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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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MELBOURNE DOUGLAS: Dakota (Vinyl 7″)

The second of two new 45s announced by the Original Gravity label recently (the previous one being Jodie’s soul cut Pushover) comes from Melbourne Douglas and The Regulators picking up where the previous Regulators 45 left off with an early reggae style Britpop cover. And since early reggae material is rife with covers, this merely continues the tradition. In picking
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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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EL MICHELS AFFAIR meets LIAM BAILEY: King

EL MICHELS AFFAIR meets LIAM BAILEY: KingIt’s bang up-to-date ‘Bristol Sound’-influenced soul on new single, King, from the inspired pairing of NYC instrumental cinematic soul outfit El Michels Affair with the UK’s very own Liam Bailey on vocals. The track is lifted from the EMA meets Liam Bailey LP Ekundayo Inversions and only just precedes the release of that later this week. Bailey’s voice appearsĀ  almost immediately over a
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Reggae Dynamite Vol. 3 EP (Vinyl 7″)

Reggae Dynamite Vol. 3 EPRating: ★★★★★ It’s another triumphant slab of explosive ’69-style reggae from the Original Gravity label as they line up four new tracks on 45 from The Regulators, Brentford Rd Soul Rebels, Woodfield Rd Allstars and a second Regulators track – this time a vocal one featuring Melbourne Douglas. You know what? The label should get someone they know to write the PR for that – oh
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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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SMILE DAVIS: Made You Look (Vinyl 7″)

Smile Davis makes you look in a reggae hip-hop direction again with new Nas cheeky version, Made You Look. Yes, that will be a certain Nas acapella over a lively cut n paste reggae beat or, to put that in perspective, a song you all can very much step with. Admittedly not the first time said Nas ‘pella has been used and it certainly won’t be the last but runnin’ nonetheless. What’s that?
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DNA RECORDS: Cambodia (DUB ADDICTION)/ Phnom Penh Reggae (VIBRATONE) (Vinyl 7″)

DNA Records Cambodian Reggae SpecialFollowing the release of Puman’s Bulang Beauty single in March, DJ DSK’s DNA Records is back with another two slices of South-East Asian reggae on either side of the label’s latest vinyl 7″ ‘Cambodian Reggae Special’ featuring two international crews. Forged in the sweaty heat of Cambodian capital Phnom Penh in 2011, Dub Addiction boast Cambodian, French, German and
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Night Train EP (Vinyl 7″)

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Night TrainNo excuses for not leaping aboard the Night Train now as the Original Gravity label repeats the recipe of its Peter Gunn and 30-60-90 vinyl 7″s and gets four different artists to deliver four radically different versions of the same classic standard. In this case, said standard is Jimmy Forrest’s Night Train (famously ‘done’ by Mr James Brown and his Famous Flames in typical blistering
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