September 27, 2006


By far the finest, most danceable, most retro, most remarkable and, above all, funniest 7" I encountered recently is courtesy of vocal trio "The Dansettes." This strictly limited edition 7" (500 copies worldwide) called "Oh my!" is a wonderfull piece of music that is both appealing as it is impressive. The New York based Dansettes smoothly combine early Stax hammond grooves with the typical Tamla/Motown vocal trio sound, blend it with sugarcoated pop and also manage to put some of that fine New-Orleans drum patterns into their music. The result is an ultra poppy, "where did I hear this before" sing-along that is utmost pleasing, but play it some more and you'll discover the sheer brilliance of it. They make it sound so easy but the way they mix, switch and blend styles in this song is far from easy. I read somewhere that the best popsongs are the ones that are easy listening but hard to play. Indeed they are and this 7" is a fine example of a truly great pop/soul/funk song.

The Dansettes owe a heavy credit to the The Bourbon Dynasty, who layed down the rhythm (instrumental is on the b-side) and the mighty Daptone who recorded the song in their infamous studio, but as long as they can keep it together I'm eagerly awaiting more 7"s. Untill then, I'll just play this gem over and over and over again..

Go have a listen here

September 06, 2006


Breakout, a funk combo hailing from Hannover Germany just released a heavy, heavy 7" on Melting Pot, the same label that also brought us the mighty Lefties Soul Connection.

Although the single sounds like it is recorded by a tight funk outfit, Breakout works a bit different: they transform old dusty records with the help of up to date technology, a bunch of musicians and the knowledge of modern music into something new. Quite a long route for a song to come together. Certainly when the result, in this case, is not far from the real deal: a heavy funk stomper which fits perfectly well with your original funk 45's. But you'll never hear Lock it Down complain about that, certainly not when a song is as good as this. It rocks!

Check the sound of Breakout here

September 01, 2006

A Hammond in Your Garage: Das Aldi Combo

Das Aldi Combo from Groningen has just released their seven inch The Dirt on the Ground on Butterfly Records. Insane Hammond-Garage Sound from the Northern part of the Netherlands! The Combo includes members of soul punkers Green Hornet, sixties-garage The Firebirds and polka-skaband Jammah Tammah. Influenced by souljazz like Jimmy McGriff, Rock & Roll, a ballad or rather something by The Cramps...
check samples:
The Dirt On The Ground, Thinking Black (Ike Turner)
Bside-Human Fly (The Cramps), Bag of Bones
More info & sound on their website:
or Myspace:

Upcoming Reggae Release Fest

Some of our favourite labels are about to release interesting stuff, so be warned!
First, there's the new Soul Jazz compilation: 100% Dynamite! Dancehall Stylee. Artists include:
Early B, Lady Saw, Tippa Irie, Ladybug(The Bug & MC Warrior Queen), Anthony Redrose (Tempo), Digital Mystikz, Kiprich, Fat Eyes, Powerman, King Tubby, Shinehead(of course, Billy Jean), King Baucho, Beenieman, Michigan & Smiley (Diseases), Dillinger, Wayne Junior, Pompidou and Cecile.

Then, the Blood & Fire Label re-issues the classic Yabby You album Deliver Me From My Enemies with loads of bonustracks. Classic Roots in a righteous way! Releasedate: Oct 23. (info from from Dance Crasher site!)

1. Deliver Me From My Enemies
2. Deliver Me From My Enemies Version
3. Judgement Time
4. Blood A Go Run Down King Street
5. Love In Zimba
6. Zion Gate
7. Lonely Me
8. Stranger In Love
9. Pound Get A Blow
10. Pick The Beam11. And Amlak (One God)
12. Jah Vengeance / Yabby You & Trinity [12" mix]
13. Free Africa / Yabby You & Trinity [12" mix]
14. Babylon A Fall / The Prophets [12" mix]
15. Falling Babylon / Tony Tuff [12" mix]
16. Pick The Beam / previously unreleased dubplate Mix 1
17. Pick The Beam Version / previously unreleased dubplate Mix 2

Finally, the Pressure Sounds Posse strikes back with another great compilation of tracks produced by Tommy Cowan: Life Goes In Circles (Sounds from the Talent Corporation 1974 to 1979). Releasedate: Oct 2.
1.Jerusalem - Devon Irons (Extended Version)
2.Love Comes And Goes - The Abyssinians
3.Love Comes and Goes Version - The Abyssinians
4.Ghetto On Fire - Jacob Miller
5.Mother Country - Little Madness
6.Mother Country Dub Side - Little Madness
7.School Tonight - Desi Roots
8.The Way - Augustus Pablo
9.City Of The Weak Heart - Earl Zero .
10.Dub The Weak Heart - Circles & King Tubby
11.The Road Is Rough - Leroy Smart
12.Life Goes In Circles - Dennis Brown
13.False Rumour - Two Rasta Man
14.False Rumour Version - King Tubby
15.Please Officer - Earl Zero
16.King Tubby's Version - Talent Crew
17.Speak Softly Love - Ken Boothe
18.Hit Song - Roman Stewart
19.Natty Sings A Hit Song - Dillinger
20.Dub Songs - Dillinger and King Tubby