Monthly Archives: April 2021

LEWIS PARKER: All I Got (Vinyl 12″)

Now then, who likes to recline and max with the illest tracks, master the dope joints so the shit be sounding phat on wax? That’s right, it’s producer and sometime emcee Lewis Parker who is back with 12″ vinyl single All I Got on 7 May this year. And ‘all ‘Lewis has got is a head-nod groove and his own mic skills which is plenty to perk up your ears and soundtrack your city drive-time before I
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DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO: Jimmy’s Groove

DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO: Jimmy's GrooveCurrently in digital format only (though eventually it promises to be part of a Pt 1/ Pt 2 45), is new Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio single, Jimmy’s Groove. Initially, it’s a relatively sparse arrangement, consisting mainly of a fat drum-break, bass and organ (naturally) in that order, though the guitar contribution picks up increasingly from rhythmic chops and stabs around a quarter of the way in to
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SAPRIA: Strain b/w Initiation (Vinyl 7″)

SAPRIA:  Strain b/w Initiation (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ If one label has become practically a byword for quality psych-funk and library-style music over the last few years, it’s Markey Funk’s Delights Records, so it’s always a pleasure to hear what’s next. And what’s next is new 45 Strain b/w Initiation. It’s the debut release from latest Delights signing Sapria – a project born out of a 2018 studio session and featuring an Israeli-German
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: Lockdown EP

PROSPER & STABFINGER: Lockdown EPLockdown drive you mental? Wouldn’t be surprised if it had. Still, some people kept the stir craziness at bay getting creative – Prosper & Stabfinger for instance who came up with Lockdown to drive dancefloors mental when everything opened back up again. And what you’re getting here is three different mixes of the track in question along with instros for two of them. First up is the ‘House
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VARIOUS: Freshly Dipped Vol. 4

VARIOUS: Freshly Dipped Vol. 4Roast Beatz Cuttin’ It Fine label dips toes, feet, hell, whole body into the post lockdown fray with new booty bangers collection, Freshly Dipped Vol. 4. Leaping straight in is Towlie DJ nu-disco-ing up J5 on High Pieces, swiftly followed by Roast Beatz himself who introduces some JBs licks to Beyonce’s hubby on Excuse Me James so they can smoke that la-la-la together. It was a recipe
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GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Asphalt Homeland

GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Asphalt HomelandPrepare to get spaced out with the Ghost Funk Orchestra on new single Asphalt Homeland. And while its name conjures a location characterised by a thick and gloopy construction product, the single itself is a light and ethereal slice of cinematic psych-soul.  The GFO project began as the brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum and has now
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 8 – X-RAY TED

BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 8 – X-RAY TEDGiven the way Covid laid waste to release schedules in 2020, it was perhaps no surprise that last year passed without a new entry in Bombstrikes’ long-running compilation series Funk N’ Beats. But fear not, for rising from the ashes of pandemic mayhem comes Funk N’ Beats Vol. 8 helmed by a new guest bombardier-in-chief, X-Ray Ted. Fresh from the success of his disco-breakin’
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WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Black Stone Affair LP

WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Black Stone AffairRating: ★★★★★ Always, a winner, it seems like the ‘soundtrack to a movie that never existed’ trope has never been more popular than in 2021 and arguably one never more fanatically pursued than by the Whatitdo Archive Group. For starters, the PR campaign goes heavy on the idea that the ‘movie’ in question – spaghetti western-cum-noir-cum-caper-cum-giallo epic The Black Stone Affair
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MOMO SAID: The Basement + video

MOMO SAID:  The Basement + videoIf you ever wondered what the lovechild of The JB’s and Yello would sound like, the monkey’s got the answer – it’s Momo Said in The Basement. No, not a bon môt from creepy Japanese doll but rather the new single from eccentric Italo-Moroccan artist Momo Said. It’s a commentary on the cyclical nature of history according to the PR and takes the form of an uptempo jazz-funky beat
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DAYTONER: Life’s A Bitch b/w (It Ain’t) All Good (Vinyl 7″)

Friday's Funky 45 Vol. 12Imagine if Nas’s AZ-featuring Illmatic track, Life’s A Bitch, had a beat done in the style of J-Swift’s work on debut Pharcyde album Bizarre Ride II…? Daytoner and assorted bandmates certainly have done for the A-side of Friday’s Funky 45 Vol. 12 in their fifth crack of the FF45 whip alongside such hallowed company as Featurecast, Smoove, Freqnik & WDRE, Flipout and Red Astaire. Gone is the stoner head-nod of the original replaced by
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