Monthly Archives: March 2022

BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. BnC: Egyptian Love

BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. BnC:  Egyptian LoveRating: ★★★★★ Prepare yourself for a slice of reggae exotica on the aptly-named Egyptian Love, the new one from Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution with longtime vocal collaborator BnC. It’s the first single to be lifted from forthcoming Blend Mishkin LP, Unity Of Opposites and takes a sinuous musical path that satisfyingly entangles Arabic melodies in a Jamaican riddim in a gloriously
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: I Don’t Mind (Radio Edit)

Two bits of good news here then – firstly, there’s a new Lexsoul Dancemachine single out entitled I Don’t Mind and secondly, it’s the first single off a new funk scene-sampling LP from German label Golden Rules. Lexsoul Dancemachine is of course the Estonian funk outfit that exploded onto the global funk scene with 2016 LP Deus Lex Machina. And there’s been no let-up since with
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SAM REDMORE feat. ANDREA BROWN: Just Be Good To Me (Vinyl 7″)

SAM REDMORE feat. ANDREA BROWN:  Just Be Good To Me Before Beats International’s mighty Dub Be Good To Me, there was of course The SOS Band’s even mightier electro-funk chugger Just Be Good To Me. You can now make that a mighty trio with the arrival of yet another wildly different interpretation in the form of this one from Jalapeno Records’ man of the moment, Sam Redmore, who has gone for a cumbia-style take
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DJ PNUTZ: Semi-Live Entertainment

DJ PNUTZ:  Semi-Live EntertainmentNow if the cover art was anything to go by, DJ Pnutz’ new album Semi-Live Entertainment would feature great sweeps of Jan Hammer-esque synth scores powered by simple drum patterns drenched in gated reverb for breakneck car chases along the neon-lit mean streets of 80s Miami. And while it is true that the seventeen cuts on this are programmed all-original, sample-free, midi-based
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FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: Trainhopping (Vinyl 7″)

FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE:  Trainhopping (Vinyl 7Freethinker Funk Essence has been honing his breakmaking chops for time now and new vinyl 7″ Trainhopping might just be his best single yet. Relentless uptempo drum break, squelchy wah-wah guitar, bar-room piano, flute and train-going-by-blowing horn sound? Check. It’s the funky train-riding hobo anthem we’ve all been waiting for! Flip the disc meanwhile and what’s waiting for
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FREEDUST: Heat

FREEDUST:  HeatIt’s all about the brand new retro-stylings from Italian outfit Freedust once again on new single Heat which kind of imagines what sixties R&B might sound like were someone to try and make it now without ignoring changes in technology, R&B trends and audience tastes. Which – er – somebody has imagined, clearly, since here is Heat and that somebody is Freedust. Cue an
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KRAAK & SMAAK: Money In The Bag (Vinyl 7″)

KRAAK & SMAAK:  Money In The Bag (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Continuing their mission to release the very best ‘never before on 45’ tracks from their vaults, Jalapeno Records now dig up Money In The Bag by Dutch duo Kraak & Smaak latterly known for nu-disco, Balearic and house-y electronica. But all that shenanigans is now; Money In The Bag (K&S Remix) is from way back then when the pair first delivered this sultry In
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Swamp

Rating: ★★★★★ If you like your psych-funk heavy and have been paying attention over the last decade and more, you’ll have clocked Swiss outfit Kind & Kinky Zoo who’ve been maintaining a tight line in monster grooves with added flute fireworks. As far as releases used to go, they once were pretty much knights of the occasional table but of late, it seems, the monkey’s not the only one who
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NAPOLEON DA LEGEND & AMERIGO GAZAWAY: Peace Or Bombs

‘Peace or bombs’ is the choice discussed by Napoloeon Da Legend & Amerigo Gazaway on the new single lifted from LP The World Changed and any profits gained from the sales of either single or album today (i.e. 4 March) will be donated to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society. It’s a simple choice isn’t it? Peace or bombs? More pertinent today than in decades. On the one hand, most
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TOM CARUANA: Strange Planet

TOM CARUANA: Strange PlanetRating: ★★★★★ As heralded by the arrival of single Bounty Hunter On The Rise featuring Kosyne last week, Tom Caruana’s new album, Strange Planet is imminent. Long famed for epic mashup LPs such as his Wu-/Beatles Magical Mystery Chambers and Wu-/Hendrix Black Gold, Caruana is also the brains behind sterling all-original hip-hop releases such as 2017’s equally epic Son Of
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