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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARD CARMICHAEL: I Want You Discomix

SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARD CARMICHAEL:  I Want You DiscomixReggae goes slo-mo disco then on the new 12″ from Gee Street Recordings’ Soul Sugar as the band – known for all manner of retro reggae business – comes up trumps with a highly serviceable cover of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You hit from ’76 in the form of the I Want You Discomix. Standing in for Gaye is eminently capable Jamaican vocalist and previous Soul Sugar collaborator Leonard Carmichael while Soul Sugar
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REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD: RWW II

REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD: RWW IIRating: ★★★★★ Despite the name, you won’t find Reggae Workers Of The World plying off-beat rhythms with a Marxist lyrical bent on RWW II, as anyone who caught RWW I will know. What you will get on new LP is the premium quality early ‘boss’ reggae and sixties/ seventies soul vibe of the first LP as part of an expanded stylistic palette which now includes doo-wop, sixties rnb and soul
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KATAKANA EDITS: Vol. 63 (MORLACK) + Jungle Lion – Free download

Leaving his beloved DC go-go at home for a change, Morlack is nevertheless lured out of his den with the promise of a whole EP to himself in the form of Katakana Edits 63. 63!. I can’t keep up – they were only on Vol. 51 in October! Still, all that aside, Morlack delivers a set of four beefy edits – bookended by the disco-friendly pounding proto-house of Chic/ Whitney mash Your Love and
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HOLLIE COOK: Ghostly Fading + Summer/ Autumn 2018 tour dates

HOLLIE COOK:  Ghostly Fading Another single off Hollie Cook’s rather good Youth-produced third studio album Vessel Of Love appears and this time it’s one of the jauntiest tracks from the LP, Ghostly Fading. Can we expect Cook’s sweetly ethereal vocals over an electronica-informed pop reggae skank by any chance? We certainly can – but what exactly is she singing about? Buggered if I know but it sounds good. Oh
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MEGATIVE: Have Mercy

MEGATIVE:  Have MercyDid you catch Don Letts blasting Megative over the airwaves the other day? No? You’re missing out. The debut album hasn’t arrived yet but following previous singles More Time, Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) and One Day…All This Will Be Gone, fourth single, Have Mercy has. On it the Brooklyn-based dub-meets-Two-Tone collective (which numbers amongst its members
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JSTAR meets DJ’s CHOICE: Warrior EP

JSTAR meets DJ's CHOICE:  Warrior EPWell it had been a while since any proper bashment business had arrived on the monkey’s virtual doormat but you know how it is – nothing for ages and then two come at once. And so it is that JStar rocks up with news of a new 7″ EP entitled Warrior hot on the heels of the DJ’s Choice label’s debut release. And it’s not just a coincidence that JStar’s drop is called Warrior
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DJ’s CHOICE: THE REBEL feat. DARK ANGEL/ DJ VADIM feat. MACKA B (7″ vinyl)

DJ's CHOICE:  THE REBEL feat. DARK ANGEL/ DJ VADIM feat. MACKA BIt’s been a while since the monkey’s had any proper bashment business to report but that particular drought is over now with the arrival of this new DJ’s Choice 45. Hitherto, DJ’s Choice has, of course, been the collective term for Rome’s ‘soul shakedown’ party-starter the Rebel DJ and Lisbon’s Dedy Dread. Now, however, it is also the name of the record label started by the Rebel DJ. The first
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MEGATIVE: One Day…All This Will Be Gone + Live in-studio video

MEGATIVE:  One Day...All This Will Be Gone + Live in-studio videoWith the release of third single One Day…All This Will Be Gone, Megative confirm their twin missions to deliver the sound of The Specials-as-produced-by-Massive-Attack whilst single-handedly propelling the evergreen Merc, Fred Perry and Ben Sherman labels right back to the forefront of fashion. Naturally the sort of claustrophobic dub vibe propagated by Daddy G, 3D et al doesn’t
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HOLLIE COOK: Stay Alive (HEMPOLICS remix) + extra tour dates

HOLLIE COOK:  Stay Alive (HEMPOLICS remix) + extra tour datesHollie Cook’s star continues to rise following the release of her rather good third album, Vessel Of Love, so much so in fact that a Hempolics remix of album track Stay Alive has been released and Cook’s world tour has been extended. Where the original LP version (produced by Youth of Killing Joke) employs dubby, electronica-tinged reggae, The Hempolics jettison the electronica and dub shit
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CAPITOL 1212: Some Will Try/ Real Talk Sound

CAPITOL 1212:  Some Will Try/ Real Talk SoundIt’s been a while but Edinburgh-based dancehall dons, Capitol 1212, finally return (in their tenth year in the business, no less) with a new double single and a cast of thousands. Well, not so much a ‘cast’ as featured guests. And not so much ‘thousands’ as three vocalists and The Dble Twelve Horns. In fact the latter (just the two of them rather than twelve – or even twenty-four) aren’t
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