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SURPRISE CHEF: Pash Rash

SURPRISE CHEF: Pash RashFresh from the success of December’s Education & Recreation LP, Oz crew Surprise Chef are back already with a new single Pash Rash. Though not on the LP, the clues are there that this may nevertheless have come from the LP recording session – the artwork for one – and the fact that it delivers the same spin on the 70s library music template as the LP material for
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VOXATONE: Figure I.108 b/w Figure III.122 (Vinyl 7″)

VOXATONE: Figure I.108 b/w Figure III.122 The mind can only boggle at the kind of conversations that must have been going on at Delights Mansions around this release – the label’s final one of the year. The first bit is kind of understandable: Voxatone (a.k.a. Markey Funk and Shay Landa) gaze around at a studio filled to the rafters with retro synths and think, ‘Damn, a lot of this stuff has got ‘Vox’ in its name! I mean
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SURPRISE CHEF: Iconoclasts

SURPRISE CHEF:  IconoclastsAussie cinematic soul fiends Surprise Chef present another musical hors d’oeuvre before serving up the main course of their first LP on Big Crown, Education & Recreation in the form of new single Iconoclasts. A subdued affair, it almost evokes certain types of traditional Japanese music both in the arrangement and, at times, even the instrumentation. The sort of thing you’d have no
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GIULIANO SORGINI: Zoo Folle (Vinyl LP)

GIULIANO SORGINI:  Zoo Folle As the release of Giuliano Sorgini 45 Mad Town/ Ultima Caccia (note to self – spell that B-side correctly this time!) indicated back in January this year, a full release of Sorgini’s Zoo Folle OST is something to get very excited about. This isn’t the first time the LP has been released on wax but this double album version contains both the originally released soundtrack on the first two sides along
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SURPRISE CHEF: Suburban Breeze

SURPRISE CHEF:  Suburban BreezeOk, so maybe the monkey was a bit slow on the uptake with previous Surprise Chef single Money Music, but there’s a lot less slacking with the new one since here’s a post about Suburban Breeze, which hove into view just as the bank holiday weekend began to kick off. On this one the band rock the bells in the mellowest manner possible with additional flute theatrics and a soporific drum
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SURPRISE CHEF: Money Music

SURPRISE CHEF:  Money MusicSomething that got missed in the holiday rush at MB Towers was the latest single by Surprise Chef in the run-up to the release of their Education & Recreation LP on Big Crown Records. That’ll be Money Music then, a mellow slice of soundtrack funk – as is the band’s modus operandi. It begins with an blaxploitation-esque drum break before the vibraphone and piano kick in and we suddenly
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Swamp

Rating: ★★★★★ If you like your psych-funk heavy and have been paying attention over the last decade and more, you’ll have clocked Swiss outfit Kind & Kinky Zoo who’ve been maintaining a tight line in monster grooves with added flute fireworks. As far as releases used to go, they once were pretty much knights of the occasional table but of late, it seems, the monkey’s not the only one who
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DIASONICS: Origin Of Forms

Did somebody say ‘Hussar funk’? Well, actually Diasonics themselves did though it’s as good a term as any to describe the fresh blend of super crisp and funky drum breaks that they couple with Eastern-tinged cinematic and psychedelic sounds. If you caught previous singles Gurami and Deviants, you’ll know exactly what the monkey’s on about and while both of those are on the Origin
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DIASONICS: Deviants

DIASONICS: DeviantsShortly before their debut album Origin Of Forms hits the shelves (and the interweb) next week, there’s time for Moscow band to squeeze out the second single to be lifted from said LP – Deviants. As with previous single – October release Gurami this is another example of what the band term ‘Hussar Funk’. For that read an ear-pleasing blend of cinematic soul, crunchy organic drum breaks
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SIMFONYX: Der Maulwurf/ Eolomea

SIMFONYX:  Der Maulwurf/ EolomeaIt might be coming up for Christmas but here’s a glimpse of what the new year holds in store from Markey Funk’s Delights label – a SimfOnyx 45 entitled Der Maulwurf b/w Eolomea. The former track delivers crunchy retro sci-fi-isms that take their cue from East German cinema.  In practice, this means a staccato kick/snare drum pattern foregrounded due to sparse additional layers of
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