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ORIGIN ONE feat. GARDNA & NANCI CORREIA: Nice & Easy

ORIGIN ONE feat. GARDNA & NANCI CORREIA: Nice & EasyIdentified by the monkey as surefire single material when Origin One’s Deeply Rooted LP came out earlier this year, the band have indeed now put out Nice & Easy featuring Gardna and Nanci Correia. Basically it’s a bubbling uptempo hip-hop skank featuring the vocal tag team of Gardna and Nanci Correia. Gardna drops verses about how to optimise good vibes when clubbing
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ORIGIN ONE: Deeply Rooted

ORIGIN ONE:  Deeply RootedFollowing a pair of promising singles over the last two years comes Deeply Rooted, the debut long-player from Origin One a.k.a Nottingham-based producer Kevin Thomson. An eleven-strong affair, it delivers a varied cross-section of bashment sub-genres from roots reggae to jungle and features a wealth of vocal talent. Indeed a different guest on every track (bar the one instrumental) though
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NICE UP!: 12 Dubs Of Xmas (2016) Free download

badman-dub-mr-benn“On the fou-rthh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…” – wait – no – that’s not how it goes! Let me see now…ah yes – “On the fourth dub of Xmas, Nice Up! continued to release for me the next one in this year’s seasonal set of Xmas riddims!” Hmm – well – maybe it doesn’t scan so well – but who cares about that when the bass is this rude! And so it is that today’s triplet of
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. GAPPY RANKS: Hol Dem (2015)

Hol Dem Gappy Ranks Blend MishkinBlend Mishkin & Roots Evolution‘s recent Survival Of The Fittest LP was an exercise in contemporary reggae excellence featuring an array of talented vocalists. One such track was the Gappy Ranks-featuring Hol Dem – which finds all concerned on a mellow rootsy vibe as Ranks delivers a surprisingly heartfelt call for the ranks of the righteous to stand firm in the face of
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: Survival Of The Fittest (2015)

Survival Fittest Blend MishkinRating: ★★★★★ More reggae excellence from the Nice Up! Records label here as Blend Mishkin releases his new album backed by six-piece band Roots Evolution. Survival Of The Fittest also finds the Athenian producer (and head of the Cast-A-Blast label) teaming up with a veritable army of vocalists on all but two of the eleven tracks contained therein – an army that includes Gappy
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CUT LA VIS feat. MADDY CARTY: Still Have The Love (2015) + video

Still Have The Love Cut La VisRating: ★★★★★ Thank god for Cut La Vis and Maddy Carty who have just brightened up my weekend and provided reggae sunshine for the summer. This banger is a bubbling uptempo update of the rocksteady sound with a boom-bap beat showing that while some people’s production is quite clearly rooted in the now, they still have the love for the sound of Kingston between 1966
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MR BENN feat. NANCI CORREIA: Stand Up (2014)

Stand Up Mr Benn Nanci CorreiaRating: ★★★★★ Stand Up indeed as one of the standout tracks (and the monkey’s absolute favourite) from Mr Benn’s excellent album, Shake A Leg, of last summer gets a single release. Featuring Nanci Correia (of Congo Natty and Nanci & Phoebe fame) it’s less a call to stop sitting down than an invitation to engage in a midtempo skank
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MR BENN feat. EVA LAZARUS, BLACKOUT JA & CHAMPIAN: Stars (2014)

Stars Mr BennRating: ★★★★★ Mr Benn cannily returns with the sunshine and three sunshine-drenched covers of Cornell Campbell’s Stars which will appear as a special 7″ double pack from the Nice Up! Records crew. Eva Lazarus delivers a super sweet female vocal take on the original lyrics, Blackout JA appropriates Mr Benn’s version of the riddim in order to call out corruption (in politics, education
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TITAN SOUND: Watch That Riddim Killa (2013) Free download

If DJ Maars’ Summer Soundbowy EP staged a ‘raid on JStar territory’ last week with its marriage of hip-hop vocals and dubbier reggae beats (as opposed to ska ones), Titan Sound (a.k.a Selecta Demo and Pappa Demus) have practically invaded and occupied JStar territory. Why? Because they’ve delivered a reggae booty broadside that actually uses a JStar original riddim in the shape of
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BLEND MISHKIN feat. PEPPERY: Foundation Style (2013)

It’s solid summer skankin time on Foundation Style as Athenian producer Blend Mishkin strips it back to some serious bass, drums and keys groundwork and employs vocalist Peppery (a.k.a. Bongo Chilli) to spice up the riddim in order to nice up the dance – literally, in fact, since the release drops on the Nice Up! label. It’s out on seven inch at the end of the month and gets versioned instrumentally on the
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