Tag Archives: Soul

WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Black Stone Affair (Main Theme)

WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP:  The Black Stone Affair (Main Theme)More sixties/ seventies soundtrack thrills from Whatitdo Archive Group with the single release of The Black Stone Affair (Main Theme) – a.k.a. the title track to their recent and excellent The Black Stone Affair LP purporting to be the long-lost soundtrack to a long destroyed spaghetti western-cum-giallo movie. The track in question opens the LP too and pays homage to the sort of thing Roy
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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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ADAM GIBBONS: Manhunt EP

If you’ve been scouring the interweb for when the next instalment of Adam ‘Lack Of Afro’ Gibbons’ soundtrack-to-a-film-that-doesn’t-exist, your target is in the open – for the Manhunt EP is out now.  It follows The Here We Go EP and constitutes the second part of what will be the Last Bastion LP when it drops on red vinyl in the summer. Those who caught the first one will be
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DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO: Cold As Weiss

Like its predecessor Jimmy’s Groove released at the start of the month, new Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio single Cold As Weiss is a solely digital release. At the moment anyway, though if there are no plans for wax ultimately, I suspect there will a clamour for it before much longer. Why? Because this is essentially two minutes, forty seconds of ice-cold funky class. Apparently a celebration of
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THE TRAFFIC: Beat It b/w Thriller (Vinyl 7″)

THE TRAFFIC: Beat It b/w ThrillerRating: ★★★★★ Further evidence (should it be needed) that The Traffic has more fun than one band should rightly be able to have in a recording session comes on either side of their new Beat It b/w Thriller 45. Yes, that’s right, the funk covers side-project of Cookin’ On 3 Burners drummer, Ivan Khatchoyan, delivers double treats from Michael Jackson’s early-80s creative zenith. Famed
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CW JONES: No Point Complaining (Prod. SUIF)(Vinyl 7″)

CW JONES: No Point ComplainingCan’t imagine anyone would dream of lodging a grievance with record label Little Beat More over new vinyl 7″ No Point Complaining – a joint effort from producer Suif and singer CW Jones.  It’s a brooding retro soul smoulderer that began life as an old 70s Anatolian hit record and from which producer Suif chopped out an instrumental. Enter Little Beat More who, knowing dope when they
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THE TIBBS: Another Shot Fired (Vinyl 7″) + video

THE TIBBS:  Another Shot Fired (Vinyl 7The Tibbs return with a new single that is also the title track from their second LP, Another Shot Fired, released back in the autumn. It’s an uptempo reggae-tinged soul affair, ably-helmed by new singer Roxanne Hartog who replaces Elsa Bekman and is well up to conveying the sort of romantic sorties explored in the lyrics. But how to represent such goings-on in audio visual format? Well, Holland is famously a home of café culture
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SHAWN LEE’S PING PONG ORCHESTRA: Rocket Ship

Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra heads into outer space(funk) on new single Rocket Ship with little more than one heavy drum break, a simple bassline and falsetto vocals. True, there are a plethora of psychedelic FX and a number of occasional other instruments but they never overwhelm that central trinity. Oh – and it turns out the whole thing is written by Shawn Lee
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THE METERS/ WATTS 103RD ST RHYTHM BAND: Simple Song/ Giggin’ Down 103rd (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you were to pick a pair of all-time stanky slabs of instrumental funk to re-issue on vinyl you’d have to go a long way to find better than the two selected by Matasuna Records for this release. Incredibly, it’s a first time on 45 release for the A-side, The Meters’ monster New Orleans funkstrumental version of Sly Stone classic Sing A Simple Song entitled – er – simply
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DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO: Jimmy’s Groove

DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO: Jimmy's GrooveCurrently in digital format only (though eventually it promises to be part of a Pt 1/ Pt 2 45), is new Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio single, Jimmy’s Groove. Initially, it’s a relatively sparse arrangement, consisting mainly of a fat drum-break, bass and organ (naturally) in that order, though the guitar contribution picks up increasingly from rhythmic chops and stabs around a quarter of the way in to
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