a surefire afro-funk classic, long treasured by collectors across the globe, the fantastic self-titled lp from ghanaian singing/percussion sensation sidiku buari nevertheless remains a criminally hard-to find gem. we re honoured to present the first ever officially licensed vinyl reissue of this undoubted masterpiece. limited to just 500 copies. originally released on rca in 1975, this is, quite simply, a ridiculous record. this super-rare album boasts an all-star cast of top funk instrumentalists playing alongside buari as he blends heavy african rhythms with american soul-funk grooves. the arrangements and the playing are incredibly tight and the album is stacked with killer tracks including advice from father (sampled brilliantly by kenny dope) and ku ka maria, with its intense, neck-snapping breaks and funky drumming from legend bernard pretty purdie. purdie is in the pocket for the entirety of this stunning lp the drumming is just straight out of hand so varied yet so precise. it s not hard to fathom why these tracks have always been huge on the b-boy/breaking scene. other standouts include the wonderful disco-tinged afro monsters karam bani and -iro le pa plus the cool laidback groove of them yebtheyet. with access to the original analogue tape transfers, simon francis stellar mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.
redseal records is proud to present south korean multi instrumentalist, singer and producer mogwaa. vocoder vocals and bubbling synths make for good time vibes on this new 10” from klasse wrecks’ ‘redseal records’ sub-label.
the music contained in this album invokes the vibes and spirit that were so crucial to much of the music recorded during the 1960s & 70s in jamaica. if you talk to the musicians and singers of this era, they will tell you that the driving force behind the songs they created was the sheer love of music. this is one of the reasons these recordings are so powerful and move listeners to this day. music like this can only be made by those who were schooled in the studios and yards around kingston and is not something that can be easily reproduced outside jamaica. the kingston all stars represent some of the most legendary musicians to ever grace the little island & it is thanks to their passion and dedication that we have a lifetime of music to enjoy
the music contained in this album invokes the vibes and spirit that were so crucial to much of the music recorded during the 1960s & 70s in jamaica. if you talk to the musicians and singers of this era, they will tell you that the driving force behind the songs they created was the sheer love of music. this is one of the reasons these recordings are so powerful and move listeners to this day. music like this can only be made by those who were schooled in the studios and yards around kingston and is not something that can be easily reproduced outside jamaica. the kingston all stars represent some of the most legendary musicians to ever grace the little island & it is thanks to their passion and dedication that we have a lifetime of music to enjoy.
crafted in the style of old school dancehall clashing, “veteran” is a mixture of classic heavyweight dancehall lyrics and a new school flow. the tune is set to be a timeless banger aiming to keep the dancehall massive rocking and swinging day and night. inspired by the riddim and sounds of blind prophet, clinton sly is ready to run the sound system! slowing down the tempo to 120bpm, blind prophet delivers a heavy dose of dubwise for the b-side. “hugh dub” starts off with a mutated vocal and quickly drops into a tuff steppers riddim. a distorted bassline and thumping kick drive the track. accompanied by plucked guitars, organ skanks and dub fx it’s a sound system stomper for sure!
roffa sound is kicking off in style with a heavy soundsystem stepper which is guaranteed to shake up the dance. after enjoying the hypnotising melodies heard in the intro, producer mystic pulse introduces hard hitting drums and heavy bass whilst black omolo furiously sings about the daily pressure and tribulation put on by babylon. for this very first release roffa sound has recorded a video clip as well, which we strongly recommend to check out on youtube. for those wanting less vocal but more echo should check out the version, which will be exclusively available on vinyl.
back to the roots: the critically acclaimed and reggae/dub-affined white-label ‘war’ series returns. founded in 2007, the imprint has procured sought-after outings by artists such as j:kenzo, matty g, noah d and roommate among others. breaking eight years of radio silence, the legendary imprint is at it again - 2018 marking the year of the imprint’s fulminant return. in the sonic spotlight: the vital aspects of jamaica’s reggae characteristics coupled with its contemporary dubstep counterpart. exclusive business, as each release is being kept strictly vinyl as well as limited to a single-time pressing of 500 copies. for sound system heads & vinyl collectors alike - be sure to mark the 24th august in your calendar, ’war020’ is about to detonate.
micah shemaiah teamed up with fruits records’ studio band the 18th parallel earlier this year to produce the unanimously acclaimed “roots i vision” album on evidence music label. the album hit every charts in the reggae world and is seen as one of the best effort of 2018! in collaboration with evidence music, fruits records is proud to release on 12” maxi vinyl two of the toughest tunes of the album in their eight minutes extended versions : a side features heavyweight stepper “zion trod” and b side gives the rub a dub anthem “soul rider”. this one is a sound system must have! killer tunes + ultra heavy pressing in a early 80’s jamaican simmons style!
bristol’s finest reggae producer meets doncaster’s number one dancehall mc as mr benn & parly b join forces for an ep chock full of vibes. first up -gwarn go bathe- is a cautionary tale of lacking personal hygene in the dance underpinned by a bubbling dancehall riddim. -heat up- is much of the same as things get hotter, whilst -session cork- slows things down a little with some more laid back vibes. despite working on various remixes together, this is the first time mr benn and parly b have worked in a combination - hopefully the first of many more to come!
deep, rootical lovers b/w thirteen minutes of blissed-out disco reggae (w/ download code)
deep, rootical lovers, darkly seething with one-step-at-a-time hurt and steely, vengeful self-esteem. hypnotic, stripped and desolate, with implacable drums and bass, dubwise from the start, the production is classic, unmistakable wackies, featuring fabian cooke’s scattered, abrupt organ stabs and minimal guitar-work, ras menelik’s masterful nyabinghi drumming, and harmonic commiseration by sugar minott and the love joys (with a strangled sob at intervals). over six minutes, the extended mix is different to the love power lp, and the additional dub, released here for the first time, is unmissable for its extra rawness and dubbed-out emptiness. plus thirteen minutes of blissed-out disco reggae on the flip: two contrasting dubs of the giorgio moroder/irene cara/flashdance cut from love power, both previously unreleased and a bit sick.
steppas records presents ‘osaka steppas’ vol. 3, the third in a series of releases showcasing the japanese underground dub movement. this edition features osaka producers hiroshi and roots masashi in collaboration with spanish producer ojah and well-respected uk singer rudey lee. the osaka steppas’ raw and unrelenting sound developed in the subterranean clubs of osaka, a port city famous for its counterculture night life. inspired not only by the sounds of jamaica, but also drawing inspiration from uk and european soundsystem culture with enough bassweight to test even the toughest of soundsystems. presented in a beautifully designed full colour sleeve inspired by the works of the legendary ukiyo-e woodblock artist, hokusai. this release is not to be missed. side a features an earth rocker riddim from ojah & hiroshi, with conscious lyrics sung by the legendary rudey lee. side b features a much sought after dubplate from osaka producer roots masashi, a deep, dark & mystical steppa.
recorded in denmark in 1986 by the then up and coming afro pop singer kojo antwi from ghana, the tunes were issued in limited numbers as he was leaving denmark, sparking his international solo career after he left the classique vibes. though a popular favourite on cassette in ghana his debut album was only released in small numbers in europe and never achieved the same attention. the tracks selected here showcases kojos transition from the highlife sound of the classique vibes to the more drum machine driven highlife disco on ‘hini mi as well as the deep, computerized reggae
deluxe 2x12” full artwork gatefold, shrink-wrapped double vinyl package with printed inner sleeves and download card.
the recording sessions for rastrumentals took place over seven years, between são paulo and brixton, but the roots of the project stretch back to the arrival of digistep’s father in 1970s bristol. aged 18 he had almost nothing to his name, apart from his treasured vinyl collection. these records are still in the family, and have been invaluable in shaping dubkasm’s unique sound. rastrumentals combines samba instruments such as the cavaquinho, pandeiro and cuica with the work of some of the uk’s greatest reggae musicians.
the next moonshine release comes courtesy of australian-based erin mckimm aka sekkleman. it’s been over three years since his last full release and we are very excited to show you what he’s been up to.
das legendäre jamaikanische label trojan records feiert bereits seinen 50. geburtstag und veröffentlicht mit »ska & reggae classics« eine neue compilation mit den größten hits des labels, nun auch auf 2xlp!
im juli 1968 eröffnete das jamaikanische label mit sitz in london, trojan records, das geschäft und innerhalb von monaten nach seiner gründung wurde der aufregende neue reggae-sound einem weltweiten publikum vorgestellt. im laufe der nächsten jahre stand trojan für eine reihe von weltweiten mainstream-charthits durch legendäre künstler wie desmond dekker, ken boothe, john holt, the maytals, bob & marcia und dave & ansel collins. zudem legte trojan den karrieregrundstein für die zukünftigen superstars des reggae bob marley, dennis brown und gregory isaacs.
vibronics and cross club prague team up to bring you a new project that celebrates women in reggae & dub. “woman on a mission” is a new release featuring 8 female vocalists on 8 brand new vibronics tracks. the album presents time-honoured vibronics associates, boney l (recording for the first time in 10 years), nia songbird, vanya o and saraléne , alongside first time collaborations with trilla jenna, nanci correia, nish wadada & sis i-leen. each track vocal track effortlessly glides into an extend dub mix that showcases the sonic skills that vibronics is known for. 10% of the profits of the album support the women’s charity womankind - transforming the lives of women & girls worldwide.
der wahnsinn hat methode: neuinterpretation der dub-blaupause -super ape-.
nachdem er sich mit sir coxsone, dem legendären chef des kingstoner labels studio one, zerstritten hatte, gründete lee perry zuerst seine eigene band und dann, 1973, im hinterhof ein eigenes studio. was aus der not geboren wurde, entwickelte sich zu einer einzigartigen erfolgsgeschichte. sowohl mit den upsetters als auch dem black ark schrieb perry musikgeschichte, insbesondere durch das 1976 veröffentlichte -super ape--album, auf dem er gewissermaßen das genre dub auf unbekannte weise aus dem mischpult brodeln ließ. für perry ist das studio wie ein lebewesen. ob er es wirklich so empfindet, oder einfach nur zu viel ganja in rauch aufgehen lässt, aber bei perry ist das equipment organisch, empathisch und intelligent. der clou: so hören sich die resultate auch an! lange bevor man das sampling erfunden hatte, schichtete er tonspuren aus tiefen bässen, echos und hall mit diversen, selbst aufgenommenen, gerne rückwärts laufenden klangsequenzen auf-, in- und übereinander. heißt: perry war der erste produzent, der anstatt der band die musik machte. das brachte ihm unter anderem den titel salvador dalí des dub ein. dass der Über-80-jährige bis heute nichts von seiner experimentierfreude verloren hat, zeigt der mit dem new yorker subatomic sound system besorgte re-edit seines meilensteins.
anlässlich des 50-jährigen jubiläums von trojan records veröffentlicht bmg diese in bester pressqualität gefertigte picture-vinyl, die auf der a-seite den ikonischen trojan-helm und auf der b-seite das markant gestaltete »trojan 50«-logo zeigt. das album enthält ein dutzend der größten charthits des labels aus den 60er bis 80er jahren, dargeboten von den größten stars der jamaikanischen musik und gibt eine perfekte einführung in das legendäre reggae-label.
momentous album from 1982 building a bridge between roots reggae and dancehall. a conscious compilation with a variety of youth deejays, including lee van cleef, prince hammer & trinity chanting down babylon over a selection of the very best roots radics rhythms.
k.o. ist die blaupause für einen futuristischen neuen dancehall-style, der miss red in ein gemeinsames outernationales beat-continuum mit seelenverwandten acts wie equiknoxx (jamaika) und seekersinternational (kanada) setzt. ihr debütalbum erscheint auf dem neuen label pressure ihres produzenten kevin martin aka the bug, der schon auf ihrem ersten mixtape -murder- (2015) neben mark pritchard, mumdance und andy stott zugegen war. die zwischen london und berlin pendelnde mc aus israel tourte als teil von the bugs line-up mit mc-kollegen wie flowdan, daddy freddy, warrior queen und riko dan und arbeitete erfolgreich mit dem warp-künstler gaika zusammen.
the legendary gig that joe strummer, singer from the punk rock band “the clash” attended and inspired his writing their classic ‘white man in hammersmith palais’ took place on the 05th june 1977. at the hammersmith palais venue on shepherd’s bush road w6, london during the height of punk mania. the full line up for the show were all jamaican artists dillinger, leroy smart, delroy wilson (all the first time from jamaica) and ken boothe. “ken boothe for uk pop reggae” who had already scored some hits with ‘everything i own’ and ‘crying over you’ in 1974. joe strummer was expecting roots, rock, reggae but the sound system this evening ‘admiral ken sound’ was playing ‘four tops all night’ as in soul and northern soul that were staple crowd pleasers at the time to warm up the audience, but in joe’s eyes the music should have reflected more jamaican roots based music. the song also deals with bigger issues of black and white unity, but some people including the punk rockers. “they’re all too busy fighting, for a good place under the lighting”. joe strummer himself was looking for fun. “i’m the whiteman in the palais... just looking for fun”.
MESSAGE TO THE BLACK MAN CHAPTER 1 & 2 (RED 10 INCH)
coloured 10" Vinyl FR23.07.18
forget public enemy! check nation of islam’s minister mohammad yusuf ali (aka prince buster) talkover rock steady cuts of louis farrakhan’s 1958 calypso manifesto “a white man’s heaven. recorded in kingston ja. 1967. explicit lyrics. exclusive reissue. pressing on red coloured 10 inch vinyl. taken from the forthcoming cd “africa - islam – revolution” (esr cd 01)
das neue label trojan reloaded, sublabel von trojan records, veröffentlicht mit der vinyl 7-inch single einen brandneuen track der britischen dub & reggae formation reggae roast featuring tippa irie, der vor allem durch seine beteiligung an »hey mama« von the black eyed peas weltberühmt wurde. als remixer agiert dj madd, der old school reggae mit dubstep kombiniert.
a matter of time is the follow-up to protoje’s critically acclaimed 2015 full-length, ancient future, which featured the hit single “who knows” ft chronixx, which has garnered over 69 million views on youtube & 5.9 million soundcloud streams. a matter of time features chronixx and mortimer, and contains the smash hit singles ‘blood money’, ‘truth & rights’, ‘bout noon’ and ‘no guarantees’. ‘a matter of time’ was produced by winta james (damian marley, anthony b, the mighty diamonds) and recorded in jamaica.
the third album by blundetto, the man behind french radio station radio nova. for this fourth album, he’s back to the roots of his music : the reggae. . an album focus on jamaicans music, roots or digital, with legendary singers as ken boothe, cornell campbell, little harry and some close friends as biga ranx or jahadan blakkamoore. produced by blackjoy. why this title? slow dance? that’s a musical movment in the north of brazil. all the reggae soundsystem are slowering the tempo of the songs and the crowd is dancing in couple. closely. blundetto is one of the most played of this new musical movement.
reissue of obscure wackies twelve, you re back by lloyd mctaggart is one of wackies earliest and most obscure 12-. recorded around the same time as the monumental revolution / the time is now by leroy sibbles / stranger cole, it features the love joys backing vocals, lots of 70s synth percussion, the weirdest trumpet part and a wicked version as part two on the flipside.
stone classic bullwackies, sensationally featuring two unreleased dubs (w/ download code)
stone classic bullwackies (as excursioned by rhythm & sound for burial mix), sensationally featuring two unreleased dubs, newly extracted from the master reels. both are equally unmissable but quite different, with contrasting effects: the second dub adds ninety seconds, including whip-dem spring reverb. drawn from the selective showcase lp, the vocal mix is more open and dubwise than the sing & shout lp offering, with less keyboards. asked whether it should be mash or march, after some pondering bullwackies replied: -that’s a good question
a great collection of classic roots recordings from the mid-70’s for the singer who came close in challenging bob marley & dennis brown for reggae’s crown. all re-mastered recordings available as 23-track 2lp-set in a gatefold sleeve, with in-depth sleeve notes by noel hawkes. the release is supported by several summer festival appearances.
das album von 1978 der roots ikone wurde neu aufgelegt! - “africa stand alone” erschien auf dem nur kurze zeit exsistiernde label april records (new jersey, usa). das vokaltrio culture, bestehend aus joseph hil (lead vocals), albert walker und kenneth dayes, hatte sich im harry j recording studio mit toningenieur sylvan morris, dem produzententeam seymour cummings & jaime hatcher sowie den musikern der high lites sons of jah band eingefunden und den kurzweiligen longplayer eingespielt. ein tip für alle reggae vinylsammler und empfehlung für alle fans von culture!
der renommierte künstler elektronischer musik paul d. miller, besser bekannt als dj spooky, hat in einer kollaboration mit vp records einen exklusiven longplayer produziert. exklusive beats treffen auf authorisierte samples und melodien aus dem reichhaltigen katalog von greensleeves und vp. dj spooky wird dabei von seinem protege stephen levitin (aka apple juice kid) und dem keyboarder alex thompson (aka fourth shift) unterstützt. als stargast wurde walshy fire von major lazer für den tune enter the arena engagiert und der dancehall-künstler sanjay für dash it in the mirror- ins studio gebeten, sowie die stimmen von busy signal, lady saw und garnett silk kommen in dem vielseitigen dancehall-projekt zum einsatz.
while the righteousness of blackness is at the heart of the rastafarian faith, this collection illustrates how black pride remained a central theme, if not the defining essence, at the very core of all the music created at studio one records.
black man’s pride is the striking new studio one collection of deep heavyweight reggae featuring horace andy, alton ellis, the gladiators, sugar minott, the heptones, freddie mcgregor, cedric brooks & more.
this new album is released as a heavyweight gatefold double-lp edition with download code included.
we are delighted to share with you a 7” single from kompozyt’s debut album “synchronicity”. brother-duo kompozyt is also the driving force behind trees will remain recordings, london based label that is highly influenced by nature, its beauty and patterns, and serves as a reminder for humans to preserve it.
killer previously unreleased roots from the vaults of randys studio 17. in the mid 70s carol kalphat sang harmonies on max romeos if them ever, produced by clive chin at randys. at the same time however, she cut her own tune on the rhythm, also an indictment of the failures of the political system at the time. now released for the first time ever, backed with a raw rhythm version.
this 3 track ep from the legendary lee perry brings together new and unreleased tracks recorded at mad professor s ariwa studio in south london. the ep kicks of with this is the upsetter, which sees lee chanting and philosophising over a rollicking bass, underpinned by understated guitar and perfectly placed hats, and continues to the straight up dub, lion share dub . and on the flipside is the title track, game of the throne , with brass section and backing vocals belting out soul fire, with lee offering his words to selassie. mastered by the legendary noel summerville, artwork by henry dubroot alderson and g.s-l studio.
“we are doing this on our own, with not much help from government. i am proud that we are building a movement. it’s like a child that you can see growing and evolving. it’s growing exponentially, but that was the plan… we are standing on the shoulders of giants. i grew up respecting the craft. there was that golden era of reggae music when everyone looked to jamaica. i know the history, i know the impact reggae music can have, and i want to be part of an era that brings it back to that stature” - protoje
philippe cohen solal (of gotan project) celebrates the 50th anniversary of summer of love, covering one of its anthems “aquarius / let the sunshine in” of hair the musical which premiered on stage in october 1967. a complex but soothing modern reggae moombathon riddim carried by the ethereal harmonies of legendary jamaican reggae singer horace andy (massive attack, skylarking, ain’t no sunshine...) with a delivering coda sung by an empowering choir.
¡ya basta! records asked two legends of the underground scene, somewhat connected to the spirituality of the song, to remix this take. first with an afro house / deep-house take of the master of the genre @boddhi-satva, and jack of all trades, mashup virtuoso @jstar-1 (remixer of major lazer / dj vadim...) for a retro catchy drum n bass/uk bass remix. finally lazy flow and face-t deliver a dancehall filler of a remix.
veryone loves -why can t we live together- by timmy thomas: how could one resist such a strong music vibe coming with a message more relevant today than ever! it has been covered by the most creative artists more than a few times… recorded in paris and kingston, the soul sugar crew & leonardo carmichael make it their own with a sultry reggae groove. jahno on drums and syndrums, thomas naim on guitar, and guillaume -gee- metenier on keyboards and production duties, are delivering the classic hit in all its majesty, in the superior categories of both extended discomix, and dub version under the spell of dubmaster extraordinaire dennis bovell! what to say about the breathtaking interpretation of leonardo carmichael? growing up in jamaica, leonardo learnt many a song from his father glendon joseph mcfarlane, who would sing to his mother geraldine, who sang in a choir. leonardo grew up as a drummer and a singer in churches. through a mutual friend, he met nastassja hammond, daughter of beres hammond, with whom he started writing and releasing music for various artists including courtney john and kreesha turner. leonardo has a wide appreciation for diverse genres but keep an international reggae and dancehall feel at the core of his music. it can be said leonardo has faith & soul to the bone
soul sugar drop their own reggae version of marvin gaye’s -i want you-. french outfit soul sugar – the brainchild of guillaume “gee” metenier – deliver yet another soulful reggae 12”, this time a cover version of marvin gaye’s 1976 classic -i want you-. jamaicain native leonardo carmichael sings lead vocals and legendary drums and bass duo sly & robbie add their flavor to the mix, with two versions on side b. marvin gaye’s single -i want you- was a big step forward for his sound & vision and marked a change in direction – from hip motown soul to a more sultry, disco sound. marvin s vocals are notably intimate and the lyrics are more explicit, more personal. an original soul classic, -i want you- is memorable for its unique combination of lush harmonies, a mesmerizing groove and the apparent sexiness of the theme itself. soul sugar s discomix version combines a smooth mixture of reggae, soul and funk over beefy bass lines, designed for heavyweight sound systems. sly & robbie, rhythm duo known for their studio work on countless reggae classics since the 1960s deliver their version, taking us back to the golden age of reggae, the days when it was typical for jamaican musicians to record their own versions of american soul tunes ... ace producer jahno dubs the mix live and direct to tape, from his very own n.o.f studio
NATTY BURRY (DUBPLATE MIX) / SATAN PICKNEY (VERSION) (7 INCH)
7" Vinyl US22.06.18
more from the vaults of uprising with some previously unreleased dubplate mixes. the vocal cut is an alternate take with slightly different lyrics over a more raw, spare cut of the rhythm, sans synthesizer, which has been rarely, if ever heard. the dub mix on the flip was played on dubplate by jahlovemuzik back in the mid 70s. when one mix of a great tune is not enough, dkr is there.
super rare and killer alric forbes 70s roots, only ever released on a mis-labeled pressing! the rhythm will be familiar to deep roots aficionados as the same one used for sydney wilson s -why do i cry.- a co-release with our french comrades onlyroots, who have already reissued a pair of classics from alric, -morning train- and -warn the nation.-
the hardest working reggae band in southern england, dubheart is on a mission to spread messages of peace, love, unity and resistance through a heady stew of contemporary roots reggae, delivered on live instruments with a hefty dose of dub in the mix. cool under pressure, their latest offering, is the band’s most compelling set to date, a ‘showcase’-style album where every vocal track is followed by its dub counterpart, and the vital contribution of the brassica horns—from rising london ska band chainska brassica—is another intriguing element that makes this album tougher than the rest.
finally realized, here s one that was long on the dkr wish list. among the very finest moments from both artists, these brilliant interpolations of curtis classics have been unavailable too long. a mesmerizing rhythm adorned with the lovely sounds of hand drums, melodica and flute, mixed and dubbed to perfection by king tubby himself. this 12inch is a 6 track ep, with all four cuts as originally released on two separate 45s, plus two unreleased mixes straight off the original tapes. we like to think tubbs favored these cuts, as so many mixes were done! the dub titled super cool is, in our humble opinion, one of tubby s top 10 extant mixes. full disclosure, all tracks except super cool pt. 2 come from the original jamaican mastertapes. we suspect the pt. 2 mix was lost somewhere in nyc, but don t let that trouble you, this one should please all who have ears.
music mania and indica dubs is proud to present the third release in their mania dub series. following the classic almighty dub (md001) and rastafari (md002) comes another of the uk dub scenes most renowned producers the bush chemists, with one of their most popular anthems from 1996: light up your spliff. douglas wardrop began creating music using a 4-track recorded in 1989, before forming the bush chemists in 1993 with paul davey and culture freeman.
ital foundation came together in the winter of 1977, out of a shared belief in rastafarianism and deep love of reggae music in their home place bermuda. their music tackles global issues of colonialism, poverty, prophecy and redemption. they released only one album in their legendary career, the 1980 release ital foundations vol.1. a tumultous history rought with trial and tribulation resulted in ital foundation being an underground musical movement that saw record sales all over the world while the band languished in obscurity.
the remarkable thing about belp s new album is its two-dimensional function. it works both on a loud and a quiet volume. some tracks would go down well as a club track, like opener travelling thru galaxies . this track brings back memories of the best work released on the hyperdub label, with it s fine combination of synths and irresistible, dubby beats. elsewhere, off ending might start off as dancehall-but-not-quite dancehall track but when half way the synths kick in they change the feeling of the track to a more cerebral level.
new blundetto 7inch. the second from his new album “slow dance” . after ken boothe, blundetto invited another legendary jamaican singers : little harry (dancehall figure and burner of dubplates) and cornell campbell (whose reggae falsetto can be heard on island productions from studio one to bunny lee) to add their voices to his burning riddims.
better late than never! finally after almost 7 years from the original release date, radikal guru’s debut album the rootstepa has been pressed to wax for the first time. the double 180g lp version in a gatefold sleeve will be available from june the 15th via all usual outlets. the lp contains 12 original tracks featuring such vocalists as: cian finn, brother culture and mokey jhayam.
soundboy a-go dead tonight! skrsintl crew load up their dub boxes deep and deliver a wide-ranging, rapid-fire display of their unique vision for musical murderation. pulling the best from their clashes and world travels they weave together a bewildering barrage inna dance leaving a soundboy downright dazed and dusted. and yet within this deadly encounter, there is deliverance when the smoke settles, unscathed, only life remains sekkle urself in this infinity; tune can’t run out.
soul jazz records are releasing this new 10th anniversary 2017 edition of their classic album ‘dancehall – the rise of jamaican dancehall culture’. this long-out-of-print collection is now available as a triple-vinyl edition with download code included.
first heard on the equiknoxx music fader mix this dub of -fly away- features gavsborg on the boards dubbing & scrubbing things good and rotten launching dancehall deejay alozade s vocals into another dimension along with wayward cymbals & wonky hats.
300 copies artwork by karen cazabon
after being in the reggae band the heavymanners (parted in 2009) led by takeshi heavy akimoto, and participating as a supporting member of dry&heavy after which the band reunited with the original rhythm section, sahara (keyboard/programming) and ohkuma, who worked as the drummer of soul dimension, started the dub unit undefined. it is no exaggeration to say they have pushed the variously formatted term of dub to the far shore experimentally and furthermore, liberated the definition of dub to undefined. their debut 7inch vinyl released in march last year from their own label newdubhall is being well received even overseas and in the spring of 2018, this 10inch vinyl new culture days will be out, which will be their second release.
BMN SKA & ROCK STEADY: ALWAYS TOGETHER 1964-68 (LP)
12" Vinyl lp UK06.06.18
marvellous music from ronnie nasralla, one of the founding fathers of the jamaican music business. includes vital vocals from the blues busters and the maytals, eccentric chinese rock steady from stephen chang and one of the first deejay records, ‘ska-ing west’, from the legendary sir lord comic. incomparable!
music mania and indica dubs is proud to present the next release in their mania dub series. following the classic ‘almighty dub (md001),comes another of the uk dub scenes most renowned producers, alpha & omega, with one of their most popular ‘shaka killer classics from 1996: rastafari.
(180 gr, purple/pink/white marbled coloured vinyl) morning star is a combination of the sound of the congos and the pura vida sound. it features 6 new congos songs, 3 songs from pura vida and a dubversion called dub love. the album has the vintage lastark sound and was mixed the oldschool way using the mixer as an instrument.
wieder lieferbar! “mister yellowman” aus dem jahre 1982 hat den superb zeitlosen sound, den die wahren klassiker ausmachen. mit den musikern der hi-times band und den roots radics im channel one studio mit produzent henry junjo lawes aufgenommen, am mischpult saß soldgie hamilton. das album zeigt den superstar des dancehall-reggae der 80er jahre zum höhepunkt seiner karriere! (soundsystem info: benutzte riddims u.a.. vanity, pressure and slide, i can t hide, dirty harry, gunman, bobby babylon aus dem hause studio one und volcano)
almighty fundamental 80s sound system killer dubplate! music mania and indica dubs is proud to present their first joint-release in their mania dub series. produced in 1988 by the disciples, almighty dub is one of the most distinctiveinstrumental dubs produced in that era. the disciples were formed in 1986 by brothers russ and lol. they were given the name by jah shaka, after producing exclusively for him
bruno patchworks hovart is one of the top producers of todays groove music scene. after playing as a bassist and guitarist for various bands, he started producing in the mid-nineties and has kept on mixing todays technologies with the raw spirits of house, electronic, disco, funk, soul, reggae & jazz musics golden years since then. following the trail of success left by his various projects as patchworks, and under many aliases, hes proved his musical ubiquity and unexpectedly stroke in various genres. today, hes back under the edr records umbrella, following up to his various ep for the label, and meanwhile pursuing a comeback to his early love for house music. many house music diggers would indeed remember that before favorite recordings was launched in 2006, patchworks and pascal rioux produced many deep-house tracks on the rotax disques imprint. besides since the late 90s, patchworks has also collaborated with labels such as q-tape, or still music, delivering many clubbing hits such as million toes, sugar, or minautor. on this 5 tracks ep, he delivers 4 killer tunes again, inspired by the michael jackson’s classic hit, rock with you.
tony clarke did his first recording in new york in 1971 at hugh hendricks recording studio called -righteous man- of which he played both bass and lead guitar. tony clarke decided to write the song “going home” to reference the roots of his music. in those days and even now good reggae music that was being recorded in the united states was not receiving the approbation from home because, in jamaica they felt that the best reggae music could only come from and be created in jamaica to substantiate the true feeling of the genre. so he decided to go back to jamaica and record “going home” at harry j studio with sylvan morris as engineer. he also recorded the cover version to “hey little girl” originally done by dee clark. for this 12 vinyl edition, the artwork was done with a vintage photo of tony clarke in front of his house at waterhouse and extended liner notes on the back cover.
joseph white aka joe white is a foundation of jamaican music. he started singing in the late 50 s and did his first recordings for duke reid in the early 60 s. joe white formed the group roots, trunks & branches to release several tracks on the label splendour heights. “forward to zion” was released in 1979 and became a truly reggae roots stepper banger for sound system across the globe. probably electronic music fans will appreciate the futuristic dubwise. “forward to zion” is a song of peace, love, freedom and emancipation of people. uplift your selection, listen to the words of the prophet, it s time for us to get together, we are going forward to zion. jah don t care whether you are a natty dread or you re a baldhead, just as long as we unite and stop the fight, we are going forward to zion!
joseph white aka joe white is a foundation of jamaican music. he started singing in the late 50 s and did his first recordings for duke reid in the early 60 s. while disco sound was bumping into jamaican people mind, he formed the group roots, trunks & branches to release several tracks on the label splendour heights. “rising / power disco power” is taken from the album the weak will be strong released in 1978. a beautiful extended disco reggae tune mainly played by joe white (drums, piano, vocal). this issue was fully remastered on a disco 45 vinyl record to give respect to the dynamic. on the other side you will get the reggae lovers roots rock tune “ain t no way / the monster”, an extended version with deep dubwise. you ve got it!
jah mel sees himself as a musical bridge between the original reggae sound & the dancehall sound of today, representing what he calls the real dancehall revolution, merging the spirituality of the old school & the energy of the new school. “guiding star” and “stand up to it” are the perfect examples to overstand this definition. both song were produced by roydale anderson aka andy s. “guding star” will definitely give you thrills if you are into deep synth and heavy digital rhythm, while the superb piano notes will warm you in the analog style. beware of “guiding star” dub version called “guidance (dance mix)” that will break any bunker. “stand up to it” rhythm is an adaptation of one of the most classic jamaican riddim called “heavenless”. you will never know this riddim like before, this version takes the riddim to another level. a positive song with a bionic nuclear bomb dubwise! play it loud, jah is our guiding star!
born in cameroon, vicky began banging the drums at the age of 9. by 13 he had moved onto bass and within a couple of years he was playing every night from 10pm to 5am in the castel douala cabaret. at the age of 19 vicky moved to paris to study banking and commerce and cram in even more music. he took classes at Épinay-sur-seine conservatoire music school and it was here that he met bandmates of his dikalo project. word spreads and he soon becomes one of the most sought after bass players in the afro arena. his session work features on many scenes stars, manu dibango, eko tala am, kemayo, sammy massamba, toto guillaume and many more. a chance meeting with the gibson brothers also see him play on two of their hit albums. in the 80s vicky moved to the us for spell and excels as a session bassist and touring musician. we pick up the story in 1981. with his stature as a musician and bass player riding high he takes a detour to nigeria to record with the afrodisia label in lagos. the thank u mamma album is the result. it is repressed for the first time, here in 2018 on the revitalised afrodisia label. musical proceedings open up with the heartfelt ode to his mother thank u mamma, smooth pop meets afrobeat boogie. marina driv slows things down with its smoldering jazz. side two opens with its not serious a catchy vocal number underpinned with funky guitars and striding basslines. stormy rain is lazy guitar jazz swansong. we close off the album with the ever so funky you. slick funk grooves powered along with a dose of slap bass. as a side note vicky actually plays left handed but with a upside down right handed bass. this upside-down precursor making his effortless slap playing even more impressive. vicky went on to record a two other albums and still tours and plays as an ever-in-demand session musician.
this limited edition green vinyl reissue celebrates the 25th anniversary of shaggys first number one hit (uk/ire), oh carolina. this includes the original b-side, -oh carolina- (raas bumba claat version).
25 years after its original release, we are pleased to announce the reissue of chaka demus & pliers debut single. tease me was in the uk singles chart for three months back in 1993, and now were bringing it back on yellow vinyl. additional tracks on this 12inch are: tease me (jungle fever mix), friday evening and murder she wrote.
rsd 2018 title - 22 hits from bunny striker lee, made between 1967 - 1976, when reggae went international....to celebrate the 50th anniversary of top flight reggae producer and icon bunny striker lee’s involvement in the reggae business and producing one of its biggest catalogues, we are releasing his greatest hits package ‘reggae going international’ as a limited record store only release of 175 copies each on heavy weight red,green and gold vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve.
following the success of last years kunta kinte 2017 riddim, brooklyn-based label and collective dub-stuy add a new installment to their popular dancehall inspired series with a fresh riddim from in-house producer dj madd, featuring international vocalists from jamaica, spain and bermuda. jitta riddim is a brand new production from dj madd, a sturdy yet spacious riddim carried forward by a lilting melody and guitar stabs that are anchored by slapping snares, dub flourishes and a rolling bassline. this is a weighty but energetic riddim with the dancefloor in mind. bringing the riddim to life are a trio of vocalists representing the roots and global expansion of dancehall and sound system music. spains sr. wilson delivers an anthem in the making with zapatillas, a song dedicated to all the sneaker heads worldwide who like to sport fresh kicks when they hit the dancefloor. singing in his native spanish and english, sr. wilson shares tales of daily shoe addiction around a catchy refrain that name checks the best known brands. his blend of reggaeton-flavoured autotune and kicks geek outs is sure to resound loudly around clubs worldwide. backing him is jamaican veteran deejay cutty ranks, a man whos been lending his distinct flow to productions for over 30 years. on double trouble cutty speaks to the daily realities of life on the streets and the ills keeping people down, warning of the trouble that awaits those in charge. wrapping up the release is bermudas troy berkley who aims his vocal rifle straight to the orange-skinned resident of the white house, spitting rapid fire lyrics about the deteriorating state of things in 2018 america. lace up your sneakers and get ready to move and chant with dub-stuy’s new riddim.