Review: A leading force in the so called 'Deep Funk' scene Record Kicks outta MIlan delivers a new label defining compilation, Funk Sides Vol 2. It follows the recent release of Soul Sides Vol.2 and welcomes 12 more heavy funk tracks featuring the likes of hMarta Ren & The Groovelvets, The Liberators, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations to Dojo Cuts and Calibro 35! Special mention goes to the billowing natural reverb of Nick Pride & The Pimptones's "Hotdoggin'" to the distant R&B of Tanika Charles' "Sweet Memories". Get your synthwave post punk from The Devonns "More" or minimal dubtrack instrumentals from Baby Charlers, "Step On".
Review: It's been a solid four years since we last heard a full length from soul, funk and jazz ensemble The Tibbs. Record Kicks outta Milan who have released all but one of the group's records now clear the way for the band following a big push of Italian four-piece Calibro 35, allowing the Tibbs to bounce back from their Damaged Heart single this year and deliver a third studio album. With the rest of the band firmly intact, Another Shot Fired introduces a new singer to the project in songwriter Roxanne Hartog. Recorded at Electric Monkeys in Amsterdam and produced by Paul Willemsen (think: Lefties Soul Connection, Michelle David & The Gospel Sessions) and mastered in Nashville by Soul veterans Bob Holsen - who used to cut vinyl for Motown back in the day - find bluesy numbers in "Mama Says", a touch of reggae in their title track "Another Shot Fired" next to the bombastic opener "The Main Course".
Review: Longstanding Italian label, Record Kicks, outta Milan that's been specialising in all matter of funk since 2003, digs through its catalogue to surface with a compilation of obscure material and classics from the likes of James Brown to original soul diva Martha High. Across the 12 tracks presented here you'll find a bona fide cast of artists like Osaka Monaurail, Hannah Williams and Baby Charles to the explosive sound of Marta Ren, the Link Quartet and more! Record Kicks as always spearheading today's retro Soul movement for the better!