Thursday, 16 April
Intoxicating Rasta dub biz from the Wareika Hills, Jamaica, via the desk of Jackson Bailey's Tapes in London. Still hot from his reggae-pop standout on Workshop 21, he furnishes two versions of The Wareika Hill Sounds' 'Datura', getting to grips with funde, repeta and bass drums in a heads-down session licked with guitar and flute by Kenrick Diggory. Now that Honest Jon's mention Keith Hudson in their write-up, it's so easy to imagine his husky croon floating over the 'Datura Mystic' mix, however, the dub is really summat else; a rocking swirl of recursive drums recorded right on the biting point, and nowt but. It's a killer!!!
**Screen-printed jacket** Sweetest digickal roots bubblers from Egoless and Senegalese vocalist Daba Makourejah on Portland's ZamZamSounds. 'Yërmënde (Compassion)' is essentially a rebuild of Sly & Robbie's 'Revolution' riddim, famously voiced by Dennis Brown, here tweaked up with a criss digital edge and sugared by Daba's truly delectable vox. Check out the flip for a lissom dub giving room for the syn-drums and FX to fly.
Thursday, 02 April
Big brassy steppers from Jack Robinson's Whodemsound. 'Taking Care Of Business' picks up a proper steppers momentum in cab-shaking dub and heavy sprung Tuff Dub.
Thursday, 19 March
**Eleven tracks from the vaults available on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl for the first time** The definitive collection of Jah Thomas-produced dubs, Roots Radics on the rhythm, recorded at Channel One and mixed by King Tubby and Scientist between 1980 and 1983 at King Tubby's studio. High quality, pre-digital roots dub classics. Proper gear.
Scientist's 'Jah Life in Dub' is the dub album they didn't want you to hear! Essentially the unreleased dub companion to Flick Wilson's 'School Days' LP, it features nine killer dubs to said album, plus one from Wayne Jarrett's 'What's Wrong With The Youths' album, including wild and seriously deep desk FX versions flipping the recognisable elements of 'Collie Dub', 'Skylarking' and 'Shaolin Dub'. Replete with the amazing artwork - loadsa vintage images of Haile Selassie alongside quotes by the man his-self - it's a top-a-top package...
Thursday, 05 March
"Ranking Dread was as much of a myth and enigma as he was a music man and badman. But today he remains the connoisseur’s Dee Jay, admired for his slick style and delivery and compared to other noteworthy DJ’s of the time, can be seen as crucially under-recorded, having only released 4 albums and a handful of singles in his recording career. Born in 1956 in the Kingston slum of Rema, Dread spent his early career divided between being an enforcer for the JLP as well as learning his trade as a toaster on local sound systems. Trouble with the law instigated his move to London where his record… Read more
Keith Hudson's seminal classic, In Dub! Righteous smoking sounds from bud to roach. Proper, heavyweight vinyl pressing. Tracklist: Side A - 1. Rub Dub; 2. Felt The Strain; 3. My Eyes Are Red Dub; 4. National Item; 5. I Broke The Come Dub; Side B - Barrabas Dub; 2. Image Dub; 3. (Jonah) Come Out Now Version; 4. Musicology Dub; 5. Darkness Dub.
Thursday, 26 February
**Includes free download code redeemable from the Label.** "In the 1960s Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records laid down the template for all reggae music, the equivalent of Jamaica’s Motown Records. Artists who launched their careers there comprise an A-Z of the Jamaican music scene - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Horace Andy and many, many more. In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound - from… Read more
2015 vinyl reissue of this Greensleeves classic. One of the important aspects of this album is the fact that the riddims and vocals were used extensively on Scientists milestone 'Rids The World' album. This be the jackpot and by far the best Michael Prophet LP available. Check the righteous 'Love and Unity', and 'Gunman', the perfect combination of Prophet's vocal range and the studio juggernaut of Scientist, Junjo and the Roots Radics. Highly recommended.
2015 Repress of this Greensleeves classic. Hailing from the late seventies through 1980 originally, this has a state of the art Blackbeard mix from Dennis Bovell, production of the Well Pack Band from Winston Edwards and stands as a convincing album - which goes some way to explain the advanced poularity entire dub sets went on to experience after punk’s early love affair with sufferer’s reggae. The vibes here are good, the titles great and while some of the themes may not be entirely dread, the playing is all high calibre and the one-drop dubs are very well crafted.
*New edition of this classic 1976 Lp for Greensleeves* "Junior Murvin is of course best known for his massive hit from 1976 - `Police and Thieves' with his falsetto vocal, produced by Lee Perry, that was later to be covered by The Clash. But Junior Murvin had more than one string to his bow and was anything but a one-hit wonder. The superb `Muggers in The Street' was originally released in 1984 and produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes. It was the first of two albums that Greensleeves released by Murvin. The second being the Prince Jammy-produced set `Apartheid' that arrived two years la… Read more
Thursday, 19 February
"This second 7" from the Colonel marks the debut of two wicked young artists straight outta Asher Senator’s school of fast chat in Brixton – Face and Sheenyboo. Recorded on an original Naram riddim with an upful twist, these talented singjays have come up with a soundkilling anthem for the new generation – with the refrain “Dangerous, soundbwoy bite di dust, you haffi deh pon twitter if you waan follow us” sure to resonate over dancehalls across the land! All Colonel Mustard’s 7"s have been fine-tuned to test any soundsystem’s bass bins – and they’re strictly limited pressing, so get in quick or face the wrath of the Colonel!"
"Naram and the Jahtari posse have formed an unlikely alliance with a mysterious gentleman named Colonel Mustard to launch a new label focusing on contemporary music that’s directly inspired by ruffneck 1980s and early 90s dancehall. Operating out of the harsh desert landscapes of Coburgistan, the Colonel is a hard taskmaster, and he’s put Naram and disrupt to work to cook up a trailer load of killer relicks and deadly original riddims. With the Colonel’s impressive sphere of global influence, the riddims are finding their way to some of the wickedest artists from dancehall’s golden era – as w… Read more
Thursday, 12 February
"The gnarliest reggae compilation in Christendom, drawn from the seventies and early-eighties heyday of this Toronto-based label, when it played host to stars like Joe Higgs, Augustus Pablo, Johnny Osbourne and Leroy Sibbles, and home to locals like Pluggy Satchmo and Dill Smith. Raw, twisted, compelling, time-and-again staggering productions by Oswald Creary, in the tradition of his childhood-friend Lloyd Bullwackie Barnes — and Lee Perry and Keith Hudson — but utterly themselves. Rough, tough, mystical roots. Brilliant mastering by Moritz von Oswald. Both formats come in silk-screened sleeves (and the artwork is Will Bankhead’s finest hour)."
"Admiral Tibet calmly sings about the newly established slavery system and their new wicked tactics on the heavy-weight dancehall rhythm. He showcases his stable vocal techniques with his very own cool and smooth lyric flow to match with this minor coded rhythm. Another crucial song among the Redman catalogue."
"Redman has versioned one of the most popular dancehall rhythm of the 80's, the 'Stalag', to create another unique sound. This track allowed Wayne Palmer to pass to the listeners his tender lyricism with his melancholic melodies. "
"One of the Redman's earliest works is this song called 'When I Release' by Puddy Roots, who was a very active artist during the 80's. King Tubby was part of the production and you can really hear it when the tune's heaviness gets melted with Puddy's impressive singing style."
"Recorded to the same rhythm track as 'New Tactics' by Admiral Tibet. Horace Martin, who is known for his major works during the late 70's to the early 80's, has released the 'Mix Up' LP on the Redman label. His deep sounding vocal and Redman's synthesizer works result in this essential "Geow Now" tune."
"Dave Bailey's 'Concrete Jungle' is considered as one of the most popular tunes within the Redman's catalogue. This is not an ordinary digital Dancehall track, as some Roots flavors are added to the fast and edgy rhythm where Dave Bailey showcases his cool & smooth vocals to make this tune a killer!"
"Throughout the seventies the productions of Bunny ’Striker’ Lee were incredibly prolific and he created a number of different labels to handle his ever expanding output. Bunny had always worked closely with Osbourne’King Tubby’ Ruddock, who had built his first Sound System in 1957. But Tubby felt that things really got going when he took on Ewart ’U Roy’ Beckford as his DeeJay in 1968. When Bryon Lee upgraded Studio B at Dynamic Sounds to a sixteen track recording in 1972 Striker brokered a deal for Tubby to purchase the old four track equipment.The package included… Read more
Thursday, 29 January
Pulling up a long-lost, newly discovered slab of Scientist's hard dubs to Flick Wilson's 'Schooldays' album and a cut from Wayne Jarrett's 'What's Wrong' LP. Working under the wicked title, '…The Dub Album They Didn't Want You To Hear!', this is classic-era 1980 Scientist in full effect, tuff on the rhythm and ruthlessly sharp FX, especially with the quickstepping 'Schools Days Dub' and 'Don't Give Up Your Culture Dub'. Housed in great sleeve sporting a photograph of the man on the buttons. Big tip!
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.
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
"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