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Tony Clarke is from Waterhouse, St. Andrew Jamaica. At the tender age of 10 he started following sound systems like Sir Mike The Musical Dragon with the great toaster Prince Ruff at the controls, and King Tubby's with the legendary U-Roy. Tony Clarke did his first recording in New York in 1971 at Hugh Hendricks recording studio called "Righteous Man" of which he played both bass and lead guitar. The band was later managed by the legendary band leader/trombonist Carlos Malcolm.

Tony Clarke decided to write the song 'Going Home' to reference the roots of his music. In those days and even now good reggae music that was being recorded in the United States was not receiving the approbation from home because, in Jamaica they felt that the best reggae music could only come from and be created in Jamaica to substantiate the true feeling of the genre. So he decided to go back to Jamaica and record 'Going Home' at Harry J Studio with Sylvan Morris as engineer. The rhythm track was played by Lloyd Parks (Bass), Devon Richardson (Drum), Andy Bassford (Lead Guitar), Winston "Bo-Pee" Bowen (Rhythm Guitar), Franklyn "Bubbler" Waul (Keyboard), David Madden & Junior "Chico" Chin (Horns). He also recorded the cover version to 'Hey Little Girl' originally done by Dee Clark. 

Roots, Trunks & Branches

Forward To Zion

Joseph White aka Joe White is a foundation of Jamaican music. He started singing in the late 50's and did his first recordings for Duke Reid in the early 60's. He moved to Sonia Pottinger's label later and get a first success in 1965 with the song « Every Night ». He also recorded for Prince Buster, Coxsone Dodd and Rupie Edwards. In the 70's, Joe White was one of the only melodica player in Jamaica with Augustus Pablo, Peter Tosh and Bobby Kalphat. He released beautiful melodica instrumentals like « Kenyata », « Call Me Trinity » for Derrick Harriott and « Cheer Up » for Glen Brown. Joe White was also a member of the famous BB Seaton's backing/studio band « The Conscious Minds ». In the mid seventies, he moved to London and released his classic album « Love For Every Family ».

Joe White formed the group « Roots, Trunks & Branches » to release several tracks on the label « Splendour Heights ». « Forward To Zion » was released in 1979 and became a truly reggae roots stepper banger for sound system accross the globe. Probably electronic music fans will appreciate the futuristic dubwise. « Forward To Zion » is a song of peace, love, freedom and emancipation of people. Uplift your selection, listen to the words of the prophet, it's time for us to get together, we are going forward to Zion. Jah don't care whether you are a natty dread or you're a baldhead, just as long as we unite and stop the fight, we are going forward to Zion ! 

Ark Angel Jah Mel is a recording artist, songwriter and musician from Jamaica. Beginning his career as a performer on the stage shows of the Twelve Tribes Of Israel of which he has been a member since his youth, Jah Mel made his debut sharing the stage with artists such as Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Freddie McGregor, Sugar Minott, Brigadier Jerry & Denroy Morgan. His writing credits include songs written for Marcia Griffiths, Cecile, DaVille, Itana & Jah Mali for whom he also produced tracks on his debut album « El Shaddai ». Jah Mel has worked with all of Jamaica’s top producers & Musician in Jamaica such as the great Sly & Robbie, Steely & Cleevie, Earl Chinna Smith, Steve ‘Lenky’ Marsden & Donovan Germaine to who’s Penthouse label Jahmel was signed.

Jah Mel sees himself as a musical bridge between the original reggae sound & the dancehall sound of today, representing what he calls the real dancehall revolution, merging the spirituality of the old school & the energy of the new school. « Guiding Star » and « Stand Up To It » are the perfect exemples to overstand this definition. Both song were produced by Roydale Anderson aka Andy's. « Guding Star » will definitly give you thrills if you are into deep synth and heavy digital rhythm while the superb piano notes will warm you in the analog style. Beware of « Guiding Star » dub version called « Guidance (Dance Mix) » that will break any bunker. « Stand Up To It » rhythm is an adaptation of one of the most classic jamaican riddim called « Heavenless ». You will never know this riddim like before, This version takes the riddim to another level. A positiv song with a bionic nuclear bomb dubwise. Play it loud, Jah is our guiding star ! 

Joe White & Roots Trunks & Branches

Rising / Power Disco Power

Joseph White aka Joe White is a foundation of Jamaican music. He started singing in the late 50's and did his first recordings for Duke Reid in the early 60's. He moved to Sonia Pottinger's label later and get a first success in 1965 with the song « Every Night ». He also recorded for Prince Buster, Coxsone Dodd and Rupie Edwards. In the 70's, Joe White was one of the only melodica player in Jamaica with Augustus Pablo, Peter Tosh and Bobby Kalphat. He released beautiful melodica instrumentals like « Kenyata », « Call Me Trinity » for Derrick Harriott and « Cheer Up » for Glen Brown. Joe White was also a member of the famous BB Seaton's backing/studio band « The Conscious Minds ». In the mid seventies, he moved to London and released his classic album « Love For Every Family ».

While disco sounds was bumping into jamaican people mind, he formed the group « Roots, Trunks & Branches » to release several tracks on the label « Splendour Heights ». « Rising / Power Disco Power » is taken from the album « The Weak Will Be Strong » released in 1978. A beautiful extended disco reggae tune mainly played by Joe White (drums, piano, vocal). This issue was fully remastered on a disco 45 vinyl record to give respect to the dynamic. On the other side you will get the reggae lovers roots rock tune « Ain't No Way / The Monster », an extended version with deep dubwise. You've got it ! 

Steve Knight

Robber Man

MASSIVE 7" here from Jamwax, hitting us with a fresh pressing of Steve Knight's mighty "Robber Man", a hard hitting track about the dangers of life in the ghetto. Painfully real social commentary, amazing vocals and a fat version of the World A Music riddim make for an all out classic, while things only get heavier on the B-side dubmix. These won't stick around for long, so don't miss your chance.

"Weekend Loving" from Jennifer Lara is a perfect blend of boogie funk, roots reggae and lovers rock. Produced by Black Solidarity Records in 1985, this album is a masterpiece from the Studio One princess. Recorded at Tuff Gong and Music Mountain studios in Jamaica, the rhythm tracks are played by some of the best musicians from the island in the sun: Lincoln ‘Style’ Scott (Drum), Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt (Bass), Robbye Lyn (Piano & Synthetiser), Dean Frazer & Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson (Horns). This reissue was carefully remastered from Black Solidarity master tape, now presented as a double LP 45 rpm DJ friendly edition. The original Limonious artwork was reloaded and a bonus track was added to complete the set: ’In My Time’, an obscure slow synth groove, full of hope and melancholy.

Jennifer Lara was first taken to Studio One in 1969 by keyboardist Richard Ace, who was a session musician. She never left the Studio One family and became resident harmonist. She added backing vocals to the songs of some of the camp’s biggest names, including Delroy Wilson, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown and Sugar Minott. In 1974, Jennifer Lara recorded her debut album with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One in Brentford Road. The results of the sessions appeared on ‘Studio One Presents Jennifer Lara’, which was an instant success. Jennifer Lara was one of Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd’s protégés. One year after Coxsone passed, she died at the Kingston Public Hospital. She is survived by two children, daughter Ika and son Cheka. Jennifer Lara was a very likeable person, got on with everyone. She was involved in many benefit concerts to help to poor and the needy in Jamaica. May your soul rest in peace, we love you Jennifer.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: The younger or more electronically inclined might remember Lara from Rhythm & Sound's "Queen In My Empire". This set from earlier in her career displays a singer on the rise to the top; full of magic, vigor and feeling.

Currently setting a slinking cat amongst the collecting pigeons, Trinidadian eccentric Shadow has granted Analog Africa, Invisible City and Jamwax reissue rights all at the same time. Apart from providing plenty of industry action, this move means that the hitherto inaccessable excellence of the Caribbean genius is now available to us all - buzzing. After a reissue of 1984 LP "Sweet Sweet Dreams", Jamwax continue their love affair with the artist via this essential reissue of his obscure 1980 single "D'Hardest". Like much of his work, the track offers up a take on soca for the synthesizer age, with dusty electronic melodies and drum machine hits working in perfect harmony with his confident vocal and jangling acoustic guitar flourishes. On the flip you'll find the dub style Version, which strips out much of the vocal and using the chorus as a mantra-like chant.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: The golden age of reissues continues to reward the patient collector here as Jamwax serve up a fresh reissue of the previously mythical Shadow 12" "D'Hardest". Synthesised soca for the tropical dancefloor...

Peter Hunnigale

Untamed Love

"Untamed Love" is a UFO in Peter Hunnigale’s  long and lustrous career, recorded at London's Omega studio and originally released on the Cosmic label in 1986. Tough to categorize and impossible to ignore, this one locks any dancefloor in its tractor beam, taking you on a mind expanding trip through brit boogie, rare funk, astral synth sleaze and general musical excellence. The original 12’’ vinyl record is almost impossible to find and pricier than the pair of Oi Polloi socks it's soon to knock off. Kicking off with mind warping cosmic synth licks, al fresco funk guitar and a whole load of drum box brilliance, this boogie bomb explodes in a big blast of soul glow shimmer via hefty 80s synth glimmer and Peter's top notch vocals. An excellent companion to the recently reissued "Dancing In The Moonlight" by BB Seaton, this phat slice of nebulous funk has summer written all over it. If you don't dig on vocals, skip to the flip and feel the full funk force of the bendy dub mix - far out shizzle for all the space cadets out there. Expect to hear spins at Wet Play, Full Beam!, Red Laser, Cosmic Slop and any other dancefloor worth your sweat and sex appeal. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Jamwax turn up a top notch curveball from reggae don Peter Hunnigale in the form of this cosmic boogie bomb from 1986. Spaced out synth work, a cybernetic groove and so much sass - what more could you ask for?


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