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WONDER 45: Wonderland (+ Ltd. vinyl 7″)

WONDER 45: WonderlandYou recognise the house style of that artwork don’t you? That’s right, this is the next single off the Golden Rules label’s funk and soul sampler The Originals Vol. 2 and what a track it is too. For this release the label have chosen soul torch song Wonderland by new London-based outfit Wonder 45 and it’s a proper little smoulderer showcasing the voice of singer Gavin Conder. Slow-burning organ? Check. Love-based lyrics with soaring chorus? Check. Big horns on said soaring chorus? Check again. Grab loved one, sway slowly and get your lighters up. Oh sorry, it’s – er – torches on phones these days isn’t it – not quite the same but this track will make up for that particular shortfall. Golden Rules: bringing soul back to the people alright.
(Out 6 May digitally on Golden Rules/ Pre-order vinyl (shipping 1 October) on Happy People Records)

THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)

THE BLASSICS: Slight Whining (Fast)Instalments of the Golden Rules label’s forthcoming all-original funk/ soul sampler The Originals Vol. 2 keep rolling in thick and fast and the next one is afro-funk beast Slight Whining (Fast) from Finland’s The Blassics. Here’s a crew who don’t mess around, kicking this instrumental off immediately with a rolling drum break and lightly wah-wah’d guitar soon joined by that


AMAZIN' FIVE: MoneyThe next digital single from German label Golden Rules in the run-up to the vinyl release of their second volume of all-original funk and soul, The Originals Vol. 2, is from Russian funk outfit Amazin’ Five. Somewhat topically, it’s entitled Money – which I understand is in short supply in Russia at the moment though I’m pretty sure the band didn’t have a controversial invasion of a

VARIOUS: The Originals Vol. 1

The Originals Vol. 1 Golden RulesDropping slightly later than summer (as originally intended) contemporary funk compilation LP The Originals Vol.1 from German label Golden Rules is finally here! Following the lengthy run-up of digital singles which included every one of the fourteen tracks featured hereon as a digital single, this release provides the opportunity to hear everything on physical format too coming, as it


DEROBERT & THE HALF TRUTHS: Thievin' And RobbinBlimey – it’s been eight years since Nashville’s DeRobert & The Half Truths featured on MB but it’s good to see that DeRobert’s voice has only gained in power in that time and the Half Truths’ playing is tight as ever. New one Thievin’ And Robbin is yet another single in German label Golden Rules’ digital singles series showcasing the best in contemporary retro soul (as opposed to

OUTER SPACE: Magnetic Monster

OUTER SPACE: Magnetic MonsterLooks like there’s still time for another digital single from Germany’s Golden Rules label prior to the release of a year’s-worth of digital singles on a big summer vinyl LP funk and soul drop. On this occasion, it’s Outer Space supplying the goods entitled Magnetic Monster and it’s a beast! A beast from outer space? Well a beast from Barcelona at the very least and one with a heavy, heavy afro-


Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra heads into outer space(funk) on new single Rocket Ship with little more than one heavy drum break, a simple bassline and falsetto vocals. True, there are a plethora of psychedelic FX and a number of occasional other instruments but they never overwhelm that central trinity. Oh – and it turns out the whole thing is written by Shawn Lee


GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Asphalt HomelandPrepare to get spaced out with the Ghost Funk Orchestra on new single Asphalt Homeland. And while its name conjures a location characterised by a thick and gloopy construction product, the single itself is a light and ethereal slice of cinematic psych-soul.  The GFO project began as the brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Applebaum and has now