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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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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
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SURPRISE CHEF: Velodrome

SURPRISE CHEF: VelodromeMelbourne’s Surprise Chef get on their soundtrack bikes for latest single Velodrome, laying down boom-bap drums over which they deploy mellow guitar and flute and keys. This one’s all about the synth lead though which’ll go round in your head like a bike with no brakes and no gears – in a good way, obviously. Velodrome is the band’s first cut for Big Crown Records, having previously
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Represent b/w Juicy Fruit (Vinyl 7″)

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  Represent Juicy FruitBlimey is it summer already? Of course it’s not! Yet the arrival of a new Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band 7″ always makes it seem that way somehow and new one Represent, featuring the previously unheard Juicy Fruit on the flip, is no exception. Represent you will recognise from last summer’s triumphant third LP, Expansions – a minimal but heavyweight chugger that RZA would’ve lapped up
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Masterclass

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: MasterclassBetween the release of their excellent Yeti Season LP and the follow-up of sorts, The Abominable EP (about which, more shortly), there’s just time for New York legends El Michels Affair to squeeze out a new single Masterclass on which they give – well – a masterclass on how to deliver summery soundtrack psych thrills. Turns out this track featured alongside material from Saul Williams
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Vinyl 7″)

Dirt Off Your Shoulder BacaoIf you wanted a taster of the next Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP, Expansions, due at the end of next week (and lord only knows why you wouldn’t!) then here it is – lead single Dirt Off Your Shoulder backed with I Need Somebody To Love. The first is, of course, a fluid steel drum funk version of the 2009 Timbaland-powered Jay-Z cut that’s so classy, it’ll have you brushing your
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Adult Themes

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Adult Themes Following 2017’s excellent Return To The 37th Chamber and its set of Wu-Tang instrumental covers, El Michels Affair’s new LP, Adult Themes returns to the idea of all-original content.  With a name like that, a cover featuring intertwined naked limbs and EMA’s debt to library music of the sixties and seventies, you might be expecting some sort of pastiche of 70s porn flick OSTs. And
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR feat. THE SHACKS: Enfant

EL MICHELS AFFAIR feat. THE SHACKS: Enfant Coming at ya with the seventies porn-flick soundtrack vibes once more before LP Adult Themes hits, it’s El Michels Affair with Enfant. Cue a gently loping funk beat, louche horns, a quietly twanging acoustic guitar and a flute solo (of course). And that’s all topped off with lashings of breathy female oohhs, aahs and da-da-daas throughout courtesy of Shannon Wise of The
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BIG CROWN RECORDS: Crown Jewels Vol. 1

BIG CROWN RECORDS: Crown Jewels Vol. 1Big Crown’s Crown Jewels are out then. No, not like that – don’t be filthy – the monkey’s talking about new label comp. Crown Jewels Vol. 1 which, you guessed it, showcases the label’s not inconsiderable wealth of talent. Why, it’s a wealth that positively glitters and sparkles! Lee Fields – legendary soul survivor? On it twice – the title track of recent LP It Rains Love and another
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: Don’t Give Up

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: Don't Give UpPrefaced by a lovely little guitar vamp, Lee Fields’ new single and soul slowie Don’t Give Up (the bonus track from this year’s It Rains Love album), encourages the listener not to give up on love when the ‘winds of uncertainties have rattled your faith.’ Is Mr Fields having another lady crisis or could he be talking about love in a wider sense? The PR blah notes that the track contains, ‘the
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