Monthly Archives: October 2022

EL COMBO BATANGA: El Que La Rompe La Paga (Vinyl 7″)

EL COMBO BATANGA: El Que La Rompe La Paga (Vinyl 7Cuban fury via Madrid time on new El Combo Batanga 45 El Que La Rompe La Paga. El que la rompe la paga? Damn straight! What a shame governments didn’t apply such obvious logic in 2008 when banking broke the global financial system? Still, this blistering salsa-funk beast will allow you to unleash your inner Latin dancer while you ponder global financial corruption
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NATHAN JOHNSTON & THE ANGELS OF LIBRA: Curtis (Do You Wanna Be A Star?)

NATHAN JOHNSTON & THE ANGELS OF LIBRA: Curtis (Do You Wanna Be A Star)Retro footage abounds on this third and final single, Curtis (Do You Wanna Be A Star?), from Nathan Johnston & The Angels Of Libra before the release of their forthcoming album. And it’s not the only thing retro about the track on which Johnston’s soulful rasp is underpinned by a groove rich in Curtis Mayfield-esque sonic trappings – not least among them the strings – on tribute to
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CRAZY BALDHEAD: Save A Bullet (Ltd. vinyl 7″)

CRAZY BALDHEAD:  Save A Bullet 7Rating: ★★★★★ Frightnrs singer Dan Klein might be sadly-departed but The Frightnrs’ debut and final LP (the presciently-titled Nothing More To Say) isn’t the last punters have heard from Klein. In the offing is Save A Bullet – an excellent slice of funky reggay on 45 from Agent J of The Slackers in his Crazy Baldhead guise (the fourth such on label
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EMPRESARIOS: Amanecer

EMPRESARIOS:  AmanecerJust out, new instrumental single Amanecer from DC outfit Empresarios. That skippy little drum break and the Latin-style percussion both say ‘Wakey, wakey!’ while that somnolent bass and those washes of synth in the background both say, ‘It’s too early, ten more minutes, yeah?’ Entirely appropriate then for it to be called ‘sunrise’ in
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THE WINSTON BROTHERS: Hang On

 THE WINSTON BROTHERS: Hang OnFollowing their debut 45 Winston Theme on Colemine Records, Germany’s Winston Brothers follow-up with new single Hang On, out now, and a full-length LP, Drift, in mid-November. As a studio project, the band consists of two core members (also both members of Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band) – Sebastian Nagel – multi-instrumentalist and producer along with drummer
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ROY ELLIS: Love Song Gone Wrong (Vinyl 7″)

ROY ELLIS:  Love Song Gone Wrong (Vinyl 7Roy Ellis? Roy ‘Symarip’ Ellis? Roy Ellis who already re-recorded Original Gravity release Rudy Skankin On The Moon and released it on the label earlier this year? The very same! As it turns out, Original Gravity boss Neil Anderson and Ellis decided to make two songs for the label and Love Song Gone Wrong is the second one co-written by Anderson and Ellis on which Ellis sounds as
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UGLY MAC BEER: The Valley Of The Kings

UGLY MAC BEER: Valley Of KingsVeteran French hip-hop producer Ugly Mac Beer summons all the pomp of a pharaoh for new single, title track and harbinger of forthcoming LP, The Valley Of The Kings. Turns out it’s something of a concept LP full of samples intended to evoke movies set in Ancient Egypt. Oh what – like The Mummy and Scorpion King? Wash your mouth out! Well, maybe The Mummy if you’re talking
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VARIOUS: The Originals Vol. 2

VARIOUS: The Originals Vol. 2Did you manage to keep up with all the tracks on the Golden Rules label’s The Originals Vol. 2 funk sampler as they were released digitally over the last year or so? Nope, the monkey neither. Just as well the label were always aiming to put out everything in the full wax monty form of vinyl LP The Originals Vol. 2. And of course, you knew they were always going to do that, because that’s
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FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE: Wild & Free EP

FREETHINKER FUNK ESSENCE:  Wild & Free EPWhat it is to be wild and free eh? Perhaps the only thing better is to be wild, young and free. Still – two out of three ain’t bad and Freethinker Funk Essence is both of those things on new instrumental six-tracker the aptly-titled Wild & Free EP. Opener Burgers & Beer, is an uptempo slab of 70s-style feelgood party funk as the name implies and sets the tone and style for the
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LUCHITO & NESTOR: Soy Un Hombre (I’m A Man)(Ltd. Vinyl 7″)

LUCHITO & NESTOR:  Soy Un Hombre¿Está tu piso muy desordenado? ¿Hay rastrojos en tu barbilla? ¿Estás enganchado a la música? ¿Siempre juegas para ganar? Of course! You’re a man, yes you are! And what’s more, you’re a multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for retro grooves and own a record label that can put them out there on hot wax! Yes, Original Gravity’s Neil Anderson – er – I
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