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ALEXANDER KOROSTINSKY: Bones Of God (Vinyl 7″)

ALEXANDER KOROSTINSKY: Bones Of God Alexander Korostinsky’s Bones Of God has been burning a hole in the monkey’s inbox for a week now (the trouble was finding something to embed but that’s all sorted now) and you’ll see why when you hear it, for this Turkish-funk-influenced cut is an absolute beast! Must be the season for eastern-themed psych-funk since this comes hot on the tail of the latest El Michels Affair single
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Kahbi

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: KahbiCinematic soul crew, El Michels Affair, return to the Turkish funk and Bollywood influenced territory of their Yeti Season LP with new one-off single Kahbi. Once again, the band get label mate Piya Malik of 79.5 on vocals and she supplies precisely the requisite amount of exotic promise you’d expect from such a drop. It would seem (at least currently) that this one is just a digital
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SABROSA: Sure Pow / Tangerine Shot (Vinyl 7″)

SABROSA:  Sure Pow / Tangerine ShotSabrosa will have you all mixed up and checking your head with new 45 Sure Pow b/w Tangerine Shot. Any Beastie Boys fans will instantly recognise that bouillabaisse of names given that Sabrosa is the name of the Beasties’ fattest and dirtiest ever funk nugget while the uptempo car chase wah wah funk of A-side instrumental Sure Pow borrows elements of the Beasties’ Sureshot
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SURPRISE CHEF: Spring’s Theme (Vinyl 7″)

Actually the flip-side to the previously covered Velodrome on Surprise Chef’s forthcoming 45, Spring’s Theme is arguably the monkey’s preferred track of the two. That title Spring’s Theme though – an ode to the season of regeneration? Or is ‘Spring’ a character in a retro crime flick of the band’s imagining? It could pretty much function as both but either way – don’t
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THE BAMBOOS: Nothing I Wanna Know About/ Bad Line (Vinyl 7″)

THE BAMBOOS: Nothing I Wanna Know About/ Bad LineJust out from Aussie funk-soul heavyweights, The Bamboos, is their latest 45 featuring Hard Up LP track Nothing I Wanna Know About and new cut Bad Line. Expect crisp funk on the former which finds vocal powerhouse Kylie Auldist dropping an almost eighties-ish melody over a crunchy early seventies funk rhythm. Turn that lil puppy over and you’re confronted instead
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THE SURE FIRE SOUL ENSEMBLE: Step Down

THE SURE FIRE SOUL ENSEMBLE: Step DownRating: ★★★★★ Time for another dope full-length payload from the Colemine label with the arrival of a brand new LP from The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble – Step Down. The ten-tracker is actually the fourth studio album by the San Diego nine-piece and is every bit as packed full of heavy instrumental soul and retro soundtrack thrills as past outings would make you hope for
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EL COMBO BATANGA: Aji Gua Guao/ El Barrio En La Mirada (Vinyl 7″)

EL COMBO BATANGA: Aji Gua Guao (Vinyl 7Expect chilli-hot all original Latin funk on one side of the new single by El Combo Batanga. That’ll be Aji Gua Guao on which the Madrid-based crew leaven the groove with a bit of Cuban sauce and a spicy drum break in the middle that’ll have dancefloors rocking. On the flipside, providing a sonic counterpoint is El Barrio En La Mirada – a lilting slice of Latin soul featuring lyrics about the experiences of a Cuban immigrant
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THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)

THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)Instalments of the Golden Rules label’s forthcoming all-original funk/ soul sampler The Originals Vol. 2 keep rolling in thick and fast and the next one is afro-funk beast Slight Whining (Fast) from Finland’s The Blassics. Here’s a crew who don’t mess around, kicking this instrumental off immediately with a rolling drum break and lightly wah-wah’d guitar soon joined by that
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BILL KING: Atlanta Underground (1979 Reissue)

BILL KING: Atlanta Underground (1979 Reissue)The last couple of years have proved fertile for Bill King who has not only produced stuff in collaboration with son Jesse ‘Dubmatix’ King as J&B Kings, but also seen him deliver new stuff and – as in this case – reissues of old stuff that previously didn’t get quite the love it deserved. Atlanta Underground (which seems to be a tribute to the district in downtown Atlanta) was King’s
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SURPRISE CHEF: Velodrome

SURPRISE CHEF: VelodromeMelbourne’s Surprise Chef get on their soundtrack bikes for latest single Velodrome, laying down boom-bap drums over which they deploy mellow guitar and flute and keys. This one’s all about the synth lead though which’ll go round in your head like a bike with no brakes and no gears – in a good way, obviously. Velodrome is the band’s first cut for Big Crown Records, having previously
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