Tag Archives: Soul

KARATE BOOGALOO: Bumpy’s Lament

KARATE BOOGALOO: Bumpy's LamentContinuing their mission to interpret classic film and TV themes that have been sampled in hip-hop via their left-field, retro library music style, it’s Melbourne crew Karate Boogaloo with blaxploitation number, Bumpy’s Lament from the Shaft OST. Originally a relatively sedate piece of jazzy mood music with the lightest of drums and percussion, KB render the thing into a faster
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GIZELLE SMITH: King Of The Mountain

GIZELLE SMITH: King Of The MountainGizelle Smith proves she’s queen bee with this inspired psych-soul interpretation of Kate Bush’s 2005 number King Of The Mountain. Out go all the wafty art-rock-isms and pantomime dame vocal mannerisms of the original and in come nasty synth, a rolling drum break and Smith dextrously throwing that soul voice around more than usual to create the monkey’s favourite track of hers to
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PM WARSON: In Conversation

PM WARSON: In ConversationAlready lauded by the likes of Craig Charles and the Fred Perry clothing company – there’s set to be a lot more conversation about PM Warson when his debut LP, True Story, drops this April. In the meantime here’s In Conversation, the first single to be lifted from said long player and demonstrating the same sense of retro soul and R&B groovin’ evinced on Warson’s breakthrough
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THE FREEDOM AFFAIR: Freedom Is Love (Vinyl LP)

THE FREEDOM AFFAIR: Freedom Is Love (Vinyl LP)If you missed the autumn release of Freedom Is Love, the debut LP by Kansas City soul outfit The Freedom Affair, maybe now’s a good time to check-in, given its imminent release on vinyl. And while that’s an excellent reason for showing some interest, the main one is actually the rich soul power of this nine-piece outfit (a six-piece bandand three soul sister vocalists) which rivals
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THE BAMBOOS: Ride On Time

THE BAMBOOS: Ride On TimeIf you’ve ever wondered what Black Box’s Loleatta Holloway-sampling Italo-house hit Ride On Time would sound like made over as a funk track, now’s your chance to find out. Seems there was just time for veteran OZ funk-soul outfit, The Bamboos, to put out one more single before LP Hard Up arrives this April and right on time (thank you, I’m here all week!) along comes this cover
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WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Return of Beaumont Jenkins / La Pietra (Vinyl 7″)

WHATITDO ARCHIVE GROUP: The Return of Beaumont JenkinsImagine, if you will, a lost Italian cinematic masterpiece of globetrotting western-cum-noir from the early seventies and its equally lost soundtrack – Whatitdo Archive Group certainly have, and then some. In a year that already promises to be rich in library/ soundtrack vibes, new 45 single, The Return of Beaumont Jenkins b/w La Pietra is lifted from the forthcoming
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OUTER SPACE: Not Even Light b/w Dead Planet (feat. GEMMA HUMET)(Vinyl 7″)

Billed as ‘Ethiojazz’, the new 7″ single from Barcelona crew Outer Space is certainly on more than speaking terms with the work of Mulatu Astatke. Having described it thus, doesn’t do justice to the breaks-filled funk of A-side Not Even Light however, which – though its title recalls the time-honoured plea of the late riser or hangover sufferer, is lively enough to get anyone out of bed
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FREEDUST: My New Sunglasses + video

FREEDUST:  My New SunglassesMB regulars may remember Freedust from the two EPs they released in 2018 and 2019 on which they melded the retro breakadelica of Skeewiff with St Etienne-style vocals. So the news that the outfit are back with new single and video, My New Sunglasses – the title track off their debut LP – will no doubt be well-received. An infectious affair with a soaring hook, the single is a melting pot of
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ADAM GIBBONS: Here We Go EP

ADAM GIBBONS:  Here We Go  EPLack Of Afro’s Adam Gibbons travels under his own name on his next release – the Here We Go EP – employing the ‘soundtrack for a film that hasn’t been made’ conceptual trope. The cover art combined with foreknowledge of LOA’s oeuvre to date suggests some sort of funky spaghetti western business and there’s arguably something to this, although the loud guitars which feature on
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GREG BELSON’S Divine Funk LP + 45 Box

GREG BELSON'S Divine Funk LP + 45 BoxThe last time the monkey heard proof that the Devil didn’t quite have all the best tunes was with the release of Naomi Shelton’s excellent 2014 LP Cold World though Greg Belson seems to have dug up another twelve. It is these that form the contents of his forthcoming compilation Divine Funk – Rare American Gospel Funk And Soul on Boston label, Cultures Of Soul Records which will
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