Monthly Archives: October 2021

CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS: Shake / Really Can’t Get Over You (Vinyl 7″)

Just out from the Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers project of Soulive’s Alan Evans comes this upbeat 45 featuring new track Shake and Love & Truth LP cut Really Can’t Get Over You. The former is the brisker of the two opening with a big horns vamp and proceeding no doubt to lay waste to contemporary soul and funk dancefloors as Melanie Masson belts out the lyrics over a driving
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THE PRO-TEENS: Peachfuzz b/w One Beer (Vinyl 7″)

THE PRO-TEENS: Peach Fuzz b/w One Beer (Vinyl 7The next vinyl 7″ from Melbourne’s The Pro-Teens finds the instrumental outfit delivering a double celebration of the work of Daniel Dumile with covers of tracks from two different eras of the man’s work. On the one side, KMD’s Peachfuzz from their first LP Mr Hood gets transformed into a lo-fi cinematic groove with fuzzy distorted bass while on the other it’s the turn of MF Doom cut
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 9 – JIM SHARP

BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N’ Beats Vol. 9 – JIM SHARPCovid cases might be on the rise again in 2021 but the Bombstrikes label nonetheless unleashes a second salvo of Funk N Beats to make up for last year’s absence and for Vol. 9 it’s the turn of Dusty Donuts crew member Jim Sharp to curate a twenty-two track selection of funky drum break-powered party ordnance that’s arguably slightly more hip-hop oriented than either of the last two
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SLICK RICK: Children’s Story (RHYTHM SCHOLAR 70s True Crime Streetmix) Free Download

Rating: ★★★★★ Now here’s a little something that needs to be heard – a stupid fresh remix of Slick Rick’s cautionary gangster tale Children’s Story by master remixer Rhythm Scholar. The original is an ’88 classic which despite the accelerating use of samples at the time, still featured drum machine beats and a replayed bassline from Bob James’ Nautilus. Rhythm Scholar on the other hand re-
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ALI B: Swing It feat. AFIKA NX (JIM SHARP Remix)/ Music Saves Me feat. BABY BAM (BEATVANDALS Remix)(Vinyl 7″))

ALI B: Swing It 45Bombstrikes’ hugely successful 45s series continues apace with the latest instalment arriving next week and featuring remixes of cuts by label stalwart Ali B. First up is the Jim Sharp rerub of our man’s Swing It collab. with South African-American emcee Afika NX. Gone are the original’s abrasive Miami bass stylings and, in their place, Sharp delivers a lady-friendly boom-bap club
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FRANKIE BEVERLY’S RAW SOUL: What Color (Vinyl 7″)

FRANKIE BEVERLY'S RAW SOUL:  What ColorRating: ★★★★★ It’s stanky no-prisoners funk time here on Brewerytown Records re-release of What Color by Frankie Beverly’s Raw Soul. Alternately-titled Color Blind, this cut from 1971 is re-released with a previously unheard instrumental take and Brewerytown Records got both versions mixed and remastered in stereo by veterans Tom Moulton and Peter Humphreys using their experiences from
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BENNY TROKAN: Get It In The End (Vinyl 7″)

BENNY TROKAN: Get It In The End (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ If you’re not hip to this cheeky little nugget from Benny Trokan on Daptone Records’ new rock imprint Wick Records yet – it’s about time you were. And don’t let the word ‘rock’ trouble you either, Get It In The End is about as funky as a slice of freakbeat can get. The track originally appeared on Wick LP, Battle of the Bands, Vol. 1 but has been so popular the label
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PECOE: Funk Anthems Vol. 2

PECOE: Funk Anthems Vol. 2It’s funk-powered party breakbeat time again as Oz-based producer Pecoe delivers Funk Anthems Vol. 2 and five more surefire dancefloor bumps, four of which get a remix from a labelmate. Sucker You Missed finds an MC Lyte ‘pella atop a disco-funky groove that even includes Mexican-style trumpets at one point while the second original is the more rhythmically exciting Babe
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MR DORIS & D-FUNK feat. MYSDGGI: Cruise Control (Vinyl 12″)

MR DORIS & D-FUNK feat. MYSDGGI:  Cruise Control The hip-hop is heavy on the funk, stoner groovy and perfect for bumping as you roll down the strip on Cruise Control, the new one from Mr Doris & D-Funk who resurrect the idea of the ‘jeep beat’ with MysDiggi on the mic. Of course, with the price of fossil fuel rocketing towards record highs at the minute (as Mr Diggi notes) you’ll want to make the most of it while you can by playing loud at
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ESPINOSA VAN DOORNUM: The People’s Theme (No Time To Die)

The People's Theme (No Time To Die)Here’s Espinosa Van Doornum then with the ‘people’s’ theme to new Bond flick No Time To Die. Happily, (as UK readers will know only too well) they didn’t bother to let the people vote on what to call it, or they might have ended up with Themey Mcthemeface. So the fact that this crew went for the straightforward The People’s Theme (No Time To Die) is a mercy really. As is the fact
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