Thursday, 24 April
Kalbata and Mixmonster explore a spectrum of JA styles with authentic vocals exclusively recorded in Kingston. Ten tracks step between smoking roots on 'Inna Skateland' with Puddy Roots, thru the dancehall thunder of 'Congo Beat The Drum' featuring Major Mackere, stepping dubs vocalled by Jah Thomas & Trinity, and a wild tumbling ace called 'Voice Make A Joyful Noise' featuring Prince Jazzbo.
Excellent collection of stone cold, timeless vocal classics and their versions by the legendary Jamaican vocalist. Tracklist says it all: Side 1 - 1. You Are My Angel; 2. Angek Dub; 3. Zion Gate; 4. Zion Dub; 5. Skylarking; 6. Dub Larking: Side 2 - 1. My Guiding Star; 2. Dub Guidance; 3. Money Money; 4. Dub Money; 5. Just Say Who; 6. Dub Say Who.
Thursday, 10 April
Deeply spiritual roots reggae reissued for the good of the dance. Roy Dobson croons slow heavy and meditative about the scattered Jamaican diaspora on the A-side over lilting nyabinghi, loping bass, and zippy organ runs, flipped into a mystic dub chamber sound on the B-side. There's a very good reason the scarce original fetches big money on the 2nd hand market… Recommended!
Thursday, 20 March
Cheeky dancehall bubblers from the Scotch Bonnet posse. A-side sparks up the 'Pepper Riddim' for vocal versions from Speng Bond and Parly B, plus instrumental. B-side, the rooted steppers force of 'Heavy Weightless Riddim' is ridden by Marina P and Capra Dread.
Thursday, 13 March
Killah platter from the Mungo's Hi Fi posse! Up top 'The Stinger' rinses the Sleng Teng bassline under wicked slow/fast steppers percussion and brand new vocal; down town it's a booming 808 rub-a-dub weapon called 'Dem Stylee' that sounds like early '90s techno spliced with Block Party hip hop and Jamaican subbass pressure. Nutty.
Thursday, 27 February
"Tapper Zukie's 'Man from Bosrah' album still stands up today many years after its initial release, as only great music seems to do. Tapper was one of the few Jamaican artists in the late 1970's that crossed over with the emerging punk/new wave audience. Punk poet Patti Smith had practised her poetry over the rhythms from Tapper Zukies 'Man Ah Warrior' album, before reworking them as songs with her band. Acknowledging this influence she brought Tapper on stage with her at the Hammersmith Odeon 23 October 1976 and introduced Tapper to a whole new audience. An audience that accepted Re… Read more
Thursday, 20 February
"Bucky Skank is a new occasional label from JD Twitch created solely to focus on tracks inspired by the myriad sounds that have come out of Jamaica over the last half century. The first 12" takes Twitch's long time obsession with Sleng Teng to its logical conclusion by including his take on that seminal rhythm. One of many versions he made purely for his amusement, after roping in former Roll Deep member, Killa P to do some vocals he decided to release it and the genesis of Bucky Skank was born. This track, "Skeng Teng", comes in vocal, instrumental and remix form, … Read more
Thursday, 13 February
"EM Records is proud to present the first new album release in 25 years from Sheriff Lindo, dubmaster of the Southern Hemisphere. His "Ten Dubs That Shook The World", released in 1988, has been growing in stature since its release, supported by its re-issue on EM Records, and in the meantime the Sheriff has been working steadily, deep-local style, honing his skills with the Australian sound systems Firehouse Sound and Earthlink Sound. The tracks on "Aftershock Dubs", recorded between 1990 and 2005, while never officially released, have been played as dub plates at sound system parties, … Read more
Rudest gamebwoy dubs from the Jahtari bossman. Entirely built on Nintendo's classic handheld console and a pimped-out Korg Monotron Delay and mixed to cassette, 'Dub Matrix With Stereo Sound' is the culmination of years of practice refining the art of handheld dub combat. Its nine short, sharp shockouts have typically been deployed as interludes during Disrupt's live shows on some of Europe's biggest sound-systems - so you know they've been thoroughly road-tested - but they sound just as canny on laptop speakers and home hi-fis. Mad to hear how crisp and potent his riddims are wi… Read more
2LP vinyl edition featuring 28 of the most sought-after tracks from the 3CD, 85-track set 'Jamaica Selects Jump Blues Strictly For You', the second in a series exploring US R&B favourites from the early Jamaican sound system scene. Compilation and annotated insert by reggae collector and authority Phil Etgart, a fascinating insight into the sounds that shaped early reggae (many tracks were subsequently covered by Jamaican artists).
28 track Vinyl Edition. "Before the development of its own recording industry, Jamaican music fans predominantly found musical fulfillment in the raw 'Shuffle Blues' music that emanated from mainland USA. This no-nonsense style of R&B dominated the island's sound system dances from the dawn of the Fifties, with operators aggressively competing with each other for 'exclusive' discs. This collection draws together the most popular of these influential sound system favourites, many of which were later covered by some of Jamaica'… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
"The productions of producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee were so extensive in the early to mid 1970’s that labels were created just to handle his ever expanding output. Three labels that came about during this time when dub was king were Jackpot. Justice and Attack. Here we look at the Jackpot label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts. Jackpot Records was formed in the early 1970’s as a subsidiary of Trojan Records to handle the output from the hitmaker from Jamaica..Bunny ’Striker ’Lee. Bunny was at the birth of dub and worked closely with Dubmaster King Tubb… Read more
Thursday, 30 January
'82 roots reggae classic from Johnny Osbourne, produced by 'Junjo' mixed by Scientist, inc. 'Love Is Universal', 'Give A Little Love', 'In Your Eyes' etc.
Freddy's Best-selling album from '82, features Freddie's signature 'Big Ship' title track plus 'Roots Man Skanking', 'Stop Loving You', 'Peaceful Man' etc. produced by Linval Thompson, mixed by Scientist.
Stone cold classic digi-dancehall album from 1984 by sing-jay originator, Eek-A-Mouse, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes, recorded and mixed at Channel One. Reissued in original jacket and quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Queen Elizabeth 2. Star, Daily News or Gleaner 3. Atlantis Lover 4. Palaving 5. Treason 6. Anarexol 7. Chip Out 8. Wild Like A Tiger 9. Don't Run And Cry 10. How I Got My Name
Wicked dancehall dub album from 1982, produced by Henry Junjo Lawes and starring the inimitable Yellowman. Reissued in original jacket and on quality pressing. Tracklist: 1. Natty Sat Upon The Rock 2. Lost Mi Love 3. Mister Chin 4. Two To Six, Supermix 5. Morning Ride 6. How You Keep A Dance 7. Jamaica A Little Miami 8. Yellowman Getting Married 9. Duppy Or Gunman 10. Cocky Did A Hurt Me
Thursday, 23 January
Sleep/Om's Al Cisneros continues his mystic dub trajectory with five new songs for Drag City. The solemn middle eastern strings and droning bass of 'Toward Nazareth' come off like a Muslimgauze track on 33-not-45, whilst 'Indica Field' and 'Harvester Dub' also shares common traits with certain Vatican Shadow vibes. Heaviest of all is the droning, ghostly meditation, 'Yerushaláyim'.
*Includes a 23”X23” Super Ape Poster* "Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee “Scratch” Perry is such an artist. As a pioneer of dub reggae Perry viewed the mixing console as musical instrument in its own right. The influence of his revolutionary approach has been felt world-wide and into genres far beyond reggae. His 1976 effort, Super Ape, is considered a masterpiece of this or any genre. Working with The Upstetters at his Black Ark studio Perry created a sound with such a lasting appeal that The Rough Guide incl… Read more
Thursday, 14 November
**180 gram audiophile vinyl album of the classic trojan album by John Holt. Featuring many great tracks and a full colour insert with track by track breakdown and sleeve notes by the legendary Harry Hawke**
Thursday, 24 October
Killah 8-bit dub bullets starring the legendary Rhythm & Sound vocalist, Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman! The Jahtari Riddim Force in full effect here, showcasing the full range of theirs and Paul St. Hilaire's talents with four smoked-out heavyweights stretching out from deepest Burial Mix vibes with gruffest vocal on 'Nah Ina It' to party-time skank and fast-chat of 'Who Goes There', thru mighty rude rub-a-dub on 'One O'Clock Rock' and a Sugar Minott-style reggae devotional, 'Love Jah Now' brimming with space invader bleeps and swirling mystic electronics. Big session!
Thursday, 10 October
"The next edition of Jahtari’s collectable 7” series sees Maffi return with a big bad thing called Heidi Riddim. Built from the DNA of Sleng Teng – Heidi flips the scripts on this most classic of classics by taking it to the black keys, in a minor key style and fashion. With its thick deadly bass line at the fore, Heidi has been specifically engineered to kill tin pan sounds and discombobulate Babylonians. First in line to ride this creation is special agent 001, Speng Bond, who comes correct to warn all those foolhardy enough to think it’s wise to ride the White Horse and r… Read more
Thursday, 03 October
Lewdest digi-dancehall from way out east label, Reggae Toy Box Records. The legendary General Levy wrecks the riddim up top with the punani paean, 'Mr. Stiggadiggading', and Japan's Wassy swaggers over DJ Yama's quicksilver steppers groove down below.
Wicked digi-dancehall nugglett from the land o' the rising sun! This one a vocal session, El Fata & Diegojah switching singjay styles on top and Japan's Ninety-U burning across DJ Yama's double-timed D&B -like riddim on the flip, 'Yoru Wo Kanetsu'. Big look for fans of Scotch Bonnet or Jahtari.
Cheeky digi-dancehall nugglett from Japan! Necessary Mayhem and Jahtari regular Mr. Williamz voices DJ Yama's double-timed 'Digittonight' riddim (included on the B-side), keeping a steady, bustling flow over metallic bounce and D&B-style rushes. Mad fun!
Thursday, 26 September
*Heavyweight double vinyl edition in deluxe gatefold sleeve with full sleevenotes* "A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica’s foundation label of reggae music. Featuring classic cuts from the originators of Ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry - alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the mighty vaults of 13 Brentford Road. Soul Jazz Records’ new ‘Studio One Ska Fever’ goes back to the early 1960s, when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica’s inde… Read more
Thursday, 04 July
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* "Strut presents a new soundclash featuring sweet-voiced Jamaican legend Cornell Campbell and the excellent London-based reggae and Afro-dub collective, Soothsayers, led by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman. The pairing first took shape through a chance meeting between Cornell Campbell and Hopcraft in Kingston, Jamaica early in 2011. A session was arranged at Bunny Lee’s recording studio in West Kingston and, within days, the collaboration produced the sweet ‘I’ll Never Leave’, a homage to Cornell’s island home country in Par… Read more
Thursday, 27 June
*Green translucent vinyl - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Second set of 11 new songs from Scratch, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann* "Last year’s collaboration between The Orb and Lee Scratch Perry unsurprisingly produced more music than one album could handle, so Scratch, Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann are returning in fine style with ‘More Tales From The Orbservatory’. These 11 new tracks continue the full-blooded immersion in reggae‘s infinite studio universe which characterised the first set; shards of old songs … Read more
Thursday, 06 June
"1978 classic DJ set finally gets a vinyl re-issue in the Greensleeves Reggae Classic series. One of the original album releases that launched the Greensleeves record label Stop Yu Loafin captures Jah Thomas flashing at the height of his powers over a set of 10 crucial revolutionaries rhythms. Full Up, Death In The Arena, Answer - this is the Rockers sound that revolutionized the sound of Jamaica. Produced by Joseph Hookim at the then ruling Channel One Studios and expertly engineered by Ernest Hookim and Barnabas, Stop Yu Loafin locks down ten classic microphone attacks including DJ cuts t… Read more