Released 13th July 2018
Infernal Sounds reaches a milestone by welcoming one of their previous family members, Sepia back onto 12”. This time though, he plates up an emotion packed four tracker which delivers all the bass-fuelled brawn you’d come to expect, with a dusting of pure bliss and musical energy. It’s a journey from start to finish, and a collection of tracks which can change any dynamic within the club depending on the vibe you’re looking for.
The release will be on 180g vinyl and It’ll be the first in the series to feature full sleeve artwork, designed by Emily Dayson.
b2. Sekhmet (ft. Tailored Sound)
Released 6th July 2018
We are proud to announce the latest addition to the Moonshine Recordings artist roster - Halcyonic & G Roots - two young talented producers out of Bristol, UK. Their debut moonshine release entitled 'Future' with vocal support from Junior Dread and additional remix by Violinbwoy will be released on the 6th of July on vinyl & digital.
b1. Future Dub
b2. Future (Violinbwoy Remix)
Released 22nd June 2018
Paul Dickow AKA Strategy is a musical polymath with a signature sound derived from his immersion in hardware-based electronic music. He has spent close to two decades traveling freely through house, techno, rave, noise, ambient, and sounds more difficult to categorize. Strategy’s sound is inimitable because it is literally built by hand - his hands. Through all of this sonic journeying, including multiple full length releases, a constant has been his love of reggae and dub, yet somehow a proper dub album has never emerged - until now.
After two much-loved 7” singles on ZamZam - to say nothing of dubwise excursions on Idle Hands, Shockout, Peak Oil, 100% Silk and more - “Dub Mind Paradigm” is the fulfillment of a clear, simple goal. "I set out to make a full set of dub tracks good enough to make an album -- something that had always eluded me-- and it worked, finally. A simple exercise in seeing if we could launch the capsule to orbit Planet Reggae and make it home again.”
Reaching Planet Reggae, the album explores analog caverns of dubwise at all tempos, from the 80s to 140, full of the ghosts of ancient and future technologies, glimmering shards of hope among heaps of folly, ruin and rubble. Music fans with crates deeper than the contemporary will find shades of Wackies, Firehouse, Unity Sound, Burial Mix and more, but only winks and nods… no one sounds like Strategy, and Strategy sounds like no one.
Mastered by Sam Precise.
Art & design by Polygon Press.
Distributed by Unearthed Sounds LTD.
Limited to 700 vinyl LPs - no repress, no digital.
a1. Cloaking Device Dub
a2. Horizontal Dub
a3. Downtown Dub
a4. Deposed Tyrant Dub
b1. Speaking Dub To Power
b2. Shaking The Dub
b3. Sisyphus Dub
b4. Lone Wolf And Dub
Released 29th June 2018
- Deluxe 2x12" Full Artwork Gatefold, Shrink-wrapped Vinyl package
- Printed Inner Sleeves
- Download Card
- Mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Stardelta
- Manufactured at Optimal (Germany)
- Managed and Distributed by Unearthed
The recording sessions for Rastrumentals took place over seven years, between São Paulo and Brixton, but the roots of the project stretch back to the arrival of Digistep’s father in 1970s Bristol. Aged 18 he had almost nothing to his name, apart from his treasured vinyl collection. These records are still in the family, and have been invaluable in shaping Dubkasm’s unique sound. Rastrumentals combines samba instruments such as the cavaquinho, pandeiro and cuica with the work of some of the UK’s greatest reggae musicians.
Long-time collaborator Ras B features prominently on the album, and his deep, lion-like cadence will be familiar to anyone who listened to Bristol pirate radio in the 90s. While the Nyahbinghi elder is deservedly respected for his contributions to music, his commitment to Rasta values goes much further. He is now the guardian of Fairfield House in Bath, former home of the Emperor Haile Selassie. It is his voice which gives the opening tune, Eco de Jongo, much of its power. An epic tribute to two ancient musics, it combines the circular, frequently improvised dance of Jongo (which dates back to Africans who were brought to Brazil as slaves in the seventeenth century) with Nyahbinghi drumming and the wisdom of the elder. The cavaquinho is strummed to give the tune a samba edge, and minimalist ‘plate and knife’ percussion locks around Rastafarian kette drumming to create a seamless and entrancing rhythmic palette. The music draws heavily on the Samba de Roda, which came to be seen as an expression of identity and a means of empowerment for the oppressed, and is a natural ally of Rastafarianism’s messages of righteousness and uplift.
Monte de Sião also features Nyahbinghi drumming, but here the kette is used alongside the distinctive Brazilian friction drum known as the cuica. The cuica originates from Africa, and some say that it was used as a lion call, because mimics the roar of the lioness.
King’s Highway is, as befits its title, a majestic journey into roots, featuring terrific work from one of reggae’s finest drummers, Blood Shanti, who has played with such greats as The Abyssinians, Sugar Minott, and Johnny Clarke. His incredibly tight pattern, and the soaring horns keep this tune on a stepping rhythm, in the style of New Chapter-era Aswad.
Samba and reggae are not the only styles the LP explores. The influence of jazz on reggae is significant but often overlooked (think of players like Lyn Tait, Tommy McCook, and John ‘Dizzy’ Moore), and tracks like Delta Blues, with its intricate yet easygoing guitar soloing and chorus of horns, and Cachoeira da Fumaça, a warm flute and sax piece, bring improvisation and musical sensitivity to the fore. Lava Quente is an uptempo history lesson with Ras B on the mic as horns and keyboards switch back and forth over gritty guitars and percussion.
Rastrumentals brings together the talents of nineteen musicians across two continents, and is a perfect example of Dubkasm’s unique ability to combine respect for their forebears with relentless innovation. Lewis Hopkin at Stardelta jointly mixed the album before mastering it via ½ “ tape, taking the sonics to another dimension. Paul Lee
a1 Eco do Jongo
b1 Lava Quente
b2 King’s Highway
c1 Cachoeira da Fumaça
c2 Lei Áurea
d1 Monte de Sião
d2 Delta Blues
Released 29th June 2018
The reggae city of Leeds gets a celebration on the new serious stepping release from Scotch Bonnet Records. The Yorkshire capital’s production partnership Danny T and Tradesman, who released debut LP Built For Sound on Scotch Bonnet last year, pair with legendary soundman Mark Iration for a rare vocal outing that shows his hidden talents. Over the thumping kick-drum and room-shaking bass you’d expect from Mark’s sound Iration Steppas, Up Deh is a reality tune about the dangers of life and rewards of music in the ghetto. Across two different flipside dub mixes, Danny T and Tradesman create industrial-strength soundscapes that translate the message into pure unspoken vibes.
a. Up Deh
b1. Down Deh (Mix 1)
b2. Down Deh (Mix 2)
Released 22nd June 2018
Micah Shemaiah teamed up with Fruits Records’ studio band The 18th Parallel earlier this year to produce the unanimously acclaimed “Roots I Vision” album on Evidence Music label. The album hit every charts in the reggae world and is seen as one of the best effort of 2018! In collaboration with Evidence Music, Fruits Records is proud to release on 12” maxi vinyl two of the toughest tunes of the album in their eight minutes extended versions : A side features heavyweight stepper “Zion Trod” and B side gives the rub a dub anthem “Soul Rider”. This one is a sound system must have! Killer tunes + ultra heavy pressing in a early 80’s Jamaican Simmons style!
a. Micah Shemaiah - Zion Trod (Extended Mix)
b. Micah Shemaiah - Soul Rider (Extended Mix)
Released 22nd June
"The most-promising up-and-comer in the Dutch dubstep scene has to be Hebbe without any doubt. Back in 2014 the Rotterdamer attended a Give It Dub edition as a steady dubstep enthusiast. Yet that experience proved to be the main inspiration to begin experimenting with dubstep. Hebbe truly emerged from the shadows through the signing on Subway Recordings, who were one of the first to discover his obscure sound driven by a very typical flow." [Words by DUPLOC]
a1. Skanking Alone
b1. B-Side Dub
Released 29th June 2018
Ghori from D-Operation Drop is a driving soundsystem roller with a low swung beat crushed through 80’s sci-fi algorithms and burnt onto analog tape. On the flip is Natty coil, one of the crew’s most requested tracks, a masterful mix of organic bass and robotic shuffled hi hats from these mix scientists.
D-Operation Drop are a crew from Italy who gravitated around their love of bass, releasing music on labels such as Artikal, Lion Charge, Zam Zam and Moonshine, gaining support from the likes of J:Kenzo, N Type, Bukez Finezt, and Dj Madd.
b. Natty Coil
Released 22nd June
Chapter four in the line of vinyl releases on Cue Line Records is also the beginning of something new. 'Elements Part 1' is the first piece in the Various Artists series on the label called 'Elements'. Driven by an urge to explore how elements can form something greater together, and the other way around, how anything can be broken into its elements, every single track on the V/A is by multiple artists. 100% collaborative content. RDG x Cessman, Gaze ill x 3WA, Binary x Zygos, Murk x Shiva ft. Rob. Nine minds, four tracks, one piece.
a1. RDG & Cessman - Guidance
a2. Gaze Ill & 3WA - Manipulated
b1. Binary & Zygos - Existence
b2. Murk & Shiva - Akousma (feat. Rob)
Released 8th June 2018
“For as long as I can remember, I've had a strong fascination/obsession with Japan – the culture, history, people, technology. Japanese toys, cartoons, and fashion have contributed greatly to my compulsive collecting problem over the years. It's always been a dream to visit, and in 2014, that dream came true.
I knew I wanted to create the 'Tokyo EP' as soon as the flight was booked. It was a personal challenge to myself to create a concept EP with a simple set of rules: Collect as many sounds in Japan as possible, and create Dubstep using those sounds. I wanted to bring as much of Japan back home with me as I could. I bought countless CDs, vinyl records, soundtracks, and anime. I captured 24-bit WAV recordings on trains, in parks, in taxis, restaurants, at live shows. I bought movies. I had hours and hours of audio to listen through when I returned home, and after a month or two of sorting and sampling, there were enough sounds to begin work.
Japan is the most amazing place I've ever visited in my life. I can't wait to go back. This EP is the embodiment of my experience – the places I visited; the things I love. Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy the 'Tokyo EP' as much as I enjoyed creating it. Big up”
Support from N-Type, J:Kenzo, Compa, Walsh, Bunzer0, DJ Madd.