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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: 1 Thing

Ok so here’s one thing that’ll get you trippin’ – Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s 1 Thing cover of Amerie’s massive 2005 funky rnb classic. So that means they have to play drums like The Meters’ ‘Zigaboo’ Modeliste and deliver a steel drum melody that covers the guitar and Amerie’s vocals right? Right. It’s a tough call but the monkey reckons they’ve nailed it up pretty tight and
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THE ALLERGIES: Dance Now/ Fade Away feat. ANDY COOPER (Vinyl 7″) + Video

THE ALLERGIES:  Dance Now/ Fade Away feat. ANDY COOPERI think it was C+C Music Factory who once sang Everybody dance now!, and if new Allergies single Dance Now features a similar lyric and an implicit intention to make you sweat, let’s all offer up a prayer of thanks that the sort of dancing required for this uptempo sister funk banger is very much of the b-boy persuasion. And if you’ve seen the
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THE FUNKSTAMATICS: Koekwaus (100K Horns Mix)

FUNKSTAMATICS:  Koekwaus (100K Horns Mix)Looks like The Funkstamatics (a.k.a. the band formerly known as Euro Cinema) have been having rather a lot of success on Spotify these days recently clocking up an impressive one hundred thousand plays of their 2013 single Koekwaus. Thinking that perhaps they ought to celebrate, the band had a ponder about how they could top the
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SANGRE JOVEN: Zamba Zamba + VOODOOCUTS edit (Vinyl 7″)

SANGRE JOVEN:  Zamba Zamba + VOODOOCUTS edit (Vinyl 7Getting hold of an original 1975 vinyl 7″ of Zamba Zamba by Sangre Joven (a.k.a. their cover of Elkin & Nelson’s Samba Samba) has hitherto been something of a mission. As indeed has been finding out anything about this Peruvian outfit who, hitherto, have registered a big fat zero on interweb searches. Matasuna Records are not a
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SUNNY & THE SUNLINERS: Get Down b/w Cross My Heart (Vinyl 7″)

SUNNY & THE SUNLINERS:  Get Down b/w Cross My Heart (Vinyl 7Big Crown continue their excellent work re-issuing the back catalogue of Sunny & The Sunliners by releasing what is arguably the band’s funkiest ever cut – their cover of Get Down – on 45. Another funk-collector’s holy grail, its only previous single release was on the label, Key Loc, set up by Sunny himself way back when and finds the band deliver
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NOLA BREAKS V7: Dap Walk (MR BOOM remix) b/w I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man (PROFESSOR SHORTHAIR remix) (Vinyl 7″)

NOLA BREAKS V?7:  Dap Walk (MR BOOM remix) b?/?w I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (PROFESSOR SHORTHAIR remix) (Vinyl 7Mr Boom has shown a keen ear for an edit for time now so it’s excellent news that he’s got himself onto vinyl and netted the A-side of Nola Breaks V7 with a remix of Ernie & The Top Notes’ clattering funk bomb Dap Walk. The result is a cut well over a minute longer than the original, with extra drums layered on and extended sections which include replacing the original’s fade with
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COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS feat. KAIIT: Warning + Lyric video

Veteran Melbourne deep-funk outfit Cookin On 3 Burners hook-up with up-and-coming Melbourne songstress Kaiit for their brisk new single on 45 – Warning. While CO3B provide the type of crisp Hammond-n-guitar-scorched uptempo funk we’ve come to expect as standard, Kaiit uses the language of job interviews to put off a ‘suitor’ in which she has no interest because she’s
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THE LEWIS EXPRESS: The Lewis Express

THE LEWIS EXPRESS:  The Lewis ExpressOoh hello, soul jazz and fat drum breaks ahoy. Step forward Leeds-based The Lewis Express with new mini album The Lewis Express channelling the vibe of Ramsay Lewis and sometime Ramsay Lewis trio members Redd Holt and Eldee Young of Young Holt Trio/ Unlimited fame. As you can probably tell, they dig Ramsay Lewis a bit – alright – a lot
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MR BIRD feat. MELO-D-MELO: Mind, Body & Soul Remix EP (B.I.R.D. 001)

MR BIRD feat. MELO-D-MELO: Mind, Body & Soul Remix EP (B.I.R.D. 001)It’d been a while since the monkey’d heard a chirp out of the Mr Bird camp until his new drop – the Mind, Body & Soul Remix EP flew in the other day. But what has he hatched out for us this time? Well there’s the original version of Mind, Body & Soul for starters which provides ever so slightly afro-tinged funk vibes with Melo D Melo providing a
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Announce new album ‘The Serpent’s Mouth’

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  Announce new album 'The Serpent's Mouth'If this news doesn’t get you tropically hot under the collar, I don’t know what will: a brand new Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP entitled The Serpent’s Mouth drops in early September. Like their debut, it’ll be another payload of fifty-five gallon steel drum funk and reggae, both covers and originals, with all the signs of being even better than its predecessor. You may already have
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