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Reggae, Roots & Culture Vol. 2

    Just like Global Beats’ first installment of their Reggae, Roots & Culture series, Vol. 2 is a showcase album with each vocal track followed by matching dubs, some of which are exclusive to this collection.

    All were produced by UK reggae duo Mafia & Fluxy - two brothers who’ve often been compared to Sly & Robbie, and have played on countless Jamaican and European hits over the years. Such high praise for this ace rhythm section is well deserved, as anyone listening to this album can tell you.

    Each of these essential tracks has been chosen with DJs in mind, and are guaranteed to excite roots crowds, who’ll thrill to hear top drawer artists revisit some of their classic hits over powerful rhythms that follow the original blueprint, yet sound fresh and new. Mafia & Fluxy’s musical gifts stem from the love and respect they have for reggae music’s proud heritage, and that’s why the legends assembled here - most of whom they also backed on stage - were always happy to work with them and Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler, in particular.

    Johnny Osbourne’s Truth And Rights and this dubplate mix of Horace Andy’s Skylarking were initially hits for Studio One, whilst it was early Mafia & Fluxy mentor Bunny Lee who first took Barry Brown, Linval Thompson and Johnny Clarke into the studio for their tracks. The latter’s None Shall Escape The Judgment is accompanied here by a previously unreleased horns mix; Dennis Brown’s Want More is a rare steppers’ version and Max Romeo’s Reverend isn’t the album cut, but another unmissable dubplate mix, making Reggae, Roots & Culture Vol. 2 an indispensable addition to any selector’s record box.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side 1
    1. Johnny Osbourne - Truth & Rights
    2. Dub Of Rights
    3. Gregory Isaacs - Wah Dee
    4. Wah Dub
    5. Dennis Brown - Want More (Steppas Mix)

    Side 2
    6. Want More (Dub Steppas Mix)
    7. Johnny Clarke - None Shall Escape The Judgement
    8. Dub Shall Escape (Horns Mix)

    Side 3
    9. Barry Brown - Step It Up
    10. Dub It Up
    11. Max Romeo - Reverend (Dubplate Mix)
    12. Reverend Dub (Dubplate Mix)

    Side 4
    13. Linval Thompson - Jah Is The Conqueror

    14. Dub The Conqueror
    15. Horace Andy - Skylarking (Dubplate Mix)
    16. Skylarking Dub (Dubplate Mix)

    Gregory Isaacs & Max Romeo

    Showcase Vol. 1

      The tracks on this latest Global Beats’ showcase album, produced by Mafia & Fluxy, have been chosen for their relevance and enduring ability to liven up any roots session. They’re timeless, but then we’re talking about profound message songs; vocal performances steeped in authenticity, and deep, heavy rhythms that effortlessly blur any distinctions between reggae’s old and new schools. The full force of such regal backdrops can be heard at its best in the dub mixes that accompany each track, making this album even more irresistible to selectors and serious collectors alike.

      In terms of character, lifestyle and demeanour, there was a world of difference between these two Jamaican reggae legends. Gregory Isaacs’s arsenal of tender love songs, coupled with impeccable dress sense, earned him a fervent female following but there was

      darker side to the Cool Ruler’s talents, as featured here. Down The Line is about police harassment and Wah Dee a convict’s lament, whilst Motherless Children, which he first voiced for Sly & Robbie, is a stark and chilling account of the inequality that continues to divide us.

      Max Romeo is strictly low-key by comparison but he has the same gift, and is no less outspoken when it comes to speaking truth to power. He’s a graduate of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark whose breakthrough hit was a bawdy ditty banned by the BBC, and nothing at all like the insightful roots songs and social commentaries that later came to define him. He’s advocating repatriation to Africa on The More The Merrier and No Peace, whilst Reverend is a scathing attack on organised religion, and voiced over another of Mafia & Fluxy’s thunderous rhythms.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Martin says: These roots classics come courtesy of two of the most respected figures in reggae history. The grinding groove of Max Romeo perfectly offset by the horizontal classic sound of the great Isaacs, plus the accompanying dubs for each tune. Ace.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      1. Gregory Isaacs – Down The Line
      2. Dub Down The Line
      3. Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children
      4. Motherless Dub
      5. Gregory Isaacs – Wah Dee
      6. Wah Dub

      Side B
      1. Max Romeo – Reverant
      2. Reverant Dub
      3. Max Romeo – More The Merrier
      4. Dub The Merrier
      5. Max Romeo – No Peace
      6. No Peace Dub

      Various Artists

      Selectors Choice Vol 2

        Selectors Choice is a collection of Reggae tunes from some of the best producers and artists cut to limited edition vinyl. The 7"s feature new releases, remixes and classics that deserve to be repressed and tunes that have never been pressed to vinyl.

        The 12"s concentrate on compiling tracks of the same riddim that have never been released together that include unreleased versions and brand new releases.

        They are specifically catered for any Reggae collector, selector and DJ.

        This release features the Rasta anthem ‘Picture on the Wall’ by the Natural ites by the dub and the vocal and dubs for I Want Your Love

        TRACK LISTING

        1. The Naturalites & Realistics – Picture On The Wall
        2. The Realistics - Picture On The Wall Dub
        3. The Naturalites & Realistics – I Want Your Love
        4. The Realistics - I Want Your Love Dub

        90’s reggae talent pool, Xterminator records was really quite revolutionary. Owner Philip Burrell and his largely Rastafarian clan of sessions musicians had an almost spiritual, gilded hand when it came to producing hits. If you recorded for Fatis, you went into the studio empty-handed - no lyrics - and put your trust in the Almighty. That was the rule and the artists who passed through Xterminator had to really feel what they were singing or deejaying about.

        The first chapter in this incredible label’s legacy is presented here with twelve iconic tracks recorded at the legendary studios. It’s to their eternal credit that the music they made over twenty years ago can still play in today’s reggae dancehalls, and that the lyrical messages continue to be of relevance. That’s the strength and beauty of these recordings, which Global Beats have now lovingly restored and represented anew.


        TRACK LISTING

        1. Luciano - Ulterior Motive
        2. Sugar Minott - Run Things
        3. Morgan Heritage - Bubble In The Struggle
        4. Ini Kamoze - Hot Steppa
        5. Gregory Isaacs - Make Me Prosper
        6. Sizzla - Taking Over
        7. Frankie Paul - Gimme That Portion
        8. Sanchez - Praise Him
        9. Cocoa Tea - Good Life
        10. Capleton - Stand Tall
        11. Jah Cure - Trod In The Valley
        12. Beres Hammond - Hold On

        Various Artists

        Selectors Choice Vol. 1

          Selectors Choice is a collection of Reggae tunes from some of the best producers and artists cut to limited edition vinyl.The 7"s feature new releases, remixes and classics that deserve to berepressed and tunes that havenever been pressed to vinyl. The 12"s concentrate on compiling tracks of the same riddim that havenever been released together that include unreleased versions and brandnew releases.They are specifically catered for any Reggae collector, selector and DJ. 

          On this initial 12" edition we have four takes on the Adowa Triumph riddim, the heavyweight, exultant and excellent "Give Jah The Glory" by Freddie McGregor, the rootsier "Never Gonna Give It Up" by Wailing Souls, sweet and righteous "Israelites A Come" by Mighty Diamonds and the OG riddim from Jazzwad and Tony Phillips.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Freddie Mcgregor - Give Jah The Glory
          2. Wailing Souls - Never Gonna Give It Up
          3. Mighty Diamonds - Israelites A Come
          4. Adwa Dub


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