Monthly Archives: April 2021

DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO: Cold As Weiss

Like its predecessor Jimmy’s Groove released at the start of the month, new Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio single Cold As Weiss is a solely digital release. At the moment anyway, though if there are no plans for wax ultimately, I suspect there will a clamour for it before much longer. Why? Because this is essentially two minutes, forty seconds of ice-cold funky class. Apparently a celebration of
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ALFREDITO LINARES: Vol. 2 The Colombia Years (Vinyl 7″ Boxset)

ALFREDITO LINARES: Vol. 2 The Colombia YearsRocafort Records’ Latin release schedule continues apace with the arrival of a new boxset of Alfredo Linares tracks – this time with our man travelling under the diminutive ‘Alfredito’ and entitled Vol. 2 The Colombia Years. It is the sequel to Vol. 1. which focussed on Linares’ MAG label-material and is once more in triple vinyl 7″ boxset
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THE TRAFFIC: Beat It b/w Thriller (Vinyl 7″)

THE TRAFFIC: Beat It b/w ThrillerRating: ★★★★★ Further evidence (should it be needed) that The Traffic has more fun than one band should rightly be able to have in a recording session comes on either side of their new Beat It b/w Thriller 45. Yes, that’s right, the funk covers side-project of Cookin’ On 3 Burners drummer, Ivan Khatchoyan, delivers double treats from Michael Jackson’s early-80s creative zenith. Famed
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THE LINK QUARTET feat. NASSER BOUZIDA: The Saint-Tropez Heist/ Nizza Connection (Vinyl 7″)

The Saint-Tropez HeistLeaving less of a gap between releases than the last time the monkey heard of them, those raiders of a lost past, The Link Quartet, return this week with a new vinyl 7″ single and more 60s mod-fuzz than you can handle. A-side burner The Saint-Tropez Heist is a feverish bit of Hammond beat rendered all the more energetic by the presence of the band’s like-minded accomplice, Nasser ‘The
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CW JONES: No Point Complaining (Prod. SUIF)(Vinyl 7″)

CW JONES: No Point ComplainingCan’t imagine anyone would dream of lodging a grievance with record label Little Beat More over new vinyl 7″ No Point Complaining – a joint effort from producer Suif and singer CW Jones.  It’s a brooding retro soul smoulderer that began life as an old 70s Anatolian hit record and from which producer Suif chopped out an instrumental. Enter Little Beat More who, knowing dope when they
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THE TIBBS: Another Shot Fired (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE TIBBS:  Another Shot Fired (Vinyl 7The Tibbs return with a new single that is also the title track from their second LP, Another Shot Fired, released back in the autumn. It’s an uptempo reggae-tinged soul affair, ably-helmed by new singer Roxanne Hartog who replaces Elsa Bekman and is well up to conveying the sort of romantic sorties explored in the lyrics. But how to represent such goings-on in audio visual format? Well, Holland is famously a home of café culture
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JEB LOY NICHOLS with COLD DIAMOND & MINK: Can’t Cheat The Dance / We Gotta Work On It (Vinyl 7″)

JEB LOY NICHOLS with COLD DIAMOND & MINK: Can't Cheat The Dance / We Gotta Work On ItWe all know you can’t cheat death but Timmion Records’ newest signing, Wyoming-born, Wales-residing Jeb Loy, reckons you can’t cheat the dance either on new 45 Can’t Cheat The Dance. And he may have a point. Is it his effortless soul voice with just the slightest bit of rasp? Or the timeless lyrics? Or is it the solid bedrock of a funky drum break provided by Finnish funk mafia Cold Diamond
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SHAWN LEE’S PING PONG ORCHESTRA: Rocket Ship

Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra heads into outer space(funk) on new single Rocket Ship with little more than one heavy drum break, a simple bassline and falsetto vocals. True, there are a plethora of psychedelic FX and a number of occasional other instruments but they never overwhelm that central trinity. Oh – and it turns out the whole thing is written by Shawn Lee
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THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MC/ Working On Me (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MCLean On You? Working On Me? If you sense a collaborative or even transactional theme emanating from the track titles of the new Allergies 45 maybe it’s a reflection of their lockdown year success. On the one hand, they provided musical joy when times were bleak while on the other, they were rewarded with A-list playlist inclusion on BBC Radio 6 and a number of
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THE METERS/ WATTS 103RD ST RHYTHM BAND: Simple Song/ Giggin’ Down 103rd (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you were to pick a pair of all-time stanky slabs of instrumental funk to re-issue on vinyl you’d have to go a long way to find better than the two selected by Matasuna Records for this release. Incredibly, it’s a first time on 45 release for the A-side, The Meters’ monster New Orleans funkstrumental version of Sly Stone classic Sing A Simple Song entitled – er – simply
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