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MAXADO: Upon A Smile EP (Vinyl 7″)

MAXADO: Upon A Smile (Vinyl 7Brazilian early reggae outfit Firebug might have disbanded (no pun intended) but singer Maxado is still flying the boss flag with new 45 single Upon A Smile once again produced by former Firebug bassist and Latin Grammy award-winning producer Victor Rice. The PR says our man is ‘equally at home in all three early Jamaican styles’ – i.e. ska, rocksteady and reggae and the proof is

CLINTON FEARON: Togetherness (2014) 7″ repress

Togetherness Clinton FearonRating: ★★★★★ Oh man, this is the perfect antidote to the day I’ve just had. The fourth release from Horus Records is a repress of a rare early reggae cut Togetherness by The Gladiators’ singer and bassist – Clinton Fearon. Stripped back but soulful, the lilting Togetherness was cut in Lee Scratch Perry’s Black Ark studio back in 1974. Less a record than a wax incarnation of the very concept


Ahh Belgium – famous for luxury chocolate, lager for wife beaters (allegedly), and boss reggae. Er – rewind a second – it sounded like you just said ‘boss reggae.’ I did actually – and with soul-fied heavy syncopation to boot. That’ll be The Caroloregians then, who (PR hype has it) rock their shit like The Meters getting it on with The Upsetters. And for once – that’s not wide of the