GHOST WRITERZ: They Wanna Know (2017)

GHOST WRITERZ:  They Wanna KnowThey Wanna Know do they? “They wanna know ‘ow I became the artist I am/ My journey from a boy to a man”? Best tell ’em then, Ghost Writerz, innit? And so Jimmy Screech and Sleepy Time Ghost do precisely that, regaling anyone who will listen plus – well – frankly anyone within earshot – all about Screech’s long relationship with soundsystem culture. The narrative begins in the 80s
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BLACK ROOTS: I Believe EP (2017)

http://monkeyboxing.com/content/black-roots-believe-ep-2017/As Babylon becomes ever more powerful, ever more rapidly, now is certainly the time for some sort of message of hope. Step forward legendary Bristol reggae outfit Black Roots with their I Believe EP. The band, who have been extant since 1979, team up with St Paul’s emcees Jah Garvey and Buggsy to reinvigorate track I Believe which was originally released on 2012 LP On The Ground
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BAHAMA SOUL CLUB: The Havana Remixes (2017)

BAHAMA SOUL CLUB:  The Havana Remixes Having established a popular latin breakbeat insurgency with their recent Havana ’58, Bahama Soul Club don’t appear to have had any trouble recruiting like-minds to join their cause. This has culminated in The Havana Remixes – on which a set nine-tracks deep is delivered by an eight-strong unit of guerrilla producers consisting of Smoove, Suonho, Jack Jointz, Opolopo
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FORT KNOX FIVE feat. BCAP: Give It A Minute (2017)

FORT KNOX FIVE feat. BCAP:  Give It A MinuteGive It A Minute is Fort Knox Five’s first post-Pressurize The Cabin-era single and finds the DC crew working with Boston emcee BCap who it seems they’ve been trying to get on the mic since they remixed Ursula 1000’s Smoke Machine a couple of years ago. Having had a lot more than a sixty seconds to conjure up a suitable sonic backdrop for some BCap bars they’ve ended up
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LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS: Never Be Another You/ Lover Man (2017)

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS:  Never Be Another You/ Lover ManHeads up ladies, soul man Lee Fields is all set to drop another single off his latest LP, Special Night, and he loves you doesn’t he? Surely there’s no ambiguity in the opening lyrics, “…you can’t measure/ the things I wanna do for you/ Please let me do it/ ‘Cause it’s my pleasure/ I get so much joy out of serving you.” Mind you there is that slow and sexual lope of a beat beneath
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IZO FITZROY: Skyline (2017)

IZO FITZROY:  SkylineThe new single from Izo FitzRoy is the title track of her debut LP Skyline and finds her busy doing a bit of soul-searching. In her own words she’s “Moving through the badlands, moving through the dark times, searching for the answer.” Is it under the laid-back piano at the start? Maybe the bluesy guitar has seen it? No? Bugger. Perhaps break it right down to just vocals and bass, yeah, and
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GIST: The Payback (2017) Video

GIST:  The PaybackGist might still be working on the full-length follow-up to their debut self-titled 2015 LP but they don’t want you to forget about them. They certainly don’t want someone to forget about them anyway what with this talkbox-vocals-featuring cover of the late, great Mr Brown’s seven-minute revenge epic The Payback. The video opens with the dialogue sample, “We don’t like dictators. We don’t
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ODJBOX: Party Toad (2017)

ODJBOX:  Party Toad Look out it’s Party Toad. Don’t worry that’s neither an attempt to make Wind in The Willows sound less twee or a reference to some slimy Tory party donor but the new one from producer Odjbox whose re-work of Arthur Conley’s Funky Street MB regulars may remember. This employs a similarly funky bounce but is all-original and straight up twenty-first century bizniz. To wit, it provides
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MELVIN SPARKS: Live At Nectar’s (2017)

MELVIN SPARKS:  Live At Nectar's“My name is Melvin Sparks on the gui-tar!” Thus opens the first track, Miss Riverside, on Melvin Sparks: Live At Nectar’s to whoops and applause from the crowd. Melvin Sparks? Not ‘the’ Melvin Sparks? Melvin Sparks the rnb and soul jazz guitarist who used to back the likes of Dr Lonnie Smith, Jack McDuff and Charles Earland? Melvin Sparks whose soul-boogie cut If You Want My Love
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DJ VIDA G: Club Havana (2017)

DJ VIDA G: Club HavanaClearly as keen as Manosjmt to make up for the lack of latin breaks this year, former Nynfus Corp. producer Vida G goes troppo with the cumbia cool of Club Havana which provides a picante little warm weather dancefloor shimmy. In case that’s not enough action for people, our man has also had Voodoocuts roll in like a low pressure front with his reflip. And while this might keep the
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