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Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, presents the 3rd release from its new Mellow Reggae Series project. Following two stunning covers of Bobby Caldwell and Player alongside label mates Ethel Lindsey, Mato is now taking over the famous hit by Sylvia Striplin, this time inviting his longtime friend and singing partner, Lady Gatica.

Produced by Roy Ayers in the early 80s , “You Can’t Turn Me Away” is one of Sylvia Striplin's sweetest moments of slow, smoochy soul music. So good it had to be covered by Erykah Badu, now we see Lady Gatica take on this mighty record with unbelievably dreamy results.

Almost perfect for a 'mellow reggae' retake, Mato adds lilting guitar, balmy keys and a palm tree elegance that'll have you endlessly rocking in the hammock as the afternoon turns into evening.

Limited copies. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Paul says: Love this mellow reggae twist on the Sylvia Striplin / Erykah Badu jam! Just in time for beer garden season!

TRACK LISTING

A. You Can’t Turn Me Away (Mato Reggae Mix)
B. You Can’t Turn Me Away (Mato Dub Version)

Mato Feat. Ethel Lindsey

Baby Come Back

Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, presents the 2nd release from its new Mellow Reggae Series project. Launched by Mato & Ethel Lindsey with a stunning cover of the famous “What You Won’t Do For Love” by Bobby Caldwell, the series continues with the same duo, now taking over “Baby Come Back”, the underground AOR / blue-eyed-soul classic from Player.

“Baby Come Back” is a true One-Hit Wonder, reaching #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1977, while very few people might be able to name who performed it. As always, Mato delivers an outstanding version, delighting us with his dubwise production chops. Ethel Lindsey delivers the perfect vocals for this inspired cover. Currently preparing his 1st album to be released on Favorite Recordings, Ethel has a deep passion for AOR and blue-eyed-soul style - which blends seemlessly with Mato's disco-reggae tweaks! 




STAFF COMMENTS

Paul says: A great slice of lilting, hammock-friendly soul-reggae. One of those great tracks that'll have 'em rocking in their bean bags. Can't wait for summer!

TRACK LISTING

A. Baby Come Back
B. Baby Come Back (Dub)

Various Artists

Disco Reggae Vol. 5

    Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, proudly presents "Disco Reggae Vol. 5", pursuing the highly acclaimed series started 10 years ago.

    Birth land of reggae music, Jamaica has also always been fed by soul, funk, R&B and pop music from the US scene, delivering some of the best covers anyone could think of. With it’s "Disco Reggae" series, Stix Records therefore simply carried on this tradition, offering new versions of classic songs from a wide spectrum of musical styles.

    On this 5th edition, the list extends to famous names such as The Undertones, Bobby Caldwell, Cerrone, Patti LaBelle, or Ray Parker Jr. to name a few. At the control to tailor these hits with new and exclusive reggae suits, you’ll find the best producers from the Stix’ roster like Soul Sugar aka Booker Gee, Taggy Matcher, Simon Nyabinghi, or Mato.

    Together they signed again a perfect soundtrack to extend your summer and fill your playlists, whether to light the dancefloors or just sip a nice cocktail facing the Negril’s sunset!

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Everyone's favourite reggae mash-up collection is back for another volume head-turning, hard-skanking cover versions.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Mato - What You Won’t Do For Love (Ft. Ethel Lindsey)
    A2.Taggy Matcher - Supernature (Ft. Phoebe Killdeer)
    A3. Mato - Lady Marmalade (Ft. Lady Gatica)
    A4. Simon Nyabinghi - You'll Never Know Dub

    B1. Taggy Matcher - Teenage Kicks (Ft. Wolfgang Valbrun)
    B2. Paula Mirhan - Walk On By
    B3. Taggy Matcher - That's The Way (I Like It)
    B4. Soul Sugar - Still In The Groove

    Mato Feat. Ethel Lindsey

    What You Won't Do For Love

    Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, presents this new stunning single release by Mato, this time taking over the famous hit of Bobby Caldwell, and inviting for the occasion newcomer label mate, Ethel Lindsey.

    After the recent success of his “Summer Madness / Maiden Voyage” single, quickly followed up by the release of “Jazz-Funk Dub Tribute” LP, Mato and Stix got keen to pursue their journey within the wide and miscellaneous American groove music repertoire. In September 2022, just after the release of this same LP, Pascal Rioux (A&R of Favorite and its sub-labels) submitted to Mato the idea of the Bobby Caldwell’s song and the start of a new “Mellow Reggae Series” focusing more specifically on the so-called AOR and blue-eyed-soul genre.

    “What You Won’t Do For Love” by Bobby Caldwell, is one of those instant classics, known and heard at least once by almost everyone on the planet, although its performer still remains quite unknown for most. With this thrilling version, Mato strike opts for a full on cover version - with all new instrumentation which follows the original’s arrangement but adds its own charming reggae lilt. And while it was not an easy task to walk in the footsteps of Caldwell’s vocals, under-the-radar and upcoming singer and composer Ethel Lindsey is a perfect match for the song, giving relaxed and chill vibes, adding his own natural positivity and charisma to this globally adored anthem. Dubbed out to perfection by Mato on the flip!

    Starting his reggae production career in 2006, Thomas Blanchot (aka Mato) has released music through various projects on EDR Records, Big Singles or Makasound... In the meantime, he developed a real trademark: taking over classic French, hip-hop, OST, classical or pop songs, into new, roots reggae-dub versions. His 15 years collaboration with Stix Records and label honcho Pascal Rioux gave life to many masterpieces and the story seems far from the end…


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Another impeccable twist from the master of the reggae-dub-mash-up concept - Mato. Taking a piece of classic soul and adding a summery skank and a delicious dub.

    TRACK LISTING

    What You Won’t Do For Love (Mato Mellow Reggae Mix)
    What You Won’t Do For Love (Mato Dub Version)

    Mato Vs Santa Claus

    Jingle Bells Dub / Sleigh Ride Dub

    Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, is back with a special Christmas delivery from label regular Mato, using again from his special skills as a tailor of reggae and dub music.

    Not much to say as the tracklist speaks for itself… Just the perfect gift to add some jerk sauce in your Christmas’ hood !!

    If they can have the world cup in winter, then we can have dub at Christmas! 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Yea so this arrived about four days before Christmas not giving us much lead time to ram it down your throats. Be more Pasta Paul and get it bagged ready for next year's festivities - as I can't guarantee we'll still have copies left by then. You'll thank me. Also perfect for our Australian bredrin who like to BBQ on the beach at Christmas.

    TRACK LISTING

    Jingle Bells Dub
    Sleigh Ride Dub

    The king of hip-hop reggae returns! Taggy Matcher needs very little introduction here; Bruno Hovart has spearheaded and contributed more titles to the genre that anyone else. Here he follows up “Singasong” with another eight tracks, further exploring the cannons of dub and reggae with a host of new MCs - LMK, Birdy Nixon, Alexandra Charry, Hawa, John Milk & Elodie Rama.

    The album starts with "Push Push", a title already released last year as a vinyl single 7", in collaboration with rising singer LMK, who you may know from her successful previous reworks on Taggy's last album ("No Love Allowed", "My Man"). Sharing the same love for the early 80's digital rub-a-dub productions, lyrics are about street harassment of women…with a pinch of humor!

    On "Little Things", Taggy invites old mate Birdy Nixon for a cover of an early rocksteady classic by Hemsley Morris. With the vintage bounce we love combined with modern sounds and productions, the song is all about tenderness and simplicity.

    "Volvere Mañana", the song has this very cumbia hip move with the participation of gifted singer Alexandra Charry from Cali in Colombia, where they both composed the song. Then, Taggy invited Boris Pokora to play the ‘gaita’ local flute to give the song its proper Colombian Caribbean coast flavor.

    The album continues with "Two Dimes" featuring longtime collaborator Hawa (from Mr President to Mr Day and other numerous projects). This shaky disco reggae rockers is all about getting ready for the party with only ‘two dimes’ in your pocket!

    "Q Fashion" is a song full of wittiness and self-mockery wrote during the first Covid-19 lockdown. Parisian Soul singer John Milk was stuck in Paris while Bruno was in Lyon. On this minimalistic digital reggae tune, they give the ingredients to perfect your next quarantine outfit.
    Discoish reggae tune "Get Enough" featuring Birdy Nixon has a simple and successful recipe: just mix a big dose of Lovers with the same amount of Rockers and you've got this 100% soulful song.

    On "Suit and Tie", Taggy and John Milk go Pop with this version of Justin Timberlake, which fits perfectly with John's tender and mellow style.

    Finally, Elodie Rama with Taggy Matcher pay tribute to Erykah Badu and her legacy to the soul music scene at the end of the nineties. The mood is jazzy, mellow and warm, with tiny Lee Scratch Perry early 70's vaporous vibes.


    TRACK LISTING

    Side 1
    1. Push Push (feat LMK) (4:09)
    2. Little Things (feat Birdy Nixon) (4:12)
    3. Volvere Manana (feat Alexandra Charry) (3:38)
    4. Two Dimes (feat Hawa) (5:31)
    Side 2
    1. Q Fashion (feat John Milk) (3:51)
    2. Get Enough (feat Birdy Nixon) (3:58)
    3. Suit & Tie (feat John Milk) (4:29)
    4. On & On (feat Elodie Rama) (4:10)


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