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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks 2016

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the biggest tracks of 2016!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Albums – 2016 HERE)

1. Eli Paperboy Reed – Cut Ya Down

Mighty, mighty funked-up cover of a gospel traditional

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NICE UP!: 12 Dubs Of Xmas (2016) Free download

badman-dub-mr-benn“On the fou-rthh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…” – wait – no – that’s not how it goes! Let me see now…ah yes – “On the fourth dub of Xmas, Nice Up! continued to release for me the next one in this year’s seasonal set of Xmas riddims!” Hmm – well – maybe it doesn’t scan so well – but who cares about that when the bass is this rude! And so it is that today’s triplet of
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BASEMENT FREAKS feat. ITRAN: The Rebel (2016)

the-rebel-itran-basement-freaksUnbowed by everything 2016 has thrown at us, Basement Freaks turns his hand to dancefloor dub reggae in the run-up to Christmas. The Rebel is his new cut and it features vocals from Itran who delivers insurrectionary vibes on the mic. Naturally, there’s an instrumental version for those who feel that musical rebellion should be expressed purely by the medium of, well, music
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: Heatwave (2016)

heatwave-pama-internationalRating: ★★★★★ The long-absent Pama International make an impressive return after seven years with a new line-up and a sureshot rocksteady cover of Martha & The Vandellas’ Holland Dozier Holland-penned Heatwave – a.k.a Love Is Like A Heatwave. Vocals come courtesy of Jewels Vass and Anna Uhuru who conspire to sound a little bit Supremes-ish – appropriately enough
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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARDO CARMICHAEL: Why Can’t We Live Together (2016)

why-cant-we-live-together-soul-sugarSoul Sugar take Timmy Thomas’s minimal seventies soul groove Why Can’t We Live Together and transform it into a slo-mo disco-inflected reggae groove with a super smooth falsetto soul vocal from Leonardo Carmichael. The gently throbbing bass and the song’s message are the very tonic for a world which seems bent on dealing with political and corporate excess by handing the
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CHAINSKA BRASSIKA feat. TOOTS: Don’t You Try (2016) Audio premiere

dont-you-try-chainska-brassika-tootsRating: ★★★★★ Imagine if you were a bunch of young ska-loving rascals and your band not only won – say – the world reggae contest but as a consequence you got to record with – oohh, I don’t know – Toots Hibberts of Toots & The Maytals fame at – maybe – the Harry J Studios where Bob Marley cut umpteen tracks. Of course one young band don’t need to imagine this
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JSTAR: Stand To Order (2016)

stand-to-order-jstarHe’s rinsed the reggae hip-hop mash-up concept, curated a compilation of Kiwi dub reggae, dropped a comp. of his own remixes and recently had out a single of all original material. So it stands to reason that JStar‘s full-length studio album Stand To Order would follow in – er – short order – as our man assembles an all-star cast from the global reggae/ dancehall underground for eight (or ten
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THE HEMPOLICS: Me Love To Sing Remixes (2016)

me-love-to-sing-the-hempolics-remixesThe Hempolics – them love to sing. Well – it’s right there in the title of their lilting skank of a summer hit Me Love To Sing isn’t it? Of course there’s also them that love to remix – Mungo’s Hi-Fi for one, DJ Vadim for another and Loggi for a third. And some of them know other people besides vocalist Dandelion who love to sing – or at least toast – like Solo Banton and Horseman. Yes
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BLEND MISHKIN feat. AFRICAN SIMBA: Love Cup (2016)

love-cup-blend-mishkin-african-simbaRating: ★★★★★ Love Cup? Sounds a bit rude. And you’ll no doubt be unsurprised to learn that the reliably smutty urbandictionary.com certainly offers a number of definitions you wouldn’t bring up in conversation with your grandparents. The only definition you need to be interested in however is the fat boom-bap dancehall crossover that Blend Mishkin made with African Simba five odd years ago – a.k.a. this one. So if you
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JSTAR feat. KINCK: Liar Liar (2016)

liar-liar-jstar-kinckWhat do reggae mash-up kings do after they’ve thoroughly rinsed the concept of the reggae mash-up? Make their own shit of course! Step forward JStar who, like Mr Benn is proving as dab a hand at turning out original material as he was at grafting together unlikely reggae, hip-hop and rnb bedfellows. Liar Liar finds our man deliver a haunting slice of dubby modern reggae over which
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