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SOUL FLIP EDITS 12: Light My Fire / The Happening (Vinyl 7″)

You’re damn right the Soul Flip crew is back – and with a vengeance too after what has been a fallow year thus far following a mere two booties in 2020. It’s all a far cry from 2019 when the crew managed no fewer than six 45 edit releases plus a vinyl LP collecting all previous edits and were making plans to achieve global old soul edit dominance! Still, this funky ‘De La Soul’ breakbeat
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CALIBRO 35: Post-Momentum EP

CALIBRO 35: Post-Momentum EPCult Italian ‘cinematic funk’ fiends Calibro 35 return a mere 17 months after their last album, Momentum, with the Post-Momentum EP. And if that name suggests the two might be linked, well, you’d be right. Not least of the reasons for which is the fact that this release is bookended by two versions of LP track Stan Lee. This one was something of departure for a band known for their
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DEROBERT & THE HALF TRUTHS: Thievin’ And Robbin

DEROBERT & THE HALF TRUTHS: Thievin' And RobbinBlimey – it’s been eight years since Nashville’s DeRobert & The Half Truths featured on MB but it’s good to see that DeRobert’s voice has only gained in power in that time and the Half Truths’ playing is tight as ever. New one Thievin’ And Robbin is yet another single in German label Golden Rules’ digital singles series showcasing the best in contemporary retro soul (as opposed to
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MOSQUITO HAWKS: Some Kinda Blues EP

MOSQUITO HAWKS:  Some Kinda Blues EPIt’s conceivable that when Lucky Brown put together Seattle funk and blues collective Mosquito Hawks over a decade ago he wasn’t expecting their debut release to take more than ten years to make an appearance. Still Some Kinda Blues is here now and makes up for lost time with a scorching collection of spit n sawdusted, swamp-funk and blues. Hydrangea is
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OUTER SPACE: Magnetic Monster

OUTER SPACE: Magnetic MonsterLooks like there’s still time for another digital single from Germany’s Golden Rules label prior to the release of a year’s-worth of digital singles on a big summer vinyl LP funk and soul drop. On this occasion, it’s Outer Space supplying the goods entitled Magnetic Monster and it’s a beast! A beast from outer space? Well a beast from Barcelona at the very least and one with a heavy, heavy afro-
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Beggarman (Ltd. Vinyl 7″)

Smoove & Turrell may have released their debut LP Antique Soul all the way back in ’09 but it appears the clamouring for wax copies of that LP’s third single, Beggarman, still haven’t let up – naturally because the song is an irresistible call to the soul dancefloor.  Lyrically it was a call to keep spirits high in times of hardship and it is telling that while the word ‘austerity’ might have
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PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES: Comencemos b/w Mi Moooto (Vinyl 7″)

PHIRPO Y SUS CARIBES:  ComencemosMatasuna Records bring that funky Latin heat again – this time with a double helping from Venezuelan Porfi Jiminez’ Phirpo Y Sus Caribes outfit. The A-side Comencemos is a cover of Ginger Baker-powered Fela Kuti track Let’s Start upping the tempo very slightly and subtly Latin-ising the feel of the track. Arguably even better is flip Mi Moooto, a Jiminez original that, as the title
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LEXSOUL DANCEMACHINE: Pump Up The Jam

Estonian funk outfit Lexsoul Dancemachine are known for their blistering live shows so it was only natural that for their first ever cover, they would choose Pump Up The Jam by Technotronic. What?! Pump Up The Jam?!!! The cheesy, 1989, Euro-hip-house, world-wide hit, Pump Up The Jam? ‘Pump up the jam, Pump it up, While your feet are stomping’ Pump Up The Jam? That Pump Up The
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ANDY COOPER: Hot Off The Chopping Block (Vinyl LP)

ANDY COOPER: Off The Chopping Block (Vinyl LP)With absolutely no sign of abatement in his blistering release schedule (if anything, things seem to have stepped up a gear!) and barely six months since last full-length effort L.I.S.T.E.N., Long Beach emcee Andy Cooper is back already with news of his forthcoming album, Hot Off The Chopping Block.  The name, like that of 2017’s The Layered Effect, is a reference to the
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BOCA 45 feat. EMSKEE & DJ WOODY: 45s EP (Vinyl 7″)

BOCA 45 feat. EMSKEE & DJ WOODY:  45s EPRating: ★★★★★ Who better to drop a 45 featuring a lyrical tribute to 45s than Boca 45 of 45Live fame? That’s a lot of 45, I think you’ll agree, and when you hear what our man has come up with on his brand new 45s EP in the company of Brooklyn emcee Emskee and DJ Woody, you’ll probably decide that even the amount of 45 you’d previously imagined you’d be getting was an
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