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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Masterclass

EL MICHELS AFFAIR: MasterclassBetween the release of their excellent Yeti Season LP and the follow-up of sorts, The Abominable EP (about which, more shortly), there’s just time for New York legends El Michels Affair to squeeze out a new single Masterclass on which they give – well – a masterclass on how to deliver summery soundtrack psych thrills. Turns out this track featured alongside material from Saul Williams
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Soul Messin’ Records: THE NEW COBRAS Soulgroove ’66 Pt 1 & THE NIGHTSTALKERS Pt 2 (Vinyl 7″)

THE NEW COBRAS Soulgroove '66Soulgroove 66 Pt 1 & 2 is the new 45 from Melbourne’s Soul Messin’ Records then, commemorating a linchpin of the Melbourne, Australian and indeed global soul scene, Pierre Baroni of PBS 106.7’s Soulgrove ’66 radio show. Not that the man stopped at that, having also graphic designer, photographer and producer strings to his bow and a resumé that involved having worked with big Australian music names
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CLIFF NOBLES: My Love Is Getting Stronger/ RUSSELL EVANS & THE NITE HAWKS: The Bold

CLIFF NOBLES:  My Love Is Getting StrongerRating: ★★★★★ Here’s yet more re-release heat from Matasuna Records who show double love for soul music with this 45 featuring Cliff Nobles on the A-side and Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks on the flip. The second of these, The Bold, is a funky uptempo mod-jazz instro with scorching bluesy guitar, subtle organ groovin’ and some octopus-armed drumming but it’s A-side My Love Is
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LET YOUR HAIR DOWN: Pizza Pie

Following previous single BF Holiday and prior to the release of their debut long player, Waiting Room, here’s another slice of cinematic soulfulness from Melbourne’s Let Your Hair Down in the shape of new single Pizza Pie. This one swaps the low key grooving of its predecessor for a more abrasive sound with fuzz guitar, bass distortion and in-your-face but off-kilter horns
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LET YOUR HAIR DOWN: BF Holiday

LET YOUR HAIR DOWN:  BF HolidayNext from Melbourne’s College Of Knowledge label comes this single BF Holiday from Let Your Hair Down. In the cinematic soul vein, this midtempo cruiser will slot in there right beside your Menahan/ Ikebe/ El Michels type material and also provides a rich seam of sampling possibilities. The band – originally The Let Your Hair Down Girls was an instrumental side project for the rhythm and
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JAYL FUNK feat. GEORGES PERIN: Raise Your Hands (Vinyl 7″)

JAYL FUNK feat. GEORGES PERIN:  Raise Your HandsRaise your hands in the air for the funky new disco single from Jayl Funk featuring Franco-Greek singer Georges Perin.  Initially only available on vinyl 7″ via Bandcamp, the track features an A-side entitled (what else?) Raise Your Hands and B-side Love Time.  The former kicks off with a soulful call to ‘Raise yo’ hands,” before scratching into a repeated chant of ‘boom-shaka-laka’ swiftly
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VARIOUS: It’s A Good Good Feeling: The Latin Soul Of Fania Records (The Singles)

It's A Good Good Feeling: The Latin Soul Of Fania RecordsMention Latin soul to anyone and the word ‘Fania’ won’t be far from anyone’s lips since the label is as synonymous with the genre as Stax and Motown with soul and Trojan with reggae. Now, Craft Latino (the part of Craft Recordings which has oversight for the Fania Records back catalogue) has announced the release of a massive box set of Fania singles encompassing the
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THE BONGOLIAN: Harlem Hipshake + video

THE BONGOLIAN:  Harlem HipshakeRating: ★★★★★ When The Bongolian’s most recent LP, Harlem Hipshake, arrived last autumn it was quite obviously a goldmine for singles. By some way the monkey’s favourite Bongolian LP ever, it channels the funky Latin sounds of late 60s/ early 70s sound of New York and few tracks more magnificently than the title track. This monster begins with just the faintest shades of Pete
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THE KBCS: Popsicles

Popsicles The KBCSPsych-soul does rather seem to be the flavour of the month at the moment – whether vocal or instrumental – and it’s hard not to suspect that the wild success of Black Pumas may have driven a resurgence in music of this ilk. Enter The KBCS with Popsicles – the lead single off their forthcoming album Color Box. An upbeat instrumental driven by a funky rhythm and
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ADAM GIBBONS: The Last Bastion (OST)

ADAM GIBBONS: The Last BastionIf your appetite for funky and monster guitar fuzz-fuelled soundtrack flavoured breaks and beats was whetted by Adam ‘Lack Of Afro’ Gibbons two six-track EPs, Manhunt and Here We Go, earlier in the year then you’ll be stoked to hear that the full twenty-two track album, The Last Bastion, from which the music on both EPs was drawn is now out. Inspired by the likes of John Barry and David
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