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THE PUTBACKS: The Ways (with BILAL)

THE PUTBACKS:  The Ways (with BILAL)A fairly heavyweight score for Melbourne’s The Putback’s here on the lead single and title track from their forthcoming album, The Ways, as they’ve only gone and landed neo-soul man Bilal for mic duties. Blimey. Not that this is neo-soul though – far from it. No, The Way finds The Putbacks drive a smouldering path through the darkest realms of psychedelic soul as menacing
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NICOLA SPIROMARINO: Senza Titolo Uno/ Senza Titole Due (Ltd. Vinyl 7″)

NICOLA SPIROMARINO: Senza Titolo Uno/ Senza Titole DueThe next way-out treat from Markey Funk’s Delights label is this hot little 45 – Senza Titolo Uno/ Senza Titole Due. It’s the work of Italian-born, Berlin resident Nicola Spiromarino who has been tinkering away in his home studio so that he can unleash these two slices of synth-drenched library funk the titles of which translate as ‘Without Title One’ and ‘Without Title Two’ – or as
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EL MICHELS AFFAIR: Unathi b/w Zaharila (vinyl 7″)

EL MICHELS AFFAIR:  Unathi b/w Zaharila (vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ El Michels Affair certainly haven’t fallen asleep basking in the glory of last year’s excellent Return To The 37th Chamber and here’s two magnificent reasons why on either side of a fresh new 45 entitled Unathi and Zaharila. Hmm – sounds a bit Bollywood. Damn straight! At least Bollywood funky that is – as they draw on the vocal talents of Piya Malik from label mates
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VARIOUS: Down In The Valley (Perfect Toy Records)

VARIOUS:  Down In The ValleyPerfect Toy have been digging the crates again and this time knocked out Down In The Valley which comes in two vinyl volumes or one combined cd. They should probably get someone they know well to sort out the sales notes for that. Oh – hang on – whatdyaknow: ‘“A heavy selection of mod-rockers, garage and psych-funk tracks,” runs the sub-title of new compilation series, Down
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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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THE TURBANS: Baba Ganooz b/w Lost My Mind (Vinyl 7″)

The Turbans prove to have their heads well wrapped in psychedelia if new 45 Baba Ganooz b/w Lost My Mind is anything to go by. On the A side syncopated drums emerge from swirling guitars that anyone from Donovan to the Screaming Trees would be proud of and then before you know it the chorus arrives and everything suddenly goes a bit garage rock
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FOLD: Choose Love (2017)

FOLD:  Choose Love (2017)Leeds outfit Fold are never ones to shy away from a progressive message and especially not in an increasingly mean-spirited era. In this case it’s Choose Love, the name of their new psych-trip-hop single which features a loop of the voice of social activist Bell Hooks saying – among other things – ‘Choose love’. Choose love? How sixties. Surely we’ve moved away from all that political
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LONG DISTANCE DAN: The Dustman Stirs (2017)

LONG DISTANCE DAN:  The Dustman Stirs (2017)The dustman stirs? Oh what – like on Wednesdays when you get rudely awakened by him and his mates? No Dougal. Not exactly. No, this’ll be The Dustman Stirs as in the latest release from that purveyor of psychedelic breaks, Long Distance Dan, not to mention being our man’s follow-up to 2015’s The Other Side Of The Sky EP and his full-length debut. And that’s ‘full-length’ as
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THE SHACKS: This Strange Effect (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

THE SHACKS:  This Strange Effect (Vinyl 7As well as pumping out the true school soul of Lee Fields and Lady Wray and the more psychedelic outpourings of El Michels Affair, Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse’s Big Crown label is also behind psychedelic wunderkinder The Shacks. If you’ve previously caught anything by them, you’ll know that The Shacks’ sound is defined by two things. One is the sweetly whispery vocals of Shannon
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Released! (2017)

KIND & KINKY ZOO:  Released!Rating: ★★★★★ Who would have thought in the same month that the band with the best name in contemporary funk release an album, the band with the weirdest name in contemporary funk would release an album too? Or that they would both be good. The latter are none other than Switzerland’s Kind & Kinky Zoo and sticking with the weird naming thing, they’ve decided to release
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