Monthly Archives: May 2022


SUCKASIDE feat. KURNEL MC:  Giving UpFresh from the success of their joint Beastie booty project with LROY, Suckaside return to hip-hop with new Kurnel MC-featuring single Giving Up. That’ll be a soul-drenched beat then featuring heavy strings-drenched boom-bap shot through with a vein of old soul gold while our Kurnel holds forth about, well, himself – it is a hip-hop track after all. Also on hand is Badboe’s

KRAAK & SMAAK: Squeeze Me (Vinyl 7″)

KRAAK & SMAAK: Squeeze Me (Vinyl 7Jalapeno Records scores another hit scouring their back catalog for stuff to release on 45 for the first time and for the second time this year it’s old Kraak & Smaak material they use. Both tracks on the release are lifted from 2008’s Plastic People LP – the A-side being funky breakbeat-powered, Ben Westbeech-featuring banger Squeeze Me. Turns out that, back in the day, the track was


SAM REDMORE: Tears (SCRIMSHIRE Edit)Just so that you’re fully up to speed on this one: this month Scrimshire is remixing a tune released last month by Sam Redmore that’s actually a cover of a Giorgio Moroder cut from the 70s that DJ Shadow covered in the 90s. Got that? Good. But if Redmore jettisoned the epic psych-rock of Moroder’s original for a cumbia-ish direction whither next for Adam Scrimshire? Well, while he’s

SABROSA: Sure Pow / Tangerine Shot (Vinyl 7″)

SABROSA:  Sure Pow / Tangerine ShotSabrosa will have you all mixed up and checking your head with new 45 Sure Pow b/w Tangerine Shot. Any Beastie Boys fans will instantly recognise that bouillabaisse of names given that Sabrosa is the name of the Beasties’ fattest and dirtiest ever funk nugget while the uptempo car chase wah wah funk of A-side instrumental Sure Pow borrows elements of the Beasties’ Sureshot


NAPOLEON DA LEGEND & AMERIGO GAZAWAY: Oda NobunagaHere’s Oda Nobunaga then. Heavens no, not the actual ‘demon daimyo’ of Sengoku-period Japan but the new single from Napoleon Da Legend & Amerigo Gazaway! Just as well, we don’t want anyone losing their heads, now do we? Having said that, if you’re partial to a bit of orientally-themed hip-hop (and who isn’t?) you might just metaphorically lose your head to this. A boom-bap beat featuring

SURPRISE CHEF: Spring’s Theme (Vinyl 7″)

Actually the flip-side to the previously covered Velodrome on Surprise Chef’s forthcoming 45, Spring’s Theme is arguably the monkey’s preferred track of the two. That title Spring’s Theme though – an ode to the season of regeneration? Or is ‘Spring’ a character in a retro crime flick of the band’s imagining? It could pretty much function as both but either way – don’t

THE BAMBOOS: Nothing I Wanna Know About/ Bad Line (Vinyl 7″)

THE BAMBOOS: Nothing I Wanna Know About/ Bad LineJust out from Aussie funk-soul heavyweights, The Bamboos, is their latest 45 featuring Hard Up LP track Nothing I Wanna Know About and new cut Bad Line. Expect crisp funk on the former which finds vocal powerhouse Kylie Auldist dropping an almost eighties-ish melody over a crunchy early seventies funk rhythm. Turn that lil puppy over and you’re confronted instead

RAYE COLE: You Gotta Set Me Free b/w RACHEL MAXANN: You Gotta Set Me Free (Vinyl 7″)

You Gotta Set Me Free RACHEL MAXANNWhy settle for one version of a track when you can have two – and on the either side of the same 45 to boot? Well, you could try listening to the newest forthcoming 45 from the Original Gravity label for the answer since that is precisely the deal; Raye Cole’s grooving Etta James-style early sixties R&B version of You Gotta Set Me Free on the A-side and Rachel Maxann’s slightly smoother

PAMA INTERNATIONAL: (I Am Nothing) Without You b/w Smile & Say Good Morning (Vinyl 7″)

Pama International continue their recent conversion from reggae to retro soul (and get their southern soul on especially) with new vinyl 45 (I Am Nothing) Without You b/w Smile & Say Good Morning. This is the first single to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming Part 3 soul album and once again features Jewels Vass on vocals. The first of the two tracks is a midtempo cut that

WONDER 45: Wonderland (+ Ltd. vinyl 7″)

WONDER 45: WonderlandYou recognise the house style of that artwork don’t you? That’s right, this is the next single off the Golden Rules label’s funk and soul sampler The Originals Vol. 2 and what a track it is too. For this release the label have chosen soul torch song Wonderland by new London-based outfit Wonder 45 and it’s a proper little smoulderer showcasing the voice of singer Gavin Conder. Slow-burning organ? Check. Love-based lyrics with soaring chorus? Check. Big horns on said soaring chorus? Check again. Grab loved one, sway slowly and get your lighters up. Oh sorry, it’s – er – torches on phones these days isn’t it – not quite the same but this track will make up for that particular shortfall. Golden Rules: bringing soul back to the people alright.
(Out 6 May digitally on Golden Rules/ Pre-order vinyl (shipping 1 October) on Happy People Records)