Release Date: 21st August 2020
The first release on DJ Stryda’s Sufferah’s Choice label features two exclusives from the pen of the legendary Nick Manasseh. Side A opens with the deep and heavy ‘Babylon Outside’. A tightly-coiled bass line underpins energetic percussion and a siren that wails into the night. Followed by a dub in the traditional style, it’s raw, driving power and statue-toppling weight perfectly capture the frantic time we are living in. A straight-up soundsystem classic.
The b-side ‘Brexit Blues’ is topical in an entirely different way. Featuring reggae virtuoso Charlie Nightdoctor (famous for backing Little Roy and for the classic UK dub LP The Herb) on lead guitar, it’s a unique, mournful and meditative piece. Its haunting glockenspiel and organic instrumentation evoke late nights in smoke-filled rooms, and captures the melancholy of the UK establishment’s decision to cut itself off from Europe - a decision Manasseh campaigned tirelessly against.
Mastered on 1/2” tape at Star Delta studios, with stylish label art by Joshua Hughes-Games, the first Sufferah’s Choice 12” is a landmark release.
a1. Nick Manasseh - Babylon Outside (part 1)
a2. Nick Manasseh - Babylon Outside (part 2)
b1. Nick Manasseh - Brexit Blues
Release Date: 14th August 2020
Low frequency mastermind, Zygos, makes his Albion Collective debut alongside returning roots commander, Dubbing Sun. Their single, “Cradle To The Grave”, empowers the dancefloor in a unifying steppas style. Intensifying the marching bassline, prophecies from Rider Shafique and Ras Addis urge the revolution forward.
Reinforcing the A-side, Digid leads the lion charge, churning the bassline with rock steady grit. Stripping the anthem back to stone-shaking 140, Somah rebuilds the B-side with Trinity Centre brickwork and trenchtown mortar.
Reaching forward while honouring its roots, Albion Collective adds new dubstep super-powers to its roster while welcoming back some of the label’s earliest titans. Zygos and Dubbing Sun’s original mix and its flips are set to keep raves stomping from the “Cradle To The Grave”.
a1. Cradle To The Grave ft. Rider Shafique & Ras Addis
a2. Cradle To The Grave ft. Rider Shafique & Ras Addis (Digid Remix)
b1. Cradle To The Grave ft. Rider Shafique & Ras Addis (Somah Remix)
Release Date: 31st July 2020
Moonshine Recordings and Steppas Records have reconnected to deliver the 3rd instalment in the Moonshine Steppas series, a debut release of Modi Bardo featuring Carlton Livingston backed by remixes from Alpha Steppa & Bukkha. Same as with the previous releases, it's a limited edition one time vinyl pressing.
a1. Modi Bardo & Carlton Livingston - Country Living
a2. Modi Bardo & Carlton Livingston - Country Living (Bukkha Remix)
b1. Modi Bardo & Carlton Livingston - Country Living (Alpha Steppa Remix)
b2. Modi Bardo & Carlton Livingston - Country Living (Alpha Steppa Dub)
Release Date: 28th August 2020
Dutch duo The Illuminated makes their debut on the lowlands Rotterdam based Dub Communication imprint. On the A side, featuring Vale's horns, you'll find 'Revolution' (previously known as Liberation). A shought after 120BPM dubplate stepper which ignites the dance each 'n every time.
Flip the 7" and you'll find that, with their signature sound, they remixed 'Hugh Dub' - originally by Blind Prophet, previously released on DUBCOM003V.
a1. The Illuminated - Revolution ft Vale
b1. Blind Prophet - Hugh Dub (The Illuminated remix)
Release Date: 31st July 2020
Young gun and badman producer Retina returns to Foundation Audio for his debut vinyl release and quite frankly it slaps!!!!
‘Dusted’ kicks things off with a hyper 4x4 beat and an eratic bassline – this one comes flying straight out of the gates! ‘Nameless and Nothing’ a meaner, beast with its eerie atmospheres and plodding bassline takes the A2 spot. Flip the record and we have ‘No Fear I’ a subby monster best described by the word SUB. ‘If Not The Orb’ closes proceedings with a 07-08 old skool antisocial kinda vibe wrapping up the ep perfectly. Dubstep goodness from front to back and solid proof that Americans can also do the dubstep.
a1. Retina - Dusted
a2. Retina - Nameless and Nothing
b1. Retina - No Fear I
b2. Retina - If Not The Orb
Release Date: 31st July 2020
Infernal Sounds show no sign of letting up during 2020 as they present their 5th release of the year, this time with a debutant to the label, SWR. The relatively unknown artist (formerly known as Widowmaker) has been making fluctuations since arriving on the scene - his release with Cocobolo Sound receiving high plaudits as he created two tracks which perfectly paid homage to the original '06 sound. As for his Square Soulja EP for IFS022, he's plated up four cuts that showcase his vast variety in skill and sound, taking influence from grime and lacing a future sound within his productions. Whether you prefer the more surreal sounds of 'Vertigo', the downplayed filth on 'Isshin's Theme', or the more in your face skankers in both 'Square Soulja' and Cypher Zero', this is a 12" you'll want to be packing.
Having already received heavy support from the likes of Truth, N-Type, and many other reputable artists in the scene, this is an insta-bag.
a1. SWR - Square Soulja
a2. SWR - Vertigo
b1. SWR - Cypher Zero
b2. SWR - Isshin's Theme
Release Date: 17th July 2020
Limited hand-stamped 12” Vinyl housed in a dub-plate style sleeve. 300 Copies Worldwide. No repress.
Danish RDG teams up with Austrian DubApe for a colossal collaborative EP for Boka Records. RDG originally appeared on the label nearly 10 years ago via the 'TANK' series. Since that time his productions have gone from strength to strength and this year he released his debut album 'Planetary Sound Fiction' on his Circle Vision label. 'Storm' EP contains 5 tracks of doubled-down Dubstep bass-weight with 'Decoy' venturing into Drumstep territory, the EP is capped off with a special remix of 'Brok Out' from Bristol's Punch Drunk Records legend RSD.
a1. RDG & DubApe - Storm
a2. RDG & DubApe - Drift
a3. RDG & DubApe - Brok Out
b1. RDG & DubApe - Decoy
b2. RDG & DubApe - Brok Out (RSD Remix)
Release Date: 24th July 2020
Radikal Guru joined forces with Tenor Youthman to raise their voice against injustice that’s happening in the world today and encourage people to stand up for their rights! #beyondtheborders
a1. Radikal Guru ft. Tenor Youthman - Radical
b1. Radikal Guru ft. Tenor Youthman - Radical Version
Release Date: 10th July 2020
Green Arrow Sound fourth production soon coming... Exploring the roots in a sunshine mood with a loud sub-bass for sound system and a deep peacefull nensation for the day time sets!
a1. Green Arrow Possee - What Ah Gwaan ft Jonnygo Figure
b1. Green Arrow Possee - What Ah Dub
Release Date: 17th July 2020
The record "Ghosts & Galaxies" tells the tale of Two Rangers and their epic adventures in the Next Level system. Listen close and you'll hear them travel through harsh landscapes while battling foes from this world and the next. Some legends say they were treasure hunters others say they were intergalactic outlaws. The only thing we know is that these guys are tough as nails and never look away in the face of danger.
a1. Ghosts & Galaxies
b1. Wetland Wanderers
b2. Gunslinger Riddim
Release Date: 3rd July 2020
After a successful dive into the wonderful world of vinyl back in August last year, Locus Sound is back. As always, they come bearing gifts in the form of some of the freshest up and coming dubstep and only rightly giving it the vinyl treatment. Hailing from the dungeons of the Zelda universe, Lord Jabu heads up Locus Sounds' return to the foray with the El Molino EP. A selection of three heavyweight tracks, full of all kinds of dubstep flavours.
a1. Lord Jabu - El Molino
b1. Lord Jabu - Swarm
b2. Lord Jabu - Buccaneer
Release Date: 26th June 2020
Six years on from “Wild”, O.B.F. finally return with their new album, “Signz”. During this time the crew hasn’t been idle. whether putting out 12” after 12”, touring or holding their legendary sound system sessions. The rhythm has been relentless, as the hardest working dub sound system in all France have been at the top of their game. Producing in their studio, organising their own nights, burning up dance floors, setting the internet ablaze: all part of a day’s work for this crew from the French outskirts of Geneva. Looking over the past six years, no one can deny their status as a major player in the worldwide dub scene.
Released in 2014, “Wild” was O.B.F.’s first foray into the album format. It brought together music built for the soundsystem, rugged, high-impact tracks that perfectly fitted the public image of O.B.F. during that era. This new album is a different story, a personal journey that takes in the dancehall, Rico's studio, and everywhere in between.
“Signz” was born two years ago, not with music, but with a concept and a name. The idea was to create an album without paying heed to time, allowing space for creativity and letting chance encounters shape the music. A project that would evolve over its lifetime, without being rushed. Letting the signs reveal themselves over time, and taking advantage of opportunities as they presented themselves, whether on tour, during recording sessions or when travelling. This approach, a relationship with the present moment and the feeling more simply known as the “vibe”, defines the album. But beyond that, it’s been the driving philosophy behind O.B.F. since they started making music.
A quick glance at the LP sleeve reveals a staggering list of collaborations, combinations that are as formidable as they are unprecedented. Jamaican, French, Spanish, English... vocalists and MCs from the four corners of the globe take turns in showing off their unique styles. Some are regular contributors to O.B.F. productions, whilst others are new collaborators, but all have deep, historical links to the crew. It’s here that O.B.F. unveils the full breadth and depth of their influences for the first time on record. Already known for their expertise as rubadub and heavyweight dub producers, here they show their talent working with roots, grime and even pop. It’s a testament to the free creative approach exercised by the crew during the recordings that no matter what style they’re working with, the result is always delivered with flair and finesse. It also speaks to O.B.F.’s desire to rip off, once and for all, the “European dub” label which so many have stuck to them. Here, O.B.F. stands for versatility, openness and daring.
O.B.F.’s identity and style has been built across the globe: from the heights of Alps to the burning sun of Jamaica, between headline performances at Spanish festivals and sets in the barrios of Latin America or the dancehalls of London. Their music is unlike any other. But for the doubters among you, a single listen to “Signz” will provide indisputable proof of that truth.
O.B.F – Intro ft Nazamba
a1. O.B.F – Ina This Ya Time ft Charlie P, Irah & Killa P
a2. O.B.F – Bun The Evil ft Jah Mason
a3. O.B.F – I’m An African ft Tippa Irie
a4. O.B.F – Party Ram ft Sr Wilson
O.B.F – Interlude 1 ft Nazamba
b1. O.B.F – Rebel Daawtaz ft Aza Lineage
b2. O.B.F – Bubble ft Charlie P
b3. O.B.F – Your Love ft Shanti D
b4. O.B.F – Asian Night
O.B.F – Interlude 2 ft Nazamba
b5. O.B.F – Musica ft Belén Natalí & Sr Wilson
c1. O.B.F – Driva (No GPS Mix) ft Biga *Ranx & Sr Wilson
c2. O.B.F – Water ft Pupa Jim
O.B.F – Interlude 3 ft Nazamba
c3. O.B.F – Born Ina Fire ft Joseph Lalibela
c4. O.B.F – Wagwan ft Charlie P & Killa P
d1. O.B.F – UNDER PRESSURE (Barricades Mix) ft Biga*Ranx
d2. O.B.F – Sirenz
d3. O.B.F – My Sound ft Daddy Freddy & Junior Roy
d4. O.B.F – Akouphene
Bonus Track: O.B.F – SG Dub
Release Date: 26th June 2020
A roots reggae vibe, a nonchalant melody...We’re kicking back, Jamaican style, with a glass of warm beer poured from the latest collaboration between O.B.F. & Nazamba.
Drinking a cold beer in a hot country isn’t necessarily the best idea. Your body starts to think that it’s cold, and slows the perspiration that helps you to control your temperature. Result: you actually feel hotter. But a warm beer, according to any Jamaican barman worth his salt, can just as easily be drunk in the morning as at midday or when the night falls.
Nazamba may sing the praises of cold drinks to Aza Lineage, taking her on a tour of the best ice-cold beverages on the planet, but she refuses to give in: “ A cold beer, never!” This single is best served with the animated clip made by Laska and one of the 500 limited edition, specially stamped “Hot Beer” bottles.
a1. O.B.F & Nazamba - Hot Beer
b1. O.B.F - Hot Riddim
Release Date: 3rd July 2020
Impressing the next set of colossal armaments onto wax, 'Order / The Mould' introduces a multitude of esteemed producers from London's musical melting pot to the high-grade Sentry artist roster. Fusing the sounds of bass music heavyweight Boylan and the enigmatic Logos, Slimzee the Grime visionary and co-founder of Rinse FM as well as the trio of veteran producers USF top off this epic collaboration. Following up on the latest anthem with Killa P and Long Range on the microphone and the label boss Youngsta himself on the controls, the 14th vinyl release of the esteemed UK imprint once again demonstrates its eminent value.
An exemplary no-holds-barred sound system eclipse, 'Order' kicks off with granular foley and restrained percussive ambience, invoking the impending militant pressure excursions with haunting precision. As the mammoth bassline unloads onto your listeners with unbridled might and the full force of the law, the ensuing staccato pressure artillery leaves no headroom behind - dance floor levitation at its finest. Witnessing the B-Side, 'The Mould' incorporates meticulous breaks alongside the scattered percussion and thunderous bassline foundation, not for the faint of heart. Two murderous sound system cuts, primed and ready for the dance.
a1. Boylan & Logos - Orders
b1. Boylan, Slimzee & U.S.F - The Mould