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HOLLIE COOK: ‘Survive’ video (2017) + European tour 2018 dates

“Without your love boy, I just don’t know how to survive,” sings Hollie Cook ethereally on Survive a.k.a one half of recent, excellent reggae double single Freefalling/ Survive. But do we believe her? Perhaps a gander at the new video with its home video-style footage all tastefully shot through a vintage Super 8 style filter will help. But what’s this? Hollie having a shimmy in the kitchen
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THE SHACKS: This Strange Effect (Vinyl 7″)(2017)

THE SHACKS:  This Strange Effect (Vinyl 7As well as pumping out the true school soul of Lee Fields and Lady Wray and the more psychedelic outpourings of El Michels Affair, Leon Michels and Danny Akalepse’s Big Crown label is also behind psychedelic wunderkinder The Shacks. If you’ve previously caught anything by them, you’ll know that The Shacks’ sound is defined by two things. One is the sweetly whispery vocals of Shannon
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DANNY T & TRADESMAN: Built For Sound (2017)

DANNY T & TRADESMAN:  Built For Sound Rating: ★★★★★ Leeds’ very own answer to Sly & Robbie (or probably a better analogy, Steely & Clevie) are Danny T & Tradesman and they have just unleashed their debut full-length release Built For Sound on reggae/ dancehall label de jour, Scotch Bonnet. And ‘built for sound’ it certainly is being a very solidly constructed affair featuring twelve tracks spanning the fertile crossover region
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CRASH PARTY: Nitty Gritty (2017)

CRASH PARTY:  Nitty Gritty (2017)Next to release from the Scour stable are Crash Party who get down to the important business – I mean the brass tacks – nay – the very Nitty Gritty of finding out what happens when vintage 90s-style dancehall collides with twenty-first century breaks. Why – I bet that sounds like a veritable musical (wrecking) ball! Pretty much, yeah and one with an anything goes remix policy. But then
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THE HEMPOLICS: Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 1 (2017)

THE HEMPOLICS:  Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 1 (2017)After a number of respectable singles of their own (the dreamy Boss Clock Me Style, the rootsy High & Gritty and the dubby Me Love To Sing) not to mention the best remix of Ghost Writerz’ recent They Wanna Know single, The Hempolics finally drop their debut full-length effort with Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Vol. 1. It’s a title which makes reference to the songwriting process and the varying
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HOLLIE COOK: Freefalling/ Survive (2017)

HOLLIE COOK:  Freefalling/ Survive (2017)Rating: ★★★★★ The honey-voiced Hollie Cook comes up smelling of roses yet again with a new double digi-single consisting of Survive and Freefalling which follows the July release of Angel Fire and, like that cut, will also appear on her forthcoming album Vessel Of Love released in January. Both the new tracks are again produced by Killing Joke’s Youth (as, indeed, is the whole
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GENERAL TRIX: Dallyland (Prod. MR BENN)(2017)

GENERAL TRIX:  Dallyland (Prod. MR BENN)(2017)Rating: ★★★★★ Here’s a little dancehall sunshine for you in the shape of Dallyland from General Trix and Mr Benn to brighten up the shite-awful weather. In fact, Mr Benn’s cooked up a right 90s-style bubbler for General Trix to do his thing over but where the hell is Dallyland when it’s at home? Could it be the sort of place Jamaican mums accuse their kids of being at when they’ve got their
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MELTING RECORDS: ‘Humble Dubbers’ Vinyl LP COMPETITION (2017)

MELTING RECORDS:  'Humble Dubbers' Vinyl LP Competition(For competition details, skip to the end – closing date Thursday 5th October)
All keen downtempo fiends should know by now the name of Melting Records, since this Greece and France-based label has been dropping quality mellow bombs since 2013 – including last year’s classy The Blue Square long player from The Blue Square. Recently however, the label have
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TARZAN BROS: Imperial Bros (2017)

TARZAN BROS:  Imperial Bros ‘Smashing the stage’ with ‘vibration’, here, in the form of new single, Imperial Bros, are real-life brothers Theo and Greg Tantanozis a.k.a. Tarzan Bros. Turns out it’s the first cut taken from forthcoming long player Apartheid Of Thoughts and the track, after a lengthy instro. intro. finds one of the boys relating an anecdote, involving the ‘one or two time’ that ‘rastaman stop…[him]…
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JAY DOUGLAS & CHRIS BUTCHER: Messengers (2017) + Video

JAY DOUGLAS & CHRIS BUTCHER:  Messengers (2017) + VideoRating: ★★★★★ Stand by for massive rootsy old school funky reggae as Jay Douglas and Chris Butcher get together to lay down the positivity vibes with new single Messengers. Jamaica-to-Toronto transplant Douglas has been doing it on Canada’s reggae scene since the 70s and has most definitely still got it, while trombonist Butcher leads the Heavyweights Brass Band and has
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