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Volume 2: Dancehall CultureSide One1 Luciano - Hopes On High
2 Luciano - God Love
3 Frankie Paul - Just One Moment Away
4 Anthony B - Third Eye Blind
5 Mojah - Search
6 Half Pint - Love Potion Number 9
7 Tony Tuff - Wanty WantySide Two1 Sister Nancy - A Fool Say In His Heart
2 Meditations, The - Run Away Heathen
3 Anthony B - Love So Divine
4 Dollarman - Don't Wanna Leave
5 Rob Symeonn - Keep On Trying
6 Minx - Jah Breathe Life Inna Me
7 Guyanese - Hit Tune$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Don DadaOriginally released in 1992.
Super Cat, a.k.a. Don Dada, a.k.a. the Wild Apache, came roaring out of Jamaica in the 1980s, blazing a new trail through the dancehall reggae scene.1. Dem No Worry We
2. Ghetto Red Hot
3. Them No Care
4. Dolly My Baby
5. Don't Test
6. Don Dada
7. Think Me Come Fi Play
8. Big And Ready
9. Coke Don
10. Nuff Man A Dead
11. Oh It's You
12. Fight Fi Power
13. Yush Talk$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Studio One Dancehall: Sir Coxsone In The DanceFeatured here is a new collection spanning Studio One's dancehall period - singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizardry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12" singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance.LP1
1. Why Oh Why - Ernest Wilson
2. Lend Me The Sixteen - Johnny Osbourne
3. Haunted House - Windel Haye
4. Ghetto Girl - Green Tea / Chassy Wezar
5. Time A Run Out - Johnny Osbourne
6. Noah In The Ark - Lone Ranger
1. Thanks And Praise - Devon Russell
2. Rebel Disco - Brentford Disco Set
3. I Don't Know Why - Doreen Schaffer
4. Lonely Lover - Slim Smith
5. Roots And Herb Style - Field Marshall Haye
6. Peace Truce Thing - DJ Dawn / The Ranking Queens
1. Cure For The Fever - Jim Brown
2. Peace Treaty Style - Sugar Minott
3. It Deep - Lloyd Robinson
4. Far East - Barry Brown
5. Flood Victim - Windel Haye / Captain Morgan
6. Pick Them Up - Ernest Wilson$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Reggae EssentialsThe undisputed King Of Dancehall and one of the most influential reggae artists of all time returns with these newly recorded versions of his classic hits plus demo tracks!1. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng
2. Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt
3. Mister Chin
4. Morning Ride
5. Still Be a Lady / Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do
6. Path Of Righteousness
7. Celebrate Our Struggle
8. The Happiness Of One
9. The Sweet Sound Of Freedom
10. We Shall Overcome$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lif Up Yuh Leg An Trample (Discontinued)The best contemporary Trinidadian Soca. Hard edged, dancehall tinged with a smattering of sexuality & politics, this album also commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Notting Hill carnival.
Double LP, full color gatefold sleeve. Artists: Laventille Rhythm Section, Dawg E Slaughter, Timmy, Maximus Dan, Andre Tanker, Massive Gosine, Denise Belfon, Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano, Michelle Sylvester, Bobo & Agony, Machel Montano & Black Stalin.LP 1Side 11. Laventille Rhythm Section - Rhythm2. Dawg E Slaughter - Trample3. Timmy - Bumpa Catch Fire4. Denise Belfon - Saucy BabySide 21. Maximus Dan - Soca Train2. Andre Tanker - Food Fight3. Dawg E Slaughter - BounceLP 2Side 11. Massive Gosine - Chrloo2. Bunji Garlin - Warrior Cry3. Machel Montano, Wanskie, Onyon & Peter C. Lewis - FiremanSide 21. Michelle Sylvester - Go Ahead2. Bobo (3) - Soca Taliban3. Machel Montano, Black Stalin, Farmer Nappy & Fresh Life - Love Fire$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Epic & TingProducer, studio engineer and DJ, Colin 'Bulby' York presents Epic & Ting, a collection of collaborations with some of his favorite vocalists; some up-and-coming talent and some of reggae's biggest names. Bulby has been producing and releasing hit reggae and dancehall records since the late 1990s on his label, Fat Eyes. With Epic & Ting he shifts his role from label / producer to artist. "The album is programmed the way I would play these songs during a DJ set, mixing reggae and dancehall with more progressive sounds" says Bulby, "the focus is on the dancefloor. " Epic & Ting features new and exclusive performances from (among others), Beres Hammond and Bounty Killer on the up tempo "Anything Goes," Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Jesse Royal, Maxi Priest and Brigadier Jerry, Busy Signal and more. Stand out tracks from newcomers include; "Trippin'" by Bajan artist Ch'An which is already receiving airplay at London's BBC 1xtra.1. Psalm 21 (Praises) - featuring Sizzla
2. All Night Long - featuring Maxi Priest & Brigadier Jerry
3. Anything Goes - featuring Beres Hammond & Bounty Killer
4. Babylon Shame - featuring Anthony Redrose
5. Held Down - featuring Lutan Fyah
6. Let You Go - featuring Lennox
7. Who Shall I Fear - featuring Tenor Saw & Assassin (Agent Sasco)
8. Trippin - featuring Ch'An
9. Long Distance Love - featuring Eric Bellinger & Candy Gloster
10. Moola - featuring Cherine Anderson
11. Streets - featuring Busy Signal
12. Soul Almighty - featuring Lee "Scratch" Perry & Jesse Royal$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-KRE-2615xArrington De Dionyso
Suara NagaYou know how in the 1950s the press and parents and such talked about how rock'n'roll had some evil, sexual, tribal force that was going to possess the youth? Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa is really that. Trance-punk dancehall explosion gonna knock you up! 2011! Formerly of Old Time Relijun, this is Dionyso's second Malaikat Dan Singa release, the lyrics for which are entirely in (self-taught) Indonesian. Fancy!1.Kerasukan
3.Aku Di Penjara
6.Iblis Atas Iblis
11.Halilintar!$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cosmic GameLP reissue of classic Thievery Corporation album which has scanned 175k RTD.
The Cosmic Game, finds the duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton in their most expansive mood yet, as their latest sonic exploration blurs the boundaries
between rock, breaks, future-bossa, dub, psychedelia and other mind-altering sounds. Features outstanding collaborations with rock luminaries Perry
Farrell, The Flaming Lips, and David Byrne as well as Thievery's always diverse cast of dancehall MC's, smokey-voiced chanteuses, and Brazilian
percussionists.1. Marching the Hate Machines (Into the Sun) featuring Wayne Coyne
2. Warning Shots featuring Sleepy Wonder and Gunjan
3. The Revolution Solution featuring Perry Farrell
4. The Cosmic Game
5. Satyam Shivam Sundaram featuring Gunjan
6. Amerimacka featuring Notch
7. Ambicion Eterna (Eternal Ambition) featuring Verny
8. Pela Janela (Through the Window) featuring Gigi Re
9. Sol Tapado (The Covered Sun) featuring Patrick de
10. The Heart's a Lonely Hunter featuring David Byrne
11. Holographic Universe featuring Gunjan
12. Doors of Perception featuring Gunjan
13. Wires and Watchtowers featuring Sista Pat
14. The Supreme Illusion featuring Gunjan
15. The Time We Lost Out Way featuring Loulou
16. A Gentle Dissolve$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Always Strive And ProsperA$AP Mob member Ferg has always been the most dazzlingly unpredictable of his crew, a rapper as likely to delve into Jamaican dancehall and '90s house music as his Harlem roots. An even more eclectic, expansive album than 2013's Trap Lord, Always Strive and Prosper finds Ferg amongst collaborators as interesting-and unlikely-as bassheads Skrillex ("Hungry Ham") and Cashmere Cat ("Yammy Gang"), flipping from street tough ("New Level") to teddy bear (the Ty Dolla $ign and Chris Brown-featuring "I Love You") with ambition and ease.LP 1
2. Hungry Ham
4. Meet My Crazy Uncle (Skit)
6. Let It Bang
7. New Level
8. Yammy Gang
9. Swipe Life
1. Uzi Gang
2. Beautiful People
3. Damn Not Again (Skit)
4. Let You Go
5. World Is Mine
6. Phone Call With Breezy (Skit)
7. I Love You
8. Grandma (Skit)
9. Grandma$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Poet's Life
TIM ARMSTRONG, guitarist and frontman of RANCID, took a different path on his 2007 solo debut, with able backing from L.A. reggae revivalists the Aggrolites, ARMSTRONG crafted a grooving, fun-filled modern reggae album, influenced by ska, rock steady, roots reggae, and dancehall and filtered through a modern pop-punk attitude. The sound of the record (nimble, jumped-up, and retro but fully modern) impresses instantly, but as the record goes on, ARMSTRONG's voice emerges as the star. His raspy croon, staccato toasting, and ragged shout fit the reggae sound surprisingly well.1. Wake Up
2. Hold On
3. Into Action
5. Take This City
6. Inner City Violence
7. Oh No
8. Lady Demeter
9. Among The Dead
10. Cold Blooded$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Includes LP Insert With Unreleased Photos And Interviews With Puddy Lion And Linval Thompson
Although his lack of touring kept him from being established as a major figure in
overground reggae circles, Linval Thompson's work as a singer, songwriter and
producer is essential to Jamaican music. Between 1977 and 1979, he released
five solo albums and produced countless artists on the side. Thompson acted as
a mentor to many up-and-comers, including Junjo Lawes, Scientist, and Eek-AMouse.
As dancehall became more prominent in the late 1970s, Thompson began to
offer up his rhythms to sound system deejays. The mysterious deejay LP, Bunny
Lion Red was originally released on London's Starlight records in 1979. Little was
written about the album at the time; however, we have uncovered that Bunny
Lion is in fact the legendary Puddy Roots of Killamanjaro Soundsystem fame.
Red features ten grooving Thompson Sound rhythms voiced by Puddy. This is
the earliest documented work of the criminally under-recorded Puddy Roots. It's
also the perfect gateway record for anyone curious about dub, roots reggae, or
dancehall.1. Natty Rise and Shine
3. Bunny Lion at the Control
4. Go Rockers
5. Blackman Kingdom
6. Mont Zion
7. Rat Trap
8. Bubbling Dub
10. Heart and Soul$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Studio One Rude BoyRude Boys are synonymous with Jamaican Dancehall culture from the present day going back to the very early days of Sir Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid's first sound-clashes in Kingston . Studio One Rude Boy features artists and songs about rude boys and rude boy culture from all periods of Studio One's history. The album features Ska, Rocksteady, DJs, Roots and Dub The album features classic tracks from Jamaica's finest singers and groups such as The Wailers, John Holt, the Wailing Souls, Dennis Brown alongside super-rare tracks from artists such as Mr Foundation, Dudley Sibbley and The Soul Brothers all recorded under Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's supervision at the legendary recording studio and record label. Musical backing comes from the legendary in-house bands - The Skatalites, The Sound Dimension, Soul Vendors and Soul Defenders - who provide the classic Studio One rhythms so influential in the history of Reggae.LP 1
1. Jackie Opel - You're Too Bad
2. Johnny Osbourne - Murderer
3. John Holt - Hooligan
4. Keith McCarthy - Everybody Rude Now
5. Owen Gray - Ballistic Affair
6. Roy Richards - Get Smart
7. Dillinger - Stop The War
8. Jim Brown - Love In The Dance
9. Desmond Baker And The Clarendonians - Rude Boy Gone A Jail
1. The Wailers - Good Good Rudie
2. Dennis Brown - Make It Easy On Yourself
3. Wailing Souls - Don't Fight It
4. Dub Specialist - Peace Theme
5. Mr Foundation - See Them A Come
6. Dudley Sibley - Run Boy Run
7. Dennis Brown - Johnny Too Bad
8. Bob Andy - Crime Don?T Pay
9. Soul Brothers - Mr Kiss A Bang Bang$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
So GoodSwedish pop star, Zara Larsson has achieved what most artists can only dream of. Becoming one of the biggest and most exciting breakthrough artists of the year and unmissable across our screens and airwaves. So Good features her 5 singles that have sold over 2 million combined singles in the UK including her Top 3 debut solo single - Lush Life, Top 5 hit with London Producer & singer/songwriter MNEK - 'Never Forget You', Top 2 dancehall cover 'I Would Like' and brand new single 'So Good' featuring Grammy award nominee, Ty Dolla $ign - as well as other smashes co written with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Charlie Puth, MNEK and many more great producers / artists.LP 1
1. What They Say
2. Lush Life
3. I Would Like
4. So Good
6. Only You
7. Never Forget You
2. Don't Let Me Be Yours
3. Make That Money Girl
4. Ain't My Fault
5. One Mississippi
7. I Can't Fall in Love Without You$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fire AwayFire Away is the Grammy Award-winning bands fifth studio full length. Produced by acclaimed producer Tony Berg, Fire Away features eleven new Ozomatli songs, including the first single Its Only Paper, currently being serviced to radio. Ozomatlis music, a collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga, has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around the city of LA.
This certainly resonated with producer Tony Berg (Aimee Mann, Pete Yorn), who describes working with Ozomatli like visiting seven continents simultaneously. Berg believes the Fire Away sessions captured the spirit of the bands live show without being a live album, and he sensed Ozomatli stretching themselves in the studio, adding each of the members had grown as a writer and as a musician. I think Fire Away reflects their true songwriting talents, everyones point-of-view was captured. That is the spirit of Ozomatli. Theyre pan-cultural, and they somehow manage to be raucous and thoughtful at the same time.1. Are You Ready?
3. Its Only Paper
4. Elysian Persuasion
5. Gay Vatos In Love
6. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
7. Its Only Time
8. Nadas Por Free
9. Malagasy Shock
10. Love Comes Down
11. Caballito$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Build With ErosionThe Berg Sans Nipple are set to release their third album, Build With Erosion. After the critically lauded Along the Quai in 2007 they are poised to turn heads once again. Build With Erosion has been described as truly original and truly unique, a pretty incredible place, from dancehall to gamelan, from psyche/prog to minimal composition and electronics, from heart wrenching emotion to fun fun fun. The album dives into new sonic territory, with a vision of capturing the live impact of the duo on stage, which has often been the place that the band has fully broken through and captured audiences around the world.
For Build With Erosion, The Berg Sans Nipple returned to work with Along the Quai producer Antoine Gaillet (M83, NTM, Zombie Zombie). After 6 years of the duo, Shane Aspegren and Lori Sean Berg, living and playing in Paris, this is the first album to be made with the members separated by the Atlantic, and has been all about the slow simmer of ideas.1. Change the Shape
2. Build with Erosion
3. Dead Dinosaurs Rule the Earth
4. Convert the Measurement
5. There Is No Peak
7. Sunday Morning
9. Body Movement
10. All People
11. Pink Rays Sugar$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Free The UniverseAfter releasing their landmark LP Guns Don't Kill People Lazers Do in 2009,the heroic production
duo of Diplo and Switch found themselves boldly marching forwards toward the end of the aughts,
conquering major milestones. Now, as the sole executive producer of Major Lazer, Diplo continues
to spearhead the current dancehall revival movement with the upcoming release Free The Universe.
The recording includes exciting collaborations with Bruno Mars, Tyga, Flux Pavillion, Wynter
Gordon, Shaggy, Wyclef, Ezra Koening from Vampire Weekend, Dev and more. Spin called the LP's
first single Get Free featuring Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, a meeting point between
Jamaica,West Africa, and Brooklyn.
Diplo (AKA Wesley Pentz) has risen through the ranks and has asserted himself as one of the most
pioneering producers of the time. Through unending curiosity and exploration of the vast multitudes
of the world's musical heritages, Diplo has managed to seamlessly connect the global underground to
the audio mainstream. He is the Grammy-nominated founder, owner and head honcho of Mad
Decent records, which has not only garnered widespread critical and audience accolades since its
inception, but has also deservedly earned a hefty reputation as a vanguard of groundbreaking releases.1 You're No Good (feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin)
2 Jet Blue Jet (feat. Leftside, GTA, Razz & Biggy)
3 Get Free (feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors)
4 Jah No Partial (feat. Flux Pavilion)
5 Wind Up (feat. Elephant Man & Opal)
6 Scare Me (feat. Peaches & Timberlee)
7 Jessica (feat. Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend)
8 Watch Out For This (Bumaye) (feat. Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green)
9 Keep Cool (feat. Shaggy & Wynter Gordon)
10 Sweat (feat. Laidback Luke & Ms. Dynamite)
11 Reach for the Stars (feat. Wyclef Jean)
12 Bubble Butt (feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic)
13 Mashup the Dance (feat. The Partysquad & Ward 21)
14 Playground (feat. Bugle & Arama)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"...a patchwork of diverse musical terrain that ranges from no-wave
electro to Swedish dancehall pop to rambunctious garage rock,
sometimes all within one song." - Portland Mercury
"It's garage rock that sounds like it was recorded at Studio 54 if it
was located in M83." - Paste Magazine
"Wampire come from the John Maus and Ariel Pink school of off-kilter synth pop." - Pitchfork
"Wampire's music is infectious and disarming"
- Consequence of Sound
Like the tantalizing blend of exotic treasures and captivating
sensations its namesake suggests, Bazaar continually offers
listeners a variety of unexpected and alluring sonic flavors over
the course of its nine tracks -- ranging from raucous riffs ("Bad
Attitude") to seductive sax ("Wizard Staff") to charmingly catchy
choruses ("The Amazing Heart Attack").
As with their previous full-length Curiosity, Wampire recorded
Bazaar with trusted producer Jacob Portrait (of Unknown Mortal
Orchestra), though this time around the sessions took place at The
Museum, a studio in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood, and
were done directly to tape.1. The Amazing Heart Attack
2. Bad Attitude
3. Fly on the Wall
4. Wizard Staff
5. Too Stoned
7. Sticking Out
8. Life of Luxury
9. People of Earth$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Culture Of FearLP reissue of Thievery Corporation's 6th studio album originally released in 2011.
Eric Hilton and Rob Garza craft a simmering and hazy collection of atmospheric gems that recalls their early production work but reflects a thoroughly
contemporary zeitgeist of socio-political angst and unease. Utilizing a team of skilled session players from their acclaimed live show and beyond, Culture
of Fear finds the duo easing into expansive multipart space-jams like "Tower Seven" and jazzy instrumental b-boy breaks like "Light Flares." Not only are
usual suspects like multilingual chanteuse Lou Lou and dancehall toaster Sleepy Wonder back to lend their haunting vocals, but several new contributors
also join the Corporation. Renowned hip-hop MC Mr. Lif blazes the microphone on the title track "Culture of Fear" with a scathing flow that aims to uplift
and enlighten as it does burn down babylon! Rising star Ras Puma also drops mystic incantations on "False Flag Dub" and the slow burning roots reggae
throwback "Overstand." It's not all fire and brimstone however, as Shana Halligan of Bitter:Sweet coos sultrily over booming tribal rhythms on "Is it Over?",
and newcomer Kota lends angelic and sprightly verses on album closer "Free."1. Web of Deception
2. Culture of Fear
3. Take My Soul
4. Light Flares
6. Where It All Starts
7. Tower Seven
8. Is It Over?
9. False Flag Dub
10. Safar (The Journey)
13. Free$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Cookbook (Pre-Order)With The Cookbook, the innovative Missy Elliott proves to the masses she is a musical mad scientist whose artistic abilities are unparalleled and without peer. Elliott is a quadruple threat: rapper, singer, songwriter and producer; add that to her woman-empowered lyrics and Missy's ability to be a musical and mental role model is inarguable. As a producer, Missy Elliott knows how to build a great project by incorporating the best talent available, an easy task since so many want to work with her. Not surprisingly, The Cookbook is filled with a world-class guest list.
That very large list includes American Idol winner Fantasia , cRunk&B queen Ciara , old-school rapper Slick Rick , dancehall sensation M.I.A. (on the drumline-heavy Bad Man) and the current queen of soul, Mary J. Blige . In a reversal of roles, My Struggles finds Missy singing Ya'll don't really know my life, y'all don't really know my struggles while Mary J. raps over a sample of herself from What's The 411. One unexpected surprise is Missy sings out more than on previous releases. The bare-bones Remember When is a definite standout, a 70's-inspired slow jam highlighted by her honest lyrics, sweet falsetto and jazz-affected tones. The beautiful melancholy of Teary Eyed is another standout, an amen-inducing testament to a relationship gone wrong and the beginning of the healing process.
To hear Missy sing with full rawness and no bravado is a further testament to her talents and will likely bring an even larger audience into her fold. - Denise Sheppard1. Joy
3. Irresistible Delicious
4. Lose Control
5. My Struggles
7. On & On
8. We Run This
9. Remember When
10. 4 My Man
11. Can't Stop
12. Teary Eyed
14. Click Clack
15. Time And Time Again
16. Bad Man$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
44/876Sting & Shaggy will release their new collaborative, island-inspired album, entitled 44/876, via Island Records.
Sting, wove Jamaican rhythms into his early work with The Police as well as his solo repertoire. While Shaggy, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and cutting his musical teeth in the dance hall clubs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The two initially joined creative forces to record "Don't Make Me Wait" as a tribute to the Caribbean sounds that influenced them both - and ended up recording an entire album full of joy, melody and uplifting music.
44/876 was recorded in Jamaica and New York with Sting & Shaggy being joined by various musicians and writers including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, Morgan Heritage, Branford Marsalis, Agent Sasco and Sting's longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller as well as writers Taranchyla, Dwayne "iLL Wayno" Shippy, Shane Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk and Patexx. The sessions were produced in part by Sting International ("Oh, Carolina," "Boombastic" and "It Wasn't Me,") and by Martin Kierszenbaum who has previously written/produced songs for Sting, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Sting International, Robert "Hitmixer" Orton, Sting International and Tony Lake mixed 44/876.1. 44/876 (feat. Morgan Heritage and Aidonia)
2. Morning Is Coming
3. Waiting For The Break Of Day
4. Gotta Get Back My Baby
5. Don't Make Me Wait
6. Just One Lifetime
7. 22nd Street
8. Dreaming In The U.S.A.
9. Crooked Tree
10. To Love And Be Loved
11. Sad Trombone
12. Night Shift$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jack Johnson & Friends: Best Of The Kukua FestivalJust in time for Earth Day, Brushfire Records will release Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival. The album features a 13-track compilation of live performances from Jack Johnson's benefit concerts for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Proceeds from Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival will benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.
Culled from six years of his eco-minded music festival, Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival, highlights onstage collaborations with legendary musicians like Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Ben Harper, Dave Mathews, Ziggy and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and more.
Johnson and his band team up with more than a dozen guest artists to perform both original works and spirited covers of classic songs. The album features several of Johnson's breezy folk-rock gems, including "Constellations" (with Eddie Vedder), "Mudfootball" (with Ozomatli & G. Love), "Breakdown" (with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro), and "Better Together" (with Hawaiian singer Paula Fuga).
Elsewhere on Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival, Johnson joins his guests for stripped-down renditions of their own songs: Taj Mahal offers his bluesy "Further On Down The Road," Jackson Browne revisits "Take It Easy" with the help of singer/guitarist John Cruz (who also shares his Hawaiian anthem "Island Style"), and the Marley brothers bring the reggae with Ziggy's "Cry, Cry, Cry" and Damian's dancehall banger "Welcome to Jamrock."
Rounding out the record are an eclectic collection of covers, including Bob Marley's "High Tide or Low Tide" (featuring Ben Harper), Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" (featuring Eddie Vedder) and Jimmy Buffet's "A Pirate Looks at Forty" (featuring Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds). Willie Nelson, meanwhile, delivers a Harper-assisted take on "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain," the Fred Rose-penned classic he popularized.
Held on Earth Day weekend at Honolulu's Waikiki Shell since its inception in 2004, the Kokua Festival serves as both a community-centered celebration of music and environmental awareness and as the major fundraiser for the Kokua Hawaii Foundation (a nonprofit organization founded by Johnson and his wife Kim in 2003 to support environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii). Like the festival itself, Jack Johnson and Friends: Best of Kokua Festival spotlights artists who share the Kokua Hawaii Foundation's mission of protecting the planet and cultivating environmental consciousness.LP1
1. Better Together - Jack Johnson with Paula Fuga
2. Cry, Cry, Cry - Ziggy Marley with Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga
3. A Pirate Looks At Forty - Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
4. Mudfootball - Jack Johnson with Ozomatli & G. Love
5. Constellations - Jack Johnson with Eddie Vedder & Kawika Kahiapo
6. Take It Easy - Jackson Browne with Jack Johnson & John Cruz
7. Island Style - John Cruz with Jack Johnson & Jackson Browne
1. Breakdown - Jack Johnson with Jake Shimabukuro
2. Further On Down The Road - Taj Mahal with Jack Johnson
3. Welcome To Jamrock - Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley with Jack Johnson & Paula Fuga
4. High Tide or Low Tide - Ben Harper & Jack Johnson
5. Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain - Willie Nelson with Jack Johnson & Ben Harper
6. I Shall Be Released - Jack Johnson, Eddie Vedder, Zach Gill & Friends$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ranked 316/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
They say you can never go home again.
Yet, on their new Interscope Records release and fifth album, Rock Steady, No Doubt has embarked on a globe-spanning musical adventure that proves, once and for all, that home is where the heart is.
At the heart of the quartet's fifteen-year musical journey is a sound, a style and a sensibility that celebrates their enduring bond with millions of fans worldwide: the sheer pleasure of pure pop - danceable, hummable, instantly accessible songs that have become indispensable additions to the soundtrack of our life and times. And now with Rock Steady, that soundtrack signals a return to some of the key creative elements that have made No Doubt one of today's most popular and enduring bands. Simply put, No Doubt is ready to party.
"It's the hardest thing in the world just to be simple, to let the music and the words speak for what you're feeling and, hopefully, to share that feeling. And the feeling we all shared on this album turned out to be pretty simple, too: we were in a good mood."
So says vocalist, lyricist and glorious gamine Gwen Stefani on the inspiration that ignited the dozen deliriously entertaining new tracks comprising Rock Steady. With all-original material penned by Gwen and No Doubt's dynamic songwriting duo of Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and a roster of producers that pretty much covers the cutting edge of the studio art, Rock Steady, recorded in such far flung locations as London and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jamaica, is without question the most eclectic, wide-ranging and stylistically diverse offering in the band's extraordinary career. It is also a loving tribute to the musical roots that have nourished No Doubt from their very inception.
"We were on tour pretty much all of last year," explains drummer Adrian Young, "and whenever we had some down time, we found ourselves listening to lots of dancehall. It was kind of like getting back to where we once belonged." Dancehall, the exuberant evolution of reggae, ska and calypso currently rocking the clubs and studios of Jamaica, proved a potent point of departure for the group when they convened in early 2001 to begin work on a new album. "We were part of the whole ska revival back when we first got together," continues Adrian. "The fact is, we had to work hard to prove we had a wider range, and I guess we did that. Because this time around we didn't feel like we had anything to prove. The whole point was to follow the music, wherever it led."
"Following the music" would lead the quartet to a variety of exotic locales as they indulged their instincts and experimented with sounds and settings that would capture the sensational new music beginning to emerge. "This album was less about technique and more about attitude," asserts Tony. "We took it one day at a time and it became a very spontaneous process. Tom had set up a studio at his place in L.A. and we'd meet there just to try out different ideas. Whereas before we'd write everything with a guitar or bass, this time we started with just beats and grooves and keyboards and built from there. After a week or two of songwriting, Gwen had a trip planned to London. Since we were having such a good time we just packed up and followed her over there. We knew we were onto something."
"It felt like starting over," is Tom's assessment. "We had spent two years working on Return Of Saturn because we felt it was important to prove we could do a record that had depth and substance. Once we got that out of our system it was time to have some fun."
Return Of Saturn, the group's smash 2000 release, did indeed establish No Doubt's ability to fashion songs of substance as well as style. It also conclusively demonstrated that the group's 1995 breakthrough release, Tragic Kingdom was more than a flash in the pan, although it was a distinctly dazzling flash that elevated the group to world class status with a solid string of hit singles. "We'd already done most of what we'd set out to accomplish," continues Tom. "We wanted try something fresh."
Something fresh and, as it turned out, something tried and true. "With all the dancehall we'd been listening to it was only natural that some of that rhythm would seep into our new songs," Gwen adds. "We ended up going to Jamaica without really knowing exactly what we'd find when we got there. That was the whole plan from the beginning not to have a plan."
What No Doubt found in the lush musical environs of the island was a creative collaboration with some of Jamaica's most revered producers including the legendary team of Sly & Robbie who sat behind the board for the album's debut single "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All," a tune written by Gwen with Eurthymics mainstay Dave Stewart during the group's London sojourn. They would also go on record with the fast rising dancehall duo of Steely & Clevie, who worked their magic for the incendiary selection, "Start The Fire." Remarks Tom, "Going to Jamaica and working with the great artists there had always been a dream of ours. Having that opportunity is one the best things about having some success. It's more important than any amount of fame or fortune."
As the spring of 2001 turned to summer the pace of recording stepped up, along with the group's increasingly bold ventures into new creative territory. In Los Angeles they added hip-hop to the mix with the streetwise sensibilities of The Neptunes, co-writers on the album's opening track, the scorching "Hella Good." Next they huddled with high-profile mixmaster Nellee Hooper on Rock Steady's title track as well as such standout selections as "In My Head," "Running," "Detective" and the above mentioned "Hella Good." Along the way they logged time with William Orbit for "Making Out," Ric Ocasek on "Platinum Blonde Life" and "Don't Let Me Down," and the inimitable Prince who co-produced and provided backing vocals on the drop dead gorgeous "Waiting Room."
But mixing and matching songs and producers was only part of the creative evolution that took place with Rock Steady. Says Tony, "Our attitude from the beginning was that we'd do whatever it took to make the music work. We've always been a very self-contained unit. This time we wanted to open it up, to find out what other people could bring to the party."
"The whole album was an exercise in spontaneity," adds Gwen, "and that challenged me to write more directly from my thoughts and feelings. I threw away my thesaurus and put aside my influences, everyone from Joni Mitchell to Sylvia Plath. I wanted to write songs about how it felt to be alive right now and that feeling, despite everything that going on in the world, is optimistic and full of hope. This is a time to affirm what's good and positive in our lives and if we can convey even a small part of the fun and excitement we had making this music, then we've done what we set out to do."
Hot on the heels of Rock Steady's release comes news of an extensive touring schedule that includes select dates with U2 as well as an extensive itinerary of international headlining dates. "We're primarily a live band," comments Tony. "That's how we started and that's how we maintain contact with our fans. Over the past couple of years, as the No Doubt machine got bigger, it's been more difficult to maintain that connection. But this time around,we're determined to stay true to the spirit of the music. It's about having a good time, about dancing in aisles and singing along. We all need that and it's what this tour is going to be about."
"After fifteen years together you naturally create all kinds of rules about how things should be," concludes Gwen. "There comes a time when you've got to throw the rules out and start all over again. That's what keeps it fun and interesting. For us that time has come."
It's a sentiment that gets to the heart of the brilliant music on Rock Steady, an album that finds No Doubt comfortable at home with the risks and rewards of true originality. It's also proof positive that, when No Doubt throws a party, everyone's invited.LP1
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
7. Don't Let Me Down
1. Start The Fire
3. In My Head
4. Platinum Blonde Life
5. Waiting Room
6. Rock Steady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WaterfallIt's safe to say since his emergence at the tail end of 2011 Evian Christ, aka Joshua Leary, has had a whirlwind two years. Off the back of his breakthrough mixtape "Kings And Them" which came out on Tri Angle Records in February 2012, the 24 year old, Ellesmere Port, UK native has produced on Kanye West's "Yeezus", collaborated with acclaimed conceptual artist Matthew Barney, released the notably abstract sound-piece Duga-3, performed around the world alongside the likes of Purity Ring, Actress and Four Tet and garnering positive reviews and features in global tastemaker press including Details Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Pitchfork and VIBE amongst many others.
Most notably, Evian Christ has signed a publishing deal with DONDA, run by Kanye West, where he will continue with his work as a producer.
His latest EP "Waterfall" finds Evian Christ exhibiting a creative restlessness that continues to make it harder to pigeonhole this young, evolving artist. On "Kings And Them" Evian Christ conjured up a sound that was influenced by hip hop as it much as it was by more ambient forms of music. On "Waterfall" Evian Christ has taken his unique sound into a far noisier and more aggressive territory.
The lead track from "Waterfall", the hip hop laced 'Salt Carousel' may open the record with the sort of dreamlike serenity that typified the vast majority of Kings, but it's really the quiet before the storm as harsher, more abrasive elements rush in and dominate. On 'Fuck Idol' huge walls of digital distortion clash with code red beats that grow more and more frantic as the track progresses, while the title track is a blast of metallic dancehall dread that mutates multiple times over the space of 4 minutes into something truly epic.
Having spent the past year experimenting and challenging himself, and in refusing to simply duplicate a sound that garnered him so much attention to begin with and led one of, if the not, the world's biggest hip hop artists to seek him out, "Waterfall" finds Evian Christ growing in confidence as a producer and continuing to elude any sort of easy categorization.
Recorded partially in his hometown of Ellesmere Port and partially in New York, "Waterfall" was mixed by Noah Rubin (Pusha T, Wu Tang Clan) and mastered by Heba Kedry (The Mars Volta, Liturgy, Fis). Track 2, 'Propeller', contains a sample of 'Nine' by close friend and affiliate producer, Lukid.1. Salt Carousel
2. Fuck Idol
$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Modern StreetsBeat Spacek is the latest project from UK vocalist/producer Steve Spacek, a man who should really need no introduction. With boundless abilities, his work transcends genre and style - instead focusing more on swing, melody, vibe and atmosphere. From his legendary output with the band Spacek - Curvatia (2001), Vintage Hi-Tech (2003); solo work on the cult Sound In Color imprint and collaborations with the late, great J.Dilla; to his under-the-radar Black Pocket project for dBridge's Exit Records and his most recent work with Mark Pritchard as one half of Africa HiTech, his fearless approach to creation has always been progressive and highly original.
Beat Spacek sees him once again take the reigns as a solo artist creating a record that is as much a love letter to the future as it is an ode to the past. Created largely using iPhone and iPad apps, the album once again finds Steve liberated through new technologies, excited by the prospects of "the new" whilst expressing notions of the past. It's a journey through the evolution of modern Britain from a futurist perspective.
Framed against a particular period in the 1980s when Steve was growing up as a young man in New Cross, South East London, Modern Streets is rooted in the duality of the past and the future. Flim-Flams was the club where he first experienced the clash of sounds and styles that characterised South London's racial, ethnic and cultural melting pot. A spot where Punks, Soul Heads, New Romantics, Dread Locks and Skinheads all converged brought together through a love of music and new sounds.
From the paranoid, post-punk, sleng teng musings of I Wanna Know to the nu wave pop-powered love song Inflight Wave, Modern Streets is a direct reflection of that experience, envisioned through the mind of a 21st Century Rudeboy. Ghanaian Highlife is re-imagined in digital form on Tonight; Stand Firm tips its hat to the dancehall with a futuristic rinse; whilst the sub-bass powered anthem Alone in Da Sun draws on the finest elements of dubstep's sonic vocabulary and reworks them into a loose, new age club jam, brimming with soul and charisma.1. I Wanna Know
3. Inflight Wave
4. Modern Streets
5. I Want You
6. Gotta Get Some Music
7. If You Are My Chalice
8. There is a Love
9. Stand Firm
10. Compact n Sleep
11. Back to School
12. You're the Only One
13. Alone in Da Sun$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now