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Agony Road - (4:19) 55 BPM
 
Superstar - (3:48) 57 BPM
 
Better Remember (They're Controlling You) - (5:38) 92 BPM
 
Maybe Baby (Lovin' You Was Never Ideal) - (4:36) 79 BPM
 
The Girl Who Cried Slow - (5:44) 140 BPM
 
King Of The Mountain - (5:31) 159 BPM
 
Three Tiny Seeds - (3:54) 90 BPM
 
Miss World (Less Is More) - (5:12) 86 BPM
 
Riot Cars - (3:30) 96 BPM
JAL 347
28 May 21
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Better Remember (They're Controlling You) - (5:38) 92 BPM
   
Miss World (Less Is More) - (5:12) 86 BPM
JAL 353
07 May 21
Soul
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Lean On You (feat Dynamite MC) - (2:50) 76 BPM
   
Working On Me - (3:18) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Bristol duo The Allergies continue to hint at a future album release with this two-track digital 7", Lean On You. Featuring bespoke lyrics from Dynamite MC in its lead cut, it's a track that subtly touches on Southern rap as it does rock and Gorillaz-styled funk or Cypress Hill-styled hip hop. Venturing further down a looped-up blues and rootsy funk tip in "Working On Me", lyrics are swapped for classic vocal samples, brass horns, big beat loops and clever funky drummer motifs. Spicy hot.
JAL 352
23 Apr 21
Funk
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Dahlias - (2:46) 85 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Cherry Blossom - (4:12) 120 BPM
   
Slumber (feat Dontmesswithjuan) - (3:10) 69 BPM
   
Apparition - (3:05) 78 BPM
   
Between Love & Happiness (feat Muhsinah) - (2:22) 85 BPM
   
Butterfly House - (3:56) 80 BPM
   
Entropy - (4:37) 106 BPM
   
Left Behind (feat Lalin St. Juste) - (4:00) 117 BPM
   
Rose-tint - (3:06) 76 BPM
   
These Hands (part 2) - (5:42) 111 BPM
Review: Keeping it dusty, beatdown, looped up and moody blue is Asta Hiroki's Entropy album on Jalapeno. Taking in jazz drums, MPC programming, dusty vinyl crackles-and-pops to other classical and acoustic elements - like the harpsichords in its title-track - Entropy is a most alluring, emotional listen. With a sound that lands somewhere between Pantha Du Prince, DJ Shadow and Burial jamming in a jazz cafe/piano bar, get your kicks through classy finger percussion in tracks like "Dahlias" to '90s esque broken beat instrumentals in "Cherry Blossom" - tis the season. Post-dubstep percussion and mirrored synths make their way into tracks like "Butterfly House" next to some broken down hip hop and blues too in "Rose-tint". Entropy never felt so warm.
JAL 351
16 Apr 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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Starting Points - (5:27) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Biznizz - (5:38) 123 BPM
   
I Wanted You To Stay - (5:51) 122 BPM
Review: Brighton-based DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist Flevans (known as Nigel Evans in real life) has been steadily turning out funk- and soul-inspired beats, breaks n' grooves for the past 20 years, working mostly on the Tru Thoughts and Jalapeno labels. Here, he returns to the latter stable clutching three new tracks: 'Starting Points' is quite overtly disco-fied by Flevans' standards, 'Biznizz' is a little bit more down n' dirty but still upbeat, while the stripped n' looped 'I Wanted You To Stay' is the housiest of the three and wouldn't actually have sounded out of place on a 'Disco Kandi' compilation.
JAL 357
09 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Left Behind - (4:04) 117 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Left Behind (instrumental) - (4:00) 117 BPM
JAL 349
19 Mar 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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King Of The Mountain - (5:31) 159 BPM
JAL 348
05 Mar 21
Soul
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Slumber - (3:10) 69 BPM
   
Slumber (instrumental) - (3:10) 68 BPM
JAL 346
19 Feb 21
Balearic/Downtempo
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Smoove & Turrell - "Slow Down" - (3:58) 124 BPM
   
Kraak & Smaak - "Squeeze Me" (feat Ben Westbeech) - (3:17) 110 BPM
   
Aldo Vanucci - "You're All Show" (feat Kylie Auldist) - (4:12) 111 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Felony" - (3:19) 61 BPM
   
Gizelle Smith - "S.T.A.Y." (feat Eric Boss) - (3:42) 131 BPM
   
Featurecast - "Evil Eye" (feat Greg Blackman) - (3:21) 62 BPM
   
Ephemerals - "You Made Us Change" - (3:24) 90 BPM
   
Dr Rubberfunk - "Northern Comfort" (feat John Turrell) - (2:48) 98 BPM
   
Basement Freaks - "Hit The Flame" (7" edit) - (3:49) 56 BPM
   
Skeewiff - "Soul Bossanova" (7" edit) - (3:25) 80 BPM
   
Soopasoul - "If It Ain't Funky Back It Up Pt 1" - (2:33) 61 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "I Want Magic" (Dimitri From Paris radio edit) - (3:35) 58 BPM
   
Kraak & Smaak - "Money In The Bag" (K&S remix) - (3:44) 108 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Allergies - "Rock Rock" (feat Andy Cooper) - (4:11) 73 BPM
   
Smoove & Turrell - "You Could've Been A Lady" - (4:53) 58 BPM
   
Flevans - "It Just Goes" (feat Sarah Scott) - (5:23) 120 BPM
   
Alexia Coley - "Drive Me Wild" - (3:47) 119 BPM
   
Ikon - "The Dove" - (4:30) 79 BPM
   
Radio Trip - "Hashish" (feat Boom Pam) - (3:35) 120 BPM
   
The Beekeepers - "Apiculture" - (4:58) 119 BPM
Review: We're full of respect for the team behind Jalapeno Records, who have now been offering up the finest in funk, soul, hip-hop, disco and breakbeat for 20 years. It's a landmark that calls for a celebration, and with this compilation they've certainly marked their anniversary in style. The 20-track set is full-to-bursting with party-starting heat, with vintage gems from the likes of Skeewiff, Ikon, Kraak & Smaak and Featurecast being joined by more recent highlights from current imprint heavyweights such as Smoove & Turrell and the Allergies. Highlights are plentiful, with our picks including the break-driven revivalist soul headiness of Aldo Vanucci's 'You're All Show', the summery positivity of Gizelle Smith's 'S.T.A.Y' and the rushing disco brilliance of Dimitri From Paris's essential edit of Izo Fitzroy's 'I Want Magic'.
JAL 2020
27 Nov 20
Funk
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I'm Over Here - (6:08) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Uptight - (4:48) 121 BPM
   
Fade - (6:15) 121 BPM
Review: 2020 might have been a "dumpster fire" of a year (as our American cousins might say), but somehow Nigel Evans AKA Flevans has managed to remain positive. His new EP - the former Tru Thoughts stalwart's first of 2020 - is led by one of the funkiest, and most celebratory tracks he's ever made, the R&B vocal-sampling, disco and electrofunk revivalism of 'I'm Over Here'. With its' killer bassline, Chic-style guitars, bustling beats and squelchy synths, it sounds like a future peak-time anthem. He explores similar sonic pastures on the more shuffling, synth-heavy 'Uptight', before offering up a slightly deeper (but no less funky) take on early '80s disco via similarly superb closing cut 'Fade'.
JAL 337
06 Nov 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Elgin Towers (Hot Toddy remix) - (5:32) 120 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Ashley Beedle's NSW vocal) - (7:00) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do It (Ray Mang remix) - (6:35) 123 BPM
   
It's You (Smoove extended dub mix) - (6:13) 120 BPM
   
This Time (Rayka remix) - (6:14) 129 BPM
   
Fade Away (Fouk remix) - (5:45) 127 BPM
   
Never Wanted You More (Dr Rubberfunk remix) - (4:40) 95 BPM
   
Talk About Nothing (Krash Slaughta remix) - (4:46) 89 BPM
   
E.P. (Rayka remix) - (6:03) 130 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Sorley remix) - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
It's You (Twin Beam remix) - (4:32) 120 BPM
   
Elgin Towers (Steve Cobby remix) - (4:35) 120 BPM
   
Fade Away (Vandebilt remix) - (3:50) 127 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Smoove extended club dub mix) - (5:52) 120 BPM
Review: Given the vibrancy, instrumental colour and musical richness of Smoove & Turrell's recent Stratos Bleu album, it should come as no surprise to find that this partner remix album is every bit as good. There are some suitably sizable, club-ready takes scattered across the set, with our picks including Ashley Beedle's piano and strings-laden disco revision of 'It Ain't Working', Ray Mang's slap-bass-sporting disco-boogie overhaul of 'Do It', Smoove's proto-house style 'Club Dub' of 'It Ain't Working', and a couple of excellent deep house re-rubs by Vandebilt and Fouk. Elsewhere, Steve Cobby's stirring remix of 'Elgin Towers' is a blue-eyed soul treat, Krash Slaughta successfully re-wires 'TalkAbout Nothing' as a shuffling drum and bass workout, and Dr Rubberfunk's take on 'Never Wanted You More' is a jazzy trip-hop treat.
JAL 336
16 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Fade Away (Fouk remix) - (5:45) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fade Away (Fouk dub) - (5:45) 63 BPM
   
EP (Rayka remix) - (6:03) 130 BPM
   
This Time (Rayka remix) - (6:14) 129 BPM
Review: UK "new old" funk 'n' soul faves Smoove & Turrell bring us four remixes of three tracks culled from their sixth studio album 'Stratos Blue', which dropped back in June. 'Fade Away' - an uptempo Pharrell/Cee-Lo/Aloe Blacc-style funker in its original form - gets housed-up nicely by Fouk on his fairly self-explanatory Remix and Dub. Elsewhere, Rayka's take on 'EP' is even more transformational, taking the pop-soul original into throbbing acid territory; 'This Time', on the other hand, was pretty uptempo and house-y to start with, but Rayka still injects some hands-in-the-air pianos, just to make sure.
JAL 335
25 Sep 20
Funk
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Do It (Ray Mang remix) - (6:35) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Do It (Ray Mang instrumental mix) - (6:35) 123 BPM
Review: In the version used to open Smoove & Turrell's recent (and rather good) "Stratos Bleue" album, "Do It" is a slap-bass-propelled chunk of revivalist early '80s disco-boogie excitement with an added side order of jazz-funk colour. Because of this, it's not a great stretch to think that disco remix king Ray Mang would provide some killer reworks. And so it proves. The long-serving producer delivers superb Vocal and Instrumental takes that mirror the structure and production tricks of original disco mixers such as Tom Moulton and Shep Pettibone. That means a greater role for the rubbery bassline, beefed-up percussion, Chic-style guitar riffs, delay-laden percussive breakdowns, kaleidoscopic synth sounds and early '80s effects aplenty. Ace!
JAL 334
04 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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It Ain't Working (Ashley Beedle's NSW vocal) - (7:00) 120 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Ashley Beedle's NSW dub) - (6:55) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
It Ain't Working (Sorley remix) - (6:07) 126 BPM
   
It Ain't Working (Sorley remix radio edit) - (3:33) 126 BPM
Review: In its original "Stratos Bleu" album mix form, "It Ain't Working" was one of the deepest and slickest cuts in the Smoove & Turrell catalogue. To kick off this excellent remix package, Ashley Beedle takes the best bits of the track and adds some summery disco and old school house flavours of his own (the "NSW Vocal Mix"), before delivering a deeper, sweeter and more spacey instrumental "NSW Dub" mix that's arguably even better (if only because you get more piano stabs, more trumpet solos and plenty of intergalactic synthesizer doodles). Those looking for something more forthright and bass-heavy should head for Sorley's sweaty and low-slung revision, which re-imagines the Newcastle crew's original as an acid-fired slab of sleazy late-night house hedonism.
JAL 332
14 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Elgin Towers (Hot Toddy remix) - (5:32) 120 BPM
   
Elgin Towers (Hot Toddy dub) - (7:05) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Elgin Towers (Steve Cobby remix) - (4:35) 120 BPM
Review: In its original form, jazz-funk and electrofunk-flavoured neo-soul number "Elgin Towers" was one of the standout moments on Smoove & Turrell's recent (and must-check) sixth album, "Stratos Bleu". Here it gets the remix treatment, with Crazy P man Chris Todd leading the charge under his now familiar Hot Toddy alias. Todd kicks things off with a warming, deep disco vocal version that places Turrell's fine vocal atop a bed of Balearic guitars, bubbly synths, snare-heavy drums and dreamy deep house chords, before offering up a mostly instrumental "Dub Mix" that's even more Balearic, loved-up and life-affirming thanks to some suitably stirring chord sequences. Fila Brazillia man Steve Cobby takes a totally different approach on his remix, re-imagining the track as a slow, languid, string-laden downtempo soul treat.
JAL 331
24 Jul 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Hit Me One Time (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:29) 101 BPM
   
Let Them Know (feat The Cuban Brothers) - (3:48) 105 BPM
   
Say The Word (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:27) 59 BPM
   
Felony - (3:19) 61 BPM
   
Take My Love (feat Marietta Smith) - (3:59) 71 BPM
   
I Just Got That Feeling (feat Andy Cooper) - (4:24) 88 BPM
   
Every Trick In The Book - (3:10) 99 BPM
   
Get Yourself Some - (3:00) 108 BPM
   
Rile 'Em Up (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:26) 60 BPM
   
Hot Sensation (feat Dynamite MC) - (3:25) 109 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
I'm On It (feat Dr Syntax) - (3:17) 66 BPM
   
Take Me Back (feat Mr Woodnote) - (3:23) 105 BPM
   
It Feels So Good (feat Marietta Smith) - (4:19) 51 BPM
Review: Formed in 2012, Bristol duo The Allergies have spent the past eight years crafting a signature style that's like the missing link between Stereo MCs and The Dap Kings. This, their third studio long-player, doesn't throw up any huge surprises - yet again they float effortlessly from party-style hip-hop and funk breaks to effective 'new old' funk and northern soul pastiche - but is notable for its range of guest vocalists, who include Dynamite MC, The Cuban Brothers (on Latin excursion 'Let Them Know') and veteran Ugly Duckling rapper Andy Cooper, not to mention Bristol's own most notorious busker, Mr Woodnote. The Ike & Tina vibes of 'Every Trick In The Book' and the fast-n-furious 'I'm On It' (feat Dr Syntax) are among the highlights.
JAL 350
17 Jul 20
Funk
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Speculate (Saison remix) - (7:00) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ambition Like Cream (feat Scooby Jones - Flevans Disco Revision) - (5:57) 122 BPM
JAL 329
10 Jul 20
Funky/Club House
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JAL 350S
03 Jul 20
Funk
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All I Want Is You - (3:24) 119 BPM
BA 003
30 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Way Back Home (feat Ivar) - (6:36) 120 BPM
   
Seb's Party - (6:39) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Way Back Home (feat Ivar - Fouk remix) - (6:25) 120 BPM
BA 007
30 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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All I Want Is You (Mason remix) - (6:11) 122 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (Xinobi remix) - (6:59) 119 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (Ash Reynolds remix) - (6:42) 117 BPM
   
All I Want Is You (extended mix) - (5:32) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: The original version of "All I Want" is one of the lesser-known gems in Kraak & SMaak's epic back catalogue. The squelchy slab of revivalist electrofunk, which features a brilliant lead vocal from Keyhole, was first sent to DJs five years ago, but for whatever reason was only released earlier this year. Here the long-serving Dutch trio treat us to the essential (and previously unheard) extended mix, plus a trio of reworks from industry pals. Mason kicks things off with a vibrant and colourful take that re-casts the track as a delay-laden chunk of 1980s NYC freestyle, Xinobi opts for a bass-heavy deep nu-disco flex, and Ash Reynolds re-imagines it as a swinging chunk of lusciously sun-kissed deep house with warming boogie flourishes.
BA 006
30 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Red Line (Dr Meaker remix) - (6:39) 174 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Red Line (Dr Meaker remix - radio edit) - (3:53) 174 BPM
JAL 330
26 Jun 20
Drum And Bass
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JAL 341
19 Jun 20
Funk
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Realisation (Re-Tide remix) - (5:49) 120 BPM
   
Realisation (Lonely Boy's Isolation mix) - (4:36) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Realisation (Supermini remix) - (5:48) 123 BPM
   
Realisation (Supermini remix radio edit) - (3:52) 120 BPM
Review: We were rather impressed by Flevans recent album "Accumlate" - his fifth in total over a career spanning almost two decades - and in particular its inherent funkiness and effortlessly soulful flavour. Here one of the LP standouts, "Realisation" with vocalist Laura Vane, is given the remix treatment. The EP-opening "Re-Tide Mix" brilliantly joins the dots between funk-fuelled disco-house and colourful, synth-heavy boogie, while Lonely Boy's "Isolation Mix" is a deliciously loose-limbed breakbeat revision that gives due prevalence to track's insanely funky bassline and jaunty Rhodes keys. You'll also find full-length and radio versions of Supermini's hot-to-trot remix, which may well be the funkiest and freshest of the lot.
JAL 344
12 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Do It - (4:30) 63 BPM
   
It Ain't Working - (5:37) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Elgin Towers - (4:32) 120 BPM
   
This Time - (5:03) 129 BPM
   
Never Wanted You More - (4:29) 95 BPM
   
Still Don't Know - (5:10) 122 BPM
   
E.P. - (4:01) 130 BPM
   
It's You - (5:28) 120 BPM
   
Talk About Nothing - (4:04) 89 BPM
   
Fade Away - (4:38) 127 BPM
   
The Northern Coal Experience - (0:23) 152 BPM
Review: Album number six here from the northeast of England's finest neo-soul combo Smoove & Turrell. Coming like all five of its predecessors on the mighty Jalapeno Records, 'Stratos Bleu' sees the Gateshead gang exploring a slightly wider range of musical territory: 'This Time', for instance, operates at a soulful house tempo, while 'E.P.' has an almost Underworld-ish, indie-dance kinda feel. Synths n' samples play a more prominent role than on previous albums, too - though John Turrell's distinctive tonsils remain front and centre at all times, so existing fans needn't worry too much!
JAL 340
05 Jun 20
Funk
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JAL 340B
22 May 20
Funk
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Blind Faith (Art Of Tones remix) - (3:20) 59 BPM
   
Blind Faith (Art Of Tones extended remix) - (5:14) 59 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blind Faith (Art Of Tones dub) - (5:14) 59 BPM
   
Blind Faith (Smoove remix) - (6:42) 60 BPM
Review: Shaping up to be one of the biggest soul tunes of the year, here 'Blind Faith' gets the remix treatment courtesy of Art Of Tones (formerly known as F-Comm fave Llorca) and fellow Jalapeno regular Smoove (as in Turrell). Art Of Tones nudges the track closer to soulful house territory - his Dub, in particular, would undoubtedly have gone down a storm at Ben Watt's legendary Sunday sessions Lazy Dog back in the day, with its phat b-line and jazz-funk guitar chops. Smoove then surprises with a shimmering, squelchy-basslined rub that also operates at a near-house tempo.
JAL 342
15 May 20
Funk
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It Ain't Working - (5:37) 120 BPM
Review: Jalapeno bring us a single-track release from label regulars and 'new old' funk/soul stalwarts Smoove & Turrell. You already know roughly what to expect musically, so the only thing to note on that front is that 'It Ain't Working' is perhaps a little more electronic and less live-sounding than the duo's usual output (check out that bassline), while lyrically the song laments the trials and tribulations of life on the road, reflecting in bittersweet style on all the times working musicians are told dismissively that "that ain't working". Look out for new long-player 'Stratos Blue', coming soon...
JAL 339
08 May 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Moving On - (3:14) 121 BPM
   
Hold Your Hands Up (feat Laura Vane) - (3:26) 121 BPM
   
Ambition Like Cream (feat Scooby Jones) - (5:30) 105 BPM
   
Realisation (feat Laura Vane) - (3:39) 120 BPM
   
Power Rocks You - (4:03) 118 BPM
   
Mr Right (feat Laura Vane) - (2:56) 51 BPM
   
Silly Games (feat John Turrell) - (4:08) 59 BPM
   
Oh Bernice (feat Scooby Jones) - (3:51) 76 BPM
   
Ten Feet Tall (feat Laura Vane) - (3:28) 106 BPM
   
Speculate - (3:34) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fireblanket (feat Laura Vane) - (4:27) 105 BPM
Review: Jalapeno regular Flevans returns with an 11-track album that won't disappoint lovers of the label's trademark funk-breaks-soul sound one iota. It's actually his fifth, reflecting the fact that Flevans does this stuff better than most; if there's a criticism, it's that the album perhaps tries a little too hard to please everyone. Where cuts like 'Power Rocks You' have an authentic 60s/70s 'deep funk' feel, others such as 'Ambition Like Cream' (feat Scooby Jones) opt for a more commercial approach and end up in Radio 2-friendly pop territory. But even if you do find yourself hitting the Skip button once or twice, there's still much to enjoy here.
JAL 327
01 May 20
Funk
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When The Wires Are Down (Kraak & Smaak remix) - (5:19) 78 BPM
JAL 343
24 Apr 20
Soul
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JAL 340A
10 Apr 20
Funk
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Ambition Like Cream - (5:30) 105 BPM
JAL 326
03 Apr 20
Soul
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Felony - (3:17) 61 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Rile 'Em Up (feat Andy Cooper) - (3:27) 60 BPM
Review: The Allergies seem to have settled into a routine with their releases lately - one retro-tastic 'new old' funk/soul jam with a sung vocal, plus one slice of funked-up hip-hop - and so it is again here. 'Felony' is all dusty horn parps, live drums and soulful male vocal, while the accompanying 'Ride 'Em Up' finds the Bristolian crew at their most Stereos-esque while a guest rap from Andy Cooper alternates with a sultry female soul vocal. There's nothing especially groundbreaking going on, but if your toes aren't tapping you might want to double-check that you remembered to put your feet on this morning...
JAL 328
27 Mar 20
Funk
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Ain't Here For Your Pleasure - (3:43) 88 BPM
   
Red Line - (3:34) 87 BPM
   
I Want Magic - (4:46) 58 BPM
   
Blind Faith - (5:11) 56 BPM
   
Give Me A Moment - (4:02) 134 BPM
   
Purify - (3:47) 115 BPM
   
Slim Pickings - (3:50) 60 BPM
   
Pushing Buttons - (3:58) 115 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wolves In Disguise - (3:32) 95 BPM
   
Liftin' Me - (3:52) 83 BPM
   
When The Wires Are Down - (4:03) 78 BPM
Review: "A unique and captivating blend of soul, gospel and blues" is how UK vocalist Izo Fitzroy's biography describes her music... but then you probably knew that, because there's been no escaping recent single 'Blind Faith', which sees her Winehouse-like vocals backed, just like the lady herself, by the excellent Haggis Horns, as well as her own Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir. And if you liked the single you're gonna love the album, because there's plenty more where 'Blind Faith' came from! It's largely a home listening affair, though the acid jazz-leaning 'Pushing Buttons' and the disco-infused, Hammond-laden 'I Want Magic' could find themselves gracing funk and soul floors.
JAL 325
13 Mar 20
Soul
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Red Line - (3:34) 87 BPM
JAL 323
28 Feb 20
Rock
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Realisation (explicit) - (3:39) 120 BPM
JAL 322
21 Feb 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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Boom! (feat John Turrell) - (3:29) 90 BPM
   
Pressure Cooker - (3:17) 108 BPM
   
A Matter Of Time (feat Izo FitzRoy) - (4:32) 116 BPM
   
How Beautiful - (4:23) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Canvas Cathedral (feat Ben Castle) - (3:55) 108 BPM
   
With Love (feat Stephanie Whitelock) - (3:55) 85 BPM
   
Slim's Mood - (3:41) 111 BPM
   
Hey! - (2:49) 92 BPM
   
A Little Blahzay (feat Izo FitzRoy) - (3:30) 88 BPM
   
Steppin' In - (4:55) 88 BPM
   
Laid Bare (feat Stephanie Whitelock) - (3:06) 99 BPM
   
Longshore Drift - (3:20) 96 BPM
Review: It's been 14 years since Simon Ward AKA Dr Rubberfunk released his second album 'My Life At 33', so something doesn't quite add up there! Happily, though, that's about the only grumble you're likely to have with this, his fourth long-player, on which he demonstrates an impressive musical versatility as he deftly weaves between raw 70s-inspired soul (see the Stephanie Whitelock and Izo Fitz-Roy collabs), mellifluous virtuoso jazz-funk (see 'Slim's Mood' and 'Steppin' In', hazy, blues-y psychedelic funk-rock ('Boom!' feat John Turrell), scorching Hammond grooves ('Pressure Cooker') and more besides. "Not a real doctor since 1992," Ward's website proclaims proudly - and long may it continue.
JAL 321
14 Feb 20
Funk
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Boom! (feat John Turrell) - (3:29) 90 BPM
   
Steppin' In - (4:55) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Jalapeno bring us the latest salvo from London producer Dr Rubberfunk, and it's very much the proverbial game of two halves. Featuring John Turrell (of Smoove & Turrell fame) on mic duties, 'Boom!' is a raw rock n' soul jam, roughly in the vein of Sly & The Family Stone, War or mid-70s Ike & Tina Turner, with a singalong-friendly "it's just a little blow-out" vocal and some exemplary six-string screechin'. But good as 'Boom!' is, it's 'Steppin' In' that's the killer here, a five-minute, organ-laden jazz-fusion workout that could well be the good doctor's finest moment to date.
JAL 320
24 Jan 20
Funk
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Blind Faith - (5:11) 56 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blind Faith (radio edit) - (3:39) 113 BPM
Review: London-based soul singer Izo Fitzroy released her debut album 'Skyline' on Jalapeno just over two years ago. Since then, we've had the Dimitri From Paris-produced 'I Want Magic' earlier this year, and now here comes 'Blind Faith', a track that'll appeal to fans of contemporary soul artists such as The Dap Kings, Smoove & Turrell or Stone Foundation. Supplied in simple Original and Radio Edit mixes and richly embellished with horns and strings, 'Blind Faith' features some truly sumptuous production, and while it may all be a little 'polite' for some, crossover success certainly can't be ruled out.
JAL 319
17 Jan 20
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Poly - (2:53) 95 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Blur - (3:12) 127 BPM
   
Coral - (4:43) 90 BPM
   
Electricity - (3:25) 100 BPM
   
Float - (4:30) 105 BPM
   
Avatar - (4:19) 154 BPM
   
Origin - (3:15) 154 BPM
   
Rising - (4:24) 107 BPM
   
Thiefin - (3:08) 93 BPM
   
Homebody - (3:12) 154 BPM
   
Instagram - (5:09) 135 BPM
Review: Not to be confused with the Canadian funk/soul band of the same name, Ephemerals are a male/female duo who list their home town as "Europe" and whose third long-player was an Alice Coltrane-inspired concept album about rebirth. This, their fourth album in five years, draws its most obvious musical influences from the LA beats scene and broken beat, but the standout tracks are those like 'Coral' and 'Origin', which revive the psychedelic influences that informed the pair's sophomore album 'Chasin' Ghosts' - think Black Sabbath in their 'first five albums' golden era trying their hand at funk and you're somewhere in the ballpark...
JAL 318
10 Jan 20
Funk
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Various
   
Gizelle Smith - "Scared Of Something" - (3:30) 95 BPM
   
Aldo Vanucci - "I Think I'm Gonna Make It" (feat Amie J) - (4:23) 53 BPM
   
Ephemerals - "Easy Ain't Nothin" (Smoove remix) - (3:47) 54 BPM
   
Aldo Vanucci - "Get A Hold On This" (Dr Rubberfunk remix - feat Kylie Auldist) - (3:57) 100 BPM
   
Basement Freaks - "Enuff Love" - (2:17) 96 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Every Trick In The Book" - (3:10) 99 BPM
   
Dr Rubberfunk - "A Matter Of Time" (feat Izo FitzRoy) - (4:31) 116 BPM
   
Flevans - "It Just Goes" (Ray Mang extended mix - feat Sarah Scott) - (7:24) 60 BPM
   
Aldo Vanucci - "Knew You Were Coming" - (4:37) 62 BPM
   
Flevans - "Silly Games" (feat John Turrell) - (4:08) 59 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "Slim Pickings" - (3:50) 60 BPM
   
Flevans - "Who's Got Me" (Art Of Tones extended remix - feat Laura Vane) - (7:22) 59 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "I Want Magic" (Dimitri From Paris vs Cotonete 12" version) - (7:12) 58 BPM
   
Flevans - "Speculate" - (3:34) 121 BPM
   
Soopasoul - "It's Just Begun Pt 1" - (4:13) 112 BPM
   
Basement Freaks - "Charlie's Crib" - (3:57) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Skeewiff - "Soul Bossanova" - (5:55) 80 BPM
   
Smoove & Turrell - "Give It Back" - (3:37) 65 BPM
   
Mo' Horizons - "You Gotta Know It" (feat Noam Bar) - (7:21) 89 BPM
   
Smoove & Turrell - "I'm A Man" - (4:09) 131 BPM
Review: The 'Jalapeno Funk' series reaches its 11th installment, which is no mean feat! As such, you should have a pretty good idea what to expect here already, and you'd be right. All the usual Jalapeno suspects - Flevans, Skeeweiff, Smoove & Turrell, Speedometer, The Allergies, Dr Rubberfunk, Aldo Vanucci - are present and correct, and while it has to be said there aren't many stylistic surprises or curveballs on offer, fans of the label's trademark funk 'n breaks sound will be more than satisfied, with highlights including Flevan's light-footed 'Speculate' and Vanucci's Hammond-toting 'Get A Hold On This'.
JAL 313S
13 Dec 19
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Mr Right (feat Laura Vane) - (2:56) 51 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Speculate - (3:34) 121 BPM
Review: Nigel Evans, or Flevans as he's more widely known, returns with his first new material since the 'Part-Time Millionnaire' long-player (his fourth) dropped earlier this year, also on Jalapeno. 'Mr Right' itself fuses a chunky 'new old' funk-soul groove with a more contemporary-style R&B vocal from Laura Vane, making for a cut that in a perfect world would be following the likes of 'Happy', 'I Need A Dollar' and 'Uptown Funk' into the pop charts. The accompanying 'Speculate', meanwhile, is a more stripped-back and percussive affair that'll suit the jazz-dancers and b-boys down to the ground - quite literally!
JAL 316
15 Nov 19
Funk
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How We Gonna Stop The Time (NEW_ID remix) - (5:55) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
How We Gonna Stop The Time (NEW_ID radio edit) - (3:08) 127 BPM
JAL 175S
06 Nov 19
Progressive House
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Blur - (3:12) 127 BPM
JAL 315
25 Oct 19
Indie/Alternative
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Invisible (feat Laura Vane - Flevans' Back To The 80's remix) - (3:46) 105 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Invisible (feat Laura Vane - Basement Freaks remix) - (3:53) 54 BPM
   
Right On Top (Asta Hiroki remix) - (2:22) 98 BPM
Review: Three remixes here of two tracks from Brighton boy Flevans' fifth studio album 'Part Time Millionnaire', which dropped back in March, with the Laura Vane-vocalled 'Invisible' getting the treatment twice. Flevans' own Back To The 80s Mix finds us in upbeat, accessible neo-soul/R&B territory, and as such crossover success certainly shouldn't be ruled out - though for more underground, squelchy nu-funk thrills the Basement Freaks Remix is the one. Completing the EP is Asta Hiroki's re-rub of 'Right On Time', a sparse trip-hop affair comprising ambient sounds, sampled spoken vox and clipped percussion - definitely one for the late-night herbalists.
JAL 314
11 Oct 19
Funk
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A Matter Of Time (feat Izo FitzRoy) - (4:31) 116 BPM
   
Slim's Mood - (3:40) 111 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
JAL 312
04 Oct 19
Funk
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Between Love & Happiness (feat Muhsinah) - (2:22) 85 BPM
   
Losing Touch - (3:18) 79 BPM
   
Between Love & Happiness (feat Muhsinah - instrumental) - (2:22) 84 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Dr Rubberfunk
JAL 311
27 Sep 19
Hip Hop/R&B
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Various
   
Nicole Willis - "I Call Your Name" (feat Banda Palomita - Smoove remix) - (5:20) 57 BPM
   
Chrome - "Dopamine Hit" (I Need A Hit Smoove remix) - (3:36) 55 BPM
   
Izo FitzRoy - "Say Something" (Smoove remix) - (5:38) 115 BPM
   
The Haggis Horns - "World Gone Crazy" (feat Lucinda Slim - Smoove remix) - (4:31) 108 BPM
   
The Allergies - "Run It Back" (feat Andy Cooper - Smoove remix) - (4:03) 65 BPM
   
The Third Degree - "Mercy" (Smoove remix) - (5:20) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Myles Sanko - "Promises" (Smoove remix) - (4:18) 130 BPM
   
Smoove & Turrell - "Will You Be Mine" (Smoove Retouch) - (5:47) 60 BPM
   
King Bee - "Money Gone" (Smoove remix) - (4:15) 113 BPM
   
Mr Doris & D-Funk - "Back In The Day" (feat MysDiggi - Smoove's Party remix) - (4:02) 105 BPM
   
The Bahama Soul Club - "No Words" (feat Brenda Boykin - Smoove remix) - (5:31) 62 BPM
   
The Future Dub Project - "Captain Hook" (Smoove remix) - (7:07) 63 BPM
   
Renegades Of Jazz - "Fire" (feat Aspects - Smoove remix) - (5:21) 64 BPM
   
Men Of North Country - "I'm Com'un Home" (Smoove remix) - (3:57) 141 BPM
   
Fab Samperi - "Jazz Di Mezzaluna" (Smoove remix) - (6:01) 122 BPM
   
John Turrell - "Stella Maris" (Smoove remix) - (5:20) 59 BPM
   
Aldo Vanucci - "You're All Show" (feat Kylie Auldist - Smoove remix) - (3:59) 126 BPM
Review: Jalapeno Records present a 17-track V/A collection of contemporary funk grooves, all of which have been given a makeover by Smoove, of Smoove & Turrell fame. There are some big names from the 'new old' funk scene represented (Haggis Horns, Nicole Willis, Smoove & Turrell themselves) but as you might expect from the label it's on, the emphasis is more on party-hearty funk breaks/funk-hop than out-and-out 60s/70s revivalism. Renegades Of Jazz's 'Fire' with its wukka-wukking geetar and guest rap vocal from The Allergies is one standout, King Bee's O'Jays-biting 'Money Gone' another, but dive on in and find your own faves...
JAL 284
13 Sep 19
Funk
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