Dubdadda, throughout the reggae world more commonly known as Jono, is the founding member of the renowned Community Charge and main vocalist of the British Zion Train ensemble. His previously released ‘Lo-Fi Pon De Hi-Fi’ out on Moonshine Recordings is one of the albums that continues to have a big impact on us.
After presenting this great piece of dub history on our imprint, we’re proud to announce that we’re housing two ground shaking remixes from our hefty imprint familiars Radikal Guru and Zion Train. These reworks show off Dubdadda‘s original sound with additional forwardthinking, dubwise flavours.
Radikal Guru’ strikes the right chord with his version of ‘Got To Be A Warrior’ through dub-esque melodica, a soulful ballad dedicated to Jah and deeply rooted sub pulses. The endowing parts of Dubdadda’s original cut are unbroken and maintained, allowing the Polish producer to extra shine light on this historical piece of dub music. The peaceful message being looped without intermissions will remind listeners of the producers’ commitment to untouchable sound system music.
Zion Train’s interpretation on the B-side follows a similar drum pattern that ends in a completely refreshing avenue of dub. The British ensemble nails their version by carrying out easing reggae chords, gentle delay FX and an excursion through bassline meditation. The lovegiving chant forms the centerpiece of this relaxing stepper, which pays homage to Dubdadda’s original tale. Re-joining Zion Train’s vocal section makes the band’s version a positive force to be reckoned with that breaths ‘soul for sound’.
Words by Signalfire
a. Dubdadda - Got To Be A Warrior (Radikal Guru Remix)
b. Dubdadda - Give Dub (Zion Train Remix)
Released 21st August 2015
Born and raised in the ghetto of Vila Guilherme located in Brazil’s São Paulo, Carlos Almeida Jr. aka Junior Dread represents the new generation of conscious reggae music worldwide. His sound brings a positive message of love and understanding to the world.
He has released singles with respected international artists such as Mungo’s Hi- Fi, Dubateers and Gorgon Sound to just name a few. In 2015 he teamed up with Moonshine Recordings to release remixed versions of his biggest tracks ‘Wonderful Feeling’ and ‘Freedom’. Supported by influential artists like Om Unit, Kahn, Radikal Guru, Doc Scott and many others.
Gorgon Sound’s take on ‘Wonderful Feeling’ sends positive vibrations through 2015’s dub culture. They have kept Junior Dread’s founding voice to rule the top-end vigorously, while catchy instruments levitate original intentions. The duo hit unity with blessing chords, chest-rumbling waves of bass weight and a righteous steppa rhythm that fits the Moonshine outfit perfectly.
The flipside coming from DJ Madd is a darker affaire that hints back to the early Jungle days. His ‘Freedom’ remix exerts deeply resonating 808 basslines that propagate below a defined threshold. Junior Dread’s dub basics are kept close to the heart of the Hungarian producer, which leads to a rework that makes the perfect B-side to this heavy 12” plate from the Moonshine Recordings camp.
Words by Signalfire
a. Junior Dread – Wonderful Feeling (Gorgon Sound remix)
b. Junior Dread – Freedom (DJ Madd remix)
Following the release of well received Steppin’ Forward LP in 2014, we're happy to announce Steppin’ Forward Remixed.
For this release we’ve asked producers featured on the original album to rework each other’s tracks and in the end we received an outstanding result of a 14 track compilation filled with deadly bass
a1. Hylu & Jago meet Sleepy Time Ghost ft Onlyjoe - Concrete (Zion Train)
a2. Numa Crew - Knowledge (The Illuminated Remix)
b1. Tuff & Powa ft Kinetical - Outlaw Music (Numa Crew Remix)
b2. Violinbwoy - Echo Park (Sekkleman Remix)
Released 30th March 2015
The Dubdadda, or Jono as he is known throughout the reggae world, is one of the mainstays of the UK reggae scene. Hailing from Manchester he was a founder member of the renowned Community Charge – the best homegrown reggae talent in the UK in their era. After the demise of this band the Dubdadda was instrumental in forming Nucleus Roots alongside other former members of the Community Charge line-up.
In 2001 Dubdadda joined Zion Train vocal section and started to work on his debut album.
‘Lo-Fi Pon De Hi-Fi’ was originally released in 2004 on his own label Dub Hooligan Records and distributed worldwide through Universal Egg Records. During the past decade he toured the world with Zion Train as their main vocalist and released some quality tunes including ‘Boxes and Amps’ or ‘Terror Talk’, mainly on the Universal Egg sublabel Deep Root.
‘Lo-Fi Pon De Hi-Fi’ was one of the albums that had a huge impact on the work of our team at Moonshine Recordings, therefore we are more than happy to present this great piece of dub history on our label. After over 10 years from the day it was first released, Dubdadda’s debut album ‘Lo-Fi Pon De Hi-Fi’ will be finally available on vinyl.
a1. Dubdadda - Give Love
a2. Dubdadda - Pick One
a3. Dubdadda - Trod On featuring Stix Dan
a4. Dubdadda - Rootical Train
a5. Dubdadda - Revival
a6. Dubdadda - Revival Dub
b1. Dubdadda - Penitration featuring Stix Dan
b2. Dubdadda - Flute Cut The Only One ft Rico
b3. Dubdadda - Shine Ya Light featuring GT
b4. Dubdadda - Got To Be A Warrior
b5. Dubdadda - Give Dub
b6. Dubdadda - Revenger Dub
After well received second LP -’Subconscious’, Radikal is back to present the’ Digitalizer Riddim’ EP.
Release is based on one of the biggest anthems from the album - ’’Stay Calm’’ featuring UK veteran deejay YT known for his outstanding collaborations with the ones of Mungos-Hi-Fi, Zion Train, Congo Natty or Kanka just to name a few.
Following the reggae music tradition of releasing different ’versions’ of one song, Radikal Guru invited two other well respected vocalists, to put their own versions on the main riddim track.
Well known from his previous collaborations with Radikal Guru, singer Cian Finn delivered another excellent performance. In a track called ’Sound System’ they’re proving to create a very solid duo together.
Third version on the EP is ’Get Up’ by El Fata, who’s adding flavor to the release by showing his unique vocal style. Everything is completed by Radikal Guru’s heavyweight dub version, making the record a must have for every sound system music lover. Soon available on 12" vinyl & digital in all good record shops!
a1. Radikal Guru - Stay Calm ft YT
a2. Radikal Guru - Digitalizer Dub
b1. Radikal Guru - Sound System ft Cian Finn
b2. Radikal Guru - Get Up ft El Fata
Sekkleman is an alias of Australian producer Erin McKimm, one that marks his exploration of dub. Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia’s cultural hub, he has been deeply influenced by the music subculture that thrives in the city. In particular, the sound system culture has been pivotal to Sekkleman’s evolution, from its sonic depth and conscious gatherings, all of which have connected with his psyche and triggered his journey into the depths of bass and space.
Prior to Sekkleman, he produced and performed as Livewire, focusing on jungle and dancehall. This included releasing tracks on the cult jungle label Big Cat Records and remixing reggae artist Tanya Stevens amongst others. As a selector he has supported artists such as The Bug and Warrior Queen and Remarc and played at some of Melbourne’s more intimate and renowned jungle parties.
Baptiste began his odyssey as a vocalist in 1999, performing in Europe with a variety of artists. His first vinyl appearance was on Kanka’s 2001 album Hammerbass, which launched Baptiste into a new level of recognition with radio plays in his home country France, and throughout Europe. He has supported the likes of Lee Scratch Perry, Mad Professor, Asian Dub Foundation, Iration Steppas and Zion Train. Since moving to Australia, Baptiste has been instrumental in forging global ties in dub music culture. He is currently a member of Skankstarz, a collective of international musicians, performers, artists and producers based in Byron Bay.
London-based Serocee was catapulted into his musical career upon the 2006 release of his debut single ‘Life’. Since then, Serocee has collaborated with Radio 1 DJ Toddla T, reggae pioneers including Spragga Benz, General Levy and Lloyd Brown as well as UK hip hop veterans Ty, Roots Manuva and Seanie T.
Serocee is prolific in his contribution to UK club music culture, both as a DJ, producer and vocalist. He has been a regular on the festival and club event circuit, and has toured with the likes of Busta Rhymes, The Roots and Public Enemy.
2014 sees them join forces on an exciting debut release for Moonshine Recordings. Supported by the ones of Radikal Guru, AxH, DJ Madd and Compa to name a few.
a. Sekkleman - Lightman Ft. Baptiste
b1. Sekkleman - Lightman (Dread Remix) Ft. Baptiste
b2. Sekkleman - 18 Dromilly Ave Dub Ft. Serocee
a2. Radikal Guru & Cian Finn – Ireland Dub
b1. Dub Dynasty & Cian Finn – Ireland
b2. Alpha Steppa & Cian Finn – Ireland Dub
c1. Radikal Guru & Cian Finn – 9 Years
c2. Alpha Steppa & Cian Finn – 9 Years Dub
d1. Alpha Steppa & Cian Finn – 9 Years
d2. Dub Dynasty & Cian Finn – 9 Years Dub
Repress Due: 31st January 2020
Poland’s finest reggae dubstep export is back to guide us through the
long dark winter with his highly anticipated second studio album,
Subconcious. Mat Miller solidified his position as one of the most
exciting global ambassadors for the sound with his 2011 debut album
and he returns to the mighty Moonshine Recordings with another killer
full length selection of thick dread bassweight and proper roots
vibes. Matt’s influences have always been varied, and his music’s rich
diversity is in full effect across the LP as he adeptly shifts between
tempos and moods, utilising his ear for melody and rhythm to create an
absorbing collection of timeless sounds. The ground shaking
sub-frequencies central to each track are built to challenge
soundsystems and ignite dancefloors, whether it’s on the livewire
rhythms of his jungle indebted track ‘Wicked Dub’, the driving sonic
force of the drum and bass styled ‘Different Dub’ or the dubbed out,
skank-ready movements of tracks like ‘Earthwalker’ and ‘Indra’. As
well as the all-powerful bass pressure, Radikal Guru works with a
colourful array of instrumentation, and brings in characterful
vocalists YT, Danman and Echo Ranks to provide melodic lead and reggae
lyricism on ‘Stay Calm’, ‘Know Yourself’ and ‘Warning!’ respectively.
The final result is shining example of modern roots/ reggae-centred
music in 2013, executed brilliantly and certain to last the test of
a1. Radikal Guru - Earthwalker
a2. Radikal Guru - Stay Calm (feat YT)
b1. Radikal Guru - Different Dub
b2. Radikal Guru - Know Yourself (feat Dan Man)
b3. Radikal Guru - Spaced Out
c1. Radikal Guru - Subconscious
c2. Radikal Guru - Warning! (feat Echo Ranks)
c3. Radikal Guru - Outernational
d1. Radikal Guru - Indra
d2. Radikal Guru - Wicked Dub
The highly anticipated Moonshine Recordings ‘Steppin’ Forward’ album is finally here, compiling 15 exclusive, unreleased tracks from the most exciting up and coming producers as well as experienced veterans on the dubby side of bass music scene.
a1/ Hylu & Jago meet Sleepy Time Ghost ft Onlyjoe - Concrete
a2/ RSD - Know U 2
b1/ Kalbata - Man God
b2/ Zion Train ft Jazzmin Tutum - Share The Flame (Radikal Guru Remix)
c1/ Tuff & Powa ft Kinetical - Outlaw Music
c2/ Adam Prescott - Kingdom
d1/ The Illuminated - Truth & Right
d2/ Alpha Steppa - Shinkansen