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Juno Recommends Reggae Classics: Best of 2022

Juno Recommends Reggae

Juno Recommends Reggae

Juno Recommends Reggae Classics: Best of 2022
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Cat: PARK 1036R. Rel: 25 Mar 24
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Born Slippy (3:30)
Groove Tube (3:18)
Review: Over the last couple of years, we've been treated to numerous reissues of classic cover versions by Japanese reggae/rocksteady combo Inokasira Rangers, including takes on Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', Pharrell's 'Happy' and New Order's 'Blue Monday'. Here we're treated to another, as the band's 2017 take on Underworld anthem 'Born Slippy' gets a fresh pressing. It's certainly a revolutionary revision, with Keichi Sokabe's surprisingly Karl Hyde-sounding lead vocal rising above a lusciously languid, sub-heavy reggae groove. Over on the flip they take on 'Groove Tube', a 1991 indie-pop-meets-acid house single from Japanese outfit Flipper's Guitar, reframing it as a baggy, glassy-eyed rocksteady number.

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 in stock $14.36
2
Cat: BS 200914. Rel: 12 Sep 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Bumpy's Lament (4:23)
Electric Boogie (3:54)
Review: Dubtastic reinterpretation of the Isaac Hayes' classic of the same name that was itself sampled in Erykah Badu's gem 'Bag Lady'..... B/W "Electric Boogie" a toe tappin' nod to 80's dancehall destined to brighten the smokiest of rooms. Originally released back in 2010 and now repressed due to public demand...
 in stock $15.16
3
Cat: HSRSS 002. Rel: 20 Dec 21
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
The Upsetters - "Popcorn" (2:08)
Dave Barker & The Upsetters - "Tight Spot" (2:41)
Review: For the second salvo in their "loud cut series", the Harlem Shuffle label has raided the vaults of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's legendary studio band, "The Upsetters". On the A-side you'll find "Popcorn" from 1970's "Eastwood Rides Again" album, a hard-edged, Ska-era rhythm & blues rump-shaker that sounds like a Jamaican take on James Brown. The flipside plays host to "Tight Spot", a dubbed-out reggae riddim over which tight saxophone riffs ascend impressively while deejay/singer/mic man attempts to get the dance going with some choice words and phrases. Like the A-side, it's a genuine dancefloor workout.
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! low stock $13.30
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Cat: PARK 1047. Rel: 24 Oct 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Pacific (3:12)
Strings Of Life (3:27)
Review: Inokashira Rangers are world-renowned for their abilities in covering some of the world's best-known songs in the modes of ska and reggae, with versions of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', 'Creep' and 'I'm Not In Love', all laid to sweet 7", dominating stores in recent years. Now the Japanese covertones throw a curveball, for once reworking some honoured dance music cuts. 808 State's 'Pacific State' and Derrick May's 'Strings Of Life' get a thorough skinhead reggae re-examining.
 in stock $14.36
5
Cat: FUR 7403. Rel: 07 Mar 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Cumbia Rebel (Soul Rebel) (4:06)
Cumbia Rebel (Soul Rebel) (version) (3:55)
Review: Drummer Blake Colie is the man who had the idea to take 'Cumbia Del Leon' from Jungle Struttin' on the Ubiquity lane as a rhythmic foundation for a new tune. That tune is a super breezy reggae-Cumbia hybrid version of Bob Marley's classic 'Soul Rebel' anti has been a staple of the band's live shows for a while now. The crowd have reportedly lapped it up each and every time so now it gets its own little 7". The track is a real melting pot of musical cultures that make up the Lions' extended familyhood and sound.
out of stock $11.44
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Cat: HPR 637. Rel: 02 May 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) (feat Freddie Notes) (3:15)
Play With Fire (4:03)
Review: The Phoenix City All-stars follow up their 2 Tone Gone Ska album with their vibrant ska take on the Rolling Stones classic '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.' This unique cover comes with seductive brass sounds and big horn stabs, all with a lively and dynamic ska rhythm that cannot fail together you on your toes. On the flip is 'Play With Fire', another tune taken from their Skatisfaction album back in 2014. Like the a-side, it has been a big tune for years with its buoyant brass, swaggering drums and hypnotic lead horns. Two perfect party tunes for sure.
out of stock $13.30
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Cat: HSRSS 0010. Rel: 20 Dec 21
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Come Into My Parlour (3:01)
Check Him Out (2:27)
Review: Rocksteady era combo The Bleechers put out a lot of music in a short period of time, with the entirety of their bustling catalogue recorded and released between 1968 and'71. For much of that period they were associated with the Upsetter himself, the late Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and it's two of his productions for the act that are showcased on this Harlem Shuffle 7". Originally released via Upsetter Records in 1969, and tricly to find ever since, 'Come Into My Parlour' is a jaunty, organ-rich affair in which soulful vocals and heady Hammond licks rise above a classic, late-60s Upsetter groove. B-side 'Check Him Out' is equally as alluring, with an arguably stronger vocal and more prominent guitar licks replacing the pair's favoured Hammond B3.
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out of stock $11.97
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Cat: SJR 47712. Rel: 18 Apr 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Dawn Penn - "No, No, No" (4:26)
Dub Specialist - "No, No, No" (Creator version) (3:09)
Review: Soma sub-label Avoidant Records recently put out a fantastic collection fo electro cuts but it was a digital only release. Now some of the standouts from it get pulled together on this fresh new 12"that joins the dots between Europe and Detroit. DJ Godfather kicks off with some rapid fire 313 electro, squirrelling bass and slick claps then 'One Direct Line' from The Exaltics is more cosmic and blissed out with lush ambient synths. On the flip, Flug goes hard with mad digital patterns and Blaktony layers up jacking drums, corrugated bass and dark hits. Great stuff.
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 in stock $14.63
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Cat: PARK 1048. Rel: 24 Oct 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Creep (3:23)
I'm Not In Love (3:29)
Review: Inokashira Rangers are kwon around the world as a legendary group of Hammond-heavy reggae masters with a fine knack for laying down big cover versions. Their take on 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was recently reissued to great acclaim recently and now we get two more gems. First is Radiohead's 'Creep' which has haunting leads and echoing pads capturing the freaky vibe of the original. There is a more laidback vibe on the flip with 'I'm Not In Love' which has noodling synths and lazy drum loops sinking you in deep.
 in stock $14.36
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Cat: ERC 138. Rel: 25 Jul 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Dance To The Music (part 1) (2:47)
Dance To The Music (part 2) (2:27)
Review: The Konduko 7" series ends with the 4th and possibly best single with Noel Williams aka King Sporty's cover version of Bob Marley's Them Belly Full, here released as Dance To The Music.

First released on the Natty Dread album of 1974, it was Marley's first album working away from Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer and was a spiritually charged political and social statement, also featuring classics No Women, No Cry, Lively Up Yourself and Rebel Music.

As an associate and friend from their Studio One days, William's version makes sense, in the tradition of covers throughout reggae's history. Appearing a year late, the 1975 single came in Jamaican and US pressings, a nod to Konduko's roots, having started in Kingston before the move to Miami in the earlier part of the decade.

A warning against allowing the poor to go hungry, with the prophetic "a hungry mob is an angry mob", the cover includes a lot of the Miami feel Sporty was incorporating. With instrumentation again from the Ocean Liners KC And Sunshine backing band), the horns and guitar raise the soul, with counter keys, Part 1 is a straight vocal, while Part 2 is close to a Version but more than an instrumental and in its title, shows its funk and soul background too. A perfect end to the series, the uplifting tracking belies the powerful message, bringing the Miami swing to the JA groove once more.




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out of stock $12.75
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Don LETTS/VARIOUS
Cat: ALNLP 64. Rel: 11 Apr 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Ghetto Priest - "Hercules" (North Street West Late Night Tales dub - Exclusive remix) (4:11)
Prince Fatty & Shniece Mcmenamin - "Black Rabbit" (3:52)
Wrongtom meets The Rockers - "Dub In The Supermarket" (Exclusive remix) (3:41)
Gaudi meets The Rebel Dread - "E=MC2" (feat Emily Capell - Exclusive track) (5:12)
Rude Boy - "Superstylin'" (Exclusive remix) (4:40)
Capitol 1212 - "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (feat Earl 16 - Full vocal dub - Exclusive remix) (3:44)
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - "All I Do Is Think About You" (Far East dub - Exclusive remix) (3:24)
Zoe Devlin Love - "Caroline No" (feat Tim Hutton) (2:39)
John Holt - "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" (Mad Professor 2021 dub - Exclusive remix) (3:51)
Cornell Campbell - "Ital City Dub" (Exclusive remix) (3:11)
Matumbi - "I Can't Get Enough Of) That Reggae Stuff" (Dennis Bovell remix - Exclusive remix) (5:02)
Gentleman's Dub Club - "Kiko Bun" (feat Kiko Bun - Ben Mckone dub) (4:36)
Black Box Recorder - "Uptown Top Ranking" (4:02)
OBF - "Sixteen Tons Of Dub" (3:30)
Yasushi Ide - "Ain't No Sunshine" (Space dub mix - Exclusive remix) (3:03)
The Tamlins - "Baltimore" (4:40)
15 16 17 - "Emotion" (Dennis Bovell remix - Exclusive remix) (4:32)
Ash Walker - "There's Nothing Like This" (Exclusive track) (3:38)
The Senior Allstars - "Slipping Into Darkness" (5:55)
Easy Star All-Stars - "Within You Without You" (5:14)
Khruangbin - "Dern Kala" (Khruangbin dub mix - Exclusive remix) (4:05)
Review: The iconic Late Night Tales series scored a real doozy when they managed to lock in Don Letts for for his instalment. The British film director, DJ and musician is a vital part of the UK's musical fabric from his days making videos for The Clash and Elvis Costello to his work with the Big Audio Dynamite band he co-founded. All that history is distilled into this sublime selection of sounds across four vital sounds fo wax. There's reggae, dub, ska, a cover of Joy Division, head twisting goodness from Gentleman's Dub Club and plenty of exclusives. It's an essential listen, basically.
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 in stock $26.33
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Cat: 405053 8766042. Rel: 28 Mar 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Dennis Matumbi - "Raindrops" (3:50)
The 4th Street Orchestra - "Za-Ion" (2:26)
Dennis Matumbi - "Blood Ah Go Run" (3:42)
African Stone - "Choose Me" (3:42)
The 4th Street Orchestra - "Row, Row, Row" (7:01)
Dennis Bovell - "Brain Damage" (2:03)
Dennis Bovell - "Chief Inspector" (2:28)
Dennis Bovell & The Dub Band - "Dub Master" (3:48)
Dennis Bovell - "Silly Dub" (4:34)
Dennis Bovell - "Oh Mama Oh Papa" (3:29)
Dennis Bovell - "Pickin' Up The Pieces" (4:02)
Dennis Bovell - "Caught You In A Lie" (3:15)
Janet Kay - "Silly Games" (3:56)
Errol Dunkley - "A Little Way Different" (3:04)
Julio 'Dreadful' Finn - "Differentah" (3:33)
I Roy - "Get Up Stand Up" (3:37)
Marie Pierre - "Our Tune" (5:48)
Captain Morgan & His Merry Men - "Tom Hark" (3:19)
Errol Campbell - "African Queen" (3:12)
Joshua Moses - "Africa Is Our Land" (3:18)
The Young Lions - "Take Five" (4:26)
Delroy Wilson - "Hooked On You" (4:57)
Johnny Clarke - "Guide Us, Jah" (3:31)
Marie Pierre - "Can't Go Through (With Life)" (Dancehall version) (4:29)
 in stock $19.13
13
Cat: DAP 071LPX. Rel: 30 May 22
 
Roots/Lovers Rock
Always (2:33)
30-56 (2:25)
30-56 (version) (2:09)
Tuesday (3:13)
Maybe Isle (3:56)
You, Still (4:24)
Profilin (2:41)
Profilin (version) (3:27)
Expectations (1:35)
Why Does It Feel Like A Curse (4:38)
Review: Frightnrs are considered one of Daptone's best artists but they have put out any new music since 201 after the tragic passing from ALS of the front man, Dan Klein. That wrong is righted here with Always, a new posthumous long player that comes on nice red and blue splatter vinyl. As fans would expect, it is a raw and soulful offering from the Queens-based reggae outfit that has been built around vocal stems that Klein recorded before his death. It forms a fitting final album from this outfit who also did more than reggae revivalism by adding elements of Motown, doo-wop, Blues and gospel.
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out of stock $23.93
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Cat: STIX 056LP. Rel: 20 Jun 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
The Dynamic Sound (4:34)
Girls & Boys (1:36)
7 Nation Army (4:25)
Land Of 1000 Dances (3:58)
Rockit (3:14)
Green Onions (bonus track) (3:26)
Miss You (long edit) (6:56)
Brothers On The Slide (4:07)
Lay Lady Lay (3:45)
Whole Lotta Love (4:23)
90% Of Me Is You (4:08)
Music (4:00)
Feel Like Making Love (4:45)
The Creator Of The Master Plan (4:53)
Fever (5:54)
Move On Up (5:57)
Review: Back in the mid-to-late noughties, musical polymath Bruno Hovart (Patchworks, Voilaaa, Mr President, Uptown Funk Empire etc) helmed a revivalist dub reggae band famed for delivering dusty cover versions of soul, pop and rock hits. Hovart is a dab hand at making anything he touches sound scarily authentic, and much of Version Excursions, the band's now reissued debut album, sounds like proper Jamaican rocksteady, roots and ska of the 1970s. It's a simple idea, brilliantly executed, with highlights including their covers of 'Seven Nation Army', the Rolling Stones' 'Miss You' (reimagined as a toaster-sporting disco-reggae jam), and Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'.
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 in stock $28.19
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VARIOUS
Cat: SJRLP 502. Rel: 30 May 22
 
Reggae Classics/Ska
Hortense Ellis - "Can I Change My Mind" (2:59)
Marcia Griffiths - "Melody Life" (2:49)
Myrna Hague - "New World" (7:41)
Marcia Griffiths - "Shimmering Star" (4:15)
Nora Dean - "Heartaches" (2:59)
The Jay Tees - "Buck Town Corner" (3:02)
Jennifer Lara - "Turn Turn Turn" (3:12)
Doreen & Alton - "I'm Still In Love" (3:19)
Doreen Schaeffer - "Sugar Sugar" (2:40)
Denise Darlington - "Feel So Good" (2:24)
Angela Prince - "My Man Is Gone" (2:33)
Nana McLean - "Till I Kissed You" (5:06)
Nina Soul - "Barb Wire" (2:42)
Jackie & Doreen - "Welcome You Back Home" (3:05)
Nina Soul - "Sleeping Trees" (4:25)
Rita Marley - "Friends & Lovers" (3:05)
Hortense Ellis - "Secretly" (2:19)
Marcia Griffiths - "You're No Good" (2:18)
Review: Compiling a slew of tracks that are either impossible to find or which have never been issued, the legendary Jamaican label Studio One have put together a fresh selection of all the best songs recorded by its women artists over the years. Harkening all the way back to the early '60s and through to the '80s, this boundless, romantic blossom of lovers' bass and vox charts both covering and original hits from the likes of Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley and Hortense Ellis.
 in stock $27.93
16
Cat: CLOLP 2586. Rel: 24 Jan 22
 
Dub
Albatross (4:33)
Memories (4:52)
Swan Lake (6:20)
Poptones (6:25)
Careering (12:45)
Graveyard (4:31)
The Suit (4:27)
Socialist (4:33)
Public Image (6:43)
Fodderstompf (8:01)
Review: Jay Wobble is the former bassist with Public Image Ltd of course, but is also a visionary in his own right. This new album finds him revisiting some old ground: it takes him back to influential PiL 1979 album Metal Box, which he wholly reinvents with a load of new and sophisticated dub takes with all new and mind expanding production. Alongside the original tunes are two bonus cuts which are new versions of originals from the first ever PiL album. It adds up to a timelsss fusion of new and old indie and dub from this masterful guitarist.
 in stock $36.70
17
Cat: VPGSRL 2731. Rel: 21 Mar 22
 
Dub
Lockdown Dub (3:57)
Quarrantined In Dub (4:37)
Track & Trace Dub (3:31)
Dub Fi Social Distance (3:07)
Closed Border Dub (3:41)
A New Normal In Dub (3:44)
Dub On The Frontline (3:37)
Dubbing From Home (4:02)
Dub Injection (3:50)
Dub Tribute To All Hospital Workers (4:13)
Review: Dub's new prince-god-king Jammy's latest album is a steppers' answer to pestilence. 'King Jammy Destroys The Virus With Dub' is a COVID-purging tour of sheer bass, showing off the antiviral properties we didn't know the Pangaeic Jamaican genre had. Of course, it wouldn't be a proper 21st Century dub record without Jammys paying tribute to his roots; here he revisits the work of several golden age greats, including Hugh Mendell, Junior Delgado and Sugar Minott, for a slew of humourously headsy dub wedges like 'Quarantined In Dub', 'A New Normal In Dub', and, yes, 'Dub Tribute To All Hospital Workers'. You get the picture!
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 in stock $22.87
18
Cat: ASH707 LP. Rel: 09 May 22
 
Roots/Lovers Rock
Run Come Rally (7:26)
Seventy-Two Nations (10:18)
Zion Land (9:25)
Know How You Stand (10:02)
Review: One of many Studio One-affiliated releases to crop up as of late, Dadawah's 'Peace And Love / Wadadasow' is a rarity few heads can claim to know. A side alias of practising Rastafarian and musician Ras Michael (Michael George Henry), Dadawah ended up his magnum opus despite original intent as a lower-key piece. This one's made up of a weird and wonderful cross-section of styles: wah guitar, plodding bass and the rhythmic chants of his religious music influence of choice, the Nyabhinghi - Rastafarian devotional music combining African drumming and gospel. A classic, reissued whirlwind of laid-back joy.
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 in stock $26.59
19
Cat: VPRL 4237. Rel: 11 Jul 22
 
Roots/Lovers Rock
Fisherman (4:50)
Congoman (4:36)
Open Up The Gate (4:19)
Children Crying (3:54)
La La Bam-Bam (3:12)
Can't Come In (4:36)
Sodom & Gomorrow (4:18)
The Wrong Thing (3:14)
Ark Of The Convenant (3:45)
Solid Foundation (4:42)
Review: Much loved roots and dub outfit The Congos are often first come to via this seminal album, Heart of the Congos. It's one all collectors have on their racks and that's why it keeps on getting reissued. It's a brilliantly organic and authentic sound with the opening tune 'Fisherman' amongst the best - the falsetto vocals, the lush harmonies, the rolling rhythms - they are irresistible on a warm day. The rest of the record remains just as high on quality, with, of course, the brilliant drums and congas at the heart of each track, but the lyrical work not far behind.
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 in stock $21.01
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Black Slate - "Sticks Man" (3:35)
Dee Sharp - "Rising To The Top" (4:42)
Asher Senator - "One Bible" (5:02)
Cymande - "Fug" (4:25)
Digital Mystikz - "Misty Winter" (4:53)
Winston Curtis - "Be Thankful For What You've Got" (5:35)
Trevor Hartley - "It Must Be Love" (3:24)
Shut Up & Dance - "Java Bass" (3:51)
Brown Sugar - "Black Pride" (3:25)
The Terrorist - "RK1" (6:26)
Black Harmony - "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" (7:18)
Pebbles - "Positive Vibrations" (3:46)
The Ragga Twins - "Ragga Trip" (4:36)
Funk Masters - "Love Money" (6:30)
Cosmic Idren - "Compelled" (3:36)
Harry Beckett - "No Time For Hello" (8:44)
Janet Kay & Alton Ellis - "Still In Love" (3:31)
Sandra Reid - "Ooh Boy" (3:47)
Tabby Cat Kelly - "Don't Call Us Immigrants" (5:46)
Brown Sugar - "I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks" (3:24)
Review: The latest collection from the mighty Soul Jazz draws together a myriad of different styles favoured by black British sound systems, not only reflecting the roots of different communities reaching these shores but also the UK twist that that music has received as result. Reggae forms the backbone of the collection, from the blissful consciousness of Pebbles' 'Positive Vibrations' to the more protest-orientated Brown Sugar's 'Black Pride' and Tabby Cat Kelly's 'Don't Call Us Immigrants'. But the presence of Shut Up & Dance, Ragga Twins, Ray Keith aka The Terrorist and Digital Mystikz helps show the uniquely British areas into which sound system culture evolved - rave, breakbeat, jungle and dubstep.
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 in stock $31.64
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