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Wrongtom Meets Deemas J : In East London

Veteran London soundsystem DJ and Roots Manuva remixer Wrongtom has teamed up with ex-pirate radio MC and old friend Deemas J for a brilliant full-length trip back through the history of reggae that takes in ’60s rocksteady, ’70s dub, ’80s dancehall and ’90s ragga, and also tips its hat to contemporary cousins like dubstep and grime. Sounding – and looking, thanks to the cover painting by Scientist/ Mad Professor sleeve-artist Tony McDermott – impressively authentic, tracks like the insanely catchy “Jump + Move + Rock” (below) could easily have been lifted straight from some thirty-year old Greensleeves compilation, and whilst some of the lyrics highlight problems that are, unfortunately, still just as relevant today (riots, drugs, gun and knife crime), In East London is a thrilling representation of a cultural melting pot we can all be proud of.

Wrongtom Meets Deemas J In East London is out now via Tru Thoughts.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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