Monthly Archives: August 2021

VARIOUS: It’s A Good Good Feeling: The Latin Soul Of Fania Records (The Singles)

It's A Good Good Feeling: The Latin Soul Of Fania RecordsMention Latin soul to anyone and the word ‘Fania’ won’t be far from anyone’s lips since the label is as synonymous with the genre as Stax and Motown with soul and Trojan with reggae. Now, Craft Latino (the part of Craft Recordings which has oversight for the Fania Records back catalogue) has announced the release of a massive box set of Fania singles encompassing the
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RITA RAY: No Greater Love

RITA RAY:  No Greater LoveIf you’re not already aware of Rita Ray, it’s very much time to play catch up with the arrival of new single No Greater Love and word of a second album this autumn. The big cut off her debut long player was Disco Stu a track which, as the name suggests, supplied a healthy slab of disco of the soulful kind, while the rest of the material capably explored a mellower sound. No Greater Love
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THE LOVING PAUPERS: The Loving Paupers EP (Vinyl 12″)

THE LOVING PAUPERS: The Loving Paupers EPRating: ★★★★★ Time to commend the Happy People record label for services to reggae once again as they commit the debut EP of Washington DC’s The Loving Paupers to 12″ vinyl. Side A features three vocal tracks very much in the style of the likes of Hollie Cook and Shniece McMenamin as the band deliver an increasingly smouldering experience. Things begin with the reflective Back
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YORK feat. YANE SINGH: With A Bit Of Kurkuma + video

YORK feat. YANE SINGH:  With A Bit Of KurkumaSoul jazz ahoy! It’s the first solo cut by German producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist York who’s knocked out 60s-style groover With A Bit Of Kurkuma which features a healthy dose of ‘non-lyric singing’ that – er – used to go by another name. I refer, of course, to the improvised nonsense-word singing beloved of jazz singers which in this case is enthusiastically supplied by
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KID ACNE: Transistors

KID ACNE: TransistorsThe dream team of Kid Acne and producer Spectacular Diagnostics returns with a new single in the form of Transistors. Over a summery slice of psychedelic boom-bap courtesy of the Illinois-based producer, Acne holds forth in company of London and Nottingham emcees Jaz Kahina and Vandal Savage respectively. But what could they be holding forth about? Surely Transistors can’t be
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JUSTLISTENHIPHOP.COM: are copyright thieves

justlistenhiphop.comWell there we go, I said it – justlistenhiphop.com are copyright thieves. Well – you’ve got to call a spade a spade haven’t you?  This is the blog that has ripped-off every last word of the last fifty posts written by the monkey on monkeyboxing.com from 27 May to 11 August (Update: it ended up being around seventy posts ending mid-September 2021) and they’ve done it without permission, with no source credited and posted under a variety of names. Not
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR meets LIAM BAILEY: King

EL MICHELS AFFAIR meets LIAM BAILEY: KingIt’s bang up-to-date ‘Bristol Sound’-influenced soul on new single, King, from the inspired pairing of NYC instrumental cinematic soul outfit El Michels Affair with the UK’s very own Liam Bailey on vocals. The track is lifted from the EMA meets Liam Bailey LP Ekundayo Inversions and only just precedes the release of that later this week. Bailey’s voice appears  almost immediately over a
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RUN FOR COVER feat. FULL CRATE: Pass The Courvoisier (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Here you are mate, pass the Courvoisier! What? No – I don’t want a brandy snifter! I’m trying to tell you about the lead single from new DJ Nu-Mark project Run For Cover. Ah yeah – that’s got your attention hasn’t it? Yep – so Uncle Nu’s latest conceit is to cover Busta Rhymes’ massive floor filler – er – Pass The Courvoisier in – wait for it – an instrumental Persian funk stylee
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BRONX SLANG: Substance

Rating: ★★★★★ For fans of hip-hop with grit, it’s time to cop a second full-length barrage from Bronx Slang, the sleeper hit signings to Nick Faber’s Fabyl Recordings label with the release of LP number two, titled Substance. Consisting of veteran Bronx emcees Jerry Beeks (followed by the monkey since his excellent 2001 LP Crop Report produced by Touché of Wiseguys fame)
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THE BONGOLIAN: Harlem Hipshake + video

THE BONGOLIAN:  Harlem HipshakeRating: ★★★★★ When The Bongolian’s most recent LP, Harlem Hipshake, arrived last autumn it was quite obviously a goldmine for singles. By some way the monkey’s favourite Bongolian LP ever, it channels the funky Latin sounds of late 60s/ early 70s sound of New York and few tracks more magnificently than the title track. This monster begins with just the faintest shades of Pete
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