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Funk 45 of the Month

JUNE 2009:
“Dollars”  bw.  “SWEETLOVE” feat. LADI 6

Not officially a June release – but still a hot 45. The Open Souls are a New Zealand crew who have been making waves on the funk scene for a couple of years now, reaching some tsunami-like proportions with this smoking little slice of wax. Perhaps not ‘funk’ to the purist – but still funky as hell, the A-side “Dollars” picks up where Sir Joe Quarterman and the Free Souls left off – hitting a real “So Much Trouble” kinda groove – but also evokes a “Devil Inside” (yes, INXS) feeling. I know someone is going to be offended by me using these two comparisons – but if you can mix SJQ and INXS together in your head – then add a female vocal, you might get some idea of where this tune is going…. and maybe not.

It’s probably best you just hit the Open Souls myspace page and check it ya damn self. Then you can get back on here and tell me I’m smoking crack!

The flipside “Sweetlove” is nice – but it’s not  funk. “Dollars” is def the money tune on this record. Limited pressing – get it before it’s gone. Forever.

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Funk 45 of the Month

FUNK 45 MAY 2009
HERE WE GO with what we’ll endeavour to make a monthly feature — Funk 45 of the Month + Record of the month, showcasing some of the finer new releases that are on offer at Northside. It’s been difficult to keep it to just one selection for the best 45 of the Month – so instead we offer two smokin’ hot local releases. Northside … worldwide baby !!

NATURAL RHYTHM “Salted Popcorn / Lets Groove Some Mo” (Jaycees)

WOW!! superfunky!! Maybe (definitely!) the BEST release yet from local funk label Jaycees headed by the deepest digger down under, John Idem. Natural Rhythm is a band that reside in Northern Territory, and have members from Birdwave. These tracks are vamping hammond beasts. Both sides are dancefloor numbers. Also there are messages for you in the deadwax. Look closely, they mean business!!! Local! (Chris).

Salted Popcorn aka. Dikalo — it’s a cover of Manu Dibango classic. The band hits a Meter-esque groove on this tune — the searing horns featured heavily in the original are replaced by the organ, making this version a little less intimidating than the Manu Dibango release. The flip (a-side) features nice wah-wah guitar and hammond – in the style of Speedometer or JTQ. The recording/pressing quality is far superior to previous releases making this a heavy contender for 45 of the month. Don’t sleep. (R)

CHANTAL MITVALSKY / THE PUTBACKS “Friend or Foe / Diamond Cutter” (Hope Street)

WOWWWW!!! More fresh local funk. “This is a great time for local produce”……says funk farmer Chris…..”our global footprint is shrinking…in a funky way.” If you’ve ever been to a big party in Brunswick…this is where you want to be. Hope Street, local producer Bob Nob, brings the goodness!! Funky female vocal on one side and smoking funk instrumental on the flip. Support our local musos people….they bring the love for you – on wax. Essential!! (Chris)

The Putbacks elevate this release to “45 of the Month” status. Diamond Cutter is fresh — it’s cheesy enough to make white people dance but it’s not cheesy at all… it’s got the same kinda swinging feel as Tighten Up or Razor Blade, but still grooves hard like a JB/Pee Wee Ellis 45. Party starter! CAUTION: May induce white man’s overbite! (R)
Get the down low.

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