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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A new dancefloor bomb from the Mighty Mocambos! Opening with a killer bongo/cowbell drumbreak and turning into a frantic & brass-heavy anthem, this 45 leaves no doubt about who is “calling the shots” in the game. The flip side features a DJ-friendly 4min mix of the drums and percussions only.
Sitar genius Paikan (from Toulouse, France) debuted with a superb EP on Jazzman records in 2008. On this exclusive Mocambo 45, he is backed on the first side by his group the Sadhus for a fiery slice of chasing sitar funk, while the flip side sees the Mighty Mocambos providing the background for a laid back and groovy piece of psychedelic soul in their trademark sound. Both tracks are highly recommended for rare groove afficionados that look for something unique in today’s deep funk scenario.
When not giving up the funk under their own name, the Haggis Horns’ members lend their talent to the creme of UK Pop, such as Amy Winehouse, Robbie Williams, Jamiroqui, Duran Duran, Corinne Bailey-Rae and Lily Allen, to name a few. Mark Ronson hired them for his UK tour, featured them in the Valerie video and calls them “the best f***ing horn section in the world”. Enough of props and namedropping – here they play with an obscure Mancunian group, the Dark Knights Of Soul. Mocambo Records is pleased to offer these two joyful, downright funky and horn-heavy cuts exclusively to the dedicated vinyl 45 buyer.
Brooklyn-based Afro-Funk juggernaut Ikebe Shakedown unleashes a fiery mix of sweaty Afro rhythms, deep funk, and gritty disco. These two tracks are taken from their debut EP. They were recorded at Dunham Studios in Brooklyn (Budos Band, Menahan Street Band) and have received a great response from press/radio (BBC6, WWOZ New Orleans). We are pleased to release these nuggets courtesy of Colemine Records (Ohio) on a limited edition 45 in beautiful silver and purple!