Search Results for:

JAMWAX

Ital Foundation came together in the winter of 1977, out of a shared belief in Rastafarianism and deep love of reggae music in their home place Bermuda. Their music tackles global issues of colonialism, poverty, prophecy and redemption. They released only one album in their legendary career, the 1980 release "Ital Foundations Vol.1". A tumultuous history rought with trial and tribulation resulted in Ital Foundation being an underground musical movement that saw record sales all over the world while the band languished in obscurity.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Jamwax continue to blow my beak, week after week with more rare-ass reggae for the smokers, lovers & dancers alike. Jah!

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". As you'd expect, Mel has worked with the creme of JA's riddim section: Sly & Robbie, Steely & Cleevie, Earl Chinna Smith, Steve ‘Lenky’ Marsden & Donovan Germaine to who’s Penthouse label Jah Mel was signed.

Seeing 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 examples to reinforce this direction. Both songs were produced by Roydale Anderson and released slap bang in the middle of the 80s on his own, Andy's Records.

"Stand Up To It" pairs a bubbling rub-a-dub riddim to sharp off-beat keys while Jah's sufferers vox is evocative and fluid. The dub pushes all that clean 80s digital instrumentation to the foreground, and isn't a million miles away from the Jammy's dancehall sound only with much looser, wilder dub inflections like flailing tape delay and big reverb splashes.

"Guiding Star" instantly turns heads with its meandering piano line, while Mel sounds empowered and riotous on the vocal version. The dub, or 'Dance Mix' is another skilled display behind the dials, with more expressive tape delay and snappy reverbs creating a shuddering, heady dub that's worth the entrance fee alone.

Originals of this release fetch upwards of £300, if you can snag a copy. Jamwax continue our love affair as they officially license this true holy grail of 80s reggae for us all to enjoy... Get in! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Jam Wax really do the do here, re-issuing some mid-80's holy grail type shit. Phenominal!

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. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Jamwax really do us all a favour here by reissuing some proper sunny, island reggae vibes. Swapping the reefer soaked dread for margaritas and white sand, both tracks here sit nice alongside the whole 'Beach Diggin' sound as much as traditional reggae offerings. Tip!

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".

Much more disco and afro-beat influenced than the trad reggae offerings also reissued by Jamwax this week, "Rising Power Disco" sounds like summat family Kuti or James Brown would have had a part in. Funky licks, empowered vocal and plenty of horn / wah wah guitar action locking us into its unrelenting groove. It's taken from the 1978 album "The Weak Will Be Strong". On the other side we get a deep and dubwise cut, "Ain't No Way / The Monster", which utilizes horns and loud bass to accompany a tight but skeletal drum section which is nicely dubbed out via mixing desk trickery. Excellent!


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...


Latest Pre-Sales

173 NEW ITEMS

Some Bands FC badges have just been dropped in the shop. We only have a handful of these so you’d better be quick i… https://t.co/TTgVY0n0IW
Tue 21st - 11:31
RT @thebaddsignal: Super balearic mix by Patch @PiccadillyRecs for @musicfordreams. This one is deep. I didnt recognise 1 track. Top diggin…
Tue 21st - 10:07
If you only buy one* record today, vote for Pedro. Some beautiful coloured vinyl here featuring the Napoleon Dynami… https://t.co/4gYthjA7XE
Mon 20th - 11:21
This weeks Sunday classic album club featuring Patti Smith @TheDoors The Durutti Column and @pinkfloydhttps://t.co/lZiuL1BfyV
Sun 19th - 1:54
Still buzzing off last night’s @liamgallagher @LancsCCC gig but know there’s no a limit to how much of his music yo… https://t.co/ZLeXxmsMnH
Sun 19th - 12:28
E-newsletter —
Sign up
Back to top