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Camp Lo “Bright Lights”

How often do we cover new Hip Hop? Not often at all, but when it’s something from Blaxploitation centric duo known as Camp Lo then we feel it necessary to drop the run a heist and drop the jewels on our readers. After all, Hot Peas & Butta keeps it funky and so has Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede since they took it uptown on a Saturday night and showed the music world something that it had never seen before. Sure other artists have used slang from the Blaxploitation era but the Lo-ah, does it better than anyone, from the lingo to the custom fits. Continue reading

The Players Club

Two things that we love and seem to go together hand in and, at least in our eyes are 45’s and classic arcade machines so when the opportunity came by for King Otto and Mo Manley to do a night, appropriately named The Players Club at Emporium in Chicago it was a no brainer. Every 3rd Friday you can catch this duo spinning those little records while you drink, socialize and of course drop case quarters in classic arcades and pinball machines in this hip Wicker Park venue. The beer selection looks great and they even have a hefty assortment of Whiskey as well.

Check Emporium out here http://emporiumchicago.com

James Reese and The Progressions ft. Rosalyn Foster

With the amount of reissues and re-releases coming out these days it’s more than a breath of fresh air when we get unreleased material finally making it’s way to our ear drums. The Super Disco Edits label has been doing a great job of the latter and following their previous sold out Ebony Diamonds and Limmie Funk LTD releases are set to debut an unreleased James Reese and The Progressions double sider that the world has never heard. “Where Did You Come From” is a heavenly mid tempo soul number, perfectly arranged with soothing soulful vocals courtesy of Rosalyn Foster. Continue reading

HUSTLE 11th Anniversary

This Saturday evening Skeme Richards will be joining none other than New Orleans own, DJ Soul Sister as she celebrates 11 years of her long running party, HUSTLE. DJ Soul Sister is very respected within the DJ community and upholds a high standard of delivering a quality experience to those on the dance floor. The title “Queen of Rare Groove” isn’t an easy one to obtain but with all of the time the she’s put in, it’s obviously well deserved. When not sharing the spotlight on stage with artists such as George Clinton, you can catch her dropping gems over the airwaves on her Soul Power radio show on WWOZ. Continue reading

Hot Peas & Butta Basel Switzerland

Hot Peas & Butta will once again set up shop for a one-night dance affair and this time it’s all about Basel Switzerland. On May 16th Skeme Richards and Scarce One will provide the sounds as HP&B takes on the title as the official pre party for Soul On Top. The duo will surely have their crates stocked with funk & soul 45 floor fillers to give the people just what the doctor ordered.

Funkshone “To The Yard” 45

Guess who’s back!? The UK’s own but internationally known supplier of heavy funk 45’s and rough drum breaks and one that we’ve been telling the world about since the very beginning, Funkshone. Known for their previous releases on the Skyline and Kay Dee labels, this go around the band set out to release their latest gem on their own imprint, Bandoni Music. “To The Yard” is the first (and definitely not the last) on the newly launched Bandoni Music and it’s exactly the sound that we’ve come to love from them. Up-tempo funk goodness, blaring horns and of course, those signature drums make this a no brainer and perfect dance floor filler. When it comes to today’s funk bands and the current scene, Funkshone is without a doubt one of the more consistent one’s delivering a top notch and sound that never gets old. Continue reading

Cuaseres “Afro Progresivo” LP

Wow!! What we have here is an absolute smashing LP by an Argentinean Afro Funk group right here. In my opinion, this is like a Mandrill meets Mulatu of Ethiopia meets Brian Auger Trio type of sound and an all out killer album. I’ve only seen this LP offered once and for quite a bit of change at that. Needless to say, it was out of the budget at the time but if a record was meant to be, then it will find it’s way into your crates as in this case. Good old Facebook pulled through on this one though and a friend somehow managed to pull 23 copies and on a budget. I would have been a fool not to jump on the “somewhat” friendly price and I’m glad I did because all of the copies sold out in 24 hours (thank you Zuckerber). Pressed on the Paris label, Cuaseres is an absolute mind boggling mix of psyche, afro Cuban, and American funk all rolled into one record. Continue reading

Brewerytown Beats Recap

We’d like to send major congratulations to the folks over at Brewerytown Beats for an amazing grand re-opening of their store in it’s new location of 2710 w. Girard Avenue yesterday. The store was filled with customers shopping, while enjoying beer courtesy of Crime and Punishment Brewing and of course the sounds guest DJ’s J-Zone, Ox The Architect, Blaak The 9th Man, The Kosherican and Skeme Richards. It’s was the perfect sunny Saturday afternoon to do what we like most, spend time in a record shop. The new location boast even larger square footage, listening stations, an incredible selection of vinyl, books / magazines, cassette tapes, record bags and more. If you’re in the area, definitely swing by to check them out. Continue reading

The Awaken Punch aka Fury of The Black Belt

This past Saturday attendees of the Exhumed Films ex-Fest 12hr film marathon were treated to an incredible line up exploitation films all screened on 35mm. In between each film were of course rare trailers and shorts one of which we’ve never seen on the big screen. 1973’s The Awaken Punch aka Fury of The Black Belt was a movie that we’ve forgotten about over the years but was really excited in all it’s 35mm glory.

Have A Drink With Great Revivers LP

Already having a slew of amazing 45’s under their belt, Saint Petersburg Russia’s Great Revivers return with their first full length LP via Detroit’s Funk Night Records. Have a Drink With Great Revivers is filled with tough as nails funk, library and psych cuts that the band has been known to deliver on their previous 7” releases. If you’ve been reading our reviews of the group then you know just how much we give the band our seal of approval (which doesn’t come easy) so we highly suggest you do yourself a favor and pick up this limited to 500 copies slab of goodness to add to your collection.

Order directly from the label at frankfunksoul@hotmail.com or from your local record store.