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FTLN – Ramrock Records Reviews Day 6 – Soul Train

November 18, 2017
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It is DAY 6 of our 7 Day RAMROCK RECORDS REVIEW WEEK – Neil Gardner and Bob the Hat explore 7 vinyl releases from UK label Ramrock Records.

Day 6 – Tom Glide & Hil St. Soul “Soul Train”

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Format: 12″ Black Vinyl

Side A: pure gold plated musical perfection embossed into a shiny spinning platter. Funky, soulful, playful and utterly beautiful. Aretha-like vocals that paint a story-scape blissfully of an evocative time and place. Great use of saxophone and modern production techniques, but with genius smaller interludes and breakdowns. You can’t help but dance, dance, dance! A simpler composition, not too busy, which allows you to focus on the astonishingly beguiling and exquisite vocal performance. This whole track is gorgeous from first note to last. A modern soul-dance insta-calssic. Like all the tracks from Tom Glide’s outstanding DIVAS GOT SOUL album, this fits perfectly within the vibe of that album but also manages to stand clear and proud…no mean feat considering the quality of the other tracks!

Side B: Another of those cheeky and astoundingly good Ashley Beedle North Street Remixes, alongside a Stripped Back Remix – both add to the track’s wealth of beauty and form the perfect companion pieces.

Score: 20/10!

Thought: Just dance…and sing…and dance some more!

Info: Ramrock Records

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FTLN – Ramrock Records Reviews Day 5 – Trust In Me

November 17, 2017
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It is DAY 5 of our 7 Day RAMROCK RECORDS REVIEW WEEK – Neil Gardner and Bob the Hat explore 7 vinyl releases from UK label Ramrock Records.

Day 5 – The Dissent “Trust In Me”

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Format: 12″ Black Vinyl

The Dissent “Trust In Me” – get ready for a deep, dark, dusky reggae take on a beloved Disney classic. Taken from The Jungle Book, the track oozes with sultry sauciness and is slathered with sexy sumptuous soft vocals, hypnotising and terrifying in equal parts. A mystical and mythical slow jam stuffed with sinful suggestion and curious connotations. Arabesque in vibe with great use of the organ and a whiff of drum and bass beats. The son invades your mind and insinuates intself into your soul. The dark underbelly of the jungle but with oh so lustful and enchanting vocals.

Score: 8/10

Thought: You’ll never watch The Jungle Book the same again! Truly terrifying, but in a superbly sexy way!

Info: Ramrock Records

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FTLN – Ramrock Records Reviews Day 4 – Find A Way

November 16, 2017
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It is DAY 4 of our 7 Day RAMROCK RECORDS REVIEW WEEK – Neil Gardner and Bob the Hat explore 7 vinyl releases from UK label Ramrock Records.

Day 4 – DB Cohen feat. D’Oxman & Mark Professor “Find a Way”

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Format: 12″ Black Vinyl

Side A: a head-nodding masterclass in warm trad-reggae song writing and performance. Big horns mix anthemically with warm rich vocals suffused in reverb. Luscious trumpets sound over staccato guitar, as a story unfurls in your ears and you are transported to a groovier, warmer place. An absolute blinder of a track and a voice sent to Earth from Reggae-heaven!

Side B: A North Street remix by Ashley Beedle, plus a Dub remix

Score: 9/10

Thought: sun shining tropical vibes with so much warmth it heats up a cold and dreary suburban living room

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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