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BAZZA RANKS feat. PRISONERS OF AUDIO: Where Would We Be?

BAZZA RANKS feat. PRISONERS OF AUDIO:  Where Would We Be?Where would we be, without Bazza Ranks? You might well ask. More than a few Dirty Dubsters cuts and rest of the output of Irish Moss Records the poorer, for sure. Here our Bazza, producing solo once more provides another vocal hook-up with Irish emcee crew Prisoners Of Audio. Hardcore junglist intro notwithstanding, this is actually straight-up reggae hip-hop combining
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CAZ GARDINER & THE BADASONICS: Never Gonna Let b/w Tic Tac Toe (Vinyl 7″)

CAZ GARDINER & THE BADASONICS:  Never Gonna Let b/w Tic Tac Toe (Vinyl 7Rating: ★★★★★ Spring must be on the way if a super sweet rocksteady drop like this is on the way. Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics finds DC-based vocalist Gardiner hooking up with musicians from Belgium that in an alarming oversight the PR forgot to mention were only funky reggae merchants The Caroloregians! The collaboration yields Never Gonna Let – a soulful number on
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MEGATIVE: Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) + video

MEGATIVE:  Can't Do Drugz (Like I Used To) + videoRating: ★★★★★ If you want a sense of what North American collective Megative (consisting of The Stills’ Tim Fletcher, producer/ musician Gus Van Go, producer/ musicians Like Minds and New York dancehall legend Screechy Dan) sound like, think of The Specials’ more downtempo moments as if produced by Massive Attack. Dubby but pop savvy, first single (and anthem for doomed youth) More
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CUT LA VIS feat. JOE BURN & DARK ANGEL: Ruling Sound

CUT LA VIS feat. JOE BURN & DARK ANGEL:  Ruling SoundCut La Vis is all primed to come back and run shit reggae-hip-hop-wise shortly with a new album. Before he does that though, here’s new single Ruling Sound featuring emcee Joe Burn and dancehall hero Mowty Mahlyka a.k.a. the man they call Dark Angel. Cue a reliably thumpy 95 bpm boom-bap beat, bubbling keys, swirly bleeps n FX, Joe Burn’s staccato helium bars and Dark Angel on
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RUKUS feat WARD 21: Champion (MR BENN remix)

Oh good – I do love a Mr Benn remix and judging by past reactions, so do you. Here he applies his legendary production skills to Champion – Rukus & Ward 21’s ominous, synth-laden dancehall tribute to Q Project’s Champion Sound. Of course, ‘ominous’ and ‘synth-laden’ aren’t adjectives that immediately spring to mind when you think of Mr Benn and as he puts it himself, “I switched the
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JOHNNYPLUSE: The Incredible Dub

JOHNNYPLUSE:  The Incredible Dub Irish force of nature Johnnypluse enters 2018 in a manner appropriate for a man who is probably still, even now, only just starting to emerge from a NYE hangover – and that is with the comforting bassy skank of The Incredible Dub. As will soon become evident, this features a sample of General Levy’s Incredible – all fully licensed – but which does away with the more hectic drum n bass
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HOLLIE COOK: Vessel Of Love + 2018 Tour dates

HOLLIE COOK: Vessel Of LoveIf a couple of fairly big factors have changed since Hollie Cook’s last LP, you can rest assured that the new one, entitled Vessel Of Love, is the most fully-realised manifestation of her distinctive brand of pop-oriented dub reggae yet. Which is all very positive news given that Cook has switched labels from Mr Bongo (her home for her self-titled debut and 2014’s Twice) to Merge, based in the U.S.
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JERRY JONES – Compared To What (ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM Edit)

JERRY JONES - Compared To What (ROCKNROLLA SOUNDSYSTEM Edit) We’re not even a month into the new year and the good shit is rolling in thick and fast. Here’s the latest nugget in the form of a Rocknrolla Soundsystem re-edit of the title track from Compared To What – the rare Studio One album recorded by Philly soul man Jerry Jones back in 1971. With full respect to the original, the RRSS boys unobtrusively extend the intro and beef-up
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BAZZA RANKS feat. DYNAMITE MC: Memories (Vinyl 7″)

BAZZA RANKS feat. DYNAMITE MC:  MemoriesDynamite MC displays an elephant-like power of recall on Memories, the new one from Bazza Ranks which is essentially a irie dancehall pastiche of (and homage to) Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s classic early 90s boom-bap adventure T.R.O.Y. But what’s old Dyna reminiscing about from back in the day? ‘Marijuana’ – well, you sensed he might…’good times’ – glad to hear it…’knife crime’
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MENACE*LIVE: My Persona (DUBMATIX remix) (2017)

MENACE * LIVE:  My Persona (DUBMATIX remix)Following his success with Megative’s excellent More Time, reggae remixer de jour, Toronto’s Dubmatix, gets his hands on slacker anthem My Persona by former Shootyz Groove roadie Menace*Live for another legit remix. Man knows how to pick a track! Out goes the heavy bashment beat of the Queens-based rapper’s original and in comes Dubmatix’s trademark heavy dub-reggae skank as he works
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