Andy Cooper - "Why You Buggin'" (feat The Allergies) (3:14)
Dr Syntax/Pete Cannon - "Downtime" (The Allergies remix) (3:27)
Review: More all-action fare from the popular Bomb Strikes label, an imprint that has gradually moved away from the party-hearty mash-ups and bootleg remixes on which it made its name. This tidy seven-inch single is notable for the presence of Bristol crew The Allergies. On the A-side they guest on Andy Cooper's "Why You Buggin", a bustling, funk-fuelled fusion of hip-hop and rock that sounds like a wholehearted tribute to the Beastie Boys circa "Licensed To Ill". Over on the flip the West Country party-starters turn remixers, delivering a head nodding, toe-tapping take on Dr Syntax and Pete Canon's hip-hop/funk/ska fusion number "Downtime". Like the A-side, it sounds like a bona fide dancefloor bomb.
Review: Stanky sickness from the Brizzle's double M funk machine, Mako & Mr Bristow return with the fifth instalment of their deeply dug (and consistently sold out) Stank Soul Edits series. For this edition we're treated to a heavy weave of breaks and dusty grooves on "Funky Diggin'" and something a little more cosmic and psychedelic on the B with "Dynamic B-Boy". Stick it to the man and get busy on the dancefloor.
Review: New funk delivered the old way; Original Gravity follow up the 2017 hype of Floyd James & The GTs debut "The Switchback" with this powerful four-track EP. Charged with a strong northern soul feel both "Keep Lifting Me Higher" and "The Sweetest Thing" lead with the beat as Floyd and his super-tight band bounce back and forth. Flip for more energetic mischief as "The Wig" goes turbo blues while "Sweet Sweet Soul" closes on an epic, riffy sing-along. The title speaks for itself.
Review: Released 40 years ago in 1977 ''Rhythm Of Life '' by James Mason was possibly one of the greatest vocal Jazz fusion releases of all time . New vinyl imprint Dynamite releases a quality limited edition double pack release showcasing the highlights from that album plus some additional rare versions of the tracks. The version of 'Sweet Power Your Embrace'' is taken from the incredibly rare 7 inch promo only issue. On the flipside is a different version of the club floor dancer ''Free'' which features a heavy bongo workout . The 45 second slab on this package features two tracks featuring the vocals from Clarice Taylor on ' I've Got My Eyes On You'' and the superb 'Slick City' which were both never commercially released as a 45 before.
Review: American artist Joe Coleman's soulful boogie-down number "Get It Off The Ground" was released back in 1982 and is still popular amongst those that know. Austrian imprint Record Shack present a hot edit by New York City legend DJ Spinna on this edition, which retains the infectious energy of the original but gives the track some much needed dynamics for modern dancefloors. Although we give credit to the edit, the lo-slung funk of the original will always be king and rest assured that is indeed featured here on the flip.
Review: Outta Sight's latest monthly rare soul missive contains hard-to-find and overlooked classics from "hard-hitting" New Jersey vocal group Soul Brothers Six and New Orleans Rhythm and Blues man Willie Tee. It's the former's wonderfully sweet and loose "I'll Be Loving You" (first released in 1966, fact fans) that takes pride of place on the A-side, serving up a lightly sauteed soul take on the rhythm and blues template. Willie Tee's 1967 jam "Walking Up A One Way Street", a summery affair blessed with a superb horn section, leisurely groove and brilliant lead vocal from the man himself, can be found on the B-side.
Review: Four years on from their last outing, Japan's premier neo-Afrobeat band returns to the warm embrace of Soul Garden Records. A-side "Scarface" is arguably one of the band's most addictive and ear-pleasing tracks yet; a rousing Afrobeat workout that sees band members trading solos over a densely percussive, Fela Kuti style workout. In a bid to let us have a bit of a breather, flipside "This Day" is a more languid and laidback affair, with drunken trumpet solos and jammed-out keys relaxing over a shuffling, Afro-Latin groove. As ever, the playing is immaculate and the production authentically fuzzy. Worth a listen.
Review: Powerful belters from soul supernova Baby Huey. The only solo 45s he cut for Curtom Records before he passed away aged only 26, this was released posthumously and OG copies regularly go for over 200 pounds. Now reissued on Soul Brother, the two sides give you the full fat Huey; "Hard Times" hits with a raw Lee Fields style gravelly, story-telling delivery while "Listen To Me" shows Huey's deft ability to band-lead an all-out rock jam. Raw and emotional, Huey left this world far too soon.
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra - "The Party" (reprise)
The Savages - "Born To Be Wild"
The Bombay Royale - "You Me Bullets Love"
Blossom Dearie - "I Like London In The Rain"
BB Davis & The Red Orchidstra - "Get Carter"
Peter Ivers Group - "Ain't That Peculiar" (feat Asha Puthli)
One Two Cha Cha Cha - "Usha Uthup" (Salimar Soundtrack version)
Gabor Szabo - "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)"
Big Jim Sullivan - "Sunshine Superman" (bonus track)
Review: This tidy compilation from Dishoom shines a light on the largely overlooked cultural crossover between Bombay and London in the mid to late 1960s. While it is widely acknowledged that Western rock musicians looked to India for inspiration during this period, little has previously been made of how British and American rock, pop, funk and soul inspired Indian musicians. Musically, there are some real gems to be found throughout, from the sitar-laden "Jumping Jack Flash" and "Cissy Strut" covers (by Ananda Shankar and Bill Ravi Harris and the Comets respectively) and psychedelic rock thrust of The Bombay Royale's "You Me Bullets Love", to the Merseybeat-goes-Bollywood brilliance of Mohammad Rafi's "Jaan Pechlan Ho".
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - "Easily Persuaded" (2:45)
Jimmy & David Ruffin - "When My Love Hand Comes Down" (2:51)
The Temptations - "Psychedlic Shack" (3:51)
Undisputed Truth - "Smiling Faces Sometimes" (3:15)
Barbara McNair - "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" (3:30)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - "Who Is She (And What Is She To You)" (4:08)
Undisputed Truth - "Ball Of Confusion" (10:46)
Gladys Knight & The Pips - "Feelin' Alright" (3:42)
Barbara Randolph - "Can I Get A Witness" (2:20)
Shorty Long - "Here Comes The Judge" (2:40)
Edwin Starr - "Easin' In" (3:12)
The Temptations - "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" (6:55)
Marvin Gaye - ""T" Plays It Cool" (4:19)
Commodores - "Rapid Fire" (3:01)
The Magic Disco Machine - "Scratchin'" (2:42)
The Sisters Love - "Give Me Your Love" (4:17)
Willie Hutch - "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" (2:57)
Four Tops - "LA (My Town)" (3:11)
Eddie Kendricks - "Girl You Need A Change Of Mind" (7:31)
Odyssey - "Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love" (3:35)
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - "Sun Country" (4:05)
Review: All hail The Funk Brothers! Motown's in-house backing troupe who have famously played on more hits that the Beatles, Elvis and The Stones put together. From iconic legends to lesser known film scores, some of the funkiest jams to ever come the Detroit HQ were laid down by this incredible crew. This Record Store Day special is a perfect snapshot of their breadth... From sultry swooning soul of Barbara McNair's "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" to the sweaty frenetic groove of Gordon Staples' "Strung Out" by way of theatrics of The Undisputed Truth's "Ball Of Confusion" to the sly psychedelic funk licks of The Magic Disco Machine's "Scratchin'", The Funk Brothers genuinely did give the world some of the funkiest grooves ever recorded. Grab this while you can.