Monthly Archives: April 2022

ROCAFORT RECORDS: Cumbia Sabrosa: Tropical Sound System Bangers from the Discos Fuentes Vaults 1961-1981

ROCAFORT RECORDS: Cumbia Sabrosa:A second helping of Latin bangers today but these are genuine back-in-the-day ones as Rocafort Records assembles a triple-vinyl box set of classics from the Colombian label Discos Fuentes. Turns out the six tracks compiled herein have all been considered classics on the Mexican sonidero (roughly translated as ‘soundsystem’) scene and will both appeal to those with a penchant for cumbia as well as developing a penchant for
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THE SURE FIRE SOUL ENSEMBLE: Step Down

THE SURE FIRE SOUL ENSEMBLE: Step DownRating: ★★★★★ Time for another dope full-length payload from the Colemine label with the arrival of a brand new LP from The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Step Down. The ten-tracker is actually the fourth studio album by the San Diego nine-piece and is every bit as packed full of heavy instrumental soul and retro soundtrack thrills as past outings would make you hope for
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EL COMBO BATANGA: Aji Gua Guao/ El Barrio En La Mirada (Vinyl 7″)

EL COMBO BATANGA: Aji Gua Guao (Vinyl 7Expect chilli-hot all original Latin funk on one side of the new single by El Combo Batanga. That’ll be Aji Gua Guao on which the Madrid-based crew leaven the groove with a bit of Cuban sauce and a spicy drum break in the middle that’ll have dancefloors rocking. On the flipside, providing a sonic counterpoint is El Barrio En La Mirada – a lilting slice of Latin soul featuring lyrics about the experiences of a Cuban immigrant
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WAX MACHINE: Guardians Of Eden

WAX MACHINE:  Guardians Of EdenThe rise of the new psychedelia continues with a new single from Wax Machine – Guardians Of Eden. The brain child of Lau Ro (born in Brazil, raised in Italy and the UK), the track draws from sixties West Coast fare as well as tropicalia and – with those vocals done tremolo style like Donovan on Hurdy Gurdy Man – a bit of sixties UK folk psych as well. Check the band image that
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LEXSOUL: Pigeon Pit

LEXSOUL:  Pigeon PitDo you hanker for those now mythical 80s summers when as far as the pop charts were concerned, music had more or less died and its replacement was sunning itself aboard the cabin roof of some ridiculously coiffeured, coke-snorting proto yuppie’s catamaran? If so, Lexsoul (a.k.a. Estonian funk commandos Lexsoul Dancemachine) have sorted you right out with Pigeon Pit – a
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THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)

THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)Instalments of the Golden Rules label’s forthcoming all-original funk/ soul sampler The Originals Vol. 2 keep rolling in thick and fast and the next one is afro-funk beast Slight Whining (Fast) from Finland’s The Blassics. Here’s a crew who don’t mess around, kicking this instrumental off immediately with a rolling drum break and lightly wah-wah’d guitar soon joined by that
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G LOVE (feat. SCHOOLLY D & CHUCK TREECE): Love From Philly + Video

Rating: ★★★★★ Fresh today comes the news that a new G Love LP, Philadelphia Mississippi is out later this year and the lead track off it, Love From Philly, is out now. This latter will be every bit the fat hip-hop blues bump you’d be looking for from G and features none other than old school rap legend Schoolly D providing guest verses and drummer Chuck Treece laying down heavyweight
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SAM REDMORE: Tears (Vinyl 7″)

SAM REDMORE:  Tears (Vinyl 7There’ll be no crying over the new Tears 7″ by current Jalapeno Records hot property Sam Redmore who takes Giorgio Moroder’s 1972 cut and re-invents it through a Latin prism. And if the track name isn’t sounding all that familiar, maybe you know it better as the main sample source for that Organ Donor track on DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing LP – i.e. the only one DJs play. Full
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: The Crossing + Video

BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: The CrossingBlend Mishkin & Roots Evolution continue their distinctive development (or indeed, evolution) of the roots reggae sound with new single The Crossing featuring the ethereal vocal talents of Zoe Prokopiou and the kanun playing of soloist Panos Dimitrakopoulos. Kanun? Yep – that’ll be a stringed instrument with its origins in ancient Assyrian culture, fact fans – and its inclusion
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BILL KING: Atlanta Underground (1979 Reissue)

BILL KING: Atlanta Underground (1979 Reissue)The last couple of years have proved fertile for Bill King who has not only produced stuff in collaboration with son Jesse ‘Dubmatix’ King as J&B Kings, but also seen him deliver new stuff and – as in this case – reissues of old stuff that previously didn’t get quite the love it deserved. Atlanta Underground (which seems to be a tribute to the district in downtown Atlanta) was King’s
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