The Inner West Reggae Disco Machine is a sound system from the Inner West suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The crew, consisting of Rik Sonic, Stevie Dub and Gonz, are a bunch of reggae addicts with a passion for all things reggae from Ska and Calypso to Dancehall and Digi-killers and everything in between. (more…)
Originally hailing from the Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand, Grafta has played a crucial part in developing the Auckland and New Zealand bashment scenes, and now resides in Vancouver, BC. (more…)
In 2011, Bent Backs founder, Lo, decided to move forward and produce his own records. Bent Backs is now a Brooklyn-based label working with artists in New-York and riddim makers from Rennes. (more…)
For this review I thought I would pick a ‘memory tune’. Not a rare like hens teeth tune, not a ‘next cut tune’ or a blank or rare label number, but a tune that any self respecting rootsman (or woman!) should own. Are you sitting comfortably, then I will begin!
I started collecting records and going to dances in the 90s and living on the outskirts of london meant I was in the privileged position of being able to see a lot of the big sounds. Aba Shanti, Conscious Sounds, Jah Warrior, Boomshakalaka (Disciples), Jah Observer, Mount Zion I, and Entebbe all played regularly. At the same time there was a new style of roots and dub being produced and played (90s style I always called it!). (more…)
Let me start with saying, I love Bugle. He would quite easily be one of my favourite foundation artists. Since first hearing him on the Daseca-produced ‘Doh’, with Serani I was hooked on him. I will listen to riddims entirely based on the fact he has a version on it. (more…)
Since 2007, Roots Factory have been making waves on the European circuit, headlining club nights and festivals all over. They have also been busy in the studio releasing two 12″ records, as well as a very limited series of dubplates cut especially for sound systems. (more…)
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…)
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…)