Release Date: 18th June 2021
For the second Re-Issue Series release we team up with London duo Euphonic for a deep dive into their back catalogue set across two releases featuring a number of artists who they collaborated with after the projects inception in 1997.
The group, consisting of lead producer Rob Henry and former Graffiti artist turned DJ Nick Trimm, fuse intricate programming and bass lines with traditional jazz/blues instrumentation and vocals to produce a diverse and varied selection of aural pleasures.
A chance encounter at the Blue Note club in Hoxton lead the pair to travel to New York to record with friends from the Brooklyn Hip Hop underground, including dr. Israel, Soothsayer, and Kirsty Rock, where both versions of "Jah Science" and "Revolution-Solution" were recorded.
These tracks were originally released on the Different Drummer label in 1998 and have long been unavailable...until now! Here's a taster of what's to come. Eyes peeled for part two.
a1. Jah Science Ft. dr. Israel
b1. Revolution-Solution (OG BassMind Mix) Ft. Soothsayer, dr. Israel & Kirsty Rock
Repress Due: 28th May 2021
- 2021 repress / comes in red sleeve -
Following the release of critically acclaimed 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 heavy riddims.
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)
Release Date: 28th May 2021
Probably one of the most sought-after Jamaican roots reggae tracks by record collectors, ‘MERCY GONE’ is both an obscure and iconic sound system tune. Originally performed by the equally obscure 1NY and Soul Syndicate, 'Mercy Gone' captures the essence of 70s roots reggae: a slow tempo with a bouncing uptempo skank, inventive drumming and a compelling bass line, a raw but powerful sound, and a plaintive voice whose emotion reflects the harsh reality of the sufferer’s life. The 18th Parallel wanted to offer their own version of this classic, an original record that is now unavailable and estimated to be worth thousands of dollars. To do so, the producers found a young singer of only twenty years old with undeniable talent, but still unknown to the public: Witness. Originally from Swaziland, Philisiwe ‘Witness’ Lukhele delivers her own interpretation of ‘Mercy Gone’ on an original riddim by The 18th Parallel. Without trying to identically reproduce the original, Witness and The 18th Parallel offer a powerful and modernised recut that still is faithful to the aesthetics of the Jamaican sound of the 70s. Above all, they finally give sound systems the opportunity to play this anthem, which was previously inaccessible on a 7" single. The icing on the cake on the B-side: one of the most prominent DJs on the current British sound system scene, Mr. Williamz, takes over and mash up the dance! Rewind!
a1. Witness - Mercy Gone
b1. Witness ft Mr Williamz - Mercy Gone Part II
Release Date: 28th May 2021
Under his artist name LONE ARK, world-renowned musician, producer and sound engineer Roberto Sánchez has teamed up with one of Europe's finest reggae studio bands, THE 18TH PARALLEL, to record "GET YOU", a new anthem for reggae and dub sound systems: a modern roots reggae production reminiscent of the best years of the Twinkle Brothers, Jah Shaka or Sly & Robbie. On a riddim at the same time heavy and irresistibly dancing, Lone Ark and The 18th Parallel push their listeners to the critical reflection on their way of life and their current consumer habits. A strong message, on a powerful music for a track that cannot be ignored!
a1. Lone Ark Meets The 18th Parallel - Get You
b1. Lone Ark Meets The 18th Parallel - Version
Release Date: 14th May 2021
The mighty Lee Perry was the producer many have said, that enticed the best work, both socially, politically and lest we forget musically from Bob Marley and the Wailers Band. This was in no short terms aided by the excellent musicians that would mutate from Lee Perry's own studio band The Upsetters into what would become The Wailers band itself.
This set of musicians originally grew out of a group called The Hippy Boys. The core of which consisted of Glenroy Adams on keyboards, Alva 'Reggie' Lewis on guitar and brothers Carlton and Aston 'Familyman' Barrett on drums and bass respectively. This quartet played on most of the Lee Perry produced Wailers material recorded between 1970 and 1971. When in 1972 Bob Marley needed to put together a touring band to promote his work in Europe the Barrett brothers left and became an integral part of the Wailers band.
So, this link between The Upsetters and the Wailers band would under the guidance of Lee Perry produce an outstanding body of music. Recorded at Randy's Studio 17, as at the time Lee Perry did not have a studio of his own, but on checking out the various studio's available, opted for Studio 17, liking the vibes it transmitted.
We have unearthed from this selection of work some rare dubs featuring the fabulous melodica playing of Mr Augustus Pablo, playing over these classic rhythms and adding a haunting additional feel to these already iconic tunes. On their initial release Lee Perry recognising the strength of the rhythm tracks, planned to release the vocal cuts as one album and the instrumental versions as another release. We at Jamaican Recordings believing in all thing’s rhythm, also think that these cuts in their dubbed form, with the additional flavour of some fine melodica playing, deserved to be listened to in their own right.
Respect Jah Floyd.
a1. SOUL REBEL DUB
a2. DON'T ROCK MY BOAT DUB
a3. CORNER STONE DUB
a4. RAINBOW COUNTRY DUB
a5. SCREWFACE DUB
a6. 400 YEARS DUB
a7. CONCRETE JUNGLE DUB
b1. SATISFY MY SOUL DUB
b2. IT’S ALRIGHT DUB
b3. PUT IT ON DUB
b4. LONG LONG WINTER DUB
b5. SOUL ALMIGHTY DUB
b6. NO SYMPATHY DUB
b7. KEEP ON MOVING DUB
Release Date: 14th May 2021
* A welcome reissue of The Disciples set `Infinite Density of Dub’.
* A cosmic trip into raw spacey dub territory with heavy rumbling, pulsating bass-lines
* Originally surfacing on the Dubhead label in 1999.
* Mixed and produced by Russ D.
* Limited to 500 copies only.
a1. Higher Dimensions
a2. Astral Flame
a3. False Distinctions
a4. Realm of Symbols
a5. Ritual Drum
b1. Absolute Motion
b2. Temporal Chains
b3. Beneath Time
b4. Celestial Dub
b5. Paradoxical Dub
Release Date: 13th August 2021
- El Michels Affair reimaginging Liam’s Ekundayo Album.
- Produced by Leon Michels.
- Also includes three unreleased vocal tracks from the Ekundayo sessions.
There has always been a Reggae inuence in the music of El Michels Affair. From their cover of “Hung Up On My Baby” done in a Reggae style, to the general sound and approach that permeates Leon’s production style. While recording Bailey’s 2020 Ekundayo album, they did some straight forward reggae tunes inspired by different eras alongside some modern R&B tracks that would ‑t more comfortably next to Frank Ocean than Jacob Miller. It is this same notion that old and new can live so comfortably together that birthed the idea of Ekundayo Inversions.
Traditional dub came out of reggae in the late 60s and early 70s when pioneers like King Tubby and Lee Perry started taking the multi track recordings of songs and running them back through the board adding effects and additional instrumentation. These recordings are called “dubs” or “versions” and are typically instrumentals with ourishes of vocals from the original tracks.
El Michels decided to use the blueprints left behind and make something using the inuences of today. He wound up straying so far from the traditional format that it didn’t seem right to use the word ‘Dub’, hence Ekundayo Inversions. All the songs are tied together by WhatsApp messages between Leon and Liam that perfectly narrate the story of this record and their working relationship.
One of the highlights on Ekundayo Inversions is a guest appearance from the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry on the “Ugly Truth” version. L$P switches between singing and talking, proclaiming his powers one minute and playing with the track’s title the next. On “Awkward take. 2” Leon takes one of the most experimental songs from Ekundayo and actually straightens it out. A track that once seemed to be oating in space has now been anchored by the addition of drums and bass. “Faded”, a version of “Paper Tiger”, is given the full EMA treatment with the addition of emotive horns over an uncomfortably sparse rhythm track peppered with Liam’s voice drenched in delay and echo.
“Champions” features a verse from Black Thought of The Roots and halfway through, El Michels sends the rhythm section 50 years back. At the end of the day, Ekundayo Inversions is a testament to how strong the original songs are. Whether they’re in a R&B style, reggae style, stripped down to their bare bones, or loaded with production, the songs will move you.
a1. Conquer & Divide feat. Black Thought
a2. Amazing Woman
a3. Angel Face
a4. Walk With Me
a5. No One Else
b1. Ugly Truths feat. Lee Scratch Perry
b2. I Love NY
b4. Awkward (Take 2)
b5. Lucky Man
Release Date: 14th May 2021
Next up to bless Aloe Vera Records is Rivas Studios' namesake and head honcho, Roger Rivas. The veteran LA producer provides a sublime, organ lead cut, reminiscent of the work of rocksteady legends such as Jackie Mittoo. Backed by Italian ska specialists, The Officinalis, this is an essential 7" for any lover of the golden years of Jamaican music.
a1. Roger Rivas & The Officinalis - Green Pepper
b1. Roger Rivas & The Officinalis - Version
Release Date: 23rd April 2021
The story behind EM13 is one that sees Equiknoxx crew (Gavsborg + Time Cow) in a quite a sought-after Air bnb in Kingston. Invited to this cozy spot by RTKal (Birmingham based MC + Frequent Equiknoxx Collaborator), saw us trying different methods to cancel out the sounds of the Hope Zoo + Kingston traffic as we nested in the second floor of this Hope Pasture dwelling.
We originally went there as our studio was under renovation and we decided we wanted to lay some bars down with RTKal. The night took an interesting turn when we began to commend people that have made big strides in dancehall culture, with Elephant Man’s name reeling high in the discussion. Elephant Man is quite a character which we believe deserves a very focused applause for bringing a refreshing ‘burlesque’ flair to the Kingston scene in the early 2000’s. When we think of Elephant Man we think of an outlandish 120bpm ‘Jiggy Mixture’ of Grace Jones & Lee Scratch Perry meets Busta Rhymes.
After long nostalgic discussions, Time Cow & RTKal both begin to vocal the ghostly synth + drum repetition concocted by a volca beats trial run by Gavsborg.
a1. Time Cow & Rtkal - Elephant Man
b1. Gavsborg - Making Love To Volca
Repress Due: 28th May 2021
Jim Coles once again turns the tide towards a new horizon and travels further into the echo chamber. Leading on from the much-lauded ‘Secret Location’ mini-album with Seekersinternational, one-offs such as ‘Open Palms dub’ (Dub Stuy) and other teasings, ‘Acid Dub Studies’ is the fully-fledged result of the merging of the calligraphic expression of the 303 Acid bassline with the stern sway of Dub Reggae and the hazier edges of Dub Techno and Ambient music.
For those who have been paying close attention, this project will come as a welcome return to the vulnerability and playfulness of early Om Unit records such as his sub-radar single from 2010 ‘Lightgrids/Lavender’ (All City Records) or the unearthed chugging ambience of ‘Friend of Day’ (Idle Hands) and indeed in some sense draws from similar wellsprings as moments on 2013’s Bass classic ‘Threads’.
Whilst sbeing perhaps an ‘interim project’ this is still a vital and important expression of exploration and playfulness. A study in the true sense and borne out of a subtle but pervasive frustration with the rigidity found in musical words he has up to now been cohabiting, Acid Dub Studies comes from the pressing need to break with perceived expectation and to explore an honest and natural space away from the genre labels and tags that had been often lazily applied to his sizeable catalogue of music.
With no desire to reinvent the wheel, rather to paint pictures in an honest framework, the LP was crafted using a medley of classic analogue mixing techniques inspired as much by the adventurous dubbing of Adrian Sherwood as by the inward- delving haze of Scott Monteith’s Deadbeat project. Created during a period of lonely introspective walks through his home town of Bristol, the cover art is a photograph of some of the iron kerbstones that are found almost exclusively in the characterful and hardy city which were installed in the late 1800’s to protect pavements from cart wheels. Something about the permanence of those iron slabs and cobblestones inspired a sense of comfort and determination.
Acid Dub Studies is due for release as yet another self-released label-free project leading on from recent EP titles ‘Violet’ and ‘Submerged’ both of which hinted at some of the shapes found in this full length album.
Once again Jim has shown a rare convincing adaptability that few electronic artists can embody. Another step on the journey of personal and creative curiosity that fans are sure to appreciate.
a1. Om Unit - Intro
a2. Om Unit - Bristol Theme
a3. Om Unit - Treading Earth
a4. Om Unit - Dissolved
a5. Om Unit - Celestial Envoy
b1. Om Unit - Ghosts
b2. Om Unit - Circled
b3. Om Unit - Rolling Stock
b4. Om Unit - Tapped
b5. Om Unit - The Struggle
Release Date: 12th March 2021
After we showed you how low we can go, it's about time to enter your mind through sound and space with our upcoming record release. The danish producer Dub Across Borders is known for boundbreaking dubwise electronics and already spreaded his dubs on labels like 45Seven and Polen Records. We're very happy to welcome our longtime friend to the label with his first four track EP titled Spirit Dimension.
On this record D A B is showcasing his unique and versatile production style, which is capturing various influences that are mixed in a original dubwise style. Deep bass extractions combined with complex drum arrangements and crazy dub FX are making these tunes extra lush. Worship the bass and enter the soundsystem cult as the Spirit Dimension is comin' with mysterious soundscapes and heavy electronic experimentations. Treat this record like some good hallucinators, don't dig too deep or you might get lost.
Dub Across Borders shows his own approach on dub music and creates a modern or even future dubwise classic.
a1. Dub Across Borders - See That Spirit
a2. Dub Across Borders - Dua Marga
b1. Dub Across Borders - Madala
b2. Dub Across Borders - Jungle Grid
Release Date: 30th April 2021
If some of these titles look familiar, it’s because they’re among the most majestic roots and culture songs ever recorded, and by singers whose credentials are beyond question. All tracks feature the original artists and even the actual seventies’ vocal in some cases, but the rhythms have been recreated with today’s sound-systems in mind and are heard at their very best when roaring out of giant speaker boxes, greeted by a forest of raised hands and with a deejay at the mic.
Producers Mafia & Fluxy include reggae legends Bunny “Striker” Lee and Fat Man among their mentors, and their mastery both in the studio and on stage is unrivalled outside of Jamaica. The way these two brothers play dub will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up whilst the messages in songs like Every Tongue Shall Tell, Declaration Of Rights, No Peace and Fittest Of The Fittest are relevant as ever but then the music on this album isn’t dated, and is reggae, roots and culture for the ages.
*AUDIO TO FOLLOW*
a1. Horace Andy – Every Tongue Shall Tell
a2. Horace Andy – Every Tongue Shall Tell DUB
a3. Linval Thompson – Long, Long Dreadlocks
a4. Linval Thompson – Long, Long Dreadlocks DUB
b1. Johnny Clarke – Blood Dunza
b2. Johnny Clarke – Blood Dunza DUB
b3. Barry Brown – Fittest of The Fittest
b4. Barry Brown – Fittest of The Fittest DUB
c1. Johnny Clarke – Declaration of Rights (Steppas Remix)
c2. Johnny Clarke – Declaration of Rights (Steppas Remix) DUB
c3. Gregory Isaaccs – Motherless Children (Dubplate Mix)
c4. Gregory Isaaccs – Motherless Children (Dubplate Mix) DUB
d1. Max Romeo – No Peace (Steppas Remix)
d2. Max Romeo – No Peace (Steppas Remix) DUB
d3. Litte Roy – Falling Angels (Dubplate Mix)
d4. Litte Roy – Falling Angels (Dubplate Mix) DUB
Release Date: 21st May 2021
Johnny Clarke ruled the Dancehall in the mid 1970’s, using the cleaver 'Flyers Rhythms' that gave some of his tunes an edge with the Sound Systems. But his voice was always bigger than this and his versatility to sing a wide range of vocal styles, has seen him cut through the decades as one of Reggae’s best voices.
Johnny Clarke (b.1955.Jamaica) cut his musical teeth at the age of seventeen, recording his first song ‘God made the sea and sun’ for Producer Clancy Eccles. A low-key release but one that led to Johnny catching Producer Rupie Edwards eye, when he appeared at a talent contest at Bull Bay. Impressed by his voice both live and on disc, Rupie cut a few tunes with Johnny, ’Don’t Go Julie’ and ‘Everyday Wondering’ the latter of which had success not only in Jamaica, but also in the UK reggae market. The back bones of ‘Everyday Wandering’ now voiced by Rupie himself would lead onto an even bigger hit in the 70’s with the classic ‘Irie Feelings’.
Johnny Clarke’s decision to move on around this time coincided with producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee looking for a new singer to compete in the ever-moving Dancehall arena. Johnnie’s break came in a strange way, having provided backing vocals initially to a Bunny Lee produced cut, Earl Zero’s ‘None Shall Escape the Judgment’. The very same session the drummer on the track, Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, when asked by Bunny to come up with some new sound and while working the High - Hat cymbals, hitting it when open, then when shut (based on the Philadelphia Disco Sound known as the Phili - Sound) gave what the reggae world would call a ‘Flyers Sound’. On transferring the tune to four tracks to mix down at King Tubby’s studio, Earl Zero’s vocal was mistakenly left off. Johnny Clarke being present at King Tubby’s and knowing the track already inside out, then sang the lead vocal. The track became a smash Sound System favourite and the rest as they say is history.
Johnny Clarke became one of Bunny’s main vocalists during the heyday that was the 1970’s. It’s from this vast cannon that we have selected some of the singer’s finest cuts. His soulful voice worked the musical field from Dread to Rockers to Lovers Rock.A great gift that on playing this album we hope you’ll agree carries through with the tests of time.
a1. Johnny Clarke - Nobodies Business
a2. Johnny Clarke - Play Play Girl
a3. Johnny Clarke - Jah Jah We Pray
a4. Johnny Clarke - Judge Not A Man
a5. Johnny Clarke - Give Me A Love
a6. Johnny Clarke - My Desire
a7. Johnny Clarke - You Pray
b1. Johnny Clarke - Stealing, Stealing
b2. Johnny Clarke - Rastaman
b3. Johnny Clarke - This Graceful Woman
b4. Johnny Clarke - This Old Heart Of Mine
b5. Johnny Clarke - Give The Right<
b6. Johnny Clarke - You Have Caught Me Baby
b7. Johnny Clarke - Built My World Around You