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Eight Weeks: Roots/Lovers Rock

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Must Be A Revolution
Cat: ARI 287. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Aisha - "Must Be A Revolution" (7:20)
  2. Mad Professor - "Emmiter" (dub) (6:40)
 in stock $15.02
Cat: DTR 7001. Rel: 30 Sep 20
  1. Upliftment (3:48)
  2. Upliftment (dub) (3:48)
 in stock $7.78
My Love For You
Cat: LL 706. Rel: 09 Oct 20
  1. My Love For You (3:18)
  2. My Love For You (dub) (3:22)
 in stock $7.78
Robbery (7")
Cat: SH 7007. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Robbery (3:15)
  2. Robbery (dub) (3:53)
 in stock $8.89
Untrue Lover
Cat: TRS EG2. Rel: 30 Sep 20
  1. Untrue Lover (3:44)
  2. Untrue Lover (version) (3:45)
Review: Edmond Gladston recorded only two tunes, and they both came back in the eighties. Both are early era dancehall jams that are earthy and organic like lovers rock but with some nice studio effects that give them that subtle sleek and futuristic edge. Both tunes are presumably about his love interests - for the first one in 1984 things were going well, but by the second one a year later in you feel things had maybe soured. Either way this is another crucial dub that pairs a fluttering lead melody and nice crisp hits with some storytelling vocals that tug at the heart strings.
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Public Prosecution
  1. Icees - "Public Prosecution" (3:34)
  2. Ring Craft Posse - "Public Prosecution" (version) (3:35)
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Country Bus
Cat: SH 7006. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Infinite - "Country Bus" (4:06)
  2. Irina - "Love Detective" (4:03)
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This Is The Way
Cat: BAT 004. Rel: 17 Nov 20
  1. Marcus I - "Back Up" (3:45)
  2. Marcus I - "What You Have Done" (2:13)
  3. I Fi - "Love Jamaica" (4:17)
  4. Jolly Joesph - "My Heart Is Broken" (3:55)
  5. Yilili (4:58)
Review: The latest release from French dub and reggae stable BAT Records comes courtesy of returning heroes Pinnacle Sound, whose recent digital-only album SEED sounded like a long-lost Jamaican album from the mid 1970s. It's a similar story this time round. 'Back Up' and 'What Have You Done', featuring lead vocals from Marcus I, sound like Black Ark period Lee 'Scratch' Perry productions for Errol Walker, with weary, soulful vocals riding dusty, bass-heavy riddims. Toaster IF-I does his thing over a very similar riddim on 'Love Jamaica', too. Over on side B, you'll find a jollier and cheerier roots reggae vibe on Jolly Joseph's 'My Heart is Broken', while instrumental closing cut 'Yilli' is a slow, steady, dub-wise instrumental rich in jazzy guitars and meandering organ solos.
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Low My Name
Cat: SWD LMN. Rel: 12 Nov 20
  1. Low My Name (3:53)
  2. Zion Train (4:02)
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The Contagious Riddim
  1. Ras Ranger - "Bun Di Devil" (3:26)
  2. The Inn House Crew - "The Contagious Riddim" (3:02)
  3. AJ Franklin - "Solomon" (3:17)
  4. Winston Reedy - "Hip Hip Hooray" (3:14)
Review: Producer Lewis M continues to make the most of his connections with the Inn House Crew, an all-star studio band made up of various veteran Jamaican reggae musicians. Here he presents an EP of "versions" built around the Inn House Crew's 'Contagious Riddim', which is included in a slightly spruced-up form - complete with additional solos and brighter mixing - as the A2 cut. Toaster Ras Ranger is the first to do his thing over the riddim, delivering nearly non-stop flows in his native patois, before AJ Franklin displays the riddim's versatility by turning in a soulful roots number ('Solomon'). Best of all, though, is Winston Reedy's effortlessly warming and soulful version, 'Hip-Hop Hooray'.
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Back To Those Lemonade Days
  1. Micah Shemaiah - "Back To Those Lemonade Days" (4:01)
  2. Blaze Mob - "Waste No Time" (3:48)
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On A Stand
On A Stand (12")
Cat: CO 12009. Rel: 20 Oct 20
  1. On A Stand (3:51)
  2. Stand Dub (3:51)
  3. Raw Dub (3:48)
  4. Channel One Riddim Section (3:49)
Review: The mighty Channel One Soundsystem enlists a cult UK vocalist in Sis Nya for this new heat recorded at Jamtone studios. The original is a nice mid-tempo affair with plenty of height in the drums an accompanying chord riffs that add weight and warmth. A much more spaced out 'Stand Dub' is a heady vibe from the off and 'Raw Dub' takes things in a more dry but equally cavernous direction with nice steppy drums. 'Channel One Riddim Section' then fuses all of the above into something perfectly enticing.
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Inna Dub Session
Cat: HFPLP 00018. Rel: 30 Sep 20
  1. 1st Trumpet (3:31)
  2. Trumpet Dub (3:27)
  3. Congo Natty (3:47)
  4. Congo Natty (dub) (3:46)
  5. Hornsman A Worrior (4:00)
  6. Ariginal Warrior Dub (3:52)
  7. Righteousness Prevails (3:40)
  8. Righteousness Dub (3:40)
  9. N E E M (3:48)
  10. N E E M (dub) (3:47)
  11. Ruff Outta Road (3:30)
  12. Dub Outta Road (3:30)
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Carry Me Home: A Reggae Tribute To Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson
Cat: MH 005. Rel: 11 Nov 20
  1. Home Is Where The Hatred Is (feat Puma Ptah) (4:05)
  2. Rivers Of My Fathers (feat Addis Pablo, Puma Ptah) (4:43)
  3. Peace Go With You Brother (As-salaam-alaikum) (feat Puma Ptah) (4:04)
  4. It's Your World (feat Puma Ptah) (3:31)
  5. Who'll Pay Reparations On My Soul? (feat Mustafa Akbar, Puma Ptah) (4:26)
  6. Song Of The Wind (feat Puma Ptah) (4:15)
  7. Must Be Something (feat Brian Jackson, Puma Ptah) (3:48)
  8. A Toast To The People (feat Raheem Devaughn) (4:44)
  9. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (feat Kenyatta Hill, Mateo Monk) (4:25)
  10. Cane (feat Puma Ptah) (4:19)
  11. Revolution Disguised As Change (feat Mustafa Akbar, Puma Ptah) (3:42)
  12. Winter In America (feat Brian Jackson, Puma Ptah) (7:01)
  13. Home Is Where The Hatred Is Dub (I Grade dub mix) (4:32)
  14. Rivers Of My Fathers Dub (I Grade dub mix) (6:08)
Review: Hailing from Washington D.C, The Archives are a contemporary reggae band with a social conscience and a love of the ground-breaking proto-rap soul of the late, great Gil Scot-Heron and his musical collaborator Brian Jackson. It makes sense then, that their debut album focuses on Scot-Heron and Jackson's work, brilliantly re-inventing such classics as 'Home is Where The Hatred Is', 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised', 'It's Your World' and 'Revolution Disguised as Change' as soulful, 1970s style reggae songs. It's a simple idea, but one that works wonderfully well, with the band's core line-up being joined by a revolving cast of guest musicians whose contributions often offer nods towards Scot-Heron and Jackson's jazz roots. One of the most surprising and inspired covers albums we've heard in some time.
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Ekundayo (limited translucent red vinyl LP)
Cat: BCR 091LPC2. Rel: 13 Nov 20
  1. Awkward (3:07)
  2. Champion (2:56)
  3. White Light (3:23)
  4. Don't Blame NY (2:41)
  5. Cold & Clear (3:18)
  6. Angel Dust (3:51)
  7. Fight (3:00)
  8. Vixit (3:34)
  9. Ugly Truth (2:34)
  10. Young In Love (3:35)
  11. She Hates This Life (4:00)
  12. Where Do I Start? (1:53)
  13. Paper Tiger (1:17)
Review: Nine years after first working together on The Dynamic Set's 'When Will They Learn' single, Liam Bailey and Big Crown boss Leon Michaels have finally recorded an album together. While that song was a retro reggae-soul treat, Ekundayo builds on the Nottingham singer-songwriter's penchant for recording lo-fi soul, in which his evocative and effortlessly soulful vocals rise above fuzzy, often homemade backing tracks that variously mix and match elements of roots reggae, digi-dub, dancehall, classic '70s soul and folk (see the 'Redemption Song'-esque 'Vixit'). The result is a vibrant, colourful and highly entertaining set that could well push Bailey's career to even higher heights.
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Ekundayo (LP)
Cat: BCR 091LP. Rel: 13 Nov 20
  1. Awkward (3:07)
  2. Champion (2:56)
  3. White Light (3:23)
  4. Don't Blame NY (2:41)
  5. Cold & Clear (3:18)
  6. Angel Dust (3:51)
  7. Fight (3:00)
  8. Vixit (3:34)
  9. Ugly Truth (2:34)
  10. Young In Love (3:35)
  11. She Hates This Life (4:00)
  12. Where Do I Start? (1:53)
  13. Paper Tiger (1:17)
Review: We're big fans of London vocalist Liam Bailey here at Juno HQ. He's turned out some timeless 7"s in the last few years and so this full length work is long overdue. Ekundayo translates from the West African Yoruba dialect as 'sorrow becomes joy' which is a perfect sentiment for the qualities of his own voice. Form experimental sounding openers to classic reggae via roots material, downtempo lullabies and fresh and contemporary R&B, it covers a wide range but is all tied together by his buttery smooth vocals. The record was recorded with long time mentor Leon Michels.
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Diamonds Are Forever Vol 2
Cat: LETV 573LP. Rel: 11 Nov 20
  1. My Cup (3:27)
  2. Treat You Right (2:07)
  3. Duppy Conqueror (3:23)
  4. Fussin' & Fightin' (2:23)
  5. Put It On (3:00)
  6. There She Goes (2:28)
  7. All In One (3:25)
  8. Keep On Moving (3:00)
  9. Stand Alone (2:04)
  10. Cheer Up (1:59)
  11. How Many Times (2:19)
  12. Memphis (2:52)
  13. Soul Almighty (2:33)
  14. Go Tell It On The Mountain (3:08)
  15. No Sympathy (2:09)
  16. Can't You See (2:39)
  17. Riding High (2:41)
  18. Corner Stone (2:23)
  19. Soul Captive (1:58)
  20. Small Axe (3:37)
  21. Do It Twice (2:37)
  22. Rainbow Country (5:37)
  23. Soul Rebel (3:38)
  24. 400 Years (2:28)
 in stock $24.48
Hot Sauce Vol 1
Hot Sauce Vol 1 (180 gram vinyl LP + poster)
Cat: HSRSSLP 001. Rel: 16 Oct 20
  1. Stranger & Patsy - "Tell It To Me" (2:57)
  2. Glen Miller - "Rock Steady Party" (2:19)
  3. Des All Stars - "Walk With Des" (3:22)
  4. Andersons All Stars - "Intensified Girls" (2:37)
  5. The Cobbs - "Space Doctor" (3:06)
  6. Clancy Collins - "Brother Moses" (3:10)
  7. The Gaylads - "I Love The Reggae" (2:48)
  8. Johnny & The Attractions - "Coming On The Scene" (2:49)
  9. The Itals - "Dawn Patrol" (2:35)
  10. Willie Lindo & The Charmers Band - "Drum Song" (3:48)
  11. The Hardy Boys - "Black Out" (3:15)
  12. Dave Collins - "Smooth & Sorts" (3:19)
  13. Hippy Boys - "Nigeria" (3:28)
  14. Audrey - "You'll Loose A Good Thing" (2:41)
Review: Since launching late last year, Harlem Shuffle Records has reissued a string of killer reggae recordings from the 1960s and 70's. Here the imprint offers up its first compilation, a 14-track selection of early reggae, dub and rocksteady hand-picked from the vaults of such legendary labels as Black Swan, Blue Cat, Duke, Doctor Bird, High Note and Trojan. It's a fine and hugely entertaining collection all told, with highlights including the easy, laidback skank of Stranger & Patsy's 'Tell it to Me', the trumpet-laden instrumental shuffle of 'Walk With Des' by Des All Stars, the Hammond-powered dancefloor heaviness of Clancy Collins' 'Brother Moses' and the prototype dub brilliance of 'Black Out' by the Hardy Boys.
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 in stock $20.02
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