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At the forefront of Ireland's bass and reggae scene, the mighty Irish Moss label present here a new EP from Bazza Ranks, who is no relation to Shabba but is one half of the Dirty Dubsters. Unsurprisingly it's a pretty lively affair with three crazy bangers to get tings lit. First up,"Riddim Rider" kicks things off with some slow rolling breaks, boomy bass and heavy raggamuffin MC action from Jago and Deemas J. Next "Get Darker" is a lighter, Kingston-style summery dub jam and lastly "Policeman" is cool electro reggaeton outing.
It's always a joy to hear of a new release from the mighty Rumble (aka Marcus Visionary and Liondub). Yes back they are, and they're brandishing a brand new weapon, "Gyalis", strengthened by the help of Mr Lexx, Suku Ward and their mics. The original tune sees the latter pair duel, with the former's dominant bassy tones and the latter's higher, toaster shout-outs actually working together perfectly. Underneath the vocals is an electronic dancehall bassline with light, DnB-meets-ska beats, and there's even a "Riddim" dub version thrown in for good measure.
You have got to hand it to Daniel Haaksman: the Berliner continues to fight the good fight, swimming against the current that is the city's ever burgeoning techno and house music scene to push the pseudo-exotic electronic music sounds of South America and Africa on his respected Man Recordings. His latest offering features the bombastic and accordion led groove of "Fun Fun Fun" which sits somewhere between bass music and Baile funk. Second offering "Ana Ana Ana" channels the spirit of West African dance music in all its life affirming and irresistible glory.
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