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EL-JAY BURNER: My Thing (Vinyl 7″)

EL-JAY BURNER: My Thing (Vinyl 7Combining hip-hop scratches, beats and boom with soulful reggae vocals, El-Jay Burner’s My Thing is the latest 45 to be unleashed in a string of quality drops from Fabyl Records over the last year. This marks the first seven inch release from the duo (consisting of producer Jimmy Plates and vocalist Leroy Smokes) and should ensure heavy rotation in the smoochy part of anyone’s bashment
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JSTAR feat. KINCK & VURSATYL: Rise Up EP (Premiere)

JSTAR feat. KINCK & VURSATYL: Rise Up EP PremiereJStar returns very shortly with his Rise Up EP and the monkey is honoured to be able to premiere the whole thing before the drop date.  The release showcases what is, in effect, a missing track from 2016’s Stand To Order LP since Rise Up wasn’t quite ready when the album dropped. As the title suggests, it is a message of empowerment if not downright revolution. Not sure what could have
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THE BAND OF ENLIGHTENMENT REASON & LOVE: Zota Yinne (Vinyl 7″)

THE BAND OF ENLIGHTENMENT REASON & LOVE:  Zota Yinne (Vinyl 7The Band Of Enlightenment Reason & Love eh? The name of the Philophon Records’ house band is certainly one to conjure with, consisting as it does of qualities sorely missing a voice in these benighted times. Luckily the band have been able to transmit positive vibes on their debut 45 via the medium of rootsy instrumental reggae on A-side Zota Yinne and gypsy-psychedelia on flip Starlet Road Filling Station. For added kudos, both cuts
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BOOKER GEE: Greedy G (Vinyl 7″)

Nice little Studio One cover here as Booker Gee puts his spin on funky reggae nugget Greedy Gee. But wait a minute, you’ve heard that tune before and it wasn’t from Studio One either was it? No it certainly wasn’t – step forward Mr James Brown – good foot first if you don’t mind – for yes, back in the day Greedy Gee, was a tip of the hat from Studio One house band, Brentford Allstars, to the new new minister of super heavy funk’s Get On
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THE AGGROLITES: Reggae Now!

THE AGGROLITES:  Reggae Now!Rating: ★★★★★ As the lyrics on recent single Pound For Pound have it, “It’s gonna be strong when you wait that long for the Aggro sound!”. And indeed there has been something of a wait since the last Aggrolites long player, Rugged Road – eight years to be precise, the consequence pretty much of creative burnout from a road which ultimately turned out to be a little bit too rugged. The good
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THE AGGROLITES: Pound For Pound

THE AGGROLITES: Pound For PoundRating: ★★★★★ Let me see now, vintage sixties organ sounds, boss reggae vibes and a soulful growl? Pound for pound, there can surely only be one outfit that produces such glorious ‘dirty reggae’ sound and it is of course the one and only Aggrolites with new single – er – Pound For Pound. Turns out this is the harbinger of their sixth studio album, Reggae Now!, due towards the end of May
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BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: Wildfire

BLEND MISHKIN & ROOTS EVOLUTION: Wildfire Four years after dropping first long player Survival Of The Fittest, Blend Mishkin & Roots Evolution return with new full-length effort Wildfire continuing their mission to deliver revitalised live roots reggae featuring a rich assemblage of vocalists. One track longer than its predecessor, the LP once again features Skarra Mucci, Gappy Ranks and BnC along with new collaborators
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JSTAR feat BLACKOUT J.A: All I Have (JOE REVELL remix)

JSTAR feat BLACKOUT J.A: All I Have (JOE REVELL remix) Looks like JStar’s maintaining a higher profile this year since here is his second single already though culled, somewhat unusually, from nearly three year old album Stand To Order. Then again – it is a remix, and one by Kiwi Joe Revell no less – a man who clearly revels (thank you I’m here all week!) in the fact that all he has (and another one!) is a great big rolling drum break. He uses it
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ORIGIN ONE: Deeply Rooted

ORIGIN ONE:  Deeply RootedFollowing a pair of promising singles over the last two years comes Deeply Rooted, the debut long-player from Origin One a.k.a Nottingham-based producer Kevin Thomson. An eleven-strong affair, it delivers a varied cross-section of bashment sub-genres from roots reggae to jungle and features a wealth of vocal talent. Indeed a different guest on every track (bar the one instrumental) though
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DAYTONER: Feel Like Jumping b/w Perfidious (Vinyl 7″)

DAYTONER:  Feel Like Jumping b/w Perfidious (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Feel like jumping? You will do when you’ve heard this as Daytoner is all set to drop another gold standard double sure-shot 45 by way of a follow-up to the last time he released a gold standard double sure-shot 45. As with that release, our man has gone all out to ensure that dope but previously digital only re-versions finally get the 45 release they always deserved. This time the focus is a pair of rocksteady edits as he turns
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