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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
DifferentologyOne of the leading artists in the ragga soca movement, Trinidadian soca superstar Bunji Garlin is also one of the genre's few crossover artists, having made an impact internationally with Major Lazer, the Soul Train Awards, and even the television show Greys Anatomy all in the mix. Born Ian Anthony Alvarez in Sangre Grande, Trinidad, he took his name by combining something flexible (a bungee cord) and forceful (Garlin being a type of gun) and kicked off his career just as a dancehall-influenced strain of soca music was taking hold. Known as ragga soca, the aggressive, digital genre fueled Garlin's 2000 debut, The Chronicles, a thoroughly modern album which also featured soca legend Alison Hinds. The singer would win Trinidad's Ragga Soca Monarch competition that same year, as well as the next, while 2002 saw him win the International Soca Monarch award and release his first album for the VP label, Revelation. In 2006 he made news with his marriage to fellow soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons, while 2007 saw him kick-off his international push with the aptly titled Global, an album that featured guest shots from reggae artists T.O.K. and Freddie McGregor. Bunji avoided releasing another album for years, but many of his singles turned into massive, influential hits, especially the 2013 release Differentology. The anthem was picked up by Major Lazer for a remix, was featured on an episode of the hit TV drama Greys Anatomy, and landed Bunji a nomination for Best International Performance at the 2013 Soul Train Awards.LP 1
1. Red Light District
2. Carnival Tabanca
4. Differentology (Ready for the Road)
5. Truck On D Road (Remix)
6. West Indian Jungle
2. Differentology (Ready for the Road) (Major Lazer Remix)
3. Carnival Tabanca (Viking Remix)
4. All O' Dem
6. Over the Hills
7. Gi Dem Dey$17.99Vinyl LP - 2 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
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
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
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
BloodWhen touring for her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? came to a close, Lianne La Havas headed to Jamaica with her mother for a long-awaited holiday that evolved into an experience of self-discovery. She enjoyed emotional reunions with long-lost relatives; embraced Kingston's clubs; and even jammed in front of her family for the first time during a session with legendary dancehall/reggae producer Stephen McGregor. Exploring her roots inspired La Havas's writing. Lyrically, she says, the songs she wrote are almost all related to the feeling of who you are and where you come from. And musically, La Havas took inspiration from Jamaica's love of grooves, rhythms, and syncopation.1. Unstoppable
2. Green & Gold
3. What You Don't Do
9. Never Get Enough
10. Good Goodbye$22.99Vinyl LP - 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
Shackles GiftZun Zun Egui formed in Bristol in late 2008 - Mauritian guitarist and singer Kushal Gaya met and started making music with Japanese keyboard player Yoshino Shigihara after they had both moved to the UK and a core group of musicians soon formed around them. A love for experimentation, free jazz, fusion, DIY culture, throwing parties and playing wild shows was the glue that bonded the outfit together. After an early clutch of raw and experimental EPs, they focused their song-writing talents and mastery of many styles to create a recognisable Zun Zun Egui sound which included tropicalia, punk funk, Afrobeat, Ethio jazz and no wave. All of these varied disciplines were marshalled to produce their first album "Katang" which was widely hailed as one of the most exciting debuts of 2011. Even for a band as exploratory and talented as ZZE though, the step up in terms of songwriting and inspiration since "Katang" is astounding and it is clear that Shackles' Gift looks like being one of the most unique and thrilling records that will be released in 2015.
Produced by Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons, "Shackles' Gift" is the album that Zun Zun Egui have always threatened to deliver and we always believed they would. Opening with 'Rigid Man', it hits the listener with bone-shaking tropical funk. Future single 'African Tree' strolls past on a marching band rhythm, complete with an arena-sized chorus and Kyuss-heavy stoner rock guitars. 'Ruby' is like imperial period Depeche Mode discovering the delights of industrial dancehall reggae, while 'I Want You To Know' is an absolute funk/noise rock monster, sounding like Steve Albini recording Queens Of The Stone Age jamming on 'Kashmir'. 'Soul Scratch' is a very British take on a very Mauritian form of music called seggae, which combines the African island folk music known as sega with reggae, but imbuing it with an adrenalised urban uptightness. The album concludes with 'City Thunder' an elemental, dubbed out and dread take on post rock and disco.
Frontman Kushal says that first and foremost "Shackles' Gift" is a British rock record made by a British group but admits that the first sparks of its creation started flying when ZZE visited Mauritius in March 2013. The African island nation, which lies 700 miles east of Madagascar, deep in the Indian Ocean, invited the band to give a concert as part of their Independence Day celebrations. The island's dynamic history has led to a multi-lingual, multi-cultural modern nation which has influenced Zun Zun Egui in more ways than one. Not only has Mauritian music been one of the (many) primary ingredients of their sound and inspired Kushal's multi-lingual approach to singing (the island has 12 main languages) but the diversity of the country acts as a metaphor for the diversity of the group itself.1. Rigid Man
2. African Tree
4. I Want You To Know
5. Soul Scratch
6. Tickle The Line
7. The Sweetest Part Of Life
8. Late Bloomer
9. City Thunder$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cosmic LogicLos Angeles, California-based duo Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis A.K.A.
Peaking Lights are thankfully back and set to release their new album Cosmic
Logic via Weird World Records / Domino Recording Co.
Cosmic Logic is a heady brew of dub, kraut, minimal house, disco and pop
influence all rendered in the inimitable Peaking Lights fashion. Recorded by
the band themselves in a couple of LA studios and then mixed by Matt Thornley of DFA, Cosmic Logic follows the outer space pop explorations of 2012's
critically acclaimed Lucifer and 936 before that. This time around, however,
the band have gone for a more concise, lean approach - abandoning some of
their psychedelic sprawl for a more pure pop experience.
Cosmic Logic opens with the guitar and drum-heavy "Infinite Trips," a song
which Coyes says is "an homage to the opening track 'Der Song von
Mandelay' on The Flying Lizards debut album - we wanted to come in from
left field." The mood of the record takes a sharp turn when the sputtering
drum machines and spacey keyboards kick in on "Telephone Call," a song that
tucks the cosmic into the quotidian. "It was influenced by ideas in the
Carpenters' version of the 1977 cover of Klaatu's 'Calling Occupants of
Interplanetary Craft,'" Coyes said. To which Dunis added: "It's about keeping
an open mind to cosmic messages that can come from anywhere."
The album traces a singular trajectory through Peaking Lights' current sonic
palette, full of coruscating synths and percolating drum machines. "I think
Aaron's rhythms are definitely influenced by whatever is on his mind:
reggae, dancehall, funk, Afrobeat, disco, etc." Dunis said of the beats that
power the album. Cosmic Logic both looks to other musical cultures as well
as up to the stars for inspiration, and is a beacon in dark times, a reminder to
be at once mindful of the terrestrial and the celestial, to be open-eared and
Or, as Dunis sings on "Telephone Call": "Use your heart and not your ears."1. Infinite Trips
2. Telephone Call
3. Hypnotic Hustle
4. Everyone And Us
5. Little Light
7. Eyes To Sea
8. Bad With The Good
9. New Grrrls
11. Tell Me Your Song$19.99180 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
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
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
Count Me In (Awaiting Repress)For the SoCal-based band's fourth full-length independent release, Rebelution has aimed to instill a sense of community, choosing the phrase "Count Me In" as the album's title, representing each member's strong belief in a sense of community and collaboration. "Over the past ten years as an independent band," vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany explained, " we have felt a strong connection to the many people who have been incredibly supportive, and could not be more thankful to be a part of such a like-minded, positive and inspiring community."
Released through Rebelution's own label, 87 Music, in partnership with Easy Star Records. Count Me In was recorded between September and December of 2013 in Miami at Inner Cirlce's Circle House Studios and in Burbank, CA at Steakhouse Studios. To mix and master the new album, Rebelution was fortunate enough to work with Grammy Award winning Bernie Grundman Mastering and Legendary Reggae producer/sound engineer Errol Brown, Rebelution's touring engineer and a man who helped shape the Treasure Isle sound before working with Bob Marley & The Wailers at Tuff Gong Studios.
"From writing these songs to mixing and mastering the album, we were involved in every step We're becoming comfortable expressing ourselves, both in the studio and on stage. This album was truly fun to make, it's an honest expression of who we are" revealed Rachmany, and while much of the production was done by the band independently, Rebelution utilized the Reggae-Rock community whole-heartedly to create Count Me In.
The album features special guest appearances, one by dancehall singer Collie Buddz on the track "Hate To Be The One" and legendary Roots-Reggae vocalist Don Carlos on "Roots Reggae Music". Both collaborations are special pairings for the band as Buddz has toured with Rebelution in the recent past, and Carlos has been an enormous vocal influence on Rachmany.
The music and lyrical content varies through the album, providing positive inspiration, encouraging fans to create a pro-active and optimistic impact on society and life. Rachmany continues, "A lot of what we hear every day is that money measures success This new album is a reminder to spread love and positivity to the people around us, these are the true measures of success."
Originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2004, Rebelution's strong do-it-yourself mentality, relentless touring and deep connection to their fan base via social media, has led them to being one of the best-selling reggae artists on the planet.
Since the 2007 release of Courage to Grow, the band's first full-length album, Rebelution's music has been praised for its crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics and savvy musicianship. In 2009, Rebelution continued to blaze their path delivering a second record, 2009's Bright Side of Life and then a triple disc release with Peace Of Mind in January of 2012; A record that debuted at #1 on Billboard's Reggae and Independent charts, and at #13 on the Top 200 Albums chart.1. Count Me In
3. More Love
4. Lost in Dreams
5. Fade Away
6. Hate to be the One (feat. Collie Buddz)
7. Notice Me
8. Roots Reggae Music (feat. Don Carlos)
9. Counterfeit Love
10. Against the Grain
11. Invasion$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Keep It Going (Awaiting Repress)The Mad Caddies stand alone in their latest musical achievement. Combining elements of rock and roots reggae atop a punk rock ethos, Keep It Going takes the listener on a musical journey from lively Jamaican dancehalls to the punk clubs of America. Keep It Going, the band's 5th full length, will certainly prove to be the definitive album of their successful career. Grammy award winning producer, Wayne Jobson (No Doubt, Gregory Isaacs, Toots & The Maytals), was brought on to help produce the album, with reggae legend Duckie Simpson (Black Uhuru) joining in to sing on a cover of Delroy Wilson's reggae classic Riding For a Fall. With the album heavily rooted in reggae, The Mad Caddies don't turn a blind eye to their wide array of other influences, showing further development of their south-of-the-boarder sound on Coyote, followed by a tip of the hat to Dixeland on Tired Bones.1. The Dirge
3. State of Mind
5. Without You
7. Lay Your Head Down
8. Tired Bones
10. Don't Go
11. Pyramid Scheme
12. Souls for Sale
13. Riding for a Fall
14. Whatcha Gonna Do$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS 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
Strictly DubLloyd James is famed for his domination of 1980's Dance-hall as 'King Jammy' û producer and Sound owner û but before his coronation Jammy was a 'Prince' and known as a producer and mixer of Dubs. Here he uses some of Kingston's A-team session players, with horn players Bobby Ellis & Deadly Headly Bennet and the drum and bass partnership û Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare û who were themselves developing their own Taxi imprint at the time. Taken from an obscure dub album that briefly surfaced in the early 1980's, Strictly Dub is rightly regarded as a minor masterpiece of Jammy's mixing style.1.Imagrant Dub
6.Old Country Dub
7.42nd Street Dub
8.271 Utica Dub
9.Bronx Fashion Dub
10.Strictly Dub$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LoudLoud (2010) features up-tempo and pop genres, ranging from R&B and dance-pop to electro music, and marks the return to dancehall; a genre prominent on Rihanna's first two albums Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl like Me (2006). It also incorporates rock in California King Bed and reggae in the Caribbean inspired Man Down. The album also features international hits Only Girl (In the World), What's My Name? and S&M.1. S&M
2. What's My Name?
3. Cheers (Drink To That)
5. Only Girl (In The World)
6. California King Bed
7. Man Down
8. Raining Men
11. Love The Way You Lie (Part II)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
London ZooIn Gibson's Neuromancer, when Case and Molly meet the two surviving founders of Zion, there is talk of hearing a mighty dub in the Babel of tongues signaling the final days. If indeed we're living in these end times, as many predict, then there can be no more of an appropriate soundtrack for the coming apocalypse than The Bug's London Zoo.
The Bug is the main project for Kevin Martin, a producer who has headed a diverse range of projects. He is part of Techno Animal, Ice, and God (all with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and Jesu), King Midas Sound, Razor X Productions (with The Rootsman), Pressure, and Ladybug; runs his Pathological Records label; and has collaborated with noise jazz outfit 16-17, Pete Sonic Boom Kemper's E.A.R. project, John Zorn, Kevin Shields, El-P, and the Antipop Consortium. He has recorded for Rephlex, Position Chrome/Mille Plateaux, Word Sound, Hyperdub, City Slang, Tigerbeat 6, Grand Royal, and now Ninja Tune. He has been personally asked to remix Thom Yorke, Grace Jones, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Primal Scream, and compiled jazz and dub compilations for Virgin Records. London Zoo is the fruition of all these activities.
The album was born of three key moments: an introduction to the thriving dubstep scene (of which The Bug is very much a pioneer from before it carried a name) and its key producers (via Kode 9 and Loefah) where Martin realized there were others on the same sonic trajectory as himself; an introduction to Warrior Queen via his work with Wayne Lonesome on the Razor X Productions project; and a Mary Anne Hobbs Breezeblock session which introduced him to Flowdan (Roll Deep) and Ricky Ranking. All three of these figure heavily in the end result and live presentation.
The obvious entry point to the album is the dubstep tag, particularly after the success of the three lead-up singles, but London Zoo clearly reaches past, brings together, and celebrates reference points from dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise-- it could have only come out of London sound-system culture, while its appeal spans cities and scenes.
From the opening strains of Angry (featuring reggae legend Tippa Irie) it's clear that the world has been served notice from the heart of the UK capital. The message is further strengthened as Ranking (best known for his work with Roots Manuva), Flowdan, Warrior Queen, Spaceape, Roger Robinson, Killa P, and Aya step up to lay waste to the boombastic rhythms put before them, eventually culminating in Judgement where Ranking leaves us with a prophecy: So much people are losing their minds, because we're living in a serious time. I guess it come in like a judgment sign, the people have killing on their mind. Living in end times, indeed. Best start building the Marcus Garvey tug now.Angry ft Tippa Irie
Murder We ft Ricky Ranking
Skeng ft Killa P & Flowdan
Too Much Pain ft Ricky Ranking & Aya
Insane ft Warrior Queen
Jah War ft Flowdan
Fuckaz ft Spaceape
You & Me ft Roger Robinson
Warning ft Flowdan
Poison Dart ft Warrior Queen
Judgement Ricky Ranking$24.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Knowle West BoyTricky is back with a brand new album titled Knowle West Boy, named after the Bristol neighborhood where he grew up. The album finds Tricky seizing his roots and detailing the travels and travails of his youth, resulting in a record that acts as an eclectic aural history of his diverse upbringing. Produced by Tricky, and mixed by Switch (MIA, Santogold) Knowle West Boy was recorded in London and L.A. and is the summation of everything he has accomplished since his brilliant 1995 Maxinquaye debut.The album finds Tricky reaching into the post-punk, Two-Tone, reggae, hip hop and pop he grew up adoring and twisting it all into surreal songscapes. From the sardonic bar-room blues of Puppy Toy, to the twisted Specials-worshipping, hard charging punk of lead single Council Estate, to the bereft torchery of Past Mistake, to the Roxy Music's The Bogus Man-at-the-dancehall art-stomp of Bacative; Tricky uses his astonishingly eclectic band and a host of great undiscovered singers to create the most varied and accessible set of his career.1. Puppy Toy
5. C'mon Baby
6. Council Estate
7. Past Mistake
9. Cross To Bear
12. Far Away
13. School Gates$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From Chaos (Awaiting Repress)Upon 311's vigorous return, vocalist S.A. Martinez declares, I'm on a new high with a pen and a pad, and for fun I attend a jam that's super bad. While the members of the Omaha-bred quintet aren't lyrical rocket scientists, these disciples of positivity have nonetheless re-emerged on a new high with a jam that's super bad. From Chaos astonishes and impresses with considerable energy and focus, proving itself as the album 311 has always been capable of making. With Tim Mahoney's razor-edged riffing and Nick Hexum and Martinez's super-charged vocals, their Volcano label debut rocks harder and rides smoother than each preceding effort.
Amidst their signature hip-hop/heavy rock/reggae hybrid, 311 additionally blends surf guitar over jungle beats, merges punk guitar with dancehall, and introduces ska, à la Hexum's autobiographical I'll Be Here Awhile, to their sonic repertoire. Tracks such as the carpe diem-inspired Wake Your Mind Up and the boastful Sick Tight prove the quintet hasn't forsaken their old-school formula, while the amorous Amber, perhaps their most charming composition, exhibits a melodic versatility and musical ambition unlike many of their pigeonholed contemporaries. Under the technical lead of veteran producer and engineer Ron Saint Germain (aka Saint), From Chaos effectively captures the energy of the live shows, per bassist P-Nut, and despite the band's growing musical complexity, each selection remains a perfect candidate for the well-traveled road ahead. Drummer Chad Sexton affirms it's our best-performed record, and despite the album's semi-ironic title, he couldn't be more right. Whether employing the computer or stereo for amusement, From Chaos is the sonic cornerstone for remarkably original rap-metal. ~ Jacob N. Lunders, Rovi1. You Get Worked
2. Sick Tight
3. You Wouldn't Believe
4. Full Ride
5. From Chaos
6. I Told Myself
8. Hostile Apostle
9. Wake Your Mind Up
12. I'll Be Here Awhile$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Earth Crisis (Out Of Stock)Mixing impassioned political and social protest with stellar Rasta beats, these sons of Jamaican immigrants, led by David Hinds, rose out of humble Birmingham origins to become one of the U.K.'s all-time greatest reggae acts and a globally revered band. Often fusing elements of jazz, dancehall, hip-hop and Latin music into a roots reggae base, Steel Pulse will forever remain icons of the genre. Their '84 release, Earth Crisis introduced the band's signature songs Steppin' Out, Tightrope and Roller Skates among others.1. Steppin' Out
3. Throne Of Gold
4. Roller Skates
5. Earth Crisis
7. Grab Education
8. Wild Goose Chase$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock