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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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THE SOUL SURFERS: Russian Funk/ Sirtaki (Vinyl 7″)

THE SOUL SURFERS: Russian Funk/ Sirtaki (Russian funk nutters The Soul Surfers return with a new 7″ single shortly featuring tracks entitled – er – Russian Funk and Sirtaki. The first of these is a gloriously swirling uptempo psych-funk affair that pairs crunchy drum breaks with more traditional jangly Russian sounds – including a woodwind instrument which sounds suspiciously like a medieval recorder or something providing a
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BETTY BLACK feat. THE FAMILY FORTUNE: Cry Me A River (Vinyl 7″)

BETTY BLACK feat. THE FAMILY FORTUNE: Cry Me A RiverRating: ★★★★★ Funky Bond-theme thrills in this take on Arthur Hamilton’s classic fifties torch song, Cry Me A River, as Betty Black fronts The Family Fortune on Malachi Trout’s Skyline Recordings label. The last time something of this ilk came out – apart from the late sixties golden era – was probably the late nineties so we seem to be operating on a thirty year cycle for soaring
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SAM REDMORE: Universal Vibrations LP

SAM REDMORE:  Universal Vibrations LPYou’ve been reading about the singles here on MB since last September (five of them no less!) covering a range of genres and sub-genres but this month it’s Sam Redmore’s debut long player, Universal Vibrations which has finally dropped. It’s an eleven-track set with a name that implicitly makes the bold claim of being able to rock the
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JODIE: Threads (Ltd. vinyl 7″)

JODIE: Threads (Ltd. vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Original Gravity signing Jodie returns with new vinyl 7″, Threads, shortly but with a title like that, what is she actually singing about? A nuclear holocaust? Nope, too eighties. Straggly loose bits of fabric? Close but no cigar. Ok then, so it must be…clothing! Got it in three, as our heroine turns in a snappy dressers’ anthem. Not just any snapper dressers though
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GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Scatter

GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: ScatterTurns out it’ll be time for Ghost Funk Orchestra’s third studio LP in October and before that, here’s the first single, Scatter. A vocal cut, this one offers by turns smokey and shimmery soul-jazz theatrics that, say, Doris (of ‘Beatmaker’ fame) might have been pleased with back in the day, albeit with a heavy psych bridge in the second half. Cue surreal mod-film stylings on a video
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CHRIS LUJAN & ELECTRIC BUTTER feat. ANDRE CRUZ & REALITY JONEZ: Brothers and Sisters Of The World, Unite!

Rating: ★★★★★ Yet more dope from Golden Rules forthcoming all-original funk/ soul LP sampler The Originals 2 with this funk-laden heavy-soul groover from, deep breath, Chris Lujan & Electric Butter feat. Andre Cruz & Reality Jonez. Looks like they’ve really been saving up the best singles till the end of the release schedule what with this coming out hot on the heels of Blaxound’s Plata
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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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SMOOVE: Multi-Track Reworks Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 (Vinyl 12″)

The British rail network might be a fragmented privatised disaster but northern funkster Smoove is all up together with not one but two of his Multi-Track Reworks arriving in a timely and efficient manner for the people. Vol. 2 sees him donning his disco hat to give three 70s and 80s giants some proper time and investment and, indeed space, since this is on the largely forgotten wax
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CHICKEN GRASS: Chicken Grass LP

CHICKEN GRASS:  Chicken Grass LPMB regulars may remember the name Chicken Grass from the band’s excellent New Orleans funk 45-style bump, Snakebites featuring Princess Shaw which provided one of the funk single highlights of last year. Turns out the band have actually been knocking about for a quarter century though and furthermore that they have finally decided to release their debut self-titled LP. I think
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