Monthly Archives: July 2021

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Expansions

Rating: ★★★★★ We all heard Expansions, the third LP from steel drum funkers Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band was on the way, right? And not just heard about it either but checked previews of some tracks and got a single-length taster in the form of recent 45 Dirt Off Your Shoulder with I Need Somebody To Love on the flip. A full preview was tightly under wraps though, even when it came to
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OONOPS: Oonops Drops vinyl 7″ label launch

Oonops DropsNow then, you run a bi-monthly podcast on Brooklyn Radio in NYC called ‘Oonops Drops’ and you’re going to launch a label to ‘drop’ wax 45 heat, but what to call the label? Tough one eh? I’d go with ‘Oonops Drops‘ – and purely coincidentally you understand – this is precisely what our man DJ Oonops did. The label has just launched, following the success of Oonops’
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: You Are So Beautiful b/w Stop The War On The Poor (Vinyl 7″

You Are So BeautifulEsrtwhile reggae commandos Pama International stick with the current soul direction for a new vinyl 7″ with two offerings from their 2019 album Stop The War On The Poor. First track up is You Are So Beautiful and yes, it’s not just the same name, it really is the song you’re thinking of. However, if you were expecting miserable emoting a la Billy Preston, Joe Cocker and Christina Aguilera, forget
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SMILE DAVIS: Made You Look (Vinyl 7″)

Smile Davis makes you look in a reggae hip-hop direction again with new Nas cheeky version, Made You Look. Yes, that will be a certain Nas acapella over a lively cut n paste reggae beat or, to put that in perspective, a song you all can very much step with. Admittedly not the first time said Nas ‘pella has been used and it certainly won’t be the last but runnin’ nonetheless. What’s that?
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DNA RECORDS: Cambodia (DUB ADDICTION)/ Phnom Penh Reggae (VIBRATONE) (Vinyl 7″)

DNA Records Cambodian Reggae SpecialFollowing the release of Puman’s Bulang Beauty single in March, DJ DSK’s DNA Records is back with another two slices of South-East Asian reggae on either side of the label’s latest vinyl 7″ ‘Cambodian Reggae Special’ featuring two international crews. Forged in the sweaty heat of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in 2011, Dub Addiction boast Cambodian, French, German and
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Vinyl 7″)

Dirt Off Your Shoulder BacaoIf you wanted a taster of the next Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP, Expansions, due at the end of next week (and lord only knows why you wouldn’t!) then here it is – lead single Dirt Off Your Shoulder backed with I Need Somebody To Love. The first is, of course, a fluid steel drum funk version of the 2009 Timbaland-powered Jay-Z cut that’s so classy, it’ll have you brushing your
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NILES PHILIPS: Out Of Sight EP

NILES PHILLIPS:  Out Of Sight EPAll the way back in 2013, Niles Philips provided one of the monkey’s favourite tracks of the year with his blues-tinged Hammond funky re-work of The Worldstylers’ Gimme One More. Having not heard much from the Dutch producer in the intervening years, he suddenly hoves back into sight with his all-original four-track EP Out Of Sight and reveals his talent for blissful breakbeat
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EL BOMBA & ROAST BEATZ: Party Over Here

EL BOMBA & ROAST BEATZ:  Party Over HereYou know it’s going to be rocking when El Bomba & Roast Beatz tell you there’s a Party Over Here – and so it proves on their new EP which channels the old school while keeping an eye on the sound of the party breakbeat present. The pair supply two tracks apiece taking turns to drop heat and El Bomba is first out of the starting blocks with Take A Break‘s bouillabaisse of old school beats and
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MINIMATIC: Are You Gonna Be My Soul Girl/ Stop & Go (A Go-Go)(Vinyl 7″)

Minimatic Stop & GoMinimatic – now there’s a name you might not have heard in a long time. Not that he’s phased, popping back into public consciousness as he just has with his Soul & Go 45 like all he did was nip off to the bar for a drink instead of straight vanishing for seven years. The release consists of double-booty action and the first of these is Are You Gonna Be My Soul Girl which pairs a certain
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BLACK HEAT: Wanaoh b/w Chip’s Funk (Vinyl 7″)

BLACK HEAT: Wanaoh b/w Chip's Funk In the second bit of large funk re-issue news today it’s all about the latest double trouble 45 from Matasuna Records who select two cuts from the debut self-titled LP by 70s funk band, Black Heat. On the A-side it looks like a first time on 45 for the flute-laced Wanaoh which will surely have rare groove hounds getting misty-eyed thinking about the early 90s when they used to get all
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