Monthly Archives: February 2021

FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: Cathouse Funk b/w Outlaw (Vinyl 7″)

FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: Cathouse FunkA veteran of many digital funky breaks releases, it had nevertheless long been Freethinker Funk Essence’s dream to put stuff out on wax.  It was only natural then, that he jumped at the chance when the vinyl resurgence made such a thing possible with Burning Sole Records. His latest such effort is the Cathouse Funk/ Outlaw 7″ – his third for the label – on which two sample-free tracks feature a mixture of original instrumentation and
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THE FREEDOM AFFAIR: Freedom Is Love (Vinyl LP)

THE FREEDOM AFFAIR: Freedom Is Love (Vinyl LP)If you missed the autumn release of Freedom Is Love, the debut LP by Kansas City soul outfit The Freedom Affair, maybe now’s a good time to check-in, given its imminent release on vinyl. And while that’s an excellent reason for showing some interest, the main one is actually the rich soul power of this nine-piece outfit (a six-piece bandand three soul sister vocalists) which rivals
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THE BAMBOOS: Ride On Time

THE BAMBOOS: Ride On TimeIf you’ve ever wondered what Black Box’s Loleatta Holloway-sampling Italo-house hit Ride On Time would sound like made over as a funk track, now’s your chance to find out. Seems there was just time for veteran OZ funk-soul outfit, The Bamboos, to put out one more single before LP Hard Up arrives this April and right on time (thank you, I’m here all week!) along comes this cover
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WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Return of Beaumont Jenkins / La Pietra (Vinyl 7″)

WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Return of Beaumont JenkinsImagine, if you will, a lost Italian cinematic masterpiece of globetrotting western-cum-noir from the early seventies and its equally lost soundtrack – Whatitdo Archive Group certainly have, and then some. In a year that already promises to be rich in library/ soundtrack vibes, new 45 single, The Return of Beaumont Jenkins b/w La Pietra is lifted from the forthcoming
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THE STILL BROTHERS: Wake Up feat. MARINA B / The Deep (Vinyl 7″)

THE DEEP feat. MARINA B: Wake Up (Vinyl 7Despite something of a gap, The Still Brothers (a.k.a Ula Ruth’s Andrew LeCoche and The Shacks’ Evan Heinze) follow the summer’s stirring The Deep single with all-new atmospheric breakbeat cut Wake Up featuring Brazilian chanteuse Marina B on vinyl 7″. It transpires that the song achieved its final form when friend of the band Marina heard the, at that point, instrumental
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OUTER SPACE: Not Even Light b/w Dead Planet (feat. GEMMA HUMET)(Vinyl 7″)

Billed as ‘Ethiojazz’, the new 7″ single from Barcelona crew Outer Space is certainly on more than speaking terms with the work of Mulatu Astatke. Having described it thus, doesn’t do justice to the breaks-filled funk of A-side Not Even Light however, which – though its title recalls the time-honoured plea of the late riser or hangover sufferer, is lively enough to get anyone out of bed
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FREEDUST: My New Sunglasses + video

FREEDUST:  My New SunglassesMB regulars may remember Freedust from the two EPs they released in 2018 and 2019 on which they melded the retro breakadelica of Skeewiff with St Etienne-style vocals. So the news that the outfit are back with new single and video, My New Sunglasses – the title track off their debut LP – will no doubt be well-received. An infectious affair with a soaring hook, the single is a melting pot of
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ADAM GIBBONS: Here We Go EP

ADAM GIBBONS:  Here We Go  EPLack Of Afro’s Adam Gibbons travels under his own name on his next release – the Here We Go EP – employing the ‘soundtrack for a film that hasn’t been made’ conceptual trope. The cover art combined with foreknowledge of LOA’s oeuvre to date suggests some sort of funky spaghetti western business and there’s arguably something to this, although the loud guitars which feature on
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Ska Fever Vol. 1 (Vinyl 7″)

Ska Fever Vol. 1Rating: ★★★★★ Got the chills and shakes? Don’t worry, there’s a strong chance you’ve picked up ska fever rather than Covid what with a new variant of Original Gravity Records reggae-related output in the offing in the form of Ska Fever Vol. 1 45. This drop features four tracks supplied by no fewer than three of label owner Neil Anderson’s nom-de-plumes (at least one of which seems to
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