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ROGER RIVAS: 10 Plagues (Vinyl 7″) + Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ Keyboardist Roger Rivas goes full Jackie Mittoo on his latest 45 10 Plagues on a label long known for being a guardian of the retro reggae sound – Happy People Records. The track effortlessly conjures the ‘sound of ’69’ with its upbeat organ groove and is arguably the best solo effort yet from the man also known for his work as keyboardist and founder member of L.A. ‘dirty
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MALANDRO NINE FIVE: Return Of Rondo b/w Adrian’s Wall (Vinyl 7″) + free download

Return Of RondoSpaghetti Western-themed early reggae? Somebody’s been listening to The Upsetters and it turns out those somebodies would be Jorge Pezzimenti of The Loving Paupers and Agent Jay of The Slackers who drop sweet double-sider Return Of Rondo/ Adrian’s Wall evoking that ’68/’69 era when rocksteady was morphing into early reggae. It’s not just the name of A-side Return Of Rondo
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JSTAR: One Time For Your Mind (JSTAR Under Arrest re-rub) Free download

Jeez – it seems like forever since there was a free download to post about on monkeyboxing but here one suddenly is – and what a one – from JStar no less. Back in the day before DJ Maars and Tom Showtime appeared on the reggae hip-hop mashup scene, there were JStar and Shepdog who practically wrote the guide book on the subject. And now here is JStar returning to that arena with
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DIZZY DUSTIN & PANDAMONIUM (feat. forty MCs): The Drop Cypher (Free download))

DIZZY DUSTIN & PANDAMONIUM (feat. 40 MCs): Drop Cypher It is true historically, that at times, MB post titles have verged on the lengthy – it’s one of the perils of adhering to a format – but the monkey draws the line at mentioning all forty emcees featured on the Drop Cypher besides Ugly Duckling rapper Dizzy Dustin.  For where Dizzy’s esrtwhile colleague Andy Cooper has made a name for himself dropping as many syllables as he can in
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MR DORIS & D-FUNK/ DICE NZ/ CHUGGIN EDITS: Slightly Transformed The New Year Giveaway 2021 (Free download)

Slightly Transformed The New Year Giveaway 2021In a new year spirit of generosity, the Slightly Transformed Records label kicks off 2021 with its aptly-named Slightly Transformed New Year Giveaway 2021 featuring today’s second trio of edits (this time freely downloadable!) courtesy of Mr Doris & D-Funk, Dice NZ and Chuggin Edits. First up is Doris & D’s rerub of Raptivity by old school legend Ronnie Gee which, despite lacking
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BRONX SLANG: The Bronx Kill Mixtape (Free download)

BRONX SLANG: The Bronx Kill MixtapeRating: ★★★★★ Having judged the middle of an ongoing pandemic not quite the best time to be releasing an LP, Bronx Slang – a.k.a. Jerry Beeks and Ollie Miggs – nevertheless unleash more hip-hop commentary from the frontline with their straight dope Bronx Kill Mixtape. And it is a veritable verbal broadside against the racist hate, oppressive brutality and catastrophic
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BLAKTRIX: Dumb EP + 5 Euro Shades free download

BLAKTRIX: Dumb EP + 5 Euro Shades free downloadNews of track The House of Immortal Ironfist last autumn provided incontrovertible evidence that Cardiff-based MC Blaktrix was back after a seven-year absence and suggested a new release was on the way. And here it is – the Dumb EP featuring said Anime-inspired cut, new single 5 Euro Shades and more besides. The title track kicks us off with a reliably old school beat
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HERMA PUMA: Busta Lockdown (Free download)

HERMA PUMA:  Busta Lockdown (Free download)Can’t get enough of that Herma Puma production eh? Welcome to Part Two of today’s Herma Puma news with mash-up Busta Lockdown – a.k.a. the zeitgeist-capturing lyrics of Anderson Paak’s Lockdown ‘pella spliced with the slinky Buddah/ Shamello-produced beat for Busta Rhymes’ Put Your Hands Where My Eyes could see. Since Paak sounds vaguely
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WILLIE WEST: Fairchild (ZEMERALD DJ edit) – Free download

WILLIE WEST: Fairchild (ZEMERALD DJ edit) - Free downloadIt seems like a long minute since there was a free download on the ground at MB – and an equally long minute since we saw anything from Zemerald – a man with a good ear for a funk edit if ever there was one. In fact the last time was four years ago (!) and even then he was saying he didn’t have the time for music that he once did. Tell the monkey about it. Happily our man’s found the time to
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JOHNNYPLUSE: The Break Out + Loud Places (Dub mix) free download

JOHNNYPLUSE: The Break OutNews of what’s next in the bomb-bay for Bulabeats comes mere weeks after the release of Zero The Desk’s The Secret Edits Vol. 1, as Johnnypluse announces forthcoming single The Break Out. While (on the one hand) this sees Mr Pluse return to his favoured sonic territory of bass-heavy breakbeat music, it also sees him escape from the pigeonhole by flavouring proceedings
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