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FTLN – Ramrock Records Reviews Day 2 – Taz / Camar Flava

November 14, 2017
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It is DAY 2 of our 7 Day RAMROCK RECORDS REVIEW WEEK – Neil Gardner and Bob the Hat explore 7 vinyl releases from UK label Ramrock Records​

Day 2 – Taz “Up Deh” and Camar Flava “Get Up Back”

Twitter: @ramrockrecords
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ramrockrecords
Buy Vinyl: http://www.juno.co.uk/labels/ramrock

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Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: Taz “Up Deh” – a bouncy and lively group vocal pop-reggae masterpiece. Full of positive vibes and a summery breezy feeling. Both laid-back and cool, as well as up-beat and reggae-funky. Features a strong lyrical style across the track. Fantastic stuff!

Side B: Camar Flava “Get Up Back” – more pop-reggae action but with an overdose of auto-tuned vocals to wake up your day! Upbeat fun in a slow-jam fashion. Fantastical vocalisations entrance over a simple but engaging musical backdrop. Full-force and flavoursome fun!

Score: 8/10

Thought: Who ever said processed things were bad for you never heard the joy of these processed vocals!

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FTLN – Ramrock Records Reviews Day 1 – Life Ain’t Easy

November 13, 2017
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It is DAY 1 of our 7 Day RAMROCK RECORDS REVIEW WEEK – Neil Gardner and Bob the Hat explore 7 vinyl releases from UK label Ramrock Records.

Day 1 – Ghetto Priest “Life Ain’t Easy”

Twitter: @ramrockrecords
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/ramrockrecords
Buy Vinyl: http://www.juno.co.uk/labels/ramrock

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Format: 7″ Black Vinyl

Side A: Ghetto Priest “Life Ain’t Easy” – a sumptuous early-80s reggae/ska/two-tone vibe. Inner-city sermon with great traditional vocal styling. A strong message resonates and pulls you into the narrative as slow head-nodding instrumentation weaves a trance-like spell underneath. Dusky, street-light, secretive whisperings in the dark of Birmingham or Brixton. A spooky harmonica mixes it up with bells and bass. A strong light in the dwindling darkness.

Side B: Ramrock Allstars “Dub Ain’t Easy” – a Ghost-town-eqsue dub remix served with lashings of dark soup and sprinkled with horrific humming and spook-tactular interludes. Mysterious, scary and deeply evocative. From the dark satanic mills of reggae, mills that produce only the coolest of productions.

Score: 9/10

Thought: No matter where you live, at times, life just ain’t easy…but it can definitely be smooth, cool and spooky!

Info: Ramrock Records

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Sesh/Fosser- Thee MVPs 

November 8, 2017
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​Format: 7″ Black Vinyl 

Side A – Sesh: a deep low register lo-fi indie stomper full of hard as nails attitude and a cavalcade of thumping instrumentation. Twangy off-tune guitar mesmerizes whilst the catastrophic bassline takes no prisoners. A street-level staccato vocal tops this anthemic polemic.

Side B – Fosser: A&E aggressive heart monitor musical mayhem. Doctors in DMs as Nurse Ratchett tightens the raw chord screws. Vocals page from passionate PAs…a call to arms and legs and torsos! Swirly flighty guitar and rhythmic pumping bass revive the soul of modern indie music by channelling a revitilising adrenaline shot of RATM DNA.

Score: 8/10

Thought: Bleep bleep bleep goes the indie heart monitor…louder and louder it sounds…do you get it yet?!

Info: Too Pure Singles Club /  Thee MVPs 

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