Thursday, 20 November
*14 killer cuts from jamaica's legendary Black Solidarity Label circa early 80's* "In the beginning of the 80’s reggae music became increasingly in tune with what was happening in Kingston’s dancehalls, .probably more so than at any time since the sound system operators had started to make their own shuffle and boogie in the late 50’s. The international audience and the critics were too busy looking for a new Bob Marley to appreciate what was happening downtown and failed to acknowledge that this was a return to the real, raw roots of the music…brash, confident,young reco… Read more
*Limited 12" repress on seasonal snow white vinyl* Double sided roots man business produced by Linval Thompson. Eek-A-Mouse and Lee Van Cleef head to head with extended dub work outs Roots Radics in full 12" effect, mixed by Scientist at Channel One.
Thursday, 13 November
*Features brand new artwork and reissued for the first time with permission from Lee Perry himself* The UK version of “The Good, The Bad and The Upsetters” was released by Trojan Records in 1970, and although it had the Upsetters name on it, Lee Perry had no hand in its conception or production. Angered that an Upsetters album was released without his involvement, Perry issued his own version of the album back home in Jamaica using the same Trojan album artwork but with totally different songs and a new stickered tracklist on the back.
**2014 reissue of the original 10 track version** "Rasta Communication is the classic 1978 album by Keith Hudson (1947 - 1984), the celebrated singer/songwriter/producer remembered for this seminal album and equally influential "Pick A Dub". Recorded at Randy's, Channel One & Chalk Farm with a final tweak from Prince Jammy at King Tubby's, the album featured a line-up of Jamaica's finest musicians including Family Man & Carlton Barrett and Sly & Robbie. All the ingredients were in place for a five-star classic, and the results did not disappoint. This early Greensleeves release saw… Read more
Bad Boy Skanking” is King Yellowman in combination with the mighty Fathead - Hi-Times Band in full effect, 10 dancehall scorchers from 1982. Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes at Joe Gibbs and mixed by the legendary Errol Thompson!
“Mouse and the Man” is the 1983 dancehall classic from the one and only Eek-A-Mouse - Roots Radics in full effect, produced by Linval Thompson at Channel One and mixed by Soldgie. It includes the hit single "Terrorists In The City”.
Thursday, 06 November
The Sound Systems of Jamaica were always the people’s radio station. Tunes were tried and tested in the lion’s den of the dance to see which songs rose to the top and became the most popular. This was the litmus test and the first step to a tracks commercial release to capitalise its hotness on the circuit. Then the Dub/Version hit big in Jamaica in the early to mid 70’s this was also the case and many times the version cut of a track would even prove more popular than its vocal counterpart. Jamaican Recordings have compiled some great 70’s dub plates that rocked the Sound … Read more
Thursday, 23 October
"Recorded in 1964 at the Federal studio in Jamaica, this elegant yet unique previously unreleased album is said to be the origin of the Jamaican Mento meets 4 Beat Jazz sound. This brilliant album is one of the most important Jamaican Jazz recordings that Ernest Ranglin has ever made. Everything in this album starts with the traditional Caribbean Jazz classics and then develops into 4 Beat Jazz. Produced by the Godfather of Jamaican music, Ken Khouri, this album really deserves its title."
"First ever re-issue of this 1965 Jamaican Latin-Calypso-Jazz album by piano genius Cecil Lloyd, who led a 20-piece hotel band from the age of seventeen. In 1959, the maestro was asked to record an album for 20th Century Fox and he later released three albums at Studio One. Featuring a solid rhythm section with conga and percussion, A Night in Jamaica was produced by Ken Khouri for Federal's Kentone label. This enduring masterpiece still echoes across the beautiful Caribbean Sea."
Thursday, 16 October
*Japanese Pressing* "Mod Mod Ranglin is a fusion of Ska and Caribbean instrumentals by Ernest Ranglin recorded in 1966 while Ska was changing towards Rocksteady. Although Ernest Ranglin recorded 8 solo albums at Federal Records, Mod Mod Ranglin was the only album with Ska instrumentals, interestingly. The album consists of classic Ska, Mento and Carribean songs of all times. From the start to the end, Ernie's guitar playing flutters like Caribbean breeze. The instrumental song entitled 'Felicia' is a perfect number for all Ska lovers."
*Japanese pressing of this super-rare Rocksteady album by the Jamaican guitar virtuoso, Ernest Ranglin* "Unlike all the other musicians of his era, Ranglin was not allowed to go between studios to record and release music as he wished because he was an exclusive employee of the Federal records. Thus it's really hard to find a Rocksteady record with his name on it. Although whenever he found a spare time, he would go to Duke Reid's studio and play the guitar and bass as a sideman, often playing sessions with Lynn Taitt. According to Ranglin himself, "I felt really comfortabl… Read more
Haunting, classic Bunny Lee production for super soulful Johnny Clarke vocal, 'I Don't Want To Be A Rude Boy'. Backed with totally stark and killer dub.
Powerful Bunny Lee production for a blazing Linval Thompson vocal. Stark naked dub on the B-side.
Thursday, 21 August
BBE packing summer-flavoured roots and digidub from The Hempolics. Up top Grippa Laybourne reworks Jackie Mittoo's Hot Milk riddim for sweet harmonies and toasting from Nubiya (Nubiyan Twist) and Dandelion (The Drop) versioning a Garnett Silk classic. Down town, it's digidub party with Grippa's mix of a classic lick eased off with mellow, swaggering vocal from LSK.
Thursday, 07 August
Dancehall-mowing battery from men like Kalbata & Mixmonster, backed with an outstanding Kahn remix. The dreadnaught original version of 'Congo Beat The Drum' runs rife with thunderous percussion matched for madness by Major Mackerel's yelps, growls and robo-ragga patter. Flipside, Kahn properly shakes it down with Lion roars, lush oriental drones and sticky dancehall torque beside the flying 4/4 stepper, 'Out A Road'.
Thursday, 31 July
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Jahtari gives up the 4th instalment of 'Jahtarian Dubbers' featuring staunch bassbin pals, Pupajim, Disrupt, Rootah, Mungo's Hi-Fi and more. Psychedelic digi-dub styles in effect from Scotland to Australia, troddin' heavy from the desolate darkside of Monkey Marc's 'Danger Earth' to the mellow drift of Mungo's Hi-Fi's 'Know Your Roots' starring Shanti D via Disrupt's barking MIDI skank, 'Chrono Trigger', and and Jah Screechy's dancehall murder, 'Love We A Deal With'. Happy anniversary indeed.
Thursday, 24 July
"Bunny Striker Lee’s standing in the Jamaican recording business has remained unassailable for over four decades. Bunny is known by many aliases including ‘Gorgon’. It was Cornell Campbells ‘Gorgon’ produced by Bunny in 1975 that proved to be one of the defining records of the mid 70’s when cut after cut after cut of this flying cymbals extravaganza dominated the dance halls...."
"The Whole Truth returns for a second round of precision engineered dub boogie hybrids, this time featuring the mighty Mo Kolours on vocal duties. The first Whole Truth release, which featured Errol Bellott, garnered praise from DJs like JD Twitch, Hugo Mendez and Zaf Chowdhry, and WT002 finds this anonymous project exploring even more dubwise territory. One-Handed's Mo Kolours guests as a singer and percussionist on the lead track, Don't Tell Me No Lies, while Steppas Don't Lie, Truth Groove and Myth Dub represent a more stripped down instrumental approach. Full bes… Read more
Thursday, 19 June
Classic 1983 album from Josey Wales produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes at Channel One with the Roots Radics in full effect and Soldgie at the controls. Includes the Ganjaman anthems 'It A fi Bun' and 'Stalk Of Sensimilia'
Massive 1984 Roots Radics backed superstar clash produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes at Channel One with Soldgie at the controls. King Yellowman and the Colonel face off Volcano style!
Thursday, 12 June
**2LP in gatefold jacket** Ripe for summer, full spectrum sound system styles from Mungo's Hi-Fi and the Scotch Bonnet posse. 15 tracks covering roots, digidub, dubstep and dancehall reggae sounds vocalled by YT, Warrior Queen, Soom-T, Solo Banton, Cornel Campbell, Pupajim, Mr. Williams and many more.
Thursday, 05 June
"Tapper Zukie's ‘Peace in the Ghetto’ album would be the first release as part of his new deal with Virgin Records.This came about through a trip organised by the label to Jamaica in 1978 to sign up the cream of the crop of Reggae artists,for the new Virgin Front Line label. Personnel on this trip included John Lydon (Rotten) of the Sex Pistols ,whose band had just split up. The Peace in the Ghetto album deals with the political situation in at the time,the peace initiative between the gangs and Political Parties. Paying tribute to some of the gang leaders Claudie Massop ,Buckie Th… Read more
Thursday, 22 May
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Luca Fadda and F.S. Blumm return with a new album under the The Quasi Dub Development (QDD) moniker. The name of the album is initiated from two comic characters, that are meant as an ironic comment to the narrowness of the Dub scene: “Stiff-Neck” stands for the intolerant side of the reggae music scene. For him, the music has to stay as it always was, with big egos and always the same off beats. The “Little-Twister” is a lateral thinker who likes to make things happen with a considerable amount of hu… Read more
"Slim Smith is high on the list of great singers that came out of Jamaica. Although Jamaica was bursting with musical talent, few could match his soulful and heartfelt style. Sadly he had a very short career but he produced a catalogue of music that still stands the test of time, like all the great artists his story carries through the songs he left behind. Jamaican Recordings have compiled some of his finest moments from his period working alongside the Hit Maker from Jamaica producer Bunny Lee… A great set of tunes that we hope will keep his memory alive Keep the Light Shining….."
Thursday, 15 May
"Alogte Oho Jonas is the No. 1 gospel singer from Bolgatanga in northern Ghana. His songs are heard all over the main market of Bolgatanga through big speakers to entertain the busy life going on there. Jonas released alredy three albums by his own and is very active in getting the Bolgatanga music scene strong by working for the newly founded FRAMA, the Frafra music association. With "Zota Yinne" he teamed up with the "Sahel Souls" to create a strong gospel hymn with a deep Caribbean groove."
Thursday, 08 May
Another vinyl reissue from the Greensleeves archive - a 1980 classic from Michael Prophet.
Another vinyl reissue from the Greensleeves archive – a 1982 Roots Radics affair from dynamic duo Papa Michigan & General Smiley.