MARTHA HIGH: Tribute To My Soul Sisters (2017)

Record Kicks must be feeling pretty smug having signed the late great James Brown’s legendary funky diva Martha High for an album of soul and funk covers of classics by High’s peers from back in the day. Well you would wouldn’t you? It gets better though, for High’s Tribute To My Soul Sisters LP finds her interpreting twelve bangers from back in the day with none other than Osaka-to-Tokyo
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BACKBEAT UNDERGROUND feat. AARON ABERNATHY: She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do) (2017)

True-school soul releases have been flooding out of both the Daptone and Big Crown labels Stateside this year and now Fort Knox Recordings are getting in on the action by welcoming Backbeat Underground to the fold. The latter’s new single is the Aaron Abernathy-featuring She Don’t Love Me (Like I Do) and is a smouldering slice of a horns-toting groove that will particularly
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THE BONGOLIAN: I’m A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones (2017)

THE BONGOLIAN:  I'm A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones (2017)Where to start with The Bongolian’s new single I’m A Bigger Badder Bro Than Any Game Of Thrones then? The Targaryen-level craziness of the title, that seems to invoke a drunken fratboy challenge to George RR Martin, maybe? The Delia Derbyshire-on-milk-of-the-poppy Moog antics that characterise most of the track? The fact that the whole thing waltzes along a psychedelic knife edge on one side of which lies
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DANNY T & TRADESMAN: Built For Sound (2017)

DANNY T & TRADESMAN:  Built For Sound Rating: ★★★★★ Leeds’ very own answer to Sly & Robbie (or probably a better analogy, Steely & Clevie) are Danny T & Tradesman and they have just unleashed their debut full-length release Built For Sound on reggae/ dancehall label de jour, Scotch Bonnet. And ‘built for sound’ it certainly is being a very solidly constructed affair featuring twelve tracks spanning the fertile crossover region
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ANDY COOPER: Here Comes Another One b/w The Perfect Definition (Vinyl 12″)(2017)

ANDY COOPER:  Here Comes Another One b/w The Perfect Definition (Vinyl 12Rating: ★★★★★ Oohh – look out – here comes another one from someone who is surely Long Beach’s tallest emcee and one of the world’s fastest. That’ll be Andy Cooper then, sometime Ugly Duckling, tireless mic manipulator and seeker of the dopest beats. For your aural delectation this time around, he’s convinced Spanish label Rocafort to release double funky action on the only
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SON OF SAM feat DENMARK VESSEY: System Animal (2017)

SON OF SAM feat DENMARK VESSEY: System Animal (2017)  Son Of Sam continue their unchallenged position as purveyors of the dopest hip-hop released this year with yet another single off recent debut long player, Cinder Hill. This time around it’s the single release treatment for the psychedelic jazz-flavoured broken beats of System Animal. This features Denmark Vessey’s antsy delivery of rhymes which are clearly the product of industrial
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ATHLETICO BOROUGH UPSETTERS: Fine Style (STEPPIN’ TONES edit) free download (2017) + Free funky samples

ATHLETICO BOROUGH UPSETTERS:  Fine Style (STEPPIN' TONES edit) free download (2017) + Free funky samplesIt’s been a while since we last heard from Bristol’s Steppin’ Tones but he’s come back inna fine style with an freely downloadable edit of – er – Fine Style by one-hit wonders Athletico Borough Upsetters that both extends the original and makes it even noisier. Blimey – it’s like big beat never went away. And that’s not all. Check below and you’ll find that our man has also been kind
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JOHNNYPLUSE: Super Dynamite (2017)

JOHNNYPLUSE:  Super Dynamite (2017)Reports of Mr Johnnypluse‘s retirement from funky breaks to seek house-ier musical pastures have been greatly exaggerated, it seems, as he makes his return to debut releases for the first time in three years with Super Dynamite. Can you expect uptempo dancehall drums spiced-up with hip-hop cuts and an positively explosive 303 bassline that recalls the work of Josh Wink, early
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ESKR-ONE & BLAQ MASQ feat. LONE NINJA, KID FADE & DJ TMB: Night Of The Unholy (2017)

ESKR-ONE & BLAQ MASQ feat. LONE NINJA, KID FADE & DJ TMB:  Night Of The Unholy“Whether invoked…or not invoked…evil…will come…” – so beginneth Night Of The Unholy from Eskr-One and Blaq Masq featuring Kid Fade, DJ TMB and that mic warrior of the shadows – Lone Ninja. This will be a horrorcore hip-hop track will it then? Got it in one! Well – it is Halloween, after all – and just like the classic Hammer/ Shaw Bros. crossover flick The Legend Of The 7 Golden
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CRASH PARTY: Nitty Gritty (2017)

CRASH PARTY:  Nitty Gritty (2017)Next to release from the Scour stable are Crash Party who get down to the important business – I mean the brass tacks – nay – the very Nitty Gritty of finding out what happens when vintage 90s-style dancehall collides with twenty-first century breaks. Why – I bet that sounds like a veritable musical (wrecking) ball! Pretty much, yeah and one with an anything goes remix policy. But then
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