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ROGER RIVAS: Cool Mood (Ltd. Vinyl 7″)/ Free download

ROGER RIVAS:  Cool Mood (Ltd. Vinyl 7You know how Happy People Records occasionally likes to release a cut by latter-day reggae organ legend Roger Rivas of The Aggrolites/ Night Owls fame? Well here’s the next one – Cool Mood. That’ll be an instrumental Studio One style rocksteady number then will it? Laden with organ parps and riffs as is Mr Rivas’ wont? Certainly will. Wonder what’s on the flip? The A-side versioned in
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: (I Am Nothing) Without You b/w Smile & Say Good Morning (Vinyl 7″)

Pama International continue their recent conversion from reggae to retro soul (and get their southern soul on especially) with new vinyl 45 (I Am Nothing) Without You b/w Smile & Say Good Morning. This is the first single to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming Part 3 soul album and once again features Jewels Vass on vocals. The first of the two tracks is a midtempo cut that
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PHOENIX CITY ALLSTARS feat. FREDDIE NOTES: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Vinyl 7″)

FREDDIE NOTES SatisfactionRating: ★★★★★ Now I know it’s already been a bit of a week for retro reggae thrills, but this one is massive and its promised vinyl 7″ appearance has taken a while. Indeed it’s just over eight years since monkey first posted about ska supergroup Phoenix City Allstars’ gigantic Studio One-style ska cover of The Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, featuring vocals from Jamaican
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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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TIGHT SPOT: Time Heals Everything (Vinyl 7″)

TIGHT SPOT:  Time Heals EverythingTime for a sweet slice of L.A. boss reggae and no, it’s not from The Aggrolites, but their all-female contemporaries Tight Spot. That’ll be Time Heals Everything then, an energetic paean to lost love originally recorded in 2003 but never previously released – due perhaps to the band’s short-lived existence. Better late than never though and it’s the UK’s Happy People Records who have stepped
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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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THE LOVING PAUPERS: The Loving Paupers EP (Vinyl 12″)

THE LOVING PAUPERS: The Loving Paupers EPRating: ★★★★★ Time to commend the Happy People record label for services to reggae once again as they commit the debut EP of Washington DC’s The Loving Paupers to 12″ vinyl. Side A features three vocal tracks very much in the style of the likes of Hollie Cook and Shniece McMenamin as the band deliver an increasingly smouldering experience. Things begin with the reflective Back
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PAMA INTERNATIONAL: You Are So Beautiful b/w Stop The War On The Poor (Vinyl 7″

You Are So BeautifulEsrtwhile reggae commandos Pama International stick with the current soul direction for a new vinyl 7″ with two offerings from their 2019 album Stop The War On The Poor. First track up is You Are So Beautiful and yes, it’s not just the same name, it really is the song you’re thinking of. However, if you were expecting miserable emoting a la Billy Preston, Joe Cocker and Christina Aguilera, forget
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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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