one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year, alpha steppa meets nai-jah “the great elephant”. tge is the product of a year-long collaboration between renowned uk dub reggae producer alpha steppa and nige- rian-french singer / songwriter nai-jah. tge tells the story of nai-jahʼ,,,,,,,s reality growing up in nigeria, the album paints a picture of corruption, greed, and suffering, a narrative each and everyone accross the globe can relate to. nai-jah points to strength through unity and provides great inspiration and hope through his thoughtful lyrics and sincere delivery. steppas records is overjoyed to present all 10 original vocal tracks plus the full dub album as one. a truly unique and powerful protest album sure to provoke, inspire and uplift.
the final release in the eight trigramseries. alpha steppa concludes the trigram series with an etherial heavyweightdub staying true to the trigram sound. super limited edition press housed in the reverse-board trigram house bag. raw, unadulterated tribal bass music witha deep roots foundation.
one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year, alpha steppa meets nai-jah “the great elephant”. tge is the product of a year-long collaboration between renowned uk dub reggae producer alpha steppa and nige- rian-french singer / songwriter nai-jah. tge tells the story of nai-jahʼ,,,,,,s reality growing up in nigeria, the album paints a picture of corruption, greed, and suffering, a narrative each and everyone accross the globe can relate to. nai-jah points to strength through unity and provides great inspiration and hope through his thoughtful lyrics and sincere delivery. steppas records is overjoyed to present all 10 original vocal tracks plus the full dub album as one. a truly unique and powerful protest album sure to provoke, inspire and uplift.
steppas records presents alpha steppa’s ‘3rd kingdom’ in dub! currently championed by a range of soundsystems and djs from across the bass music spectrum, from roots veterans channel one soundsystem and the legendary jah shaka soundsystem to uk steppers pioneers iration steppas and dubstep household names such as v.i.v.e.k, caspa & rusko.
after the well-received * homage to the king* album by king yoof, the moonshine recordings camp proceeds with its twenty-sixth single. madplate sound, the dub production duo originally from turin and bristol, is in position for its second vinyl release featuring the lyricists jago & galak spiritual. the duo’s next single catalogued as ms026 receives both a healing remix and dub version treatment by steppas records head-honcho alpha steppa, who has recreated two masterpieces from madplate sound.
MOONSHINE STEPPAS DISCOVER THE UNIFIED POWER (2X12 LP)
2x12" Vinyl lp UK21.11.12
moonshine recordings and steppas records have joined forces to bring you a collaborative release featuring some of the most current and exciting names in dub and bass music. both labels are deeply involved in the current dub scene and their knowledge, respect and understanding of the music and its historical roots mean they are perfectly positioned to provide a release that has both depth and intense musical skill.
the debut release of alpha steppa, son and nephew of alpha & omega. uk dub pioneers since 1990, a&o have worked with the likes of greensleeves, lee scratch perry, jah shaka, gregory isaacs, and too many more to list here. on this dubstep-meets-uk dub ep, two sub-heavy tracks with eastern zither and flute influences from alpha steppa are accompanied by a&o remixes ready to test even the most rugged sound system. big tip for all fans of the deeper new roots sound promoted by labels like scotch bonnet, reggae roast, jahtari and police in helicopter.
the second alpha steppa meets alpha & omega release in the dub dynasty series features the legendary gregory isaacs, one of the most talented reggae artists of all time. gregory passed away recently and this release comes as a tribute to the cool ruler himself who will be greatly missed. the exclusive gregory vocal was recorded in london by a&o and jonah dan and is presented to you by steppas records on this new dubstep- meets-uk dub ep. this exciting release showcases not only a unique combination of jamaican reggae, uk dub and dubstep but also represents the sound of two generations of uk dub music.
uk dub pioneers alpha & omega (greensleeves / a&o records) represent the foundation of uk soundsystem culture and bass music. formed in the 1980’s and with over 30 studio albums to their name, a&o have not only left a lasting legacy but are continuing to do so via collaborations with some of the most established names in reggae, underground artists and newly discovered talent alike. a&o s brand new studio album one by one is a nod to the classic a&o sound yet illustrates a&o s forward thinking and distinctive outlook on reggae music. another a&o classic, and well worth the wait.
a truly unique and inspired collaboration from alpha steppa s steppas records, beautifully mastered and pressed to heavyweight 180g vinyl. aketi ray are an all-acoustic dub-jazz group from london, double bass, drums, upright piano, horns and percussion, playing original compositions grounded in the instrumental music forms of post-independence jamaica, also drawing from ethiopian and us jazz, west african percussion traditions, and uk steppas. london to kingston, to new york, to addis ababa, to dakar. this first release, comes ahead of their debut album from ever since , forthcoming on f-ire records in early 2017. the tracks featured here are deeply influenced by the music of alpha & omega. mirror is a piece directly influenced by the classic alpha & omega track show me a purpose , a piece which explores the difficulty of coming to know oneself. completing the circle of inspiration, mirror is released here alongside a deep & spiritual remix from uk-dub pioneers alpha & omega. aketi ray’s mikus says “alpha & omega have been a foundational influence on our sound, so it is both privilege and honour to share our debut pressing with them.” the second track reflect & rise continues in the same key as mirror, but moves on from a reflective mood into one that’s focussed and resolute, as encapsulated by the rallying horn arrangements of kevin robinson
from the school of the self-taught where many masters rise up from, j-path’s inception into the beat making multiverse has been a cool decade in the making. growing up in various south & central american cultures, speaking multiple languages and collaborating with numerous demographics, j-path quickly developed a strong sense of adaptability allowing him to bring a very unique and personal depth to his music. experiments in sound have been akin to personal awakenings, with expressions in each new genre developing in him new capacities and spinning off into projects involving the hip hop underground, the k pop overground and plenty in between. dubbed the drum & bass/ dubstep ambassador for his mother country korea, j-path has done his dues: djing with and hosting international artists, creating a local fan base with events to boot, coaching up and comers in seoul via his beat production program and bringing an ear honed to obsessive perfection under the umbrella of electronic music. etched into his sound is the love for deep, soulful, textured landscapes reminding us that creativity is never limited to one category and can always take us on a journey if we so choose it.
the highly anticipated moonshine recordings *steppin forward* album is finally here, compiling 15 exclusive, unreleased tracks from the most exciting up and coming producers as well as experienced veterans on the dubby side of bass music scene.