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THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)

THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)Instalments of the Golden Rules label’s forthcoming all-original funk/ soul sampler The Originals Vol. 2 keep rolling in thick and fast and the next one is afro-funk beast Slight Whining (Fast) from Finland’s The Blassics. Here’s a crew who don’t mess around, kicking this instrumental off immediately with a rolling drum break and lightly wah-wah’d guitar soon joined by that
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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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OUTER SPACE: Magnetic Monster

OUTER SPACE: Magnetic MonsterLooks like there’s still time for another digital single from Germany’s Golden Rules label prior to the release of a year’s-worth of digital singles on a big summer vinyl LP funk and soul drop. On this occasion, it’s Outer Space supplying the goods entitled Magnetic Monster and it’s a beast! A beast from outer space? Well a beast from Barcelona at the very least and one with a heavy, heavy afro-
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OUTER SPACE: Not Even Light b/w Dead Planet (feat. GEMMA HUMET)(Vinyl 7″)

Billed as ‘Ethiojazz’, the new 7″ single from Barcelona crew Outer Space is certainly on more than speaking terms with the work of Mulatu Astatke. Having described it thus, doesn’t do justice to the breaks-filled funk of A-side Not Even Light however, which – though its title recalls the time-honoured plea of the late riser or hangover sufferer, is lively enough to get anyone out of bed
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DNA RECORDS: Falcon Claw (ROBERT TORRES) b/w International (KUNMING BROS. feat. DIDJELIRIUM) (Vinyl 7″)

Falcon Claw vs Kunming BrosRating: ★★★★★ Marvel at the musical kung fu of DNA Records as the label unearths lost soundtrack b-boy heat in the shape of Falcon Claw by Robert Torres. No, that doesn’t sound familiar does it? Probably because it was recorded for a martial arts movie in the 70s but never used and then pretty much forgotten about outside the immediate family circle of its creator. Enter DNA
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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS JR: Taking Me Down

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS JR: Taking Me DownThe steady flow of singles off The New Mastersounds upcoming LP collab. with Lamar Williams Jr, Shake It, continues apace with the arrival of new one Taking Me Down. It’s a track on which the band switch up the influences and transform from The New Metersounds into the New Mulatusounds and wear their Ethio-psychfunk influences proud. Listen and shimmy for the first
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ENRIQUE LYNCH: African Bump b/w K-Jee (Vinyl 7″)

Continuing their services to obscure Afro-Latin funk, Matasuna Records comes correct with yet another official reissue 45, this time showcasing a brace of cuts by Enrique Lynch – or rather Enrique Lynch Y Su Conjunto. The A-side is African Bump, an organic sounding slice of funky disco with an Afro-Latin vibe pursuing a horns-led and multi-layered percussive path through the sweaty
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KILL EMIL: Matata/ Humanidad (Vinyl 7″)

KILL EMIL: Matata/ Humanidad (Vinyl 7The Matasuna label has been going hard on an Afro-Latin tip lately, and here they follow up their re-release of super-rare Sangre Joven cut Zamba Zamba (along with a Voodoocuts remix) with this new 45 from Greek producer Kill Emil. The A-side, Matata, might take its name from the Swahili word for problems but our man seems to have no difficulty knocking out a pumping mid-tempo affair
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MANOSJMT: Mulatu (Manolatu)

MANOSJMT:  Mulatu (Manolatu)With new freebie Mulatu (Manolatu), Greek producer ManosJMT chops and loops where Nas and Damien Marley once also dared to sample, amongst the back catalogue of Mulatu ‘the father of Ethio-jazz’ Astatke. But where Nas and Marley pathetically used just the one track, Yegelle Tezeta, ManosJMT loves Astatke so much he’s stitched a mutant afro-jazz-hop lope together from
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Moyo Zaidi (2017)

RENEGADES OF JAZZ:  Moyo Zaidi Naturally after Renegades Of Jazz’s full-length afro-funky Moyo Wangu outing last year, Moyo Zaidi was only to be expected. However, where Moyo Wangu (a.k.a ‘My Heart’) found producer David Hanke re-connecting with his early childhood in Tanzania, Moyo Zaidi (a.k.a. ‘Oi mate – let us have a go with your stems, I’ve got some ideas’) finds twelve remixers get in on the act with
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