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BAZZA RANKS: Rum Punch EP (2017)

Bazza Ranks (a.k.a. one half of Dirty Dubsters) goes solo with his new Rum Punch EP on which he invigorates two classic riddims with the highly capable assistance of a trio of reggae-hip-hop vocalists. Now which reggae-hip-hop legends would you pick if you had a free choice? It’s no contest is it? Has to be Fu Schnickens’ Chip Fu and fellow NYC-based legend Screechy Dan who tear things up like dancehall pirates on A-side Rum Riddim. Still, that’s not a trio is it? Step forward UK mic don Top Cat to show them as got no pop no style how to take an old time thing and make a new boom-bap reggae craze on – er – Old Time Thing, A New Craze. And damn if it doesn’t hold its own.
(Out now on Riddim Kitchen Records)

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