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MR BENN & PARLY B: Session Cork EP

MR BENN & PARLY B:  Session Cork EPWhile the monkey might be tardy in posting about this, rest assured the ever canny Mr Benn popped out his new Session Cork EP collab. with Parly B in time for the Notting Hill Carnival. As anyone familiar with the Bristolian producer and Doncaster toaster will expect, the dancefloor vibes are fully dancehall ready. Gwarn Go Bathe and Heat Up are
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HOLLIE COOK: Sweet Like Chocolate + video

HOLLIE COOK:  Sweet Like ChocolateSweet Like Chocolate sound familiar? That’s because it was top ten in several countries, a UK number one and the eighth biggest selling UK single of 1999. It didn’t sound like this though did it? No it didn’t, for the Shanks & Bigfoot original was about as mainstream as garage track could get. Step forward Hollie Cook nearly a decade later
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MEGATIVE: Megative (album)

MEGATIVE: MegativeRating: ★★★★★ Here we go then – Megative’s debut LP channelling the sound of Ghost Town-era The Specials as if produced by Massive Attack across eleven tracks. What’s that – you wanted a proper review? Like that’s not enough to have you immediately seeking out a copy? Ok then, well, let me see now – I suppose there’s a bit of The Clash
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Announce new album ‘The Serpent’s Mouth’

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  Announce new album 'The Serpent's Mouth'If this news doesn’t get you tropically hot under the collar, I don’t know what will: a brand new Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band LP entitled The Serpent’s Mouth drops in early September. Like their debut, it’ll be another payload of fifty-five gallon steel drum funk and reggae, both covers and originals, with all the signs of being even better than its predecessor. You may already have
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OMEGAMAN: Babylon Don’t Interfere

OMEGAMAN:  Babylon Don't InterfereAlways worth checking out, Fort Knox Recordings Oz’ signing, Omegaman, has a new EP out – Babylon Don’t Interfere. Do I sense a reggae vibe? I certainly do. Cue the chugging feelgood rootsy anthem of the title track which features Desi Hymon on vocals delivering a righteous message. Also present is tropical heat of Happy Ending Whisper Song
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DJ MAARS & TOM SHOWTIME: Too Easy/ Boombap Fever (EASY 005)(Vinyl 7″)

DJ MAARS & TOM SHOWTIME:  Too Easy/ Boombap Fever (EASY 005)(Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Oh shit! The summer seven inch gold keeps coming as the dream team that is DJ Maars and Tom Showtime work their seemingly infallible reggae-hip-hop Midas touch for another wax outing with a new cut on one side and an old favourite – in this case the Das EFX-featuring Boombap Fever – on the other. Great though
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THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN’S DUB CLUB: Pound For Pound

THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN'S DUB CLUB: Pound For PoundRating: ★★★★★ You might expect an outfit with a name like Gentlemen’s Dub Club to be as relaxed as the next men on the UK bashment scene regarding their release schedule – what with dub’s long association with partaking of a herb not commonly associated with activity. But what if the next men on the UK bashment scene were actually
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RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De Vibes

RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De VibesNow then – what’s happening this Saturday in Bristol that’s fifty years old and hasn’t happened since 2014? That’s right – St Paul’s Carnival! Would anyone like to provide something suitably bashment for the occasion? Step forward Ruckus B a.k.a Dirty Dubster Jay Sharp with Parly B on hand to provide vocal support on Build Up De Vibes. Cue heavy uptempo dub with a chopped-up Amen
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SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARD CARMICHAEL: I Want You Discomix

SOUL SUGAR feat. LEONARD CARMICHAEL:  I Want You DiscomixReggae goes slo-mo disco then on the new 12″ from Gee Street Recordings’ Soul Sugar as the band – known for all manner of retro reggae business – comes up trumps with a highly serviceable cover of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You hit from ’76 in the form of the I Want You Discomix. Standing in for Gaye is eminently capable Jamaican vocalist and previous Soul Sugar collaborator Leonard Carmichael while Soul Sugar
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REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD: RWW II

REGGAE WORKERS OF THE WORLD: RWW IIRating: ★★★★★ Despite the name, you won’t find Reggae Workers Of The World plying off-beat rhythms with a Marxist lyrical bent on RWW II, as anyone who caught RWW I will know. What you will get on new LP is the premium quality early ‘boss’ reggae and sixties/ seventies soul vibe of the first LP as part of an expanded stylistic palette which now includes doo-wop, sixties rnb and soul
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