Call It What You Want b/w The Oligarch
Ephemerals are a London based soul team featuring an allstar cast of musicians, founded and lead by producer Hillman Mondegreen (formerly of Hannah Wailliams & the Tastemakers). They are fronted by NYC-born singer Wolfgang Valbrun. Within only a couple of days, they recorded a stunning selection of songs to analogue tape that many critics dubbed as ‘the best contemporary soul production’ this side of the atlantic. The A-side ‘Call It What You Want’ is built around Valbrun’s sincere vocals and a sinister soul groove that sounds like a lost Wu-Tang sample, the flip side “The Oligarch” showcases the band, letting loose on an organ- and horn-driven instrumental.
You Got A Tiger? b/w Does The Tiger Got You?
The Brothers Nylon is a transatlantic allstar project set out to make musical adventures. Mike and Nick Rufolo (from NY) collaborate with legendary producer Shawn Lee and Mighty Mocambos’ trombonist BGS (from LON) to create “cinematic type tuneage with the freedom to overdub whatever you want” – tracks were served up hot and fresh off the reel to reel, digitized, and sent across the pond. This tiger funk single features two edits of one musical suite, exclusive on this vinyl 45.
Michael Rufolo- drums, bongos, tambourine, vocals
Nick Rufolo – bass, guitars, Roland Juno 6 synthesizer, strings, melodica, sitar
Shawn Lee – Yamaha CS5 synthesizer, cabasa, quijada, metal mercussion, Suzuki Unisynth, mouth percussion, vocals, xylophone, glockenspiel, magic bull horn, marimba
BGS – trombones
Matt Boose – trumpet
Reaction Psychotique – Same Old Story b/w Drunken Master – What A Day!
Mocambo Records’ funk journey around the world continues – next stop is St. Petersburg, Russia. The Great Revivers deliver a sharp mod funk sound, created on authentic instruments from the days of the iron curtain such as the East-German-made Vermona organ. Their debut EP contains four groovy, library-inspired instrumentals with a rhythm aimed at the dancefloor – recorded the old school way with a modern and universal mindset. Limited edition featuring St. Petersburg skyline on label.
L’Étrange b/w instrumental
Young French singer Caroline Lacaze – who debuted on the Mighty Mocambos’ album “The Future is Here” and became a regular feature on the subsequent tour throughout Europe – now steps further into the spotlight with an adventurous new 45 of her own. ‘L’Étrange’ effortlessly blends raw soul with captivating French vocals, heavy funk drums and a mystic psychedelic vibe. Features an extended instrumental on the flip side.
Jonny – Part 1 b/w Jonny – Part 2
Gizelle Smith reveals a first sample of her newly recorded solo material. ‘Jonny’ showcases her unique voice and her eccentric songwriting style that make her one of the few relevant soul singers of today. The 45 is available for sale in very limited quantities as most of the edition is for DJ use only. Comes in authentic brown paper sleeve, with DJ-friendly vocal version and instrumental edit.
Strychnine b/w (I’d Walk A) Funky Mile
The Grits have been busy for years playing their raw and greasy funk and releasing some of the dopest 45s on labels like Music With Soul, Freestyle & Tropicalia in Furs. Here they come with a new psychedelic /garage edge and some blue-eyed soul vocal delights. “Strychnine” is a funked-up cover of The Sonics’ proto-punk tune that sounds as if the Meters would jam with Dusty Springfield. The flip side “Funky Mile” is a spaced out original and even further beyond all usual categories of funk music.
The Knock Knock b/w I Predict A Riot
Brighton-based 11-piece-funk-powerhouse The Impellers return with a hard-hitting double-sider. “The Knock Knock” is an authentic piece of heavy soul, spotlighting the gritty vocals of lead singer ‘Lady’ Clair Witcher, while the band busts loose on an instrumental take of the Kaiser Chiefs classic on the flip side, not available on any other format. A very apt 7inch to celebrate Mocambo Records’ forty five #30.
Peter’s Fun – Gizzard Boogie b/w Toxic – Are You Gonna Go My Way
The Divetones are a 5 piece instrumental band from London. They sound like heavy horn honking, guitar wailing surf and swinging striptease rhythm & blues from the 50s. This four track EP was recorded live, mixed in a day at Gizzard Studios Hackney and has received support from Mark Lamarr (Gods Jukebox BBC Radio 2), Craig Charles (Funk & Soul Show BBC Radio 6).
Zulu Walk b/w Zulu Walk Part 2
You would not have guessed this: The Mighty Mocambos team up with hip-hop legends Afrika Bambaataa and Charlie Funk for the heaviest collabo of 2011. Mocambo’s raw organic funk takes it “back to the roots where we started out” (as featured rapper King Kamonzi rightfully says) and along the way, leads funk into the future. The “Zulu Walk” shows the Mighty Mocambos as raw as they get and the Godfathers of Hip-Hop like you have never heard them before. Is this old school? Is this new school? It’s universal and it’s true. It’s the Mighty Mocambos and the mighty Zulu Nation together on one 45.
Flip side contains extended instrumental. Limited edition. Silver label and red sleeve.
Party Chez Le Marquis b/w Kinky Regards
The first single for this young Swiss group, and what a debut! This retro-futuristic release is funky as hell, embodied and organic. Heavy grooves with a touch of psych/prog. Equipped with a monstrous organ, thunderous bass, spaced out flute and a drumsound that is worth every penny alone, K&KZ are now ready to destroy dancefloors worldwide.