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Genre pick of the week Cover of Justice Dub - Rare Dubs From Justice Records 1975 - 1977 by Various Artists.

Various Artists

Justice Dub - Rare Dubs From Justice Records 1975 - 1977

The reggae productions of Bunny ’Striker’ Lee were so extensive in the early to mid 1970’s that labels were created just to handle his ever expanding output. Three labels that came about during this time when dub was king, were Jackpot, Justice and Attack. For this new compilation Jamaican Recordings look at the Justice label and have compiled a collection of some of its finest dub cuts.

Bunny was at the birth of dub music and worked closely with King Tubby. he stored many of his masters at Tubbys studio, where they were always available for Tubby to work his magic over. Jamaican Recordings have gathered here what they think are some of the best dub cuts from this label and era. Hope you enjoy the set...

The Hempolics

Green Line / News Readers

The Hempolics are out to put those organic rootsy vibes back into electronic music and bring something altogether different to the table, 'Green Line' is just the beginning…

Some of you will recognize 'Green Line' as a song originally voiced by the late, great Garnett Silk over Jackie Mittoo’s 'Hot Milk' riddim. Here Grippa Laybourne has kept the classic rhythm to the fore, with echo and rewinds all punctuating the vocal delivered by members Nubiya (also of Leeds-London Afrobeat / hip-hop pioneers Nubiyan Twist) and Dandelion (frontman of mercurial UK-reggae outfit The Drop), complete with a toasting interlude. The sensibility, right from its opening Barrington Levy-esque ‘bongo-didddly-ooooooaahh’, is early digital dancehall, but as you’d expect from Grippa, well-known for his work with Cheeky Records, it also has an effortless commercial sheen.

Overly capable B-side 'News Readers' is no sideshow. Kicking straight in with “News flash, there ain’t no cash, s’all gone on the wall”, it is a poignant statement of disaffection with the negative buzz created by modern media or the “blues feeders” as it’s better put by the song. Featuring the smooth and ear-pleasing soul Sony signed and extended Hempolics crew LSK (AKA Leigh Steven Kenny) who also provides artwork for the upcoming album. Produced with Grippa’s own unique rhythm, this is an unashamedly a bouncy, upbeat number whose positive step belies the scathing political commentary within.

One hot and eclectic crew, put together in 2012 by Puto Márcio. A strike team of guys he got in touch with via internet over the years. Apart from himself (Loures, North of Lisbon), all the others were living south of the river Tagus (dividing the greater Lisbon area), so Tia Maria was not born of a neighborhood bond as other crews were. Puto Márcio and Lycox are currently based in Rennes and Paris, respectively, and it’s precisely at this point that the EP is happening. The title "Tá Tipo Já Não Vamos Morrer" (‘It's like we won't die anymore’) is a strong statement aiming for posterity. "7 Maravilhas (Damas Da Cor Do Pecado" is a wonderfully synthetic afrohouse torch song, if such a thing exists. A simple, effective structure contains all the essentials of a seriously moody dancefloor spectacle. It floats along while we imagine who might the ladies in the title be - "7 Wonders (Ladies The Color Of Sin)". "O Tempo Da Vida", meaning something close to ‘Life's Time’, starts off with a classic mellow ambient intro before the now familiar marimba rhythm kicks in. With the right circumstances this one will drive you to joyful tears. Add other layers of ambience, plucked strings, an extremely discrete percussion roll in the background and a moving sense of melody and you've got a love affair in the tropics. One of B.Boy's specialties is tarraxo, that hypnotic, druggy slow groove. A sort of trance is built up from the heavy beats, helped by repeated vocal snippets and a shower of blips making this a strange hybrid even for those familiar with all the fusions tested in dance music during the 90s and early noughties. Enter Lycoox with a tense mood, skipping beats and a complex web of melody. "Underground" barely has words but there is a sense of dense messages coming through. B.Boy returns with crew founder Puto Márcio, "Hino Da Noite" kills softly, in some ways contradicting the title (‘Night Anthem’). It's useless to translate "Tia Maria Da Vida", which we interpret as a deeply felt hommage to the crew. Most weird and sad tarraxo, working its way under the skin. Congas, flute, a slow but jacking beat, a sort of melodica and keys that double as bassline. An enormous pulsing heart for maximum emotion and boldness. The styles showcased here are testament of the awesome creativity happening in this loose community of countless bedrooms, spawning a network of music production and parties largely off the coast of established scenes. We are still scratching the surface.


Matt says: AMAZING new future world music from Lisbon. On a similar tip to Al Dobson Jr but taking it from the back garden's of south London and into into the clubs of Portugal! RIYL Auntie Flo, Alejandro Paz and all things tropical! HOT!

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