Monthly Archives: December 2020

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks 2020

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks 2020Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the monkey’s biggest new tracks of 2020!
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2020

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2020Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the monkey’s biggest albums of 2020!
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ROGER RIVAS: Wild Island b/w Midnight Calling (Vinyl 7″)

ROGER RIVAS:  Wild Island b/w Midnight CallingHere’s news, (and not for the first time today) of a limited 45 coming in the early part of 2021 from the Happy People Records label – this time from Roger Rivas. As regular MB readers will know, Rivas is the organist for and a founder member of The Aggrolites – proponents of ‘dirty reggae’ i.e. their L.A. take on the boss reggae sound of ’69. Here however, the grooves are rhythmically inspired by the rocksteady era
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CARROLL THOMPSON: Feel The Magic (Ltd. vinyl 7″)

CARROLL THOMPSON:  Feel The MagicA big score here for Happy People Records as Carroll ‘Queen of Lover’s Rock’ Thompson releases her new single, Feel The Magic, through the label. And if you’re a devotee of the sound that rose from the ashes of rocksteady and developed alongside conscious Rastafarian reggae in the 70s, you certainly will feel the magic since Thompson seems to have lost none of hers and this could sit
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ALFREDO LINARES Y SU SONORA: Vol. 1 The MAG Years (3 X Vinyl 7″)

ALFREDO LINARES Y SU SONORAFollowing the success of two Nu Yorican 45 box-sets (Latin Underground Revolution and Latin Underground Revolution Vol. 2), Rocafort Records head south to Peru for new box-set Alfredo Linares Y Su Sonora Vol. 1 The MAG Years. The three 45s included feature six tracks lifted from Linares’ first two LPs for Manuel Guerrero’s MAG label, El Pito Y Otros Exitos and Yo Traigo Boogaloo released in
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KELLY FINNIGAN: A Joyful Sound

KELLY FINNIGAN:  A Joyful SoundA Joyful Sound? God knows the world needs one after a year as miserable as this. It’s enough to make you yearn for those pre-irony Christmases of yore when artists made Yuletide songs – hell, whole albums of Yuletide songs and you could settle down by the fireside to enjoy them in your reindeer-pattern jumper, egg-nog in hand. Step forward Kelly Finnigan and Colemine Records (who
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DUSTY DONUTS 19: Believe In Family (DJ GOCE Nuts Mix)/ Who’s Phenomenal (DJ GOCE Funkin’ It Edit )(Vinyl 7″)

Dusty Donuts 19 DJ GoceWho better to drop an edit called Believe In Family than the latest producer to join the Dusty Donuts family? That’ll be DJ Goce then, applying the tried-n-tested DD recipe of editing of a track once sampled in hip-hop with hip-hop aesthetics. Smooth as butter, you’d better believe this one’s guaranteed to make the lady crowd go nuts. He’ll have to pull something like a phenomenon out of the bag for a suitable B-side – but can his
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EMMA NOBLE: Emma Noble EP (Deluxe double Vinyl 7″)

Emma Noble EPThere’s no turning back for Emma Noble with the release of her blistering self-titled debut EP – not least of the reasons for which is uptempo fortune-seeking anthem and opener No Turning Back.  Out now on digital with the double vinyl 7″ format dropping at the start of March, the release also finds the UK soul chanteuse provide three other excellent reasons why the only way is forward
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DJ MAARS: On It b/w Pull Up (Ltd. White/ Yellow splatter 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ DJ Maars has held the reggae-hip-hop mashup crown for some years now, regularly supplying DJs with weapons-grade blends and so far out in front of the field that he is practically his only competition. For lesser producers, this might result in a slackening of focus and watering down of output but Maars is clearly not a man to  tolerate any challenge – even if it comes from
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PHILL MOST CHILL & DJAR ONE: Another Level (Vinyl 7″)

PHILL MOST CHILL & DJAR ONE: Another Level Hello, that’s what I’m talkin’ about, fast rap fire from Phill Most Chill and Djar One on new 45 Another Level. 130 bpm drum breaks? Check. Slick bars from our Phill? Check – “Can’t fix perfection/ The DJ kill those green lights just like a C-section”. He certainly does. Light-speed scratching? Check (Djar One – that’s your cue Holmes…there we go!). Bongos? Check. Kitchen
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