Tag Archives: Soul

THE BLAXOUND: Plata O Pomo

THE BLAXOUND:  Plata O Pomo Rating: ★★★★★ Welcome to The Blaxound’s Plata O Pomo, a.k.a. the monkey’s favourite track yet off the forthcoming Golden Rules funk sampler The Originals 2. In contrast to the smoother cinematic soul vibes of recent LP El Maravilloso Sonido Instrumental, this one finds Marta Román’s Barcelona-based crew drop a super-heavy slab of Meters-esque instrumental funk. It’s a trick
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RACHEL MAXANN/ NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: Those Familiar Shadows/ Michele’s Theme (Vinyl 7″)

RACHEL MAXANN/ NÉSTOR ÁLVAREZ: Those Familiar ShadowsThe latest single from the Original Gravity stable is this one featuring an A-side, Those Familiar Shadows, from Rachel Maxann (last seen on You Gotta Set Me Free) with a B-side from Nestor Alvarez. And it’s the very definition of soul-jazz sophistication. Maxann delivers a smouldering vocal over a subtle and languorous groove and before you know it, you’re sporting a dinner jacket
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SURPRISE CHEF: Money Music

SURPRISE CHEF:  Money MusicSomething that got missed in the holiday rush at MB Towers was the latest single by Surprise Chef in the run-up to the release of their Education & Recreation LP on Big Crown Records. That’ll be Money Music then, a mellow slice of soundtrack funk – as is the band’s modus operandi. It begins with an blaxploitation-esque drum break before the vibraphone and piano kick in and we suddenly
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KIDDING: R U Kidding? (Vinyl 7″)

KIDDING:  R U Kidding? (Vinyl 7So here’s the debut vinyl 7″ from German funk quartet Kidding entitled R U Kidding? with B-side Am I Kidding?. Are they kidding? Nope – this is two tight slices of Hammond funk right here. The A-side is the brisker of the two, featuring scorching Hammond licks and reminiscent of early Cookin On 3 Burners material. While slower, the flip is certainly no slouch of a track and drenched
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BIG BOSS MAN: Juju Funk (Vinyl 7″)

BIG BOSS MAN:  Juju Funk (Vinyl 7Some people think they can jive Big Boss Man but you know they must be crazy because BBM are all about the voodoo on the first of two forthcoming 45s. And if you’re an MB regular you’ll know the B-side of the first 45 is entitled Baron Samedi whereas the just leaked A-side is entitled Juju Funk. As you might expect from the title (and as Baron Samedi showed), the band
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JOE STURGES & LUCAS DE MULDER: Instead Of Number Five

JOE STURGES & LUCAS DE MULDER:  Instead Of Number FiveDid I say the sound of early 80s Miami was the one to evoke for a worryingly hot summer in Europe in the previous post about the single before this from the Golden Rules label? Actually, maybe instead, the super-mellow instrumental soul jazz on Instead Of Number Five by Joe Sturges & Lucas De Mulder is the thing. Less sweltering Florida heat than the desert-meets-the-
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TOYTOY: Tahin

TOYTOY: TahinOk, let’s be honest – sometimes the monkey gets behind. For one, there’s the annual deluge of new releases in autumn that is difficult to stay on top of and then there’s Christmas with the novelty drops and, well, non-blog stuff like parties and family. After that? Well, after that is the annual deluge of spring releases which is as difficult to stay on top of as the autumn one and finally
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QUINN DEVEAUX & THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS: Very Best Thing (Vinyl 7″)

QUINN DEVEAUX & THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS: Very Best Thing Vinyl 7Fresh out is new single Very Best Thing on which renaissance soul man Quinn Deveaux teams up with The California Honeydrops for a very sweet retro groover. It’s all warm buttery bass, guitar chanks, organ licks, horns and of course our Quinn’s yearning voice. Turns out, his missus has up and left him and he’s speculating she’ll be regretting that at some point in the near future
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BIG BOSS MAN: Return Of Baron Samedi

BIG BOSS MAN:  Return Of Baron SamediHow’s this for a triple return? Big Boss Man are back, with a heavy bongo n organ-laced track called Return Of Baron Samedi marking a return to things funky after a couple of LPs which have been pretty much exclusively sixties guitar fuzz and R&B-focussed. And that’s only the beginning of the good news for Return Of Baron Samedi is but the B-side to Juju Funk which the monkey has been given to understand will be teased in a
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THE PRO-TEENS: Doomsday b/w Curls (Vinyl 7″)

THE PRO-TEENS: Doomsday b/w Curls (Vinyl 7Melbourne’s instrumental cinematic funk outfit The Pro-Teens follow-up their DOOM covers 45 Peachfuzz from back in October last year with another brace of DOOM covers. This time around the A-side is DOOM’s Operation Doomsday LP (almost) title cut, Doomsday which gets a makeover and comes out sounding like blissed-out seventies soul. Actually, it’s not quite completely instrumental since singer ‘Polly The Invincible
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