MAGIC MIX

Reggae . Dub . Dancehall . Ska . Rocksteady

WEEK STARTING 18 May

Genre pick of the week Cover of Spark It - Feat. Shinehead (Green Vinyl Edition) by Quantic.

Quantic

Spark It - Feat. Shinehead (Green Vinyl Edition)

Quantic's acclaimed 'Magnetica' album keeps on turning up incredible singles.

The next track lifted from the album is "Spark It" featuring reggae legend Shinehead, the single is pressed onto special transparent green vinyl with a full colour sleeve.

This effervescent dancehall-inflected cut sees Quantic's impeccably authentic production combining with the charismatic flow of Shinehead, who hooked up with Will "Quantic" Holland on a visit to LA for a one-off recording session. On this 12" we're also treated to Quantic's own dub mix and instrumental riddim, along with a jump up junglist rework by Ghost Writerz and some dancehall flava by UK producer Ed West.

Comes with a download card featuring all tracks, plus an exclusive Todd Simon version of Painting Silhouettes

King Tubby

Surrounded By The Dreads At The National Arena

Getting its title from the mammoth TWELVE hour set King Tubby played at Kingston's National Arena in September 1975 (he was on the same bill as Bob Marley & the Wailers, but I don't think they got a look in!), this album brings together some of the rare studio dubs (and vocal cuts from Tony Brevitt, Prince Hernon and Carvin Bradford) he played on the night.

"On the 26th September 1975 at the National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica, King Tubby's sound system entertained the excited audience gathered there to listen to the almighty live sound of the Wailers on stage and the overpowering dub music that Tubby has made world famous. On this particular night Tubby proved that he was King playing from 6pm to 6am. King Tubby Surrounded By The Dreads At The National Arena is based upon some of the various tracks that King Tubby played that night." Carl Gayle. Black Music.

Jeb Loy Nichols / LSK

To Be Rich Should Be A Crime / Want More

Ramrock return to the vinyl world for their second outing, this time with a little help from reggae supremo Adrian Sherwood and the mighty On-U sounds. This time round, Jeb Loy Nichols and Leeds based performer.producer LSK both cover the same riddim with their own beautifully crafted lyrics and achingly sweet vocal deliveries while Lord Sherwood bosses the controls - a stellar combination of talent on one platter. Jeb Loy Nichols takes care of the A-side, reuniting with one of his biggest musical influences (they used to slum it together in early 80s London don't you know) to hit us with a sweet and sunkissed socially commentary which chimes perfectly with the recent election reactions! On the flip, Leigh Stephen Kenny aka LSK takes a break from his hectic schedule as a ghost writer and collaborator with some of the top names in the game to serve us a sublime sonnet on consumer vices, perfect for soundtracking the summer.

Various Artists

Punky Reggae Selecta

    With very few punk records available to play, Roxy resident DJ Don Letts instead dipped into his extensive reggae collection for his playlist. This Trojan compilation takes its inspiration from Letts' punky reggae party, and hits us with 20 of the best roots reggae tracks from the era. 'Police & Thieves', 'Marcus Garvey', 'War Ina Babylon', 'Legalize It', 'Roast Fish & Cornbread', 'Three Babylon', 'Cocaine In My Brain', 'Congo Man', 'Tenement Yard', 'Chase The Devil', 'King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown'... All these classics and more for less than a fiver!



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