Monthly Archives: June 2014

Noel ‘Zoot’ Simms – See Them A Come

See Them A ComeStudio One 7″

‘See Them A Come’ was released on Studio One 7″ in 1967, but also featured on the Soul Jazz Records ‘Studio One Rude Boy’ compilation.

Noel Simms was born in 1935 in Kingston and attended the Apha Boys School. His career as a vocalist began singing as a duo with his school friend Bunny Robinson. They began making RnB acetates for sound systems in the 1950’s, after winning numerous talent shows and developing a huge following. From there they recorded for the likes of Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster. (more…)

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Wake the Town

Wake the TownWhen: Thursday 3 July

Where: Laundry – 240 Cuba Street, Wellington

The Wake the Town Crew are back in session in July, this time featuring Steve the Hat, and special guest from Melbourne, Miss Fee!

Killa tunes old and new and vibes galore!

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Hi Smile Hifi 7″s – feat. S’Kaya & Speng Bond

Hi Smile HifiThe 7″ debut x2 from Top Smile Records, run by High Smile Hifi, is all about pairing strictly-digital riddims with engaging vocal turns. The clean production is consistent with prior tracks and dubplates from the Swiss trio, whose past collaborations include tunes with Daddy Freddy, General Levy, Ranking Joe, and – for their first (digital-only) release “Another Drive-By Shooting” – Sammy Gold. (more…)

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Cocoa Tea – Crab Dem

Crab Dem12″ Maxi Single
Early Days Records

Lovers of early digital roots will be well chuffed with the third installment by Early Days Records. This Parisian label run by Mistah P saw its premiere releases last year, with a pair of popular hits packed on a red 12″ by veteran Michael Palmer. This was quickly followed by the second 12″, with lyrical maestro, Trevor Junior’s brilliant ‘Music is Magic’. (more…)

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Maxi Priest – Every Little Thing

Every Little ThingThe minute I heard this tune, it made my hair stand on end!  Its sound took me back to a time where Rub-a-Dub and Lovers Rock ruled supreme. What appealed to me was its feel, which is a fusion of these two styles of reggae. We already know Maxi is well versed in making songs that encompass these elements. (more…)

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Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Serious Time

Serious TimeThe third compilation LP from this well-known Glaswegian outfit has landed in-stores, and quickly begun to run on sounds all over the UK. And there are plenty of reasons why.

The album opens in true YT style, with a worldly appraisal letting us know we are living in a ‘Serious Time’, over the top of a fresh Mungo’s relick of a classic Studio One riddim. Similarly, Warrior Queen delivers a stellar message on another Studio One reworking, this time Coxsone Dodd’s ‘Run Run’ riddim. Normally found chatting over much darker, bass-heavy tracks, Warrior Queen’s ‘Can’t Stand It’ is one of a handful of standout tunes on this packed LP. It is sure to mash up dancefloors, as I’ve seen it do twice already. (more…)

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The Tamlins – Baltimore

baltimoreTaking Randy Newman’s original, The Tamlins – arguably most famous as the backing vocalists for 70s touring artists including Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, and Peter Tosh – turn the sparse melodic track “Baltimore” into something far more funky and groove-driven. Opening with a guitar that approaches the skank later found in Ini Kamoze’s “World A Reggae,” it is the foreboding keys and the soulful vocals that combine to elevate this far beyond an average late 70s reggae tune.  (more…)

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Beam Up – Divers / Kick Off 7″

Beam Up - DiversBeam Up, the German organization whose self-described mission is ‘Dubbing The World,’ has certainly done that on their latest limited-edition 7″ release, “Divers” b/w “Kick Off.” The label’s second release on wax takes inspiration from two classic riddims (Massaneh’s “Permissions” and the Roots Radics’ “Dematerialize”), rebuilding them for the modern era. (more…)

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Dub Terminator & Ras Stone – Fyah Level

Fyah Level‘Fyah Level’ fully showcases the combined might of Dub Terminator and Ras Stone, on a journey into New Zealand’s bass and dub scene that has taken several years to come to full fruition.

Featuring Bandulu Dub, opener ‘Babylon Your Days Are Numbered’ mixes a skanking synth with tight bass, while the vocals clearly condemn society’s ills. It is quickly evident: Ras Stone sings best with a purpose, while Dub Terminator shines when the low-end leads and a slight haze creeps in amidst the polished dub effects. (more…)

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