Tag Archives: Soul

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Expansions

Rating: ★★★★★ We all heard Expansions, the third LP from steel drum funkers Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band was on the way, right? And not just heard about it either but checked previews of some tracks and got a single-length taster in the form of recent 45 Dirt Off Your Shoulder with I Need Somebody To Love on the flip. A full preview was tightly under wraps though, even when it came to
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OONOPS: Oonops Drops vinyl 7″ label launch

Oonops DropsNow then, you run a bi-monthly podcast on Brooklyn Radio in NYC called ‘Oonops Drops’ and you’re going to launch a label to ‘drop’ wax 45 heat, but what to call the label? Tough one eh? I’d go with ‘Oonops Drops‘ – and purely coincidentally you understand – this is precisely what our man DJ Oonops did. The label has just launched, following the success of Oonops’
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: You Are So Beautiful b/w Stop The War On The Poor (Vinyl 7″

You Are So BeautifulEsrtwhile reggae commandos Pama International stick with the current soul direction for a new vinyl 7″ with two offerings from their 2019 album Stop The War On The Poor. First track up is You Are So Beautiful and yes, it’s not just the same name, it really is the song you’re thinking of. However, if you were expecting miserable emoting a la Billy Preston, Joe Cocker and Christina Aguilera, forget
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Vinyl 7″)

Dirt Off Your Shoulder BacaoIf you wanted a taster of the next Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP, Expansions, due at the end of next week (and lord only knows why you wouldn’t!) then here it is – lead single Dirt Off Your Shoulder backed with I Need Somebody To Love. The first is, of course, a fluid steel drum funk version of the 2009 Timbaland-powered Jay-Z cut that’s so classy, it’ll have you brushing your
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MINIMATIC: Are You Gonna Be My Soul Girl/ Stop & Go (A Go-Go)(Vinyl 7″)

Minimatic Stop & GoMinimatic – now there’s a name you might not have heard in a long time. Not that he’s phased, popping back into public consciousness as he just has with his Soul & Go 45 like all he did was nip off to the bar for a drink instead of straight vanishing for seven years. The release consists of double-booty action and the first of these is Are You Gonna Be My Soul Girl which pairs a certain
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BLACK HEAT: Wanaoh b/w Chip’s Funk (Vinyl 7″)

BLACK HEAT: Wanaoh b/w Chip's Funk In the second bit of large funk re-issue news today it’s all about the latest double trouble 45 from Matasuna Records who select two cuts from the debut self-titled LP by 70s funk band, Black Heat. On the A-side it looks like a first time on 45 for the flute-laced Wanaoh which will surely have rare groove hounds getting misty-eyed thinking about the early 90s when they used to get all
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GIANNI DELL’ORSO: Mondo Di Notte Oggi (Vinyl 7″)

GIANNI DELL'ORSO: Mondo Di Notte Oggi There’s re-release heat right here on this vinyl 45 which picks the two funkiest cuts from the soundtrack to Gianni Proia’s Mondo Di Notte Oggi composed by Gianni Dell’Orso and Gianni Oddi. That’s a lot of Giannis, I think you’ll agree, though I have it on good authority that other Italian male first names exist. These two cuts are attributed solely to Dell’Orso who clearly captures the vibe of
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Night Train EP (Vinyl 7″)

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Night TrainNo excuses for not leaping aboard the Night Train now as the Original Gravity label repeats the recipe of its Peter Gunn and 30-60-90 vinyl 7″s and gets four different artists to deliver four radically different versions of the same classic standard. In this case, said standard is Jimmy Forrest’s Night Train (famously ‘done’ by Mr James Brown and his Famous Flames in typical blistering
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RENEGADES OF JAZZ feat. ALEXIA COLEY: Magic Touch (Vinyl 7″)

RENEGADES OF JAZZ feat. ALEXIA COLEY: Magic TouchRating: ★★★★★ As regular MB readers will know, Renegades Of Jazz’s David Hanke is a tireless producer of original music and a man with Catholic tastes in both the music he produces and is inspired by. Party breakbeat, downtempo, afro, Latin and more besides – he’s certainly spread his love around. This time however, he’s all about the funky soul – a genre which, as regular MB readers
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SOUL FLIP EDITS 12: Light My Fire / The Happening (Vinyl 7″)

You’re damn right the Soul Flip crew is back – and with a vengeance too after what has been a fallow year thus far following a mere two booties in 2020. It’s all a far cry from 2019 when the crew managed no fewer than six 45 edit releases plus a vinyl LP collecting all previous edits and were making plans to achieve global old soul edit dominance! Still, this funky ‘De La Soul’ breakbeat
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