Monthly Archives: February 2023


Rating: ★★★★★ The third single since November from Dub Pistols in advance of their forthcoming Frontline album is this, Movin’ On, also the second of said singles to feature new school reggae vocalist Natty Campbell. However, while it maintains every bit of the quality of its predecessors Nice Up and Soundboy Killa, it flips the script stylistically and turns in a sweetly

PYROPE: The Duel / Broken Spell (Vinyl 7″)

PYROPE: The Duel / Broken Spell More assured library music-cum-psych-funk action from the Delights stable with this new 45 featuring The Duel and Broken Spell from Pyrope. Yes, I know pyrope is a mineral from the garnet group but now it’s also a studio collab. between Paul Osborne (Project Gemini), Paul Elliott (Oregano), Yael Lavie (appeared on The In Sound Company’s Silk & Gunpowder) and label boss Mr


THE MAENADS:  OrpheusThe Maenads is the new project from Renegades of Jazz’s David Hanke and Kabanjak’s Ingo Möll and finds the pair venturing into the territory of atmospheric breakbeat electronica with current single Orpheus. Alright, don’t lose your heads (or tear anything to pieces – thank you, I’m here all week!) – but expect instead seven plus minutes of sweeping musical grandeur as lyric-less female

COCO LAGOS Y SUS ORATES: Guajira Boogaloo/ LOST DESTELLOS: Guajira Sicodélica (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ It was only in October that the monkey was praising Dynamite Cuts for their services to the funk for putting out the monkey’s favourite ever Afro-funky cut on 45 (the never before on 7″ Talkin’ Talkin’) and now here’s Vampi Soul doing the decent thing with one of the monkey’s favourite ever Latin-funky cuts – Coco Lagos Y Sus Orates’ Guajira Boogaloo. Admittedly

SOUL FLIP EDITS 15: Mr Big Stuff / I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (MAKO & MR BRISTOW Edits) (Vinyl 7″)

Soul Flip 15 Mako & Mr BristowLounging poolside, amiably failing to agree on their next release, soul impresarios Aldo Vanucci and Del Gazeebo were only too happy to be interrupted by Mako & Mr Bristow on the blower. Would they be interested in a heavyweight re-flip of Jimmy Hicks’ insouciant cover of Mr Big Stuff and a thunderous re-version of Candi Staton’s funky-soul standard I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s