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HOLLIE COOK: Freefalling/ Survive (2017)

HOLLIE COOK:  Freefalling/ Survive (2017)Rating: ★★★★★ The honey-voiced Hollie Cook comes up smelling of roses yet again with a new double digi-single consisting of Survive and Freefalling which follows the July release of Angel Fire and, like that cut, will also appear on her forthcoming album Vessel Of Love released in January. Both the new tracks are again produced by Killing Joke’s Youth (as, indeed, is the whole
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GENERAL TRIX: Dallyland (Prod. MR BENN)(2017)

GENERAL TRIX:  Dallyland (Prod. MR BENN)(2017)Rating: ★★★★★ Here’s a little dancehall sunshine for you in the shape of Dallyland from General Trix and Mr Benn to brighten up the shite-awful weather. In fact, Mr Benn’s cooked up a right 90s-style bubbler for General Trix to do his thing over but where the hell is Dallyland when it’s at home? Could it be the sort of place Jamaican mums accuse their kids of being at when they’ve got their
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MELTING RECORDS: ‘Humble Dubbers’ Vinyl LP COMPETITION (2017)

MELTING RECORDS:  'Humble Dubbers' Vinyl LP Competition(For competition details, skip to the end – closing date Thursday 5th October)
All keen downtempo fiends should know by now the name of Melting Records, since this Greece and France-based label has been dropping quality mellow bombs since 2013 – including last year’s classy The Blue Square long player from The Blue Square. Recently however, the label have
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TARZAN BROS: Imperial Bros (2017)

TARZAN BROS:  Imperial Bros ‘Smashing the stage’ with ‘vibration’, here, in the form of new single, Imperial Bros, are real-life brothers Theo and Greg Tantanozis a.k.a. Tarzan Bros. Turns out it’s the first cut taken from forthcoming long player Apartheid Of Thoughts and the track, after a lengthy instro. intro. finds one of the boys relating an anecdote, involving the ‘one or two time’ that ‘rastaman stop…[him]…
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JAY DOUGLAS & CHRIS BUTCHER: Messengers (2017) + Video

JAY DOUGLAS & CHRIS BUTCHER:  Messengers (2017) + VideoRating: ★★★★★ Stand by for massive rootsy old school funky reggae as Jay Douglas and Chris Butcher get together to lay down the positivity vibes with new single Messengers. Jamaica-to-Toronto transplant Douglas has been doing it on Canada’s reggae scene since the 70s and has most definitely still got it, while trombonist Butcher leads the Heavyweights Brass Band and has
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: Love & Austerity (2017)

Time to rock the rocksteady once more and not before time either since Pama International’s latest LP Love & Austerity has been out a month already. Mind you, it’s not like the band themselves don’t know a thing or two about tardiness since this LP – their tenth – is their first in seven years. But what can we expect of these former BBC Radio 6 Rebel playlist winners who in
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MUNGO’S HI-FI feat. EVA LAZARUS: ‘Amsterdam’ video (2017)

MUNGO'S HI-FI feat. EVA LAZARUS:  'Amsterdam' videoRating: ★★★★★ Like the similarly angel-voiced Hollie Cook, you can always rely on Eva Lazarus to hook up with decent reggae and/or bashment producers and grace a decent beat. In this case, she’s joined forces with Glasgow’s finest dancehall practitioners, Mungo’s Hi-Fi, for the piano-led skank of break-up tune Amsterdam which finds our downcast heroine needing to get lifted after – well –
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SCREECHY DAN & BLUNTSKULL: Keep Doin It (2017)

SCREECHY DAN & BLUNTSKULL:  Keep Doin It The new one from Brooklyn Dancehall veteran Screechy Dan finds him hooking up with producer and known 90s reggae-boom-bap fiend Bluntskull so it’s no surprise that Keep Doin It should strip things back to the time-honoured recipe of the kick, the snare and the double bass all at around a 100bpm tempo. Elsewhere, Cut La Vis keeps doin it inna old school dancehall stylee, Rukus in a new
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COCKNEY NUTJOB feat. KURNEL MC: Differences (2017) Free download

COCKNEY NUTJOB feat. KURNEL MC:  DifferencesEveryman do ‘is ting a lickle way different and when it comes to their cover of DRS and Kenny Ken’s ’94 junglist cut Everyman entitled Differences, Cockney Nutjob and Kurnel MC do their ‘ting’ about fifty bpm slower inna skankin-midtempo breaks stylee. Also Mr Nutjob’s bowel-loosening buzzsaw synth bass is rather different too. This is perhaps surprising given jungle’s penchant
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JSTAR feat. SPIKEY TEE: Babylon Children (2017)

JSTAR feat. SPIKEY TEE: Babylon ChildrenIs that the Notting Hill Carnival coming up? I believe it is! If I were reggae producer JStar, I’d make sure I had a single in the offing. He does! Babylon Children featuring vocalist Spikey Tee is a cut from recent JStar LP Stand To Order and a digi-dub cover of Aswad’s early 80s number, African Children, about social inequality and shitty housing. How things have changed since then
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