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Upsetters, The - Super Ape
Upsetters, The
Super Ape
LP | 1976 | US | Reissue (Get On Down)
21,99 €*
Release:1976 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee 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 includes "Super Ape" as one of their 100 Essential Reggae releases.
V.A. - Disco Reggae Volume 4
V.A.
Disco Reggae Volume 4
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Stix)
20,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 08.10.2021
Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, proudly presents Disco Reggae Vol. 4, following three precedent acclaimed editions. Imagine the biggest classics from RoyAyers, Chemise, Lyn Christopher, Gerswhin, A Taste Of Honey, Keni Burke, Patrice Rushen or Kraftwek reworked and rearranged as Reggae & Dub killer tunes. Dream no more, the best producers from the Stix roster cooked some magic over these essential tunes: Soul Sugar aka Booker Gee, Taggy Matcher, Blundetto, Mato, Rosemary Martins and Wolfgang signed here the perfect soundtrack to extend the summer and rock the dancefloors! Massive!
El Michels Affair Meets Liam Bailey - Ekundayo Inversions Red Vinyl Edition
Don Letts - Late Night Tales / Version Excursion Green Vinyl Edition
Mato - Summer Madness / Use Me
Mato
Summer Madness / Use Me
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Stix)
9,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, is back with some heavy dub cuts from label regular Mato with its usual special skills as a tailor of reggae music. On Side A, Mato focuses on the infamous "Summer Madness", originally composed by Kool & The Gang. Providing a fresh dub rework, the song will make you dream of hot wet summer nights, gently rocked by beautiful guitar melodies and sweet Fender Rhodes chords. Just a perfect match for all forthcoming summers of love! On Side B, Mato takes care of "Use Me", originally composed by Bill Withers on his Still Bill album. Expect funky and bouncy clavinets and a nice melodica line for this rework of a timeless classic. As Mato once said, "Play it loud and burn a chalice!" Starting his reggae production career in 2006, Thomas Blanchot (aka Mato) has released music through various projects on EDR Records, Big Singles or Makasound ... In the meantime he developed a real trademark, taking over classics French, Hip-Hop, or Pop song, into roots reggae-dub new versions. Besides, since 2010, Mato has built a solid reputation thanks to his hot remixes of Hip-Hop classics on Stix Records.
Lee Perry & Friends - Black Art From The Black Ark
Lee Perry & Friends
Black Art From The Black Ark
2LP | UK | (Pressure Sounds)
23,99 €*
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.’
F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm - 2x1=4
F.S.Blumm & Nils Frahm
2x1=4
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (BMG)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
“Brahms is nice, but King Tubby is nice as well.” Nils Frahm
Fat Freddy Drop's - Wairunga
Fat Freddy Drop's
Wairunga
2LP | 2021 | EU | Original (The Drop)
34,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 19.11.2021
Wairunga finds the Freddy juggernaut digging deep to debut five songs and revisit two classics captured in an outdoor performance sans audience but with wild weather elements playing an important creative role in producing this unique live album.

Recorded in Wairunga, high above Waimarama Beach in New Zealand, it is place etched into the DNA of Fat Freddy’s Drop who’ve roamed here for over 20 years; to party, relax between tours, make a song Wairunga Blues in its honour and even to get married. Farmed by the Parker family for a century, Wairunga is an oasis of green pasture and native tree filled valleys that fall away to the ocean below.

In inimitable Freddy's fashion the new tunes run a gamut of genre busting styles. Coffee Black is layered with cosmic hot buttered soul and cinematic wigged out psyche-blues while Shady continues Freddy's Afro-Acid adventures with Fitchie’s beat-making tapping into a South African township brand of techno Freddys experienced on tour. Bush Telegraph is a reggae classic featuring MC Slave aka Mark Williams on the mic with freshly minted yum char spiced rhymes of hope. The other new tracks Leave Your Window Open and Dig Deep are loose rhythmic experiments that the band have been working on for a long time. Versions were developed, rehearsed, but then set aside – dismissed, demonised - only to be revived with new energy in some future moment of creative cohesion. The results are loose-limbed; broken and bruised beats smashing into subterranean bass and twisted up melodies. Bones and Wairunga Blues are the two classics from Freddy's vast back catalogue. Off the Blackbird album, Bones has aged beautifully - like a fine wine - the song’s component parts matured and melded together in harmony and balance. DJ Fitchie rates this 2021 vintage superior to the 2013 original. Wairunga Blues has been a work-in-progress since it was released on Bays in 2015. Kuki dials up some appropriately off-kilter keys to match the wonky-funk laid down by Fitchie’s bass line and the horns. It’s a mighty comeback – and a fitting tribute to this magical place.
V.A. - Right On Time Trojan Rock Steady
Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System - Super Ape Returns To Conquer HHV Exclusive Purple Vinyl Edition
Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System
Super Ape Returns To Conquer HHV Exclusive Purple Vinyl Edition
LP | 2017 | EU | Reissue (Echo Beach)
20,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 26.11.2021
Limited edition on purple vinyl exclusive to HHV.

Forty one years after Lee "Scratch" Perry defined dub music with his iconic 1976 Super Ape album, he returns with New York City's Subatomic Sound System to conquer the bass generation. Subatomic reincarnates the magic of Perry's Black Ark studio in Jamaica, going in heavy on Ethiopian horns & percussion, reinvigorated by booming 21st century bass & beats to capture the energy of their innovative live electronic show and vibes of the urban jungle. The original album is a cornerstone in the development of independent, producer fueled, beat and bass driven music. This new album breaks ground of its own as Perry & Subatomic create an unprecedented level of dynamic improvisation between live performers, computers, and studio manipulation, exploding traditional concepts of what is a live performance versus a studio recording.
Specials, The - Protest Songs 1924-2012
Specials, The
Protest Songs 1924-2012
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Island)
23,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 01.10.2021
“The anger still burns…his (Terry Hall) spirit of glum idealism may make him the most quintessentially British protest singer ever. And that is special.” **** Daily Telegraph

“You just had to look at the audience to see how their message has reverberated through the decades” **** The Times

“The Specials are so much more than relevant. In times like these, they might just be essential” The Big Issue

The Specials who enjoyed a triumphant 2019 with the release of the critically acclaimed “Encore”, their first ever number 1 album, coming 40 years after they exploded onto the music scene and launched the 2 Tone movement, make a very timely return with the release of their brand new album “Protest Songs – 1924 -2012”. Released on August 27th through their new label Island Records, the album features twelve singular takes on specially chosen protest songs across an almost 100-year span and shows The Specials still care, are still protesting and are still pissed off!

The Specials emerged in the late 1970s as the multiracial flagship of the 2 Tone movement, and sang of racism, unemployment and injustice making a very clear political statement every time they stepped on stage. It's fitting, then, that in 2021, at a time when the world is riven with social, racial and political unrest, that the Specials have made this album of Protest Songs and are once again reflecting the society we live in and taking a stand against all forms of injustice. A typically unpredictable collection of unique takes from folk to post-punk, righteous uplift to biting satire, and from Kingston to Alabama, the album is a powerful reminder that there are no fixed rules to what makes a protest song. All that’s required is the combination of something that needs to be said with music that needs to be heard. “People have been using music as a vehicle for protest since time immemorial,” says bass-player Horace Panter. “Injustice is timeless.”

In February 2020, Horace, Terry, Lynval and co-producer Nikolaj Torp Larsen gathered to begin work on a reggae record, the follow up to Encore. Then Covid hit and plans were put on hold. During the first lockdown and following the murder of George Floyd and the waves of protest that grew around the world, Terry suggested that they make a different kind of record as a response to recent events.

The trio started by picking some personal favourites. The Mothers of Invention’s Trouble Every Day (Horace), Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows (Terry) while Lynval was keen to sing Bob Marley’s classic rebel song Get Up, Stand Up. Other favourites included Talking Heads’ Listening Wind and “Trouble Every Day” which was about the Watts riots in 1965. Spending months combing YouTube and books for songs they had never heard before, they discovered or rediscovered Big Bill Broonzy’s angry 1938 blues Black, Brown and White and the Staple Singers’ stirring Freedom Highway, written for the marches from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The Dixie Jubilee Singers first recorded the spiritual Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around in 1924 but it was the civil rights movement that tweaked the lyrics and made it an anthem. Soldiers Who Want to Be Heroes is another example of a song that found its true calling after the fact. Written by the poet Rod McKuen in 1963, it was rerecorded three years later, during the dog days of the Vietnam war.

Folk singer Malvina Reynolds, best known for Little Boxes, provides two spiky odes to the contributions of ordinary people: I Live in a City and I Don’t Mind Failing in This World: And because the Specials have always had a taste for black comedy, they’ve chosen two songs by bluesman Jerry McCain (My Next Door Neighbor) and Wild Thing writer Chip Taylor (Fuck All the Perfect People). “Terry said, ‘I’ve found this song, listen to this,’” Horace remembers. “We all sat there open-mouthed.”

The album was recorded in a studio in West London in May of this year with regular bandmates Nikolaj Torp Larsen on keyboards, Kenrick Rowe on drums and Steve Cradock on guitar. Hannah Hu, a young singer from Bradford, fronts Listening Wind and sings back-up on Freedom Highway and Everybody Knows.

The Specials remain one of the most electrifying, influential and important bands of all time and this new record and the success of Encore proves that they are every bit as relevant and vital as they were in 1979.
Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Capitol Session '73 Colored Vinyl Edition
Upsetters & Lee Perry - Build The Ark Orange Vinyl Edition
Upsetters & Lee Perry
Build The Ark Orange Vinyl Edition
3LP | 1990 | EU | Reissue (Music On Vinyl)
35,99 €*
Release:1990 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Lee 'Scratch' Perry was a pioneer of dub music and worked together with artists such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Clash and The Beastie Boys. This legend turned 84! this year and he is still performing and recording music. This legendary album of Lee Perry's The Upsetters brings together the very best of Jamaican reggae music. Some very rare tracks and artists are collected in this record, such as Junior Murvin's 'Cross Over', Windston Heywood's 'Long, Long Time' and Eric Donaldson's 'Freedom Street'. 'Build The Ark' was originally released in 1990 by Trojan Records and is now available as a limited edition on orange coloured vinyl. It is a 3LP album that is re-packaged in a sturdy heavy carton sleeve and contains 3 printed innersleeves. Also available on 180 gm vinyl: Return Of Django / Cloak & Dagger / Africa’s Blood / Eastwood Rides Again / Battle of Armagideon / Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread.
Alborosie - For The Culture
Alborosie
For The Culture
LP | 2021 | UK | Original (Greensleeves)
17,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
The new studio album featuring all the great digital only singles from previous months, brandnew songs and illustrious guests like Collie Buddz, Jo Mersa Marely, Wailing Souls and Quino from Big Mountain!

Alborosie is committed to authentic reggae, to honoring and preserving its heritage. His work with Roots Radics band, The Wailers United, King Jammy, Wailing Souls and many of today’s leading artists, is a testament to his study of the origins of reggae, and his contribution to its future. He is unique among non-Jamaican reggae artists in his personal commitment to saturating himself in the culture of Jamaica and reggae music.

The album "For The Culture" was written and produced (by Alborosie) during the darkest months of the Covid 19 Pandemic and gives voice to many thoughts and emotions felt around the world during the period. Like most of the world, Jamaica is blessed (or cursed) with steady, high-speed internet connectivity and it is through this personal (computer) window that many of the songs were conceived. Through the music, darkness gives way to light and the finished work conjures a subtle, yet powerful feeling of hope, for the future and for the culture.
Erobique (Carsten Meyer) & Jacques Palminger Präsentieren Songs For Joy - Wann Strahlst Du? Black Vinyl Edition
One Blood - Be Thankful
One Blood
Be Thankful
7" | 1979 | UK | Reissue (Emotional Rescue)
12,99 €*
Release:1979 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Emotional Rescue and HMV Record Shop (Japan) are delighted to present the first ever reissue of the 7" Mix of One Blood's classic Lovers Rock anthem Be Thankful, as part of their Disco Reggae Lovers series. While the King & City Records hit was reissued in its 12" form recently (erc104), this unearthed 7" Mix perfectly distills the bands take on the William DeVaughn soul all-time. At the forefront of the Lovers Rock movement, the 5 Robinson brothers that made up One Blood took their mix of Caribbean and South London heritage and crafted a uniquely black British sound, grown out of tensions, Sus law, Blues parties and sound system culture that acted as a counterpoint to the Rasta and Rocksteady styles around. In 7" form, their cover version is taught, tight and succinct, hitting the highs, but retaining the dub. It is backed with a special mix by Tokyo producer Slowly. Closely associated with the esteemed Flower Records, Masato Komatsu aka Slowly also acts as Creative Director for the rebirth of the HMV Shops in Japan, so it is fitting his respectful dub mix dives from vocal opening straight in to the bassbins of a deep dub, this is one for the heads and collectors.
Don Letts - Late Night Tales / Version Excursion Black Vinyl Edition
Ernest Ranglin - Below The Bassline
Ernest Ranglin
Below The Bassline
LP | 1996 | JP | Reissue (HMV Record Shop)
77,99 €*
Release:1996 / JP – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 26.11.2021
Ernest Langlin, the world’s best guitarist who has been involved in the birth and development of ska, rocksteady and reggae since the 1950s and has contributed to the fusion of jazz and reggae, is a jazz pianist, Monty Alexander, jazz drummer and Idris.・ A jazz reggae masterpiece left on the 1996 Island Jamaica Jazz label, which was recorded in NY with Muhammad, Skatalites saxophonist, Roland Alfonso and others.
Ernest Ranglin’s own masterpiece “Surfin’” (A2), Congos “Congo Man Chant” (A1), Augustus Pablo “King Tubby Meets The Rockers” (A3), Abyssinians “Satta Massagana” (A4) , Toots & The Matals “54-46 (Was My Number)” (B1), Johnny Clark “None Shall Escape The Judgment” (B2), The Skatalites “Ball Of Fire” (B3), Burning Spear “Black Disciples” "(B4), a Jamaican national treasure guitarist’s 1996 masterpiece that sublimated a masterpiece representing ska and roots reggae into jazz reggae.
Lloyd & Glen - That Girl / You Got Me Going
Lloyd & Glen
That Girl / You Got Me Going
7" | 1967 | EU | Reissue (Harlem Shuffle)
10,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Lloyd Altamont Thomas Robinson recorded many songs as a singer first for Studio One in 1963 and later for many labels and Jamaican producers including Duke Reid, Lloyd Daley, Sir JJ and more. Robinson was part of the duo Lloyd and Devon, whom had quite a few good songs under their belt including a hit for Derrick Morgan's Hop label, "Red Bum Ball.". With Glen Brown, under the name Lloyd & Glen, he wrote and recorded many outstanding Rocksteady & early Reggae tracks, some quite heavily influenced by black Soul including the two sublime tracks featured here. He went on to record the big dancehall hit “Cuss Cuss” in 1984 on the Harry J. label. He died in 2013 in the Kingston Public Hospital. He was 68 years old.

Glenmore Lloyd Brown, began his career as a vocalist in Sonny Bradshaw’s jazz group before recording duets with Hopeton Lewis, Dave Barker, and Lloyd Robinson. Later, Brown became the founder and owner of the Reggae/Dub labels Pantomine and South East Music. A sought after producer he worked with many with many Reggae greats including U Roy, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, I-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Johnny Clarke, Lloyd Parks, and Little Roy. The heavy rhythms of his Dub productions resulted in his being known as "The rhythm master". He died at the Far Rockaway Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in New York City on 4 October 2019, at the age of 75.

As “Lloyd & Glen”, they composed, sang and recorded together about 15 tracks, ranging from Ska to Rocksteady to Soul on a variety of labels between 1966 and 1968.

Most of these songs are outstanding and some are just sublime…
Bukkha - In Roots Volume 1
Koffee - Rapture
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers
Froid Dub - Dubs & Beats From An Iceberg Cruising Jamaican Coastline
Froid Dub
Dubs & Beats From An Iceberg Cruising Jamaican Coastline
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Delodio)
19,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Hot as ice! Electronic dub versions & bonus beats of Froid Dub’s first EP.
Stand High Patrol - A Matter Of Scale
Stand High Patrol
A Matter Of Scale
2LP | 2015 | EU | Reissue (Stand High)
25,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
In 2012, ten years after its inception, Stand High Patrol released their first album: Midnight Walkers, which featured a multifaceted take on contemporary dub – a versatile sound with heavy bass, named dubadub. Following the success of their first LP, plus several EPs and singles released on Stand High Records, Pupajim, Rootystep and Mac Gyver now return with their second self-produced album, with sleeve art by Kazy.

Recorded in a home studio between June 2013 and July 2014, A matter of scale has brought the emergence of new influences. The three dubadub musketeerz intensify the genre crossovers and strengthen the foundations of their creative process. Theirs is an open approach, free from conventions.

Supported by the rich range of Pupajim’s vocals, the sounds travel incessantly between eras. The dubadub experience takes on new dimensions; jazzy rhythms and melodies stand alongside digital reggae, hip-hop beats, bass music and progressive dubs.

A matter of scale shows how Stand High Patrol design and compose their own music. The album reflects the undeniable penchant of the crew for experimentation and their obvious desire to break down barriers.

Tracklist :

A1 -Tempest A2 - No Matter How Long It Takes A3 - Geography

B1 - Gambling Johnny B2 - Sleep On It B3 - Routine

C1 - Overloaded Truck C2 - Blue Wax C3 - Ruckus C4 - Warehouse

D1 - Style And City D2 - The Bridge D3 - The Tunnel

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Disciples, The - Return To Addis Ababa / Fearless Record Store Day 2021 Edition
Disciples, The
Return To Addis Ababa / Fearless Record Store Day 2021 Edition
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Mania Dub)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Record Store Day 2021 Release. A side previous released in 1994 on the legendary Boom Shacka Lacka label/ B side previously unreleased. Music Mania and Indica Dubs is proud to present their nineteenth collaborative-release in their Mania Dub series. The Disciples were formed in 1986 by brothers Russ and Lol. Together they played a significant role in the UK dub scene and produced some of the most distinctive instrumental dub music in that era, which shows significant influence in today’s dub and electronic music. They were given the name by Jah Shaka, after producing exclusively for him.
Lee Perry - Cloak & Dagger
Lee Perry
Cloak & Dagger
LP | 1973 | EU | Reissue (Music On Vinyl)
23,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
'Cloak & Dagger' is the 1973 studio album by Lee 'Scratch The Upsetter' Perry. In that year, as Perry entered a period of heavy dub output, he recorded Cloak And Dagger. This early dub outing is a testament to Perry's lo-fi mastery as he utilised his four-track soundcraft board, tape delays, phasers, reverb and any other ambient sounds he could get this hands on as an instrument rather than just to record instruments. Cloak & Dagger is available on black vinyl. The release is packed in a much sought after Rhino (UK) sleeve.
Seeed - New Dubby Conquerors
V.A. - Reggae Dub
V.A.
Reggae Dub
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Wagram)
13,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
The Vintage sounds collection is well known for all the albums gathering the best of a musical style in a beautiful vinyl ! Theses two albums introduce two important trend part of huge Music Family - Reggae Dub and French Rap by introducing the best of the artists that create or influence each style.
Night Owls - Me And Baby Brother / School Girl Crush
Night Owls
Me And Baby Brother / School Girl Crush
7" | 2021 | US | Original (F-Spot)
9,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 01.10.2021
Just in time to round out the summer, Night Owls hit the decks once more with their signature Jamaican stylings of classic funk and soul cuts done right! This 45 is no exception, featuring two sides of hard hitting funky goodness only Night Owls have proven to deliver. Starting off on Side-A we find War’s classic “Me and Baby Brother” featuring blue eyed soul singer Kevin Sandbloom, a voice that has been on Night Owls producer/guitar player Dan Ubick’s radar since first hearing him over twenty years ago. Then on Side-B, packing a mighty punch, we have Night Owls’ funky reggae remake of The Average White Band’s “School Boy Crush” (now “School Girl Crush”) as Cali via NYC’s Kendra Morris (MF Doom, Wax Poetics Records, Dennis Coffey) brings some serious red hot energy to leave you thinking the band enlisted all three prime-era Pointer Sisters. Infused with dub elements and drops outs as Kendra faithfully nails Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuarts delivery and longing, this cut is sure to get you up and have on repeat all day long!
V.A. - Reggae Business Boxset
V.A.
Reggae Business Boxset
4LP+7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Trojan)
89,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 15.10.2021
V.A. - Riddim Poetry
V.A.
Riddim Poetry
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Into The Deep Treasury)
25,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Into The Deep Treasury presents Riddim Poetry. Shining the light on the emergence of the reggae movement in France, through a selection of hidden gems from the 80's. Carefully restored and remastered, Riddim Poetry is an off-beat journey composed of 7 masterpieces influenced by several styles (Pop, Library, Raï, Disco) which characterized the strength and diversity of the French culture in the 80's.
Alton Ellis / Tyrone Evans - If I Could Rule The World, If This World Were Mine
Danay Suã¡Rez - Viaje En Dub (Vocal) / Viaje En Dub (Instrumental)
Danay Suã¡Rez
Viaje En Dub (Vocal) / Viaje En Dub (Instrumental)
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Jazzman Special Products)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 08.10.2021
Spaced out reggaetronic offering from Cuban songstress Danay Suárez that cannot fail to get heads nodding and smile on the face.

The 'garage music' from Need For Speed 'Heat' brought you here!

Feel the tiptronic sway of the rhythm and bass.

Chosen to chill so you can upgrade your ride while reflecting on your latest cop-crazy drivetime pursuit.

First Ever Vinyl Release - because some things just got to be done.
Melody Beecher - Illusions
Melody Beecher
Illusions
12" | 1981 | US | Reissue (Shella)
16,99 €*
Release:1981 / US – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 22.10.2021
Heavy Roots 12" backed with a massive dub. Full colour jacket. Ltd To 300 Copies
Twinkle Brothers - Rasta Pon Top Colored Vinyl Edition
Stand High Patrol - Quicksand
Stand High Patrol
Quicksand
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Stand High)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 08.10.2021
Stand High Records presents “Quicksand”, a brand new collaborative single between Stand High Patrol and British artists Joe Yorke & Eeyun Purkins. This groovy little rocksteady number comes on 7” vinyl.

The Dubadub Musketeers haven’t let the current situation get in the way of their will to explore new horizons. Riddims are flying out of the Donjon Studio left, right & centre. Indeed, the crew is constantly on the lookout for fresh talent and musical avenues. It’s through this process that Stand High Patrol decided to get in contact with Joe Yorke a few months ago, after becoming familiar with his incredible voice. Straight away they built a strong connection, both sharing the same kind of musical views. This collaboration quickly came to fruition. Starting as a simple dubplate test recording "Quicksand" became a proper 7 inch vinyl release.

This new single has been exquisitely mixed at Kerwax Studio, the riddim was built by Pupajim and the Dub version on the B side comes courtesy of Stand High Patrol’s official operator, Mac Gyver. Joe delivers lyrics about human kind, its flaws, its "weaknesses" and emotions, with an extraordinary vocal performance. They were written by Eeyun Purkins, his long-time musical partner and accomplice. This pen / voice duo regularly comes together to create musical gems and connoisseurs will once again get to fully appreciate the extent of their talent on “Quicksand”.
Richie Phoe - Bumpy's Lament
Richie Phoe
Bumpy's Lament
7" | 2010 | US | Original (Balanced)
9,99 €*
Release:2010 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Amazing instrumentals in best El Michel's tradition with a touch of Roots Music, straight from Canada - we love it.
V.A. - Dancehall Anthems
V.A.
Dancehall Anthems
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (VP)
14,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Producer Jeremy Harding has delivered an update on dancehall reggae classics with vocals by some of Jamaica's most exciting artists these days including Naomi Cowan, Kabaka Pyramid, Blvk H3ro, Runkus, Bugle and Royal Blu, alongside veterans like Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Wayne Marshall and Agent Sasco. Now available as LP-vinyl - ten songs that will move the massive in full lenght, all with a deep respect to the originators including Michigan & Smiley, Tenor Saw, Half Pint, Garenett Sik, Ken Boothe, Yellowman and Tiger, on original riddims like "Real Rock", " Shank I Sheck", "Death In The Arena", "Answer", "Mad Mad" and more!
Mungo's Hi Fi - Antidote
Mungo's Hi Fi
Antidote
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Scotch Bonnet)
23,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Dub, the breaking down and rebuilding of the reggae rhythm, is a uniquely restorative music. And it is with this in mind, that Mungo’s Hi Fi have created their latest long-playing release. Antidote is a ten-track album of dub remixes to existing and yet to be released Mungo’s produced anthems: inspired by dub pioneers such as King Tubby, Scientist and Errol Thompson, crafted with a futuristic edge. This is an album designed for inner reflection, non-physical travel and communion with nature. In short, it’s an Antidote to all the stress and restriction of modern life.
Lone Ark Meets The 18th Parallel - Showcase Volume 1
Lone Ark Meets The 18th Parallel
Showcase Volume 1
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Fruits)
17,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Probably the most respected and sought-after producer of the European reggae scene of the last ten years, Spanish genius Roberto Sánchez (Willi Williams, Earl Zero, Alpheus, Keith & Tex, Milton Henry,...) takes place behind the microphone to deliver a new album as a singer under his pseudonym Lone ARK. Soberly titled Showcase Vol. 1, this album is a collaboration between Sánchez and the Swiss band THE 18th Parallel, whose playing is well known to reggae fans, since its musicians have recently played and produced some remarkable records, including I've Seen by Oku Onuora, Roots I Vision by Micah Shemaiah or Wonderland of Green by The Silvertones and Burro Banton. Faithful to the Jamaican roots reggae tradition, Showcase Vol. 1 offers six vocal tracks followed by their dub counterparts where all the creativity of the sound engineer and the musicians is freely expressed. On instrumentals at the same time heavy and irresistibly dancing, with a modern production but deeply rooted in the roots reggae sound, Lone Ark and The 18th Parallel push their listeners to critical reflection. A strong message + powerful music = a must-have album!
Nazamba & O.B.F - Do Me Right Feat. Telly
Nazamba & O.B.F
Do Me Right Feat. Telly
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Dubquake)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Dubquake Records presents a new addition to its modern roots singles: Jamaïcan poet & Dubquake veteran Nazamba meets Telly* (aka Biga*Ranx) the prince of Vapour dub on this sweet lo-fi summer hit “Do Me Right”. A severely chill 7” release to play on repeat!
Specials, The - Ghost Town 40th Anniversary Half Speed Master Edition
Alpha & Omega - Overstanding
Alpha & Omega
Overstanding
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Steppas)
27,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 08.10.2021
UK Dub pioneers Alpha & Omega (Greensleeves / A&O Records) represent the foundation of soundsystem culture and bass music migration from Jamaica, via the UK, to the world. Formed in the 1980’s and with over 30 studio albums to their name. Finally, for the first time in three decades Steppas Records has launched the A&O full LP reissue series. The latest in the series is 'Overstanding' a timeless and much sought after album originally released in 1992 currently only available at sky high prices if at all! Lovingly re-mastered and presented in the original sleeve featuring the iconic A&O artwork. Overstanding is another genre-defining album and a true piece of musical history.
Alton Ellis & The Flames / Phyllis Dillon - Rock Steady, It's Rocking Time
Hugh Mundell - Africa Must Be Free By 1983
Chronixx / Protoje - Who Knows
V.A. - Disco Reggae
V.A.
Disco Reggae
LP | 2013 | EU | Original (Stix)
16,99 €*
Release:2013 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Great Disco-Reggae versions of classic hits by some artists as diverse as Madonna, Herbie Hancock, Justin Timberlake, The Commodores, The O'Jays, Curtis Mayfield, Harry Nilsson or Sugarhill Gang.
Lee Perry & Friends - Disco Jam
Lee Perry & Friends
Disco Jam
10" | UK (Pressure Sounds)
15,99 €*
Release:UK
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
6 tracks including two new wigged out re-dubs from Paolo Baldini 'Dubfiles', demonstrating the effect of dropping an echo chamber down a sink-hole. Upsetter magic at its finest. Comes in a grey house bag.
Witch - Freedom Fighter / Funky Reggae
Witch
Freedom Fighter / Funky Reggae
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Rebel Disko / Sharp Flat)
19,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 15.10.2021
Non-album single by the disco incarnation of the beloved Zamrock band. Occupying a no-man’s land between the Witch’s Zamrock and disco periods, “Freedom Fighter” is the missing link of the Witch story and has remained unreleased until now. Unlocking the mystery of how the Witch shifted shape at the beginning of the 1980s, the transition from the Prog sensibilities of their final rock offerings to the synth-licked beats that would characterise their boogie albums is documented here at 45rpm. The replica edition of the rare Wit3 7-inch is available in an edition of 300 with a trippy tribal outer sleeve and a numbered insert detailing the single’s remarkable story. Profits from the sale of this 7″ are going to Witch’s Stanford Tembo for medical treatment. “Many Zambian bands underwent interesting evolutionary trajectories over the course of the 1970s but nothing matches the radical leap undertaken by Witch from the bold and progressive Afro-rock of their Janet album in 1977 to their fully fledged boogie outing Movin’ On in 1980. These two incarnations of Zambia’s most cherished ensemble have been comprehensively documented over the last decade and have attracted distinct legions of Zamrock and disco acolytes. Unreleased until now, the non-album single “Freedom Fighter” (with it’s quirky reggae B-side) emerges as the missing link that unites the two Witch camps, finding the group in Zimbabwe as the new nation came into being and documenting a mercurial period with their sound in the process of shapeshifting. “ - Sharp Flat Records.
Emapea - Same Old Same Old / Drop The Bass
Emapea
Same Old Same Old / Drop The Bass
7" | 2021 | US | Original (Cold Busted)
11,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 12.10.2021
Polish beats-wizard Emapea returns to Cold Busted for a quick double-shot of crucial dub and phat riddims. Released on 7-inch vinyl, Emapea’s new single celebrates the return of the good life with choice sounds for ‘zoning out’ in the global dancehall. “Same Old Same Old” occupies the A-side with a potent downtempo skank and an infectious sing-song vocal. The vibe is introspective and heady, as echoed percussion swirls through the soundsystem speakers. Flip the wax for “Drop the Bass,” a deeper dancefloor cut with a prominent boom-bap beat and bouncy bass line. Maximum dub pressure is exerted, with splashes of delay effects and rhythmic flourishes as an emcee gives “direction to the entire planet.” In the hands of a top selector, Emapea’s new tracks are ready to move the soul.
Rootsman, The - Essentials 1996-1998
Rootsman, The
Essentials 1996-1998
2LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Akuphone)
24,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 29.10.2021
Akuphone is pleased to present the first compilation dedicated to musician John Bolloten, aka The Rootsman. As a precocious punk, he formed his first band, State Oppression, in his teens. Yet he is best known for his dub music, a genre that gave him international recognition. Largely influenced by the rhythms of North Africa and the Middle East, he built his musical identity around samples from these regional repertoires. His encounter with Bryn Jones — better known as Muslimgauze — further defined his artistic path.

This selection offers an overview of his work from 1996 to 1998, a prolific period when Into The Light, 52 Days To Timbuktu, Union Of Souls (with Celtarabia) and Distant Voices (with Pachakuti) were released. A visionary production that predicted today’s growing international predilection for the musical heritage of the MENA regions.

The compilation is enriched with an explanatory preface by Mabrouk Hosni Ibn Aleya and illustrated with rare archival photos— all of which are contained in a superb jacket designed by the artist Ghiya Haydar.
Akae Beka & Zion I Kings - Polarities
Akae Beka & Zion I Kings
Polarities
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Before Zero)
20,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Released on CD and digital on the 21st May 2021, this eagerly anticipated LP from I Grade Records immediately soared to the number one position in the iTunes reggae charts. The LP is now being released on 12" vinyl and cassette tape courtesy of Before Zero Records.
Polarities is the 13th and final full album of new material from Vaughn Benjamin and I Grade Records, the culmination of a 20 year working relationship that began with 2001's Nemozian Rasta album, which was Midnite's 4th album released to date at that time.
Polarities was produced jointly by the Zion I Kings production team, with Tippy I of I Grade at the production helm, alongside Vaughn Benjamin himself.
The album also includes two notable guest features: Tiken Jah Fakoly of Ivory Coast on "Everything Bless" and Chronixx of Jamaica on "Black Carbon", which were both released in 2020 as the first singles off of Polarities.
Persian - Dubplate #1: Space Within Art
Persian
Dubplate #1: Space Within Art
10" | 2021 | EU | Original (Mysticisms)
13,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 15.10.2021
Mysticisms presents Dubplate, a series of (sporadic) releases to showcase the blurring of genres between breaks, house and dub, even techno, wrapped around and within that oft-misunderstood take on digital reggae, the sound of Digidub. To begin, label favourite Persian acts as selector, with 5 rare archive cuts that typify the producer and sound of the series. From the digital dubbing of Dunya - here in a previously unreleased Extended Mix - to the warped groove and monster bass of D Dub Retwist, this unique link between rave, breaks and sound system culture is clear. As always Persian aka Peter Reilly, moves across styles with ease, offering the warm roots vibrations of Jacob Dub and Augustus, alongside title cut, Space Within Art - here in Dubplate Mix - a street soul breakbeat and sampledelic mash up, all touched with the heavy hand of dub. An open expression within a loose framework, Dubplate #1 acts as guide and educator. Where cultures clash, morph and grow, embracing the diaspora through music; Arabic melody meets Jamaica riddim meets English hedonism in a Soundclash. Digi the Mystery.
V.A. - Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2
King Step Roots Showcase - Rastafari Syndicate Volume 1
King Step Roots Showcase
Rastafari Syndicate Volume 1
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Hornin' Sounds)
22,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
From the late 70’s to the mid- 80’s the untold history began. Too much decades behind a humble silence but now, here is the story that comes from the heart of the Birmingham’s roots scene.
Some of those tracks have been played by most of the best in the U.K. back in the days. Sound systems like Siffa, Wassifa, Orthodox 38...

« That’s the real stepper, Heavy Dub style.
No skapa-skapa business, Serious business ! »

This Album is dedicated to all the people involved in the history of Sound Systems around the world for more than 40 years.
From the builders to the security guards, every body nuff respect !

All Tracks & Mixes Previously Unreleased
Recorded & Mixed by Ervin ‘Wooligan’ Woolley @ Delkass Studio, Birmingham, UK, 1980-84
Mastered at Rectape Studio by Franck Mariani
Master Cut at SST Brüggemann by Daniel Krieger
Babe Roots - Babe Roots
Babe Roots
Babe Roots
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Linear Movement)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 15.10.2021
First Babe Roots album perfectly executed. This is the perfect balance between dub structures and reggae rhythms.
V.A. - Hustle! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York
V.A.
Hustle! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York
3LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Soul Jazz)
27,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Soul Jazz Records’ are releasing their long-out-of-print album ‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra tracks.
This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (‘Ring My Bell’), Chaka Khan (‘I’m Every Woman’), Michael Jackson ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough,’ Sugarhill Gang (‘Rappers Delight’ here performed by Derrick Laro and Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston and London.
New bonus tracks to this collection include Derrick Harriott’s funky take on Eddie Drennon’s ‘Do It Nice and Easy’, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection’s take on McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ and the London rare groove lovers rock take on Barbara Acklin’s soul classic ‘Am I The Same Girl’.
‘Hustle! Reggae Disco’ has been one of Soul Jazz Records’ best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!). This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks. This new expanded edition now comes a triple album (+ download code), CD and digital album.
Wiz Khalifa / Symbiz - We Dem Boyz Remix / Yeeruh Remix
John Holt - Police In Helicopter
John Holt
Police In Helicopter
LP | 1983 | UK | Reissue (Greensleeves)
11,99 €*
Release:1983 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Limited edition LP vinyl re-issue of the 1983 album classic! Recorded with the Roots Radics and mixed by Soldgie at Channel One Studio, produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes.
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Lions, The
Cumbia Rebel
7" | 2021 | US | Original (Ubiquity)
10,99 €*
Release:2021 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 01.10.2021
Asuka Ando - Amai Hit Kouchie
Asuka Ando
Amai Hit Kouchie
LP | 2021 | JP | Original (P-Vine)
34,99 €*
Release:2021 / JP – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Japanese female reggae singer "asuka ando", her latest album is finally analog vinyl! 10 songs including the finest lovers rock song "amai hit kouchie", a dancehall tune with an early 80's taste, a pop reggae in the 90's style and the cover of Marie Pierre's masterpiece "Choose Me", Yasuyuki Okamura's "Daisuki".
Mwanamke Mwafrika - African Woman Abroad
Cambodia / Phnom Penh Reggae - Dub Addiction / Vibratone
Mulatu Astatke - Ethio Jazz
Lee Perry - Super Ape Inna Jungle (Jungle Mixes)
Chronixx - Ghetto People (Picture Sleeve)
Sensations / Winston Wright - Those Guys, Moonwalk
Mohawks, The / Marvels, The - The Champ Reggae Version / Rock Steady / Puma Supreme
Mohawks, The / Marvels, The
The Champ Reggae Version / Rock Steady / Puma Supreme
7" | 1973 | EU | Reissue ()
13,99 €*
Release:1973 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Rare under-the-radar Reggae version of the Funk/B-Boy/Breakbeat classic, by the selfsame Mohawks responsible for the heavily sampled original, backed with a great Jamaican Funk version of the Aretha Franklin classic.
Soul Jazz Records presents - Rocksteady Got Soul
Soul Jazz Records presents
Rocksteady Got Soul
2LP | 2021 | UK | Original (Soul Jazz)
31,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Soul Jazz Records' new Studio One release Rocksteady Got Soul is a collection of uplifting and superb rocksteady and soulful reggae from the late 1960s and early 1970s. Studio One is the number one label in the history of reggae and he album features - as ever with Studio One - an impeccable and unbeatable line-up of reggae superstars, all soaring at the height of their creative powers. Alton Ellis, John Holt, The Heptones, Jackie Mittoo, The Ethiopians, Lee Perry and more. The album is a mix of classic tunes and rhythms alongside super-rarities that were released in a dazzlingly complex web of Studio One labels and issues, deftly navigated with new sleevenotes from author and Studio One authority Rob Chapman. But enough with the chatter, just spin the platter - these tunes rule the town, hands down! This Soul Jazz/Studio One album is released as deluxe gatefold double-vinyl + house inners + download code. Also as jewel case CD housed in card slipcase. Both formats come with full sleeve notes/discography and exclusive photography.
Gaylads, The - Love The Reggae / Wha She Do Now
Bob Marley - The Complete Island Recordings Limited Box Set
12 Tribes Of Israel - Kill The Devil / Bury The Devil
12 Tribes Of Israel
Kill The Devil / Bury The Devil
7" | 1978 | UK | Reissue (Common Ground)
8,24 €* 14,99 € -45%
Release:1978 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Hen's teeth rarity, originally released on rastafarian label, Orthodox, Jamaica 1978, oddly enough sounding more like early Tommy McCook, in a ska / jazz style.
Acayouman - Funky Reggae
Acayouman
Funky Reggae
12" | 1984 | EU | Reissue (BeauMonde)
13,99 €*
Release:1984 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Acayouman was a band formed in Martinique in the early 80’s by musician/composer Dominique Durepaire. They recorded this never commercially released 12” in 1984 creating their own sound strongly influenced by American soul, the boogie and electro productions from the East Coast and even Jamaican reggae with a unique creole flavor.
Congos, The - Heart Of The Congos 40th Anniversary Edition
Congos, The
Heart Of The Congos 40th Anniversary Edition
3LP | 2017 | US | Original (17 North Parade)
32,99 €*
Release:2017 / US – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
The album classic was originally issued in 1977 in Jamaica only and 20 years later in 1997 released by the Blood & Fire label as the outstanding but now deleted "Heart Of The Congos". VP Records' sub-label 17 North Parade release now the definitive 2017 re-mastered 3CD / 3LP deluxe edition put together with both respect and gratitude to that illustrious antecedent.

This new 3 disc-set and 3LP-Vinyl-set is the first to feature the now almost impossible to find, original mix of the album, unavailable since producer Lee Perry withdrew the set in 1977 following the refusal of Chris Blackwell's Island Records team to licence the album (Disc 3), together with the more well-known mix, dubs, disco mixes, seven and twelve inch versions and "Don’t Blame It On I" an overlooked previously unreleased track unearthed (Disc 2) and the 'Blood & Fire' Kevin Metcalfe master (Disc 1).
Israel Vibration - Same Song
Israel Vibration
Same Song
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Music On Vinyl)
20,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
One of the most exciting debuts of the roots era, Same Song (1978) boasted the cream of the crop of Jamaican musicianship, including famous producers Sly & Robbie, legendary accordion player Augustus Pablo, and keyboardists Mikey Chung and Ansel Collins. The album's Rastafarian themes and the trio's obvious religious devotion make this a cultural classic. Same Song is a shout of belief, so heartfelt, as to quiet all else around it.

180g vinyl.
Lee Perry - The Upsetter
Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Roaring Lion
Lee Perry & The Upsetters
Roaring Lion
2LP | 2013 | UK | Original (Pressure Sounds)
22,99 €*
Release:2013 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Subtitled with "16 Untamed Black Art Masters & Dubplates" here are 16 tracks from 1976 most of which have never been released before. Alternative mixes of some of his better-known dubs make "Roaring Lion" possibly the strongest Lee Perry album Pressure Sounds ever released.
Majical & Kibir La Amlak - Do You Know?
Majical & Kibir La Amlak
Do You Know?
7" | 2021 | EU | Original (Before Zero)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Majical, a wordsmith, undefinable by genre. An MC and a Rastaman that's journeyed through garage, grime, hiphop and reggae to arrive at his own destination he's coined as 'roots hop culture'. Part of the RU1 Fam, a UK hiphop collective who received international recognition for their debut album Otito in 2018.
'Do You Know' started out as a dubplate on the 'King of Grime' instrumental by producer Lewi B. Majical penned this song to exalt the many earthy achievements of 'King of Ethiopia' Emperor Haile Selassie. On hearing this version, Kibir La Amlak approached Majical to make a new version of the track together, that brought it into the world of UK Reggae Sound System he hails from. The track was first recorded in 2017 and then remained as a dubplate, championed by UK sound system 'Iration Steppas' and South African sound system 'Kebra Ethiopia'. It was also performed as part of the Kibir La Amlak live dub show on numerous tours around the world. After countless requests, Majical and Kibir La Amlak both felt that this coming anniversary of the birth of Haile Selassie was due time to release the track for public consumption. Its since been re-recorded, remixed and remastered and is now ready for release.
Response & Pliskin - More Disturbed EP Tim Reaper Remix
Hiroshi Fujiwara And K.U.D.O. - Michael Jackson / Jackson 5 Remixes
Hiroshi Fujiwara And K.U.D.O.
Michael Jackson / Jackson 5 Remixes
LP | 2021 | JP | Original (HMV Record Shop)
65,99 €*
Release:2021 / JP – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 08.10.2021
Hiroshi Fujiwara, a leading figure in the Tokyo culture scene, and K.U.D.O., formerly of Melon, have carefully selected and remixed a number of Michael's greatest songs, including those from his Jackson 5 days.
Keith Hudson - Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood
Keith Hudson
Flesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood
LP | 1974 | EU | Reissue (17 North Parade)
17,99 €*
Release:1974 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 22.10.2021
Outstanding re-issue of 1974 roots classic album in expanded and remastered form! - The original 1974 release of Keith Hudson's "Flesh Of My Skin" showcased the enduring strength and pivotal importance of the development of reggae music, Keith Hudson's complete mastery of the genre and the unqualified praise that followed its release was fully justified. This suburb re-master features the original mix available for the first time since the 1974 Mamba pressing and comes with the addition of the 7-inch single only "Darkest Night Version" and the restoration of the lost "My Nocturne" omitted from the 1988 & 2004 remix versions, also includes the previously unreleased "Hunting Version". Liner notes are written by Keith Hudson’s official biographer Vincent Ellis.

Original Quotes: "The most moving, satisfying piece of Jamaican music I've heard since "Catch A Fire" and surpasses that album, this is the album of the year without a doubt" (Carl Gayle, Black Music Magazine)

"One of the best albums to be released this year, it combines strong, heavy rhythms with strong, heavy lyrics" (Chris Lane, Blues And Soul Magazine)

"Flesh Of My Skin" is the most potent reggae performance in a long, long while, a remarkable piece of music". (Let It Rock Magazine)

Packaging: LP vinyl with liner notes printed on the inner sleeve, packed into matt UV finish Sleeve, box lot 25
Taggy Matcher - Push Push
Taggy Matcher
Push Push
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Stix)
21,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 05.11.2021
Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, proudly presents Push Push, the new album by acclaimed producer Taggy Matcher aka Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart (Voilaaa, Mr President, The Dynamics, Uptown Funk Empire, Metropolitan Jazz Affair, Da Break, …). After the success of his previous LP Singasong, Taggy Matcher returns with 8 tracks exploring his wide range of Reggae & Dub influences, each time magnified by a fine crew of vocal guests as LMK, Birdy Nixon, Alexandra Charry, Hawa, John Milk & Elodie Rama. With a great sense of authenticity, they all bring their own touch to Taggy Matcher's compositions and covers. Always faithful to its inspirations, brilliantly produced, Push Push is your new invitation to follow the Lion to Zion. The album starts with "Push Push", a title already released last year as a vinyl single 7", in collaboration with rising singer LMK, who you may know from her successful previous reworks on Taggy's last album ("No Love Allowed", "My Man"). Sharing the same love for the early 80's Digital Rub A Rub productions, lyrics are about street harassment of women… with a pinch of humor! On "Little Things", Taggy invites old mate Birdy Nixon for a cover of an early rocksteady classic by Hemsley Morris. With the vintage bounce we love combined with modern sounds and productions, the song is all about tenderness and simplicity. "Volvere Mañana", the song has this very cumbia hip move with the participation of gifted singer Alexandra Charry from Cali in Colombia, where they both composed the song. Then, Taggy invited Boris Pokora to play the "gaita" local flute to give the song its proper Colombian Caribbean coast flavor. The album continues with "Two Dimes" featuring longtime collaborator Hawa (from Mr President to Mr Day and other numerous projects). This shaky disco reggae rockers is all about getting ready for the party… but with two dimes only! "Q Fashion" is a song full of wittiness and self-mockery wrote during the first Covid-19 lockdown. Parisian Soul singer John Milk was stuck in Paris while Bruno was in Lyon. On this minimalistic digital reggae tune, they give the ingredients to perfect your next quarantine outfit. Discoish reggae tune "Get Enough" featuring Birdy Nixon has a simple and successful recipe: just mix a big dose of Lovers with the same amount of Rockers and you've got this 100% soulful song. On "Suit and Tie", Taggy and John Milk go Pop with this version of Justin Timberlake, that fits perfectly with John's tender and mellow style. Finally, Elodie Rama with Taggy Matcher pay tribute to Erykah Badu and her legacy to the Soul music scene at the end of the nineties. The mood is jazzy, mellow and warm, with a tiny Lee Scratch Perry early 70's vaporous vibes.
Element - Freedom Feat Nazamba
Element
Freedom Feat Nazamba
12" | 2021 | EU | Original (Riddim Chango)
12,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 17.12.2021
Limited to 300 copies!

"The 11th single on Riddim Chango imprint features Kingston Dub Poet, Nazamba, who dropped his debut single on The Bug's Pressure label and an LP on Dubquake Records (O.B.F.). The riddim track on this one produced by Element, co-founder of Riddim Chango records.

-sideA, Nazamba's earth-shattering vexed poetry tells a true story of oppressed black people's history and the minimal tech-stepper riddim accelerates the power of the dub-poet.

On the flip side, “Xpander” is instrumental stepper track influenced by 90s UK militant digital dub. It is build by layered Oberheim's classic synth sounds with solid drums and bass. low-end focused part2 has lesser elements with greater energy in a classic dubwise manner.

The 3 tracks on the 12” has been soundsystem approved for promised bass weight and balance."
Soul Jazz Records presents - Fire Over Babylon
Carl Bert & The Cimarons / Mix By Jeh Jeh - Slipping Into Darkness / Dubing
Jah Lion - Colombia Colly
Ritchie Mcdonald & Glen Brown / Tommy Mccook - Realize / Determination Skank
Ritchie Mcdonald & Glen Brown / Tommy Mccook
Realize / Determination Skank
7" | 2020 | UK | Original (17 North Parade)
8,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Reggae / Dancehall
1972 recordings from producer Glen Brown's with vocal collaborator Ritchie McDonald (aka Richie Mac or Richard McDonald), both in duet presenting "Realize" on a re-cut of the 'Dirty Harry' riddim on side one, and a great instrumental horn version entitled "Determination Skank" on side two, both mixed by Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock. Originally released on the Pantomine label.
Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers
Lee Perry - Vampire (Horns) / Vampire (Dub)
Lee Perry - Rainford Black Vinyl Edition
Asian Dub Foundation - Rafi's Revenge 20th Anniversary White Vinyl Edition
Asian Dub Foundation
Rafi's Revenge 20th Anniversary White Vinyl Edition
2LP+CD | 1998 | EU | Reissue (London Music Stream)
27,99 €*
Release:1998 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Reggae / Dancehall
Rafi’s Revenge originally peaked at number 20 on the UK Albums Chart and was shortlisted for the 1998 Mercury Music Prize, with Bobby Gillespie hailing them at the time as ‘the best live act in Britain’. This 21 year anniversary reissue includes a limited edition, coloured 2xLP. To celebrate the release the band are playing at Rich Mix, London on 28th March. By the time they recorded Rafi’s Revenge in 1998, Asian Dub Foundation were primed to explode.
Hempress Sativa - Rock It Ina Dance (Extended Mix) / No Retreat (Extended Mix)
V.A. - Treasure Isle Ska Rarities
Lee Perry - Mr Perry I Presume
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
Preorder available from 08.10.2021
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!
Black So Man - Tout Le Monde Et Personne
Black So Man
Tout Le Monde Et Personne
LP | 2021 | EU | Reissue (Secousse)
22,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Reggae / Dancehall
Preorder available from 22.10.2021
Black So Man. For Black Is Also Man. Tout Le Monde Et Personne. He blames ‘Everybody and No one’. Clealry, Bingotoma Traore was not trying to get rich, or entertain: he wanted to change the world. And all it took to get there was four cassettes, all recorded between 1994 et 1998. In that time he went from extreme poverty, sellings eggs in the streets and killing pigs at the factory, to being the biggest pop star in his native country, Burkina Faso, and a legend all over Western Africa. Corruption, ill governance, education, colonisation… All his songs were history and philosophical lessons for the ghetto youths, the unemployed, and the many people who could identify themselves with him. He died 20 years ago, mortally wounded after going through a car crash. Today, his videos still ranks millions of views on social network. No one has forgotten him. And his fight is more relevant than ever. Rest In Power Black So Man (1967-2002). Thank you to his son Ange Fela Traore and his ex-wife Adji Sanon (to whom he dedicated the song ‘Adji’ included here) for their trust in us leading this reissue project. Half of the profits from the record goes to them.
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