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THE HEMPOLICS: High & Gritty (2017) + video

THE HEMPOLICS: High & Gritty (2017) + videoThe Hempolics return with a new single showcasing their particular brand of soul and hip-hop infused dub-reggae in the form of High & Gritty. Said song apparently relates the love affair between band leader Grippa and a Mexican senorita and is remixed by no fewer than four bashment bandits – Fleck, Dubmatix, the ever-reliable DJ Maars and the splendidly-named
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BREAKBEAT PARADISE: Breakin’ The Riddim (2017)

BREAKBEAT PARADISE:  Breakin' The RiddimRating: ★★★★★ Looks like it’s time for another themed EP from Breakbeat Paradise and no prizes for guessing that a release entitled Breakin’ The Riddim with cover art featuring a dreadlocked breakdancer entails a marriage of breakbeat and various reggae-related styles. No prizes either for guessing that it’s richer in bangers than a Walls sausage factory. Fredy High for example, heavies
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TIMEWARP INC: Tropicaliente EP (2017)

TIMEWARP INC:  Tropicaliente EPTimewarp Inc. (a.k.a. Timewarp Music’s head honcho Angelos Stoumpos) takes a well-deserved break from producing and putting out other people’s music with the Tropicaliente EP in order to put out some of his own. The opener and title track works up some latin-reggae heat with French language vocals from sometime Basement Freaks
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NUBIYAN TWIST: Dance Inna London feat. SUPACAT/ All The Pieces Ltd. 12″ (2017)

NUBIYAN TWIST:  Dance Inna London feat. SUPACATHow do you manage to fit both tracks of a single, plus two remixes of each track plus the instros on vinyl? The answer, hipsters, is on a twelve inch – remember them? Nubiyan Twist certainly do as they re-work Supacat’s dubby 80s dancehall cut Dance Inna London in their own live-band, jazzy-reggae style with singer Nubiya Brandon effortlessly supplying new vocals and lyrics and
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JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE: Talking About The! (2017)

JOHNNYPLUSE & THE STORMTROOPERS OF LOVE:  Talking About The!Not an outfit with a reputation for restraint, Johnnypluse & The Stormtroopers Of Love nevertheless deliver perhaps their most restrained track ever with Talking About The! and quite a pleasing affair it is too. Play this out with its vintage vocal motifs of ‘uhh,’ and ‘now, now baby,’ a lo-fi skanking breakbeat plus the odd dancehall shoutout like, “Now my selectah!” and it’ll be free
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LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL: 13-16 April (2017)

In just over a month it’s time for the London International Ska Festival again, the event (launched in 1988) that celebrates all things ska from its pre-history in calypso and rnb through the Jamaican first wave, the 2 Tone revival, 90s ska punk and beyond. This year there’ll be around a hundred bands appearing, DJs, films, sound systems, official Trojan Records and Greensleeves
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BAZZA RANKS: Rum Punch EP (2017)

Bazza Ranks (a.k.a. one half of Dirty Dubsters) goes solo with his new Rum Punch EP on which he invigorates two classic riddims with the highly capable assistance of a trio of reggae-hip-hop vocalists. Now which reggae-hip-hop legends would you pick if you had a free choice? It’s no contest is it? Has to be Fu Schnickens’ Chip Fu and fellow NYC-based legend Screechy Dan who tear
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DJ MONEYSHOT VS MR CRITICAL: Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 (2017) Audio premiere

Rating: ★★★★★ If you’re reading this, it means you’ve got yourself a ringside seat to the audio premiere of Inbox Soundclash Vol. 2 on which the UK’s super Solid Steel selectah DJ Moneyshot goes mano a mano with Belgian legend Mr Critical once again! Oh shit! As Moneyshot himself puts it, “each DJ gets ten minute turns to cold rock the spot with the illest selections and call out his
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DJ MAARS vs TOM SHOWTIME: Let Me Clear My Dub/ Loose Juice (2017 Re-bake) Ltd. 7″(2017)

Loose Juice DJ Maars Tom ShowtimeRating: ★★★★★ This is what is known in the trade as a sureshot or one that ‘never leaves the bag’. It is, in short, an essential purchase. Yes, it’s the long overdue seven inch vinyl release of a pair of gigantic DJ Maars and Tom Showtime reggae-hiphop booties. On the A-side is the pair’s brand new roof-raising reggae re-version of DJ Kool’s evergreen Let Me Clear My Throat while B-side
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MONKEYBOXING.COM presents: Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 (2017) Free download

Filthy Rhythm Dirty Soul Vol 7 monkeyboxingIt’s been a crazy-ass last six months here at MB and Monkeyboxing’s free annual funk, soul, hip-hop, reggae and breaks LP extravaganza very nearly didn’t happen this year. Primarily because MB was nearly permanently lost in the autumn. Happily, disaster was averted which means you lucky people get the mighty, mighty Filthy Rhythm, Dirty Soul Vol. 7 bursting at the
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