Part 1 of a 3-part series from Adrians Wall – Word Sound Power. Showcasing Roots Reggae, Dubplate Specials and Heavyweight Steppers.
Originating from High Wycombe in the UK, Adrians Wall started building his Sound System around the end of 2007, after hearing Channel One at Notting Hill Carnival, before packing it up and shipping it over to Melbourne in late 2011. (more…)
Jimpys International Records
Year of Release: Unknown
A tune has been intriguing me for some time now, it’s called ‘Me A No Gunman’ on the B-side of a Jimpy’s International Records 12″, which features Yellowman on the A-side.
The lyrics form a tuff street anthem by Midnight Riders. It is a tune that has very little information available about it, all I could find was that it was recorded in Jamaica round the mid-80s by Errol ‘ET’ Thompson. It is a deadly discomix that is a classic example of the early-to-mid 80s roots and rub-a-dub period. (more…)
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Conviction Roots began with an interest in Asian underground and drum n bass, which naturally led him to reggae. (more…)
A potent piece of late 70s UK roots, “How Long Jah” is the reverse side of the first release from Misty In Roots’ own People Unite label, “See Them Come.” (more…)
In the life and times of a record collector, you sometimes end up with these strange anomalies which have nothing to do with you looking for records, but that end up with you bagging a serious tune from out of the blue!
Recently, in what started off as a random conversation the wife was having with a friend about childcare, ended up with her coming home with some records! One of them was Midnight Blue by Joanna Law.
There is a lot of good, well-produced reggae around at the moment, and the reggae coming out of the U.K. is no exception.
Here we have a track produced by Curtis Lynch Jnr for his Necessary Mayhem label. Curtis has released nuff big tunes for nuff big artists, but what I like about him is the knack he has of taking the old-school and giving it a nu-school twist via his unique production technique. (more…)
Andrae Jay Sutherland, better known by his stage name Popcaan, is a Jamaican dancehall artist currently signed to Mixpak Records. Poppy was also born in Portmore, Jamaica, like his one-time boss and mentor Vybz Kartel. Popcaan rose to fame under the tutelage of Kartel in 2007. It wasn’t until 2010 that Popcaan made his break through collaborating with the Worl’ Boss on ‘Clarks’. His first solo hit was on the New Zealand produced ‘Lost Angel’ riddim with ‘Only Man She Wants’. (more…)
Hawk-i is a key and central part of the NiceUp crew. His works have included national and international tour promotion, music reviews, interviews, film screenings and radio. He has deejayed around Aotearoa, Melbourne and Europe, bringing high energy and vibes to all his sets. (more…)
Underneath the massive body of well-known Black Ark/Lee Perry tunes, there are also a mass of lesser known peaches recorded at the infamous Black Ark. Usually these are found on smaller labels with artists who are not quite as well-known as say The Meditations, The Congos, and Max Romeo. (more…)
Flash Hit Records (2014)
One of the most crucial collaborations of the last twelve months must be this gem from two of dancehall reggae’s pioneers. (more…)