Reggae . Dub . Dancehall . Ska . Rocksteady


Genre pick of the week Cover of Scratch Box by Various Artists.
The last release of 2015 will be a 5 single box set that has five re-issues of Lee Perry produced music.

"Sit back, relax and listen to what i've got". So says Count Sticky. Five rocking forty fives resplendent in original labels. Pre-Black Ark for the most part and showcasing Perry's productions before he set sail in his own studio. Funky fun from the Upsetter.

The discs come in a specially designed sleeve with a silk screen printed card and a silk screen printed box. The boxes will be limited to 700 and will be all numbered by hand. The sleeves and labels are all being especially made for the this box as is the card. Each box will be numbered and part of its respective set. Green, red or purple.


7" Box Set Info: Limited 5x7" box set.

Pressure Sounds rediscover a roots obscurity from Lacksley Castell that has been locked in the vaults of Roy Cousins Tamoki Wambesi Uhuru label. Lacksley Castell was very much a product of the Waterhouse area of Kingston. It's a pity 'Tug A War Games' was the only tune he recorded for Roy Cousins as it's a beauty. Castell was a much in demand singer in the late 1970s and early 80s. He recorded for Prince Jammy, Lee Perry and worked with Hugh Mundell on the 'Jah Fire' set. He was also a preferred vocalist of Augustus Pablo. A thoughtful laid back singer, Castell was perfectly suited to the sparse rhythms that dominated the roots scene of the period. He sadly passed away in 1983.

The flipside by contrast has the soaring vocal harmonies of the Royals over the lush production that was the Roy Cousins modus operandi. As much influenced by the Philly Sound of Gamble and Huff as West Kingston and King Tubby and Channel One. There is an excellent unreleased version of 'Malnutrition' to finish this set of. Come in a hand stamped re-cycled card sleeve.

“This record is about cycles. From the tiny cycles of loops within songs to the broader cycle of the whole album, which is designed to take you away and bring you home again at the end. Loops within loops. Loops overlapping in different ways and shifting as they go can take you very far away. You hear it in lots of African music, in jazz and hip hop”.

Mo Kolours explores this theme through both music and lyrics. "Pass It Round" is about giving and receiving, and the importance of depending on others. "Orphan’s Lament" is named after a Mongolian folk song, and Mo Kolours' own words urge the listener to “fall to get up again” among a set of inescapably linked opposites. The message may be optimistic or otherwise, depending on the listener’s point of view. The theme also appears in his choice of cover versions as he reinterprets songs absorbed in his youth: "Harvest For The World" by the Isley Brothers and The Stranglers’ "Golden Brown", from which the album title is derived.

“The Stranglers are one of my earliest memories of music. I had an auntie who was a huge fan and my parents had all their records. ‘Golden Brown’ always gave me such a beautiful feeling, way before I knew what it was supposed to be about”.

“I've always admired producers who push your ear, who draw you into unexpected elements of a song. I like it when people use a minimal number of elements and find ways of making you re-engage with each of them. It can be subtle, just a drum or the repetition of a word. I was thinking about that in the arrangement of the whole album”.

Raised on the traditional sega music of his father’s Indian Ocean homeland alongside records by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson, Mo Kolours adds hip hop, dub, soul and other electronic styles to his individual sound. His approach could find him placed alongside Madlib or The Gaslamp Killer but he would be equally happy in the company of James Blake, Erykah Badu, Theo Parrish or Moodymann.

Hugh Mundell

Blackman's Foundation

Blackman’s Foundation is one of the great roots albums of the classic reggae era. Hugh Mundell, who was tragically murdered at the age of 21, was one of the most talented young roots reggae artists on the Jamaican scene.

A protégé of dub legend Augustus Pablo, Hugh recorded the legendary roots-classic album "Africa Must Be Free (By 1983)" at the age of 16. Blackman’s Foundation, is one of only three Hugh Mundell albums ever released. As such it is a precious artifact of Mundell’s prodigious talent as it features Mundell’s keening, hypnotic declamatory vocals over deep, powerful reggae riddims. Highlights of Blackman’s Foundation include the hit single "Can’t Pop No Style," the extended 12” version of the title track featuring Jah Bull and the classic single "Stop Them Jah."

William Onyeabor


William Onyeabor was born outside Enugu, a small, rural town in Eastern Nigeria, he created his own genre of African electronic funk in the late 70s and early 80s, making music completely unique for his time. Today, he is reaching cult status among a growing list of admirers, including everyone from Damon Albarn and Hot Chip to Carl Craig and Madlib, with some likening him to the Kraftwerk of West Africa, or a precursor to LCD Soundsystem.

Among the crate-digging few that knew of him, he is considered a complete myth. While he has never performed live and almost never given interviews, his fantastical biography is scattered and has to this day not been verified. And, though he is still alive, he refuses to speak about anything regarding the past.

According to various rumors, he left home following the Biafran War and went to study cinematography in the Soviet Union, returning in the mid-70s to start his own film company and record label, Wilfilms. He then self-released eight remarkable records from 1978-1985. He wrote and produced everything on his own, and possibly played every instrument himself. Then, at some point of his life, he became born again and denounced his earlier music, deciding it is something he would never speak about.

Ken Parker / Jah Stitch / Knowledge

Girl Asheba / Life In The Ghetto / Rasta Don't Take Bribe

Four cuts of the same rhythm that was popularised by Ken Parker with 'Girl Asheba'. Ken Parker cut his first sides for Studio One and it's a pity he didn't record more tunes in this tough Roots Radics style as his relaxed vocals work perfectly on this pinned down rugged rhythm. For the deejay version, Jah Stitch leans into the the mic with reflections on 'Life In The Ghetto'. "This one goes out to all the cats and kittens of the ghetto" Insightful and a nice counter to the Ken Parker cut.

Knowledge handles the first cut on the flipside with an authentic slab of Rema roots. Not the greatest singer but always a bright argument and real delivery from Knowledge on 'Rasta Don't Take Bribe'. A ghetto philosopher that was widely respected in the community. Sadly Knowledge passed away in 2011. He had been part of the group also called Knowledge that was formed in 1974. The last cut is a version mixed by engineer Barnubus at Channel One. Rugged roots produced by Roy Cousins. Comes in a recycled hand stamped sleeve.

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