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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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JSTAR: Survivor b/w THE DYNAMATES: YGTL (ULURU 003)

ULURU 003 SurvivorLook out – it’s the latest delivery of reggae booty bombs from Little Beat More imprint Uluru which delivers another classic pair of unofficial reggae rerubs. First up is one from long-time don of the reggae cheeky version, Jstar himself, who weighs in with Survivor – a track sure to punch above its weight on the dancefloor by splicing the Rocky theme to a digi-dub riddim. Risin’ up to the
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JSTAR feat. KINCK & VURSATYL: Rise Up EP (Premiere)

JSTAR feat. KINCK & VURSATYL: Rise Up EP PremiereJStar returns very shortly with his Rise Up EP and the monkey is honoured to be able to premiere the whole thing before the drop date.  The release showcases what is, in effect, a missing track from 2016’s Stand To Order LP since Rise Up wasn’t quite ready when the album dropped. As the title suggests, it is a message of empowerment if not downright revolution. Not sure what could have
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JSTAR feat BLACKOUT J.A: All I Have (JOE REVELL remix)

JSTAR feat BLACKOUT J.A: All I Have (JOE REVELL remix) Looks like JStar’s maintaining a higher profile this year since here is his second single already though culled, somewhat unusually, from nearly three year old album Stand To Order. Then again – it is a remix, and one by Kiwi Joe Revell no less – a man who clearly revels (thank you I’m here all week!) in the fact that all he has (and another one!) is a great big rolling drum break. He uses it
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JSTAR meets MAX RUBADUB: Dem Nah Ready (Vinyl 7″)

JSTAR meets MAX RUBADUB:  Dem Nah Ready (Vinyl 7Is that thunder I hear? No? Someone’s got the engine of an eighteen wheeler ticking over outside? No? Well – an earthquake perhaps? Oh wait – no – it’s just the bass on the new JStar meets Max Rubadub 45 – Dem Nah Ready – a brisk (for dub) digi-dancehall monster, featuring Crosby on the mic for which neither ‘dem’ nor their bassbins will be in any way prepared. Expect your
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JSTAR meets DJ’s CHOICE: Warrior EP

JSTAR meets DJ's CHOICE:  Warrior EPWell it had been a while since any proper bashment business had arrived on the monkey’s virtual doormat but you know how it is – nothing for ages and then two come at once. And so it is that JStar rocks up with news of a new 7″ EP entitled Warrior hot on the heels of the DJ’s Choice label’s debut release. And it’s not just a coincidence that JStar’s drop is called Warrior
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JSTAR feat. SPIKEY TEE: Babylon Children (2017)

JSTAR feat. SPIKEY TEE: Babylon ChildrenIs that the Notting Hill Carnival coming up? I believe it is! If I were reggae producer JStar, I’d make sure I had a single in the offing. He does! Babylon Children featuring vocalist Spikey Tee is a cut from recent JStar LP Stand To Order and a digi-dub cover of Aswad’s early 80s number, African Children, about social inequality and shitty housing. How things have changed since then
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THE HEMPOLICS: Boss Clock Me Style (2017)

THE HEMPOLICS:  Boss Clock Me StyleBoss Clock Me Style sings vocalist Nubiya Brandon on the Hempolics new single. Punctuation commandos will note the lack of a comma after ‘Boss’ which is salient because it indicates that far from airily requesting her line manager to check how she rolls what she’s actually doing is lamenting her superior’s rather unhealthy interest in her. The sex pest. “What am I to do?” She
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JSTAR: Message Whip (2017) Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ We’ve all become used to the gold that frequently materialises when an old reggae beat is recycled with a newer hip-hop ‘pella over the top and one man who knows a thing or two about that is JStar. With Message Whip he reveals there’s life in the old reggae-hip-hop don yet with an inspired bank holiday mash-up of Derek Harriot’s ’83 reggae boogie nugget Whip It
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JSTAR feat. RANKING JOE: Bad Boy Stepping (2017)

Bad Boy Stepping Ranking JoeJStar’s current LP Stand To Order yields another single then – in this case the digi-dub vibes of the Ranking Joe-featuring Bad Boy Stepping. So far so good – are there any remixes though? Does a rasta smoke reefer? Freedo is bleepy/wobbly stepping in a manner described on the PR I’ve got as ‘post-trap’ (I shit you not), Dreadsquad are breaks stepping with piano-trimmings and Mo
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