Tag Archives: Soul

VARIOUS: Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor)

Songs For AndyIf you wanted a measure of the respect the sadly and recently departed DJ/producer Andy Taylor commanded on the music scene then here it is, Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor). The ten-tracker, has been assembled by Mr Bird and features contributions from Smoove & Turrell, Lloyd Wright, Daytoner, Kid Felony, Dedy Dread
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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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THE IRONSIDES: Sommer

THE IRONSIDES:  SommerProving that it’s not just singer Kelly Finnigan who has other irons in the fire, another member of Monophonics, Max Ramey, has side project – er – The Ironsides going on, with brother Joe and their latest single is Sommer. Opening amid a swirl of FX and woozy psychedelic horns, things soon give way to cinematic soul – all funky drum breaks, guitars, smouldering organs
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THE HARLEM GOSPEL TRAVELLERS: Fight On!

THE HARLEM GOSPEL TRAVELLERS:  Fight On!Rating: ★★★★★ Okay so Juneteenth might have been Friday just gone but news of The Harlem Gospel Travellers’ Fight On! didn’t land on the monkey’s virtual doormat until Saturday (international time zones being what they are) and it was a very busy weekend. Still, better late than never as the band that grew out of a gospel class being taught by Eli Paperboy Reed stick it to
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NASA FUNK: Gonna Work It EP

NASA FUNK: Gonna Work It EPBreakbeat Paradise manages to represent for original contemporary funk and funky breaks on the same EP here as the label drops Nasa Funk’s Gonna Work It EP which features the band’s original version and no fewer than four remixes – two of which also come with the remix as an instro as well. Nasa Funk is, of course, vocalist Georges Perin’s long-established Greek band and
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CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS feat. KIM DAWSON: Good Thang (Vinyl 7″)

CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS feat. KIM DAWSON: Good ThangCrushed Velvet & The Velveteers? Man, that is a lot of velvet! It’s also what happens when Soulive drummer Alan Evans swaps the stix for an axe and ropes in soul diva Kim Dawson along with a host of mates to create a Good Thang. Said ‘thang’ is of course, soulful and funky, taking the form of a chugging neck-snapper replete with guitar chanks, organ stabs, horns and lashings of
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KIND & KINKY ZOO feat. RICKEY CALLOWAY: Hot Love (Vinyl 7″)

KIND & KINKY ZOO feat. RICKEY CALLOWAY: Hot Love (Vinyl 7Good news as psych-funk outfit, Kind & Kinky Zoo finally get to release their brand new 45 Hot Love (test pressings of which first hove into view back in March!) featuring soul legend Rickey Calloway. A veteran of the funk-soul scene like Lee Fields and with a career that stretches back about the same length of time, Calloway also, like the now sadly-departed Charles Bradley, began his career
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DUSTY DONUTS 18: Espírito Do Rio (JIM DUNLOOP Brazil Wave Mix)/ Different Sweetnuts (JIM DUNLOOP & GRZLY ADAMS Walk In The Shade edit)(Vinyl 7″)

DUSTY DONUTS 18Rating: ★★★★★ Good times – Dusty Donuts 18 is on the way! As is their wont, the DD crew have been busy tracking down classic hip-hop sampled sources and then re-imagining the original tracks with the way they were sampled in mind and – hey presto – you have neither a re-build of the rap tracks nor an edit of the originals but something in between. Jim Dunloop’s Espíritu Do Rio (Brazil Wave Mix) gets it on boom-bap style with the
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WILLIE WEST: Fairchild (ZEMERALD DJ edit) – Free download

WILLIE WEST: Fairchild (ZEMERALD DJ edit) - Free downloadIt seems like a long minute since there was a free download on the ground at MB – and an equally long minute since we saw anything from Zemerald – a man with a good ear for a funk edit if ever there was one. In fact the last time was four years ago (!) and even then he was saying he didn’t have the time for music that he once did. Tell the monkey about it. Happily our man’s found the time to
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THE BAMBOOS: Hard Up + video

THE BAMBOOS: Hard UpGoing forward into the past in their twentieth year as a band, The Bamboos return with new single Hard Up that rediscovers the rawer sound of their early material. The mood is arguably more downbeat though with singer Kylie Auldist (who nevertheless sounds in fine fettle) delivering blues-themed lyrics such as “I don’t want a ride for free/ Ain’t no job security no more…Prices
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