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BLEND MISHKIN feat. DUB PISTOLS & MC DANK MEME: Mad One

BLEND MISHKIN feat. DUB PISTOLS & MC DANK MEME:  Mad OneSo the third single from Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution’s forthcoming Unity Of Opposites album is Mad One featuring Dub Pistols and MC Dank Meme. Now while the words ‘mad one’ might conjure early 90s Manchester and pilled-up types in super baggy pastel-coloured clothing, rest assured that this is resolutely dubby reggae drenched in brass with Eastern Mediterranean
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SABROSA: Sure Pow / Tangerine Shot (Vinyl 7″)

SABROSA:  Sure Pow / Tangerine ShotSabrosa will have you all mixed up and checking your head with new 45 Sure Pow b/w Tangerine Shot. Any Beastie Boys fans will instantly recognise that bouillabaisse of names given that Sabrosa is the name of the Beasties’ fattest and dirtiest ever funk nugget while the uptempo car chase wah wah funk of A-side instrumental Sure Pow borrows elements of the Beasties’ Sureshot
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HOLLIE COOK: Full Moon Baby + video + 2022 tour dates

HOLLIE COOK:  Full Moon BabyDo you like a bit of Hollie Cook? The monkey likes a bit of Hollie Cook. It’s good news then to hear that she’s back with a new album – Happy Hour – in June. Naturally there’ll be some singles before that of course and the first of those is this one, Full Moon Baby. If you’ve been following Hollie for a bit, you may remember her brand of poppy but classy reggae has hitherto been described as
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. BnC: Egyptian Love

BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION feat. BnC:  Egyptian LoveRating: ★★★★★ Prepare yourself for a slice of reggae exotica on the aptly-named Egyptian Love, the new one from Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution with longtime vocal collaborator BnC. It’s the first single to be lifted from forthcoming Blend Mishkin LP, Unity Of Opposites and takes a sinuous musical path that satisfyingly entangles Arabic melodies in a Jamaican riddim in a gloriously
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NIGHT OWLS: Versions LP

Versions Night OwlsRating: ★★★★★ Now then, if you’ve been keeping your ear to the ground regarding all things funky reggae in the last year or two, you can’t fail to have happened across L.A. supergroup Night Owls, consisting of musicians from L.A. reggae outfit The Lions and Roger Rivas of the same city’s Aggrolites along with a revolving cast of singers including – deep breath – The Lions’ very own
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MAKO & MR BRISTOW: Mojan Edits: Uptight Boss b/w Beg For A Dollar (Vinyl 7″)

Aaaand this is what happens when people mistake the ‘stank’ in Stank Soul Edits for ‘skank’. It sets Mako & Mr Bristow to thinking – ‘What would a ‘skank soul edit’ sound like’? Maybe a riddim from back when rocksteady was morphing into ‘boss reggae’ on a Toots/ Upsetters/ Trojan tip and maybe pair that with a classic American soul vocal? You know – like as if Berry Gordy had
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MAX ISS & THE MINIONS: Lord Cumiana (Vinyl 7″)

MAX ISS & THE MINIONS: Lord CumianaMore quality early reggae sounds from Original Gravity Records in the shape of new 7″, Lord Cumiana, from Max Iss & The Minions a.k.a. the latest incarnation of  label boss Neil Anderson with session toaster in tow. And for that read two slabs of ’69-style boss reggae punctuated with U-Roy-style shout-outs from the aforementioned session toaster. A-side Lord Cumiana, is a big and brassy
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THE MOON INVADERS & THE UPSESSIONS: Soundclash Series Vol. 2 (Vinyl 7″)

THE MOON INVADERS & THE UPSESSIONSBadasonic Records follow-up their Aggrolites/ Slackers Soundclash Series Vol. 1 with round two in what you might call a ‘Low Countries Derby’ as Belgium’s Moon Invaders go head-to-head with The Netherlands’ The Upsessions – each playing one of the other band’s songs on the label’s new 45. The latter deliver Walk Don’t Run as a breezy slice of midtempo ska not dissimilar to the original
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JR. THOMAS: Sunk In The Mist b/w Lava Rock (Vinyl 7″)

JR. THOMAS:  Sunk In The Mist…aaannd the second of two forthcoming retro reggae drops from Colemine Records arriving on 45 in the middle of next month is this new single from Jr. Thomas featuring Sunk In The Mist b/w Lava Rock. Those familiar with Thomas’ work will know he takes his musical cues from an era that largely encompasses the first half of the 70s. Which is to say that you are as apt to find him
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THE SOUL CHANCE feat. WESLEY BRIGHT: Who Could It Be / Goodbye (Vinyl 7″)

THE SOUL CHANCE feat. WESLEY BRIGHT:  GoodbyeThe first of two retro reggae releases due out on Colemine Records next month is 7″ single Who Could It Be b/w Goodbye both sides of which are collaborations between California’s The Soul Chance and Ohio-based singer Wesley Bright. Who Could It Be? was initially released on digital format in autumn 2020 and found the parties concerned taking a boss reggae path. They follow
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