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 mark – check out Donna Donna below off their latest long player and (implausible as it may seem) suddenly Belgium sounds as funky as Kingston. Couple that with the fact that they make LPs with names like Funky Reggay (sic) and my favourite Pum Pum Hotel (I’ve been there – it’s great) and this is a band you need to experience more of. Happily they’re in the UK until the 10 March so there’s still time to catch them if you live in Harlow, Blaenau Festiniog (really), Leeds or Manchester – details below. And their latest LP Fat Is Back is out too – though I had trouble finding it anywhere but iTunes. Good hunting.

The Caroloregians – UK Tour March 2012

02 Oxford Skylarkin @ The Cellar 01865 244761
03 Newcastle Cluny 0191 230 4474
04 High Wycombe Nags Head Blues Loft 07572 452 221
06 London The Workshop (under Roadtrip Bar/Diner), 243 Old St, London album release party
05 Cardiff The Globe 07590 471 888
07 Harlow The Square 01279 305 000
08 Blaneau Fsteninog Cellb 01766832001
09 Leeds Wardrobe 0113 383 8800
10 Manchester Band On The Wall 01618341786

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