Tag Archives: Record Kicks

MARTHA HIGH: ‘Mama Feelgood’ audio premiere (2017)

MARTHA HIGH:  'Mama Feelgood' audio premiere (2017)Rating: ★★★★★ The monkey does like to line up a dope audio premiere for you and this one is a real treat – James Brown’s original funky diva, Martha High, covers Lyn Collin’s Mama Feelgood with Osaka Monaurail as her backing band. And damn if it ain’t as good as the original. The track is the highlight of Tribute To My Soul Sisters – a whole LP from High and Osaka Monaurail out later
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MARTHA HIGH: Tribute To My Soul Sisters (2017)

Record Kicks must be feeling pretty smug having signed the late great James Brown’s legendary funky diva Martha High for an album of soul and funk covers of classics by High’s peers from back in the day. Well you would wouldn’t you? It gets better though, for High’s Tribute To My Soul Sisters LP finds her interpreting twelve bangers from back in the day with none other than Osaka-to-Tokyo
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Late Nights & Heartbreak (video)(2017)

HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS:  Late Nights & Heartbreak (video)Everybody knows by now that the Malcolm Catto-produced title track of the latest LP by underground UK retro-soul talent Hannah Williams got sampled for the title track of Jay-Z’s new album, right? It’s this decade’s Eminem and Dido story! How to represent said track in audio-visual format, though? I suppose the band could employ traditional ideas like good cinematography
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RECORD KICKS: Soul Sides (2017)

RECORD KICKS:  Soul SidesIt’s summertime and therefore high time for your favourite Milan-based soul providing label Record Kicks to – er – provide a summery compilation of soul sides. Given their roster, it shouldn’t be too hard to assemble and whadyaknow? It isn’t. Say hello then to twelve-tracker Soul Sides which mixes up the new and the old, the soulful, the funky and the jazzy, the torch song and the
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Fighting Your Shadow (2017)

Fighting Your Shadow Hannah Williams AffirmationsA new year and a new single off the debut LP for Hannah Williams’ new project Hannah Williams & The Affirmations. Yes – soul burner Fighting Your Shadow is the new one – but how to represent it audio visually? Some esoteric martial-arts themed reference to shadow-boxing perhaps? No? A noir-themed video? No? Ah – we’re going for a low-lit, atmospheric, retro split-screen film
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: Heatwave (2016)

heatwave-pama-internationalRating: ★★★★★ The long-absent Pama International make an impressive return after seven years with a new line-up and a sureshot rocksteady cover of Martha & The Vandellas’ Holland Dozier Holland-penned Heatwave – a.k.a Love Is Like A Heatwave. Vocals come courtesy of Jewels Vass and Anna Uhuru who conspire to sound a little bit Supremes-ish – appropriately enough
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MARTA REN & THE GROOVELVETS: So Long (2016) + video

so-long-marta-ren-groovelvetsNext up in the way of a single from Marta Ren & The Groovelvets is the noirish pomp of torch song So Long and judging by all the swearing it seems that soul hurricane Marta’s a bit upset. What could the matter possibly be? Well, a number of things it seems, though when she finally gets around to mentioning a former lover who left her, you suspect he’s probably the root cause. But how
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CALIBRO 35: Live From SPACE (2016)

live-from-space-calibro-35Long overdue some love from the monkey is this live album from Italian outfit Calibro 35, Live From Space. Which is pretty much what the band sound like in the studio these days having ditched their former stock-in-trade Euro car-chase funk for cosmic funk wigouts from the dark side of the sun on most recent album SPACE. Of course any band who plays live, will want to mix up the best of the
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Late Nights & Heartbreak (2016)

late-nights-heartbreak-hannah-williams-the-affirmationsRating: ★★★★★ Earlier this year, Hannah Williams arose like a phoenix from the ashes of previous funk-soul outfit Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers and made a grand re-entrance to the world of funk and soul with brand new band, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, and glorious single Tame In The Water to boot. This was followed just last week with an epic psych-funk
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HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS: Dazed & Confused (2016)

dazed-confused-hannah-williams-affirmationsRating: ★★★★★ Travellers down the Led Zeppelin covers highway, are strongly advised to look out for dodgy reggae tracks with even more dodgy names (D’Yer Maker) and any lyrical references to The Lord of the Rings strewn in their path. Given the frequency of the latter, that does make for a dangerous journey. It’s enough to make you arrive at your destination dazed and confused in fact
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