a listen. For in-
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ROY PORTER SOUND MACHINE feat. DED TO THE WORLD: Generation (Vinyl 7″)

ROY PORTER SOUND MACHINE feat. DED TO THE WORLD: Generation (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ If you like your boom-bap jazzy and uptempo, Number Nine Records have lined-up an absolute treat for you with this first-time-on-45 release for Generation, Roy Porter’s 1994 collabo with L.A. hip-hop outfit Ded To The World. Powered by the funky drums of legendary sticksman Porter, a jazzy beat featuring double bass, Rhodes, horns and wah-wah provides the backdrop for rappers Khalif and Boots to honour their musical forebears
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SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good News

SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good NewsNext from Melbourne’s library music-influenced instrumental outfit, Surprise Chef, is All News Is Good News – the title track and second taster of their imminent debut LP. If you heard previous track Blyth Street Nocturne, you’ll know that is very good news indeed. For having shown with that they can rock it with the likes of NYC’s cinematic soul crews with that one, they go a bit
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