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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: 30-60-90 (Vinyl 7″)

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: 30-60-90Rating: ★★★★★ Got a new job? Original Gravity have just supplied your anthem in the form of 30-60-90 and four different versions in four different styles by four different OG artists no less. That’ll be ska outfit Prince Alphonso & The Fever, Latin boogaloo supremo Néstor Álvarez, early reggae dons the Brentford Rd Soul Rebels feat. Dennis Alcapone, and soul jazz crew Curtis Baker &
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BAHAMA SOUL CLUB & AREMA AREGA: Mango EP

BAHAMA SOUL CLUB & AREMA AREGA: Mango EP It’s all about the sunniest and sultriest of Latin soul jazz on the new one from Bahama Soul Club – i.e. Mango – graced by the vocal talents of Cuban singer Arema Arega. With new LP Bohemia After Dawn imminent, it offers a second glimpse of what to expect following Never Roam No More. The EP consists of the original version plus bossa and reggae remixes from Club Des
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BAHAMA SOUL CLUB feat. JOHN LEE HOOKER: Never Roam No More

Never Roam No More Bahama Soul Club John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker? Oh what as in “My first wife left me! Da-dada, da-da!” Well, that John Lee Hooker certainly and, equally certainly, vocals lifted from his 1946 Delta blues cut My First Wife Left Me but no, not very much ‘Da-dada, da-da.” That wouldn’t be very Bahama Soul Club now would it? Turns out this track is their response to Ike Turner once having a grumble that with blues “all you
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LUCKY BROWN & THE SGs: Pecan Trees Speak To Each Other EP

LUCKY BROWN & THE SGs: Pecan Trees Speak With Each Other EPHello it’s the new Lucky Brown & The SGs EP – Pecan Trees Speak To Each Other. Of course they do – especially if you’ve been on the mescaline. Not that this release is that trippy though there is a ’69/’70 Ethio-jazz-fusion vibe going on with the title track, opening the release in its full six minute forty nine second version. If you’re not one for lengthy arboreal gossip
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TRAMP RECORDS: Movements 10

TRAMP RECORDS: Movements 10Next up from Tramp Records is the latest installment in one of their longest running compilation series’ – Movements 10. A whole two years in the making, this one sees the label’s crew curating tracks that span the period from 1958 all the way up to 1979. Which means that this time the collection encompasses everything from swinging big band R&B, soul-jazz and mod
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BATUNGA & THE SUBPRIMES: Gates Of Ouantou/ Man In The Field (Vinyl 7″)

BATUNGA & THE SUBPRIMES: Gates Of Ouantou/ Man In The Field (Vinyl 7Although they’re more closely associated with dropping Latin bangers, it is not unheard of for Matasuna Records to dip their toes into afro-influenced waters as with new 45 from Paris-based Batunga & The Subprimes which sees Gates Of Ouantou and Man In The Field on wax for the first time. The first of these cuts was featured on the band’s self-released Let Dem In EP from last year
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DJ OONOPS: Oonops Drops Vol. 2

DJ OONOPS: Oonops Drops Vol. 2 Stand by for Oonops Drops Vol. 2, the second volume in a multi-genre compilation series from Brooklyn Radio’s DJ Oonops which comes out on Agogo Records at the end of the month. It seems our man spent more than a year putting the funk, soul, dub, jazz, beats and hip-hop encompassing double vinyl project together and you know with that level of time investment, there’s going to be a
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DJ YODA: Home Cooking

Looks like the fourth is strong (thank you, I’m here all week!) in Dj Yoda’s latest LP, Home Cooking which, if you don’t count his self-released Piano Breaks ’98 cassette job, is his…er…fourth solo studio long-player. Well, I say ‘solo’ but Home Cooking (or ‘Homecooking’ depending on your source) actually features a host of guest
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SMUGGLER BROTHERS: In The City/ Jam (Vinyl 7″)

SMUGGLER BROTHERS: In The City/ Jam (Vinyl 7Surely few cities could be more appropriate for a band named Smuggler Brothers to hail from than the Mafia-associated Palermo, Sicily – for that is indeed their base. And the contraband in which they trade? Why sixties and seventies crime-flick soundtrack-influenced material of course! Hold on a minute though, aren’t they treading on someone else’s toes here? Don’t a certain Calibro 35 have
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THE LEWIS EXPRESS: The Lewis Express

THE LEWIS EXPRESS:  The Lewis ExpressOoh hello, soul jazz and fat drum breaks ahoy. Step forward Leeds-based The Lewis Express with new mini album The Lewis Express channelling the vibe of Ramsay Lewis and sometime Ramsay Lewis trio members Redd Holt and Eldee Young of Young Holt Trio/ Unlimited fame. As you can probably tell, they dig Ramsay Lewis a bit – alright – a lot
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