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WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Black Stone Affair LP

WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Black Stone AffairRating: ★★★★★ Always, a winner, it seems like the ‘soundtrack to a movie that never existed’ trope has never been more popular than in 2021 and arguably one never more fanatically pursued than by the Whatitdo Archive Group. For starters, the PR campaign goes heavy on the idea that the ‘movie’ in question – spaghetti western-cum-noir-cum-caper-cum-giallo epic The Black Stone Affair
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MOMO SAID: The Basement + video

MOMO SAID:  The Basement + videoIf you ever wondered what the lovechild of The JB’s and Yello would sound like, the monkey’s got the answer – it’s Momo Said in The Basement. No, not a bon môt from creepy Japanese doll but rather the new single from eccentric Italo-Moroccan artist Momo Said. It’s a commentary on the cyclical nature of history according to the PR and takes the form of an uptempo jazz-funky beat
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DAYTONER: Life’s A Bitch b/w (It Ain’t) All Good (Vinyl 7″)

Friday's Funky 45 Vol. 12Imagine if Nas’s AZ-featuring Illmatic track, Life’s A Bitch, had a beat done in the style of J-Swift’s work on debut Pharcyde album Bizarre Ride II…? Daytoner and assorted bandmates certainly have done for the A-side of Friday’s Funky 45 Vol. 12 in their fifth crack of the FF45 whip alongside such hallowed company as Featurecast, Smoove, Freqnik & WDRE, Flipout and Red Astaire. Gone is the stoner head-nod of the original replaced by
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Yeti Season LP

Yeti SeasonRating: ★★★★★ You knew, when El Michels Affair released tripped-out Eastern pysch-funk 45 Unathi b/w Zaharila all the way back in 2018, that there was a whole LP of this sort of stuff on the way. You just didn’t realise that it was going to be the album after the next album (which turned out to be last year’s Adult Themes) that they released.  Indeed, not only did you have to wait until the
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MANKOORA: Sonór Tropicàl (Vinyl 7″)

RENEGADES OF JAZZ: Sonór TropicàlRenegades Of Jazz returns to his experiments in tropical sounds under his Mankoora alter-ego after a short break of – oohh – only nine years or so with new vinyl 7″, Sonór Tropical. On the A-side, the title track is an understated piano-led Latin-jazz breakbeat shaker served with a side of violin and a deceptively chunky bassline.  In fact, it’s exactly like a Latin version of those early
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DJ DSK: DNA Edits Vol. 6 (Vinyl 7″)

DJ DSK: DNA Edits Vol. 6 It’s not immediately clear how the monkey managed to miss out on DJ DSK’s DNA Edits Vol.5 but here Vol. 6 is already – and not that long after last summer’s Vol.4. That’s quite a feat I can tell you, given how hard Covid has hit vinyl pressing schedules! If you’ve caught previous efforts though, you’ll know that the DSK name is a hallmark of edit quality and that DNA edits have
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LUVMENAUTS: Extravehicular Activity EP

LUVMENAUTS:  Extravehicular Activity EPRating: ★★★★★ Toronto-based Luvmenauts engage in some Extravehicular Activity for their latest EP and you’ll be glad they did since this involves a six-track instrumental journey through all their favourite retro influences. The four-piece outfit venture down the seemingly never more popular ‘create a soundtrack for films that never existed,’ rabbit-hole having been inspired by library music
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CHICKEN GRASS: Snakebites feat. PRINCESS SHAW b/w Trading Bullets (Vinyl 7″)(Audio premiere)

CHICKEN GRASS:  SnakebitesIf you’re going to do a New Orleans-style funk 45, it’s always best to do it properly, as Finnish funk outfit Chicken Grass do here by roping in New Orleans songstress Princess Shaw for A-side Snakebites on this Tramp Records release. It’s got a Toussaint-esque mix of the raw and the smooth – the latter coming from a silkily layered and executed organ-led groove while a stanky drum
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THE WAX PREACHERS: Omaha/ El Toro + Butterfingers/ Adios Silver King (Vinyl 7″)

THE WAX PREACHERS:  OmahaRating: ★★★★★ If you like the sound of raw, vintage funk, then hold on to your hats because this double 45 drop on Funk Night Records provides four righteous slabs of that stanky ol’ stuff from The Wax Preachers!  Covid (of course), got in the way of the simultaneous release originally slated for last year but luckily the label has finally managed to overcome issues reaching the
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KARATE BOOGALOO: Bumpy’s Lament

KARATE BOOGALOO: Bumpy's LamentContinuing their mission to interpret classic film and TV themes that have been sampled in hip-hop via their left-field, retro library music style, it’s Melbourne crew Karate Boogaloo with blaxploitation number, Bumpy’s Lament from the Shaft OST. Originally a relatively sedate piece of jazzy mood music with the lightest of drums and percussion, KB render the thing into a faster
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