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TRAMP RECORDS: V/A Trip To The Moon

TRAMP RECORDS: V/A Trip To The MoonTramp Records’ new compilation of lunar-themed nuggets, Trip To The Moon, was apparently inspired by the 2016-Nigerian-astronaut-stranded-in-space email scam. You know – the one about how a mission to rescue Abacha Tunde, stranded on a secret Russian space station since 1979, can only be organised by his cousin if some gullible – er – I mean helpful foreigner will kindly transfer their bank details etc. etc. in return for which they
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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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LOUISA ROX & ANDY TAYLOR: Society

LOUISA ROX & ANDY TAYLOR: SocietyIf you’ve caught Pray or Stand Up, the previous collabs between singer Louisa Rox and DJ/Producer Andy Taylor, you know you’re going to be in for a treat with the news that the pair have a new single, Society, out. Does that means it once again combines Andy’s keen ear for b-boy-friendly beats (not to mention funky bass and guitar chops) and Rox’s ethereal vocals?  It certainly
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IKEBE SHAKEDOWN: Unqualified

IKEBE SHAKEDOWN: UnqualifiedSo it seems that funky Afro-psych-soul outfit Ikebe Shakedown returns with a new full-length album, Kings Left Behind this August on Colemine Records. If that’s too long a wait though, you can preview the sort of delights on offer now with new track Unqualified – which, in spite of the title, displays a veritable surfeit of skill at playing uptempo cinematic soul. Expect a driving beat
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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS: Kings & Queens

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS: Kings & QueensFollowing hot on the trail of first single Let’s Go Back, comes Kings & Queens – the second drop from The New Mastersounds’ forthcoming LP-length collab. with vocalist Lamar Williams, Shake It. The PR has this one billed as an ‘Average White Band meets Marvin Gaye’ type number and there is indeed plenty of funk bounce from the band (with guest horns) and vocal smoothness from
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KOKA MASS JAZZ: Elephunky Trip (Vinyl 12″)

Koka Mass Jazz’s Elephunky Trip twelve inch is the new piece of vinyl out from Timewarp Music and, perhaps surprisingly, is only the long-running label’s second wax drop. To all intents and purposes, this previously digital-only release is a mini-LP with seven original tracks on it, plus a second version of one of these by the band along with vocal and instro versions of another of the
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Sakura Chan b/w Seabass (Vinyl 7″)

KIND & KINKY ZOO: Sakura Chan b/w Seabass (Vinyl 7Another single from Kind & Kinky Zoo so soon after the last one? Does anyone else sense an album in the offing? This time it’s Sakura Chan b/w Seabass. The tonally lighter former floats (or more accurately flauts) off through funky psychedelic late sixties pastures characterised by Rhodes piano and gnarly vintage keyboard sounds, dry funky drums, a middle eight vocal refrain and, of course
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THE LINK QUARTET: Secret Sessions LP

THE LINK QUARTET: Secret Sessions LPSeems like yonks ago that Hammond fiends The Link Quartet (now celebrating their quarter century!) last had anything out and a quick trawl of the interweb reveals that, actually it has been a couple of years, so a full length LP – in this case live recorded effort Secret Sessions – is long overdue. It does appear that these sessions are so secret that they’re – ahem – still keeping almost
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DJ DSK: DNA Edits Volume 1 (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DSK: DNA Edits Volume 1 (Vinyl 7It’s not just building societies jungle boogie-ing to Kool & The Gang these days – DJ DSK is too – on new 45 DNA Edits Volume 1! Yep, turns out our man has only gone and launched his own edits label, DNA Edits, and the first release finds Robert ‘Kool’ Bell and co’s biggest funky moment getting re-tooled with all the usual good stuff – extra percussive leverage, extended bits, mix-friendly
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AE3: Black Rider

AE3: Black RiderRating: ★★★★★ Bloody hellfire! Stand by for the heavyweight psych-funk-fuzz on AE3 a.k.a Alan Evans Trio’s new single Black Rider. Oh what – Alan Evans – as in the Soullive sticksman? Yes, that Alan Evans. Turns out it’s drummer-man Evans himself on vocals and this is the only vocal track on forthcoming LP The Wild Root. The only vocal track? On the evidence of this, he should have
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