Tag Archives: Funk

KIND & KINKY ZOO: Released! (2017)

KIND & KINKY ZOO:  Released!Rating: ★★★★★ Who would have thought in the same month that the band with the best name in contemporary funk release an album, the band with the weirdest name in contemporary funk would release an album too? Or that they would both be good. The latter are none other than Switzerland’s Kind & Kinky Zoo and sticking with the weird naming thing, they’ve decided to release
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THE ALLERGIES: Dig Jalapeno (Album)(2017) + ‘Blast Off’ remix premiere

THE ALLERGIES:  Dig Jalapeno (Album)(2017) + 'Blast Off' remix premiereEverybody knows deejay-producers love nothing better than getting the keys to a record company’s back catalogue so one can only imagine the pants-wetting excitement Bristol duo The Allergies must have experienced when they recently gained access to Jalapeno’s vaults. Of course, having penetrated the inner sanctum, there was nothing left to do but have had a right old rummage. The
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SHAOLIN TEMPLE DEFENDERS: Free Your Soul (2017)

SHAOLIN TEMPLE DEFENDERS:  Free Your SoulThe return of the band with the best name in contemporary funk is imminent with their new album and sixth studio LP, Free Your Soul, all set to drop and man are they fired up! Naturally, if the band in question is called Shaolin Temple Defenders and they’re fired up the first place anyone is going to point the finger is at the White Lotus Clan. In the event it turns out that Pai Mei’s
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DJ PNUTZ: Bee-Sides (2017)

DJ PNUTZ: Bee-Sides (2017)Fresh – in both the primary and hip-hop senses of the word – from her recent 16 Psyche album, DJ Pnutz drops a brace of recording session extras that didn’t make the final cut in the shape of this Bee-Sides single. And about this, it would be remiss of the monkey not to create some buzz (thank you, I’m here all week) since the track Bee-Side is an efficient slice of heavy Hammond-tinged
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HOT BORDER SPECIAL: Thriller (2017)

HOT BORDER SPECIAL:  Thriller (2017)The countdown to the Halloween silly season is well under way and fighting the urge to put out something horror-themed if you’re a band must be akin to being trying to stop transforming under a full moon if you’re a werewolf. Hot Border Special acknowledge they must bow to the inevitable then but clearly figure that if they’re going to be lycanthropes, they might as well be
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MNP: Ratto Nero b/w Beard (7″ Vinyl)(2017)

MNP:  Ratto Nero b/w Beard (7Next from the aptly-named Delights label comes this new 45 from Brighton-based psych-funk outfit MNP in the form of the sinister double-header of Ratto Nero and Beard. The first of these provides a pysch-funk soundtrack to being hung up on a meathook and flayed, then having to watch while the perpetrator dons your skin like a bleeding suit. We’ve all been there. Beard on the other hand is
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THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. LUCINDA SLIM: World Gone Crazy (2017)

THE HAGGIS HORNS feat. LUCINDA SLIM:  World Gone CrazyThe Haggis Horns follow-up the spring release of Doc Brown-featuring single Take It back by teaming up with singer Lucinda Slim for World Gone Crazy. World gone crazy? How apt a title in a world where an American president who acts like an overgrown baby is so repellent he actually makes you want to cheer on a totalitarian dictator who looks like an overgrown baby. And that’s just
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D/TROIT: Soul Sound System (Album)(2017)

D/TROIT:  Soul Sound System (Album)If you didn’t catch news of the 45 release of the title track of the Soul Sound System LP a fortnight ago (and even if you did) now is the time to properly say hello to D/Troit who make an assured full-length statement to mark D/enmark’s entrance to the global funk-soul scene. If you did catch news of the 45 release you’ll know that among the band’s credentials is the fact that Daptone’s Gabriel Roth has chief mixing credits. Of course if he’s on board, you know a band is doing something right which perhaps has something to do with the fact that
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FOLD: Written in The Sky EP (2017)

FOLD:  Written in The Sky EPYou’ll have heard of ‘conscious’ hip-hop of course, but while Leeds four-piece Fold might be influenced by this genre of music, that’s not what they are. Calling them conscious soul would be more accurate – though there’s a strong chance using such a term would net you a spell in ‘Pseud’s Corner’ should Private Eye get wind of it, not to mention a slap from everyone else within earshot
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TRAMP RECORDS: Countdown To Soul (2017)

TRAMP RECORDS:  Countdown To Soul Rating: ★★★★★ Some might feel that launching a new compilation series when you’ve already got multiple vintage funk, soul, rnb and jazz ones on the go is a bridge too far. And it’s certainly true that Tramp are currently spinning myriad plates – Feeling Nice for example, not to mention Movements, Praise Poems, Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party, the Story Of… artist-
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