ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: 30-60-90 (Vinyl 7″)

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: 30-60-90Rating: ★★★★★ Got a new job? Original Gravity have just supplied your anthem in the form of 30-60-90 and four different versions in four different styles by four different OG artists no less. That’ll be ska outfit Prince Alphonso & The Fever, Latin boogaloo supremo Néstor Álvarez, early reggae dons the Brentford Rd Soul Rebels feat. Dennis Alcapone, and soul jazz crew Curtis Baker &
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J&B KINGS: Drop The Heavy

Drop The Heavy J&B KingsJesse ‘Dubmatix’ King and Bill King continue a string of solid funky instro nuggets with the release of the beast that is J&B Kings’ Drop The Heavy. Apparently the idea was to concoct an original brew that channelled funk, soul, afrobeat and Latin boogaloo of the late sixties/ early seventies and mix it up with a 90s hip-hop sensibility and twenty-first century production in an effort to link the
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TYREE GLENN JR.: Superbad! The Best Of Tyree Glenn Jr.

Never ones to forget the punters while they take a well-earned, annual summer break, Tramp Records make sure things stay funky as well as sunny until they’re back in the driving seat with the release of this retrospective of the career of Tyree Glenn Jr – Superbad! The Best Of Tyree Glenn Jr.. And if that name sounds a bit familiar, it’s possibly because father, Tyree Glenn Sr., was
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THE STILL BROTHERS: The Deep

THE STILL BROTHERS: The DeepThe Still Brothers’ The Deep has actually been out a couple of weeks already but, hey, even monkeys go on holiday sometimes. Turns out the ‘brothers’ are actually childhood friends Andrew LeCoche (of Ula Ruth) and Evan Heinze (of The Shacks) – two erstwhile rock(ish) band members who, it transpires, have a bit of a thing for instrumental breakbeat music. I say instrumental, this one does
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DANIELLE PONDER & KARATE BOOGALOO: Look Around

DANIELLE PONDER & KARATE BOOGALOO: Look AroundLooks like today’s become a day of zeitgeist-capturing singles on MB with news of this one from Melbourne instrumental outfit Karate Boogaloo who have teamed-up with NYC singer/ activist Danielle Ponder for Look Around. Building from haunting organ swells and guitar picking, into soaring cinematic soul, the collab. began life with singer and band writing the track in a
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CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS feat. BROTHER GOODLOVE: As Far As We Know + video

CRUSHED VELVET & THE VELVETEERS feat. BROTHER GOODLOVE:  As Far As We KnowNew from Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers is the retro-soul message of latest single As Far As We Know featuring the appropriately velvety-smooth vocals of Brother Goodlove. That’ll be a message of peace and harmony, by the way – a sort of musical balm for all the divisiveness of late, if you will, reminding people of their similarities and the possibilities inherent in working together. Crushed
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FUNKIN’ BASSTARDS: Drop The Mirrorball Remixed EP

It’s drop the remix time as label BBP unleash the Drop The Mirrorball Remixed on which Sons Of Satin, Pecoe, Jayl Funk and label owner Badboe re-version cuts from the original four-track release from labelmates Funkin’ Basstards. First up are Sons Of Satin who sacrifice MC Kurnel to the evil one and in return are granted the power to transform what was a bass-slapping groover
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DJ MAARS: Smokin’ Funk b/w Ruffneck Rockas (Ltd. White/ Red splatter 7″)

DJ MAARS: Smokin' Funk b/w Ruffneck Rockas (Ltd. White/ Red splatter 7Rating: ★★★★★ Hanging out for new wax from DJ Maars and the Easy Now Recordings camp?  You can rest easy then, because here’s the man himself with the first in a new run of back catalogue bangers on 45. And as anyone who follows Maars will know – that’s some back catalogue – exemplified on this white and red splatter vinyl 7″ release by Smokin’ Funk b/w
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MR COLLAGE: Layers Remixed

MR COLLAGE: Layers Remixed If you were paying attention to music back in March you might have caught Mr Collage’s debut LP, Layers, which displayed no mean production talent in the field of hip-hop and breakbeat music. Mind you, given that it was March you might well have been paying more attention to the still emerging pandemic which meant poor old Mr Collage (like everyone else) was forced to play
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THE ALLERGIES: Say The Word

THE ALLERGIES: Say The WordRating: ★★★★★ Good lord is it time to say some words about new Allergies LP – er – Say The Word already? It’s the fourth in as many years without so much as a pity break for the competition! They soared over that ‘difficult third’ LP hurdle like it wasn’t even there – mainly because they’ve been enjoying a near vertical career trajectory that has taken them from DJ-only gigs to full live-band
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