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The Soul Investigators ‘Vulture’s Prayer’

We’re heading out to Helsinki, Finland this weekend to celebrate the Flow Mo 13th Year Anniversary which reminded us that we needed to review the latest 45 from Helsinki’s finest label, Timmion Records. Timmion Records has been in business doing what they do best since the late 90’s when they formed as a home base for the ever so funky, The Soul Investigators. It’s 2015 and The Soul Investigators are still dropping joints as heard here with “Vulture’s Prayer” b/w “Bad Vibrations”. Killer vibes on both sides that even have us questioning if these weren’t actually done and recording in the 1970’s. Authentic to the fullest and a cross between Jazz and funk goodness that could very well be mistaken for something that you’ve previously heard on an old Jazz recording or rare library LP. The Soul Investigators really took it there with this one and show why they are still a class act and just how versatile the band can be. Varying in tempo, but both funky and featuring amazing flute arrangements which is something that’s not easy to pull off with out sounding cheesy but they’ve done it correctly. Continue reading

Haters Make Me Laugh 5-Year Anniversary Recap

This past Friday night, Skeme Richards made a return visit to rock the decks along side the UK’s finest, DJ Mr. Thing to celebrate Frankfurt Germany’s most official Hip Hop party, Haters Make Me Laugh. The party celebrated it’s 5th year mark and what better way to make a night of it then to have two previous guests and top notch DJ’s hold things down. The crowd at this twice a year party always comes ready to sweat and this time was no different. As the doors opened at the 11pm, the line that had already formed outside made it’s way indoors and business was officially open. Congratulations to our fam Johannes Kompa on 5 years strong and for having Skeme Richards in on the night. Continue reading

Czarface ‘Every Hero Needs A Villain’ LP

The Trio of Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck and Boston legends 7L & Esoteric are back at it and are just about set to release their sophomore LP, Every Hero Needs A Villain. This go around, the album will feature a few heavyweights that have joined in on the adventure including MF Doom, Method Man, GZA, R.A The Rugged Man, JuJu of The Beatnuts, Large Professor and Meyhem Lauren. As with the previous outing, the cover art is heavily inspired by classic Marvel Comics and with an all-star cast of character MC’s in the lineup, we can only image just how silly these guys are going to get with the lyrics. The double LP will be pressed on clear vinyl with a full sized ‘Death & Abduction’ comic packaged inside which is definitely the way to go to make this project even cooler than already is. Continue reading

Pam Grier: The One Chick Hit Squad

This week marks the 66th birthday of icon and Blaxploitation queen, Pam Grier. Born Pam Suzette in 1949, this one chick hit squad doesn’t seem to age and looks just as good today as she did staring in many of her 1970’s films. A few weeks back, we featured one of her earlier films, The Arena (1974) so it’s only right that we celebrate this occasion featuring another of her works, The Big Doll House (1971). The Big Doll House is one of the few ‘women in prision’ films that Pam Grier starred in which follows six female inmates throughout daily line in a gritty, unidentified supra-tropical prison. Continue reading

Marsellus Wallace ‘Diego Soul’

Marsellus Wallace might possibly deserve the “Mix King” of the year award with the amount and variety of audio gems that he’s been releasing as of late. In addition to his regular contributions and reviews here at Hot Peas & Butta as well as updates on his own site, he definitely keeps the world covered with Jazz, Funk and Soundtrack knowledge. Coming shortly after his Jazz Appreciation mix, he made a guest appearance on the Expansions Radio Show a couple weeks back and delivered an incredible mix perfectly titled “Diego Soul”. If you haven’t already heard it, then we’ve got you covered to with something sweet to start your week out with. Continue reading

Black Dynamite

There’s a new party coming to the city of Koln, Germany thrown by Hot Peas & Butta family Scarce One (Intruders) alongside DJ’s Skill Kid (Bros Rockwell) and Marius Ruhrmann (Soulbuddies). At Black Dynamite expect vinyl selections from the funky side of the musical spectrum including Funk, Soul, Rap and Reggae spun by this trio every first Friday of the month at the Roxy.

The M-Tet ‘Express Yourself’

The San Francisco instrumental quartet known as The M-Tet return with another serious 7” and this time delivering on what very might well be the #1 Funk 45 label here in the states, Detroit’s Funk Night Records. This double sider features two tough instrumental covers and both do the originals justice, yet take on a life of their own. The A-side drops in with an open drum break before the very familiar lick of Charles Wright’s “Express Yourself” blends it’s way in before the Hammond organ takes center stage to make it all complete. The B-side, ‘’Sweetheart” get’s a bit funkier and takes a Charles Kynard gem, Afro-Disia to new heights and really let’s things flow. A head nodder from start to finish with the perfect touches in just the right places and one that we’re really looking forward to playing out this summer at festivals across Europe. We’ve been playing the promo 45 for about a month now while out on tour and the response has been positive to say the least. Continue reading

The Biography of Alexander Fu Sheng

When it comes to Shaw Brothers Kung Fu films, one of the most famous and recognizable faces is without a doubt, Gordon Liu (36th Chambers of Shaolin). He’s the guy that Quentin Tarantino has used in his Kill Bill series, he’s also the point of reference for The RZA and the Wu Tang Clan’s ‘Enter The 36th Chambers of Shaolin’ LP. But there’s one actor who might not get as much mention in the larger groups of conversation but is equally as important and highly regarded as a great within the ranks of Shaw actors not only from fans of the genre but also from those outside as well. Alexander Fu Sheng (Cheung Fu-Sheng) known as the cute one who stared in some of the best SB films (43 total) including Avenging Eagle, Chinatown Kid, Five Masters of Shaolin and more had all of the makings of a star. He had the looks, charisma, sex appeal, comedic timing, could act, sing, dance and of course knew Martial Arts. Fu Sheng’s acting career began in 1972 but he passed away in 1983 before his directing career took off which is where he really wanted to head into. Not much has really been written about Fu Sheng over the years until now as author Terrence J. Brady has gone in depth and spent quite a few years researching, traveling and interviewing in order to complete the biography of Alexander Fu Sheng which is slated to see a release in 2016. Continue reading

Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 ‘Alright Now’ b/w ‘Stop Mr. Ice Cream Man!’

Well, well, well, look what’s knocking on the door and just in time as summer is right around the corner and you know how we feel about sitting on the deck with friends and drinks while enjoying our jazz selections. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 are set to release next 45 via Sunflower Records and it’s definitely a worker. Upholding their analog standards The Kansas City outfit delivers a snazzy (recorded direct to tape) 7” slab of Hammond B-3 goodness complimented with an incredibly lush horn arrangement that completely takes us over the edge before parachuting down right at about the point where the hefty Bboy break comes in! This is Jazz for today that pays tribute to those incredible artists and albums of yesterday that we love so much. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Grand Green and Lou Donaldson are the greats, but Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 are looking to be heirs to the thrown and they’re on the right path. Now all we need are a few more 45s and a full LP and we’ll be set!

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AM & Shawn Lee “Outlines” LP

What do you get when you put two lovers of music together who hear things in such a way that they can reinterpret and recreate to make something totally new, yet still vintage to a certain degree? You get a masterpiece from the transatlantic duo AM & Shawn Lee that’s heavily based off of their love and long time obsession of digging for obscure soul, sound library recordings and soundtracks who then re-imagined them through a pop lens to create their latest LP, “Outlines”. The first single “Persuasion” sets up the album perfectly with a revolving, atmospheric synth pattern suddenly interrupted by a deep funk groove peppered with staccato vocal stylings. This is how electronic music is supposed to sound, lush with heavy focus on synthesizers, drums and of course bass in a rather John Carpenter kind of way, yet obviously their own take. Continue reading