Mr Jukes ft. Charles Bradley – Grant Green

The third single from Mr Jukes’ (the soulful alter ego of Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman) forthcoming album is possibly the best yet and that’s hardly surprising when you consider the vocalist drafted in for it is none other than Charles Bradley. It reminds me very much of The Avalanches, but in no way is this a bad thing.

‘God First’ is out on July 14th with a live show at Village Underground on July 11th.

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Dubioza Kolektiv – Himna Generacije

My favourite Balkan rock band are as super charged as ever on their new single. If the troubles of the world are weighing heavy on your mind then this is the perfect remedy to shake them off for just a short while. Loving the English subtitles too as I’m linguistically challenged when it comes to other tongues, thanks for that fellas.

You can grab a a free download of this track here.

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Rags Rudi – Last Train To Python

Let’s face it, nothing really beats Reggae, Punk and Ska for speaking out on social issues, yet all of these genres (save for some of Punk’s offspring and a handful of Reggae acts) seem to be largely ignored by all save the most fringe of musical commentators. It’s a shame because there are some seriously strong and relevant releases about right now.

Surprisingly this latest offering from Rags Rudi feels a lot less political than their first album, but musically it’s still a fairly knees up mix of all the aforementioned styles, with a couple of lovely instrumental grooves to finish up on.

Despite having booked them for Boomtown in the past I’m yet to see these boys play live – on the strength of this though I have no doubt they’d be great fun to watch and this is a quality album that certainly deserves some shine. The artwork is great too.

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Cody ChesnuTT – Image Of Love

I’ve truly loved everything I’ve heard from Cody Chesnutt ever since The Roots remade his track The Seed way back in 2001, so I don’t know why I don’t keep a closer eye on his releases. There can’t be many (if any) other Soul / RNB singers on the One Little Indian label, which should be enough to tell you that Cody is a stand out artist. I am currently scoping out his latest album (incredible so far) and shall undoubtedly be reaching back for the one before, but this new single, which feels like a mixture of Soulful Broken Beat and Ska, is what’s kick started me on this journey.

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Samur-I Sounds ft. JPDL – House of Clowns

Only a few more days til the General Election and emotions are particularly high right now, especially when it looks like there’s even some chance of Corbyn getting elected. However as with any emotionally charged period, the musical output is looking pretty strong and I’m enjoying this latest track by a relative new comer from Gloucester, Samur-I Sound, which features rapper JPDL over a dubbed out Reggae groove.

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Symbiz – Broken Chinese EP 1

Symbiz have officially launched their new label ‘Yeeruh Records’ by re-releasing their latest EP, ‘Broken Chinese’, which is just as well because I missed it the first time around. They’ve also promised a Part 2 to the Cantonese language release after they’ve revisited a few more of their existing releases.

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Trilion ft. General G & Miss Red – Stop Igle

I heard this on Rodigan’s show the other day and it automatically stood out. Although the album is a mixture of different Dancehall styles, I think this early 90s throwback sound is my favourite and it suits the MCs from this Israeli Reggae collective perfectly, in fact it’s possibly my favourite Miss Red track (that I’ve heard) so far.

The album ‘Ain’t No Future With No Past’ is out now on Mungo Hi-fi’s excellent Scotch Bonnet label.

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