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VARIOUS: Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor)

Songs For AndyIf you wanted a measure of the respect the sadly and recently departed DJ/producer Andy Taylor commanded on the music scene then here it is, Songs For Andy (A Collection Of Re-works, Re-Edits & Tributes To Andy Taylor). The ten-tracker, has been assembled by Mr Bird and features contributions from Smoove & Turrell, Lloyd Wright, Daytoner, Kid Felony, Dedy Dread
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INNEREYEFULL: Night Of The Living Bassbins (album)

Inneryefull’s latest long player, Night Of The Living Bassbins, has finally emerged then and is anything but a rotting corpse. Twelve tracks deep it supplies, (as previous singles Shake That Thing, the title track and Music Is Alive suggested) a heady mix of breakbeats and reggae, the former of which range from club-ready bangers to the positively ambient while the
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SHNIECE MCMENAMIN: Disco Deception EP

SHNIECE MCMENAMIN:  Disco Deception EPRating: ★★★★★ The debut solo EP from singer/ songwriter Shniece Mcmenamin, Disco Deception, actually finds McMenamin deliver five reggae soul covers of classic soul cuts and a gorgeous affair it is too. The opener sets the bar high with the EP’s first single as our heroine capably takes on Lyn Collins number Take Me As I Am in the company
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THE REGULATORS: Time Is Rocksteady Tight (Take 2) b/w Rocksteady Lockdown

The country might have been at a virtual standstill for the last couple of months but that hasn’t stopped Original Gravity Records pushing ahead with the goodness in the form of 200-copy run of a new Regulators 45 Time Is Rocksteady Tight (Take 2) b/w Rocksteady Lockdown. Well – it’s not like time is tight, is it? As the track name implies, what you’ve got is a cover version of the much-
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FORT KNOX FIVE: DC’s Finest Volume 1

FORT KNOX FIVE: DC's Finest Vol. 1Fort Knox Five haven’t been sat on their hands during lockdown and in their munificence are shortly to be re-releasing Volume 1 of DC’s Finest, a collection of their mash-ups, remixes and edits from 2006-2008 at a ‘name your price’ rate. Which makes it perfect for all those whose income has been affected as a consequence of various governments’ failure to follow-up basic pandemic
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ORIGINAL GRAVITY RECORDS: Reggae Dynamite Vol. 1 EP (Vinyl 7″)

Rating: ★★★★★ If you caught the recent MB feature on Original Gravity Records recently, you’ll know that the label is one to watch – not just for the dope music but because it’s almost entirely the work of label owner Neil Anderson. Here he indulges his love of boss reggae on Reggae Dynamite Vol. 1 via no fewer than three pseudonyms – The Regulators, Woodfield Road
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THE SAN ANTONES: Riverwalkin’ Love Ranger

THE SAN ANTONES:  Riverwalkin' Love RangerNever underestimate the love of non-Jamaicans with big tattoos for retro-reggae – The San Antones for example whose new LP, Riverwalkin’ Love Ranger is just out. Indeed, it might almost have been called ‘Rivas’-walkin’ Love Ranger, given the omnipresent organ-playing of Roger Rivas (who also produced the album) from L.A.’s dirty-reggae kings The Aggrolites. And while the
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TIPPA IRIE & BLEND MISHKIN: Active

TIPPA IRIE & BLEND MISHKIN: ActiveNew rootsy business has just arrived from producer Blend Mishkin and reggae vocal veteran Tippa Irie in the shape of new single Active. Active? What’s that all about then? Unsurprisingly, it turns out to be a call to get busy – ironic perhaps, given the lockdown status currently affecting most of the world. Then again maybe not. There’s plenty to be doing – as Irie puts it –
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THE HEMPOLICS: Gotta Thing

THE HEMPOLICS: Gotta ThingAhead of new LP, Kiss Cuddle & Torture Vol. 2, The Hempolics release new single Gotta Thing. And while what they’ve got might start all innocuously as stateside rapper Cojack delivers half minute of bars over a beatless, bass n FX groove, things soon switch up into a mellow 129 bpm skank. Mellow 129 bpm skank?! Yep – it’ll be the weed influence – though, thinking about it, they might
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LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL 2020: (Postponed until) 28-30 August 2020

Coronavirus outbreak permitting, the London International Ska Festival will still be on this year (its thirty-second year!) though it has been postponed from the original dates of 9-12 April until 28-30 August. The festival organisers are going to considerable lengths to avoid having to engage in mass refunding (which is likely to bankrupt the festival) and have said that tickets
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