Release Date: 25th June 2021
Social Joy Records is pleased to present Burkina Azza's debut album "Wari Bo". This LP takes us to the very soul of Burkina Faso, giving us a taste of the deep connection of the artists to the beauty and culture of this country.
The Burkinade Collective was born from a lineage of balafonist and percussionist musicians called "The Griots", often referred to as a "Living Archive of the People's Traditions". "Wari Bo' was produced in January 2021 on the brink of the coronavirus pandemic in Ouagadougou after the label owner Guilhem Monin discovered an outstanding street performance via the African Drumming Facebook group. Two years later, this release is the result of a friendship and love of music that connects two continents and travels across borders, space and time.
Mastered by Frank Merritt at The Cravery Studios.
a1. Burkina Azza - Haiketoo
a2. Burkina Azza - Enkabe Kelekan
a3. Burkina Azza - Mama Alice
a4. Burkina Azza - Oua Seniwe
b1. Burkina Azza - Djanfa Magne
b2. Burkina Azza - Mogoya
b3. Burkina Azza - Iri
b4. Burkina Azza - Yaromou
Available: 17th May 2021
The long awaited next piece of the TNT Roots, raw unpolished, extra valuable, long-sought-after diamond is here, via our friends at Bokeh HQ!!!!
You already know that we’re big fans of this legendary underground dubplate-slinger from day one – and how much we appreciate this vinyl outings from this mythical producer, on one of our dearest friends labels.
Miles at Bokeh Versions once said that he ‘likes our reviews the best’.
Well, he shouldn’t be writing such spot-on words himself then, because, unfortunately the best thing we can do (rather than just re-shape his words) is to copy & paste the official Bokeh-blurb here, for all the info and heartfelt sentimental value you need, in order to understand what this all means to us:
“TNT has never released a record before (aside from the 12″ we did last year), so this is a huge fucking honour to be trusted with this material. TNT Roots has continued a solo career since Earthquake quietly folded in 2002, trading short-run CDr’s on Ebay and the Blood & Fire forum. His music still survives on not-for-sale dubplates – pushed exclusively by legendary 90s sounds like Aba Shanti.
The result is the Raw Dub Creator LP – a survey of his 2006 – 2018 CDr selected by Bokeh.
These are driving, dark, militant sounds for these times made in seeming isolation in Northampton (TNT never plays live, doesn’t want Bandcamp, just wants to sell his CDs quietly over email). TNT Roots’ contribution to dub is seismic, almost dinosauric, but through some glitch in universe fabric, ‘Mighty In Battle’ [Bokeh 2018] was his first official vinyl release. As half of Earthquake – he’s responsible for the darkest, forward, most slept-on future of dub to grace us. This unique and heavy vision has reset the whole game with long unavailable LPs like Revelation in Dub and Dub Harder Than Steel make obvious an understated lineage flowing from 90s steppas down to jungle, grime, hardcore, darkcore, doomcore, it’s kinda pointless to list them. It’s dub. TNT and Earthquake’s rightful place alongside those mystic giants, Iration Steppas, is more than assured by those that know.
Everything we worked for on Bokeh…..feels like it leads here x”
a3. Glorious Dub
a4. Righteous Vibration
a5. African Science
b3. Lord Of Hosts
b4. Iron Shirt
b5. Guidance Ft. Yahweh
b6. Yahweh The Redeemer
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
Available: 7th May 2021
This is the new 20th Anniversary edition of one of Soul Jazz Records’ classic Studio One releases, now available as a special one-off blue double vinyl pressing.
‘Studio One Roots’ set the standard for Soul Jazz Records’ long-standing series of Studio One collections and features many of the classic artists from Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s mighty roster of reggae. This album includes Freddie McGregor, Willie Williams, Cornell Campbell, Alton Ellis and Devon Russell alongside some of the defining crack session men groups of Jamaican reggae history, including The Sound Dimension, Brentford All-Stars, The Skatalites, New Establishment and more. As ever the album is filled with a mixture of seminal cuts and superrarities from the vast vaults of 13 Brentford Road.
Stand-out tracks include Alton Ellis’ ‘Blackish White’, a surreal and powerful Afro-centric dream, Count Ossie Nyabinghi and Rastafarian drummers’ genre-defying interpretation of Booker T and The MGs ‘Meditation’, Willie Williams’ awe-inspiring versioning of the Skatalites seminal Rastafari anthem ‘Addis Ababa’ and many, many more.
This album has been fully digitally remastered, analogue cut and packaged complete with original sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of When Reggae Was King), compiled by Mark Ainley (Hones Jons), high-quality Soul Jazz mastering, fantastic images of Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari on the cover and a rare image of Clement Dodd and musicians inside the studio at Studio One on the full colour inner sleeves.
“The music of this compilation is of a rare, rare beauty and is essential to anyone's reggae collection” - All Music
The Cyclones With Count Ossie - Meditation
Cornell Campbell With The Brentford Rockers - Natty Don’t Go
Freddie McGregor With The Sound Dimension - Africa Here I Come
Bunnie & Skitter - Lumumbo
Willie Williams With The All Stars - Addis Ababa
L Crosdale With Drum Bago & The Rebel Group - Set Me Free
Leroy Wallace With The New Establishment - Far Beyond
Lennie Hibbert - More Creation
Alton Ellis With The Sound Dimension - Blackish White
Winston Jarrett With The Sound Dimension - Fear Not
Devon ‘Soul’ Russell - Drum Song
The Gaylads - Africa
Black Brothers With The New Establishment - School Children
Linton Cooper With The Brentford Disco Set - You’ll Get Your Pay
Sound Dimension - Congo Rock
Zoot Simms - African Challenge
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
Release Date: 30th April 2021
Akae Beka's inimitable style, developed over decades performing with St. Croix based band Midnite and countless recordings (including 2014 iTunes reggae album of the year BEAUTY FOR ASHES and RIDE TRU). At the point of his untimely passing in 2019, he had released over 70LP's. He is without a doubt one of the most prolific reggae artists ever known and his quanity is always matched with quality, with his albums consistently featuring in the top 10 on the billboard charts reggae LPs.
This release makes no exception. 5 years on from the original 2016 CD and Digital release which charted at number 6 in the reggae billboard charts, this timeless masterpiece is being re-released on 12" Vinyl and Cassette tape, courtesy of Before Zero Records. Produced by ZIK bassist, JAH David, LIVICATED was Akae Beka's debut release on the Zion High Productions (ZHP) label. The album features solid original riddims composed and arranged by the ZIK family with musical contributions from Aston Barrett Jr. (drums), JAH Bless (horns), Chet Samuel (guitar), and Yami Bolo (melodica). Particularly striking on LIVICATED are the strident, Burning Spear-like horn arrangements and the variety and range of Drew Keys' keyboard voices.
a5. Loose the Gates
b1. Have Heard
b3. Handle Sumptin
Available: 29th March 2021
Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee “Scratch” Perry is such an artist. As a pioneer of dub reggae Perry viewed the mixing console as musical instrument in its own right. The influence of his revolutionary approach has been felt world-wide and into genres far beyond reggae. His 1976 effort, Super Ape, is considered a masterpiece of this or any genre. Working with The Upsetters at his Black Ark studio Perry created a sound with such a lasting appeal that The Rough Guide includes Super Ape as one of their 100 Essential Reggae releases.
A1 Zions Blood
A2 Croaking Lizard
A3 Black Vest
A5 Curly Dub
B1 Dread Lion
B2 Three In One
B4 Dub Along
B5 Super Ape
Release Date: 2nd April 2021
"Fyah" features Wellette Seyon on vocals for the title track, followed by a triumphant horns cut from Dubkasm's brilliantly talented Digistep on the sax. After that, Dub Conductor take a journey deep into the mixing board with two dubwise cuts of the rhythm, with additional melodica melodies from Lucadread.
Dub Conductor have been crafting this track for more than 5 years! After many many versions of the Rhythm, we can say for certain that we are happy with the result - crisp, clear dubs which blend roots and steppas music just the way we like it!
a1. Dub Conductor - Fyah ft Wellette Seyon
a2. Digistep & Dub Conductor - Air
b1. Dub Conductor - Water Dub
b2. Dub Conductor - Earth Dub
Release Date: 19th March 2021
Brazilian artists Nina Girassóis and Paulera join the Dubquake roaster with their neo-roots reggae hit “Heavyweight Sound’”. The track is getting pressed on to 7” vinyl with the dub version “Heavyweight Dub” on the B side.
Nina Girassóis, hailing from São Paulo, compliments the track with her sweet voice, singing and raising awareness about the ongoing Brazilian social-economic crisis. Nina tells us “Brazil is a country that’s rich in resources but only very few people get to reap the benefits. It’s not getting better with the current political situation. The lyrics were written in 2012, but things just kept on getting worse and worse”.
a1. Nina Girassóis - Heavyweight Sound
b1. Paulera, O.B.F - Heavyweight Dub
Release Date: 26th March 2021
For the first time on 7-inch vinyl, Acid Jazz present short versions of both Get The Music Now & Africa, taken from the super rare self-titled album by Ipa-Boogie.
Originally released in 1978 these tracks are some of the only known recordings by this obscure band and present the listener with some of finest afro-boogie and afro funk there is.
This release launches the Albarika 45 series on Acid Jazz, with many rare singles and unknown versions due throughout the year.
Mastered and lacquer cut by Frank Merritt at The Carver.
a1. Ipa-Boogie - Get The Music Now
b1. Ipa-Boogie - Africa