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Singles
No Bad Intention
No Bad Intention (limited 7")
Cat: DTWS 007. Rel: 18 Sep 20
  1. Abeng - "No Bad Intention" (3:45)
  2. Russ D - "Intention In Dub" (In Front Room Sounds Studio) (3:47)
 in stock $11.51
Special Drop
Cat: AGOBUN 705. Rel: 04 Aug 20
  1. Special Drop (Gussie P mix) (4:04)
  2. Dub Drop (Gussie P mix) (3:38)
! low stock $9.37
Lalibela
Lalibela (12")
Cat: AR 12005. Rel: 01 Sep 20
  1. Lalibela (4:16)
  2. Lalibela (dub) (4:16)
  3. Lalibela (Dub Plate) (4:19)
  4. Addis Ababa (4:09)
  5. Addis Dub (4:08)
  6. Addis Dub Plate (4:10)
Review: 
Hardcore steppers crew unite: King Alpha and Fikir Amlak come together for a big one here that features the rib-rattling "Lalibela" on the A-side. It's got steel plated drums and deadly bass, as well as plenty of swagger and brightly lit synths. The vocal toasts add further weight and a touch of exotica, while two dub versions pare things back to the core and crucial elements. "Addis Ababa" is a more freaky cut with modern effects and twisted synths adding elements of industrialism. Two more dubs take the tune in more summery, airy directions, and both are utterly essential.
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White Light
Cat: BCR 094. Rel: 18 Sep 20
  1. White Light (3:18)
  2. Cold & Clear (3:16)
 in stock $9.10
Riot In The Streets
  1. Benjammin - "Riot In The Streets" (3:18)
  2. Thompson Sound - "Riot In Dub" (3:10)
 in stock $10.45
Revelation Time
Cat: PHR 1201. Rel: 26 Aug 20
  1. Revelation Time (feat Hornsman Coyote) (4:57)
  2. Horns Of Revelation (feat Hornsman Coyote) (4:59)
  3. Kette Revelation (feat Hornsman Coyote) (4:59)
  4. Fire Burn (3:46)
  5. Fire Dub (3:45)
  6. Kette Burn (3:47)
Review: Prophecy make their first foray into the vinyl world with Bunnington Judah & Hornsman Coyote bright together by production by B.Judah and the I Trol Tower crew straight outta Leeds. First up is "Revelation Time", a clean, simple, but effective reggae roller with deep rooted bass way down low. A more horn lead, experimental and late night version follows, as does a prickly dub with hypnotic effects. Various dubs make up the three tracks on the flip, and all offer something essential. Together they all add up to a great first release from Prophecy.
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Respect
Respect (12")
Cat: 054645 706612. Rel: 21 Aug 20
  1. Al Campbell & Trinity - "Respect" (5:50)
  2. Trinity - "Vampire" (4:06)
  3. Trinity - "Vampire" (version) (4:01)
Review: Al Campbell and Trinity's "Respect" is now available on 12" for the first time thanks Greensleeves. Campbell provides the vocal work, which is aloof and detached on "respect", with dreamy trumpets somewhere off in the distance as the rhythm section rolls on with real warmth. Trinity's production is fully on point throughout. The flip is more direct, with heavier beats and more reverb underlining the crisp Al Campbell, and it also features an exclusive dub mix of the same tune that is scorching hot and carries serious weight.
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 in stock $8.84
Children Of Creation
  1. Robert Dallas - "Children Of Creation" (3:48)
  2. Bag-E - "Children Of Creation" (dub) (3:02)
 in stock $5.63
Born To Be Free
  1. Earl Sixteen & The Inn House Crew - "Born To Be Free" (3:46)
  2. The Inn House Crew - "The Uproar Riddim" (3:50)
Review: Room in the Key hits cat number 150 with Earl Sixteen & The Inn House Crew coming together on this big new rhythm. Earl "Sixteen" Daley has been doing his do since way back when, and has worked with masters like Lee Scratch Perry. Here he serves up a tale of lockdown and cries to be free, with digital effects and clean, pristine synths lifting spirits next to an upbeat groove. Of course, a dub is include don the flip with extra guitar riffs and natty chords all helping to colour the airwaves.
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 in stock $8.30
Hisingen Reggae
Cat: AMY 89. Rel: 05 Aug 20
  1. Lost At Sea (3:11)
  2. Dirty Dog (3:03)
  3. The Night Tram Fuck Up (5:28)
 in stock $12.58
Jah Light
Jah Light (7")
Cat: SSR 0128. Rel: 01 Sep 20
  1. Jah Light (4:03)
  2. Tiny Hands (3:49)
 in stock $14.98
Metal Dub Part 1 & 2
Metal Dub Part 1 & 2 (clear vinyl 7")
Cat: RRR 010. Rel: 18 Aug 20
  1. Metal Dub (part 1) (3:35)
  2. Metal Dub (part 2) (3:33)
 in stock $10.45
Please Tell Me
Cat: LO 09. Rel: 26 Aug 20
  1. Junior Roy - "Please Tell Me" (3:33)
  2. King Kong - "Time Is Changing" (4:04)
  3. Claire Angel - "Watch Your Company" (3:44)
  4. Brick Wall Dub (Mellow Vibes mix) (4:00)
Review: I Love Sound prove it again with this four track 12" of goodness. Junior Roy's "Please Tell Me" offers a digital dub down low, with fresh, bright chords over the top and some complex vocal work that is diynamic and direct yet stuffed with realness. The version from King Kong - "Time Is Changing" - is laden with more effects but still brings plenty of crisp contemporary vibes. Claire Angel then takes the same production but serve sup her own vocal, with crystal clear soul and impassioned delivery making it an even more modern sounding gem, then a subtly tweaked mellow vibes mix focusses purely on the dub.
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 in stock $15.26
To The End
To The End (10")
Cat: BL 10018. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. To The End (original 1 Drop mix 1998) (4:02)
  2. Dub Over Evil (3:59)
  3. Verse 2 (3:50)
 in stock $16.05
Kailen
Kailen (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OBO 009. Rel: 10 Sep 20
  1. Missal - "Kailen" (From Valmeria Roots Vol 2) (3:40)
  2. Baay Selectah - "Kailen" (version - From Valmeria Roots Vol 2) (3:32)
Review: More from One By One Records' founder Baay Selectah's celebrated Valencia Roots Volume 2 mix-tape, a 2016 set entirely made up of new cuts based on classic roots reggae riddims. The riddim being bitten/paid tribute to this time round is Coxsone Dodd's killer groove for Burning Spear's 'Rocking Time', which has been repurposed by countless reggae producers since. A-side 'Kailen' boasts a rasping, heavily accented lead vocal from toaster-and-singer Missal, whose lilt suits the tweaked Coxsone riddim like a glove. Baay Selectah delivers his own dub style 'Version' on the flip, stripping the track back to the drums and bass before adding jazzy guitar licks and heady Hammond organ-style licks.
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 in stock $13.12
When I Found U
When I Found U (7" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: OBO 006. Rel: 10 Sep 20
  1. Payoh Soulrebel - "When I Found U" (From Valmeria Roots Vol 2) (3:28)
  2. Yeyo Perez - "Me Nah Trust Dem" (From Valmeria Roots Vol 2) (3:26)
Review: Four years ago, One By One Records founder Baay Selectah offered up Valmeria Roots Volume 2, a digital mixtape based on his interpretations of classic roots reggae riddims from the past. It included two new songs based on Coxsone Dodd's legendary 'Breaking Up' riddim, which was first heard on an Alton Ellis single in 1969 and has been repurposed by producers ever since. This limited-edition 7" single features both of Bay Selectah's 2016 tributes: 'When I Found You', featuring toaster style rap vocals from Payoh SoulRebel, and 'Me Nah Trust Dem', which boasts a wonderfully soulful lead vocal from fellow Valmeria Roots crewmember Yeyoh Perez's more soulful and impassioned 'Me Nah Trust Dem'.
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 in stock $13.12
Dreader Than Dread
Cat: SWD DTD. Rel: 18 Aug 20
  1. Dreader Than Dread (3:25)
  2. Along The Way (3:25)
 in stock $8.56
Message In The Music
  1. Ras Ranger & The Inn House Crew - "Message In The Music" (3:41)
  2. The Inn House Crew - "The Uproar Riddim" (3:49)
Review: Roll up, roll up, because here comes a fantastic new roots steppers from The Inn House Crew. The acclaimed instrumentalists and dub connoisseurs here link up with Japanese saxophonist Megumi Mesaku, as well as MC Was Ranger. "Message In The Music" is a happy dub with neon chords and a bright, sunny disposition that is accompanied by Ranger's complex delivery. On the flip, some prog guitars are layered into "The Uproar Riddim" dub. Both tunes are classy bits of lovers rock with a nice futuristic edge that makes them all the more fresh.
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 in stock $8.30
Jah Image
Jah Image (10")
Cat: JWP 001. Rel: 04 Aug 20
  1. Reality Souljah - "Jah Image" (4:44)
  2. Art-X - "Gaia Vibration" (4:41)
  3. Iwake - "Gaia Dub" (Raw mix) (4:04)
  4. Iwake - "Gaia Riddim" (3:45)
 in stock $12.31
I Rise
I Rise (7")
Cat: CM 001. Rel: 10 Sep 20
  1. I Rise (3:43)
  2. I Rise (version) (3:37)
 in stock $10.45
As One
As One (7")
Cat: 207299 H1. Rel: 18 Aug 20
  1. Skipyard - "As One" (4:42)
  2. Volcano Ash - "Valley Dub" (4:41)
 in stock $10.45
Humble Mr Babylon
Cat: KT 0002. Rel: 07 Aug 20
  1. Sugar Dee - "Humble Mr Babylon" (4:03)
  2. Dougie Wardrop - "Humble Mr Babylon" (dub) (3:35)
  3. Sugar Dee - "High Grade" (4:09)
  4. A Inglis - "High Grade" (dub) (3:05)
  5. Sugar Dee - "Most High" (4:12)
  6. A Inglis - "Most High" (dub) (4:14)
  7. Sugar Dee - "Rebel" (4:30)
  8. A Inglis - "Rebel" (dub) (3:06)
 in stock $8.56
Struggle Is Real
Cat: TRU 12. Rel: 26 Aug 20
  1. Struggle Is Real (Cool Down Riddim) (feat Jah Mirikle & Lutan Fyah) (3:33)
  2. Cool Down Riddim (3:34)
Review: Truesounds is of course a fine collective of artists and producers creating music rooted in reggae but that draws on a wider sphere of influence to cook up some real freshness. Their 12th such offering is "Struggle Is Real (Cool Down Riddim)" (feat Jah Mirikle & Lutan Fyah), a gloriously upbeat gem with plenty of musical vibes, warm dub production and the sort of rousing vocal delivers that swell your soul. "Cool Down Riddim" on the flip strips tings back to just the music, acoustic chords and wandering bass. Great stuff.
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 in stock $7.49
Hard Work
Hard Work (12")
Cat: OHB 1213. Rel: 26 Aug 20
  1. Hard Work (feat Tony Tuff) (3:48)
  2. Bad Man Wagon (feat Aba Ariginal) (3:49)
 in stock $16.05
Do You Love My Music
Do You Love My Music (limited hand-numbered 12")
Cat: OHB 1212. Rel: 03 Aug 20
  1. Horace Andy - "Do You Love My Music" (3:39)
  2. Twinkle Rootz Sound - "Do You Love My Music" (version - Covid 19 mix) (3:38)
 in stock $19.26
Scars Of War
Cat: OR 117. Rel: 03 Sep 20
  1. Delroy Williams - "Scars Of War" (3:47)
  2. High Times All Star - "Scars Of War" (version) (3:29)
 in stock $9.37
A Change Is Gonna Come
Cat: REDE 017. Rel: 26 Aug 20
  1. A Change Is Gonna Come (4:23)
  2. A Change Is Gonna Come (instrumental) (4:23)
Review: Youthsayers is a collective of talented artist from South London - and here they step up to the plate with what is a superb rework of Sam Cooke's classic protest song, "A Change Is Gonna Come." Plenty has been done to all aspects of the track, from the great horn section to the bubbling rhythm section. The vocal is reggae to its core, but with all the soul needed to really connect. This tune suggest they will be big stars of the future and are certainly an outfit to watch. Amazingly, the whole thing was recorded individually at home during lockdown.
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 in stock $12.31
Albums
Good Good Things
Good Good Things (gatefold 2xLP + insert)
Cat: HS 207VL. Rel: 03 Aug 20
  1. Menina Mulher Da Pele Preta (2:46)
  2. Feel The Cold (3:37)
  3. Bingi (3:29)
  4. Barcelona (3:15)
  5. Sunday In The Club (3:29)
  6. Canasta (3:18)
  7. Paseo (4:20)
  8. Fly High (3:12)
  9. Pais Azucar (3:56)
  10. Tengo Fe (3:15)
  11. Mo' Dinero (2:53)
  12. Atras Desse Ceu (3:32)
  13. Antiguas (4:02)
Review: 10 years after his cult album "Bad Bad Things", this lovely bad boy, somewhat softened, returns to his first eclectic and varied loves with "Good Good Things".
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 in stock $23.29
Timeless
Timeless (LP)
Cat: LCHEZLP. Rel: 27 Aug 20
  1. Beat Dem (4:25)
  2. It's Alright (3:58)
  3. Over The Mountains (3:43)
  4. Timeless (4:28)
  5. Let's No Say (4:20)
  6. No Solutions In Their Lies (4:27)
  7. Ready For The Show (3:39)
  8. I Love Jah (4:10)
  9. It Comes Down To Love (3:22)
 in stock $27.83
Darling Ooh! (remastered)
Darling Ooh! (remastered) (limited marbled vinyl LP)
Cat: RLGM 09371PMI. Rel: 06 Aug 20
  1. You Never Know (3:34)
  2. Movie Star (3:17)
  3. Created By The Father (2:51)
  4. A Little Way Different (2:59)
  5. Like To Be Boosed (3:01)
  6. Hilite (part 1) (2:36)
  7. Darling Ooh! (3:25)
  8. Baby I Love You (2:29)
  9. You're Gonna Need Me (3:10)
  10. I'm Not The Man For You (3:54)
  11. It Was Nice While It Lasted (3:29)
  12. Hilite (part 2) (2:37)
Played by: Osmose
 in stock $23.02
Heritage In Focus
Heritage In Focus (yellow marbled vinyl LP + CD)
Cat: OBLP 03. Rel: 07 Sep 20
  1. Rise Up (LP) (5:01)
  2. Bad Bwoy (4:29)
  3. Condemn Them (3:18)
  4. Action (Nyah remix) (4:22)
  5. Rise & Shine (4:08)
  6. Family Affair (4:48)
  7. Endlessly (3:53)
  8. Action (4:22)
  9. Action (CD)
  10. Action (Ras mix)
  11. Action (Unplugged)
 in stock $20.61
Something Special (Record Store Day 2020)
Cat: MBX 145LP. Rel: 07 Sep 20
  1. Jay Funk (feat Vin Gordon) (4:18)
  2. Up Shut (feat Abdul Tee-Jay) (4:07)
  3. Basidea (feat Abdul Tee-Jay) (4:32)
  4. Fame (feat Jimmy Haynes) (3:02)
  5. Heckling (feat Kevin Davy) (2:58)
  6. Bossa B (feat Abdul Tee-Jay) (4:06)
  7. Ten To Ten (feat Vin Gordon) (2:55)
  8. Something Special (feat Vin Gordon & Alan Weekes) (3:49)
  9. Eggs Ben Boogaloo (feat Alex White) (4:05)
  10. Lesean (feat Ray Carless) (4:23)
  11. The Dolphin (feat Alan Weekes & Kevin Davy) (3:56)
  12. Afras (feat Abdul Tee-Jay) (2:49)
Review: Earlier in the year, the Inn House Crew - a reggae supergroup featuring a wealth of legendary Jamaican players - provided the musical backing on vocalist Winston Ready's excellent Black Pearl album. Here they get a chance to showcase their undisputed musical skills under the watchful eye of producer Lewis Murtagh, on watch should be considered their debut album. It's a hugely entertaining affair that sees them embellish their usual reggae rhythms and basslines with everything from glistening jazz guitar solos and squelchy synthesizer lines, to samba-style acoustic guitars, calypso melodies and Ebo Taylor style solos. As a result, the album is surprisingly stylistically varied, but always rooted in reggae, roots and dub.
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 in stock $14.72
Coastin'
Coastin' (gatefold LP + MP3 download code)
Cat: TPRR 5. Rel: 05 Sep 20
  1. Coastin' (3:06)
  2. Contact High (3:31)
  3. Guava Lane (feat Eli Mac) (4:21)
  4. Daylight Saving (3:11)
  5. Zen Sialnd (4:23)
  6. Right Here Right Now (feat Eric Rachmany & Stick Figure) (5:12)
  7. Home Tonight (3:45)
  8. Fancy (3:21)
  9. If You Only Knew (feat Common Kings) (4:20)
  10. Chill Out (3:53)
  11. Smile (4:04)
  12. Move Forward (3:51)
  13. Learn From Me (2:28)
 in stock $25.43
Tresor Revele
Cat: AGOBUNLP 01. Rel: 04 Aug 20
  1. Tresor Revele (3:29)
  2. L'Oppresseur Et L'Opprime (4:15)
  3. Sound System (4:09)
  4. Liberation (3:16)
  5. Ali (2:57)
  6. Envolee Spirituelle (3:28)
  7. Spiritual Dub (3:31)
  8. NRA (6:26)
  9. Reveal Dub (3:27)
 in stock $16.87
Spiritually Grown
Cat: SE 4442019. Rel: 02 Sep 20
  1. For The People (3:41)
  2. Dancehall Saviour (3:05)
  3. Spiritually Grown (4:11)
  4. Burn A Spliff (3:44)
  5. War (3:36)
  6. For The Dub (3:38)
  7. Dancehall Saviour (version) (3:04)
  8. Spiritually Grown (version) (4:11)
  9. Burn A Dub (3:52)
  10. War (version) (3:36)
Review: Mowty Mahlyka aka Dark Angel steps up for a debut album after three years of well received singles on the likes of Konquerin Sounds Recordings, Roll & Record and Green King Cuts. His dancehall-tinged reggae sound is the product of having grown up playing with sound systems around West London. As an MC he is dynamic and diverse and brings uplifting vibes and fresh energy to the scene, all with a real sense of substance but also a worldwide appeal. The topics of social, political or spiritual issues all come up and provoke real thought while the production makes you move.
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 in stock $17.94
Soul Radio
Soul Radio (heavyweight vinyl LP)
Cat: SCOBLP 014. Rel: 21 Aug 20
  1. Soma (4:39)
  2. Mama Was Right (4:22)
  3. Divorce A L'Italienne (3:34)
  4. The Beat Goes SKA! (feat Tippa Irie & Dennis Alcapone) (3:53)
  5. Troubles & Worries (3:59)
  6. Searching (5:08)
  7. Nice To Meet You (3:43)
  8. Great Wave (3:40)
  9. My Reminder (4:10)
  10. Wouldn't It Be Something (3:59)
 in stock $16.60
Free The People
Jet
Cat: JETRECORDS 003. Rel: 23 Sep 20
  1. Free The People (5:08)
  2. Treachery (5:46)
  3. Good People (5:44)
  4. Express Yourself (4:59)
  5. Mr Somebody (4:42)
  6. You Can Make It If You Try (5:21)
  7. Akwa Idim (5:06)
  8. Sugar Node Bitter (5:41)
 in stock $27.57
This Road
This Road (LP)
Cat: EVER 110LP. Rel: 28 Sep 20
  1. Music Shall Live (feat Lee 'Scratch' Perry) (4:21)
  2. Let Me In (3:19)
  3. Amnesia Moon (4:02)
  4. Sweet Mary Jane (3:35)
  5. Ghost Heart (3:01)
  6. Fairy Tales (3:49)
  7. Uncertain Times (3:21)
  8. Sunny Days (3:18)
  9. Won't Bow Down (3:14)
  10. Toughen Up (3:23)
  11. Sweet Love (2:42)
 in stock $20.08
Got To Be Tough
Got To Be Tough (LP + insert)
BMG
Cat: 405053 8600636. Rel: 28 Aug 20
  1. Drop Off Head (3:52)
  2. Just Brutal (3:35)
  3. Got To Be Tough (4:06)
  4. Freedom Train (3:41)
  5. Warning Warning (3:58)
  6. Good Thing That You Call (3:04)
  7. Stand Accuse (3:21)
  8. Three Little Birds (feat Ziggy Marley) (5:21)
  9. Having A Party (5:22)
  10. Struggle (5:01)
 in stock $23.55
Got To Be Tough
Got To Be Tough (olive green vinyl LP + insert)
BMG
Cat: 405053 8611670. Rel: 28 Aug 20
  1. Drop Off Head (3:52)
  2. Just Brutal (3:35)
  3. Got To Be Tough (4:06)
  4. Freedom Train (3:41)
  5. Warning Warning (3:58)
  6. Good Thing That You Call (3:04)
  7. Stand Accuse (3:21)
  8. Three Little Birds (feat Ziggy Marley) (5:21)
  9. Having A Party (5:22)
  10. Struggle (5:01)
Review: Toots & The Maytals have long been known as reggae pioneers with a fine discography that dates back to the 60s and the band's first incarnation. But now, founding member Frederick "Toots" Hibbert proves he still very much has it with a new album filled with their first original material in a decade. Having broadened the horizons of reggae over the years, that mission continues here with rock-licked tunes like "Three Little Birds" (feat Ziggy Marley) and more big band tackle such as "Having A Party". The vocals touch on a wide range of subjects and the rhythms are just as compelling as ever, making this a fine return.
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 in stock $23.55
Showcase Volume 1
VARIOUS
Showcase Volume 1 (limited LP)
Cat: SWD 01. Rel: 18 Aug 20
  1. Konshens - "You" (4:01)
  2. Keznamdi - "She's A Queen" (4:14)
  3. Chronixx - "Play Some Roots" (3:00)
  4. Agent Sasco - "Stronger" (3:42)
  5. King Mas - "Big Banking" (4:09)
  6. Jesse Royal - "Roots & Culture" (5:04)
  7. Queen Ifrica - "Make You Rock" (remix) (3:13)
  8. Marcia Griffiths - "Holding You Close" (3:51)
  9. Fiji & J Boog - "Lonely Days" (3:42)
  10. Ras Demo - "Zion Train" (4:01)
 in stock $24.36
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