Monthly Archives: October 2020

LITTLE BARRIE & MALCOLM CATTO: After After

LITTLE BARRIE & MALCOLM CATTO: After AfterBlimey, MB was still active on Myspace and Blogger the last time the monkey covered any Little Barrie material! That notwithstanding, here’s this, a.k.a. new single After After – a fuzzed-out, psych-soul affair from the band that sounds like an instro-jam by Curtis Knight & The Butlers featuring a young guitarist by the name of James Hendrix. Not that that’s any cause for complaint
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MARTA REN: 22:22

MARTA REN:  22:22It’s rock n soul time from Portuguese soul sister Marta Ren as she returns to take herself outside and have a word with herself on 22:22. What? Yep, Ren says 22 is “a number that pursues me and this song is about me having a conversation with myself when I was 22, a milestone year for me. At the same time I am also speaking to any girl who relates.” Cue three-plus minutes of horns
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MINED & FORREST: Cool Operator EP

MINED & FORREST: Cool Operator EPIt’s all about the variety on Cool Operator, Mined & Forrest’s new breakbeat EP on BBP. The opener and title track is a relatively chilled affair offering glitch-hoppy stylings compared to the thunderous, snarling guitar-led business of Rock-It which follows. Up next, NY Diesel dials down the grit in favour of breakbeat atmospherics and a clear bid for the very next opening in the cyberpunk/ hacker movie soundtrack market. Finally the duo
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SOOPASOUL (feat. DIONNE CHARLES): Hot & Cold b/w Hustlin’ (Vinyl 7″)

Jalapeno Records gets on a 45 re-issue tip with eleven year old Soopasoul 7″ Hot & Cold b/w Hustlin’.  Some of you may remember that the first of these features erstwhile Baby Charles vocalist Dionne Charles holding forth about the antics of a pain-in-the-arse love interest over a super-heavy organ-n-wah-powered funky breakbeat groove. Invert your wax on the turntable platter and you’ll find Hot & Cold‘s
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CANNON & MIRRORBALL: Hot Lovin’ (Don’t Stop Don’t Quit)/ Shack Attack (Vinyl 7″)

CANNON & MIRRORBALL: Hot Lovin'Despite the sad news today that Cannon & Ball’s Bobby Ball has passed on to the great light comedy channel in the sky, disco mash-up dons Cannon & Mirrorball are back in full effect with two more slabs of belt and braces disco megamix-cum-mashup business on 45. Side A is all about the Hot Lovin’ as the pair don’t stop or quit until they’ve spliced two veteran emcees to an uptempo disco
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THE REBEL, DEDY DREAD, KEILA ABEID, MO’ HORIZONS: Quero Ver Você Dançar (Vinyl 12″)

THE REBEL, DEDY DREAD, KEILA ABEID, MO’ HORIZONS: Quero Ver Você Dançar (Vinyl 12Four Flies Records’ DJ’s Choice imprint, embarks on a new series of vinyl 12″s exploring music that promises to encompass nu-soul, tropical funk and hip-hop with first release Quero Ver Você Dançar.  Combining the production talents of Rome’s The Rebel DJ and Portugal’s Dedy Dread with the voice of Brazilian jazz chantuese Keila Abeid, the track is a sinuous tropical groove designed to awaken
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Reggae Dynamite Vol. 2 (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ As expected, Original Gravity Records follow-up April’s Reggae Dynamite Vol. 1 with the similarly splendid Reggae Dynamite Vol. 2. Like its predecessor, it consists of four tracks but there’s an extra vocal cut this time leaving the sides equally balanced with a vocal and instro apiece. The A-side consists of ‘Melbourne Douglas’s joyous Rudy Skankin’ On
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THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: Live at JAM PDM! (Vinyl 7″)

THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: Live at JAM PDM! (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ You know an outfit can play tight when they’re prepared to drop on wax what they’ve recorded live – and such are the very mighty, Mighty Mocambos, whose Live At JAM PDM! vinyl 7″ is exactly what it says on the tin. Recorded straight to 8-track tape at Fabrik Potsdam last February, during the JAM PDM! Breakdance Battle, these b-boy favourites played
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MARKEY FUNK: Men Of North Country – Magic (Timewarp remix) b/w 3421 – Sparks (Spatioport remix) (Vinyl 7″)

Markey Funk Remixes Magic 4321Certainly no stranger to psychedelic sounds, Markey Funk now embarks on a timeslip trip that takes him all the way back to 2013 and 2014 to grab a couple of old remixes for vinyl 7″ release in 2020. One of these is his (appropriately-named) Timewarp remix of Men Of North Country’s mod-soul heater Magic while t’other is his spacey (and equally appropriately-named) Spatioport remix of
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THE BAMBOOS: Power Without Greed + video

THE BAMBOOS: Power Without GreedNew Bamboos single Power Without Greed follows Hard Up and While You Sleep and taps into the classic funk trope of the protest song. Cue a loping seventies groove (complete with flute solo), over which the unmistakable tones of Kylie Auldist soar as she regales anyone who will listen that what we need is power without greed. The accompanying video delivers a montage of the
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