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06 May 13
Played by: The Groovers
Review: Joey Negro's Z Records have a remarkable knack for knocking out vintage compilation after vintage compilation. Here though, they've really discovered a rare niche of unmined gold courtesy of Nuphonic's David Hill who acts as selector. As Hill explains "gospel music has often followed trends in secular music" and this album captures 24 attempts of gospel getting on the disco and boogie trains. Highlights include the hiNRG longing of "I Need You", the electro-soul of "Love Is The Message" and the piano & strings frenzy of "Awake O Zion".
16 Apr 13
Review: With guitarist Robert Ferti flanked by two busty blonde musicians (Magdalena Chovancova and her twin Gabriela) and calling themselves Threestyle, one can only imagine what this slick Bavarian jazz act are trying to tell us. Posturing aside though, they come up with the goods; they've got the chops and "Soul Candy" is one deft-of-foot smooth jazz-funk romp.
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08 Apr 13
Played by: Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues
Review: Following on from Tramp's excellent recent 'The Story Of...' compilation of this 70s American act, we now have this two-track sampler single. The two songs couldn't be more different - with the string-laden slushy sentimentality of "Pyramid" left for dust by the hilarious and raucous soul-rock of "Girl In The Hot Pants" whose lyrics are worth the price alone!
15 Apr 13
Review: Germany's Tramp are at it again, the little er, tramps! The 'it' of course being tirelessly digging for, and re-releasing, vintage long-lost soul gems. There's a whopping 19 in total here, with plenty of highlights including the smile-inducing "Soul Chicken", the trumpet freak-out of "Funky Screw", the hip jazz of "Behind The Face", the equally sublime and nasty "Pat's Rubber Band" and the intense, wiry funk of "Tend To Your Business (Pt2)".
29 Apr 13
Review: A special dedication to his formative days praying at the good church of hip-hop, cutting and pasting in Sunday school, Venice Beach member Moar gets down and does the caterpillar. An eclectic ensemble of loops and compositions, this lick shots from Senor Coconut to Bambaataa and back again with its frenetic arrangement of swinging drums, cheeky samples and crafty editing. Highlights include the bongo and fuzz box fusion of "2 vs 2" and low-swung bass shuffle and swing of "Bump On". Moar please!
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Review: Hoorah! It's been a long time coming, but the album from this Canadian act is finally here. We got a taster for their new retro/contemporary jazzy sound with a single in August. The EP featured the breaks-driven "Soul Sugar", the 70s funk indebted "Driving To Montenegro" and the jazzier "Blow", all of which made it to the album. Now joining these tunes are the likes of the fretlessly rhythmic "Blues For BL", the crazy flute frenzy of "The Kelly Affair" and the gentle piano intricacies of "Snowfall".
15 Apr 13
Played by: Zamali, Juno Recommends Funk/Reissues, Basement Freaks, Cayetano, Leo Leonardi Aka Funky Brothers, Miles Reverse, Superpendejos
Review: Although hailing from Germany, DJ Umbo is now running his disco breaks empire from Croatia. Having developed a cult following with a series of remixes on labels like Goodgroove, now he appears to have settled with Greece's Timewarp. His latest release for the Hellenic funk crew features two tracks - the funky sax workout "Sunday Jam" and the urgent groove attack of "Keep That Beat On". Basement Freaks remix the former into a pulsating disco banger, while on the latter Caytaro deliver a sizzling live jam version.
25 Mar 13
Review: He's back! Yep, the Belgian master of soul nouveau follows up last year's mini-album, At The Speed Of Light, with another, Soulshine, again on Greek disco imprint Timewarp. Once again we have a sizzling selection of authentic-sounding retro funk grooves that could easily be lifted from an obscure 70s blaxploitation movie. Highlights include the, analogue 70s porno-style soundtrack-isms of "Unite", the strangely baggy sounding "Brassin" and the very literal "Slap It Hard", which does indeed featured a very sternly slapped snare!
Soul Essentials Golden Oldies Doo Wop Collection, Hit Songs By Buddy Holly, The Coasters, Ritchie Valens & More!
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Temptations Review feat Dennis Edwards - "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" (live) - (2:02) 110 BPM
01 Apr 13
Alan Hawkshaw & Keith Mansfield - "Theme From 'Dave Allen At Large'" (with KPM All Stars - live at Jazz Cafe) - (2:37) 97 BPM
Alan Hawkshaw & Keith Mansfield - "Beat Boutique" (with KPM All Stars - live at Jazz Cafe) - (2:59) 95 BPM
KPM All Stars - "That's What Friends Are For" (feat Emma Kershaw - live at Jazz Cafe) - (3:29) 104 BPM
Alan Hawkshaw - "The Champ" (with Kirsty Hawkshaw & KPM All Stars - live at Jazz Cafe) - (3:10) 103 BPM
Review: Strut have a strong record in delivering excellent, thoroughly researched compilations, and this is one of them. This album collates the best from the vaults of KPM's public library music collection - music made by expert musicians but never intended to be publically available. Of course everyone from Jay-Z to Doom have sampled these previously hard to find gems, but now we can all enjoy the flute-disco whimsy of Alan Parker's "Unlimited Love", the carnival freakout of Barry Morgan & Ray Cooper's "Samba Street" and the very familiar loungey jazz of Francis Coppieter's "Cross Talk".
03 May 13
Review: We can always rely on French funkateers Soulab to keep us supplied with regular selections of vintage sounding modern soul gems. This latest compilation features a host of their regular artists and once again the quality is up there. Highlights include the futuristic electro-funk of LA Mitchell's "The Ease", the hazy g-funk vibes of Uraz Kurt's "Remember The Light", the dark, broken electro-hop of Isaac Aesili's "Freedom Cry" and the crazy garage boogie shuffle of Proser & Azaxx's "Prince Is Not Dead".
140 Kontakt instrument files, 140 Rex2 files, 140 processed WAV loops and 140 clean WAV loops for rock, indie & funk productions
09 Apr 13
Review: The Grace Thrillers have been singing praises of the lord since 1971 (although there's been plenty of new faces joining founder Noel Willis along the way). Here we visit some vintage sounds from the Caribbean gospel outfit. Over the course of ten tracks, we encounter a wide variety of styles including Nashville balladry ("Tear Drops"), classic soul-pop ("I've Got Something"), blues ("I'm Sanctified Now") and even some actual gospel too! ("Somebody Touch Me").
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01 Apr 13
Review: In the old days, the cross-cultural, cross-genre fusions of Rio de Janeiro-based DJ LK would have been called "beats and breaks". As it is, his wonderfully sunny fusions of samba, bossa nova, jazz-funk, breakbeat and hip-hop could fall between the cracks. That would be a crying shame, as Misturada is as enjoyable a breakbeat-orientated album as you'll hear this year. While there are moments when big basslines and tough drums take over (see the dutty "Nabby Riddim"), for the most part it's a loveably loose, languid and laidback affair, deftly produced by someone who clearly knows what they're doing.
01 Apr 13
Played by: DJ Nova (Rodon Fm 95)
Review: For the uninitiated, Around7 is a Parisian beatmaker with a difference. Composing mainly with an MPC in the old hip-hop fashion, he makes deep, jazz-soaked jams that sit somewhere between Guru, DJ Cam and Moodymann. This 19-minute 'LP' for Phil Weeks' Robsoul Jazz imprint is something of a surprise gem, flitting effortlessly between bossa-influenced 4/4 cuts (see "Broi"), sampladelic deep soul beats ("The 7th Sin"), stoned trip-hop (the Jazzamatazz flashback vibes of "Butter & Fly" and "I Love BBQ") and head-nodding nu-jazz ("Kick It"). The overall quality suggests that we could be hearing more from him in coming years.
06 May 13
Review: The recent album Hill Of Feathers by former dance vocalist Hannah Williams and her retro-soul outfit The Tastemakers is the LP that just keeps on giving. "Tell Me Something (Liberties)" is the latest single to be culled from said album and is one of the record's best showcases for her remarkable raw and dexterous voice - all set to an authentic 60s slow groove. Non-album track "Je M'appelle Le Saxophone" goes for some cod-French lounge action and largely succeeds.
01 May 13
Review: Funky break veterans Skeewiff are back (having apparently won 'Best Electro-Swing Producers Of The Year 2012 award), this time with a bumper packed collection of their remixes of cult 1970s British library music (one of their favourite sources of breaks). There's lots of loungey exotic action to choose from including the sassy, brassy "Scarper", the trippy "Hyper Hippo", the driving, clenched teeth disco rock of "Jet Propelled" and the many collabs with original bandleader Syd Dale (the best of which being the kitschy D&B of "Supermarket Hustle").
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13 Apr 13
Review: Here we have two tracks by Irish-French musician Doctor L (nee Liam Farrell) both remixed in impressive fashion by Grant Phabao. "Sweet Live" is a spacey, gentle reggae anthem of sorts, featuring an emotive vocal. While "Never Play Me" is stunning hushed acoustic soul that occasionally touches on John Barry territory.
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