Monthly Archives: September 2021

MORLACK: My Spin Is Ur Drama

Morlack reckons his spin is your drama on his new Funk Blasters drop entitled – er – My Spin Is Ur Drama – and he’s not talking about his washing machine or his ability to manipulate political cock-ups into media triumphs either. Nope, it’s another anything goes (as long as it’s broadly 80s-funk-influenced party breakbeat) Morlack EP with the samples blender in full effect. Thus while the beats
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Masterclass

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: MasterclassBetween the release of their excellent Yeti Season LP and the follow-up of sorts, The Abominable EP (about which, more shortly), there’s just time for New York legends El Michels Affair to squeeze out a new single Masterclass on which they give – well – a masterclass on how to deliver summery soundtrack psych thrills. Turns out this track featured alongside material from Saul Williams
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DBS vs BDK: Rok The Disco Tech/ DBS vs RKM: Italo Ritmo (Vinyl 7″)

DBS vs BDK:  Rok The Disco Tech Rating: ★★★★★ Is it the month for naming cuts after what they do? For here is another one on the latest of the excellent Discobits 45 series – Rok The Disco Tek – which will most assuredly rock the discotheque not to mention hip-hop club floors besides. Yes, we do have a bona fide disco breakin’ edit credited to DBS vs BDK – the latter of whom may be easily identified from his bars
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PULP FUSION: Hands Up! This Is A Bank Robbery

PULP FUSION:  Hands Up! This Is A Bank RobberyJust shy of a month old (and therefore long overdue some monkey shine) is the new long player from Swiss producer Terence Thöny a.k.a Pulp Fusion, entitled Hands Up! This Is A Robbery on which he charts a course through funky breakbeat-powered gangster movie soundtrack territory. Currently digital only, the eleven tracker starts with a liquid dnb-ish opener, ends with
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Soul Messin’ Records: THE NEW COBRAS Soulgroove ’66 Pt 1 & THE NIGHTSTALKERS Pt 2 (Vinyl 7″)

THE NEW COBRAS Soulgroove '66Soulgroove 66 Pt 1 & 2 is the new 45 from Melbourne’s Soul Messin’ Records then, commemorating a linchpin of the Melbourne, Australian and indeed global soul scene, Pierre Baroni of PBS 106.7’s Soulgrove ’66 radio show. Not that the man stopped at that, having also graphic designer, photographer and producer strings to his bow and a resumé that involved having worked with big Australian music names
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SOULCONDOR SLICES RECORDS: (SS003) F*ck Cancer/ Heavy XL; (SS004) Living For The Day/ Raise ‘Em High(Vinyl 7″)

THE CONDOR CONSORTIUM: F*ck CancerRating: ★★★★★ Now then, if you’re faced with mouth cancer advanced enough to be living in a hospice, do you a) roll over and give up or b) throw yourself into an ambitious schedule of dropping quality intercontinental hip-hop releases on vinyl from your hospital bed!!!? If you’re Del Soulcondor, the answer is emphatically the second.  And while this post might have a title
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SHAKA LOVES YOU: Boogie (feat. FULLEE LOVE)/ Get Down (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Here, and not for the first time (in actual fact the third, but the reason will become clear in a moment) the monkey is giving some shine to Shaka Loves You and Fullee Love’s funk bombtrack, Boogie. Arguably the finest hour of both the production team and Love (a.k.a. MC Soup a.k.a J5’s Zaakir – here singing not rapping), the track is guaranteed to make clubs explode into
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MC JUICE: Unseen (Prod. BANKRUPT EUROPEANS)(Vinyl 7″)

MC JUICE:  UnseenOne treat that landed on the digital doormat today was news of the latest drop from Bankrupt Europeans’ Nobody Buys Records i.e. Unseen – another big-ass 45 collab. between Bankrupt Euros and the legend that is Chicago’s MC JUICE – a follow-up of sorts to last year’s Where You Go. Surely not the MC JUICE that Eminem didn’t mind losing a rap battle to at Cinncinati’s 1997 Scribble
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CLIFF NOBLES: My Love Is Getting Stronger/ RUSSELL EVANS & THE NITE HAWKS: The Bold

CLIFF NOBLES:  My Love Is Getting StrongerRating: ★★★★★ Here’s yet more re-release heat from Matasuna Records who show double love for soul music with this 45 featuring Cliff Nobles on the A-side and Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks on the flip. The second of these, The Bold, is a funky uptempo mod-jazz instro with scorching bluesy guitar, subtle organ groovin’ and some octopus-armed drumming but it’s A-side My Love Is
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TIGHT SPOT: Time Heals Everything (Vinyl 7″)

TIGHT SPOT:  Time Heals EverythingTime for a sweet slice of L.A. boss reggae and no, it’s not from The Aggrolites, but their all-female contemporaries Tight Spot. That’ll be Time Heals Everything then, an energetic paean to lost love originally recorded in 2003 but never previously released – due perhaps to the band’s short-lived existence. Better late than never though and it’s the UK’s Happy People Records who have stepped
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