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'Based On A True Story' aka BOATS is the debut studio album from Fat Freddy's Drop unleashed ten years ago in May 2005. The album debuted at #1 and went Gold on its first release day in New Zealand, and won the band a stash of NZ Music Awards and a legion of fans worldwide. BOATS album features 10 fresh slices of future funk, with surprises, fakes & freaky sidesteps throughout. There are new versions of previously released singles like 'This Room', 'Hope' & 'Ernie' [also known as 'Willow Tree'], alongside the recent 12 inch 'Flashback' & six completely new tracks, all mystic supernovas of soul.
This edition strikes a darker contrast with the sunnier aspects of Volume One. Lockdown restrictions with minimal contact led to creating new projects remotely which come together here on the second instalment in the compilation series of the wider Dreadzone fold. Greg Dread’s online live sessions over the 18 months brought about a positive energy from all the people tuning in to the music. They became the inspiration for this album which grew out of that time. Dreadzone’s remix of the Megative cover of Big Audio Dynamite’s Sightsee MC feat. Mick Jones on guitar, Don Letts on vocals and Leo Williams on bass sets the tone for a more eclectic edition of Dubwiser. Collaborations, remixes and artists own tracks make for a stellar line up on Volume Two - Emily Capell, Italian dub maestro Gaudi, Professor Skank, Bazil, Sub Mantra, Dubmatix and Dreadzone all feature on this new compilation.
Paul Miller, better known by his stage name DJ Spooky is a music producer, arranger, DJ, author and performance artist. His unique brand of experimental hip-hop, dubbed ’illbient’ has resulted in collaborations with a diverse range of artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kronos Quartet, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Killa Priest. With remix projects for Trojan Records, Manifold Records and Six Degrees among others to his credit, Miller created Phantom Dancehall for his exploration of the Greensleeves/ VP Records reggae catalogue.The musical tapestry is built on samples from familiar (and not so familiar) reggae tracks over electronic beats and melodies produced by Miller and protégé Stephen Levitin (stage name Apple Juice Kid). Selected tracks include the keyboard work of Alex Thompson aka Fourth Shift.Guest vocals from Walshy Fire (Major Lazer) and dancehall new comer Sanjay added to vocal samples of Busy Signal, Lady Saw and Garnett Silk give the project an eclectic, modern dancehall flavor.
This legendary album of Lee Perry's The Upsetters brings together the very best of Jamaican reggae music. Some very rare tracks and artists are collected in this record, such as Junior Murvin's 'Cross Over', Windston Heywood's 'Long, Long Time' and Eric Donaldson's 'Freedom Street'.Build The Ark was originally released in 1990 by Trojan Records and is now available as a limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on orange coloured vinyl thanks to Music On Vinyl. It's a 3xLP album that is re-packaged in a heavyweight 7.5mm sleeve and contains 3 printed innersleeves.
A definitive collection of classic hits from the incomparable Lloyd “King Jammy” James. One of Jamaica’s most prolific producers, Jammy has scored many genre defining hits and this collection presents them in fine style. It chronicles Jammy’s productions through the various styles and eras of reggae including his ground breaking hit “Under Me Sleng Teng”. The double CD comes with a Bonus DVD, a 2006 documentary titled “King At The Controls” produced by Johnny Wonder and Olivier Chastan, which includes bonus in depth interview with King Jammy and vintage live footage.
Prince Jammy production, originally recorded in 1977 and then re-mixed by Jammy again at King Tubby's in 1981.
Hopeton Overton Brown, better known as Scientist, rose to fame during the 1980s as dub music mixer. He collaborated with the Jamaican mixer and producer Prince Jammy a couple of times, most prominent on their album Scientist & Prince Jammy Strike back! Scientist was inspired by the science fiction movies and a part of the album breathes the atmosphere of the unknown. But mostly it's the Roots Radics, providing the rhythms, which creating the whole feeling of this Jamaican piece. Sweeping and swooshing with echo's and dubs it's artefact for the style of late '70s early '80s reggae.
Classic skinhead reggae from 1972 - never reissued ever since. Import from Holland on the Blue Elephant label. Includes Madness, Take It Easy, Cincinatti Kid, Sounds And Pressure, Al Capone and the killer title track.
Among the most important full-length album works from one of reggae’s greatest singers, Mr. Isaacs shows the great Gregory Isaacs in the prime of his career in 1976. Better known for his love songs, Isaacs was equally adept at cultural themes. The tracks “Set The Captives Free” and “Slave Master” are among the most popular in his catalog, the latter immortalized on film in the movie Rockers. The track “Storm” became an early dancehall favorite, its rhythm track reimagined no fewer than 75 times over the last 40 years. Isaacs love of rocksteady shines in his cover of the Silvertones’ “Smile,” and his soulful side comes through on a cover of The Temptations’ “Get Ready.” The breadth of material on Mr. Isaacs is the hallmark of a reggae classic.
Music Is our Business is a premium blend of the very best of Cocoa Tea’s non-album sides recorded for Bobby Dixon’s Digital B label, plus a gold leaf selection of previously unreleased nuggets, all recorded between 1985 and 1996. The tracks gathered together for ‘Music is Our Business’ are amongst the most loved tunes in Cocoa Tea’s illustrious catalogue and this collection is sure to please Cocoa Tea’s many fans both old and new. The success of VP’s recent two Bobby Digital anthologies ‘X-Tra Wicked’ and’ Serious Times’ has shone a light on the outstanding work that was coming out of the Digital B studio during this golden period. The release of ‘Music Is Our Business’ shows there is still a lot more gold in the Digital B vaults.
The importance of King Tubby's studio to the history of recorded sound is beyond measure and its all encompassing influence is a lasting monument to the resolute resourcefulness of Jamaica's musical pioneers. The dubs here were originally assembled by the Blood & Fire label for three bestselling but long deleted 1990s compilations that are now much sought after. Freshly sequenced and re-mastered, "Dubbing At King Tubby's" showcases the mixing skills of King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist, Phillip Smart and Pat Kelly on a drum and bass heavy selection of ground-breaking Bunny Lee dubs.
Yabby You's classic roots anthem gets a serious remix. One long mix by Martin Harrison. Martin worked with This Heat and On u sound as well as many others. 2 cuts on the other side by Paolo Baldini 'Dubfiles'. Comes in a lovely National Bird sleeve
Killer vocal & versions LP, with Robbie Valentine at the Blakamix studio, and Mixman on the dub version duty. This one originally came out in 2003 via the Blakamix label. Big tunes such as the title track ‘Jah Is My Defender’ feature on here, strictly conscious lyrics, rastafari style and black power style! Real nice to hear the vocal cuts followed by the dubs too – pure Blakamix magic.
From BUJU BANTON, the world’s #1 living Jamaican artist, the King of Dancehall Reggae, a celebration of his classic album with all bonus tracks around the original release, including two on vinyl for the first time, PLUS three new bonus tracks created and mixed by Buju exclusively for this new 25th anniversary edition.
Long out of print compilation from the late 80s featuring various rare roots tracks recorded at Lee Perry's studio The Black Ark between 1973-1978, featuring rare dubs to "Curly Locks" plus vocals by Jackie Bernard, Jack Lord, Debra Keese, Jah T and others.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry & The Upsetters' classic Return of Django. Lee Perry had already been making name in the Jamaican music scene for about a decade before Return To Django hit the UK charts in 1969. Soon after, Trojan released a hugely popular collection of Perry's biggest instrumentals. This album is a must for everyone that enjoys that good old vintage reggae sounds.
The second volume of the HOT SAUCE compilation dedicated to the Trojan related UK labels between 1965 and 1975.HOT SAUCE VOLUME 2 features outstanding original Rocksteady, Boss Reggae and early Reggae (“Reggay”) tracks including rare songs, overlooked gems, hidden treasures and a couple of hits. The record labels showcased on this volume are Amalgamated, Beverley’s Records, Blue Cat, Clan Disk, Downtown, Doctor Bird, Harry J, Duke, Randy’s, Smash, Spinning Wheel and Treasure Isle.The tracks here have been selected according to their musical interest firstly, their rarity, and their complementarity. These tracks are all outstanding tracks, “killer tracks”, there is no “filler” whatsoever. Particular attention has been paid to the way the songs are sequenced (or “mixed”) so that the album builds up nicely and gradually, generally starting with the Rocksteady songs on the A side and the 70s songs on the B side.HOT SAUCE is a musical journey across early Jamaican Reggae – highlighting its diverse musical genres and outstanding artists – as it was once published by the U.K. record labels during this golden decade…
Black Ark In Dub is another piece of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s limitless musical puzzle. "Featuring a bedrock of deep and heavy rhythms recorded at the Black Ark just before its demise, Black Ark In Dub features bass heavy spooky dub deconstructions of ‘Jah Love Is Sweeter’, ‘Ethiopia’, ‘Lion A De Winner’, ‘Open The Gate’, ‘Guideline,’ and ‘Mr Money Man’, along with an embellished dub version of Ras Keatus I ‘Dreadlocks I’ and the much sought after ‘Guidance’ a longime Jah Shaka killer exclusive to this set. Originally released in 1981 the hard to find Black Ark In Dub remains a frozen sonic timepiece, captured at the beginning of the end of one era and poised at the start of another.
LIMITED EDITION BOX SET!“The definitive anthology of the company that helped bring reggae and dancehall to the US and beyond.”Down In Jamaica: 40 Years of VP Records is a 94-track, deluxe, multi-format box set with 24 page booklet and art cards detailing the hits, the rarities, and the history of the world's largest reggae label.
This new Wackie's 12"s combines three of our favorite tracks from two different past Itopia releases into one killer three track EP. Showing the diversity of style in the Wackie's camp, two tracks have a more uptempo dancefloor feel and the third in a more rootsy mode. These tracks have been some of the most requested for reissue in the last couple years, finally back on the road.
Right On Time - Trojan Rock Steady is the 2nd part of the exclusive Music On Vinyl's Trojan compilation series, which celebrates the best works from the legendary reggae label Trojan Records. It was compiled by Laurence Cane-Honeysett, who also wrote the linernotes.
Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread is a studio album by Lee Perry, released in 1978. Although Perry had been in the Jamaican music business for a long time by 1978, this album, produced by himself at his Black Ark studio, was the first to consist entirely of songs sung by himself.
"11 song LP compiling nearly all of the remaining '70s and '80s output of Clive & Trevor not already re-released by DKR. Vocals, dubs and a deejay cut culled from various releases are all corralled here to complete the picture of the great body of work from these long time partners."
Tougher Than Tough - Trojan Rude Boy Sounds is an exclusive release from Music On Vinyl’s Trojan compilation series, which celebrates the best works from the legendary reggae label Trojan Records. It was compiled by Laurence Cane-Honeysett, who also wrote the liner notes. Some of the artists featured on this compilation include Stranger Cole, The Pioneers and Alton Ellis.
Soul Jazz Records album, sub-titled “Soundsystem Culture – Black Musical Expression 1973-2006,” focuses on the most important Black British musical styles to emerge out of the distinctly Caribbean world of sound systems. The album features an all-star line-up including Dennis Bovell, Shut Up and Dance, Cymande, Digital Mystikz, Brown Sugar, Funk Masters, Janet Kay, Ragga Twins and more.
The Train To Skaville single was very much “the little train that could”. The disc managed to post a top 40 placing in the UK under some of the most unpromising of circumstances. Cut in 1967 with backing from Lynn Taitt And The Jets, it was originally issued in Britain on the tiny Rio label owned by one William Rickard, really just an off-shoot of his record shop which catered for Jamaican recordings. With little radio support, the key to its success was the popularity it gained on the dance club scene. This momentum pushed it onwards and into the charts.The taste that the Mods had got for Jamaican music through the Ska boom had remained as that fashion receded and this enduring interest led to the talented duo of Leonard Dillon and Stephen Taylor’s sole hit. Though another British chart placing eluded them, Train To Skaville set them up for a long run of success back in Jamaica with many well respected recordings. A knock on effect of the single’s triumph was they were one of the few artists afforded the opportunity of cutting a long playing record so early on in their careers, the Engine 54 LP that we have here.
The Chosen Few are a reggae group from Kingston, Jamaica, formed in 1969. They were highly popular in the 70s and 80s, and continue to draw appreciative audiences around the world today. Everybody Plays the Fool is their second album, originally released in 1975 via the legendary reggae label Trojan Records.180 gram audiophile vinylLimited edition of 1000 individually numbered copies on orange coloured vinyl
Stone-cold classic - the ultimate Studio One tune and the ultimate rhythm & blues/soul to reggae cut as Dawn Penn vamps on Bo Diddley, Willie Cobbs. Floor-shaking, speaker-busting SEMINAL tune!The original Studio One CLASSIC Dawn Penn's soaring hypnotic vocal cut 'No,No, No' first time ever on 12"! Super loud and with a killer dub version on the flip.
180 gram re-issue of Leroy Smart's 1977 album. Leroy Smart, one of Jamaica's most distinctive and original artists, is as well known and respected for his colourful, forceful personality as his unique vocal talents. He has had to struggle hard to reach the pinnacle of his profession and, once he was there, Leroy Smart was determined to never, ever let go. Leroy once stated, "the only thing I am guilty of is defending myself very strongly".
The next official reissue is a Balearic Dub album from Ambient Warrior originally released in 1995 on the Lion Inc label. The album is rooted in Dub but has a much broader scope taking in various musical influences from across the globe.Founder Ronnie Lion explains the concept “The Ambient Warrior was created as an outlet for myself and Andreas Terrano. At the time I was running Lion Music in Brixton, a popular mainly vocal roots label, and Andreas was teaching engineering at our studio. I soon realised he was a very talented guitar and piano player (Basement Jaxx also thought so and he worked with them around this time) and like myself we both wanted to create music that reflected our diverse influences. Andreas is of Italian, Armenian and Russian heritage and these musical influences clearly come through on the LP; over a Dub and Reggae backdrop you’ll hear a Tango and Bossa Nova style. The players on the album also come from different nationalities and genres, not just from the reggae scene, so this really created something authentic and unique”.The LP has been fully remastered from the original DAT tape with new full sleeve artwork from Bradley Pinkerton. Pressed on heavyweight 180 Gram Vinyl.
"Heart of the Congos is a roots reggae album by The Congos, produced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry at his Black Ark studio with a studio band including Boris Gardiner on bass and Ernest Ranglin on guitar. The album was released in 1977. It is noted as being one of Perry's masterpiece productions of the Black Ark era."
Previously unreleased dub plate mixes of some classic Lee Perry material!
UK dub classic dating from 1994 and originally appearing on the Sound `n’ Pressure label. A massive highly sought-after sound system favourite from the 90’s with a dangerous bassline. Featuring four mixes, with sound system legend Aba Shanti guesting on melodica.
Reggae is more than the national music of Jamaica. It's a social force which embraces the cultural needs of the people it serves. Everyone in Jamaica listens to the latest songs for an immediate line on the political and spiritual pulse on the island, or just enjoys simply the lyrics about a long lost love. The symbiosis of producer Alvin Ranglin and singers Larry Marshall and Alvin Leslie (of course backed by a well-trained group of musicians known under the name of The Revolutionaries) led to a beautiful ten songs album in 1978. But as it happens sometimes the material was never issued with the exceptance of the song ''Last Nite'' (sic) which was released in 1981 on Ranglin's Hit label. The Dutch Jamaican Gold CD-label issued four songs of the Larry & Alvin album on a various artists cd in 1997, and plans were made for a full album release to follow soon. But it all went down the drain after the Jamaican Gold label was terminated in 2001. Through the positive input of Alvin Ranglin and the Jamaican Art Records team we can now finally proudly presents Larry & Alvin ''Poor Man A Feel It''. Larry Marshall's career spans more than 55 years and he was not only a great songwriter but also an original roots-singer. Larry's songs are easily indentifiable because of his emotional and intense voice, heavily influenced by the Revival church and Folk traditions in Jamaica. No matter it's gospel, spiritual, love, folk, roots or reality songs, his deliverence is omnipresent. Hopefully you will appreciate our labour of love at Jamaican Art Records and the great songs on this album as we do
Limited Gatefold issue with great sleeve notes from Dr. Buster Dynamite of this lesser known 1976 LP produced by Alvin Ranglin w/ two additional tracksAlvin Ranglin's memories about his productions with U-Roy"At the time I started working with U-Roy on the LP Dread In A Africa in 1975, I already recorded a few good songs two-three years before with him. But sometime after this project with U-Roy my Record Village shop at 5 Hope Road -on Half Way Tree- got broken into, and these thieves set the place on fire. At the back of the shop, I had a storeroom in which I kept many of my tapes. So some tapes were destroyed with songs from artists like Eric Morris and also some of the U-Roy project. I rented that place from a Chinese lady and she wasn't insured so I lost a lot of money there! At that time this all happened I was in England for business. So it was very stressful to me as you can imagine. Anyhow, I decided a year later on to release the five songs which I still had on tape with some instrumentals from the backing band Skin, Flesh and Bones, as a kind of a showcase album. I don't know what at Dynamic Sounds where the album master was cut by Carlton Lee. Something went wrong as the stamper didn't came out 100% how it should have been. Anyhow, I pressed a very small number of the album, around 12 copies or so, and put them in blank jackets as I didn't made a printed jacket yet. As I rented a shop to TonyRobinson on Slipe Road it make sense a few of the U-Roy albums are carrying his sticker. It got a good reception on the test pressing so I just disbanded it as I thought it was better to concentrate on recordings I did with Gregory Isaacs and Maytones, which were big sellers at that time. U-Roy was of course going strong with Tony Robinson as his producer in 1976, so I'm glad after so many years passing by this album is finally getting a proper release on the Jamaican Art label.