Tag Archives: Soul

LANCE FERGUSON: Summer Madness

LANCE FERGUSON:  Summer MadnessThe final single to be relased from the forthcoming Rare Groove Spectrum Vol. 2 LP from The Bamboos’ Lance Ferguson is his crack at covering Kool & The Gang’s super chilled-out and therefore (presumably) ironically named Summer Madness instro from 1974. You may recognise this from its having been heavily sampled alongside multiple appearances on film and video-game soundtracks


DIASONICS: DeviantsShortly before their debut album Origin Of Forms hits the shelves (and the interweb) next week, there’s time for Moscow band to squeeze out the second single to be lifted from said LP – Deviants. As with previous single – October release Gurami this is another example of what the band term ‘Hussar Funk’. For that read an ear-pleasing blend of cinematic soul, crunchy organic drum breaks

LA RETRETA MAYOR: Zambo (Vinyl 7″)

LA RETRETA MAYOR: Zambo Next from the Matasuna Records label comes this vinyl 45, featuring a re-issue of 1976 cut Zambo by Venezuelan outfit La Retreta Mayor.  It is lifted from the band’s eponymous debut LP and comes with a remix of said track to boot. The A-side features the original – a potent melange of Latin-influenced dancefloor jazz and funk – while the B-side consists of the remix by San Francisco producer King Most. This latter effort adds a new


A game of two halves? One long song with two different halves for – er – the price of one? Whatever you want to call it, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth on new single, Roots, from Oakland’s deep funk outfit, The Grease Traps. The last song recorded for their Solid Ground LP, it is also that album’s opener and was recorded in a single take! Things start out with a

KING ROOSTER: Snake Bait (Vinyl 7″)

KING ROOSTER:  Snake Bait Let’s not speak of the fact that a copy of the new King Rooster vinyl 7″, Snake Bait, was posted by 45 Live Records’, Mr Pete Isaac in a timely manner from his neck of the woods on 17 December 2021 and yet took a full twenty-two days to travel the hundred miles to MB Towers in Bristol. Who says privatisation is a catastrophic prioritisation of

DAYTONER: Time (Vinyl 7″)

DAYTONER: Time (Vinyl 7Cornish outfit Daytoner return at the end of the month with a new 45 single Time b/w Keep It Moving. As you might be able to intuit from the track titles, the pandemic’s deleterious effect on live music has had a galvanising effect on the band who were keen to – er – keep things moving, having developed a finer appreciation of, well, time during successive lockdowns. Indeed

THE SOUL CHANCE feat. WESLEY BRIGHT: Who Could It Be / Goodbye (Vinyl 7″)

THE SOUL CHANCE feat. WESLEY BRIGHT:  GoodbyeThe first of two retro reggae releases due out on Colemine Records next month is 7″ single Who Could It Be b/w Goodbye both sides of which are collaborations between California’s The Soul Chance and Ohio-based singer Wesley Bright. Who Could It Be? was initially released on digital format in autumn 2020 and found the parties concerned taking a boss reggae path. They follow

RICHARD CAITON: Listen To The Drums b/w You Look Like A Flower (Vinyl 7″)

RICHARD CAITON:  Listen To The Drums b/w You Look Like A FlowerRocafort Records sees in the new year with this 45 re-release of a pair of classics – Listen To The Drums and You Look Like A Flower by lesser-known New Orleans soul hero, Richard Caiton. This single effectively reissues Caiton’s debut 1964 single created at the studio of Cosimo Matassa where fellow Nawlins names such as Allen Toussaint, The Meters and Dr John also recorded

INCREDEEPLE, KESTA & DJAR ONE: Beats House Records Xmas 2021 Mix

INCREDEEPLE, KESTA & DJAR ONE:  Beats House Records Xmas 2021 MixThe period between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day isn’t traditionally a time for stuff to hit the monkey’s virtual doormat but when this traditionally-themed mix from the Beats House Records crew did make it through the letterbox on Christmas Eve, it seemed rude not to post about it. Of course, few were going to be reading on Christmas Eve or Day and on Boxing Day – what

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top Ten Albums 2021

Monkeyboxing - Top Ten Albums 2021MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2021
Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the monkey’s biggest albums of 2021!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2021 HERE)