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NIGHT OWLS: Groovin’ (Vinyl 7″)

NIGHT OWLS:  Groovin'No sleep for L.A.-based, retro-reggae supergroup Night Owls who are back already following August’s Gossip single with new 45 Groovin’. As is their wont, the band have flipped an old soul classic – in this case, Groovin’ (though the Wu-Tang-sampled Willie Mitchell version rather than The Young Rascals’ original) into something rather more early reggae in style. Jungle Fire’s Jamie
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THE SOUL CHANCE feat. WESLEY BRIGHT: Who Could It Be?

THE SOUL CHANCE feat. WESLEY BRIGHT: Who Could It Be?Yet another example of some top retro reggae floating over from Stateside this year is this nugget from Cali crew The Soul Chance who’ve teamed up with Ohio singer Wesley Bright to produce the particularly soulful boss reggae number that is Who Could It Be? This single follows the band’s self-titled LP from last year which was filled with rocksteady and early reggae-style cuts while Akron’s Mr Bright has previously
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MUNGO’S HI-FI X MARINA P feat. TIPPA IRIE & DENNIS ALCAPONE: The Beat Goes SKA (Vinyl 7″)

MUNGO'S HI-FI X MARINA P feat. TIPPA IRIE & DENNIS ALCAPONE The Beat Goes SKAHere’s news that Glasgow reggae commandos Mungo’s Hi-Fi have got together with vocalist Marina P (featured on the band’s recent reggae re-version of Smashing Pumpkins’ Soma), Tippa Irie and Dennis Alcapone (!) to get all ska on Sonny & Cher’s The Beat Goes On for Record Store Day. Technically, the official release date was 29 August which makes this bit of MB love a bit tardy. Having said that, it’s the monkey’s
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SMILE DAVIS/ DJ MAARS: Roots The Jewels b/w Rocksteady Business (ULURU 002)(Vinyl 7?)

Roots The Jewels b/w Rocksteady BusinessRating: ★★★★★ If you’ve ever thought Run The Jewels’ bars would sound better over a beat crafted from rocksteady samples rather than El-P’s ear-challenging rhythms (or even DJ Shadow’s), then Little Beat More Records have got you sorted right out with Roots The Jewels on new 45 Uluru Vol. 2 on sub-label Uluru. Why – it’s a record so positively upbeat it could almost prevent a ruck
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THE REGULATORS: Don’t Look Back In Anger b/w Love Is A Treasure (Vinyl 7″)

THE REGULATORS: Don't Look Back In Anger b/w Love Is A TreasureNext up from the practically one-man (but nevertheless mighty) 45 single-making machine that is Original Gravity Records comes this brace of covers from The Regulators – a.k.a. label boss Neil Anderson and whoever he’s co-opted for additional studio recording duties this time. And there’ll be no need to slip inside the eye of your mind in order to work out the source material for
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NIGHT OWLS: Gossip / Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (Vinyl 7″)

NIGHT OWLS: Gossip / Whatcha See Is Whatcha GetRating: ★★★★★  L.A. label F-Spot hit the spot dead centre with the monkey’s most anticipated 45 of the summer – Night Owls’ Gossip b/w Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get. Night Owls is a super-group formed from assorted members of California reggae band The Lions along with The Aggrolites’ Roger Rivas and the two tracks are, of course, covers of Cyril Neville’s Meters-backed bomb
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OMEGAMAN feat. KROMANAUTS: Politics Of Greed

OMEGAMAN feat. KROMANAUTS: Politics Of GreedLook sharp – it’s all righteous fire from Omegaman feat. Kromanauts here on their soon-to-drop new single. That’ll be the thunderous, guitar-led funky reggae riddim that is Politics Of Greed then with lyrics that – you guessed it – exhort listeners to stick it to the man. What’s not to like? Omegaman did the bassline, Allniters & Ozskas’ Marty Fabok laced that with guitars and then Kromanauts added
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: 30-60-90 (Vinyl 7″)

ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: 30-60-90Rating: ★★★★★ Got a new job? Original Gravity have just supplied your anthem in the form of 30-60-90 and four different versions in four different styles by four different OG artists no less. That’ll be ska outfit Prince Alphonso & The Fever, Latin boogaloo supremo Néstor Álvarez, early reggae dons the Brentford Rd Soul Rebels feat. Dennis Alcapone, and soul jazz crew Curtis Baker &
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DJ MAARS: Smokin’ Funk b/w Ruffneck Rockas (Ltd. White/ Red splatter 7″)

DJ MAARS: Smokin' Funk b/w Ruffneck Rockas (Ltd. White/ Red splatter 7Rating: ★★★★★ Hanging out for new wax from DJ Maars and the Easy Now Recordings camp?  You can rest easy then, because here’s the man himself with the first in a new run of back catalogue bangers on 45. And as anyone who follows Maars will know – that’s some back catalogue – exemplified on this white and red splatter vinyl 7″ release by Smokin’ Funk b/w
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MUNGO’s HI-FI X MARINA P: Soma

MUNGO's HI-FI X MARINA P:  SomaRating: ★★★★★ Ooh hello what’s this? Soma? Ah yes – the new one from from Mungo’s Hi-Fi employing the undeniable vocal talents of songstress Marina P. Er – Soma, though? Surely not a reggae version of Smashing Pumpkins’ tedious 90s misery-fest Soma? The very same! It’s amazing the wonders a reggae makeover can
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