HEATHER HAYWOOD – Party Tonight/Give It Up. 7″

What a surprise and a revelation all in one. UK singer Heather Haywood was one of the 7 members in the early 80s funk band The Cool Notes. The other singer Lorraine McIntosh you might recognise from Bomb the Bass‘ Don’t Make Me Wait. They originally started out as a roots reggae band releasing their…

THE ART OF TIKI Exhibition, Los Angeles, Oct 6-29th, 2017,

Above: Mexican illustrator Dr Alderete’s ode to the 3 most famous exponents of Tiki associated Exotica music. Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman. Sven Kirsten‘s latest book The Art of the Tiki is currently being launched alongside the THE ART OF TIKI: 21st Anniversary Art of Tiki Show & No False Idols in the…

TRAILER LIMON – Love Don’t Pay The Bills ft. E. Live. 7″

I think this might be my favourite release on the Austin Boogie Crew label.  E-Live‘s Do Me Like That featuring Chesta Blake on the Star Creature label was much loved. The original is not even 2 years old and its already a three figured collector’s piece, with the repress not far behind in value. Love…

THE TRAFFIC – Super Freak/Like I Love You. 7″

I guess I could make a pun loaded comment and say that this is the kind of music that could stop, er no…that’s just Bad Journalism 101. I would never write anything like that. What I should say is that three 45s deep and THE TRAFFIC show no signs of slowing down in the fast…

ERNIE HAWKS & THE SOUL IGS – Scorpio Man Theme. 7″

Every once in a while I get hit from behind with a funk nugget that causes me to twist and turn around to see what hit me. Scorpio Man Theme was one of those moments. Midtempo b-boy friendly drums drop, then laced up with extra percussion, a couple of simple catchy guitars twinkle, the melody…

PENZA PENZA – Donald Trump. 7″

Estonian funk outfit PENZA PENZA dropped this 45 a few weeks before the USA election. Their timing was impeccable as pressing plant back ups could’ve seen it delayed after the tragic fact. Now I suppose you could be wondering if its pro or con the orange skinned one. Well, its pretty obvious as the vocal…

HASHISH – A Product of… LP Vinyl

Easily one of my top albums of 2016 and I’m trying to squeeze a few of them in before 2016 comes to a close. Describe by the label as ‘occult Scandinavian psych-funk’, this may be so, but its less demonic than it is triptastic. The genius behind Hashish is  Stefan Kéry, the label owner behind…

JAIN – Makeba. 7″

French singer Jain released her song Come last year. It came along with a nifty video by directors Lionel Hirlé & Grégory Ohrel and was a clever nod to 19th century born illustrator MC Escher. The directors from production outfit Quad Group turn up the creativity tenfold for her song Makeba from her certified gold…

FREEDOM 35s – Dante’s Peak. 7″

Heavy hittin’ mod-funk from Keady, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Woah, this is tough. Clocking in at a 150bpms it’s a take no prisoners track dedicated to their favourite actor, Pierce Brosnan. If you drove from Keady to Dublin you would go through his hometown of Drogheda. And incidentally the film Dante’s Peak was directed by…

KADHJA BONET – The Visitor LP Vinyl

The Lost World originally started out as a more relaxed space that subscribed heavily to a musical mantra usually ascribed to that of a Cocktail Bar, but after 4 years its managed to become a more lively beast and the tempo has increased. Despite that we still bookend the nights with many a downtempo track….

PAUL ATREIDIS – Arrakis Walk. 7″ vinyl

Superb cosmic funk from producer Ryan M. Todd. Originally pressed in limited edition of 125 copies. Then the producer announced on Discogs that there would be a re-press of an extra 300 copies as the original started fetching prices of around $90AUD. Thematically both tracks are based around Frank Herbert‘s classic sci-fi book Dune and…

Spasibo Records. Russian funk vinyl

The Russian label Spasibo (Thank You in their language) have only released 3 singles in their 14month existence. Their second release was previously unreleased material from the Armenian TV & Radio Orchestra Prelude/In the Sunlight/The Sea (SP45-002). The other 2 releases were both from the Nizhny Novgorod based outfit the Soul Surfers, who in just…