AKI KUMAR – Dum Maaro Dum. 7″

Mumbai born, but now Californian resident Aki Kumar loves his harmonica. His debut album Aki Goes To Bollywood is all parts kinda country, with a bit of rockabilly, but mostly its all about his love for the blues. His follow-up album from 2018 Hindi Man Blues keeps the theme going, but he slightly musically branches out…

GIZELLE SMITH – Dust 7″ (incl disco rework)

Gizelle Smith is the UK born offspring of one of the band members of legendary Motown soul group THE FOUR TOPS, so the genetics run deep. Having released music since 2007, mostly with the Hamburg, Germany located Mocambo Allstars/The Mighty Mocambos, she has knocked out a worthy back catalogue of singles and appearances. Then in…

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…

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…

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…

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…

THE TRAFFIC – White Lines/Smack My Pitch Up (7″ vinyl)

Well this is absolutely bonkers. Melbourne outfit THE TRAFFIC return with even stronger heat for Choi Records. Their previous release included covers of Jimi Hendrix‘s Fire as well as an analogue interpretation of American electronic producer Skrillex‘s Bangarang. This time around they cover the music for Grandmaster Flash‘s White Lines. Which in itself was a…