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AE3: Black Rider

AE3: Black RiderRating: ★★★★★ Bloody hellfire! Stand by for the heavyweight psych-funk-fuzz on AE3 a.k.a Alan Evans Trio’s new single Black Rider. Oh what – Alan Evans – as in the Soullive sticksman? Yes, that Alan Evans. Turns out it’s drummer-man Evans himself on vocals and this is the only vocal track on forthcoming LP The Wild Root. The only vocal track? On the evidence of this, he should have
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MARTA REN: Worth It (Vinyl 7″)

MARTA REN: Worth It (Vinyl 7“Was it worth it? Am I worth it? The pain ain’t worth it? I don’t know,” sings Marta Ren on the hook of new 45 Worth It – like she doesn’t already know the answer. Of course it was worth it! We commence with the rumbling bass, funky drums of a heavy mid-tempo soul groove, in comes some tremelo guitar and then the Porto soul queen is off, “Something told me this was a trap.” No –
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ERIC BOSS: A Modern Love

ERIC BOSS: A Modern LoveWith all the musical projects Eric Boss, a.k.a. E Da Boss (a.k.a E of Myron & E and one half of The Pendletons) has been involved in over the past two decades or so, it comes as something of a surprise to reflect that Eric Cooke has somehow managed to avoid putting out a solo album until 2019. He has finally managed it however and A Modern Love finds our man exploring more or less the full
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THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS JR: Let’s Go Back

THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS feat. LAMAR WILLIAMS JR: Let's Go BackIf the New Mastersounds go back anywhere on new single Let’s Go Back, it’s to the shores of a bayou in the early seventies, probably mid-afternoon and definitely in the sub-tropical heat of August. For a moment, an idling blues guitar suggests we’re dozing outside Tony Joe White’s favourite shack alongside an equally sleepy-looking ‘gator and then suddenly, with a sinuous
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DAYTONER: My Sweet Baby/ Shout Love (Vinyl 7″)

DAYTONER: My Sweet Baby/ Shout Love (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Daytoner enter the 45 fray again this week with latest vinyl 7″ My Sweet Baby b/w Shout Love. The pounding A-side takes its cues from northern soul and makes heavy use of Jackie Wilson’s The Who Who Song though it is way more of an animal than anything that ever graced the sound system at The Twisted Wheel or Wigan Casino. Flip things over and suddenly we’re all
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THE TEMPTATIONS: Ball Of Confusion (BASEMENT FREAKS remix) Free download

THE TEMPTATIONS: Ball Of Confusion (BASEMENT FREAKS remix) Free downloadAnyone familiar with The Temptations’ funky psych-soul single Ball Of Confusion from 1970 will know two things about it. Firstly, that it provides a lyrical commentary on a society in turmoil and secondly, it is such an epic track it would take balls of steel to remix. What manner of remixer would dare? Well, it seems that someone who doesn’t baulk at such a challenge is a certain George
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PERFECT TOY RECORDS: Down In The Valley 3 & 4

PERFECT TOY RECORDS: Down In The Valley 3 & 4If you’d already had success dropping a double volume of super obscure but super dope garage soul and psych-funk (not to mention all shades in between and beyond) and you had a crate digger on speed dial who you knew could turn up another payload of such nuggets – you’d probably give him the green light straight away. Which is precisely what Perfect Toy Records have done on
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DJ YODA: Home Cooking

Looks like the fourth is strong (thank you, I’m here all week!) in Dj Yoda’s latest LP, Home Cooking which, if you don’t count his self-released Piano Breaks ’98 cassette job, is his…er…fourth solo studio long-player. Well, I say ‘solo’ but Home Cooking (or ‘Homecooking’ depending on your source) actually features a host of guest
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TANIKA CHARLES: The Gumption

TANIKA CHARLES: The GumptionRating: ★★★★★ When Torontonian singer Tanika Charles blew in the a couple of years ago with debut LP Soul Run, she made big waves on the underground soul scene and catapulted herself onto a global stage. Ask most people and they’d tell you that label Record Kicks had unerringly struck gold once again. Which they obviously had – given the fuss. Sadly the monkey wasn’t feeling
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KELLY FINNIGAN: The Tales People Tell

KELLY FINNIGAN: The Tales People TellIf there’s one tale people will tell about 2019, it’s that it was an epic year for classic soul albums. Eli Paperboy Reed’s 99 Cent Dreams, Lee Fields’ It Rains Love and Bobby Oroza’s This Love are already out while Tanika Charles’ The Gumption is imminent and here’s another to add to that select list – the debut solo album from Monophonics singer Kelly Finnigan entitled – er
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