Tag Archives: reggae


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

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’

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

MAX ROMEO: The ? Question (7″ Vinyl) (2017)

MAX ROMEO:  The ? Question (7Hard day at the office? Why not allow yourself to be cocooned in the analogue warmth of Max Romeo’s early Black Ark studios cut The ? Question? Now there’s a question for you. Or rather two. The only answer required is another – ‘Why not indeed?’ which as we all know, technically, is a third question – though a rhetorical one. Which we also all know is a

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Albums 2017

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the monkey’s biggest albums of 2017!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 Tracks – 2017 HERE)

1. Son Of Sam – Cinder Hill

Hip-hop LP of the year bar none – a legendary array of emcees astride all-original true school beats

MONKEYBOXING.COM – Top 10 Tracks 2017

Based on a highly complex algorithm derived from how often shit gets played on the MB sound system, this chart details the biggest original tracks of 2017!
(See Monkeyboxing.com – Top 10 LPs – 2017 HERE)

1. Eric Boss – Closer To The Spirit

Stone cold dope of the late 70s block party variety from E Da Boss

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

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

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

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