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BAZZA RANKS & SLEEPYTIME GHOST meets SHUMBA YOUTH & NATTY CAMPBELL: Rip It Up

BAZZA RANKS & SLEEPYTIME GHOST meets SHUMBA YOUTH & NATTY CAMPBELL:  Rip It UpGhost Writerz’ Sleepytime Ghost and Dirty Dubster, Bazza Ranks, join forces and then invite up-and-coming toasters Shumba Youth and Natty Campbell along as well to make Rip It Up a vocal celebration of doing ting Sarf East London style. Cue much bass bin-shredding antics and no fewer than four different mixes. That’ll be the original, the Fleck dnb version, the instro and the
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CAPITOL 1212: Love Will Tear Us Apart

CAPITOL 1212:  Love Will Tear Us ApartRating: ★★★★★ October’s first instalment of top reggae nuggets you didn’t see coming is this – Love Will Tear Us Apart. Oh what – as in, “Love – love will tear us apart – again,” sung in minor key? Yes, that Love Will Tear Us Apart. But not as we know it. For while a minor key unfailingly elicits a ‘Who the hell put this on? It’s on random! For fuck’s sake – Jon, yes please mate!’ response in
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CAZ GARDINER & THE BADASONICS: Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics

Caz Gardiner & The BadasonicsRating: ★★★★★ Wondering whether Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics were going to live up to the promise of the spring’s Never Gonna Let/ Tic Tac Toe single on their self-titled debut long player? If so, I can confirm now that the answer is a resounding yes as the band (consisting of Washington DC vocalist Gardiner and a Belgian contingent of former Moon Invaders and
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MR BENN & PARLY B: Session Cork EP

MR BENN & PARLY B:  Session Cork EPWhile the monkey might be tardy in posting about this, rest assured the ever canny Mr Benn popped out his new Session Cork EP collab. with Parly B in time for the Notting Hill Carnival. As anyone familiar with the Bristolian producer and Doncaster toaster will expect, the dancefloor vibes are fully dancehall ready. Gwarn Go Bathe and Heat Up are
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HOLLIE COOK: Sweet Like Chocolate + video

HOLLIE COOK:  Sweet Like ChocolateSweet Like Chocolate sound familiar? That’s because it was top ten in several countries, a UK number one and the eighth biggest selling UK single of 1999. It didn’t sound like this though did it? No it didn’t, for the Shanks & Bigfoot original was about as mainstream as garage track could get. Step forward Hollie Cook nearly a decade later
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MEGATIVE: Megative (album)

MEGATIVE: MegativeRating: ★★★★★ Here we go then – Megative’s debut LP channelling the sound of Ghost Town-era The Specials as if produced by Massive Attack across eleven tracks. What’s that – you wanted a proper review? Like that’s not enough to have you immediately seeking out a copy? Ok then, well, let me see now – I suppose there’s a bit of The Clash
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Announce new album ‘The Serpent’s Mouth’

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  Announce new album 'The Serpent's Mouth'If this news doesn’t get you tropically hot under the collar, I don’t know what will: a brand new Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP entitled The Serpent’s Mouth drops in early September. Like their debut, it’ll be another payload of fifty-five gallon steel drum funk and reggae, both covers and originals, with all the signs of being even better than its predecessor. You may already have
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OMEGAMAN: Babylon Don’t Interfere

OMEGAMAN:  Babylon Don't InterfereAlways worth checking out, Fort Knox Recordings Oz’ signing, Omegaman, has a new EP out – Babylon Don’t Interfere. Do I sense a reggae vibe? I certainly do. Cue the chugging feelgood rootsy anthem of the title track which features Desi Hymon on vocals delivering a righteous message. Also present is tropical heat of Happy Ending Whisper Song
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DJ MAARS & TOM SHOWTIME: Too Easy/ Boombap Fever (EASY 005)(Vinyl 7″)

DJ MAARS & TOM SHOWTIME:  Too Easy/ Boombap Fever (EASY 005)(Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Oh shit! The summer seven inch gold keeps coming as the dream team that is DJ Maars and Tom Showtime work their seemingly infallible reggae-hip-hop Midas touch for another wax outing with a new cut on one side and an old favourite – in this case the Das EFX-featuring Boombap Fever – on the other. Great though
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THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN’S DUB CLUB: Pound For Pound

THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN'S DUB CLUB: Pound For PoundRating: ★★★★★ You might expect an outfit with a name like Gentlemen’s Dub Club to be as relaxed as the next men on the UK bashment scene regarding their release schedule – what with dub’s long association with partaking of a herb not commonly associated with activity. But what if the next men on the UK bashment scene were actually
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