Release Date - 12th April 2019
The Roots Architects is a very special project produced by Fruits Records founding member Mathias Liengme. This is a tribute to the men in the shadow who built Jamaican reggae in studios. It gathers 50 of the greatest Jamaican session musicians from the 60’s to the early 80’s still playing today. Fruits Records brought them together in studio to create an original album of instrumental songs. “1000 Light Years” is the first single taken from the album to be released later this year.
This dark heavy roots song is played by what used to be The High Times Players nucleus in the early 80’s: Barnabas on drums, Chris Meredith on bass, Gibby Morrisson on rhythm guitar and Tony Asher on piano. Then we have Robbie Lyn, Dwight Pinkney, Jah D Fearon, Obeah Denton, Calvin Cameron and Dean Fraser’s horns section who spice up the riddim with beautiful themes and solos.
a1. Roots Architects - 1000 Light Years
b1. Roots Architects - 1000 Dub Years
Release Date 29th March 2019
Combo Lulo returns to Names You Can Trust for their sophomore single, digging deeper into the diversified sounds of the Caribbean that helped define their debut. While the first single took a Jamaican foundation south into the neighboring continent, fusing the sensibilities of rock steady with those of classic Afro-Latin orchestras, this single goes far east. Inspired by the heady and sublime sounds of foundational ska mixed with East African influences, (think Buster's Islam, Don D's Addis Ababa or Further East),
The Sieve & The Sand is a brand new composition within this natural order, albeit with the fortune of different reggae eras and studio styles to draw from. Divided into two parts (but also available seamlessly as it was played in the studio), Combo Lulo's talented players move effortlessly from the galloping shuffle of ska into a deep and dark, Roots Radics-styled instrumental. It's a lovely ode to the original styles of reggae, but also another impressive accomplishment that will surely leave listeners and new fans in anticipation of the shape of things to come for Combo Lulo.
01. The Sieve & the Sand, Pt. 1
02. The Sieve & the Sand, Pt. 2
03. The Sieve & the Sand (Extended Mix)
Release Date: 29th March 2019
Back in 2015 we released the Pantherkatze for the very first time on our limited Social Sounds From Planet Dub CD. First time we listened to that monstrous tune by T-Jah and Kuriooki, we instantly felt in love with it. Surely we knew, if we ever start a label, this tune gonna be one of our first releases. We infected the two dubheads from Chemnitz with this idea.
Now, for our second vinyl release we can present to you a brand new version from that already classic Pantherkatze tune, which enters the gate with some rumbling basslines, hypnotizing skanks and nuff dubwise business. Dangerous like the path of a black panther, this tune surely makes it to any soundsystem session this summer. If the heavy T-Jah & Kuriooki tune is not enough for you, you'll find a killer version on the flipside by another german dub don called Jah Schulz, who already mashed some baldheads with his great releases on Railroad Records.
a1. T-Jah & Kuriooki - Pantherkatze
b1. T-Jah & Kuriooki - Pantherkatze (Jah Schulz Remix)
Release Date - 22nd February 2019
Having already released a handful of singles on NICE UP! it seemed like high time for Nottingham's Origin One (aka Kevin Thomson) to step up with his debut album. Written and produced over the space of around 2 years in the artists own Deeper Than Roots studio, the album represents a wider spectrum of roots and reggae influenced music, taking the foundations of this music and applying a modern style and sound to it, traversing dancehall, bashment, grime, jungle and dubstep along the way.
Guest vocalists come thick and fast, kicking off with Russian envoy Tenor Youthman who starts proceedings with the provoking "World Peace", then its onto Doncaster's very own Parly B who serves up his classic "Mi Bredrin" - already a staple in DJ's sets as a single. Next, Bristolian rudeboy Gardna and Congo Natty songstress Nanci Correia bless the bouncing vibes of "Nice & Easy" whilst Manchesters Peppery comes correct on the dancehall rousing "Where You Come From". Hip hop charged ganja anthem "High Grade" single makes an appearance featuring festival fire starter K.O.G. then South London's grime don Irah gets deep on the massive "My Yout", leading into up-and-coming Puerto Rican/Italian dancehall star XL Mad on the tropical leaning "My Gyal A Wine Up".
Veteran dancehall MC Spyda (probably known best for his track "Tarantula" with DnB heavyweights Pendulum) steps up the pace on the jungle soaked "Tribute", with another anthemic hook from K.O.G, then its Scottish soundsystem legend Soom T's turn to do her thing on the bumping "Jah Jah". Things get deep and dubwise on the instrumental "Dread and Buried", showing the producers range and depth of production styles, then its over to Hempolics and The Drop frontman Dandelion to wrap things up with his enigmatic vocals on the closer "Trying".
Ambitious without over stretching, fresh and modern whilst showing respect to its elders and showing deepness whilst retaining a popular sensibility, "Deeply Rooted" should take seed in dances, clubs, festival and home hifi's the world over.
a1. Origin One - World Peace ft. Tenor Youthman
a2. Origin One - Mi Bredrin ft. Parly B
a3. Origin One - Nice & Easy ft. Gardna & Nanci Correia
a4. Origin One - Where You Come From ft. Peppery
a5. Origin One - High Grade ft. K.O.G
a6. Origin One - My Yout ft. Irah
b1. Origin One - Gyal A Wine Up ft. XL Mad
b2. Origin One - Tribute ft. MC Spyda & K.O.G
b3. Origin One - Jah Jah Jah ft. Soom T
b4. Origin One - Dread & Buried
b5. Origin One - Trying ft. Dandelion