Monthly Archives: February 2022

TIMEWARP INC: Theory Of Revolution Remixed

TIMEWARP INC: Theory Of Revolution RemixedIf you didn’t know better, it would be a reasonable to think that Theory Of Revolution Remixed might be the second crack of the whip for Timewarp Inc.’s fourth studio LP Theory Of Revolution from 2019 .  In truth though, it’s actually the third since an instrumental album followed mere weeks after the original one dropped. As the title of this release indicates however, what you’re getting is
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SHIRLEY DAVIS & THE SILVERBACKS: Keep On Keepin’ On

Another Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks single already? I sense an album in the offing! Before that though, here’s the title track, Keep On Keepin’ On, a big horns-totin’, b-boy and girl-friendly uptempo drums affair with our Shirl belting it out over the top. Word on the street is the title was what the late great Sharon Jones texted to Shirley after hearing her sing – and with
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VARIOUS: Funk Butter Volume One

VARIOUS: Funk Butter Volume OneSay hello to the latest from DJ Roast Beatz’ Cuttin’ It Fine label, Funk Butter Volume One which is every bit as smooth as the title promises. Four edits then from Frankee More, Mr Fitz, Pecoe and Roast Beatz himself, all set to bring a bit of smooch to bass funk dancefloors. The opener is More’s tone-setting rerub of DeBarge’s I like It while Pecoe brings some breakbeat sunshine to –
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NIGHT OWLS: Versions LP

Versions Night OwlsRating: ★★★★★ Now then, if you’ve been keeping your ear to the ground regarding all things funky reggae in the last year or two, you can’t fail to have happened across L.A. supergroup Night Owls, consisting of musicians from L.A. reggae outfit The Lions and Roger Rivas of the same city’s Aggrolites along with a revolving cast of singers including – deep breath – The Lions’ very own
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SKINSHAPE: Sua Alma (Manny Talvez & Alae remix)(Vinyl 7″)

Tanto Tempo-era Bebel Gilberto vibes on this new remix of Skinshape’s D’Alma-featuring Umoja LP track Sua Alma by Manny Talvez & Alae as they lose the jangly guitar and complex percussion of the original and replace it with something rather more languorous. D’Alma’s voice now takes centre-stage over a dreamy organ wafting alongside a minimalist beat. And if that doesn’t
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LES DYNAMITES: Pop Oud#2 b/w No Oud (RADIO TRIP dub mix)

Oud Les Dynamites Radio TripRating: ★★★★★ There’s a massive treat for fans of funky psychedelia right here on Les Dynamites’ new vinyl 7″ Pop Oud#2, especially if you like your grooves full of eastern promise. The track foregrounds the instrument of the title over an uptempo funky drum break and a parping bassline resulting in something that brings things get about as close as they can get to psych-funky
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MAKO & MR BRISTOW: Mojan Edits: Uptight Boss b/w Beg For A Dollar (Vinyl 7″)

Aaaand this is what happens when people mistake the ‘stank’ in Stank Soul Edits for ‘skank’. It sets Mako & Mr Bristow to thinking – ‘What would a ‘skank soul edit’ sound like’? Maybe a riddim from back when rocksteady was morphing into ‘boss reggae’ on a Toots/ Upsetters/ Trojan tip and maybe pair that with a classic American soul vocal? You know – like as if Berry Gordy had
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MAX ISS & THE MINIONS: Lord Cumiana (Vinyl 7″)

MAX ISS & THE MINIONS: Lord CumianaMore quality early reggae sounds from Original Gravity Records in the shape of new 7″, Lord Cumiana, from Max Iss & The Minions a.k.a. the latest incarnation of  label boss Neil Anderson with session toaster in tow. And for that read two slabs of ’69-style boss reggae punctuated with U-Roy-style shout-outs from the aforementioned session toaster. A-side Lord Cumiana, is a big and brassy
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HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND: Flood

HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND:  FloodHackney Colliery Band reclaim the metaphorical rights to the word ‘flood’ from anti-immigrant bigots on new single – er – Flood. As ever, they deliver a big stomping slab of brass band dancefloor action with the track turning on solid funky drums and triple soul diva mic assault from Yvette Riby Williams, Selena Seballo and Joanna Christie. But what ‘flood’ can they be on about?
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RAW POETIC: Open Roads (PROD. DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK)

RAW POETIC:  Open Roads (PROD. DAMU THE FUDGEMUNK)Genre-boundary pushing stuff from Raw Poetic and Damu The Fudgmunk as the Virginian MC and the DC producer get together for new single Open Roads from forthcoming LP, Laminated Skies. The track itself opens with Raw Poetic half singing, half rapping over uptempo cymbals soon joined by a crunchy drum break and guitar. As the album itself promises to be, this is lyrically personal stuff that
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