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SURPRISE CHEF: Blyth Street Nocturne

SURPRISE CHEF: Blyth Street NocturneYou might have thought Melbourne had already given more than enough to the world of contemporary funk and soul given the number of bands of that ilk hailing from there but it seems the city isn’t done just yet. Say hello then to Surprise Chef who enter the fray from the left field with the library music-inspired Blyth Street Nocturne the first taster from the band’s forthcoming debut
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SMOOVE: Recorded Delivery

SMOOVE: Recorded DeliveryEight years after his original Jalapeno Records remix comp. First Class dropped, Smoove finally follows up with the sequel, Recorded Delivery. Eight years! Why the wait? Well that’ll partly be the small matter of writing, producing and touring the three Smoove & Turrell LPs that have come out in that time, all those live DJ sets and many of the remixes which are collected on this – so many in
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GREYHOUNDS: Left Turn

GREYHOUNDS: Left TurnThe Color Red label continues to fire out the releases with this new one, Left Turn from the Austin, Texas-based Greyhounds. Name rings a bell, right? Of course it does! This outfit were working with Tim ‘T Bird’ Crane from the now sadly de-funked T Bird & The Breaks last time news of them got to the monkey. Right now, they can be found getting their stuff produced by the
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COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS: Feel Good Inc./ Cars (Vinyl 7″)

COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS: Feel Good Inc./ Cars (Vinyl 7A long time ago, before Ivan Khatchoyan of Oz-funk merchants Cookin On 3 Burners started knocking out inspired funk covers of old classics with his other band the Traffic, he could be found – er – knocking out the occasional inspired funk cover of an old classic with Cookin On 3 Burners. And by a long time ago, I mean ten or twelve years ago when the fetish for 45s wasn’t quite what it is now – which means that not everything
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THE ALLERGIES: Every Trick In The Book (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Every Trick In The Book (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ I don’t know – those Allergies boys, they make you feel good and they know how to turn you on. Oh wait, no, that’s – well…never mind. What I meant was The Allergies make you feel good and they know every trick in the book – which, as we all know, has resulted in an impressive run of grooves that keep you hooked. Take their forthcoming 45 banger – er – Every
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BASEMENT FREAKS: ‘Tape Funk’ sample pack

BASEMENT FREAKS: 'Tape Funk' sample packMB regulars will know that over the years Basement Freaks has knocked out a multitude of sample packs for Black Octopus in all kinds of flavours but for Tape Funk, his twentieth (!), it’s something a little bit special. Made as a collab. with Concord Audio, it’s got a title that evokes an era of analogue warmth because the entire contents were run through a vintage tape machine
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LOS SOBRINOS DEL JUEZ: Harina De Maiz / Corned Beef Hash (Vinyl 7″)

LOS SOBRINOS DEL JUEZ: Harina De Maiz / Corned Beef Hash (Vinyl 7Now then, how about some wah-wah fuelled Latin funk 45 action? Perhaps Los Sobrinos Del Juez’s Harina De Maiz from their self-titled 1974 album? Yes, that should do nicely. Of course on its original 45 release, this track was the B-side to salsa cut Mortifica. Now it’s an A-side what to make the B-side? Go with Mortifica but demote it? Or cop a different cut off the same album? It’s the second!
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IKEBE SHAKEDOWN: Kings Left Behind

IKEBE SHAKEDOWN: Kings Left BehindFollowing a brace of single releases earlier in the summer, instrumental soul outfit Ikebe Shakedown finally drop their fourth studio long-player, Kings Left Behind.   If anyone’s lagging though, it’s not the Ikebe crew, for despite the fact that the band’s musical territory is packed to the gills with the talent of similarly NYC-based fellow travellers Budos Band and Menahan Street Band, this is a
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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS JR: Taking Me Down

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS JR: Taking Me DownThe steady flow of singles off The New Mastersounds upcoming LP collab. with Lamar Williams Jr, Shake It, continues apace with the arrival of new one Taking Me Down. It’s a track on which the band switch up the influences and transform from The New Metersounds into the New Mulatusounds and wear their Ethio-psychfunk influences proud. Listen and shimmy for the first
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ESPADRILLE: Bandana Breaks b/w Funk Off (Vinyl 7″)

ESPADRILLE: Bandana Breaks b/w Funk Off (Vinyl 7Espadrille plant their rope-soled feet firmly back onto the Hammond funk scene with new 45 Bandana Breaks b/w Funk Off. The duo travel under the names ‘T. Montana’ (‘say hello to my little fren’!’) and the vaguely New Mastersounds-y ‘H. Shand’ and have apparently been making music for decades. As they’re studio bound though, they’ve had no need to elbow their way
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