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Studio One Story'Studio One Story' is a documentary this is both a staggering slice of musical history and a definitive guide to Studio One, Jamaica's greatest ever record company, and its legendary founder, Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd.
Often described as the Motown of Jamaica, or 'The University Of Reggae', Studio One is where the careers of literally hundreds of reggae artists began: Bob Marley And The Wailers, Alton Ellis, The Heptones, Ken Boothe, The Skatalites, Burning Spear and Sugar Minott, to name but a few. Studio One is the 'foundation' label of Jamaican Reggae.
One and a half years in the making, 'Studio One Story' is a truly unique documentary in which the late Clement Dodd gave unprecedented personal access to tell the previously untold story of how Studio One literally shaped the rise of reggae music from the 1950s onwards through to the late 1970s.
This is the true story of reggae music and its Jamaican roots told from the inside: From the rise of Kington's sound systems in the 1940s and 1950s, through to the evolution of a Jamaican music industry (and Studio One's dominance) in the 1960s and the worldwide success of reggae in the 1970s.LP 1
1. Theo Beckford - Easy Snapping
2. The Skatalites - Guns Of Navarone
3. Delroy Wilson - Dancing Mood
4. Michigan And Smiley - Nice Up The Dance
5. Heptones - Baby
6. The Abyssinians - Declaration Of Rights
7.Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love With You
8. Tommy Mccook - Tunnel One
1. Sugar Minott - Jah Jah Children
2. The Skatalites - Man In The Street
3. Dub Specialist - Banana Walk
3. Dennis Alcapone - Run Run
5. Larry Marshall - Nanny Goat
6. Brentford Allstars - Throw Me Corn
7. Lone Ranger - Love Bump
8. Jackie Mittoo - Freak Out$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Awakening"Awakening" is a new album to stand alongside classic 70's Reggae albums like "Natty Dread", "Marcus Garvey", "Two Sevens Clash", and "The Right Time". With traces of Burning Spear and Culture in his voice, Spiritual's original songs share with buzz artists like Chronixx, Protoje and Alborosie the aims and destiny of reggae's new roots ReGeneration.1. Black Man Story
2. Stand Up To Rasta
3. Time Has Come
4. Liberation (feat. Iba Mahr)
5. Rule Di World
6. Show Me The Way (feat. Droop Lion)
7. Where Is The Love
8. Want No More
9. Tell Me Who
10. Give Thanks and Praise$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Secret LifeToronto duo Moon King have crafted a raw, rapturous and emotional new record, which documents their ascent from an intimate conceptual project into a powerful live band. A first preview of the record comes with the chugging propulsion, soaring harmonies and cosmic haze of album opener 'Roswell'.
In 2013, Moon King, made up of songwriter Daniel Benjamin and singer/guitarist Maddy Wilde, played over 100 shows to support a pair of EPs, Obsession I and II, which were released on Fucked Up's One Big Silence label in North America and Tough Love in UK/Europe. After a year spent on the road, it became evident they should capture the energy of their live show while it was fresh. Following a performance at Iceland Airwaves, Daniel & Maddy relocated to a cottage in northern Ontario to record the album with a group of Toronto music scene luminaries, all of whom had played in various incarnations of the live band.
Most of the tracks on the album were recorded live off the floor, with little except the vocals added, put to tape by live sound engineer Noah Giffin (Owen Pallett, Austra, Diana). Though only five days of recording were booked, an ice storm prevented them from leaving, resulting in an extra couple of days work. The record was then mixed in New York with Jacob Portrait of Unknown Mortal Orchestra/Blouse.
The album's production introduces further nuance to the wall-of-sound approach of the EPs, stripping back dense layers to unearth spellbinding vocals and melodies. Daniel's lyrics focus on catharsis and the weight of emotional trauma, as well as dealing with the self-doubt that stands in the way of recovery.
Frequent show-opener "Apocalypse" begins with the confession "somehow I feel no release when I'm alone with anyone else / somehow I fall to pieces when I wake up to nothing where you should be" and builds intensity and speed until overflowing in a rush of noise, an oddly structured pop song with no repeating sections. "It's impossible / you've been run through with fear / love's a landfill / just another burning spear" chants the soaring chorus of 'Impossible'. The ultimatum at the climax of "Golden Age" - "all I want is to be wanted" channels an honest and tangible fear not common in today's pop landscape.
This sense of loss and longing permeates the album throughout, each song carrying with it both a weight and a sense of urgency.1. Roswell
2. Secret Life
4. Come Back
8. Golden Age
9. Medicine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now