Tag Archives: Jalapeno Records

GIZELLE SMITH: Better Remember/ Miss World

Better Remember Miss World Gizelle SmithGizelle Smith’s creative renaissance continues with new digital double A-side Better Remember and Miss World. Musically, both cuts are still recognisably funky and shot through with wah-wah guitar, soulful basslines and syncopated drum breaks. Lyrically however, both cuts depart from Smith’s earlier and more personal experience-focussed lyrical content instead taking a reflective
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THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MC/ Working On Me (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE ALLERGIES: Lean On You feat. DYNAMITE MCLean On You? Working On Me? If you sense a collaborative or even transactional theme emanating from the track titles of the new Allergies 45 maybe it’s a reflection of their lockdown year success. On the one hand, they provided musical joy when times were bleak while on the other, they were rewarded with A-list playlist inclusion on BBC Radio 6 and a number of
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GIZELLE SMITH: King Of The Mountain

GIZELLE SMITH: King Of The MountainGizelle Smith proves she’s queen bee with this inspired psych-soul interpretation of Kate Bush’s 2005 number King Of The Mountain. Out go all the wafty art-rock-isms and pantomime dame vocal mannerisms of the original and in come nasty synth, a rolling drum break and Smith dextrously throwing that soul voice around more than usual to create the monkey’s favourite track of hers to
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THE ALLERGIES: Jumping Off b/w Gather Around (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE ALLERGIES:  Jumping Off b/w Gather AroundRating: ★★★★★ There are less than thirty days to go before the worst year in recent memory is consigned to history and the big question is – ‘Is there time for The Allergies to squeeze out one more 45 before it’s lights out on 2020? Looks like there is! So gather around for the party is jumping off! Or rather say hello to Jumping Off b/w Gather Around – less track titles than descriptions of what
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JALAPENO RECORDS: Two Decades Of Funk Fire + Ltd. 7″ Vinyl Boxset

Two Decades Of Funk FireRating: ★★★★★ An artist roster like that of Jalapeno Records does tend to render idle boasting superfluous, so when they entitle a compilation to celebrate twenty years as a going concern Two Decades Of Funk Fire, you’d better believe the hype. How is it ‘funk fire’ though? Let me count the ways. Firstly, there’s one track for each year of the label’s existence. No need to
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DR RUBBERFUNK: Come Back Breaker b/w Beats Working (Vinyl 7″)

DR RUBBERFUNK: Come Back BreakerYou know how it is – you rock up at the Dr’s with a severe case of lethargy suspecting anything from Lyme disease to Chronic fatigue syndrome and he prescribes you a 45 with a cut n paste, drum-heavy, sampledelic nugget like Come Back Breaker on one side and the jazzier (but nonetheless) uptempo breakbeat shuffle of Beats Working on the flip. Has the NHS outsourced General Practice to a record label? No – because
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SOOPASOUL (feat. DIONNE CHARLES): Hot & Cold b/w Hustlin’ (Vinyl 7″)

Jalapeno Records gets on a 45 re-issue tip with eleven year old Soopasoul 7″ Hot & Cold b/w Hustlin’.  Some of you may remember that the first of these features erstwhile Baby Charles vocalist Dionne Charles holding forth about the antics of a pain-in-the-arse love interest over a super-heavy organ-n-wah-powered funky breakbeat groove. Invert your wax on the turntable platter and you’ll find Hot & Cold‘s
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Never Wanted You More (DR RUBBERFUNK remix)

Never Wanted You More (DR RUBBERFUNK remix)Dropping today is Smoove & Turrell’s Stratos Bleu Remixed – the long awaited LP of remixes for their recent late 80s/ early 90s disco-cum-electronica-cum-housey long player Stratos Bleu. While the original bore all the hallmarks of S&T quality we’ve come to expect – the fact remains that if you’re a funk and soul type person it possibly wasn’t for you and, as it goes, the remix LP probably still isn’t either for the same reasons
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THE ALLERGIES: Get Yourself Some (Vinyl 7″)

THE ALLERGIES: Get Yourself Some (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Still don’t feel The Allergies have rinsed enough 45 action from their excellent recent Say The Word long player? Then you’re in luck because here’s another. That’ll be Get Yourself Some then, one of the monkey’s favourite cuts off the album in question, which turns on the principle of having a great big audience-friendly shouty hook repeated a lot over a warmly funky breakbeat soul groove. Turn it over and you’ll find
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THE ALLERGIES feat. ANDY COOPER: ‘I Just Got That Feeling’ video

THE ALLERGIES feat. ANDY COOPER: 'I Just Got That Feeling' videoJust out, it’s the new video for Andy Cooper-featuring track, I Just Got That Feeling, off latest Allergies album – the excellent Say The Word.  Probably the most serious track of the set, said cut provides a mid-LP moment of introspection and reflection amid the bubblegum breakbeat thrills, recalling material from Audacity-era Ugly Duckling. “Sometimes I stand in front of the mirror
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