Tag Archives: reggae

MEGATIVE: Have Mercy

MEGATIVE:  Have MercyDid you catch Don Letts blasting Megative over the airwaves the other day? No? You’re missing out. The debut album hasn’t arrived yet but following previous singles More Time, Can’t Do Drugz (Like I Used To) and One Day…All This Will Be Gone, fourth single, Have Mercy has. On it the Brooklyn-based dub-meets-Two-Tone collective (which numbers amongst its members
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JSTAR meets DJ’s CHOICE: Warrior EP

JSTAR meets DJ's CHOICE:  Warrior EPWell it had been a while since any proper bashment business had arrived on the monkey’s virtual doormat but you know how it is – nothing for ages and then two come at once. And so it is that JStar rocks up with news of a new 7″ EP entitled Warrior hot on the heels of the DJ’s Choice label’s debut release. And it’s not just a coincidence that JStar’s drop is called Warrior
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DJ’s CHOICE: THE REBEL feat. DARK ANGEL/ DJ VADIM feat. MACKA B (7″ vinyl)

DJ's CHOICE:  THE REBEL feat. DARK ANGEL/ DJ VADIM feat. MACKA BIt’s been a while since the monkey’s had any proper bashment business to report but that particular drought is over now with the arrival of this new DJ’s Choice 45. Hitherto, DJ’s Choice has, of course, been the collective term for Rome’s ‘soul shakedown’ party-starter the Rebel DJ and Lisbon’s Dedy Dread. Now, however, it is also the name of the record label started by the Rebel DJ. The first
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MEGATIVE: One Day…All This Will Be Gone + Live in-studio video

MEGATIVE:  One Day...All This Will Be Gone + Live in-studio videoWith the release of third single One Day…All This Will Be Gone, Megative confirm their twin missions to deliver the sound of The Specials-as-produced-by-Massive-Attack whilst single-handedly propelling the evergreen Merc, Fred Perry and Ben Sherman labels right back to the forefront of fashion. Naturally the sort of claustrophobic dub vibe propagated by Daddy G, 3D et al doesn’t
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HOLLIE COOK: Stay Alive (HEMPOLICS remix) + extra tour dates

HOLLIE COOK:  Stay Alive (HEMPOLICS remix) + extra tour datesHollie Cook’s star continues to rise following the release of her rather good third album, Vessel Of Love, so much so in fact that a Hempolics remix of album track Stay Alive has been released and Cook’s world tour has been extended. Where the original LP version (produced by Youth of Killing Joke) employs dubby, electronica-tinged reggae, The Hempolics jettison the electronica and dub shit
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CAPITOL 1212: Some Will Try/ Real Talk Sound

CAPITOL 1212:  Some Will Try/ Real Talk SoundIt’s been a while but Edinburgh-based dancehall dons, Capitol 1212, finally return (in their tenth year in the business, no less) with a new double single and a cast of thousands. Well, not so much a ‘cast’ as featured guests. And not so much ‘thousands’ as three vocalists and The Dble Twelve Horns. In fact the latter (just the two of them rather than twelve – or even twenty-four) aren’t
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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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