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DJ MAARS: Used To Dub H.E.R. b/w Wit Ya (Vinyl 7″)

DJ MAARS: Used To Dub H.E.R.Rating: ★★★★★ Two more tried and tested reggae hip-hop booties from the current undisputed king of such blends, DJ Maars, make it onto vinyl 7″ with the arrival of a new white and green splatter vinyl 45 from Easy Now Recordings. And such is the enduring popularity of boom-bap drums combined with reggae/ rocksteady samples (instead of funk and soul ones) and a good rap or
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SOUL SUGAR feat. BOOKER G & BLUNDETTO: Cool Down + I Want You Sly & Robbie remix

SOUL SUGAR feat. BOOKER G & BLUNDETTO:  Cool DownSoul Sugar’s latest single, Cool Down, provides a taster of what to expect on their forthcoming fourth album, Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk & Dub, and if it’s anything to go by that’ll be a very sweet main course. Soul Sugar bandleader Guillaume Metenier has not only co-produced this track but roped in fellow countrymen Blundetto (for the guitar), Blackjoy and – er – himself, under
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THE NEXTMEN X EVA LAZARUS: Afterglow Dub / Rude Gyal

Here’s the new Nextmen single then, on which they get cheeky with Wilkinson’s 2013 cut Afterglow and re-boot Rude Boy, the best track off their 2018 LP collaboration Pound For Pound with Gentleman’s Dub Club. If you’re familiar with the original of Afterglow, you’ll know it for a pop-oriented slice of D&B. In the hands of The Nextmen however, it becomes a warm dub reggae
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PUMAN: Bulang Beauty (Vinyl 7″)

Make the mistake of Googling ‘Puman’ and first up is urbandictionary.com’s full list of increasingly bizarre definitions. What doesn’t appear on the list however is ‘Outfit fusing music of Jamaican origin with the sounds of Yunnan province in China.’ Mind you, who’d think of that? Well, Puman as it turns out, who took a traditional ethnic song sung by a Yunnan elder and his choir of students and layered
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RICHIE PHOE feat. KASSIA ZERMON: Baby I Love You So (Vinyl 7″)

RICHIE PHOE feat. KASSIA ZERMON: Baby I Love You SoWhen he was considering re-making Jacob Miller’s rootsy early 90s cut, Baby I Love You So, it’s quite possible Richie Phoe wasn’t expecting to be told, “If you’re going to cover one of my favourite records, it better be fucking good.” Turns out this wasn’t a line from a resurgent Spanish Inquisition but no less chilling for the fact that it seems to have issued from none other than Massive Attack’s
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OMEGAMAN: Rebel Rocker

OMEGAMAN: Rebel Rocker Given the way Covid has negatively affected the music industry in the past year, you’d expect the system to have made rather more people into a ‘rebel rocker’ than just Ikenna and Omegaman. Or maybe it has and they’re just not singing about it yet. Whatever the truth of the matter, Oz-breaks-maker Omegaman is back with his fat new breakbeat reggae riddim, Rebel Rocker, atop
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Ska Fever Vol. 1 (Vinyl 7″)

Ska Fever Vol. 1Rating: ★★★★★ Got the chills and shakes? Don’t worry, there’s a strong chance you’ve picked up ska fever rather than Covid what with a new variant of Original Gravity Records reggae-related output in the offing in the form of Ska Fever Vol. 1 45. This drop features four tracks supplied by no fewer than three of label owner Neil Anderson’s nom-de-plumes (at least one of which seems to
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GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB (feat. HOLLIE COOK): Honey

GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB (feat. HOLLIE COOK): HoneyIt’s been a while since news of Hollie Cook has graced MB’s virtual pages but here she is popping up again as guest vocalist on the new Gentleman’s Dub Club single, Honey. The track comes ahead of the band’s new Down To Earth LP and the music for it provides exactly the sort of easy-on-the-ear island vibrations you’d expect to find on – well – a Hollie Cook album. Let’s consider those lyrics
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NIGHT OWLS: You Got To Be A Man / Gimme Little Sign (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ Night Owls’ run of covers shows no signs of abating as the Lions and Aggrolites-featuring supergroup comes correct once more with new 45 You Got To Be A Man b/w Gimme Little Sign. The former finds the band give the retro reggae makeover treatment to Helene Smith’s funk original – a path once also trodden by The Caroregians.  But while the ‘Regians kept
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COLEMINE RECORDS: Brighter Days Ahead (Double vinyl LP)

Brighter Days Ahead (Double vinyl LP)When Covid hit last year, Colemine Records figured that in the absence of gigs, with pressing plants closed and tours off the menu for the foreseeable, maybe their normal release schedule wasn’t quite the thing. And so they flipped the script and came up with their Brighter Days Ahead summer single series. The idea was simple – release a single every Friday throughout the
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