Thursday, 25 June
"Rocksteady took over Orange Street, Kingston, Jamaica around 1966, the same time that an extreme heat wave hit the Jamaican Island. Some say the previous jerky Ska Rhythms proved too strenuous of an activity to partake in during the all night Sound Systems. So it proved a winning formula to slow the beat down to a more leisurely pace. Whatever the reasons were this two year period that ran until 1968 would see some of the power escape from the big three producers, Clement ‘Coxonne' Dodd, Prince Buster and Duke Reid...who up to that period ruled the airwaves. I… Read more
Thursday, 18 June
**Limited edition - Hand screen printed 7”** Jamaican reggae veteran Carlton Livingston blesses Heights & Worship with a brilliant vocal on the duo's return to Zam Zam Sounds. Up top 'pon 'Crucify Me', Livingston recounts lyrics about hard life in East Kingston over bluesy melodica and sweltering acidic dub. B-side brings the LFO swept bass and 303 forward in a choking, flying 'Crucify Dub'.
*28-track 2LP vinyl set with illustrated, annotated insert and featuring key recordings in the development of local Jamaican music from US-derived shuffle blues/boogie to the distinctive ska sound which would in turn evolve into rock steady and then reggae, inc tracks from Laurel Aitken, Derrick Morgan, Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, Don Drummond and Owen Gray* "The 28 tracks which comprise Feel So Fine are key recordings in the development of reggae’s precursor, ska. Throughout the ’50s and into the ’60s, the most popular style at Jamaican sound systems was the hard-hit… Read more
Thursday, 04 June
"Bunny Lee's Flying Cymbals or flyers rhythms dominated the Dancehalls and the charts during 1974 and 1975. The style based around the Philadelphia disco or the Philly Bump, the sound of an open and closed hi-hat was not necessarily novel but Striker's innovations of bringing a number of different elements into play most certainly was. Johnny Clarke's interpretation of Earl Zero's 'None Shall Escape the Judgement' not only opens this se but also opened the floodgates for the flyers style. The story had begun the previous year with Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar. 'Sly played the flyi… Read more
Thursday, 28 May
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* And so to the one we've been waiting for, Soul Jazz conclude their copiously well executed series of devotion to Clement Coxsone Dodd with a full overview. The limited vinyl edition carries a full colour large format book, with excellent photographs, usual level of scholarly annotations, while the tunes all stand up amongst the most enduring and popular ever on the label. With Abyssinians "Declaration Of Rights", Michigan & Smiley's huge stalag cut on "Nice up The Dance", Dub specialist's all time classic "Banana Walk", … Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* "Buss it non-stop" - just one listen to the opening of Lloyd Robinson and Devon Russell's impressions' inflected 'Push push' and you should be as enthralled as we were by this cd of specials. The 'discomix' phenomenon was reggae music's reaction to the extended space and form made possible by the technological development of the twelve inch single, created to allow greater flexibility for club deejays to extend, splice or plain muck around with the music. Reggae seized the opportunity to showcase the vocal and the du… Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classics* The latest release in Soul Jazz's bob-on Studio One series gets up close and personal with the Rude Boys - a cultural movement synonymous with Jamaican Dancehall and stretching right back to the Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd and Duke Reid soundclashes in the late 1950's/early 1960's. Culling certain values from the well established Rastafarian faith, rude boys embraced political issues and inhabited a fully rounded cultural movement that extends well beyond the lazy stereotypes often peddled as representative. Featuri… Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* The lavish Studio One series continues unabated with this fantastic new addition, here chronicling the transition period where the studio went through something of a rebirth attracting new and exciting artists such as Willie Williams, Lone Ranger, Michigan and Smiley and Horace Andy whilst holding on to the old guard of Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor etc. With many of the artists featured getting their break through Studio One's legendary Sunday auditions, the political mood of Jamaica began to influence the music mor… Read more
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* Second instalment with a tough act to to follow after the first volume rarely strayed more than a foot from the player - Coxsone wheels it back proper dry and heavy style - drawn predominantly from epic local pop productions this music provides a beautiful snapshot of jamaican bump. Marcia Griffiths Feel Like Jumping, The Willows Send another Moses, Otis Gayle's gorgeous Spinners cover I'll be around, accompanying other priceless rediscoveries such as Marcia Griffiths in dub, hey we all need to jump around sometimes - far too many highlights to detail here - expect total entertaiment always from Studio One.
*Re-press of this long-unavailable Soul Jazz classic* "Soul Jazz continue their journey into the vaults of the mighty Studio One with this next instalment, featuring everything from classic ska and rocksteady to the deepest roots, heaviest dub and dancehall. As ever, the album includes incredible reggae artists such as The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Johnny Osbourne and Wailing Souls, all of whom launched their careers at Studio One, 13 Brentford Road, under the guidance of Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd. This album features some of the most in-demand and collectible… Read more
**Includes 4-panel insert crammed with liner notes, photos and credits. Includes download code for full, remastered album plus six bonus track** The Mothmen's brilliant Manchester post-punk-dub oddity, 'Pay Attention' (1981) is pulled up for reissue by Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound. Featuring Chris Joyce and Tony Bowers - who later formed the rhythm section for Simply Red's first three albums - plus Bob Harding - who would manage the internationally renowned reggae distributor Blood & Fire - and the late David Rowbotham, The Mothmen were appreciated by those who knew their music … Read more
King Midas Sound's dub poet, Roger Robinson, in a dread-filled tribute to his Brixton 'hood circa the London riots, framed by Disrupt's unique dub production. Nodding to classic works by Linton Kwesi Johnson, Prince Far I, and, perhaps most poignantly, Stephen "Spaceape" Gordon (R.I.P.), Robinson relates his experiences of those smoke-filled nights in late summer 2011 when the youth of London were pushed too far and reacted in kind. Against the slowly unfolding havoc of Disrupt's frayed dubscapes fashioned from samplers, DIY synths and additional licks from Julien Neto, we're lead on… Read more
Fully authentic digi dancehall from Copenhagen's Maffi production unit, executive produced by Disrupt. Top side, the combination of Junior Roy and quick-skanking riddim comes off like a lost White Mice classic in 'Tuff Like We', backed with instrumental and a more stoned 'Bad Bwoy Style' from Colonel Maxwell. Down below, Peter King rides the bulbous bass and 8-bit blips of 'Bad Memory' beside a handy version and Asher Senator's dubble-timed steppers killer to close.
Thursday, 14 May
"Bullets Over Babylon is the new album dropping from Soom T & Monkey Marc. Diggin deep into the underbelly of the bass loving classes, it wanders into dark hiphop territory with unmistakable homage to Cypress Hill of the early 90's whilst propping up the atmospheric slant of 50’s Jazz that holds for the majority letting it occasionally course into uncharted rage infused confusery. Supported by instrumental waves of adherence to the underlying moral code of the presumptive listener by providing aid to bring metaphoric evaluation into clearer view. Many years in the making, thi… Read more
Thursday, 30 April
*Reissue of this incredible slice of digital dancehall from the archives - brought to you via Basic Channel and Honest Jon's Basic Replay imprint* Listen up - this record contains some of the deadliest digital reggae rhythms and crushing production styles you'll ever hear. White Mice [born Allan Crichton] came up through the ranks on Sugar Minott's Youthman Promotions sound system, Jammy's Hi Power and the smaller Ticka Muzik sound from his birthplace - Montego Bay, rising to local celebrity whilst performing with Tenor Saw at Sunsplash 85. Surprising then that recollections of White Mice ar… Read more
**Roots reggae. Hard to believe this was made in 2014! Edition of 500** "Horus Records’ fifth release is a special one for us. It is the first production played and recorded by ourselves at our studio ‘The Arch’ in Tottenham, North London. It’s in an all analogue affair recorded with real instruments live and direct to tape, sounds pumped through homemade valve preamps and other equipment we have amassed over the last few years. It’s a 2015 production, heavily influenced by our love for the sonic and the approach of 1970’s reggae. Ronnie Davis shouldn’t need an introduction, considered one o… Read more
Thursday, 23 April
**Nice up your life with this prime reissue of Hopeton Lewis's seminal debut album collecting his massive hits such as 'Take It Easy', 'Rock Steady' and 'Cool Collie' from the scorching Jamaican summers of '66-'67. Every home should own a copy!** "Take It Easy With The Rock Steady Beat is a fundamental album released in 1966 that determined the way Rocksteady was going to journey. In 1966, Rude Boys were at the peak of the fame with their notorious behaviors, while Ska gradually started to slow down its tempo. This album paved the way for a newborn music, Rockste… Read more
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
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 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
"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. "