The following articles were authored by Ben Verghese

Rednose Distrikt – Poes

Cramming a CD to its maximum capacity, this is an incredible release of brilliant bass, beats, melodies and assorted moods from top Dutch talent

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James Taylor’s 4th Dimension – Picking Up Where We Left Off

Staying true to the title James Taylor gets straight into a groove with his C3 Hammond organ gliding along gradually building into frenetic jazz funk fusion.

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The Root Source – The Root Source

Rising up from the London jazz scene, The Root Source’s self-titled debut album is Hammond heavy and fuses the ground between jazz and funk

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – ‘Jupiter’/Balicky Bon’ & ‘War’/'Mercury’

Comprised of four trumpeters, two trombonists, a drummer and a sousaphone player — make way for an 8-piece band bringing brass supremacy

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V/A – Brownswood Bubblers Two

Filled with fresh worldwide music, Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings have released a major contender for compilation of the year.

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V/A – Catch of the Day 2

Manchester independent label Kipper Records newest release is again stunningly packaged and once unwrapped the music is just as pleasurable with sublime soundscapes and enchanting melodies

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V/A – Super Cool, California Soul II: Raw and Rare Soul From The West Coast 1966 – 1982

Lovers of rare groove, soul and funk should lick their lips as Ubiquity subsidiary Luv N’ Haight delivers once again, focusing on lesser known artists from the California area

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Rory More – ‘The Carmine Sands’ EP

This is music from London, E2, but not UK garage, grime or dubstep — this is organ-led jazz funk with a delightful retro feel.

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Regal – Loop Dreams

Original Wiseguy & Bronx Dog, highly regarded DJ Reggie ‘Regal’ Jackson delivers an album of smoked out bliss with supreme drums.

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Mistical – The Eleventh Hour

“Manchester’s Finest” Marcus Intalex, ST Files & Calibre united for “Drum and bass in its final hour”

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Peder – And He Just Pointed To The Sky

Shuddering strings set the tone in the album’s opener ‘Ache’ — which enchants and steadily pounds the album into life, comparable to a bleak fairytale with beauty emerging through darkness like within a Miles Davis solo

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V/A – Witness Future Vintage Vol.2

Displaying the broad skills of artists on their roster, Dutch label Kindred Spirits have compiled a splendid mix of varied beats.

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Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu – Joystone

Scandinavian jazz and funk harmonises with African percussion, bringing a marvellous fusion of assorted vintage and contemporary elements.

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The Sweet Vandals – The Sweet Vandals

“Come in and wake up your soul on the dancefloor, come on!” Madrid may not be synonymous with funk, but it may soon become so with the arrival of The Sweet Vandals.

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V/A – Shapes 07:01 ‘All New Amazing Sounds’

Compiled by Tru Thoughts head honcho, Rob Luis, the CD opens marvellously with Alice Russell’s ‘Hurry on Now’ given a reggae lay-down by Boub

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