Monthly Archives: April 2022

SURPRISE CHEF: Velodrome

SURPRISE CHEF: VelodromeMelbourne’s Surprise Chef get on their soundtrack bikes for latest single Velodrome, laying down boom-bap drums over which they deploy mellow guitar and flute and keys. This one’s all about the synth lead though which’ll go round in your head like a bike with no brakes and no gears – in a good way, obviously. Velodrome is the band’s first cut for Big Crown Records, having previously
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DANNY TOEMAN: Shake The Blues Outta Your Shoes

DANNY TOEMAN: Shake The Blues Outta Your ShoesShake The Blues Outta Your Shoes finds the appropriately-named Danny Toeman deliver a single that sounds not unlike something from The Bamboos’ Rawville era fronted by Fallon Williams. “Feet don’t fail me now,” he chants (channelling Al Wilson) on the breakdown. And indeed, after the three
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AMAZIN’ FIVE: Money

AMAZIN' FIVE: MoneyThe next digital single from German label Golden Rules in the run-up to the vinyl release of their second volume of all-original funk and soul, The Originals Vol. 2, is from Russian funk outfit Amazin’ Five. Somewhat topically, it’s entitled Money – which I understand is in short supply in Russia at the moment though I’m pretty sure the band didn’t have a controversial invasion of a
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BULABEATS RECORDS: Dead Dead Dead

BULABEATS RECORDS: Dead Dead DeadIf you didn’t already know, Johnnypluse recently announced his retirement from the music scene and thus the end of Bulabeats Records – which is going to leave a great big hedonistic hole in the breakbeat music scene. Johnny and the label do have one last hurrah though in the form of final drop Dead Dead Dead at the end of the month. A twelve-strong set, it is a ‘best of’ compilation
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LANCE FERGUSON: Got myself A Good Man/ Mango Meat (Vinyl 7″)

LANCE FERGUSON:  Got myself A Good ManSummer Madness might’ve been the last single off Lance Ferguson’s covers LP Rare Groove Spectrum Vol. 2, but the cover madness isn’t over yet, for here is brand new 45 Got Myself A Good Man backed with Mango Meat. Indeed if the artwork is anything to go by, this looks like being a harbinger of Rare Groove Spectrum Vol. 3.   The
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EAMON: No Matter The Season

EAMON:  No Matter The SeasonRating: ★★★★★ I don’t think there’s much doubt that Eamon’s No Matter The Season will make it into the monkey’s top ten LPs of 2022. It’s his second album at his current home, Now Again Records and, like its predecessor features our mononymous hero unleashing his impressive singing range over music mainly crafted by sampling the label’s extensive library of vintage
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MC RYT: Cheer Song (Prod. DJAR ONE – cuts KESTA)(Ltd. Vinyl 7″) + video

MC RYT:  Cheer Song New from Djar One’s Beats House label is latest vinyl 7″ Cheer Song featuring Japanese MC RYT of the Serpat crew. I don’t know what he’s saying, and the French lyric video isn’t much use for someone with only GCSE French (even if that was augmented recently by watching all 8 series of The Spiral a.k.a. Engrenages) but the energy on this is infectious and I reckon B-boys and girls will
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