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, 14 August
"The productions of producer Bunny "Striker" Lee were so extensive in the early to mid-1970s 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 Jamaican Recordings takes a look at the Justice label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts. Justice Records was formed in the early '70s as a subsidiary label to handle the ever-growing output of the producer and hit-maker from Jamaica, Bunny "Striker" Lee. Bunny worked in all the Jamaican studios and as an indep… Read more
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.
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
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