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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Daptone Records

7-Inch Singles Collection Vol.1

How many times have you been at a swinging soul party and overheard someone say, "I'd really love to taste some of those soulful and delicious Daptone cuts that are only available on 45's, but I don't have a record player"? I know what you're thinking: if only I had a dime for every time! Well now a dime (or two) is all it will cost your phonographically impaired friends to download one of these exclusive cuts to play on their own MP5-BOX. You heard right, the considerate folks at Daptone have compiled the entirety of their infamous 45' catalog onto a series of download only albums. Finally, you too can own tracks that have previously only been available to DJ's and vinyl junkies.


1.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got A Thing On My Mind, Pt. 1
2.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got A Thing On My Mind, Pt. 2
3.) Lee Fields & the Dap-Kings - Give Me A Chance, Pt. 1
4.) Lee Fields & the Dap-Kings - Give Me A Chance, Pt. 2
5.) The Sugarman 3 - Funky So-and-So, Pt.1
6.) The Sugarman 3 - Funky So-and-So, Pt. 2
7.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Make It Good To Me
8.) The Dap-Kings - Casella Walk
9.) Charles Bradley and Sugarman & Co. - Take It As It Come Pt. 1
10.) Charles Bradley and Sugarman & Co. - Take it… Pt. 2
11.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got To Be The Way It Is, Pt.2
12.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Got To Be The Way It Is, Pt.2
13.) Naomi Davis - Promised Land, Pt. 1
14.) The Sugarman 3 - Promised Land (Instrumental)
15.) The Company - La Culebra, Pt. 1
16.) The Company - La Culebra, Pt. 2
17.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - What Have You Done For Me Lately? Pt. 1
18.) Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - What Have You Done For Me Lately? Pt. 2

7-Inch Singles Collection Vol.2

You’ve been licking ‘round the bottom of the Soul bowl lately, scrounging for every bit and morsel you can find. And now this! Our second volume of Daptone cuts that have never been digitized before. All the 45 only jams that your hipper friends with record players have been so smarmy about for so long. I’m sure you would have bought them on vinyl if your apartment wasn’t so small, right? Or maybe you already did, but want these handy digital ones so you can listen to them on your telephone when you’re not near enough to your dear old turntable. Either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy Volume two of Daptone’s 7” Singles Collection. And don’t forget, singles are for couples too!


1.) The Matador - The Mighty Imperials
2.) Now That I’m Gone - Charles Bradley & The Bullets
3.) Can’t Stop Thinking About You - Charles Bradley
4.) Could Have Been - Lee Fields
5.) You Don’t Know What You Mean (To a Lover Like Me) - Lee Fields & The Sugarman 3
6.) How Long Do I Have To Wait For You (Instrumental) - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
7.) This Love Ain’t Big Enough for the Two of Us - Charles Bradley & The Bullets
8.) (She’s Got) Twilight Eyes - Charles Bradley & The Bullets
9.) I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Is In - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
10.) Stand Up - Lee Fields and The Sugarman 3
11.) Stand Up Pt. II - Lee Fields and Sugarman 3
12.) Nervous Like Me - The Dap-Kings
13.) Che Che Cole - Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra


Rage! (Velour Recordings 2008)

The seven-person all-star collective known as Lettuce has been around since 1992, with its members branching off into successful standalone projects (Soulive, Rustic Overtones, et al), but never straying far from the project that started it all. "Rage", the band's third album, sees the collective reaching back to pay homage to the funk gods (EWF, James Brown, Tower of Power, the Meters, P-Funk, etc), while retaining the band's meticulous hip-hop tinged phrasing, melody and progressions. The compositions all follow a similar formula: riffs and breakbeats setting up the solos, bridges and/or hooks, and though there are times when the songs traverse the borders of funk-by-numbers monotony, the band's chemistry shines through time and again as a saving grace. One can tell the boys are having fun and this is proved true every time a glimmer of their monstrous theory knowledge and improv talent surfaces. But, this project is not meant to clone those aspects so strongly established in Lettuce's first two albums. "Rage" was made to groove in the pocket, and it does. Fiercely.

Check their sound on MySpace!


01.) Blast Off
02.) Sam Huffs Flying Raging Machine
03.) Move On Up feat. Dwele
04.) King Of The Burgs
05.) Need To Understand
06.) The Last Suppit
07.) Dizzer
08.) Makin My Way Back Home
09.) Salute
10.) Speake E.Z.
11.) Express Yourself
12.) Relax
13.) By Any Shmeeans Necessary
14.) Mr. Yance


Saturday, September 20, 2008

TM Juke And The Jack Baker Trio

Boto And The Second Liners (Tru Thoughts 2008)

This is a fantastic new project from production Yoda TM Juke. His partner this time is Alice Russell and Bonobo band drummer Jack Baker. Featuring on percussion on horns this killer new album also features vocals from Ms Alice Russell, Belleruche front lady Kathrin deBoer and hot new talent Andreya Triana. A veritable bevvy of lady talent. Tracks that have been causing a huge stir both in the clubs and their festival dates have been their awesome cover of Heads High and the astounding Spread It On with one of the fiercest Alice vocals recorded to date! Enjoy.


01.) Portion Of A Recording
02.) That Gut Feeling feat. Andreya Triana
03.) Echoes From The Surface
04.) Spread It On feat. Alice Russell
05.) Heads High(er)
06.) The Train
07.) Omak Besar (Big Waves)
08.) Rolling Stone To Landslide feat. Kathrin DeBoer
09.) Fortune Favours The Bold
10.) Party Favours feat. Gecko Turner
11.) Swamp's Ska
12.) Yeah The Crab!


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Andy Smith

Digging In The BGP Vaults (BGP 2008)

A masterful set of old school funk & soul put together by DJ Andy Smith, who also worked some magic a few years back for the BGP label on the Northern Soul tip, this time out doing his thing with prime funk from the late 60s & early 70s! Smith does a excellent job of mixing sample classics that helped build golden age hip hop, many deeper tracks, funk nuggets from The Blackbyrds, Billy Garner, Funk Inc, Spanky Wilson and many more! Titles include "Cracklin' Bread" by Dave Hamilton, "It's My Thing"by Betty Moorer, "I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky" by Ripple, "I Got Some" by Billy Garner", "Can't Get Enough" by 87th Of Broadway, "Skunk Juice" by Pazant Brothers, "I'm A Good Woman" by The Generation", "Tighten Up" by Roosevelt Matthews and more. This is only one .mp3-file for the whole mixtape, if someone has another version please post the link into the comments.


01.) Wilford's Gone - The Blackbyrds
02.) Cracklin' Bread - Dave Hamilton
03.) It's My Thing - Betty Moorer
04.) I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky - Ripple
05.) Gotta Get Me A Job - Ann Alford
06.) I Got Some - Billy Garner
07.) Sing A Simple Song - Booker T & The MG's
08.) Live It Up - James K-Nine
09.) Can't Get Enough - 87th Off Broadway
10.) Smokin At Tiffany's - Funk Inc
11.) I Want You Back - Harold Mabern
12.) Just A Groove In G - Wilbur Bascomb
13.) Let A Woman Be A Woman Let A Man Be A Man - Dyke & The Blazers
14.) Brand New Girl - Billy Garner
15.) Soul Brothers' Testify - Chester Randle's Soul Senders
16.) Itch & Scratch Pt 2 - Rufus Thomas
17.) Skunk Juice - Pazant Brothers
18.) Sunshine Of Your Love - Spanky Wilson
19.) I'm A Good Woman - The Generation
20.) Chicken Tracks - Ron Burford
21.) Out Of Sight - The Soulsetters
22.) Just Another Smile - Mel Davis
23.) Tighten Up - Rosevelt Matthews
24.) (Oh Baby) I Believe I'm Losing You - Billy Hawks

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Haggis Horns

The Haggis Horns - Hot Damn (2007)

The nucleus of the group, Jason Rae (husband of Corinne Bailey Rae), Atholl Ransome and Malcolm Strachan have become the horn section of choice for the world's top artists. Currently on tour as part of Mark Ronson's band, the horns can name Amy Winehouse, The New Mastersounds, Lou Donaldson, Corinne Bailey Rae & Nightmares On Wax among the selection of the artists that have called on them to lend their lungs to shows or recordings.

With guitarist Ben Barker taking on production duties and the addition of some of the UKs finest jazz and funk musicians including Cinematic Orchestra drummer Luke Flowers, the Haggis sound is at the forefront of the burgeoning new funk scene. This album sums up everything about the band: at it's core, hard-hitting dance
floor funk, (Hot Damn! / The Bump), but also taking in reggae (Eskimo), loose-limbed instrumental hip hop (Huffalump) and slamming afrobeat (The Traveller / Tribe Vibes). Add in a couple of cover versions that have been popular additions to the band's legendary live shows (Enter The Haggis / Who's Gonna Take The Weight?), and you have the funkiest sound this side of The JBs.


01 enter the haggis
02 pipe bag
03 hot damn !
04 the traveler pt.1
05 the traveler pt.2
06 eskimo
07 huffalump
08 the bump
09 got to lose your way
10 tribe vibes
11 naughty buddha
12 who's gonna take the weight

Well, what i can say ? i really love their tunes ! The best f***ing horn section in the world !!!
If you don't have this album, DON'T even think about to skip this one !!!
Absolutely a groovy must have

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Sound Stylistics

Play Deep Funk
(Freestyle 2007)

Recorded in 2002 as a Bruton library album, The Sound Stylistics "Deep Funk" album has weaved its way into funk folklore for collectors the world over, becoming a word of mouth phenomena and a collectors wet-dream due to its failure to ever get a proper release. Despite file-sharers, bootleggers and back-street dealers pushing illegitimate copies of the tracks, the legendary status of this lost album has not waned one bit.
Performed by some of the best musicians on the planet, and a veritable whos who on the London funk scene, the list is simply too amazing not to acknowledge fully here: James Taylor (JTQ), Jim Watson (Incognito), Mark Van der Gucht (Galliano), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds), Neil Robinson (JTQ), Simon Lee (Dr. Seuss), Andy Ross (The Herbaliser), Mike Smith (Jamiroquai), Nichol Thompson (Brand New Heavies), and Snowboy. Collectively they make up The Sound Stylistics, a virtual group and jam band of the highest order.

Check their Sound on Myspace!


1.) Shake And Hip Drop
2.) Soul Dynamite
3.) Players Theme
4.) Down Home Style
5.) Heavy Soul
6.) Polariser
7.) Fast Eddie
8.) Party People
9.) Night Theme
10.) Back On The Streets
11.) Keeping On
12.) Get Ya Some
13.) Move It Up
14.) Homebrew
15.) Message
16.) Put It In The Pocket
17.) Freedom Sound


Monday, September 1, 2008

Osaka Monaurail

Reality For The People (Unique Rec 2007)

The greatest work so far from the amazing Osaka Monaurail, one of the best modern funk combos around, and one of the few to rival the greatness of the JBs in the early 70s! Osaka Monaurail have a way of hitting a groove that's simply breathtaking , an approach that has all of the instruments in the group coming down hard hard hard on the rhythm , vamping in a way that only the legendary Fred Wesley could hope to match, even though he hasn't even been sounding this good for many many years! But the album's way more than a simple copycat effort too , because in reaching for the greatness of the JBs, the group have also include plenty of their own touches too , including vocals that are a welcome change from the usual deep funk mode, and which sound better here than they have on any of the group's previous recordings! Titles are a mix of live performances, unreleased studio sides, and one rare single , all monstrously jamming, and totally funky throughout.

Check their sound on Myspace!


01.) Quick Sand
02.) (I'm Coming Back To) The Coming Back
03.) Reality For The People
04.) Pick Up The Pieces One By One (Parts 1 & 2)
05.) Opportunity
06.) Ceora
07.) We Got One (A Show)
08.) Alternative Reality