Monthly Archives: June 2020

SWEET LIFE SOCIETY feat. TOO MANY T’s: Veggie Tales Vol. 1 (Vinyl 7″)

SWEET LIFE SOCIETY feat. TOO MANY T's: Veggie Tales Vol. 1 (Vinyl 7Sweet Life Society have just dropped new 45 Veggie Tales Vol. 1 featuring no fewer than three versions (vinyl-only original plus Hiphoppapotamus vocal and instro remixes) of their track Oh La La. It’s not to be confused with a certain classic Wiseguys cut with which it shares a very similar name of course, though they do share the fact that they are uptempo party breakbeat
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Lexplosion II

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Lexplosion IIWhen they first burst onto the contemporary funk scene with Deus Lex Machina in 2016, Estonian outfit Lexsoul Dancemachine offered a funky vision that combined 70s funk rhythms and 60s beat guitar while their second LP was the rather different Con Funk Shun-esque disco funky blend of Sunny Holiday In Lexico.  LP number three, Lexplosion II offers something different again
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THE ALLERGIES: Let Them Know (feat. THE CUBAN BROTHERS) b/w Lightning In A Bottle (feat. ANDY C)(Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES:  Let Them Know (feat. THE CUBAN BROTHERS)Say hello to The Allergies ‘lil friend’ – new dancefloor weapon and single, Let Them Know,¬†featuring Los Hermanos Cubanos a.k.a. a certain now-legendary Scots outfit. Could this be the record that sees our boys crash the mainstream party? It’s got to be on the cards, what with five years of Radio 6 and then 2 plaudits, all manner of TV-tie-in syncs and praise
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HAMMOND CLASSICS: Maculele 02

HAMMOND CLASSICS:  Maculele 02Hammond Classics seems to have been absent for nearly as along as it’s been since the last time anyone sent the monkey any Latin breakbeat tunes – but Maculele 02 shows there’s mileage yet in reworking South American rhythms. At three tracks long, this release is one cut longer than its predecessor and travels a similar path in giving some bass and breakbeat heft to ritmos afro-
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LUCKY BROWN & THE SGs: Pecan Trees Speak To Each Other EP

LUCKY BROWN & THE SGs: Pecan Trees Speak With Each Other EPHello it’s the new Lucky Brown & The SGs EP – Pecan Trees Speak To Each Other. Of course they do – especially if you’ve been on the mescaline. Not that this release is that trippy though there is a ’69/’70 Ethio-jazz-fusion vibe going on with the title track, opening the release in its full six minute forty nine second version. If you’re not one for lengthy arboreal gossip
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DON LEISURE: Valery’s Fate

DON LEISURE: Valery's Fate It’s been a bit of a cinematic-slash-psych day on MB today and the monkey figured if it ain’t broke why fix it? So here’s news of the new single from Don Leisure – Valery’s Fate. Don Leisure is, of course, one half of First Word Records signings The Darkhouse Family – no strangers to making atmospheric beats influenced by the sounds from way out – which describes Valery’s Fate perfectly
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SIMFONYX: Magenta Skyline b/w The Unresolved (Vinyl 7″)

SIMFONYX: Magenta Skyline b/w The Unresolved (Vinyl 7Part two of today’s news about quality psych-funk 45s in the offing, is a heads-up that next on Markey Funk’s dependably brilliant Delights label is 7″ Magenta Skyline b/w The Unresolved by SimfOnyx. As it turns out, SimfOnyx are like-minds Markey himself and Haifa-based producer Shuzin who have finally made it into the studio for a co-production.¬† The atmospheric Magenta
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KIND & KINKY ZOO feat. RICKEY CALLOWAY: Hot Love (Vinyl 7″)

KIND & KINKY ZOO feat. RICKEY CALLOWAY: Hot Love (Vinyl 7Good news as psych-funk outfit, Kind & Kinky Zoo finally get to release their brand new 45 Hot Love (test pressings of which first hove into view back in March!) featuring soul legend Rickey Calloway. A veteran of the funk-soul scene like Lee Fields and with a career that stretches back about the same length of time, Calloway also, like the now sadly-departed Charles Bradley, began his career
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DJ ANDY TAYLOR (1977-2020 R.I.P.): Isolation Pop LP

DJ ANDY TAYLOR (R.I.P. 1977 - 2020): Isolation Pop LPIf you’re a long time MB reader, you’ll have seen many posts about dope music Andy Taylor has edited, remixed or created in the last decade or more so it was incredibly sad to hear that he passed away this week. Though the monkey never met Andy in person, we had many chats via email and social media beginning all the way back in the days of Myspace in the mid-2000s. Not only was
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LACK OF AFRO feat. KENNZO: Bad Ass Self

LACK OF AFRO feat. KENNZO:  Bad Ass SelfHere we go then – no more L.O.A. being M.I.A as Lack Of Afro breaks a roughly two year silence since his last release with new single Bad Ass Self which features Big Apple rapper Kennzo. And it’s a bit of funk-rock extravaganza too with a simple drum break, bass, fuzz guitar and horns formula allowing Kennzo plenty of space to hold forth on every M.C.’s favourite topic – themselves. He’s so
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