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THE ALLERGIES: Say The Word

THE ALLERGIES: Say The WordRating: ★★★★★ Good lord is it time to say some words about new Allergies LP – er – Say The Word already? It’s the fourth in as many years without so much as a pity break for the competition! They soared over that ‘difficult third’ LP hurdle like it wasn’t even there – mainly because they’ve been enjoying a near vertical career trajectory that has taken them from DJ-only gigs to full live-band
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FLEVANS feat. LAURA VANE: Realisation

FLEVANS feat. LAURA VANE: RealisationContinuing his highly successful partnership with Laura Vane, Flevans returns with new single Realisation – and waits for you to comprehend that he’s taken 80s boogie in funky direction – indeed arguably to a point where it crosses over with what used to be called ‘nu-funk’. Thus, on this, you can expect much heavier syncopation on much more organic-sounding drums than the 80s
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GIZELLE SMITH: Sweet Memories b/w S.T.A.Y. feat ERIC BOSS (7″ Vinyl) (2017)

GIZELLE SMITH:  Sweet Memories b/w S.T.A.Y. feat ERIC BOSS (7Ah the end of the year – that time when the old butts up against the new! Appropriately enough, that seems to be the vibe that has informed new single Sweet Memories b/w S.T.A.Y. featuring Eric Boss. First you get the ‘new’, in the form of Sweet Memories which deals in slight more moody psych-rock influenced territory than has been hitherto heard from Ms Smith and alternates between the
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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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PARKER: Aqua Dust EP – exclusive first listen to ‘A Dream’ (2016)

Aqua Dust EP ParkerAqua Dust: industrial mop conditioner, some old cobblers to do with ‘water spirits’ in an online offshoot of geekfest Minecraft, an allegedly highly versatile shade of grey modellers’ paint or the latest musical effort from highly respected Bristol bass music don, Parker? Unbelievably, it is all of the above, though the monkey only gives a monkeys about the last one. Yes, the return
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BASEMENT FREAKS: White Hot (2016)

White Hot Kylie Auldist Basement FreaksIf you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that the recent relative quietness from the Basement Freaks camp has been broken twice with teasers of a very funky new LP, Time Machine out soon on Jalapeno Records. First up was the super JB style All That Funk in December followed two weeks ago by the Bootsy-ish lope of Craig Charles fave Walk Away. Here’s a third offering forged in
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EPHEMERALS: Life Is Good (2015)

Life Is Good Ephemerals“Life is good,” croons Ephemerals singer Wolf Valbrun over the intro to the smokey soul of Ephemerals’ new single. Er – actually Wolf – there has been some debate about standards of living recently – sorry what’s that – “We’re getting less equal”? Yes, I think that’s more the consensus among anyone who’s not an oligarch, a non-dom or one of their cronies – which is to say most
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EPHEMERALS: You Made Us Change (2014)

You Made Us Change EphemeralsForthcoming single You Made Us Change from Franglo-American band Ephemerals sees them continue their mission to deceive indie rock fans into buying soul with the sort of cover artwork sported on Foals’ releases. As with much of soul the lyrics are ‘down’ (trouble with the missus again) so in fact, there’s plenty for bed-wetting indie miserablists to identify with. Then again, the
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SMOOVE & TURRELL: Broken Toys (2014) Album review

Broken Toys Smoove TurrellRating: ★★★★★ Smoove & Turrell reach that critical career watershed of the ‘difficult third’ album. You know – the one which can elevate a good band to classic status or see a previously good band consigned to the scrap heap like…well…like a broken toy. Sure, debut Antique Soul was particularly well-received and the pair sidestepped the ‘Antique Soul-Pt II’-trap with Eccentric Audio
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SKEEWIFF & EDDIE RUSS: Flute Toon (The Lope Song) (2013) Free download

It’s always nice to host a premiere! And so it is that MB rolls out the red carpet as first place on the planet to bring you this: the mighty Skeewiff‘s re-wiff of Eddie Russ’s 1974 Blue Note-style jazz-funk number The Lope Song. He’s re-titled it Flute Toon in recognition of the original’s prominent funky flute motif and given it a massive party breaks kick up the arse (not to mention the odd bleepy
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