Review: Reggae vocal prodigy Sandra Cross famously had her first hit at just 14 years old, and since then has remained a foundational part of the worldwide scene. Having worked with vital names like Mad Professor and Sly & Robbie, Cross has put out more than 60 odd tunes to date. Scoops continue their spotlight on her with a big new 7" that has contemporary dub riddims overlaid with her gloriously sunny and positive voice. "Jah Love" is the sort of timeless tune that works in any setting and any weather, while the "Version" on the flip packs a more direct punch.
Review: The Vibronics are a cult reggae collective who have played an important part on the evolution of the sound over the years, and now their Dub Cupboard Studio in Leicester serves up more goodness. Nia Songbird opens with "Hard Living", an upbeat and catchy dub with shimmering metallic vibes and plenty of catchy vocal work for big dance crowds, while the flipside dub is a much more heads down and serious viber. Madu Messenger then steps up for the empowering "Never Lie Down", a straight dub that is unrelenting in its futuristic dub loops. "Never Lie Dub" on the reverse closes out with slick studio effects and flabby bottom ends.