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FTLN – Maurice Moore

December 10, 2017
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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 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!

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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