Monthly Archives: March 2020

YORK STREET HUSTLE: Cruelty EP

YORK STREET HUSTLE: Cruelty EPRating: ★★★★★ York Street Hustle get five monkey stars for achieving the retro funky soul equivalent of transmuting base elements into gold with their Cruelty EP and releasing music that genuinely sounds like it could have been made back in the day as opposed to being made in the style of back in the day. When you couple the ten-piece band’s accomplished re-creation of the sound of yore with
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THE DEVONNS: Blood Red Blues

THE DEVONNS: Blood Red BluesThe Devonns channel What’s Going On-era Marvin Gaye on new single Blood Red Blues, which, as the title suggests takes a look at the lack of progress towards injustices in the U.S. Unlike Gaye’s perspective of a Vietnam vet. returning to a nation affected by hatred and bigotry, singer Mat Ajarrapu’s perspective is from within the same nation, decades after stuff
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PIMPERNEL JONES: RPM 2020

PIMPERNEL JONES: RPM 2020Pimpernel Jones – now there’s a man who likes a challenge – the RPM Challenge in particular. You know the one: write and record 10 songs or thirty-five minutes of original material inside a month. Not any old month mind, but the shortest month of the year, February. Of course, he managed it last year with the head-nod beats of his RPM 2019 and since the RPM organisers were sticking to
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BEAT BRONCO ORGAN TRIO: Road Trip

BEAT BRONCO ORGAN TRIO: Road TripChamping at the bit with lockdown? Can’t leave the house unless it’s essential? Why not let Madrid’s Beat Bronco Organ Trio take you on a musical Road Trip instead – for such is the name of their recently released debut album. Not that these three are strangers to the world of funk and soul – having racked up experience playing with bands The Sweet Vandals, Speak Low and Mighty
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THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: Superstrada b/w Concrete Stardust (Vinyl 7″)

THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: Superstrada b/w Concrete Stardust (Vinyl 7B-boys and girls get your skates on – the brand new Mighty Mocambos single, Superstrada backed with Concrete Stardust is just out on 45! Both tracks feature on the band’s excellent album 2066, from which this is the second single to be lifted. Having proven to be live favourites, both cuts appear on this release in extended form. Superstrada opens with a drumbreak and
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MUSTAFA AKBAR: Attracted EP

The Attracted EP consists of the last five studio recordings by Mustafa Akbar, lead vocalist for Fort Knox Five, Thunderball and Nappy Riddem as well as vocal collaborator with Basement Freaks (among others), until his untimely passing last year. That he left a huge gap behind goes without saying and this release only provides yet further evidence of the extent of the gap, showcasing
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THE SHA LA LAS: When Love Comes/ Sorrow (Vinyl 7″)

THE SHA LA LAS: When Love Comes/ Sorrow (Vinyl 7It’s double northern soul business from The Sha La Las on this forthcoming double-A side vinyl 45 from Happy People Records – When Love Comes b/w Sorrow. The guitar-led former track (from the band’s last LP, Soul Of The Nation) was originally released on 7″ via Detour Records a couple of years ago, promptly selling out and becoming unavailable until very shortly. Sorrow, meanwhile
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THE HEMPOLICS: Gotta Thing

THE HEMPOLICS: Gotta ThingAhead of new LP, Kiss Cuddle & Torture Vol. 2, The Hempolics release new single Gotta Thing. And while what they’ve got might start all innocuously as stateside rapper Cojack delivers half minute of bars over a beatless, bass n FX groove, things soon switch up into a mellow 129 bpm skank. Mellow 129 bpm skank?! Yep – it’ll be the weed influence – though, thinking about it, they might
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THE ALLERGIES: Felony/ Rile ‘Em Up (feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITH)(Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Felony/ Rile 'Em Up (feat. ANDY COOPER & MARIETTA SMITH)(Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ New Allergies LP Say The Word drops later this year but it would be tantamount to a felony for them to leave you till then without any new material. Which is why they’re all set to rile you up with a new vinyl 45 out today entitled – er – Felony and backed with the Andy Cooper and Marietta Smith-featuring Rile ‘Em Up. The former is the result of the boys having co-opted another
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LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL 2020: (Postponed until) 28-30 August 2020

Coronavirus outbreak permitting, the London International Ska Festival will still be on this year (its thirty-second year!) though it has been postponed from the original dates of 9-12 April until 28-30 August. The festival organisers are going to considerable lengths to avoid having to engage in mass refunding (which is likely to bankrupt the festival) and have said that tickets
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