Monthly Archives: May 2022

BOBBY OROZA feat. COLD DIAMOND & MINK: My Place, My Time

BOBBY OROZA feat. COLD DIAMOND & MINK: My Place, My Time  Bobby Oroza’s new LP Get On The Otherside drops next week but before that, there’s just time for one more single and that’s this, My Place, My Time. A snarling black metal effort, it marks a significant departure from previous efforts and..ok, yes, the monkey is having a laugh, this is Bobby Oroza, after all so, you know damn straight you’re going to be getting wistful lowrider soul –
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ATA RECORDS: Early Works Vol. 2: Music From The Archives

ATA RECORDS:  Early Works Vol. 2: Music From The ArchivesThere you are renovating your fourteen year old studio thanks to an unexpected free time dividend courtesy of Covid, sorting through odds and sods as you go and what do you stumble across but some unreleased material from – blimey – ten years ago! And it sounds pretty good. ‘How come we didn’t drop that before?’, seems to have been the question that immediately ran through the
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ANALOG MUTANTS: Speak Easy / I’m On Vacation (808 Remix) (Vinyl 7″)

ANALOG MUTANTS: Speak Easy / I'm On Vacation (808 Remix) The pre-orders for the Analog Mutants 7″ single, Speak Easy b/w I’m On Vacation (the first to be lifted off the forthcoming Analog Mutants LP) have been flying out, since word of such a drop definitely does not fall on stony ground. Analog Mutants are, of course, producer DJ Snafu of Bankrupt Europeans, Philly mic legend Phill Most Chill and cut-master DJ Grazzhoppa and this is the
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Lazy Breeze

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE:  Lazy BreezeBilled as ‘Balearic funk,’ the new single from Estonian funk beasts Lexsoul Dancemachine¬† is entitled Lazy Breeze and appears to be the sequel to April single Pigeon Pit which resurrected the ‘yacht soul’ slow-jam from the 80s. But why draw such a conclusion, when the last one was billed as being by the band’s alter-ego Lexsoul? Let’s consider the evidence. One, the PR for this says it
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DAYTONER: Remote Connections

DAYTONER: Remote ConnectionsRating: ★★★★★ Given the adverse global social conditions (at least physically) while Daytoner were attempting to write their second studio LP it’s perhaps not surprising that the band named the new one Remote Connections. Nor, indeed – given that they’re a Cornish band – that they took the opportunity to celebrate Cornwall’s early role in global communications with an two-tone image
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BLEND MISHKIN feat. DUB PISTOLS & MC DANK MEME: Mad One

BLEND MISHKIN feat. DUB PISTOLS & MC DANK MEME:  Mad OneSo the third single from Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution’s forthcoming Unity Of Opposites album is Mad One featuring Dub Pistols and MC Dank Meme. Now while the words ‘mad one’ might conjure early 90s Manchester and pilled-up types in super baggy pastel-coloured clothing, rest assured that this is resolutely dubby reggae drenched in brass with Eastern Mediterranean
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LIPPHEAD: The Squirrel From Ipanema

LIPPHEAD: The Squirrel From IpanemaIf you weren’t aware that producers Blockhead and Eliott Lipp were working together as Lipphead – er – you are now. Debut LP, In The Nude, is out mid-June on the Young Heavy Souls label but before that comes debut single The Squirrel From Ipanema. A mid-tempo hip-hop instrumental, it features crunchy drums, and richly layered instrumentation with a non-lyric
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ALEXANDER KOROSTINSKY: Bones Of God (Vinyl 7″)

ALEXANDER KOROSTINSKY: Bones Of God Alexander Korostinsky’s Bones Of God has been burning a hole in the monkey’s inbox for a week now (the trouble was finding something to embed but that’s all sorted now) and you’ll see why when you hear it, for this Turkish-funk-influenced cut is an absolute beast! Must be the season for eastern-themed psych-funk since this comes hot on the tail of the latest El Michels Affair single
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Kahbi

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: KahbiCinematic soul crew, El Michels Affair, return to the Turkish funk and Bollywood influenced territory of their Yeti Season LP with new one-off single Kahbi. Once again, the band get label mate Piya Malik of 79.5 on vocals and she supplies precisely the requisite amount of exotic promise you’d expect from such a drop. It would seem (at least currently) that this one is just a digital
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GRAMOPHONE SOUL feat. GEOFF LAI: For Your Soul

GRAMOPHONE SOUL feat. GEOFF LAI: For Your SoulNext on Cuttin’ It Fine is uptempo shimmy For Your Soul from Gramophone Soul featuring the vocals of Geoff Lai of Baker Brothers. And while the production’s about as new school as it can get, the horns, hand-clap and piano-drenched rhythm owes everything to sixties RnB. It’s not a million miles from what Daytoner has been putting out with his live band for example and – speak of the
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