Review: It's been four years since Fat Freddy's Drop's "Ten Feet Tall" and the ongoing remix series that joins the dots between the New Zealand outfit and the best beat makers in Berlin. Winnie & Somow are house and reggae aficionados who straddle that divide on a remix that has a rumbling bottom end and super silky lead vocal from Joe Dukie. As much as it makes you want to move, it also tugs at the heartstrings. LoYoTo then layer in endless reverb to their remake, which is invitingly cavernous and dubbed out as they rework Dukie's vocal into something more detached and blissed out.
Classic Soul Jazz 12" record bag, holds up to 30 LPs
Notes: Get down with the get down! Fantastic new season colours in Soul Jazz Records' classic 12" Record Bags (holds about 30 LPs). Fantastic for DJing, impressing your stylish friends or just 'carrying stuff'.
Notes: Reggae Soundsystem 45! is a new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000 full size record label 45 rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music.
The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). Text by Steve Barrow and Noel Hawks.
As well as the stunning full-size 45 designs, this book is ram-jam filled with text on many of the records, artists, producers and record companies featured in the book.
The 45rpm 7" single is at the heart of reggae music, the main tool in which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, through to its dissemination worldwide, over the last 50+years.
These unique label designs give us a hidden history of design that is raw, innovative and hip. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energise the music that they accompany.
Reggae 45 Soundsystem is released to coincide with the publication of a second large format hardback 12x12" book, Reggae Soundsystem which features original album cover art of reggae, also published by Soul Jazz Books.
Notes: Reggae Soundsystem is a new deluxe 200 page hard-back 12 x12 book featuring hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs that span the history of reggae music.
The book is compiled by the celebrated author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records).
Beginning in the 1950s, Jamaican music developed into one of the most important and influential music industries in the world. From its early Mento (Jamaican Calypso) beginnings through to the invention of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots, Dub and Dancehall, Jamaican music is also one of the richest and innovative veins in popular music.
This stunning hardback deluxe book looks at the endless visually creativity of reggae record cover designs, iconic, classic, rare and unique artwork spanning sixty years of Jamaican sounds.
The Unknown Cases - "Masimbabele 89" (Adrian Sherwood remix) (8:48)
Keith LeBlanc - "These Sounds" (5:02)
The Beatings - "Television" (Dance mix) (2:47)
Pankow - "Girls & Boys" (5:17)
Ministry - "All Day" (remix) (6:01)
Rinf - "Big Bondage" (Kinky Sex Wet mix) (2:39)
KMFDM - "Don't Blow Your Top" (Adrian Sherwood remix) (5:06)
Dub Syndicate - "Snatch A Style" (0:58)
Lee Scratch Perry - "Music & Science Madness" (4:36)
Bim Sherman - "Haunting Ground" (dub) (3:14)
African Head Charge - "Hold Some" (version) (3:33)
Dub Syndicate - "Early Mafia" (4:43)
Review: The second volume of the Sherwood At The Controls compilation series focuses on Adrian Sherwood productions recorded and released between 1985 and 1990. Predictably, it's another fine set, once again showcasing the On U-Sound chief's ability to fuse his love of dub sounds and production with all manner of (then) contemporary dancefloor sounds. Highlights come thick and fast, from the trippy Balearic Afro-funk of the Unknown Cases' "Masimbabele '89" and rock-rap growl of The Beatings' "Television", to the uncomplicated, sax-laden sweetness of Lee 'Scratch' Perry's "Music & Science Mafia", and Pankow's deliciously fuzzy cover of Prince's "Girls & Boys". Throw in a couple of typically weighty Dub Mafia tracks, and you have another essential retrospective.