The Rock-a-matik family hail from Annecy, France. The core crew is comprised of producer, Yannis RockRadioHermes, promoter and founder of Reggaematik Sounds, Guedz Reggaematik, and DJ/graphic and clothing designer, Wince Hostage.
Production-wise, they draw from the vintage Jamaican riddim traditions to produce original riddims, while remaining open to modern influences and styles. (more…)
Cubiculo Records 7002 – 7″
European Dancehalls will be ablaze as soon as this third release from Cubiculo Records drops. In a wicked comeback tune, Jah Screechy is back on the case with ‘Think Me Did Gone’, on this tuff digi killer riddim called ‘Tortuga’.
Currently part of the hugely talented camp of MCs attached with Kris Kemist and Reality Shock Records, Screechy is most well known for his smash hit in the mid-80s, ‘Walk and Skank’. (more…)
Irie analogue reggae music is coming to you by way of Dorset and Hampshire, England. Horus Records are in their own words, two guys who are “enthusiastic listeners and performers of music” who are now stepping up with their first release.
This double A-Side beauty straight from Stockport’s Bakery Studio has already been embraced by the outer-national reggae DJ community and is now available to the public in both digital and 7″ format. (more…)
A brand new 7″ out of the A-Lone Ark Studio in the north of Spain, this tune rocked the opening night of the recent Rototom Dubstation. The moment the drum lick begins you will know why.
The story of both the group and the song are a lovely one. The band behind this heavy-hitting roots tune is The Producers. They are made up of several top roots, steppas, digital, and dub producers from around Europe, and they recently launched with a successful Milton Henry show in Spain. (more…)
Lester Sterling and The Skatalites, photo by Alan Fairless
For many reasons, this eight-day festival is a must for reggae enthusiasts. It showcases the best in emerging and established artists over several stages, has daily reggae universities, a film festival, book launches, great food, and an ‘off’ party on a packed Mediterranean coast.
This all happens under the Spanish mid-summer sun with a fantastic, family-friendly vibe and a lot of extra-curricular activities. It’s neigh on impossible to see even half of what is going on, and hopefully this stage by stage report will show why. (more…)
Producer Wrongtom teams up with Mark Professor on his new reggae/dancehall label Rongorock. Oyster Card may sound a bit odd to those who have not used London public transport in the past ten years, as the tune pays homage to the smart card to get you round on London’s tube’s, trains and buses.
Self confessed music lover Wrongtom has had a varied career in the music business, from his time with rock outfit Hard Fi, to the reggae dub crew Stoneleigh Mountain Rockers. His DJ sets can crossover reggae, dancehall, dub, rockabilly, indie pop, hip hop to jazz and funk. (more…)
Getting right into the swing of things, stand out riddim for the month has to be Inna Rub a Dub Style, coming out of John John and the Jammy’s camp. A driving throwback to the best of Sly and Robbie’s heyday, the lineup is star studded with man of the moment Chronixx, I-Octane, Tarrus Riley, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure and Mykal Roze featuring among others. This is superb juggling roots out of yard. (more…)
7FT Soundsystem, Capetown’s digital dubber, in collaboration with Adam and Peter Riddim Tuffa, come with an essential piece of digital.
With a common love for heavy digital sounds, the three producers got to work in the studio where warbling bass synths, and stabs and snares have been blended and crafted into a fresh, fat riddim. (more…)
Just a couple of roots releases this month that might grab your attention, and a range of dancehall from the million miles an hour ‘name brand dance’ style to the hip hop-flavoured.
Swiss label Addis Records have returned to the fore with a serious combination tune featuring men of the moment Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid – Ghetto Blues. You can’t miss their heavy-weight but precise production style, and it’s great to hear it put to good effect with two contemporary artists at the top of their game. (more…)
Big Dada 2013
Congo Natty aka Conquering Lion aka Mikail Tafari aka Rebel MC, a pioneer of both UK rap and jungle music, has returned with his first LP in more than a decade. Surely, all jungle connoisseurs will appreciate the return of this UK legend, however this LP holds musical appeal far beyond the reaches of grimy jungle breaks.
Jungle Revolution contains a warm rootical dub reggae influence and jungle vibe throughout. The signature Natty sound remains strong and is embellished with digital effects, cinematic sampled elements and augmented with modern riddim patterns that are often associated with urban musical influences such as hip-hop, dancehall and reggae music.