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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ROEBUCK ‘POPS’ STAPLES: Father Father (ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM edit) (2016) Free download

father-father-roebuck-pops-staples-rocknrolla-soundsystemRocknrolla Soundsystem have one of those – ‘ooh – this’d sound better if it was a bit faster with a bit more drum leverage, tweaked bass, maybe some extra guitar’ moments with the blues-gospel title cut off Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples final album. A remix idea in other words. And don’t they execute it well? So much so, that the patriarch of the Staple Singers sounds right at home on the
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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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SHARON JONES: Pick It Up Lay It In The Cut (MANOSJMT RIP Edit) Free download

pick-it-up-lay-it-in-the-cut-sharon-jones-manosjmt-editFor the second time in a fortnight the world has lost a great singer and for the second time in a fortnight Manosjmt commemorates those we have lost with an edit. This time he salutes latter-day soul queen Sharon Jones with a subtle beat re-tweak of the lickin stick groove of early work Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut which appeared on Jones debut LP – Dap Dippin With The Dap
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SHARON JONES: 1956-2016 R.I.P

rip-sharon-jonesR.I.P Sharon Jones, singer with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and undisputed queen of retro soul. Official Daptone announcement here
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JPRIME: Ill-Fixed EP (2016)

ill-fixed-ep-jprimeThe Relative Dimensions label follow their recent release of Hipsta’s excellent Re-Hop EP with another quality drop in the form of JPrime‘s Ill-Fixed EP which sees them rival Bomb Strikes in terms of who’s had the best ghetto funk cuts out this year. The five-tracker starts on an itchy, glitchy tip with almost-title track Illfix, switches to the electro-tinged Put Ya Hands Up and Funkfried
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EMPRESARIOS: The Vibes Remixed LP (2016)

the-vibes-remixed-empresariosWashington DC dj/ production collective Empresarios round off their The Vibes LP-related release schedule with The Vibes Remixed LP (taking in )- not to be confused with The Vibes Remixed EP which came out in the summer though it does contain the four remixes of track The Vibes which that featured. Also included are two remixes of Morena, two of Salsoul, three of No Vamos A
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MR BRISTOW: City Love EP (2016)

city-love-ep-mr-bristowNo roll in the hay for Mr Bristow then – since, as the title of his new EP announces, he’s clearly all about the City Love. And doesn’t he just cavort around in the sounds of the megalopolitan sprawl like a some sort of priapic production pimp! He hustles Jermaine Dupri into a clinch with upbeat 70s pop hooks on the loose caboose of the title cut, gets Kool G Rap to do the damn thing with
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LEONARD COHEN: Different Sides (MANOSJMT RIP Edit)(2016) Free download

different-sides-leonard-cohen-manosjmt-rip-editWhat with all the despair last week that a man named after a guff has become US president elect, it may have slipped under people’s radar that the person arguably most suited to giving voice to said despair has sadly passed away. No doubt in utter disgust. And who can blame him? I refer of course to none other than the ‘prophet of despair’ himself – a.k.a. ‘laughing’ Leonard Cohen. Happily
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