Tag Archives: Funk

BOCA 45: Bombs From The Vaults (2017)

BOCA 45:  Bombs From The VaultsSoon to be unleashed on Bomb Strikes is the aptly titled Bombs From The Vaults on which the man known as Boca 45 drops no fewer than twenty-nine tracks requisitioned from his two decade career both as a solo artist and in multiple musical alliances including Purple Penguin, Dynamo Productions, The Beekeepers and Bocawoody. By way of a sampler, the label unleash four previously
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NOLA BREAKS V5: Everybody’s Hip-Huggin (THE ALLERGIES remix)/ Mean Man (PROFESSOR SHORTHAIR remix)(2017)

NOLA BREAKS V5:  Everybody's Hip-Huggin/ Mean Man (THE ALLERGIES remixes)What happens when The Allergies and Professor Shorthair get their hands on two mighty funk cut from the Big Easy? Nola Breaks V5, that’s what! Yes, Professor Shorthair invited the duo to work their edit-hoodoo on Robert Parker’s classic Everybody’s Hip-Huggin while he took on Betty Harris’s Mean Man himself for a release that is certain to cause a fire on the bayou. Not least of the reasons for this is the way The Allergies get
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TRAMP RECORDS: Feeling Nice Vol. 4 (2017)

TRAMP RECORDS: Feeling Nice Vol. 4 (2017)Rating: ★★★★★ If you thought there was only time for one more big-ass rare groove retrospective from Tramp Records before the end of the year with their Countdown To Soul you are sorely (but also happily) mistaken for that honour goes to this – Feeling Nice Vol. 4 – the latest instalment in one of the label’s longest running series. As always, the focus is on the funk and, as always, the
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GIST: Squared (2017)

GIST:  Squared (2017)Many and varied are the permutations of the funk formula but it is hard to think of any artist who manages to successfully draw from both the organic syncopated grooves of the late sixties and the slicker, electro and boogie-influenced funk of the eighties. Still, if that’s what you’re after, Gist may well be your men and their second LP Squared will be the album
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MARTHA HIGH: ‘Mama Feelgood’ audio premiere (2017)

MARTHA HIGH:  'Mama Feelgood' audio premiere (2017)Rating: ★★★★★ The monkey does like to line up a dope audio premiere for you and this one is a real treat – James Brown’s original funky diva, Martha High, covers Lyn Collin’s Mama Feelgood with Osaka Monaurail as her backing band. And damn if it ain’t as good as the original. The track is the highlight of Tribute To My Soul Sisters – a whole LP from High and Osaka Monaurail out later
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JAZZPROFILACTIKA: Tick Tock (2017)

JAZZPROFILACKTICA:  Tick Tock (2017)JazzProfilactika? Now there’s a name to conjure with. But let’s roll on instead to Tick Tock the new nine-track album from the Bulgarian four-piece who consist of a turntablist, a saxophonist, a trumpet and flugelhorn player and keys and French horn player and who started out as an alliance of like-minded djs nearly ten years ago. Along the way, the dj trio became a quintet
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LONG DISTANCE DAN: The Dustman Stirs (2017)

LONG DISTANCE DAN:  The Dustman Stirs (2017)The dustman stirs? Oh what – like on Wednesdays when you get rudely awakened by him and his mates? No Dougal. Not exactly. No, this’ll be The Dustman Stirs as in the latest release from that purveyor of psychedelic breaks, Long Distance Dan, not to mention being our man’s follow-up to 2015’s The Other Side Of The Sky EP and his full-length debut. And that’s ‘full-length’ as
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MARTHA HIGH: Tribute To My Soul Sisters (2017)

Record Kicks must be feeling pretty smug having signed the late great James Brown’s legendary funky diva Martha High for an album of soul and funk covers of classics by High’s peers from back in the day. Well you would wouldn’t you? It gets better though, for High’s Tribute To My Soul Sisters LP finds her interpreting twelve bangers from back in the day with none other than Osaka-to-Tokyo
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BACKBEAT UNDERGROUND feat. AARON ABERNATHY: She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do) (2017)

True-school soul releases have been flooding out of both the Daptone and Big Crown labels Stateside this year and now Fort Knox Recordings are getting in on the action by welcoming Backbeat Underground to the fold. The latter’s new single is the Aaron Abernathy-featuring She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do) and is a smouldering slice of a horns-toting groove that will particularly
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THE BONGOLIAN: I’m A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones (2017)

THE BONGOLIAN:  I'm A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones (2017)Where to start with The Bongolian’s new single I’m A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones then? The Targaryen-level craziness of the title, that seems to invoke a drunken fratboy challenge to George RR Martin, maybe? The Delia Derbyshire-on-milk-of-the-poppy Moog antics that characterise most of the track? The fact that the whole thing waltzes along a psychedelic knife edge on one side of which lies
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