Smoove & Turrell Elgin Towers (Hot Toddy Remixes) 'Stratos Bleu' marked an evolution in Smoove & Turrell's career, seeing the band create another masterful album, which gratified the immense appetites of their fiercely passionate and eclectic fanbase. Stepping up to the challenge of remixing album track 'Elgin Towers', Nu disco legend Hot Toddy (Crazy P) delivers a deep, dreamy and driving groove as the bedding for John Turrell's wholesome tones. Lyrical themes explore the world's lust for greed and power, while a full gospel choir section builds the track smoothly to an anthemic and soulful climax. If that's not enough, this 12" also comes with a glorious Balearic dub to fulfil the need, alongside the formidable original album version. Jalapeno Records 12"
Dr Rubberfunk Sunset Breakup EP Dr Rubberfunk joins up with Jalapeno Records for an EP of funky breaks and beats that gives nice taster of what's to come on his next album. A1. Beast Working A2. Come Back Breaker B1. Part Of Me (feat Sitzka) B2. Sunset Breakup Jalapeno 12"
The Allergies Say The Word Even by their usual high standards, the Allergies new LP - their fourth in total - is a particularly kaleidoscopic, party-starting affair. It sees the popular Bristol duo join forces with a series of guest vocals and MCs, most notably regular rapper Andy Cooper and cheeky scene veterans the Cuban Brothers, to deliver a series of funk-fuelled workouts that variously mix and match elements of hip-hop, mambo, stomping Northern Soul, deep funk, jazz and horn-heavy 1970s soul. While the samples of old are still present, it's the tightness and weightiness of the live instruments and strong vocals that make "Say The Word" such a terrific listen. In our opinion it's their strongest collection of work to date, and that's saying something. Jalapeno CD | LP
Smoove & Turrell Stratos Bleu 2020 sees the release of Smoove & Turrell's 6th studio album Stratos Bleu â€“ a slightly different direction for the boys as they take influences from their infamous DJ sets where they fuse northern soul with funk and electronica. The production is a marriage of everything that they grew up on fused with elements of modern music, taking influences from Chicago House to Massive Attack, Inner City to Krud... Jalapeno Records CD | LP
Dr Rubberfunk My Life at 45 (Part 4) Dr Rubberfunk might not be medically trained, but he does know a thing or two about treating your ears, as he returns with the fourth instalment of his popular 'My Life at 45' series. Having established himself in funk, soul, blues and jazz circles with a ton of high calibre releases, the good doctor holds a reputation for quality productions, with a hands-on approach, both in front of, and behind the mixing desk, as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and producer. A-side 'Boom!' features the vocals of the UK's leading blues & soul singer – John Turrell. Mr Turrell recounts the sorry tale of a man who has burned the candle at both ends, leaving him with just his recriminations and a great slab of wax on his hands. As always though, with JT, it's delivered with humour "I've got the Tuesday tears, got the Wednesday woes – my serotonin too low …" On the flip 'Steppin' In' is a low slung beat fest that is guaranteed to make your head nod, as piano, guitar & Hammond ride a tight jazz funk groove. Jalapeno Records 7"
Dr Rubberfunk My Life at 45 (Part 3) A mainstay of the independent funk, soul and blues scene - Dr Rubberfunk's home-grown, honestly composed, and intricately produced recordings, combined with a hands-on approach both in front of and behind the mixing desk, have earned him a well-deserved reputation for being a name synonymous with quality. That quality just keeps coming as he carries his successful 'My Life At 45' singles series into a third instalment. With two sell out runs of limited edition 45s having won praise from the likes of BBC6Music, driven mixes on Mixcloud to the top of their charts, and garnered support across the blogosphere, it made sense to continue the good work and get to work on number three. Extending his fruitful relationship producing fellow Jalapeno Records artist and soul gospel specialist Izo FitzRoy, the lead track sees them team up for some timeless songwriting in the shape of 'A Matter Of Time'. Izo is on a real hot streak at the moment having featured on Pt.2 of this 7" series before going on to work with Shawn Lee (BBE Records) and Dimitri From Paris (Glitterbox) on singles that tore up radio charts worldwide. And she delivers on this track once again, with the catchiest melody you'll hear this year over Rubberfunk's tasteful, upbeat and lively production. Backing it up is the bluesy 'Slim's Mood' which allows the Rubberfunk band to stretch their legs over a driving soul jazz arrangement that's a must for fans of 'Boogaloo Joe' Jones and Grant Green. Jalapeno Records 7"
The Allergies / Andy Cooper Main Event / Buzzsaw (feat. Andy Cooper) After their hugely successful collaboration on the double-A single 'Rock Rock / Blast Off' it was only a matter of time before Bristol's favourite party-starters The Allergies teamed up with lyrical-gymnast and wordsmith extraordinaire Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling) again. The result is once again a double dose of dope hip hop beats and rhymes that are sure-fire crowd movers. Jalapeno Records 7"
Dr Rubberfunk Disco Scene The good doctor has been a cherished member of the Jalapeno Records family for the best part of ten years now with three albums and many more singles to his name. With evergreen support from the likes of BBC6Music and especially Craig Charles his back catalogue never seemed to fall out of fashion and we consistently received requests to reissue classic tracks on vinyl for discerning DJs and fans. Well we're not the types to argue with anyone and frankly we thought that they might have a good point so we've relented and are releasing a special 7 vinyl with two versions of his seminal track 'Disco Scene'. Of course the classic original mix is present and the frantically energetic 'Breaks Of Wrath Re-Edit' has got its back…One vinyl, two banging mixes, many happy people – it's just simple maths really. Jalapeno Records 7"
Hoglodytes Peace Soup Meet Hoglodytes – and their Peace Soup EP – a mighty joining of hip-hop’s east and west coasts in the NY/ Woolacombe hook-up we’ve all been waiting for. Yep, you read that right – in lieu of getting both sides of the continental US to unite, the UK’s very own west coast scene has stepped into the breach. NY city is represented by the highly capable emcee Emskee of The Good People – who recently had a release out with Blunted Astronaut and is no stranger to working with UK beatmakers having previously done mic duties with Bristol’s Beekeepers. On beats are Woolacombe’s hip-hop scene and rural Devon’s finest – the equally capable and superbly named Chubb Nice and Vinyl Peasant – who deliver four uptempo nineties style bumps so you can throw your hoes down and get your hands up Jalapeno Records 12"