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OTTO DE ROJAS Y LOS ULTRA 76: Choca Las Caderas / Al Ritmo De Bump Bump (Vinyl 7″)

OTTO DE ROJAS Y LOS ULTRA 76: Choca Las Caderas / Al Ritmo De Bump Bump (Vinyl 7Matasuna Records deliver more latin action with this lively double-header 45 from Otto De Rojas Y Los Ultra 76. On the one side is classic uptempo latin jazz/ funk/ disco nugget Choca Las Caderas from 1976, adorned with the piano tinkles of legendary ivories-tickler De Rojas. On the flip the Peruvian combo try their hand at a cover of Soulful Strut by Stateside soul-jazz groovers Young-Holt
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CALIBRO 35: Psycheground (video + ltd. Vinyl 7″)

CALIBRO 35:  Psycheground (Video)Of course it was only a couple of months ago that Italian kings of cinematic funk, Calibro 35, dropped their umpteenth studio LP, Decade which, the monkey noted, “…starts innocuously enough with the afro-tinged lilt of Psycheground…[and]…in Calibro 35-land we’re in the title sequence of whatever film is in their heads…[which]…surely…features a lengthy single-take of a
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BOMBSTRIKES: Funk N Beats Vol 5 – THE ALLERGIES

BOMBSTRIKES:  Funk N Beats Vol. 5 - THE ALLERGIESGood grief is it that time already? Yes it is! Bomb Strikes’ annual Funk N Beats compilation which ensures a healthy supply of – well – funk and beats to keep you going until the next offering is now in its fifth year with the unsurprisingly-named Vol 5 just out. But who to run the show in 2018? Who could possibly have the requisite curatorial skills? Enter a pair of youthful ‘Whispering’ Bob
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THE KING ROOSTER: The King Rooster (album)

KING ROOSTER:  The King RoosterJust in time for Record Store Day, London-based raw funk outfit The King Rooster follow last year’s low-key cassette-only EP, Charisma Cafe, and a string of much higher profile 45s by scratching up a full-length LP of lowdown and dirty funk grooves – the self-titled The King Rooster. And said business is heavyweight in multiple senses of the word. There’s the funk of course; there’s the fact
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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS: Renewable Energy

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS:  Renewable EnergySixteen years into their career, The New Mastersounds have spent nearly as long sounding like The Meters and Grant Green (in his funky period) as Grant Green and The Meters did. Combined. And that’s without Green’s drugs to help them along the way. It’s the kind of undertaking requiring an impressive amount of creative energy to keep things fresh, I think you’ll
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TIMEWARP INC: Funky Bob Timbales b/w Cinemafilm (Vinyl 7″)

TIMEWARP INC:  Funky Bob Timbales b/w Cinemafilm (Vinyl 7The resurgence of the 45 format continues with no sign of a market awash with old 45 reissues, first time-on-45 reissues, new originals and new booties drying out any time soon. On this drop, Timewarp Inc. digs deep into the back catalogue for a 45 reissue of a brace of eleven year old tracks that previously saw light of day in seven inch format a full decade ago. Funky Bob Timbales
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VARIOUS: Esterno Notte Vol. 2/ Esterno Notte Jazz/ Esterno Giorno Estate

Library music fiends unite! Four Flies Records have capitalised on the success of their Esterno Notte and Esterno Giorno compilations of rare and unreleased 60s and 70s Italian cinema soundtrack material with three more volumes: Esterno Notte Vol. 2, Esterno Giorno Vol. 2 and Esterno Notte Jazz. Where the original volumes had dug from the RCA Italy vaults, the net is spread wider on
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GIZELLE SMITH: Dust b/w Hey Romeo (Vinyl 7″)

GIZELLE SMITH:  Dust/ Hey Romeo (Vinyl 7Blimey what is this – the fourth Gizelle Smith single in as many months? Let it not be said that she’s one to rest on her laurels. Here Smith packs off an ex. on Dust with a ‘5-4-3-2-1’ countdown refrain – sure to invite audience participation – over hectic drums augmented by an appropriate amount of guitar wah. On the flip (for yes, this is a vinyl 7″), is the equally heavily syncopated Hey
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SOOPASOUL: If It Ain’t Funky Back It Up (Vinyl 7″)

SOOPASOUL: If It Ain't Funky Back It Up (Vinyl 7‘If it ain’t funky back it up,’ runs the sureshot male vocal hook of Soopasoul’s new 45 – er – If It Ain’t Funky Back It Up which channels the JBs in such a reliable manner that it’s in precisely no danger whatsoever of having to engage reverse gear. Naturally that means you can expect an upbeat, uptempo rhythm drenched in horns and funky guitar chops. Still, if you’re not backing up, there’s
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BILL WITHERS: Use Me (RHYTHM SCHOLAR Mo Funk Remix) Free download

BILL WITHERS:  Use Me (RHYTHM SCHOLAR Mo Funk Remix) Free downloadIt takes a brave soul (or a presumptive one) to add funk to a cut by soul legend Bill Withers – in this case his second biggest Stateside hit Use Me – but such is the claim in the title of Rhythm Scholar’s Mo Funk remix. Happily, there is no hubris from RS who capably sidesteps any egregious rerub pitfalls and engineers a rhythm n bottom-end, chunked-up re-version whilst
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