Monthly Archives: August 2016

WINSTON REEDY & SALUTE: Keep On Running (2016)

Keep On Running Winston ReedyRating: ★★★★★ Winston Reedy? The Winston Reedy of The Cimmarrons? On a new vintage-style ska tune? A cover of a tune that was famously a UK number one for (though not penned by) The Spencer Davis Group? Yes, that Winston Reedy and yes, Keep On Running. Could it get any better? Probably not though it could be equalled since the Room In The Sky label also have out
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THE HARRY BELLS: Kingman Island EP Remixed (2016)

Kingman Island Remixed EP The Harry BellsI hope you’re in a calypso/ latin beats mood for here are The Harry Bells (Washington’s foremost – and for all I know the only – horn and bell tribute to Harry Belafonte) getting the remix treatment from MB favourites Daytoner and Honest Lee along with Kid Gusto and Sol Power All-stars. Daytoner applies a rolling drum break to Coconut Woman for that extra lilt, Sol Power All-
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SIRKLZ feat. THE SCRIBES: Circle (2016) Free download

Circle Sirklz The ScribesWaaiiitttt a minute! I know that tune – it’s on that Adidas AC Milan advert! That’s right – it’s Circle – the lead single of the forthcoming Dystopiary EP from Sirklz. Who he? Ewan Hoozami of course, as one of his increasing number of alter egos. And who’s that rapping on this tech-hop nugget – why it’s The Scribes – drawing from the same wellsprings of dystopian misery as their Mr
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MELLO SOUL BLACK: What Ya’ Heard (Prod. JAZZ SPASTIKS)(2016)

What Ya Heard Mello Soul Black“Fuck what ya heard” – the last twenty years never happened. Jeans are phat, sneaks are low, beats are phat and dope is the flow. Say hi to Texas and Tennessee emcees Mello Soul Black who deliver the goods over vintage dusty, jazzy boom-bap amply provided for them by Jazz Spastiks all the way from – er – Scotland. Well, it is summer and the sun is finally out for once
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THE BONGOLIAN: Googa Mama (2016)

Googa Mama The BongolianGloriously euphoric retro organ riffs, soul-boogaloo breaks and bongos? Sounds like Winner-era Big Boss Man! Hardly surprising really given that The Bongolian (a.k.a. multi-instrumentalist Nasser Bouzida) is also one of the founder members of Big Boss Man. But here we also have ‘live’ crowd-cheering sounds, a mental Moog wig-out in the middle and female vocals chanting a ‘Gimme that
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DJ SHEPDOG: Greatest Licks Vol. 4 (2016)

Greatest Licks Vol 4 DJ ShepdogSome dogs bury choice bones in gardens and then forget where they’ve buried their stash. DJ Shepdog on the other hand loses prime reggae-hip-hop mashups on his hard drive and then forgets he even had them in the first place. Until he rediscovers them of course and realises – hey – these need releasing – the public’s tongues are lolling out for want of quality booty
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FUGEES: Zealots (TARZAN BROS. Re-imagined) (2016)

Zealots Tarzan BrosThe legend of the Tarzan Bros continues with this, their re-imagining of The Fugees’ Zealots from the band’s 1996 LP The Score. The boys swing into action by wrestling the song away from its original downtempo soul-hop beat, replacing it with a Real Rock riddim-derived beat and then hollering away themselves in a generally more joyous manner than Hill, Jean and Michel. Such is
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