Bristol lads DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat aka The Allergies finally get another appearance on vinyl. Their debut was a digital only release on Riddim Fruit in 2013, but thankfully the following year Mr Steven Moove and his label Wack Records put the biggest tune, the handclapping funk soul instrumental, Heartbreaker on the flip of the 45 that carried his own tune Big Bird. Everything else has been digital only. So it's a welcome surprise that they have now found a home at Jalapeno records and start the year off with a double single on wax.
Andy Cooper from Long Beach's party rocking Ugly Duckling provides the vocals for both sides. Rock Rock might be a simplified title, but the lyrical gymnastics certainly aren't. Chasing a frantic 150bpm tempo with live sounding drums, Andy breezes through the tune right through the horn refrain, organ stabs and the soul vocal samples. It's refreshing and a tune you can then blend from hip hop into your set of northern soul 45s. Jus sayin'. The b-side Blast Off is a rollicking mid tempo joint that brings more of that horn laden funk in heavy with a flow that reminds me more of classic UD. Two solid tracks for different occasions. Now if only some of their previous tunes would come out on wax, like Hold It, Special People and Club Spillage.
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