Reggae . Dub . Dancehall . Ska . Rocksteady


Genre pick of the week Cover of Return Of The Gentleman Rudeboy by Ramrock Allstars Feat. D'Oxman Pon Mike.

Ramrock Allstars Feat. D'Oxman Pon Mike

Return Of The Gentleman Rudeboy

Respected black dance music DJ, Jo Wallace, was commissioned to create a bespoke track to accompany Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott's 'Return of the Rudeboy'. In order to deliver the track in a limited vinyl format, Jo had to create a label....thus, Ramrock was born. Paying homage to the glorious heyday of Jamaican rocksteady, Jo tailored the sound to fit the flavour of the exhibition - more Argyle socks than on the rocks. Gathering together the production skills of the legendary Ashley Beedle, the talents of musical supremo Darren Morris and the mighty MC D'Oxman, Jo oversaw the whole project in the studio even lending a hand on backing vocals and percussive teacup. "Gentleman Rudeboy" is a rolling and strolling hit of rocksteady, hot with the swelter of the Island dancehall. Mr Beedle shows his experience on the desk, melding a thick and heavy sound that'll work any system.

Taggy Matcher & LMK

My Man

Following a flood of reggaefied reworks of hip hop classics and a cover of The Black Keys, Taggy Matcher now presents “My Man”, alongside great songstress LMK. On this new track, he digs more into the digital reggae style from the early 80s, showing another side of his production skills. Reminiscent of Sister Nancy's 'Bam Bam', but with a digital twist. Planned for release in autumn, Taggy Matcher’s first album will further explore the many differing styles in reggae music. He's helped by the great voices of Mr Day, Birdy Nixon, John Milk, plus more from LMK.


Spiral Slipmat

    Pair of high quality felt slipmats featuring spiral Technics logo spiralling round into the centre. Hypnotic while spinning on the deck!

    Franz Ferdinand are welcomed into the Late Night Tales family with a diverse 20 track selection of musical influences, inspirations, diversions and discoveries.

    Opening with Franz Ferdinand’s own exclusive cover of Jonathan Halper's ‘Leaving My Old Life Behind’, (which appeared on the cult Kenneth Anger movie Puce Moment), their Late Night Tales mix flows between dark and light, introspection and affection, dancing and horizontal appreciation.

    Hear them join the dots between Can, Serge Gainsbourg and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Sandy's Nelson's percussion work-out 'Let There Be Drums', the irrepressible Ian Dury, electro-funk sensations Zapp and the Disco Dub Band and sonic explorer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Record collectors will note the inclusion of Carrie Cleveland's Northern Soul anthem 'Love Will Set You Free'. Also included are a set of waywardly brilliant cover versions: Justus Köhncke’s dizzy interpretation of Neil Young’s ‘Old Man’ and R. Stevie Moore's ‘I’m Only Sleeping'.

    It wouldn’t be right for Franz Ferdinand to produce a mix such as this without a nod to the country that brought them together, so Glasgow’s Life Without Buildings, whose uplifting ‘New Town’ appears alongside ‘Reach For The Dead’ by Boards Of Canada.

    As they leave us wondering and wandering with American Spring’s Brian Wilson-produced ‘Sweet Mountain’, we take leave of our senses and suitcases on this tour bus of your mind. We’ve visited soul, funk, reggae, pop, Krautrock and others besides, but before we depart, Franz frontman Alex Kapranos provides a final farewell with the self penned story 'Defibrillator'.

    "When we first got the band together I made Alex a tape for his car, an old Merc estate that we spent a lot of time in, going to and from rehearsal spaces and gigs. All of our gear and the four of us could (almost) comfortably fit inside. It was all stuff I was listening to at the time, Dr Alimantado, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Plaid, Johnny Dangerous amongst others. An ecletic mix or completely random and disjointed depending on your outlook, it was representative of all our individual idiosyncrasies that merged to form the sound of the band, although I wasn't aware of this at the time. With this mix we tried to a similar thing, all of us selected the tunes, based on what we listen to on tour together and at home alone, any sustained moods or flows that occur are purely accidental. Oh yeah, the Merc estate got totalled and towed away with the tape still in the player." - Paul Thomson Franz Ferdinand July 2014


    2xLP Info: Includes satin finish sleeve print insert and bonus 7" single featuring Carrie Cleveland 'Love Will Set You Free'.

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