JODIE: Threads (Ltd. vinyl 7″)

JODIE: Threads (Ltd. vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Original Gravity signing Jodie returns with new vinyl 7″, Threads, shortly but with a title like that, what is she actually singing about? A nuclear holocaust? Nope, too eighties. Straggly loose bits of fabric? Close but no cigar. Ok then, so it must be…clothing! Got it in three, as our heroine turns in a snappy dressers’ anthem. Not just any snapper dressers though
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GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: Scatter

GHOST FUNK ORCHESTRA: ScatterTurns out it’ll be time for Ghost Funk Orchestra’s third studio LP in October and before that, here’s the first single, Scatter. A vocal cut, this one offers by turns smokey and shimmery soul-jazz theatrics that, say, Doris (of ‘Beatmaker’ fame) might have been pleased with back in the day, albeit with a heavy psych bridge in the second half. Cue surreal mod-film stylings on a video
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NATHAN JOHNSTON & THE ANGELS OF LIBRA: All Your Love + video

NATHAN JOHNSTON & THE ANGELS OF LIBRA:  All Your LoveFresh from the atmospherics of previous single Angel Of Libra, all about lost love, and the Peaky Blinders-ish sepia ambience of the accompanying video, Nathan Johnston & The Angels Of Libra follow-up with new one All Your Love, a yearning but rather more upbeat slice of blue-eyed soul all about discovering new love. And he’s back in the
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CHRIS LUJAN & ELECTRIC BUTTER feat. ANDRE CRUZ & REALITY JONEZ: Brothers and Sisters Of The World, Unite!

Rating: ★★★★★ Yet more dope from Golden Rules forthcoming all-original funk/ soul LP sampler The Originals 2 with this funk-laden heavy-soul groover from, deep breath, Chris Lujan & Electric Butter feat. Andre Cruz & Reality Jonez. Looks like they’ve really been saving up the best singles till the end of the release schedule what with this coming out hot on the heels of Blaxound’s Plata
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ANDY COOPER: Now You Know

ANDY COOPER: Now You KnowHaving diversified into the ‘old school hip-hop-for-kids’ arena this year, Andy Cooper proceeds with new single Now You Know just in time for the start of the new term. Boooo! The new term that is; not AC, of course. Less boisterous than debut kids cut, P.A.R.T.Y., Now You Know finds our man laying down random facts over a beat that might have come off any Ugly Duckling LP back in the day
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SURPRISE CHEF: Suburban Breeze

SURPRISE CHEF:  Suburban BreezeOk, so maybe the monkey was a bit slow on the uptake with previous Surprise Chef single Money Music, but there’s a lot less slacking with the new one since here’s a post about Suburban Breeze, which hove into view just as the bank holiday weekend began to kick off. On this one the band rock the bells in the mellowest manner possible with additional flute theatrics and a soporific drum
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SMOOVE: Multi-Track Reworks Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 (Vinyl 12″)

The British rail network might be a fragmented privatised disaster but northern funkster Smoove is all up together with not one but two of his Multi-Track Reworks arriving in a timely and efficient manner for the people. Vol. 2 sees him donning his disco hat to give three 70s and 80s giants some proper time and investment and, indeed space, since this is on the largely forgotten wax
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Paradise Lounge

BREAKBEAT PARADISE:  Paradise LoungeAhhh the dog days of summer, lassitude, torpor – whatever you want to call it, there’s no way you’ve got the energy to get down! The temperature’s been off the chart for the last three months! What you need is to chill in the Paradise Lounge from Breakbeat Paradise. Admittedly, Boydex X Crash Party’s Rescue Me is perhaps a bit more energetic than you might’ve been expecting
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MR BENN feat. MISDEE: Leave

MR BENN feat. MISDEE: LeaveHere’s a late summer reggae heater from Mr Benn then in the form of Leave featuring Misdee. The release comes out on Mr B’s own Square One Sound imprint but sports artwork pastiching the classic Treasure Isle label logo – even down to the weathered look of something that’s been around since the late sixties. It’s a blend of old and new which reflects the track itself as Mr Benn
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CHICKEN GRASS: Chicken Grass LP

CHICKEN GRASS:  Chicken Grass LPMB regulars may remember the name Chicken Grass from the band’s excellent New Orleans funk 45-style bump, Snakebites featuring Princess Shaw which provided one of the funk single highlights of last year. Turns out the band have actually been knocking about for a quarter century though and furthermore that they have finally decided to release their debut self-titled LP. I think
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