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TRAMP RECORDS: Countdown To Soul 2 LP

TRAMP RECORDS: Countdown To Soul 2Rating: ★★★★★ And so begins the countdown to Countdown To Soul 2 which drops very shortly and is the second volume in yet another Tramp Records funk and soul-oriented compilation series that began in 2017 with Countdown To Soul. As the monkey noted back then, it’s not like the label is short of irons in that particular fire – their other
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THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: Ghost Walk

THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS:  Ghost WalkWant a taster of the forthcoming Scenarios album consisting entirely of live recordings from German funk heroes The Mighty Mocambos? Well, here it is – Ghost Walk. Nope, not a cover of the Budos Band nugget from 2006 but an entirely different cut with the same name. It says here that it’s, “kafka-esque funk instrumental, contrasting a jazzy breakbeat with spooky horns and organ erotica
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FUNKOOL ORCHESTRA: Boogie With Your Baby

FUNKOOL ORCHESTRA:  Boogie With Your BabyFunkool Orchestra’s Boogie With Your Baby is it then – the final digital single off Golden Rules’ contemporary funk sampler The Originals 2, before the German label ‘bring soul back to the people’ on vinyl with the arrival of the full LP. An insistent jazz-funky nugget with an uptempo four-to-the-floor beat, this largely instro one is distinctive for the ‘live feel’ created by the ‘party
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SABABA 5: Lizarb

SABABA 5:  Lizarb…and from Big Boss Man’s Trans-Pacific Express a couple of days ago to more Eastern psych-funk with Sababa’s second single, Lizarb, off their self-titled instro album. True, it’s a mellower affair than the BBM banger but a sweet groove nonetheless. It’s all about the call-and-response intro. over an insistent cymbal pattern and then drums, bass and synth muscle in and we’re into a
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SMOOVE: Multitrack Reworks Vol. 4 (Vinyl 12″)

Smoove gets, well, smooth, once again with the latest in his run of slick soul-disco-boogie-80s funk edits Multitrack Reworks now up to Vol. 4. And the two sides of this gold hand-stamped white label 12″ affair are occupied by tracks simply named Live and Egypt. Contemplate those for a while and at some point during the first 30 seconds of each you might twig that the former is
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BIG BOSS MAN: Trans-Pacific Express (Vinyl 7″)

BIG BOSS MAN:  Trans-Pacific ExpressRating: ★★★★★ Big Boss Man surprise again with the digital release of one side of their second new vinyl 7″ this year – the track Trans-Pacific Express. Rhythmically funky again like the cuts on previous single Juju Funk b/w The Return Of Baron Samedi, this one (despite the name) seems to head due east a few thousand miles from the Caribbean and go heavy on sounds that recall the psych-funk of
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ENERGY DREEG: Boom Bap Love LP

ENERGY DREEG:  Boom Bap Love LPFinally – some energy news you don’t mind hearing about! And that’s because the debut solo LP from Energy Dreeg is out. Energy Dreeg? Indeed – you may remember him from his collaboration LP project, Soul Revolution, with Shaolin Temple Defenders singer, the ‘Lion of Bordeaux’ all the way back in 2012. And you’ll find the latter has something of an influence on this one two since he mixed and mastered it as well as
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SURPRISE CHEF: Iconoclasts

SURPRISE CHEF:  IconoclastsAussie cinematic soul fiends Surprise Chef present another musical hors d’oeuvre before serving up the main course of their first LP on Big Crown, Education & Recreation in the form of new single Iconoclasts. A subdued affair, it almost evokes certain types of traditional Japanese music both in the arrangement and, at times, even the instrumentation. The sort of thing you’d have no
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GIULIANO SORGINI: Zoo Folle (Vinyl LP)

GIULIANO SORGINI:  Zoo Folle As the release of Giuliano Sorgini 45 Mad Town/ Ultima Caccia (note to self – spell that B-side correctly this time!) indicated back in January this year, a full release of Sorgini’s Zoo Folle OST is something to get very excited about. This isn’t the first time the LP has been released on wax but this double album version contains both the originally released soundtrack on the first two sides along
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THE SOUL SURFERS: Russian Funk/ Sirtaki (Vinyl 7″)

THE SOUL SURFERS: Russian Funk/ Sirtaki (Russian funk nutters The Soul Surfers return with a new 7″ single shortly featuring tracks entitled – er – Russian Funk and Sirtaki. The first of these is a gloriously swirling uptempo psych-funk affair that pairs crunchy drum breaks with more traditional jangly Russian sounds – including a woodwind instrument which sounds suspiciously like a medieval recorder or something providing a
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