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GIZELLE SMITH feat. ERIC BOSS: Hero

GIZELLE SMITH feat. ERIC BOSS:  HeroAs the 30 March release date of Gizelle Smith’s Ruthless Day album draws near, she drops a new single, the duet Hero, as the ‘instant grat’ track if you pre-order said LP. But as anyone knows, a hero has got to be strong, he’s got to be fast, he’s got to be fresh from the fight – so who has she picked to join her on the mic? Step forward Eric Boss (a.k.a. E Da Boss) for another duet with
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CALIBRO 35: Decade + ‘Superstudio’ video

CALIBRO 35: DecadeRating: ★★★★★ 2018 sees Calibro 35 celebrate a ten year-long career by releasing their new long player entitled, appropriately enough, Decade. And if you thought their soundtrack funk schtick might sound a bit tired after that length of time – put such thoughts to bed – for the Milanese five-piece have not only revitalised their sonic palette with orchestral elements but included, among the more
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TRAMP RECORDS: Movements 9

TRAMP RECORDS:  Movements 9There’s no letting the grass grow under Tramp Records’ feet as they ensure that barely a month of the new year goes by before they unleash their first comp. in the form of Movements 9. As regular MB readers will known, Tramp’s raison d’etre is guardianship of rare and lost African American music from the sixties and seventies and this LP
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GEORGE JACKSON: Love Hijacker (MR BOOM Edit) Free download

GEORGE JACKSON:  Love Hijacker (MR BOOM Edit) Free downloadRating: ★★★★★ Last heard of around these parts with his excellent Nico Gomez edit from back in the autumn, Mr Boom returns with another edit par excellence, this time hijacking George Jackson’s 1971 single – er – Love Hijacker. Well, I say ‘hijack’, Jackson would probably have welcomed Mr Boom with open arms after hearing this sensitive version which subtly tweaks the beat
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VARIOUS: Funky Country (Vinyl LP)

VARIOUS:  Funky Country (Vinyl LP)Rating: ★★★★★ When Light In The Attic put out Country Funk in 2012, and then its sequel Country Funk Vol. 2 two years later, who would have thought that the made-up genre of ‘country funk’ (essentially any 70s country track on which the drummer wholeheartedly embraced the syncopated rhythm zeitgeist) could yield so many bangers. Now Perfect Toy Records get in on the
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THE FUNDAMENTALS: Thing

THE FUNDAMENTALS:  Thing Rating: ★★★★★ Top of your funk essentials list for January (and probably your funk edits list for a long time to come, no doubt) should be The Fundamentals’ monster edit of Dyke & The Blazers’ monster version of the Isley Brothers’ It’s Your Thing. With the title now appropriately reduced to simply a single menacing word Thing, the pair (consisting of X-Ray Ted and B-Side) eschew the
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ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI: Lost & Found

ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI:  Lost & FoundIf you dig Calibro 35, The Bongolian, Shawn Lee or any others who owe a debt to the great library music composers and performers of the sixties and seventies – indeed if you dig the funky back catalogues of library labels KPM and DeWolfe – you’re going to dig new Alessandro Alessandroni comp. Lost & Found. Put together by Four Flies Records, this collection gathers together fifteen
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CALIBRO 35: SuperStudio/ Gomma (Vinyl 7″)

CALIBRO 35:  SuperStudio/ Gomma (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ As the video teaser before Crimbo should have made clear, Dre and Jay Z-sampled Italian cinematic music fiends Calibro 35 are taking their crime-funk to the next level on forthcoming LP Decade. Why? Because those bad boys have added orchestral elements. You see how that works don’t you? You come at them with fists they bring a knife. You bring a knife, they bring guns. You bring guns, they bring, like
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VARIOUS: Jalapeno Funk Vol 9

VARIOUS: Jalapeno Funk Vol 9 I don’t know about you but there’s almost as many shades of The Italian Job about the retro red, white and blue van on the cover of the Jalapeno Funk Vol. 9 as there are shades of the 70s Bronx. Which makes it the perfect visual metaphor for a twenty-one track compilation of British funk, soul and funky-breaks inspired by the golden era of Stateside funk and soul. Twenty-one?! You were
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BOBBY JONES: Welcome Back A Foolish Man b/w Lovin’ Hard, Livin Good (Vinyl 7″)

BOBBY JONES:  Welcome Back A Foolish Man b/w Lovin' Hard, Livin Good (Vinyl 7Rocafort Records make it a new year double whammy by following up news of the forthcoming Andy Cooper LP with news of another dope seven inch soul repress – in this case Bobby Jones’ Welcome Back A Foolish Man. Originally released back in 1970 on the Kack label (no, I can’t it would be like shooting fish in a barrel), this finds slept-on Chicago soul man Jones pleading with his missus to take him ‘back’ over a mid-tempo, strings-
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