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EL MICHELS AFFAIR meets LIAM BAILEY: King

EL MICHELS AFFAIR meets LIAM BAILEY: KingIt’s bang up-to-date ‘Bristol Sound’-influenced soul on new single, King, from the inspired pairing of NYC instrumental cinematic soul outfit El Michels Affair with the UK’s very own Liam Bailey on vocals. The track is lifted from the EMA meets Liam Bailey LP Ekundayo Inversions and only just precedes the release of that later this week. Bailey’s voice appears¬† almost immediately over a
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Expansions

Rating: ★★★★★ We all heard Expansions, the third LP from steel drum funkers Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band was on the way, right? And not just heard about it either but checked previews of some tracks and got a single-length taster in the form of recent 45 Dirt Off Your Shoulder with I Need Somebody To Love on the flip. A full preview was tightly under wraps though, even when it came to
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Murkit Gem + ‘Yeti Season’ LP announced

If you’re eager for more El Michels Affair following last year’s atmospheric 70s Euro cinema soundtrack album, Adult Themes, your wait is nearly over, for new LP, Yeti Season will be upon us in late March. Big Crown are currently previewing two more tracks, Sha Na Na and Murkit Gem, following the two which appeared as 2018 single Unathi b/w Zaharilla. And if you
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: My Jamaican Dub b/w The Healer (Vinyl 7″)

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: My Jamaican Dub b/w The Healer (Vinyl 7Now here’s a band who always know what time it is when it comes to covers. Yep – you better believe I’m talking ’bout Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band who are about to drop 55 gallon steel drum covers of both Grace Jones and Erykah Badu numbers by way of a new 45 single. On one side, Jones’ farty-bassed, 1983, electro-dub cut My Jamaican Guy gets re-envisaged as a minimal
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Life Of Pablo

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Life Of PabloAnd the third single to be lifted from El Michels Affair’s imminent new studio LP, Adult Themes, is Life Of Pablo. “Like a trip through the birth canal…[it says here]…Life of Pablo takes us on quite a ride.”¬† Yes – well – we’ve all been there. The start makes you feel a bit queasy though, beginning, as it does, with what the PR also describes as the cry of a newborn. Is it the reminder of sleepless
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Rubix

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: RubixIf you want a further taster of what to expect from El Michels Affair on their hotly-anticipated forthcoming LP Adult Themes, look no further than new single Rubix. This follows November’s 12345678910 with which it shares a common cinematic soundtrack bent (obviously – this is El Michels Affair we’re talking about!) but while that took its cues from the Far East, Rubix is seventies
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BOBBY OROZA: Strange Girl (Vinyl 7″) + video

BOBBY OROZA: Strange Girl (Vinyl 7Next from Bobby Oroza comes Strange Girl, a cover of Strange Boy by originally performed jointly by fellow Big Crown artists El Michels Affair & The Shacks. With Oroza’s falsetto replacing Shannon Wise’s whisper and Cold Diamond & Mink now in charge of instrumentation, the cover is as dreamy as the original though now the vibe is lowrider soul as opposed to indie-psychedelia and
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: Regenerate

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: RegenerateRegenerate – surely there’s no more apt name for a single by Lee Fields & The Expressions given our Lee’s evergreen soul status. Sadly only available on digital format, Regenerate is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a track from the It Rains Love LP recording sessions that never made it onto the album – though don’t be thinking that means it’s in any way less dope. Why? Because
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: ‘Wake Up’ video

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: 'Wake Up' videoThe new video to Lee Fields’ funky lament Wake Up couldn’t have come at a more apposite time, could it? On the track, soul-man Fields delivers a funky look at the state of the nation and is exasperated by what he sees, exhorting people to ‘speak out’ about ‘all these lies’ against a backdrop of animated artwork courtesy of El Oms. A message you have to hope gets through given
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BOBBY OROZA: This Love (album) + Your Love Is Too Cold video

BOBBY OROZA: This LoveVying for the title of king of the new wave of lowrider soul must surely be Bobby Oroza with his debut album This Love. The LP is the culmination of a journey that began three years ago with the original release of the title track – a slice of summery Latin soul haze – on Timmion Records. Last year the single was re-released on New York’s Big Crown label and there was talk of a
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