Monthly Archives: July 2021

THE ALLERGIES: Promised Land

Looks like it’s time for yet another new single from The Allergies in the run-up to their forthcoming fifth (already!) long player and this time it’s title track Promised Land. A gospel-ish style breakbeat number a la Moby’s Play LP, this drop employs a simple rugged breakbeat, plenty of electric blues fuzz guitar, and mixes up a female gospel type hook with block party shouts and
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FORT KNOX FIVE feat. EMILY MOLLOY: Playin’ With Fire

FORT KNOX FIVE feat. EMILY MOLLOY: Playin' With FireDespite (and, to some extent, perhaps because of) Covid, DC’s Fort Knox Five keep the creative flames alight on new single Playin’ With Fire featuring Emily Molloy.  A steady 96 bpm chugger, the track has the bedrock of a nineties hip-hop beat adorned with seventies funky guitar picking and horns providing the perfect musical accompaniment for Emily Molloy’s by turns sweet
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THE KBCS: Popsicles

Popsicles The KBCSPsych-soul does rather seem to be the flavour of the month at the moment – whether vocal or instrumental – and it’s hard not to suspect that the wild success of Black Pumas may have driven a resurgence in music of this ilk. Enter The KBCS with Popsicles – the lead single off their forthcoming album Color Box. An upbeat instrumental driven by a funky rhythm and
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ADAM GIBBONS: The Last Bastion (OST)

ADAM GIBBONS: The Last BastionIf your appetite for funky and monster guitar fuzz-fuelled soundtrack flavoured breaks and beats was whetted by Adam ‘Lack Of Afro’ Gibbons two six-track EPs, Manhunt and Here We Go, earlier in the year then you’ll be stoked to hear that the full twenty-two track album, The Last Bastion, from which the music on both EPs was drawn is now out. Inspired by the likes of John Barry and David
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 109 (MORLACK)

KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 109 (MORLACK)At least as big a regular on Katakana Edits as he is on Breakbeat Paradise or even his own label Funk Blasters, Morlack now presides over Vol. 109 of Katakana Edits. A five-tracker, this one opens, in not unaccustomed manner, with the beefed-up eighties boogie of Anticipation providing a whistle wetter to the approach of the EP – if not always to the genre of the source material – as you’ll hear
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WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: Italian Love Triangle + Video

WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: Italian Love TriangleThe monkey is sadly late to the party on this one but couldn’t pass up the chance to comment on a single called Italian Love Triangle. It is, of course, one of the tracklist centrepieces of Whatitdo Archive Group’s The Black Stone Affair – an LP which provides lost soundtrack thrills to an alleged lost spaghetti western/ noir/ caper/ giallo-flick. This one is the sixties bossa style instro which, on
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MAGIC IN THREES: Diggin’ Dirt

MAGIC IN THREES: Diggin' DirtIt’s summer, the long-promised vinyl LP compiling all the digital singles (currently seventeen of them!) showcasing the best in current retro soul from Leipzig label Golden Rules’ is surely imminent and here is that seventeenth single – Diggin’ Dirt from Magic In Threes. The band hail from Nashville, Tennessee and the track combines cinematic, psych-soul sensibilities with a live-
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Reggae Dynamite Vol. 3 EP (Vinyl 7″)

Reggae Dynamite Vol. 3 EPRating: ★★★★★ It’s another triumphant slab of explosive ’69-style reggae from the Original Gravity label as they line up four new tracks on 45 from The Regulators, Brentford Rd Soul Rebels, Woodfield Rd Allstars and a second Regulators track – this time a vocal one featuring Melbourne Douglas. You know what? The label should get someone they know to write the PR for that – oh
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DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK (Ft. NITTY SCOTT): Four Better Or Worse Pt. 1

Imagine if a host of quality hip-hop luminaries like The Roots’ Stro Elliot, J-Live, Jazzy Jeff, Bastien Keb, Chris Dave, Corey King and more besides were given the keys to the KPM library music vaults? And imagine if, in tandem with this first project, KPM were also gearing up to release original music with a host of talented musicians, vocalists and producers as well. Well, in
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JSTAR: One Time For Your Mind (JSTAR Under Arrest re-rub) Free download

Jeez – it seems like forever since there was a free download to post about on monkeyboxing but here one suddenly is – and what a one – from JStar no less. Back in the day before DJ Maars and Tom Showtime appeared on the reggae hip-hop mashup scene, there were JStar and Shepdog who practically wrote the guide book on the subject. And now here is JStar returning to that arena with
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