Tag Archives: reggae

JUNIOR DELL & THE D-LITES: Whole Lotta Skankin’ Going On (Vinyl 7″)

JUNIOR DELL & THE D-LITES:  Whole Lotta Skankin' Going OnRating: ★★★★★ Having said in the previous post that the start of January isn’t traditionally a fertile period in record companies’ release schedules, there is of course an exception. Step forward Original Gravity Records who have dropped two 45 releases in the last week or two and have a third on pre-order. In this post it’s all about a cover of
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top Ten Albums 2022

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top Ten Albums 2022MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2022
Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the monkey’s biggest albums of 2022!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2022 HERE)
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MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top Ten Tracks 2022

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top Ten Tracks 2022MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks 2022
Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the monkey’s biggest tracks of 2022!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Albums – 2022 HERE)
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SMILE DAVIS: Uh La La (ULURU 007)(Vinyl 7″)

SMILE DAVIS: Uh La LaRating: ★★★★★ If you’ve been following MB over the years, you’ll know the monkey has always been partial to a dope reggae-hip-hop mash-up – though there haven’t been too many of those floating around recently. It’s a party that had long been rocked by the likes of Shepdog, JStar and Mr Benn and latterly by DJ Maars – occasionally collaborating with cohort Tom Showtime. So when
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DUB PISTOLS: Nice Up feat. HORSEMAN

DUB PISTOLS:  Nice UpWith new single Nice Up, Dub Pistols return to classic dancehall-inflected big beat (or perhaps that should be big beat-inflected dancehall) a.k.a the once and future sound of themselves, The Freestylers, The Nextmen and Lionrock. This one features legendary toaster and singer Horseman giving it large over a reliably bouncing breakbeat-powered skank. The ‘Pistols recently celebrated
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NIGHT OWLS: Cramp Your Style feat. N’DEA DAVENPORT b/w Your Old Standby feat. TRISH TOLEDO (Vinyl 7″)

NIGHT OWLS:  Cramp Your StyleRating: ★★★★★ If you’ve heard anything previously by Night Owls, you won’t need any words to convince you to cop the new 45 the instant you see that they’ve covered All The People’s massive funk hit Cramp Your Style. Firstly, you’ll know that this L.A. supergroup have made their name reviving the old early reggae trick of re-imagining funk and soul standards as funky
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DAVE BARKER: Peace Of Mind (Vinyl 7″)

DAVE BARKER: Peace Of Mind 45Rating: ★★★★★ Was it only last month that Original Gravity released a brand new 7″ by one early reggae hero and here they are again with another 45 and a different legend in tow!? Blimey! This time on the mic it’s Dave Barker of Dave & Ansell Collins (yes – of Double Barrel and Monkey Spanner fame!) and the track is entitled Peace of Mind. Weighing in at 104 bpm it’s certainly at the
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CRAZY BALDHEAD: Save A Bullet (Ltd. vinyl 7″)

CRAZY BALDHEAD:  Save A Bullet 7Rating: ★★★★★ Frightnrs singer Dan Klein might be sadly-departed but The Frightnrs’ debut and final LP (the presciently-titled Nothing More To Say) isn’t the last punters have heard from Klein. In the offing is Save A Bullet – an excellent slice of funky reggay on 45 from Agent J of The Slackers in his Crazy Baldhead guise (the fourth such on label
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ROY ELLIS: Love Song Gone Wrong (Vinyl 7″)

ROY ELLIS:  Love Song Gone Wrong (Vinyl 7Roy Ellis? Roy ‘Symarip’ Ellis? Roy Ellis who already re-recorded Original Gravity release Rudy Skankin On The Moon and released it on the label earlier this year? The very same! As it turns out, Original Gravity boss Neil Anderson and Ellis decided to make two songs for the label and Love Song Gone Wrong is the second one co-written by Anderson and Ellis on which Ellis sounds as
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SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUNDSYSTEM: Undercover LP

SMOKE & MIRRORS SOUNDSYSTEM: Undercover LPIf you were musically alert last autumn you may have caught news of Smoke & Mirrors’ Badasonic Records EP Second That Emotion, a trio of cuts, two of which were inspired reggae covers of classics that got (and still get) regular rotation at MB Towers. Now billed as the Smoke & Mirrors Soundsystem, the outfit is back with a ten track, all covers (including the two from the EP), full-
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