NICOLA SPIROMARINO: Senza Titolo Uno/ Senza Titole Due (Ltd. Vinyl 7″)

NICOLA SPIROMARINO: Senza Titolo Uno/ Senza Titole DueThe next way-out treat from Markey Funk’s Delights label is this hot little 45 – Senza Titolo Uno/ Senza Titole Due. It’s the work of Italian-born, Berlin resident Nicola Spiromarino who has been tinkering away in his home studio so that he can unleash these two slices of synth-drenched library funk the titles of which translate as ‘Without Title One’ and ‘Without Title Two’ – or as
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CAZ GARDINER & THE BADASONICS: Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics

Caz Gardiner & The BadasonicsRating: ★★★★★ Wondering whether Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics were going to live up to the promise of the spring’s Never Gonna Let/ Tic Tac Toe single on their self-titled debut long player? If so, I can confirm now that the answer is a resounding yes as the band (consisting of Washington DC vocalist Gardiner and a Belgian contingent of former Moon Invaders and
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WINDMILLS & CELSIUS 7: California Sunshine/ Dry Skin (Vinyl 7″)

WINDMILLS & CELSIUS 7:  California Sunshine/ Dry Skin (Vinyl 7It’s always a pleasure when Cali crew Windmills unleash some of their psychedelia-tinged hip-hop and new vinyl 7″, California Sunshine/ Dry Skin, is no exception. The title track is initially all contemplative synths, jazzy sax and Windmills emcee Frameworks considering beats, rhymes and life whilst cruising down the highway. But then suddenly, as if Mr Works had switched radio
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L’ECLAIR: Funky Splash b/w O Caminho Do Bem (Vinyl 7″)

L'ECLAIR:  Funky Splash b/w O Caminho Do Bem (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Just like Lexsoul Dancemachine before them, L’Eclair emerge seemingly out of nowhere with a highly accomplished debut 45 release – their new Funky Splash 7″ which has nailed them the endorsement of no less a man than Poets Of Rhythm’s JJ Whitefield. And with good cause too, for this original track is certainly set to disturb the surface tension of the funky
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FLEVANS: Who’s Got Me (feat. LAURA VANE)/ Take Your Money (Vinyl 7″)

FLEVANS:  Who's Got Me (feat. LAURA VANE)/ Take Your Money (Vinyl 7‘Whither next for Flevans?’ you might ask regarding the party breaks veteran who has lately signed to Jalapeno – a natural artist/label fit if ever there was one. Turns out the first destination on this new stage of his musical journey is a vinyl 7″ featuring a certain Laura Vane – last heard of in these parts in the company of The Vipertones. What’s that Laura – Who’s Got Me? Well it’ll be
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ARETHA FRANKLIN: Won’t Be Long (MANOSJMT Remix)

ARETHA FRANKLIN:  Won't Be Long (MANOSJMT Remix)It seems the Queen of Soul is the favourite singer of Manosjmt (i.e. he of the nifty Rag N Bone Man/ Human remix from the other year) although frankly Aretha Franklin is almost certainly top of a large proportion of the world population’s favourite singer lists such was her skill. But if you’re a remixer and your favourite singer sadly passes, you might feel you want to give something back
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KIBOSH: Globetrottin’ Freemix

KIBOSH:  Globetrottin'  FreemixThere was a time when the music formerly known as ‘ghetto funk’ became decidedly unfunky. Come to think of it, it was around the height of ghetto funk mania, when people started jumping on the bandwagon, skipping the vital step of including anything related to actual funk, and letting the wobble bass tail wag the breakbeat dog. Some might disingenuously claim it was never meant to be
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: The Serpent’s Mouth

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  The Serpent's MouthRating: ★★★★★ Turns out it’s been two years since Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s heavy-hitting debut 55 on Big Crown Records so it’s not really surprising that the follow-up is here already. Of course, if the band were following the traditional pattern of releases then new long player, The Serpent’s Mouth, would provide us with similar thrills to LP number one with perhaps a bit of the
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THE NICEGUYS: Hacienda Funk

THE NICEGUYS:  Hacienda FunkPossibly figuring that an EP entitled That Ass might send out the wrong kind of message in these times of renewed enquiry into gender politics, The Niceguys (or Bombstrikes) have plumped for sort of naming it after the ‘other’ track Valley Hacienda. And if Hacienda Funk possibly conjures madcap ‘Madchester’-style fun for a few aging musos (which this release definitely does not
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LUCKY BROWN & THE S.G.’s: Mesquite Suite

LUCKY BROWN & THE S.G.'s: Mesquite SuiteMesquite Suite? ‘Mesquite Schweet’ more like as Tramp Record’s latter-day funky heroes Lucky Brown & The S.G.s return with their latest full-length offering. Brown has been a Tramp regular since 2011 when his Lucky Brown’s Space Dream solo album appeared offering earthy blues and swamp funk, an effort followed by more of the same on 2015’s Mystery Road. The script has been flipped a bit for Mesquite Suite however with
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