FORT KNOX FIVE: McGuire’s Audio Shop

FORT KNOX FIVE: McGuire's Audio ShopInspired by a vintage sign they once picked up while out and about in a seedy back alley of Dupont Circle in Washington DC in the 90s (and which has graced their studio wall ever since), Fort Knox Five’s next single is McGuire’s Audio Shop. Less a full-on dancefloor bomb than an evocative mid-tempo head-nod, this funky instrumental strut is characterised by almost Mexican horn melodies
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BASEMENT FREAKS: Funky Buttons (Audio premiere)

BASEMENT FREAKS: Funky Buttons (Audio premiere)Those familiar with the party breakbeat ouevre of Basement Freaks’ may be a tad surprised to find Giorgios Fotiadis dropping a chilled set of mainly 80s-influenced funk on new mini-album, Funky Buttons, but they won’t be disappointed. The nine tracks on this release were created over the summer and are so thoroughly imbued with the heat of the season they more or less create their
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PROSPER & STABFINGER: Take R Time EP

PROSPER & STABFINGER: Take R Time EPProsper & Stabfinger return with their new Bombstrikes EP Take R Time which has admittedly taken well over a year to materialise since their last one, Fire In Me – not that you’ll be that bothered as they bring the triple threat. First up is the Too Many Ts-featuring title track which establishes the fine line the EP walks between old and new school sounds as funky hip-hop is
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THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS: 2066

THE MIGHTY MOCAMBOS:  2066Rating: ★★★★★ Not content with bashing out two super-dope, steel-drum funk albums (The Serpent’s Mouth and 55) since 2016 under their Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band alter-ego, The Mighty Mocambos have decided 2019 is the year to unleash yet another LP, entitled 2066, under their original moniker. Which is going some, I think you’ll agree. But have this German crew spread
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LIAM BAILEY: Champion (Vinyl 7″)

LIAM BAILEY: Champion (Vinyl 7Big Crown Records’ A&R mojo continues to work a treat with the label’s recent acquisition of Liam Bailey and the release of new single Champion, produced by label boss Leon Michels. The track is the first to be released from Bailey’s forthcoming album and finds him deliver a paean to a dancehall beauty over a moody Juno bass and 808-powered riddim while acoustic flip, Please Love Me, will be
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KID ACNE: You Get What You’re Given

KID ACNE feat. SPECTACULAR DIAGNOSTICS: You Get What You're GivenIt’s almost time for Kid Acne’s new album Have A Word but while you wait, here’s next single You Get What You’re Given. And what you’re given is Acne opening the floodgates of his forebrain once more and allowing consciousness to stream out over a suitably reflective beat from Spectacular Diagnostics. This being Kid Acne of course, the contents of his forebrain are worth a listen. For in-
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ROY PORTER SOUND MACHINE feat. DED TO THE WORLD: Generation (Vinyl 7″)

ROY PORTER SOUND MACHINE feat. DED TO THE WORLD: Generation (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ If you like your boom-bap jazzy and uptempo, Number Nine Records have lined-up an absolute treat for you with this first-time-on-45 release for Generation, Roy Porter’s 1994 collabo with L.A. hip-hop outfit Ded To The World. Powered by the funky drums of legendary sticksman Porter, a jazzy beat featuring double bass, Rhodes, horns and wah-wah provides the backdrop for rappers Khalif and Boots to honour their musical forebears
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SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good News

SURPRISE CHEF: All News Is Good NewsNext from Melbourne’s library music-influenced instrumental outfit, Surprise Chef, is All News Is Good News – the title track and second taster of their imminent debut LP. If you heard previous track Blyth Street Nocturne, you’ll know that is very good news indeed. For having shown with that they can rock it with the likes of NYC’s cinematic soul crews with that one, they go a bit
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LEON DINERO/ SCREECHY DAN: If You Ask Me/ Bandits (Vinyl 7″)

LEON DINERO/ SCREECHY DAN: If You Ask Me/ Bandits (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Daptone deliver a massive ‘both sides a winner’ reggae 45 here with If You Ask Me from new-geezer-on-the-block, Leon Dinero, on┬áthe A-side and Bandits from been-many-times-around-the-block dancehall legend, Screechy Dan, on – well – the A-side. That’s right, a double A-side and with a cast iron guarantee that you’ll be utterly unable to choose between Dinero’s harking
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SOUL FLIP EDITS: Soul Flip Edits LP

SOUL FLIP EDITS: Soul Flip Edits LPMissed out on any of the now sold-out Soul Flip edit 45s and are prepared to get them on wax whatever the format? Maybe you just prefer twelve inches to seven? Either way, your ship has come in with label captains Del Gazeebo and Aldo Vanucci overseeing the safe arrival of the Soul Flip Edits LP in record stores. A Soul Flip Edits LP!? It couldn’t possibly feature nine tracks culled from the first
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