Monthly Archives: January 2021

GREG BELSON’S Divine Funk LP + 45 Box

GREG BELSON'S Divine Funk LP + 45 BoxThe last time the monkey heard proof that the Devil didn’t quite have all the best tunes was with the release of Naomi Shelton’s excellent 2014 LP Cold World though Greg Belson seems to have dug up another twelve. It is these that form the contents of his forthcoming compilation Divine Funk – Rare American Gospel Funk And Soul on Boston label, Cultures Of Soul Records which will
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BROWNOUT/ JUNGLE FIRE: Flaximus/ Comencemos (RENEGADES OF JAZZ REMIXES)(Vinyl 7″)

Flaximus/ Comencemos (RENEGADES OF JAZZ REMIXES) Matasuna Records’ first 45 drop of the new year is a double slice of Afro-Latin heat in the form of two Renegades Of Jazz remixes – and if you know Renegades Of Jazz, you know these will be a little bit special. It’s not actually the first time on vinyl, or even on 45, for the A-side – ROJ’s blistering b-boy mix of Brownout by Texan outfit, Brownout. This originally saw light of day on a ltd. ParisDjs
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GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB (feat. HOLLIE COOK): Honey

GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB (feat. HOLLIE COOK): HoneyIt’s been a while since news of Hollie Cook has graced MB’s virtual pages but here she is popping up again as guest vocalist on the new Gentleman’s Dub Club single, Honey. The track comes ahead of the band’s new Down To Earth LP and the music for it provides exactly the sort of easy-on-the-ear island vibrations you’d expect to find on – well – a Hollie Cook album. Let’s consider those lyrics
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PECOE: It’s My Beat EP

PECOE: It's My Beat EPIt’s My Beat is the new EP from Pecoe, the title track of which does indeed see Pecoe providing his own beat (with nods to The Ohio Players) for an ancient Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce number. Having established a decidedly funky vibe, our man continues in this manner on What’s Going Down putting Shanell in touch with her inner seventies. Next To You maintains things in the same vein
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NESTOR ALVAREZ: Llamar A Los Bomberos! b/w Carlos Papas Grandes (Vinyl 7″)

After a busy year last year, Nestor Alvarez delivers more Latin 45 heat at the start of ’21. And when I say Nestor Alvarez, I mean, of course, Neil Anderson – head honcho at Original Gravity Records for whom ‘Nestor Alvarez’ is merely one of multiple noms-de-plumes! Naturally, uptempo Latin funk instro A-side, Llamar A los Bomberos, is so caliente with its flute-led antics of percussive and percussive
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NIGHT OWLS: You Got To Be A Man / Gimme Little Sign (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Night Owls’ run of covers shows no signs of abating as the Lions and Aggrolites-featuring supergroup comes correct once more with new 45 You Got To Be A Man b/w Gimme Little Sign. The former finds the band give the retro reggae makeover treatment to Helene Smith’s funk original – a path once also trodden by The Caroregians.  But while the ‘Regians kept
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KRASH SLAUGHTA: Sugar Coated DOOM (Vinyl LP)

Sugar Coated DOOM Rating: ★★★★★ It’s a given that timing is everything in music – most obviously in terms of composition and production but often just as much in regard to conception and release – the latter two doubly poignantly so in the case of this massive DOOM vs The Sugarcubes mash-up LP from turntablist and producer Krash Slaughta. Which is why the tale of this project’s gestation is
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RESENSE 052: Young Jazzy (SLICK WALK) / One Million Clubs (VOODOOCUTS) (Vinyl 7″)

RESENSE 052It’s not unheard of for edits label Resense to do two near simultaneous drops and such is the case this week with the arrival of another pair of DJ Oonops-selected cuts for Resense 052 vinyl 7″. Unlike the all-Shin-Ski affair that is Resense 051, this one features Slick Walk on one side and Voodoocuts on t’other. And while Mr Walk’s all about re-booting a bit of Young Holt Unlimited, Mr
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SHIN-SKI: Runnin’ / It Ain’t Nothin’ Like Hip Hop Music (RESENSE 051)(Vinyl 7″)

SHIN-SKI: Runnin' Despite its erratic release schedule, Resense never fails to please – in this case with two edits from Japanese producer Shin-Ski – Runnin’ and It Ain’t Nothin’ Like Hip Hop Music as selected by DJ Oonops. Already sold out on the Resense bandcamp ahead of Friday’s release date, the first cut reboots The Pharcyde’s Dilla-produced Labcabincalifornia LP cut Runnin’ swapping the
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COLEMINE RECORDS: Brighter Days Ahead (Double vinyl LP)

Brighter Days Ahead (Double vinyl LP)When Covid hit last year, Colemine Records figured that in the absence of gigs, with pressing plants closed and tours off the menu for the foreseeable, maybe their normal release schedule wasn’t quite the thing. And so they flipped the script and came up with their Brighter Days Ahead summer single series. The idea was simple – release a single every Friday throughout the
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