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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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BOBBY OROZA: This Is Love Pt. 1 (Vinyl 7″)

BOBBY OROZA:  This Is Love Pt. 1 (Vinyl 7It’s part one of ‘funky Latin stuff comes from the unlikeliest places night’ here at MB and so it is that the monkey brings you news of the Big Crown label’s signing of Bobby Oroza – born in Finland, the Latin appearance of the name notwithstanding. Turns out Oroza’s new single This Is Love Pt 1 – a hot-buttered slice of woozy lowrider soul – is at the pressing plant and the B-side is a big secret
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VARIOUS: Funky Country 2 (Vinyl LP)

VARIOUS: Funky Country 2 (Vinyl LP)Rating: ★★★★★ No teasing or otherwise delaying of gratification here, Perfect Toy is so excited about Funky Country 2 that they’re hustling it out into the world less than two months after its predecessor. And it’s an excitement you’ll be sharing. Said predecessor was, of course, January’s Funky Country which (as the name implies) assembled tracks which were funky yet
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NICOLE WILLIS & UMO JAZZ ORCHESTRA: Haunted By The Devil b/w (Everybody) Do The Watusi (Vinyl 7″)

NICOLE WILLIS & UMO JAZZ ORCHESTRA:  Haunted By The Devil b/w (Everybody) Do The Watusi (Vinyl 7Here you go then – two sides of Nicole Willis lifted straight from the recent My Name Is Nicole Willis LP. For reasons best known to people other than the monkey, Side-A of this 45 is the mood music of soul-jazz slowie Haunted By The Devil adorned with not un-pleasing pysch trimmings. Lest DJs be haunted by an empty dancefloor however, the flip is the far more lively ‘northern jazz’ number Do
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FREAKPOWER: United State EP + ‘Soul Clap’ video

FREAKPOWER:  United State EPRating: ★★★★★ What better time for nineties groovers Freakpower to return with the United State EP, their first drop in twenty years or so? Trump is in the Whitehouse advocating guns for teachers and a nuclear spanky botty for Kim Jong-Un, the UK is on course for self-inflicted economic disaster, and Putin is going to be ‘voted’ Russian president again next month. Who wouldn’t fly their
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