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THE BAMBOOS: Power Without Greed + video

THE BAMBOOS: Power Without GreedNew Bamboos single Power Without Greed follows Hard Up and While You Sleep and taps into the classic funk trope of the protest song. Cue a loping seventies groove (complete with flute solo), over which the unmistakable tones of Kylie Auldist soar as she regales anyone who will listen that what we need is power without greed. The accompanying video delivers a montage of the
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THE STANCE BROTHERS: On Top (Vinyl 7″)

THE STANCE BROTHERS: On TopRating: ★★★★★ The Stance Brothers are most definitely on top with forthcoming vinyl 7″ single – er – On Top, for which instant classic status is all but assured.  I say ‘are’ – it’s actually ‘is’ since the ‘brothers’ is a nom-de-plume for Finnish jazz drummer (and multi-instrumentalist) Teppo Mäkynen who has not only produced a dope slice of psychedelically-tinged, vintage-sounding jazz-
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Never Wanted You More (DR RUBBERFUNK remix)

Never Wanted You More (DR RUBBERFUNK remix)Dropping today is Smoove & Turrell’s Stratos Bleu Remixed – the long awaited LP of remixes for their recent late 80s/ early 90s disco-cum-electronica-cum-housey long player Stratos Bleu. While the original bore all the hallmarks of S&T quality we’ve come to expect – the fact remains that if you’re a funk and soul type person it possibly wasn’t for you and, as it goes, the remix LP probably still isn’t either for the same reasons
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HAMBURG SPINNERS: Palmaillerennen

HAMBURG SPINNERS: PalmaillerennenNew from Légère Recordings is the debut single from Hamburg Spinners – Palmaillerennen. Which is excellent news if you dig a bit of Hammond action and the sounds of the sixties. The instrumental displays the combined talents of the Hammond-jazz quartet (I bet you can’t guess which city they’re based in) and joins the dots between original funky jazz and easy listening
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: ‘Carambola Jelly’ video

LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE:  Carambola Jelly Stand by for the Ugandan-Estonian funky disco-cinematic team-up that is ‘Ugandan Tarantino’ Nabwana I.G.G.’s new video for Lexsoul Dancemachine’s Lexplosion II LP track, Carambola Jelly. Carambola, is of course also known as ‘the star fruit’ and makes an early appearance in the video’s short tale of urban gangsterism with a ‘wife’ beginning to prepare
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THE BONGOLIAN: Flatfoot Hustle

Flatfoot HustleAhead of The Bongolian’s sixth studio album, Harlem Hipshake, comes the video for LP track Flatfoot Hustle the first evidence of the Latin-percussive delights to be found on the forthcoming thirteen-tracker. Funky and densely layered, the track is drenched in horns, wah-wah guitar and bongos (naturally) and spotlights the Bongolian’s love for NYC’s sixties Latin soul scene and the
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THE ALLERGIES: Get Yourself Some (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Get Yourself Some (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Still don’t feel The Allergies have rinsed enough 45 action from their excellent recent Say The Word long player? Then you’re in luck because here’s another. That’ll be Get Yourself Some then, one of the monkey’s favourite cuts off the album in question, which turns on the principle of having a great big audience-friendly shouty hook repeated a lot over a warmly funky breakbeat soul groove. Turn it over and you’ll find
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BILL KING: Soul Street

BILL KING: Soul StreetHere’s Bill King’s Soul Street then, on which the father of Jesse ‘Dubmatix’ King (for it is he) steps out on his own for a funky homage to the night club. You remember night clubs – places where social distancing was a physical impossibility and it was all about the music, the drinking and the good times. Anyway, this instro offers layered and soulfully funky grooves that’ll prompt a shimmy
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PIGALLE CONNECTION: Casino & Church b/w Vendetta James (Vinyl 7″)

PIGALLE CONNECTION: Casino & Church b/w Vendetta JamesRating: ★★★★★ Just out – this new slice of 45 hotness on Mocambo Records from ‘cinematic funk’ supergroup Pigalle Connection – Casino & Church backed with Vendetta James. The line-up is drawn from the wider Mocambo roster and bandleader is none other than Hammond hotshot Guillaume Metenier of retro reggae outfit Soul Sugar. Meanwhile the two instrumental cuts on
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PECOE: Funk Anthems EP

Funk Anthems EP PecoeIf you’ve caught any of Pecoe’s previous material, the news that he’s got a new EP out on BBP called Funk Anthems will be cause for celebration. Possibly not coincidentally, the material on this one is reminiscent of circa 2009 LP Break The Funk by label owner Badboe himself – to wit, party breakbeat tunes comprised of funky grooves and a plethora of vocal samples with wobble-free
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