Tag Archives: Soul

KELLY FINNIGAN: Santa’s Watching You

KELLY FINNIGAN: Santa's Watching YouMonophonics’ singer Kelly Finnigan goes old school with a whole LP of festively-themed retro soul, A Joyful Sound, on 11 December and the first single is Santa’s Watching You. Santa’s watching you? When you think about it, the notion of some omniscient tubby bloke in fancy dress who has eyes on your kids 24-7, is a little bit creepy. Props to Finnigan then, who manages to tap into a good
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Christmas Bootleg Bells Vol. 2

Christmas Bootleg Bells Vol. 2 Breakbeat Paradise Records start the Christmas festivities early in 2020 (forgivably, you might agree, given the events of the preceding eleven months) by spreading advance Yuletide cheer with the Christmas Bootleg Bells Vol. 2 LP. The plan was simple – give the multifarious members of the BBP family the chance to rework classic funk and soul Christmas tracks (as opposed to more
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JALAPENO RECORDS: Two Decades Of Funk Fire + Ltd. 7″ Vinyl Boxset

Two Decades Of Funk FireRating: ★★★★★ An artist roster like that of Jalapeno Records does tend to render idle boasting superfluous, so when they entitle a compilation to celebrate twenty years as a going concern Two Decades Of Funk Fire, you’d better believe the hype. How is it ‘funk fire’ though? Let me count the ways. Firstly, there’s one track for each year of the label’s existence. No need to
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THE L.B.s: Broasted Or Fried b/w SOUL’S PATH ENSEMBLE: Stop Tryin’ (Vinyl 7″)

Unintentionally overlooked at the start of the month as the Covid chaos continued is this split vinyl 7″ from Rocafort Records featuring a brace of instrumentals – a cover of Willie Bobo classic funky jam Broasted & Fried by the L.B.s. backed with Soul’s Path Ensemble’s languid Stop Tryin’ on the other. Despite one occupying the party end of the funky spectrum and the other a more
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THE BONGOLIAN: Harlem Hipshake

THE BONGOLIAN: Harlem HipshakeRating: ★★★★★ Looks like everyone’s been saving up all their album-length dope for the end of the year because here’s another spectacular long-playing autumn release in the shape of new Bongolian LP – Harlem Hipshake. This thirteen-tracker is the follow-up to 2016’s Moog Maximus and if that was all about exploring the potential of the Moog in all its glory, this one takes its cues
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KIND & KINKY ZOO: Soif, Chameau, Pinot b/w Eau Chaude (VOODOOCUTS remix) (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Sounding none the worse for having undertaken a recent, crazy-ass, Japanese mini-tour, Switzerland’s Kind & Kinky Zoo turn once again to what they do best – providing discerning punters with monster psych-soul business.  A-side Soif, Chameau, Pinot for example, will give you the shivers emerging, as it does, from fuzzy retro-synth-bass pulses. It then
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BOCA 45: 2020 Donuts LP (Ltd)

BOCA 45:  2020 Donuts LPDid you miss out on your chance to avail yourself of any of Boca 45’s 2020 Donuts vinyl 7″s? Indeed did you miss all of them given how fast they flew out off the shelves? Thought you’d never have the chance to catch them on wax? Fear not – Boca’s got you covered – man’s only gone and arranged to have the lot put out in album format or as he calls it, the 2020 Donuts LP. Yep – all the A-sides
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LITTLE BARRIE & MALCOLM CATTO: After After

LITTLE BARRIE & MALCOLM CATTO: After AfterBlimey, MB was still active on Myspace and Blogger the last time the monkey covered any Little Barrie material! That notwithstanding, here’s this, a.k.a. new single After After – a fuzzed-out, psych-soul affair from the band that sounds like an instro-jam by Curtis Knight & The Butlers featuring a young guitarist by the name of James Hendrix. Not that that’s any cause for complaint
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MARTA REN: 22:22

MARTA REN:  22:22It’s rock n soul time from Portuguese soul sister Marta Ren as she returns to take herself outside and have a word with herself on 22:22. What? Yep, Ren says 22 is “a number that pursues me and this song is about me having a conversation with myself when I was 22, a milestone year for me. At the same time I am also speaking to any girl who relates.” Cue three-plus minutes of horns
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SOOPASOUL (feat. DIONNE CHARLES): Hot & Cold b/w Hustlin’ (Vinyl 7″)

Jalapeno Records gets on a 45 re-issue tip with eleven year old Soopasoul 7″ Hot & Cold b/w Hustlin’.  Some of you may remember that the first of these features erstwhile Baby Charles vocalist Dionne Charles holding forth about the antics of a pain-in-the-arse love interest over a super-heavy organ-n-wah-powered funky breakbeat groove. Invert your wax on the turntable platter and you’ll find Hot & Cold‘s
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