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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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THE HEMPOLICS: Boss Clock Me Style (2017)

THE HEMPOLICS:  Boss Clock Me StyleBoss Clock Me Style sings vocalist Nubiya Brandon on the Hempolics new single. Punctuation commandos will note the lack of a comma after ‘Boss’ which is salient because it indicates that far from airily requesting her line manager to check how she rolls what she’s actually doing is lamenting her superior’s rather unhealthy interest in her. The sex pest. “What am I to do?” She
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NAVIGATOR: Powers Everlasting (LIONDUB mix)(2017) Audio premiere

NAVIGATOR:  Powers Everlasting (LIONDUB mix) Audio premiereRating: ★★★★★ From collaborations with the Freestylers and Skarra Mucci to touring with Lenny Kravitz, there’s no denying that Navigator MC has made his mark on music in multifarious ways over the years. However, it’s taken him until now to deliver his debut album, Alignment, on which he makes up for lost time by sorting out no fewer than twenty-seven tracks which take in the many
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HOLLIE COOK: Angel Fire (2017)

HOLLIE COOK: Angel FireAh – Hollie Cook – always a pleasure – especially since she has a new single out entitled Angel Fire. All the elements of a classic Cook reggae cut are there, the butter-wouldn’t melt vocals and a classy reggae beat with pop savvy. It’s what she once referred to, tongue-in-cheek, as ‘tropical pop’ in fact. A term which has no doubt haunted her ever since, like the ghost of Amazulu, bandied around
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