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TIMEWARP INC: Dubshine

TIMEWARP INC: DubshineHands up who needs a bit more dubshine in their life! What’s ‘Dubshine’ you ask? Well, I supposed you could ask Timewarp Inc. – and if you did, I reckon he’d say something like it’s a highly uplifting, mid-tempo instrumental skank. Which is probably just as well since his next release – due out next week – is, well, a highly uplifting, mid-tempo instrumental skank with a Wonderful
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JUNIOR DELL & THE D-LITES: Step On/ Meanwhile On The 15th Floor

JUNIOR DELL & THE D-LITES: Step OnHaving previously covered both the Stereophonics and Oasis in an early reggae stylee, Original Gravity label supremo Neil Anderson now turns his attentions towards The Happy Mondays if not indeed John Kongos. Enter our man stage-left in his Junior Dell & The D-Lites guise with assistance from a Jamaican singer and an uptempo rocksteady cover of Step On. If that twists your
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SMOKE & MIRRORS: Second That Emotion (Vinyl 7″)

SMOKE & MIRRORS:  Second That Emotion Second that Emotion is the second four-track reggae 45 this week from Badasonic Records and it’s another winner – this time courtesy of Smoke & Mirrors. That’ll be the lockdown brainchild of former Gangbuster John Roy who (as so many were), found himself frustrated by the enforced restriction of the pandemic and took it upon himself to write tunes, lyrics and arrangements
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MAXADO: Upon A Smile EP (Vinyl 7″)

MAXADO: Upon A Smile (Vinyl 7Brazilian early reggae outfit Firebug might have disbanded (no pun intended) but singer Maxado is still flying the boss flag with new 45 single Upon A Smile once again produced by former Firebug bassist and Latin Grammy award-winning producer Victor Rice. The PR says our man is ‘equally at home in all three early Jamaican styles’ – i.e. ska, rocksteady and reggae and the proof is
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PHOENIX CITY ALLSTARS feat. FREDDIE NOTES: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Vinyl 7″)

FREDDIE NOTES SatisfactionRating: ★★★★★ Now I know it’s already been a bit of a week for retro reggae thrills, but this one is massive and its promised vinyl 7″ appearance has taken a while. Indeed it’s just over eight years since monkey first posted about ska supergroup Phoenix City Allstars’ gigantic Studio One-style ska cover of The Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, featuring vocals from Jamaican
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ROGER RIVAS: 10 Plagues (Vinyl 7″) + Free download

Rating: ★★★★★ Keyboardist Roger Rivas goes full Jackie Mittoo on his latest 45 10 Plagues on a label long known for being a guardian of the retro reggae sound – Happy People Records. The track effortlessly conjures the ‘sound of ’69’ with its upbeat organ groove and is arguably the best solo effort yet from the man also known for his work as keyboardist and founder member of L.A. ‘dirty
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VARIOUS: Toxic Funk presents Boots Of Paradise

Toxic Funk presents Boots Of ParadiseSay hello to the latest massive compilation from Breakbeat Paradise snappily titled Toxic Funk presents Boots Of Paradise. As you have rightly guessed by now, that means you’re getting some serious bootleg action in the form of no fewer than thirteen tracks from a host of BBP regulars plus a smattering of newer names. Among the latter are Towlie DJ who woozily updates the funky breaks
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JUNIOR DELL & THE D-LITES: Twenty Flight Ska (Vinyl 7″)

New retro Jamaican style heat from Original Gravity on Twenty Flight Ska one as Eddie Cochrane’s 1956 rockabilly classic Twenty Flight goes through the makeover treatment. And it emerges none the worse for its transformation as something at the slower end of ska that could have come out of an Orange Street studio or record store five to ten years later in Kingston
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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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