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BOSSA 70: Si Voce Pensa/ Birimbao (Vinyl 7″)

BOSSA 70: Si Voce Pensa/ Birimbao (Vinyl 7Re-mastered straight from the original 1970s master tapes, two Bossa 70 tracks see the light of day once more on either side of the next vinyl 45 drop from Latin funk fiends Matasuna Records. Both covers, the super-rare and largely unknown A-side, Si Voce Pensa, only appeared on a 100-copy run of a promo 45 while Birimbao is lifted from the band’s self-titled debut LP of which only
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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS: Shake It

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS: Shake ItWould you believe it, The New Mastersounds new long player, Shake It, is out already and like the three singles already lifted from it (Let’s Go Back, Kings & Queens and Taking Me Down) it is billed as ‘featuring’ singer Lamar Williams. You’ll be unsurprised to hear that’s because Williams appears on most of the tracks so, obviously, this isn’t the sort of instrumental set punters have
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DJAR ONE: Oye Como Va b/w Dance Dance (Vinyl 7″)

DJAR ONE: Oye Como Va b/w Dance DanceRating: ★★★★★ Oye como va, readers? Really – good – glad to hear it! And things’ll be going even better when you catch the news that Djar One is putting out a double set of Latin edits on 45. Side A is, of course, a funked-up version of Tito Puente’s evergreen Oye Como Va with additional drum breaks giving it some extra dancefloor weight and the chance to add a top-rock to your
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NEAL FRANCIS: Changes

NEAL FRANCIS: ChangesRating: ★★★★★ The Colemine goldmine delivers again with the arrival (on its subsidiary label Karma Chief) of Neal Francis’ Changes LP which delivers on all the promise of a trio of recent singles. That’ll be a promise Craig Charles summarised by referring to Francis as the “reincarnation of Allen Toussaint,” then, which isn’t half as hyperbolic as it sounds if you’ve heard any
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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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