Monthly Archives: June 2020

BAHAMA SOUL CLUB feat. JOHN LEE HOOKER: Never Roam No More

Never Roam No More Bahama Soul Club John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker? Oh what as in “My first wife left me! Da-dada, da-da!” Well, that John Lee Hooker certainly and, equally certainly, vocals lifted from his 1946 Delta blues cut My First Wife Left Me but no, not very much ‘Da-dada, da-da.” That wouldn’t be very Bahama Soul Club now would it? Turns out this track is their response to Ike Turner once having a grumble that with blues “all you
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FOLD: Insurgent Mood

Don’t let the mellow head-nod beat fool you – Leeds outfit, Fold, are in an insurgent mood. Cue another example of their stock-in-trade – which is to say, a bedrock of a richly orchestrated hip-hop beat topped with some incendiary spoken word plucked from history. In this case, it’s another outing for outspoken African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry (the first African-American to
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DJ COSM feat. SADAT X, EL DA SENSEI, PRINCE PO: Rules b/w (DJAR ONE remix)(Vinyl 7″)

DJ COSM feat. SADAT X, EL DA SENSEI, PRINCE PO: Rules b/w (DJAR ONE remix)(Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Right, let’s get back to the Rules with Dragon Fli Empire’s DJ Cosm laying down some snarling stripped-back boom-bap and getting battle-hardened veterans Sadat X, El Da Sensei and Prince Po to explain what it takes to be a proper MC. And as X points out – things were rather different if you came up under Grandmaster Caz than these days when, “anything will pass.”
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THE IRONSIDES: Sommer

THE IRONSIDES:  SommerProving that it’s not just singer Kelly Finnigan who has other irons in the fire, another member of Monophonics, Max Ramey, has side project – er – The Ironsides going on, with brother Joe and their latest single is Sommer. Opening amid a swirl of FX and woozy psychedelic horns, things soon give way to cinematic soul – all funky drum breaks, guitars, smouldering organs
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MORLACK: Good To Go-Go Vol. VII

MORLACK: Good To Go-Go Vol. VIIBack on home territory after the nu-disco-inflected excursions of May’s Good Times EP, Morlack returns to his beloved DC Go-Go as source material for Good To Go-Go Vol. VII. This eight-tracker opens with Stevie getting some assistance from Little Benny & The Masters on Robin Practice and then it’s roto-tom-ago-go on track two’s laid-back poolside splice of Pleasure, Jaco Pastorius
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KAMAU KURU: Oxydental

KAMAU KURU:  OxydentalRating: ★★★★★ Say hello to London-based producer Kamau Kuru – someone you’ll definitely be hearing a lot more of on the strength of debut LP Oxydental. ‘Oxydental’? Yep – this one very much lets you get your teeth into the sampled sounds of the occident laid over drum breaks for our man is as keen to draw on the sounds of his mixed heritage as he is inspired by the likes of
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: I Know EP

Clearly on a roll, French duo Prosper & Stabfinger are already following-up April’s Down In The Basement EP with a new three-tracker that stylistically intersects with disco in a different way on each cut. Title track, I Know, features a pair of vocalists (Ashley Slater and Georges Perin) who know their way around a sleazy P-funky inspired  groove while closer Funk Sauce (which features
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THE HARLEM GOSPEL TRAVELLERS: Fight On!

THE HARLEM GOSPEL TRAVELLERS:  Fight On!Rating: ★★★★★ Okay so Juneteenth might have been Friday just gone but news of The Harlem Gospel Travellers’ Fight On! didn’t land on the monkey’s virtual doormat until Saturday (international time zones being what they are) and it was a very busy weekend. Still, better late than never as the band that grew out of a gospel class being taught by Eli Paperboy Reed stick it to
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NASA FUNK: Gonna Work It EP

NASA FUNK: Gonna Work It EPBreakbeat Paradise manages to represent for original contemporary funk and funky breaks on the same EP here as the label drops Nasa Funk’s Gonna Work It EP which features the band’s original version and no fewer than four remixes – two of which also come with the remix as an instro as well. Nasa Funk is, of course, vocalist Georges Perin’s long-established Greek band and
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CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS feat. KIM DAWSON: Good Thang (Vinyl 7″)

CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS feat. KIM DAWSON: Good ThangCrushed Velvet & The Velveteers? Man, that is a lot of velvet! It’s also what happens when Soulive drummer Alan Evans swaps the stix for an axe and ropes in soul diva Kim Dawson along with a host of mates to create a Good Thang. Said ‘thang’ is of course, soulful and funky, taking the form of a chugging neck-snapper replete with guitar chanks, organ stabs, horns and lashings of
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