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New music from The Du-Rites as they get us in the mood for their third album, Gamma Ray Jones. It’s not due out until November, but there will also be a new 7″ release in the interim. Keep an eye out for The Mean Machine b/w Corinthian Leather coming in September. You can stream Horse Pills below and downloads are available on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

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I hadn’t listened to Music for the Mature B-Boy in a minute, but as soon as I put it on earlier today, I remembered exactly why it was in heavy rotation in my house for years after it dropped. It was my first encounter with DJ Format and I think it was sold to me on the J5 feature on We Know Something You Don’t Know, but that turned out to be just one of the high points. Read the rest of this entry »

Madison Washington bring the funk with their latest video. Baytrified is an ode to The Bay Area and more specifically Oakland, as Malik Ameer reminisces about how different things used to be there back in the day. Combined with thatmanmonkz’s production, the track sounds like George Clinton meets Gil Scott Heron in all the best ways. Downloads are available now via Def Presse.

It’s been a while since I posted anything about BROOKZILL, the supergroup of sorts, but more accurately a collective – comprised of Prince Paul, Ladybug Mecca, Rodrigo Brandão and Don Newkirk. Now though they have released a new video for their 2016 track, Macumba 3000 and it’s a visual delight.
The quartet have gone with a stop-motion animation style video, which features all of them weaving through palms and ferns, as the contagious rhythm of Macumba pulses away. The name of the track is taken from a Portugese word used in Brazil, which means both a musical instrument and a form of witchcraft. BROOKZILL’s album, Throwback to the Future, is available now on Tommy Boy Entertainment.

How do you make Tuxedo sound even more outrageously fresh? Just unite them with funk pioneers Zapp, of course. That is what has happened on the latest track from Mayer Hawthore and Jake One, with the Troutman family & co. bringing their classic talk box cool to the mix. Shy is available to stream below and you can download it via Stones Throw. Read the rest of this entry »

Love is in the air today and what better soundtrack to celebrate this special day with your nearest & dearest, than Budgie’s latest release, Panty Soakers 4. The LA-based producer has created 12 tracks of instrumental delight, with a heavy reggae-lover’s rock flavour running throughout. You can stream it below and downloads are available over on Bandcamp. Read the rest of this entry »

Just heard a fantastic remix from The Du-Rites, as they tackle the already solid sounding wax Tailor joint, Worldwide. After the success of Sour Soul, I hope Ghost turns his attention to other beatmakers beyond hip hop cos this sounds so good. There is a preview available over on iTunes.

Following on from their introductory funk foray in October last year, The Du-Rites return with another album and it’s another triumph. Greasy Listening sees J-Zone and Pablo Martin reunite for more funk exploration, ignited by the success of the first project. But Greasy Listening is not strictly more of the same, as the album takes on the role of an imagined concert, in a fictitious venue named The Collard Green Lounge. Read the rest of this entry »

You can always rely on Now Again for an intriguing release and their latest compilation is exactly that. During the 70s, Zambia was surrounded by war and while it managed to remain conflict free itself, the country fell into poverty and isolation. It was then that Zambia’s rock revolution went from strength to strength; as is so often the case when people face hardship, they turn to creative expression. Read the rest of this entry »

Double whammy here from J-Zone, as he reworks two classic 60’s funk 45s – Funk​-​I​-​Tus b​y Warm Excursion and Let The Music Take Your Mind by Kool & The Gang. This is his first collaboration with the Fraternity Music Group label, but expect a lot more to bless us in the future. Read the rest of this entry »