DAYTONER: Off The Hook

DAYTONER:  Off The HookRating: ★★★★★ It’s been a while since Sunburst Radio hasn’t it? You remember – the debut Daytoner full-length released back in 2012 when it was all about one man, his samples, the occasional original tune and the odd mate popping round to add vox or instrumentation? Since then, that man, Steve Cantrill – known to all and sundry as ‘Moss’ – has surrounded himself with a six-
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79.5: Boy Don’t Be Afraid (7″ vinyl) + ‘Predictions’ LP announced

79.5:  Boy Don't Be Afraid (7Yes, Boy Don’t Be Afraid was out before but with Brooklyn’s 79.5 (yet another jewel in Big Crown Records’ already jewel-encrusted – er – crown) announcing that they’re releasing debut LP, Predictions, in September, it seemed like the right time to put it out again, albeit with slight modifications. Thus label boss, Leon Michels (for it is he) has nudged the bpms down a smidgin
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THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN’S DUB CLUB: Pound For Pound

THE NEXTMEN VS GENTLEMEN'S DUB CLUB: Pound For PoundRating: ★★★★★ You might expect an outfit with a name like Gentlemen’s Dub Club to be as relaxed as the next men on the UK bashment scene regarding their release schedule – what with dub’s long association with partaking of a herb not commonly associated with activity. But what if the next men on the UK bashment scene were actually
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RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De Vibes

RUCKUS FX feat. PARLY B: Build Up De VibesNow then – what’s happening this Saturday in Bristol that’s fifty years old and hasn’t happened since 2014? That’s right – St Paul’s Carnival! Would anyone like to provide something suitably bashment for the occasion? Step forward Ruckus B a.k.a Dirty Dubster Jay Sharp with Parly B on hand to provide vocal support on Build Up De Vibes. Cue heavy uptempo dub with a chopped-up Amen
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SHAKA LOVES YOU: ‘Bills Bills Bills’ free download

SHAKA LOVES YOU:  'Bills Bills Bills' free downloadComing through with the summer soul goodness once again are Shaka Loves You with their edit of Bills Bills Bills. Oh what – as in Destiny’s Child? Nope – as even the first second will reveal a genuine seventies funk source rather than 90s rnb courtesy of Shek’spere. This is of course an edit of Johnny K’s 1973 Miami soul cut I Got Bills To Pay
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BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND: Xxplosive/ Burn (Vinyl 7″)

BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND:  Xxplosive/ Burn (Vinyl 7With a follow-up to debut LP 55 already waiting in the wings for a September release, Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band keep up the momentum with a new 45 – Xxplosive b/w Burn. Hmm – those track titles sound familiar don’t they – could they reflect the band’s predilection for nineties/ naughties hip-hop? They could! Side A of the 7″ finds Dre’s
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WOXOW: Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7″)

WOXOW:  Alcazar (LP) + Chaos (vinyl 7Back in May, MB featured single, Up, by Italian producer Woxow and featuring Danish MC Blacc El, which despite its firmly European origins managed to channel a decidedly golden-era hip-hop vibe. Now comes the release of Woxow’s debut album Alcazar which, besides Up, boasts appearances from Ken Boothe, J5’s Akil, Blurum 13 (all on the same track!), Pugz Atomz, Hannah Williams, Cyril
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FUTURE BLUES PROJECT: The Remixes

FUTURE BLUES PROJECT:  The RemixesIn keeping with Bristol’s reputation for experimenting with music of black origin comes new outfit Future Blues Project with debut album The Remixes. The Future Blues Project name bit is pretty easy to understand – they’re taking one of the foundations of modern music and filtering it through a twenty-first century musical prism – sampling, looping, adding beats from different
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SAM KRATS feat. EL DA SENSEI: Revive Rap (Vinyl 7″)(Dusty Donuts Ltd 003)

SAM KRATS feat. EL DA SENSEI:  Revive Rap (Vinyl 7Revive Rap? Tall order you might think what with shit having been largely moribund since Nas announced hip-hop’s death eleven years ago. Well in the mainstream at least. As MB readers will know, the art as practised by Kool Herc and all true followers since is immortal and here are UK producer Sam Krats and Artifacts emcee El Da Sensei to prove it once more with the
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PAN AMSTERDAM: Landlord Elijah

PAN AMSTERDAM:  Landlord ElijahIt’s time for the next single to be drawn from the mighty Pan Amsterdam’s superb debut LP, The Pocket Watch, and this time around it’s all about the social commentary and what is apparently a bit of autobiography detailing rapper Leron Thomas’ bid to get started in the biz on Landlord Elijah. Adopting a world-weariness Donald Glover’s character Earn from Atlanta would recognise
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