Monthly Archives: April 2020

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS: Be Yourself (Vinyl LP + 45) Re-release

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS:  Be Yourself (Vinyl LP + 45) Re-releaseMaybe a funk revival twenty years after funk first became displaced or absorbed by disco and early hip-hop was on the cards but who would have predicted that a further two decades on (having lasted twice the length of funk’s original heyday) it would still be going strong? Maybe The New Mastersounds know something about it having appeared in 1999 just a few years after the
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FORT KNOX FIVE: DC’s Finest Volume 1

FORT KNOX FIVE: DC's Finest Vol. 1Fort Knox Five haven’t been sat on their hands during lockdown and in their munificence are shortly to be re-releasing Volume 1 of DC’s Finest, a collection of their mash-ups, remixes and edits from 2006-2008 at a ‘name your price’ rate. Which makes it perfect for all those whose income has been affected as a consequence of various governments’ failure to follow-up basic pandemic
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Reggae Dynamite Vol. 1 EP (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you caught the recent MB feature on Original Gravity Records recently, you’ll know that the label is one to watch – not just for the dope music but because it’s almost entirely the work of label owner Neil Anderson. Here he indulges his love of boss reggae on Reggae Dynamite Vol. 1 via no fewer than three pseudonyms – The Regulators, Woodfield Road
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Life Of Pablo

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Life Of PabloAnd the third single to be lifted from El Michels Affair’s imminent new studio LP, Adult Themes, is Life Of Pablo. “Like a trip through the birth canal…[it says here]…Life of Pablo takes us on quite a ride.”  Yes – well – we’ve all been there. The start makes you feel a bit queasy though, beginning, as it does, with what the PR also describes as the cry of a newborn. Is it the reminder of sleepless
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ON THE SPOT TRIO: Hefe

ON THE SPOT TRIO: HefeIt’s amazing what you can find time to do during lockdown. In On The Spot Trio’s case once such thing is finally releasing a track they recorded six years ago – Hefe – which, it turns out, isn’t just your favourite Instagram filter. This guitar n Hammond-drenched affair presents the sunnier side of funky psychedelia and was recorded by the band in 2014 at the Iron Wax Studio of Soulive drummer Alan Evans – perhaps unsurprisingly
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Introducing: ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDSIf you’ve been keeping your ear to Craig Charles’ Funk & Soul Show in the last year and bit, you’ll probably have heard any one of a string of dope 45s from Original Gravity Record‘s artists. Maybe soul man Floyd James and his band the GTs rings a bell? Perhaps you caught a vinyl 7″ from funky instrumentalist Melvin Craig, mod-fuzz act The Supersonics or the garage bluesy Labrats?  Are those names and
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THE SCRIBES X ASTRO SNARE: Totem Trilogy Pt 1 EP

THE SCRIBES X ASTRO SNARE:  Totem Trilogy Pt 1 EPThe Scribes don’t do things by halves and just to prove that, they’re back with a new release, in three EP installments – the first of which is Totem Trilogy Part 1 – produced by Chicago-raised Astro Snare and featuring UK hardcore rap pioneer MC Duke. Oh yeah and the cover art is by illustrator Chris Malbon (a man whose client list includes Nike and Lucasfilm) which, when put with the
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THE SAN ANTONES: Riverwalkin’ Love Ranger

THE SAN ANTONES:  Riverwalkin' Love RangerNever underestimate the love of non-Jamaicans with big tattoos for retro-reggae – The San Antones for example whose new LP, Riverwalkin’ Love Ranger is just out. Indeed, it might almost have been called ‘Rivas’-walkin’ Love Ranger, given the omnipresent organ-playing of Roger Rivas (who also produced the album) from L.A.’s dirty-reggae kings The Aggrolites. And while the
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Fade Away

SMOOVE & TURRELL: Fade AwaySmoove & Turrell look once again to the eighties for influences on Fade Away, the second single to be taken from their forthcoming Stratos Bleu album. All the signs are that the LP appears to owe its name to legendary 80s aftershave Blue Stratos – ironic in this instance really because the smell of that certainly didn’t fade away. But I digress. What you can expect this time is a
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Entertainment + video

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: EntertainmentBringing the laid-back boogie-funk on the second single from their forthcoming Lexplosion II album are Lexsoul Dancemachine with Entertainment. And entertainment is something they know a thing or two about with seven years and two previous albums under their belt. It’s not just a studio thing either; the monkey has watched this band fill a floor with people who previously knew nothing
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