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Lee Scratch Perry & The 18th Parallel - Words From The Upsetter / Spring Thunderstorm
Lee Scratch Perry & The 18th Parallel
Words From The Upsetter / Spring Thunderstorm
7" | 2022 | EU | Original (Fruits)
8,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
As reggae lovers for decades, one of our biggest dreams was to collaborate with the creative genius behind the legendary sound of the Black Ark studio, one of the dub originators, the man responsible for shaping the sound of Bob Marley and the Wailers amongst many other greats, the mighty Upsetter, the unspeakable Lee “Scratch” Perry! That happy day has finally arrived in 2019 when Lee, who lived in Switzerland for a longtime, recorded his voice on The 18th Parallel’s ‘Cosmic Drop Riddim’.

The details around ‘Words From The Upsetter’ recording are not that common. In summer 2017, we at Fruits Records had the privilege to tour European festivals with Lee “Scratch” Perry as members of the Najavibes backing band. This is how we got to know the legend and start the production process. The first seed was sown. Nevertheless, the riddim track of the song was laid down in Kingston in 2014, as our crew of musicians – not known yet as The 18th Parallel – was recording our first release ever, A Little Walk album with the legendary Sino-Jamaican singer I Kong. The unused riddim slept in the hard drive for five years until we found the right artist to ride it. The Upsetter had that mystic vibes we were looking for, it was a perfect fit.

Then we spiced it up with a few more overdubs – analog string synthesizer, cosmic guitars, subtle sounds of musique concrète. Finally Roberto Sánchez brilliantly recreated the type of sound that the Black Ark was famous for: full of Mutron Bi-Phase, tape delay and spring reverb hits as testifies the dub version ‘Spring Thunderstorm’.

The production of this song has been a long and heavy process, but we're now able to present this brand new recording to the world. Sadly, Lee’s not physically here anymore to witness this release, but his musical legacy is so immeasurable that his memory will live forever in every music enthusiasts’ heart around the world. And this record is now a part of this legacy. We’ll be forever thankful for this opportunity and would like to give a special thanks to his family and friends (big up Dr. T!) who helped us and gave us assistance during the creative process. This record is dedicated to the loving memory of Lee “Scratch” Perry.

The ‘Cosmic Drop Riddim’ wouldn’t be fully completed without two extra unexpected cuts. The first one is an amazing instrumental song featuring Perry’s longtime friend and Jamaican number one trombonist Vin Gordon where trombone meets bass clarinet and bass flute to create a deep, foggy, mystical atmosphere. This will take you to a night journey to East Africa. The second cut highlights the art of dub poetry through the beautiful poem by Yasus Afari, ‘Healing Chant’.
New Blade Runners Of Dub - New Blade Runners Of Dub
Jah Defender, Mystical Powa / Iyah Ranks, Mystical Powa, Volkan - All Praises To Thee, Dub / Who Jah Bless, Blessings Dub, Mystic Flute
Ras Ico And The Shades / The Shades - Babylon Surrender Now / Honor The Dub
Jah Bast & The Shades / The Shades - Jah Irror / Reflect Of I'n'i Dub
Black Skin The Prophet - Red Blood / Version
Miguel Campbell - Accepted Time / Version
Dieter Meier / The Young Gods - Schüüfele / Did You Miss Me Dub Spencer & Trance Hill Version Record Store Day 2022 Vinyl Edition
Yabby You & The Prophets - Jah Over I / United Africa Dub
Yabby You & The Prophets
Jah Over I / United Africa Dub
7" | 2022 | UK (Pressure Sounds)
12,99 €*
Release:2022 / UK
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Conscious lyrics on this lesser known Yabby track. Never before pressed on 45 and comes with the correct version on the flipside. Comes in a printed Yabby bag. Tommy McCook on flute Sly and Robbie on rhythmic duties.
Mungo's Hi-Fi & Solo Banton - We Pulsating
Mungo's Hi-Fi & Solo Banton
We Pulsating
7" | 2022 | EU | Original (Escotch Bonnet)
14,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
One of the most requested vocals to Mungo's HiFi's recent Antidote Dub LP was Solo Banton's unreleased A side to Pulsating Dub. Naturally, Mungo's have obliged, pairing both cuts on one monster of a seven-inch that will invite heavy equal needle traffic on each side. Over a liver-quivering drum-and-bass heartbeat skank, Solo gives a Raggamuffin statement of lyrically murderous intent. The rhythm track was recorded by engineering maestro Prince Fatty at his much-missed Ironworks studio space in Brighton. A modern classic in the truest sense of the words. Miss this at your peril.
Disciples, The - Imperial Dub Volume 1 Record Store Day 2022 Vinyl Edition
Disciples, The
Imperial Dub Volume 1 Record Store Day 2022 Vinyl Edition
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Mania Dub)
24,29 €* 26,99 € -10%
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
(Record Store Day Exclusive) Previous unreleased compilation of vintage 90's Disciples output! Vintage "Boom Shacka Lacka" UK Dub, soundsystem-style!
Earl George - One And Only
Earl George
One And Only
LP | 1978 | UK | Reissue (Burning Sounds)
23,99 €*
Release:1978 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
A seriously soulful vocalist, Earl George appeared on numerous classic records under a number of different names including Earl Lawrence, L Lawrence, George Earl, George Faith and, on occasion, Earl George.

This album ‘One & Only’ was recorded for Phil Pratt. Originally released in 1978 through West London’s Burning Sounds organisation and credited to Earl George, the set contained his three Terminal single releases and seven brand new tunes. Produced by Phil Pratt and featuring Sly & Robbie, Tommy McCook, Ansel Collins.
V.A. - Soul Power '68 Record Store Day 2022 Purple Vinyl Edition
V.A.
Soul Power '68 Record Store Day 2022 Purple Vinyl Edition
LP | 2022 | US | Original (Trojan)
28,99 €*
Release:2022 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Limited to 900 copies.

An exclusive RSD release on 140g Purple purple vinyl from Trojan Records. This special collection is a mirror of recently discovered Doctor Bird Records tape of a previously unissued compilation album – Soul Power. With Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle catalogue having been mercilessly plundered over the past few decades, you would be forgiven for thinking thatprecious little of the legendary producer’s work currently remains unavailable. This sensationa collection of long lost rock steady, proto reggae and soul tracks from 1968 demonstrates therwise. Featuring Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, The Conquerors, The Melodians and many more
Peter Tosh - Complete Captured Live
Peter Tosh
Complete Captured Live
2LP | 1984 | UK | Reissue (Parlophone)
48,44 €* 50,99 € -5%
Release:1984 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Limited to 6700 copies.

First time available since 2002. The legendary show was recorded in 1983 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and originally released as a 1LP highlights album in 1984. The Complete Captured Live features all 15 songs performed that night, including fiery versions of “Equal Rights/Downpressor Man,” “African,” and “Get Up, Stand Up”.
The Blue Rhythm Combo - In My Dreams
Glen Adams - She's So Fine
Siffleur - Mercella (Kills) / Marcella (Green)
Siffleur
Mercella (Kills) / Marcella (Green)
7" | 2022 | EU | Original (Siffleur)
12,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
The tune-whistling DJ collective Siffleur are back with two quasi-mashup remixes of retro pop that combine Italian nostalgia, soulful beats, and Jamaican jungle vibes. This is a brilliantly smooth and playful blend, perfect for chilling out and languorous dancing.
House Of Tuff Scout - Out On The Floor Dub
Bob Drumbago & Drumbago Experienced Band - Play Paverty For Me
Dreadzone - Dreadzone Pres. Dubwiser Volume Two Colored Vinyl Edition
Step Daughters - The Right Sound White Vinyl Edtition
Step Daughters
The Right Sound White Vinyl Edtition
LP | 2022 | US | Original (Jump Up)
28,99 €*
Release:2022 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Debut album from Orange County female fronted punky 2-Tone ska band who've been featured on the landamark "too Hectic: California SKA Punk" collection plus comps on Smelvis Records. Think 90's Hellcat street ska vibe, a must for fans of THE Interrupters & THE Selecter. White wax pic sleeve.
Coco Bryce - Sweetheart / Sonar
Coco Bryce
Sweetheart / Sonar
10" | 2022 | EU | Original (AKO Beatz)
16,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
One per customer only.

Coco Bryce makes his solo debut on AKO after featuring on the Defender album. Two beautiful tracks – Sweetheart has that trademark sound by Coco Bryce, melodic sound, and a rolling break and just has a vibe.

Sonar is an Amen track that has caught the eyes of many and brings a nice balance to the release. Both have been getting a lot of AirPlay from the likes of DJ flight, Mantra, Decibella, and others
Sylvan White & The 18th Parallel - Chant Nyahbingeh / Dub Nyahbingeh
Sylvan White & The 18th Parallel
Chant Nyahbingeh / Dub Nyahbingeh
7" | 2022 | EU | Original (Fruits)
8,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
After a first outstanding collaboration on the song ‘Mother Nature’, Greenwhich Farm's singer Sylvan White teams up once again with Fruits Records! On a 80's dancehall rub a dub type of riddim played by The 18th Parallel, Sylvan White sings about his faith in Rastafari and shares his knowledge of the traditional culture, the mystic of the nyabinghi drums.
Leroy Smart - Be Conscious / Jah Light
Leroy Smart
Be Conscious / Jah Light
12" | 2022 | UK | Original (Archive)
16,99 €*
Release:2022 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Channel One production, Discostyle double header as originally released on the J & J label in 1980.

Both sides come complete with extended mixes running into the version.

On limited red vinyl and housed in Channel One's Super Charge inner sleeve in a quality art board spined sleev
Desmond Dekker - Double Dekker
Lloyd Charmers / Charmers Dub People - Slavery / Dub Slave
Lloyd Charmers / Charmers Dub People
Slavery / Dub Slave
7" | 2022 | EU | Original (Hornin Sounds)
12,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Killer 70's deep roots tune by Lloyd Charmers. Recorded at Federal Studio.
Race Fans, The - What's Wrong With You / Bookie Man
Race Fans, The
What's Wrong With You / Bookie Man
7" | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Harlem Shuffle)
11,04 €* 12,99 € -15%
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
This killer double sider is the first release of the stunning “Bookie Man - What’s Wrong With You”. It was previously released as a blank label only in 1968 and was wrongly credited to The Bleechers. On the B side, “Bookie Man” is a completely different song,and it is a rare and brilliant track in its own right. It is also the first time the two “Bookie Man” songs are featured together on a 7inch.
V.A. - Rock Steady Cool
V.A.
Rock Steady Cool
LP | 1968 | EU | Reissue (Kingston Sounds)
16,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Rock Steady Cool is another fine collection of Rocksteady hits. The ‘Cool’ subtitle could not be more relevant to an album, as around 1966, an extreme heatwave hit the Jamaican island. This would not stop the all night dances from going ahead but the jerky Ska Rhythms proved too strenuous of an activity to partake in, so a new slower beat to suit this extreme weather had to be found and the ever resourceful music entrepreneurs came up with the slower paced beat and Rocksteady was born. This two-year Rocksteady period ran until 1968 and would see some of the power escape from the big three producers, Clement ‘Coxone’ Dodd, Prince Buster and Duke Reid. It was time to make room for a new wave of up-and-coming producers that also had something to offer the people. Such names as Joel Gibson (Joe Gibbs), Sonia Pottinger, Derrick Harriott and most prolific of them all, Mr Bunny Lee would step forward and add some new musical touches to the island. Rocksteady was an inspirational and somewhat overlooked sound that provided us with some outstanding music. So, sit back and enjoy some Rocksteady straight from the dances of Jamaica. Hope You enjoy the set
Jahtari - Loose In Space / The Stars My Destination White Vinyl Edition
Weeding Dub - 5 Years On The Road
Weeding Dub
5 Years On The Road
7" | 2022 | EU | Original (Storming Dub)
10,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
For the third release on Storming Dub Records we are proud to have on our roster one of the more talented dub producer from France: Weeding DUB. He's well-known for a good amount of killer dubs released over the years which have been played all over Europe and beyond from the biggest Sound Systems on the scene.
I Jah / Joe Ariwa - Sunshine Rise (Darkness) Dub / Paranormal Dub, Dub 2
Vanya O, Indica Meets Vibronics / Shiva, Indica Meets Vibronics - Jet Stream, Rising Dub / Jah Is Here, Dub
Fikir Amlak Meets Kai Dub - One Africa, Dub / Three Wicked Men, Dub
Nora Dean / Winston Wright - Barb Wire / Mesh Wire
John Holt / Tommy McCook - Sister Big Stuff / Single Barrel
Dennis Bovell - The Dubmaster: The Essential Anthology
Dennis Bovell
The Dubmaster: The Essential Anthology
2LP | 2022 | EU | Original (BMG Rights Management)
30,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Two-color cassette: Side A red (Volume 1), Side B white (Volume 2)

Atlanta emcee Tha God Fahim remains a true outlier, releasing new music at a remarkable pace without sacrificing depth or quality. Recently, the talented artist linked with Montreal producer Nicholas Craven for two masterful new EPs within the span of a month, drawing widespread praise in the process. Now, both volumes of Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King are available in one physical release. Featuring guest vocals from Your Old Droog, this two-part collection unites powerful creatives forces, with Fahim weaving consistently inventive street parables over Craven’s cinematic, soul-drenched production.
Junior B / Uprising Sounds - Military Dub, Pt 2 / Hurricane Dub Pt.2 / Mystical Dub, Pt.2, Dub It Roll It, Pt.2
Twinkle Brothers - The Sabbath Day / Version
Victor Romero Evans / The Detonators - At The Club / Lift Off
Victor Romero Evans / The Detonators
At The Club / Lift Off
12" | 1980 | EU | Reissue (Special Request)
13,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Diggin deep, two treasured cuts from the John Collins vaults, remastered, reissued and sounding oh so weighty. The lush Lovers vibe of Victor Romero Evans - At The Club and the mind-bending, cosmic, space-echoed dub from The Detonators - Lift Off. Both written and produced by the mighty John Collins, producer of some seminal tracks from the likes of Janet Kay and Rick Clarke, it was his production prowess on these two tracks that led Jerry Dammers to get Collins in to produce The Specials - Ghost Town / Why? / Friday Night, Saturday Morning after hearing the magic of this EP. With originals trading hands for £70 it's high time a reissue came around.
Sublime - Sublime 25th Anniversary
Ansel Collins - Spanish Town
Jablonski - Soul Makossa
Zion I Kings - Jah Is Worthy / The Rainbow
Zion I Kings
Jah Is Worthy / The Rainbow
12" | 2022 | EU | Original (Before Zero)
14,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Drums: Lloyd "Junior" Richards
Bass, Pick Guitar, Percussion: David "jah David" Goldfine
Keyboards and Trombone: Andrew "Drew Keys" Stoch
Organ: Laurent "Tippy I" Alfred
Guitar: Andrew "Moon" Bain
Trumpet: Patrick "Aba Ariginal" Anthony
Recorded By: David Kennedy at Dungeon Studios, Miami
Mixed By: David "jah David" Goldfine at Zion High Studios, FL
Ernest Wilson / Simon Nyabinghi - I Know Myself / I Know My Dub
Ernest Wilson / Simon Nyabinghi
I Know Myself / I Know My Dub
7" | 1974 | EU | Reissue (All Nations)
8,09 €* 8,99 € -10%
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
One of the two new 7" from All Nations Records coming early 2022 is a rework of a legendary tune that all reggae fans know. “I Know Myself” from Ernest Wilson has been a regular play by all champion sounds from Sir Cosxone to Jah Shaka and alikes since late 70’s. Never would be the intention to do better, but All Nations Records likes to do his thing a little bit different, so Simon Nyabinghi has rebuilt the tune entirely in his studio in 2022 style. With a clever recipe of carefully picked sounds and a grooving way of playing, it has the original vibes with a bouncing twist that should suit to all original fans and beyond. All in all, a great humble tribute to a legendary artist sadly gone to zion earlier in 2021.
Rootsman, The - Fittest Of The Fittest
Rootsman, The
Fittest Of The Fittest
7" | 2022 | EU | Original (Partial)
12,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
A brutal bass-rumbler from The Rootsman in the shape of `Fittest of the Fittest’ which originally appeared on the CD only album `Roots Bloody Rootsman’ in 2001, then issued by Partial (prtl10007) in 2015, which swiftly sold out. This 7” release is backed with a previously unreleased dub version.
Horace Andy / Jackie Mittoo - See A Man's Face / One Step Beyond
Horace Andy / Jackie Mittoo
See A Man's Face / One Step Beyond
7" | 2016 | UK | Reissue (Soul Jazz)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Horace Andy’s Tuffest tune ever – See A Man’s Face + Jackie Mittoo’s Killer original instrumental cut to Freddy McGregor’s Bobby Bobylon. Serious!
Skatalites, The / Dub Specialist - Man In The Street / Banana Walk
Skatalites, The / Dub Specialist
Man In The Street / Banana Walk
7" | 2015 | UK | Reissue (Soul Jazz)
15,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
The Skatalites’ massive dancefloor ska Anthem + some serious dub on the flip
Leroy Sibbles / Norma Frazier - Express Yourself / Respect
Leroy Sibbles / Norma Frazier
Express Yourself / Respect
7" | 2015 | UK | Reissue (Soul Jazz)
16,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Stone-cold classic Studio One 45 back in stock after years! - loud, clean, boom!
Horace Andy / Dub Specialst - Skylarking / Sky Rhythm
Horace Andy / Dub Specialst
Skylarking / Sky Rhythm
7" | 2016 | UK | Reissue (Soul Jazz)
15,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Stone cold classic Studio One 45s back in stock after years. One-off represses. Loud, clean pressings.
D-Operation Drop - Pon Pause Feat Al Campbell
D-Operation Drop
Pon Pause Feat Al Campbell
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Dub-Stuy)
8,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Italian bass collective D-Operation Drop marks their debut on Dub-Stuy Records with “Pon Pause SP”, a heavyweight 12”single featuring legendary singer Al Campbell. Formed in 2010, the six members of D-Operation Drop have a wide range of experience and production styles, releasing on various labels such as ZamZam, Moonshine and Lioncharge. For their first collaboration with Dub-Stuy, they connected with the great Al Campbell, a singer with a storied career working with Studio One, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Black Ark, and more. Together, they crafted a modern steppers anthem that seamlessly connects old and new.
Iration Steppas - What's Wrong Feat. Yt
Iration Steppas
What's Wrong Feat. Yt
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Dubquake)
11,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
After years of anticipation, here are the Iration Steppa “90s Classic Cutz”, an exclusive re- edition of five seminal UK Dub tracks that revolutionised reggae & electronic music in the 90s!
Ploy - Rayhana EP
Ploy
Rayhana EP
12" | 2022 | EU | Original (Deaf Test)
25,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
'Rayhana' EP is a departure from the cerebral, industrial deep dive of his debut album 'Unlit Signals', and now draws from wider influences, twisting Baile funk, broken beat and hi-tech bass music into floor-focussed, sinewy new shapes. Guaranteed to cause jubilant carnage wherever heard, the heavy artillery of title track 'Rayhana' is a vocal led, rumbling rhythmic monster with chest-pummelling low end, neck-snapping metallic claps and razor-sharp hats. Almost a deeper dub of its predecessor, 'Dark Lavis' is an instrumental tension builder, where mangled eastern elements whip up a head spinning vortex that's carried by behemoth bass and stuttering, swung beats, which take you deep inside the ride. Based around the UK broken sound, with a touch of dancehall, on '5G Bats' Smith slow things down but ups the energy, with double-time breaks, stroboscopic samples, machine gun like flickers and all manner of stretched, wavey tones. 'Rayhana' follows tastemaker favourites by Ploy on esteemed imprints Timedance, Hemlock, Hessle Audio and L.I.E.S., plus remixes of his music by Beatrice Dillon and Peder Mannerfelt. Ploy has graced Best Track Of The Year lists in The Guardian, Crack, FACT, Mixmag, Dummy and DJ. He did a week-long residency on Rinse FM, helmed multiple NTS shows and recorded mixes for Dekmantel. Boiler Room and FACT. A regular at discerning UK and European clubs, he has also appeared at Dimensions festival, Dekmantel Selectors, and has toured East Asia and the US multiple times. Last year Ploy released the impeccable album 'Unlit Signals' which was released via L.I.E.S. with no PR, and therefore only caught the attention of a few astute journalists. This future classic deserved to be huge, but slipped largely under the radar. On launching Deaf Test, Smith comments, "it's a vehicle for my personal output now. I have more club-focussed music on the way, and I'll be exploring meaningful collaborations too. The name is due to me being deaf in one ear from an early age".PRINTED SLEEVE WITH INN...
Black Seeds, The - Keep On Pushing Lp 20 Years Red Vinyl Edition
Black Seeds, The
Keep On Pushing Lp 20 Years Red Vinyl Edition
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (The Black Seeds)
23,24 €* 30,99 € -25%
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Twenty years on, The Black Seeds mark the 2 decade anniversary of their debut album ‘Keep On Pushing’ as a first ever vinyl release. In 1998, The Black Seeds formed their roots in Wellington - a creative, 90s rock based community that was embraced by the sounds of the likes of Shihad, Fur Patrol and Weta.

2001 marked the beginning of the Welly Roots sound and the release of The Black Seeds – ‘Keep On Pushing’ – reaching platinum sales in New Zealand and shaping the funk, soul, Afrobeat and other eclectic elements over their dub/reggae foundation.

Keep On Pushing’s bold themes of love, optimism and solidarity has resonated with fans across the world, shaping them as the creative, vibrant 8 piece band they are today.

"This album marked a change culturally as well as in sound, a south pacific take on soul, where we were proud of our multicultural heritage and our accents. It was a move away from DJ’s to a big band sound. It was the beginning of The Black Seeds as a party band, we wanted to create a funky feel good sound that embraced everyone who experienced it."

- Barnaby Weir, Lead singer and founding member

This special anniversary vinyl edition will feature mixes of all ten tracks from the original album.
Danman / Dennis Capra - Richman / Poorman Dub
Zu-Zu - Winner Extended / Dub
Sister Nancy / Mad Professor - Armageddon, Dub / Runaway Slave, Dub
Goldmaster Studio - Clarrion Call, Rally Dub / Drum Call, War Cry Dub
Tapes Meets Nikolaienko - Sunda School
Tapes Meets Nikolaienko
Sunda School
12" | 2022 | EU | Original (Porridge Bullet)
13,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Limited pressing.

As PB headmaster Ajukaja before them for the first chapter of “Sunda School”, Tapes & Nikolaienko get comfortable behind an organ. These two manage to sneak along some shit of their own though – a bag of sharp rocks to cut perfect tape loops & round ones to play the keys with.

The four vignettes on this 7” paint a picture both blissful & threatening. Take “Countryside Emergency” with its loosely galloping rhythm-loop & alarming arpeggiated keys. All this might end with someone getting thrown into a fire. If it wasn't for “Jaaksoni Tamm” to smooth the situation with an inviting dreamy atmosphere. Bright & fluttery. Might be a trap though.

Dub informed free flowing goods, as you'd expect from sonic explorer Jackson Bailey & the boss of beautiful Muscut label Dmytro Nikolaienko.

“Sunda School” is a series now. Part three sooner than later!

Mastered by The Bastard.
Ulysse - Naima / Tiers Monde
Ulysse
Naima / Tiers Monde
12" | 1982 | EU | Reissue (Stima)
15,99 €*
Release:1982 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Originally released in 1983, this 12’’ from French-Haitian saxophone player Ulysse became cult – and extremely rare – within the French boogie niche. Both tracks wonderfully succeed in mixing political statements with dance-floor delights. Boogie-pop track “Naïma” seems to be a love song at first, but actually says the impossible resilience of a woman who has grown up in war. The heavy digital reggae song “Tiers Monde” warns us about the abandonment of Third World children. This maxi single, where each track is instantly followed by its instrumental version for greater DJ use, is an authentic snapshot of the Paris mixed club scene of the 1980s. Really hard to find for a very long time, it’s a great pleasure for Stima Records to make this music available again, in order to reach a well deserved new audience nearly 40 years later!
Dennis Walks & The 18th Parallel - Long Struggling / Edelvibes Rock
Gregory Isaacs - Showcase
Gregory Isaacs
Showcase
LP | 1980 | UK | Reissue (Taxi)
24,99 €*
Release:1980 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Another stone cold classic from the vaults of Taxi Records. The Cool Ruler, aka singer songwriter Gregory Isaacs. Perfectly crafted songs and precise rhythm construction by the Taxi Gang at Channel One Studio. Each song drifts seamlessly into percussive dubs with subtle sonic landscapes sculpted by the engineers Maxie & Ernest Hookim at the mixing board
Mad Professor - The First Dubs Are The Deepest 40 Years Of Dub 2
Augustus Pablo - Liberation / Version
Mighty Randells, The / Sky High All Stars - Brimstone & Fire / Earthquake & Lightning
Fazal Prendergast & The High Times Players - High Music Showcase
Abeng & Eeyun Purkins - The Wiseman & The Fool / A Wise Dub
Abeng & Eeyun Purkins
The Wiseman & The Fool / A Wise Dub
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Dig This Way)
6,99 €* 9,99 € -30%
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
"The Wiseman & The Fool" , the last brand new Roots & Culture track arranged & played by mighty Abeng , extra deep mood with horns , falsetto voice and an extra Dark dubwise by Eeyun Purkins. Around April/May 2020 , during the toughest Lockdown we had a very productive and constructive period , Abeng aka Claudio , which arrange, play and sing almost all the instruments of all the chunes we released by him , did a great job finalizing a number of demos he sent us in the previous month and ourself as a label tried to create some fresh connections , we like , when possible to be able to work with a wide number of artists so that each production have some unique magic into it. Eeyun Purkins from the Co-Operators (uk) is surely one of the brightest lights in this Roots & Cultures movement that is bringing to light some fresh fantastic music and during that period he helped us mixing some of Abeng's chunes and passed us some of his riddim (Check Dtws009 "The Moonlight Runner") , he did a majestic job mixing this track , and we are extremely thankful for this. Last but not least , we had the shining Rootikal Horns how did some special horns finalizing and some tuff Sax and Trombone solo....that by now will remain unreleased. Final Touch by Pressure Mastering that did put all the things in order to be pressed and spreaded!
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Conquering Lion - National Stadium Kingston 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Conquering Lion - National Stadium Kingston 1978
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Mind Control)
16,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
This concert was held during a political civil war in Jamaica between opposing parties Jamaican Labour Party and the People's National Party. The concert came to its peak during Bob Marley & The Wailers' performance of "Jammin'", when Marley joined the hands of political rivals Michael Manley (pnp) and Edward Seaga (jlp
Sabab - Revival Style
Biga Ranx - Nightbird
Biga Ranx
Nightbird
2LP | 2021 | EU | Reissue (X-Ray)
30,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Biga Ranx is a major artist of the international Dub Scene, he has been acclaimed by the biggest Jamaican MC's over the years for his unique flow and style. From the age of 14, Biga has been working on his lyrics, his compositions, etc.. After 5 albums and 1000 gigs over the world, Biga Ranx his still evolving and his mixing Dub, Electronic, Lo-Fi and Hip Hop sounds.
RSD - Let's Stay Together / Let's Dub Together Feat. Denise Morgan
RSD
Let's Stay Together / Let's Dub Together Feat. Denise Morgan
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Bump N Grind)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Bump 'n Grind Wax's newest relief channels a collective sigh of relief, one that promises to remind the world that joy and love can triumph through togetherness.

Bristol's sonic luminary, Rob Smith (aka Rsd), has offered his support in this dynamic cover of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together." With a hint of lover's rock and a dash of neo-soul, RSD invites Denise Morgan to voice this timeless tune. On the A-side, prominent piano runs, synth stabs, and RSD's iconic drum section frame Morgan's deliciously-soulful approach to this classic. RSD brings the magic for the B-side version, "Let's Dub Together." With a blown-out bassline, Denise's tricked out vocal samples, and a thoughtful caressing of the track's timing, reverb, and echo, RSD adds his undeniable signature to the latest BnG Wax tribute.

A formidable architect behind the now-beloved "Bristol Sound," Rob has been an irreplaceable thread in the development of bass-heavy dance music since the 1980s. From raves to basements, lounges to sound system dances, Rob has pushed the limits of music technology to forge a vital link between the past and future. He is a pioneer who has explored the intersections of nearly every genre through dubbed-out breaks, drops, and quintessential remixes. BnG Wax is honored to have his fingerprints on one of our releases.
Bukkha, Longfingah & Toni Wobble - Still Reppin / Version
Bukkha, Longfingah & Toni Wobble
Still Reppin / Version
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Bass Come Save Me)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
We met Bukkah in winter 2019 on a session with the Basskateers in Jena. Soon it was clear that we gonna work together on a record release for Bcsm. Bukkah is well known for his lush bass music productions and soon came up with a heavy steppers riddim. Instantly we imagined some upfront vocals on this one so we called none other than microphone matador Longfingah to ride on the riddim. Longfingah loved the tune and brought some nice lyrics in his style and fashion to the production. Still Reppin' is made for soundsystem dances, shakin' up everything with his heavy bass and gives a big shoutout to all crews and veterans.
Amantido Bay Band - Flying Through The Air
Amantido Bay Band
Flying Through The Air
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (That's Why)
11,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Another hard hitting pair of Spencer/Hill Reggae. Originally composed and recorded by Italian brothers Duo Oliver Onions brought to a Caribbean feel of off-beat, police-band-horns and muted guitar. Check out the dynamic sound of this!
Jah Warrior - Dub From The Heart Part 2
Jah Warrior
Dub From The Heart Part 2
LP | 1998 | EU | Reissue (Partial)
21,99 €*
Release:1998 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
A welcome reissue of Jah Warrior’s 1998 album Dub From the Heart Part 2.
O.B.F - Wild
O.B.F
Wild
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Dubquake)
16,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
O.B.F - Fufu Lala Feat. Charlie P & Aza Lineage
Laurel Aitken - The Fantastic Laurel Aitken
Laurel Aitken
The Fantastic Laurel Aitken
LP | 1972 | EU (Radiation Roots)
14,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Remastered and expanded edition of this hyper-rare early '70s release from the 'Godfather Of Ska'. By 1970, Laurel Aitken was well and truly established as the Father of British Reggae, having dominated the country's Jamaican music scene since his arrival at the start of the '60s. But having enjoyed success with every UK-based West Indian record company of note over the previous eleven years, he was no longer content with simply domestic triumphs and set his sights on conquering foreign territories. So it was he took the unusual step of licensing his next album to companies in Europe and North America, while leaving his legions of British fans scrambling for the few copies available on import. Originally out on the Belgian label 'Hebra' 42 years ago and never reissued ever since, this is one of the unmissable 70's ska classics finally back on vinyl, with the addition of 4 bonus tracks!
Roolings Muzik Allstars - Rolling Muzik
Roolings Muzik Allstars
Rolling Muzik
Tape | 2021 | EU | Original (Bokeh Versions)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Brand new /// Good for you >> straight out of Kingston, via the BKV / Duppy connection, here comes this mixtape out of the house of I Jahbar’s Roolings Muzik operation, presenting 15 highest grade productions – past & present – from I Jahbar alongside extended Roolings crew >>

“If you don’t know about Roolings Muzik then now you do kid. I Jahbar’s main creative outlet since he started having musical dreams aged 15, Roolings is a home for a fresh stable of Jamaican vocalists scouted and often mentored by I Jah including G Sudden, Buddy Don and RDL Shellah who joined him in his later work with Duppy Gun.

Roolings Muzik Allstars – a collection of the label’s finest moments – proves I Jah is a producer in his own right too, with a dizzying range of riddim material from ruff 00s ragga madness and vintage digi roots dialed up 11 notches with the DIY island energy that I Jah injects into the universe. Everything here was mostly recorded while he was still a professional football player, splitting time between the pitch and the studio then rehearsing everything at Chopdawg Sundays dancehall cookout sessions.
Cali P x TEKA - Vizion
Cali P x TEKA
Vizion
3LP | 2022 | EU | Original (LowLow / HHV)
23,19 €* 28,99 € -20%
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Limited edition of 300 copies on triple vinyl in a gatefold outfit.

TEKA as the musical mastermind behind “Vizion” has created hits for the likes of Lutan Fyah, Richie Spice, Ziggi Recardo, Trettmann and Megaloh and more within the last 15 years. In 2005, his “Crystal Woman” riddim got voiced by the energetic deejay Cali P among others – which led to a close work relationship. Since then, Cali collaborated with artists like Walshy Fire, Capleton, Equiknoxx, Swing Ting & Massive B. In late 2018, Cali P and TEKA launched “Vizion” on the freshly founded label LowLow as a new project exploring the hybridity of reggae and hip hop.

The two reggae protagonists use current styles from the international hip hop scene and unite them with their typical, heavyweight roots sound. The result is a warm, authentic hybrid of tracks, which blast both radio and sound system suitable productions through your bass bins, with an optimistic yet serious flavour.
DJ F16 Falcon - Ici Commence La Nuit
DJ F16 Falcon
Ici Commence La Nuit
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Notte Brigante)
9,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Summer hit missed the summer... While the shadow of the Machine World seems to cover everything, let's drop our clothes and offer our bodies to the sun again. Delicate love for exotica, rythmic freshness, Mathias Kulpinski's music is full of eccentric charm!
V.A. - Now Thing 2
V.A.
Now Thing 2
Tape | 2021 | EU | Original (Chrome)
11,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Dancehall knowledge Felix Hall presents a momentous 20 year follow-up to Mo Wax’s pivotal, highly influential 2001 instrumental showcase ‘Now Thing’ a blueprint of sorts for the likes of Equiknoxx almost two decades later. This new set - almost two years in the making - reunites original comp players Lil Toby, Will Bankhead and Oliver Payne (on compiling and artwork duties) and features 16 prime Jamaican bullets for Felix Hall’s shockout label, Chrome. Resetting the timeline to 1997-2020, ‘Now Thing 2’ expands on the crucial first set - which was a gateway to the world of dancehall for many heads - with deadly cuts from the scene’s leading producers; spanning Dave Kelly to Steely & Clevie, from NYC’s Bobby Konders to Ward 21, and including killer side-spins on ‘90s rave and R&B. bTwo decades since the first set, it’s astute to say that dancehall has exerted a huge degree of influence over dance and club music of all stripes over the interim. Much like how roots reggae and dub influenced disco and post-punk in the ’70s; Dancehall, with its origins in the digidub of Jammy’s ‘Sleng Teng’ riddim, has irrevocably informed jungle, rap, garage, and even pop and techno for the past generation, and ‘Now Thing 2’ is the strongest primer you’ll likely come across.. It’s a proper sound-system thing, deeply rooted in the competitive, inventive nature of Jamaican music, which would, according to ‘Bass Culture’ writer Lloyd Bradley’s liner notes “constantly reinvent itself as a way of staying ahead of the sound system on the next corner.” With access to new technology, producers persistently pushed their paradigm along the axes of function and distinction, with each asserting their individuality in a syncretic style and its permutations of tresillo drum patterns, all at the service of bringing bodies to the dance and keeping them there.
Fanu - Truth & Lies EP
Fanu
Truth & Lies EP
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Straight Up Breakbeat)
11,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Nearly 20 years since his first official release, Fanu's output keeps on reaching new heights. Hip hop releases under the FatGyver alias and recent excursions into deep house underline his versatility while last year's Legacy EP on Metalheadz was another showcase of his unique & timeless approach to drum & bass.
Desmond Chambers - Haly Gully / The Morning Show
Desmond Chambers
Haly Gully / The Morning Show
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Kalita)
15,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Kalita are excited to announce the first ever retrospective on Jamaican-born artist Desmond Chambers. With the politically conscious 'Haly Gully (Version)' only previously available on his now-invisible 1987 album 'Tiger Bom', and 'The Morning Show' only available as the B side of the equally invisible single 'I Have Seen Love In Your Eyes', here Kalita unleashes Desmond's two most sought-after boogie-infused reggae recordings to the world once more.
Ranking Joe - One Turntable, One Microphone
Ranking Joe
One Turntable, One Microphone
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Reggae Take Over)
14,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
"One Turntable, One Microphone, A Mek We Skank It Til A Morning!" Taking You Back To The Roots Of Sound-System Culture: When Entertainers Rocked The Dance Until Morning, With The Most Basic Equipment. The Skill And The Vibe Were All That Mattered. "One Turntable, One Microphone" Captures That Essence. Sweet, Lilting Saxophone Licks From Jazz Futurist Marcus Joseph (Jazz Re:Freshed) Set The Scene For The Gathering. Ranking Joe Bawls Out, "Forward Rub-A-Dub Style!" As Clean, Crisp Piano Chops Out The Backbeat. A Rock-Hard Rhythm Section Drops In To Put The Bassline In Your Waistline. As The Crowd Swells, So Too Does The Energy Of The Performers, With Spaced Out Echoes Creating A Lush Soundscape For The Deejay To Ride Over Joyfully. Ranking Joe Is A Foundation Reggae Artist From Kingston Jamaica. His First Recording Was On Coxsone Dodd's Legendary Studio One Label In 1974. He Has Cut Hits With Sly And Robbie And Easy Star All Stars, Enlivening Any Production With His Fast, Intricate And Sometimes Humorous Lyrical Flows. This Latest Release Shows The Endurance Of His Musical Gift And Reactivates The Essence Of Golden-Era Jamaican Dancehall For Modern Ears.
Rakoon - Something Precious
Cambodia / Phnom Penh Reggae - Dub Addiction / Vibratone
James Eastwood / Augustus Pablo - - Darkest Night / The Red Sea
Lee Perry & Friends - Black Art From The Black Ark
Lee Perry & Friends
Black Art From The Black Ark
2LP | UK | (Pressure Sounds)
27,99 €*
Release:UK –
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
A tumultuous selection of recordings from Black Ark, Perry's legendary studio and hotbed of creation. Rare 12" versions, unreleased mixes and featuring a stellar line-up, including:

Drums: Mikey ‘Boo’ Richards, Lowell ‘Sly’ Dunbar
Bass: Boris Gardiner, Radcliffe ‘Dougie’ Bryan
Guitar: Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Ernest Ranglin, Robert ‘Billy’ Johnson, Lynford ‘Hux’ Brown
Keyboards: Winston Wright, Robbie Lynn, Keith Sterling
Percussion: Noel ‘Scully’ Simms, Lee Perry

A quick internet search brings up some extraordinary footage of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry producing a session at the Black Ark. Taken from the film ‘Roots, Rock, Reggae’, directed by Jeremy Marre, the sequence shows Junior Murvin collaborating with members of the Congos and the Heptones on a song improvised on the spot for the film crew. Before the vocals are recorded, the Upsetters lay down the backing track. The musical director of the session is the afro-haired bass player, Boris Gardiner; unusually, it is he who counts in the band to start each take. After a long conversation with Boris a few years back, I asked Lee about his contribution to the Black Ark sound.

Lee Perry: ‘Boris Gardiner was a good person, just a humble person, and he’s the best person I ever met in the music business so far. Boris is a very top musician, and with him you could put anything together, him do “Police And Thieves” and all that. You just tell him what you want and him can do it. A very great person.’

Boris is probably best remembered today for his huge international hit from 1986, the schmaltzy ‘I Want To Wake Up With You’. Yet in the 60s and 70s he was one of Jamaica’s top bass players and arrangers, having an international hit with ‘Elizabethan Reggae’, and creating a run of classic tunes at Studio One.

Boris Gardiner: ‘I did at least seventy or eighty songs at Studio One, all in this one short period between January and April 1968. And we used to work four days per week, and we did four rhythms per day for 30 pounds a week – it was good money. I played on songs like “Feel Like Jumping”, “Nanny Goat”, “Baby Why” by the Cables, the whole “Heptones On Top” album, and “Party Time”. Lee Perry used to be at Studio One same time as me, kind of working around, so he know me from there. So he came and roped me into the group when the Black Ark studio was in progress. He built it right there at the back of his home. So Scratch called me and asked me to come and do some sessions around his studio. I was always ahead of my time as I can see it, in the music in Jamaica. So the songs that I made you always hear chord progressions and changes. Sometimes I think it’s as if I was born in the wrong country, because I just couldn’t do a two chord tune – heheh! To me it need more than two chords to give it some excitement, like it need some changes or something.’

After years of moving between Jamaica’s competing facilities, Perry had decided to build his own studio at the back of his house in Washington Gardens.

Lee Perry: ‘The Black Ark make over a pile of shit – my pile and me put it under the Black Ark. I make the Black Ark over my shit piss, so the bass always go “Poo Poo Poo Poo”! Errol Thompson put the machines in there, and make the patch panel. So the studio was all waiting, but only me could operate it. I didn’t have the Soundcraft mixer then, I did buy a lickle thing you call a Alice mixer. We didn’t have anything professional, but the sound was in my head and I was going to get down what I hear in my head. And it’s like a toy, a toy affair, that’s the way music is. You see like when you buy a kid’s toy, well you bring a joy to them, so is that way I see music. I don’t see music like how other people see it, I see it just like a toy.’

Unusually, Lee decided to do everything himself, both producing and engineering. The film clip shows Lee fully relaxed as he simultaneously directs the musicians and adjusts his recording machines.

Boris Gardiner: ‘To me Scratch always knew what he wanted. Out of all of them Scratch was a true producer, because he would be in the studio and he would listen and say change this or I don’t like that, and he was his own engineer also, so he was always around there listening. So he knew what he wanted and how to try and get it from the start, unlike Coxsone Dodd or Duke Reid, who knew what they liked or didn’t like only after they heard it. Scratch was in there with everybody, so he is really doing a full production as a true producer.’

Lee Perry: ‘I used to do them all by myself. Anybody in my studio could sit down in the visitor’s chair and look, but me do everything – me have a chair that can move from here to there, a chair that have wheels. So I could be turning in any area or any direction, so I could have my hand over here and my hand over there. Heh heh.’

And at a time when 8 and 16 track recording had become the norm in most high end studios, Lee recorded everything to a semi-professional TEAC 4 track recorder, which he can be seen casually adjusting with a screwdriver in the film clip. He explained that since he would end up mixing down to a stereo (or two track) master, more tracks would just be a distraction.

Lee Perry: ‘It was not a professional tape recorder, I was using those TEAC 4 track set that they was trying like experiment to see what would happen. Well, I have it all set up. The first thing I’d think about, all right, is you have to mix everything back down to the 2 track stereo or 1 track mono. Then you can press it and release it. So I knew what I wanted at the end, and I balance it just like that in the studio with the instruments. Sometime when you put only four or five instrument in the studio, you have a better, cleaner record, you can hear what everybody play. And if you have maybe eight musician in the studio, it’s more like a confusion, because everybody wants to play a different thing, yunno. If you is the producer and you can tell them what you want to hear it will be better. So I can put the bass and drum together on one track because me know exactly what me need. If you don’t know, then you need more tracks so you can balance it later. So for the backing, I would just do the two tracks: the bass and drum and percussion track, that is one; and the guitar, organ and piano on another track, that is two. So you still have two more tracks if you want to do vocal, that would be three. And if you want to do horns or a harmony vocal, you can do that on the fourth track. To me it’s a waste of time, a waste of energy with a 24 track machine, waste of current and waste of money. Because it all have to come down to one or two tracks in the end.’

The early Black Ark sound was stripped down and minimal, often with only one or two musicians playing keyboard or guitar. Lee would also use extreme EQ to emphasize the bass and tops, and his hi-hat sound is instantly recognisable from the earliest days of the Ark.

Lee Perry: ‘Well, I used to have an equaliser for the bass drum, and it’s like for heaviness on the beat, and then I had another equaliser for the cymbal, to give it that “Ssshhh ssshhh”. So we have different machine to send different instrument through that they can sound different. I managed to change the vibration of the music, because the music was just local music produced by rum drinkers and cannibals. So me turn on the music to a higher range.’

Boris Gardiner: ‘I think I always use a DI box to record bass at the Black Ark. Because bass want to fade into the other instruments’ microphone, so we often plug it straight into the board and then Perry sets the EQ on the board and take it straight. Then we built a drum booth so the drums really sound separate too – it give him more control.’

As the Black Ark evolved, Lee developed a richer collage of sound, built around three primary effects: the Mu-tron Bi-Phase phaser, a spring reverb and a Roland Space Echo.

Boris Gardiner: ‘One thing about Scratch was that he always used his effects – that was his sound. He always phase the ska guitar, but you don’t always know he’s recording it like that until he play it back. So until he play it back you have no idea what it will sound like.’

Lee Perry: ‘I did have a phaser that I buy, and then when I’m in the studio, in the machine room, and phasing them, the musicians don’t hear it, what I am doing, until them come in the studio, and them hear the phasing. So we did it all live. And the musicians they won’t even know what goes on! While the musicians are playing, I am doing the phasing. I take the musician from the earth into space, and bring them back before they could realize, and put them back on the planet earth. The phaser was making things different, like giving you a vision of space and creating a different brain, a phasing brain. So that’s where I take the music out of the local system and take it into space. The Space Echo also have something to do with the brain. You send out telepathic message and it return to you, so that’s how the Roland Space Echo chamber come in – what you send comes back to you. And while you know you send the telegrams out, you are waiting for what is the reply of the telegrams coming back. So that’s why the Space Echo go and come, rewinding the brain and forward winding the brain. I was also using a spring echo chamber, but just for drum, for the clash of the drum. And everything just fit in, like the thing I want to do it just come to me and come from nowhere, and then it appear and it happen.’

Boris Gardiner: ‘He loved to do things that nobody had done before, him always try a new thing. And he was a good writer too you know. Perry bring in a drum machine sometimes and we use that on some songs for the Congos and everyone. Well I actually like playing with a drum machine cos a drum machine is always steady. Most drummers they either push forward or pull back – they call it the human touch, but I call it out of time! Hahaha. “Row Fisherman Row” was really the great hit with the Congos, but that is all real drums and percussion, it’s just that Perry makes it sound almost like a machine with his echoes on the percussion. I played on “Police and Thieves” and that was a big hit too, maybe it was Sly Dunbar on that. One day Bob Marley came to him with a song on a tape and said “boy Perry, I don’t really like the bass and drum on this song here, if you can do anything to it then just change it and see if we can get something better”. Well Perry had only 4 track tape at his studio, but this was a 24 track tape that Bob bring. So Perry called me and Mikey Boo and took us down to Joe Gibbs studio and started playing the rhythm and all that on the 24 track. So I was on bass and Mikey Boo was on drums and we listen and we listen, and then we dub it back over to make new drum and bass. Well that song became “Punky Reggae Party”, so that shows you how Bob trusted Perry.’

Lee’s other great innovation was adding layers of sound effects, sometimes live through an open mic, but often pre-recorded onto a cassette tape which he would add to the collage on mixdown. Because these effects – bells, cymbals, animal noises, dialogue from the TV – were not synched to the music, they would add a layer of randomness to the sound.

Lee Perry: ‘You know cassette? I make cassette with sound track, and all those things with cymbal licking, flashing. In my Black Ark studio if you listen the cymbal was high, like “Ssshhh ssshhh”. But I did have them all recording on cassette, and while I was running the track and it was taking the musician from the studio, I was playing the cassette to balance with the drum cymbals and things like that, so them didn’t have to play that because it was already on cassette playing. You could call that sampling. And I have this “Mooooow”, like the cow, running on the cassette, and it go onto the track that I wanted to sound like that. Somebody discover it in a toilet. You know when the toilet paper is finished, and you have the roll, and the hole that come in the middle. Well you put it to your mouth and say “Hoooooo”, and it sound like a cow. You put it to your mouth and you imitating a cow and say “Moooooo”. Heh heh heh. Yeah, sound sampling. Well somebody had to start it, and we was loving to do those things.’

Boris Gardiner: ‘Well the Black Ark did have a strong vibe, but, once everybody all there, most of those guys who smoke really like it, but those who didn’t smoke didn’t really like it, like myself. Scratch is a man who never joke fi draw him herbs, you know? Heheh. But I am not a smoker cos it’s not good for my heart. I have a heart problem called tachycardia, an irregular beat of the heart. So it could be upsetting at times when there’s so much smoking going on.’

By the late 70s the relaxed atmosphere at the Black Ark had soured, as Lee attempted to extricate himself from various outside pressures, and his behaviour became more erratic.

Lee Perry: ‘What happened I did for myself not to be working with jinx and duppy called dread. And those duppies they think that me owe them favour. I open the door, and the duppies them find that me is the door opener, and then the duppies them take shape inna me yard and inna me house, and they were a jinx. Jinx mean bad luck. So to get rid of them, me had to burn down the Black Ark studio fi get rid of jinx.’

Boris Gardiner: ‘Was Scratch crazy? Well some say now that he was just putting on an act. But I think, why did he put it on? After all the problems he was having and that sort of thing, and they were saying that he was getting off his head, and he start to act strange, well I just stopped going. I stopped working there. It wasn’t a good atmosphere – nobody could really enjoy that again. So I called it a day. It is sad after all the good work we did. But when you try to be smart and try to outsmart others, well it don’t work out for long with you. He came and did a show here in Jamaica the other day, but I didn’t really know Lee Perry as a singer. He won the Grammy not long ago, but I find it surprising that he got a Grammy as a performer not a producer. He’s been very lucky: now he is successful in a sense and some people love him cos he’s a character, and they don’t see nobody dressed like that. Hahahah!’

Speaking to Lee in February 2021, via WhatsApp to Jamaica, he sounded relaxed and positive, with more praise for Boris and optimism for the future.

Lee Perry: ‘Boris Gardiner was very good, very great in the brain. He really intelligent in music, and me and him work miracle together! And remember that there was no end to the Black Ark, the Black Ark will be coming back. The Black Ark keep on living and cannot die.’
The Twinkle Brothers - Still Smiling
Neville Forrest (Son Of Jah) - Daniel In The Lion's Den
Skanking Lizard - Original Chicago Reggae 1978-1996 Orange Vinyl Edition
Ranking Joe, Red-I - Killademic, Dub, Hornz / Lion Roar, Dub, Hornz
Sylford Walker - Love And Happyness
Higher Meditation - Always Think Twice, Dubplate 1, 2 / The Last Will Be First Dub, Dub 1, Dub 2
Roots Ista Posse - Rootikal Dub, Part 2 / Legacy Dub, Part 2
Guive & Lone Ranger - New Start (Dubstep Rmx) / Reggaeversion, Inst
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