Monthly Archives: March 2021

BRONX SLANG: Just Say No

BRONX SLANG: Just Say No‘Just say no’? Wasn’t that the Nancy Reagan-championed refrain of U.S. govt.-sponsored ‘keep kids off drugs’ campaign in the 80s and 90s?  And didn’t it come out at roughly the same time as the U.S. govt. was absolutely not involved in any way in trafficking cocaine as part of its Iran-Contra operation?  If only there had been a campaign to say ‘no’ to corrupt governmental bullshit too! And
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CHICKEN GRASS: Snakebites feat. PRINCESS SHAW b/w Trading Bullets (Vinyl 7″)(Audio premiere)

CHICKEN GRASS:  SnakebitesIf you’re going to do a New Orleans-style funk 45, it’s always best to do it properly, as Finnish funk outfit Chicken Grass do here by roping in New Orleans songstress Princess Shaw for A-side Snakebites on this Tramp Records release. It’s got a Toussaint-esque mix of the raw and the smooth – the latter coming from a silkily layered and executed organ-led groove while a stanky drum
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THE SCRIBES X J-BOOM feat. J STEDI & MR TEATIME: Haunted House Party (Vinyl 7″) + video

As we approach the anniversary of the start of lockdown, perhaps it is time to reflect on lockdown’s consequences for mental health. Obviously, having a govt. that kicked things off by ignoring best WHO pandemic advice because of a false political choice between the ‘people or the economy’ (not to mention ignoring the public health shortcomings identified in 2016’s Exercise
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THE WAX PREACHERS: Omaha/ El Toro + Butterfingers/ Adios Silver King (Vinyl 7″)

THE WAX PREACHERS:  OmahaRating: ★★★★★ If you like the sound of raw, vintage funk, then hold on to your hats because this double 45 drop on Funk Night Records provides four righteous slabs of that stanky ol’ stuff from The Wax Preachers!  Covid (of course), got in the way of the simultaneous release originally slated for last year but luckily the label has finally managed to overcome issues reaching the
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PIMPERNEL JONES: RPM 2021

If there was ever a year that lent itself to creativity in the RPM Challenge (entries must submit ten tracks or 35 minutes of original music entirely created from start to finish within the month of Feb.), then surely it was this lockdown year of 2021. Everyone’s completed Netflix, watched Prime, walked every place they can walk within a 5 mile radius of where they live a
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KARATE BOOGALOO: Bumpy’s Lament

KARATE BOOGALOO: Bumpy's LamentContinuing their mission to interpret classic film and TV themes that have been sampled in hip-hop via their left-field, retro library music style, it’s Melbourne crew Karate Boogaloo with blaxploitation number, Bumpy’s Lament from the Shaft OST. Originally a relatively sedate piece of jazzy mood music with the lightest of drums and percussion, KB render the thing into a faster
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GIZELLE SMITH: King Of The Mountain

GIZELLE SMITH: King Of The MountainGizelle Smith proves she’s queen bee with this inspired psych-soul interpretation of Kate Bush’s 2005 number King Of The Mountain. Out go all the wafty art-rock-isms and pantomime dame vocal mannerisms of the original and in come nasty synth, a rolling drum break and Smith dextrously throwing that soul voice around more than usual to create the monkey’s favourite track of hers to
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Disco Paradise Vol. 2

Following up on one of the label’s many compilation series is Breakbeat Paradise’s Disco Paradise Vol. 2 – a BBP allstars effort that manages to top Vol. 1 in a couple of ways. It’s longer for one, with fourteen tracks to its predecessor’s eight and it’s even more pumpingly – well – disco. Having said that, there’s all flavours and eras of disco represented with Luke
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APACHE: Liberate/ Hombre (VOODOOCUTS Rework)(Vinyl 7″)

APACHE:  Liberate/ HombreRating: ★★★★★ I don’t know if either Liberate or Hombre by Mexican band Apache ever made it onto one of Kool Herc’s famed seventies block-party playlists but listening to this, it’s easy to imagine they might have done. Long unavailable new, after what appears to have been their only appearance on 1976’s four-track Kung-Fu Chino EP, the two cuts in question (for the monkey’s
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