UK All Starz – Rebel Wid Ah Cause

Glad to see this wasn’t just a one off thing for Congo Natty’s last album. The ‘All Star’ line up of Rebel (Congo Natty), Daddy Freddy, General Levy, Sweetie Irie, Top Cat, Tippa Irie and of course the late great Tenor Fly return with a little help from the mighty Chopstick Dubplate on the remix.

This track precedes an album called ‘Sound System Kulture’ due next year, but it’s not yet clear if that’s a UK Allstarz or Congo Natty album just yet. The Tenor Fly verse at the end of this video also features on the new Nightmares On Wax album.

If you’ve not seen the UK Allstars video from the 2014 Boomtown, check it out here.

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Soviet Suprem – Vladimir

Great to see these boys back and it seems the joke still hasn’t worn thin as the French pair use their eastern European folk fusion and tongue in cheek Soviet glory days fetish to create a stomping tune about a Dolph Lundgren-esque adonis figure called Vladimir.

As an aside, an old friend of mine once urinated on a sleeping Dolph whilst intoxicated and naked on a plane, imagine that hangover!

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Sandman – Jabs Not Hot

Following up from one of this year’s stand out Soca releases (Hole It Dong), Sandman from Grenada adapts his homegrown Jab Jab style to the huge comedy Grime tune ‘Man’s Not Hot’.

The original track gets another Caribbean makeover by DJ Bryce from Dominica, as he converts it into a fast paced Bouyon style remix.

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A Tribe Called Red feat. Lido Pimienta – The Light II

This First Nation crew from Ottawa in Canada had one of the stand out albums of last year with ‘We Are The Halluci Nation’, so I’m more than happy to see a brand new video for one of its many wonderful tracks.

‘The Light II’ features Canadian Columbian artist Lido Pimienta whose ‘La Papessa’ album from last year also did very well, gaining a Polaris Music Prize.

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Jun Kamoda – Body & Soul

Black Acre prove themselves to be one of the most exciting (largely) electronic labels on the planet once again with this forthcoming release by Japanese producer Jun Kamoda. This is the lead track from The Distorted Haunted Ballroom EP, which follows up his ‘Blind Disco’ release for the label. To be totally honest, I’m not sure I could describe it any more perfectly than their official write up, “a raucous jam. Killer, frenzied percussion, short riffs and vibrant erratic trumpets fuse industrial elements with far-flung balearia, teasing between warehouse rave and rainforest ravine.”

You can pre-order the whole release here.

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Sizwe C – Give Me Some

Brand new Soca with a Jab Jab twist from Miami based artist Sizwe C, who rides roughneck over a wicked bass heavy riddim cooked up by my friend Keshav (aka Lazabeam from Jus Now) and WeBIG Ent.

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Irie Souljah – Dreader Than Dread

Strong tune by this Jamaican based Reggae artist from Barcelona. The track is co-produced by Kabaka Pyramid who also makes an appearance in the video. You can grab a copy of the single here.

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