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Friday 27 November 2020
Singles
Ice Cream Love
Cat: 005464 5969475. Rel: 27 Nov 20
  1. Johnny Osbourne - "Ice Cream Love" (3:24)
  2. Roots Radics - "Extra Time One" (2:45)
Review: Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes and mixed by Scientist, 'Ice Cream Love' first slipped out it in its native Jamaica way back in 1980. The typically languid, weighty and dub flecked cut is built around a tweaked, replayed version of Coxsone Dodd's legendary 'He Prayed' riddim (a groove that has been used on countless reggae records before and since). Osbourne's lead vocal is typically relaxed and quietly soulful, while the involvement of Scientist on mixing desk duties guarantees more bass-weight and subtle dub inflections than your average roots number. Turn to the flip for a more spaced-out instrumental dub version based around the same riddim recording, with more effects-laden magic from Scientist.
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 in stock $9.19
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Bad Bad Bad
Clive HUNT/VARIOUS
Bad Bad Bad (unmixed CD)
Cat: 005464 5422826. Rel: 27 Nov 20
  1. Abyssinians - "Tenayistillin Wandimae"
  2. Sylford Walker - "I Can't Understand"
  3. Bonnie Gayle - "I Can't Change My Skin"
  4. Pablo Moses - "We Should Be In Angola"
  5. In Crowd - "Tacko"
  6. In Crowd - "Milk & Honey"
  7. Azul - "Bitter Sweet"
  8. Lizzard - "Satta I"
  9. Bonnie Gayle - "Mellow Up Yourself"
  10. Junior Murvin - "Give Me Your Love"
  11. I Roy - "Flying High"
  12. In Crowd - "Mango Walk"
  13. Jam Now Generation - "Peacemaker"
  14. Dennis Brown - "Lovelight"
  15. Marcia Griffiths & Nigger Kojak - "Untrue Love/Come Inna Dis"
Review: Although not as celebrated as some of his Jamaican peers, Clive "Azul" Hunte was responsible for producing some of the finest roots reggae to emerge from the island in the 1970s and '80s. Bad Bad Bad is therefore an essential retrospective, which much of the material focusing on his golden period between 1973 and '76. While there are some impressive cuts from big names present - see Junior Murvin's slow-motion reggae-soul cover of Curtis Mayfield's 'Give Me Your Love', the skanking weightiness of I-Roy's 'Flying High' and the classical reggae sweetness of Dennis Brown's 'Love Light' - much of the best material comes from lesser-celebrated artists such as the In Crowd, Pablo Moses, Bonny Gayle and Jam Now Generation. In a word: essential.
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 in stock $10.86
Thursday 26 November 2020
Albums
We Are Many
Cat: WAHCD 038. Rel: 26 Nov 20
  1. Rat Race
  2. Love & Unity
  3. We Are Many
  4. Move In Silence
  5. One Step Away
  6. No Sacrifice
  7. Rolling (Em Barra Do Sahy)
  8. Slave
  9. Light The Way
  10. Hands In The Ground
  11. We Won't Lose Hope
 in stock $10.00
Wednesday 25 November 2020
Albums
The Face Covering Riddim
  1. Barry Issacs - "Mask Up"
  2. Winston Reedy - "Hit The Road Jack Medley"
  3. David Jahson - "Giving Praises"
  4. Fish & The Inn House Crew - "Masked Up Piano"
  5. The Inn House Crew - "The Face Covering Riddim"
  6. The Inn House Crew - "Masked" (dub)
  7. The Inn House Crew - "Masked" (dub)
  8. The Inn House Crew - "Masked" (dub)
  9. The Inn House Crew - "Masked" (dub)
Review: Producer Lewis M and all-star reggae studio band The Inn House Crew have enjoyed a very successful 2020, delivering a swathe of must-check releases in their distinctive roots-reggae style. They're at it again here, offering up an EP of vocal and dub cuts inspired by the current global pandemic and based on the Inn House Crew's superb 'The Face Covering Riddim'. Barry Isaac sets the tone with a soulful plea for mask-wearing compliance ('Mask Up'), before regular collaborator Winston Ready re-purposes some of the lyrics from 'Hit The Road Jack' and David Janson delivers a more traditional Rastafari interpretation on 'Give Praise'. Elsewhere, pianist Fish delivers some evocative solos on 'Masked Up Piano', while Lewis M and Ben bell deliver a quartet of weighty 'Masked' dubs.
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 in stock $10.58
Monday 23 November 2020
Singles
Bad Out A Road (warehouse find)
  1. Bad Out A Road (3:36)
  2. Bad Out A Road (version) (3:20)
 in stock $7.78
Rise & Shine
Cat: CULT 005. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Rise & Shine (2:47)
  2. Rise & Dub (2:51)
 in stock $9.73
It's Revelation (warehouse find)
  1. Brownies' Bunch - "It's Revelation" (4:02)
  2. Bad Girl (3:07)
 in stock $14.74
Stop Look Listen
Stop Look Listen (hand-stamped 7")
Cat: LOG 3807. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Stop Look Listen (3:31)
  2. Stop Look Listen (version) (3:28)
! low stock $23.35
Devil Must Have Made You
  1. Earth & Stone - "Devil Must Have Made You" (3:15)
  2. The Revolutionaries - "Devil Must Have Made You" (version) (3:12)
! low stock $12.79
Who To Blame (warehouse find)
Cat: CULT 007. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Who To Blame (3:37)
  2. Dub To Blame (3:37)
 in stock $9.73
Miracle Of Love (warehouse find)
  1. Devon Russell - "Miracle Of Love" (3:55)
  2. High Times Players - "Miracle Of Love" (version) (4:18)
Review: Even in this internet age where you can find out pretty much anything about anyone, Devon Barrant Russell's story remains much of a mystery. Bits of info are known about his life and recording career, but there are also huge gaps. What we do know is that he worked with High Times Players in 1984 on a full length, but then never again according to discogs. Despite that, this tune isn't on that album, so who knows where and when it was recorded. It's a warehouse find from a recent stock take and fuses a sentimental soul sound with blissful 80s reggae, R&B and roots vibes. It's a lovely little tune, too.
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 in stock $17.53
More Strength
Cat: UR 7003. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. More Strength (3:49)
  2. More Strength (version - Disciples mix) (3:46)
 in stock $11.68
Forest Gate Rock
Cat: REVLEE 005. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Lester Sterling - "Forest Gate Rock" (3:01)
  2. Raving Ravers - "Rock, Rock & Cry" (2:09)
 in stock $9.73
Natural Right
Cat: CULT 006. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Natural Right (3:53)
  2. Natural Right (dub version) (3:56)
 in stock $9.73
Do Good
Do Good (12")
Cat: ZR 1202. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Ernest Wilson - "Do Good" (3:57)
  2. Yared Zedek - "Do Good" (dub) (3:57)
  3. Harold Wolters - "Farwest Step" (3:56)
  4. Yared Zedek - "Farwest Dub" (3:59)
 in stock $12.79
Love Addict
Cat: SSV 005. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Wow Pufflov - "Love Addict" (3:19)
  2. Manwel T - "Dub Addict" (3:18)
! low stock $10.86
Albums
Raggamuffin Year (warehouse find, slight sleeve wear)
  1. Raggamuffin Year (4:12)
  2. Chilly (3:47)
  3. I'm Tipping (5:56)
  4. Love You Tonight (3:24)
  5. Prisoner Of Love (4:52)
  6. King Of Kings (4:07)
  7. Hope That It Is For Real (3:51)
  8. Closer & Closer (4:37)
  9. Promised Land (4:27)
  10. Call Me (4:08)
 in stock $19.47
Guiding Star
Guiding Star (unmixed CD)
Cat: AICD 01. Rel: 23 Nov 20
  1. Guiding Star Intro
  2. Changes Come (feat Messenjah & UPfront Family)
  3. Dub Soljah - "Changes Dub"
  4. Traveling (feat dub Soljah)
  5. Dub Soljah - "Missing Dub"
  6. Guiding Star (feat Disciples riddim Section)
  7. Russ D - "Guiding Star Dub"
  8. Warrior Of Jah Light (feat Kris Kemist & dub Soljah)
  9. Sista Sherin - "Warrior Melodica Cut"
  10. Sound System Rise (feat UPfront Family)
  11. Dub Soljah & Sista Sherin - "Inity Dub"
  12. Tree Of Life (feat BacKIIRootS riddim Section)
  13. Dub Soljah - "Dub Of Life"
  14. Joyful Way (feat UPfront Family)
  15. Dub Soljah - "Joyful Afrika Dub"
  16. Ises Unto HIM (feat RockRadioHermes & Reality Shock)
  17. Russ D - "Free Birds Dubwise"
  18. Higha Meditation (feat Far East & UPfront Family)
  19. Dub Soljah - "Higha Dubwise"
 in stock $11.68
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