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Easy Star All-Stars
Radiodread

Easy Star All-Stars’ seminal Radiodread here. This is the LP which arguably sits at the top of the pile of reggae-rock crossbreeds. Along with a superstar set of collaborators - Horace Andy, Toots & The Maytals and Sugar Minott to name but three - the Easy Stars set about tackling Radiohead’s OK Computer inna dub style for this 2006 outing. Yorke, Greenwood et al are known to approve of Radiodread, so it must be good.
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Annette Brissett
Betrayed

A track from reggae singer Annette Brissett’s excellent 1983 LP Love Power, pulled out onto a 12” single and rounded out with some tantalising dub treats. Betrayed itself is here in an exclusive extended mix, and the three dub tracks (one of ‘Betrayed’ and two of ‘What A Feeling’) are all previously unreleased and joyfully fabulous. Wackie’s 12”.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Annette Brissett
Love Power

Excellent, hard-to-find LP from reggae singer Annette Brissett, reissued by Wackie’s. Love Power is of 1983 vintage, cruising down the street smoothly and coolly, taking a little gospel and a little disco in its stride as it goes. Brissett’s voice is supported by Fabian Cooke and Lloyd Bullwackie Barnes, who take ample care of most of the instruments.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

The Upsetters
Scratch The Upsetter Again

Antarctica Starts Here is a new sub-label of Superior Viaduct that is dedicated to reissuing classic records from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Among their first batch of pressings we have The Upsetters’ 1970 LP Scratch The Upsetter Again. It is, of course, a ten-tonne collection of dub-reggae from Lee Perry and his merry men.

The Hempolics
Kiss, Cuddle & Torture Volume 1

With a title that describes the perfect romantic evening round my house this is a band aiming to put organic rootsy vibes back into music with an infectious romp through Reggae, Electro, Hip-Hop, Dancehall, Rock and Pop. Perfect sunshine vibes to get those dull days at festivals up and running. 
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Winston Edwards
Natty Locks Dub

Winston Edwards’s 1974 LP Natty Locks Dub is one of those early dub rarities that goes for big bucks - too big for the likes of you and I, valued Norman Records™ customer. Fortunately now Greensleeves have managed to get together a reissue for those of us who like our records to be priced at two figures rather than three. Recorded at the studios of Lee Perry and Joe Gibbs, Natty Locks Dub is a mighty set of melody and mood.
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Various
If I Had a Pair of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop, Vol. 1

Essential collection of Jamaican doo wop and R&B dating from the 50s to the early 60s. What’s really exciting here is the early of traces ska emerging from what may initially appear to be a replication of American sounds. Many of the artists here would become essential in the development of ska and reggae, such as Alton Ellis and Jimmy Cliff. It documents a moment of transition, a key part of Jamaican musical history. The cassette is put out by Death is Not The End.
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The Ethiopians
Engine 54

Probably one of the greatest train-themed reggae and rocksteady albums ever made, its Engine 54 by The Ethiopians, initially released in 1968. The first thing that floors you is the beautiful falsetto harmonies of the group’s voices, and then the rich rhythm section, the finely-deployed horns, and the occasional train recordings all come in and seal the deal. Reissued by Music On Vinyl in collaboration with Trojan.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Bob Andy
Lots of Love and I

Lovely old reissue here. Bob Andy’s third LP Lots Of Love And I was originally released in 1978, a time when reggae offshoots such as Jamaican soul and lovers rock had begun to gain traction. This big-hearted record draws from both of those genres as well as classic roots techniques to turn in some top tunes. Andy’s Ken Boothe-esque voice is in great shape here and his long-time buddy Marcia Griffiths guests on ‘Troubled Woman’.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Brown Sugar
I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks: Brown Sugar And The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977-80

While their mammoth Studio One reissues project remains the jewel in Soul Jazz Records crown, the label have also done a decent job of shining new light on some lost classics of British reggae. Their latest release is a compilation of tracks by pioneering lovers rock group Brown Sugar. With the help of Dennis Bovell this South London trio - who included one Carol Simms - topped the charts in the late 1970’s with singles like the eponymous ‘I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks’. This album brings together some of their hits, dubs and extended mixes with interviews with Bovell, group member Pauline Catlin and others. I’m In Love With A Dreadlocks is another fine bit of excavation from Soul Jazz.
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Roots Manuva
Brand New Second Hand

Due to the huge success of ‘Witness (1 Hope)’, a lot of people see Roots Manuva’s career as kicking off in 2001 with Run Come Save Me. Now that’s a fine record indeed, but to put all your energy into that album and overlook Rodney Smith’s 1999 debut LP Brand New Second Hand is a wrong move. Over beats that blended reggae, boom-bap, jungle and scratch influences, Roots Manuva delivered bars of potent dub poetry here. The overall effect comes off like Linton Kwesi Jonson remixed by DJ Shadow and makes Brand New Second Hand one of the first great UK hip-hop records. Ignore at your peril.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dub Spencer & Trance Hill
Christmas In Dub

I hope you have your Christmas stockings ready, because here are Dub Spencer & Trance Hill to fill them full of dub 'just in time' for the festive season. Christmas In Dub does what it says on the label: 11 tracks of season's dub to keep you warm as the nights close in and the frost descends. These guys may be Swiss but they sure know their way around rolling funk, reverb, roots and of course dub-wise electronics. We look forward to opening up the box and releasing the Jingle Bells Dub and the Twelve Days of Christmas Dub, how about you? LP or CD on Echo Beach.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Mad Professor
Ariwa 2018 Riddim Series

A collection of riddims from the Mad Professor here. Ariwa 2018 Riddim Series finds the prof cobble together a band of Black Steel, Lloyd Parks and Horseman to turn out a set of tuff digi-dubs. The mix is nice and clean and there’s not too much delay floating about, meaning that any budding singers and deejays have plenty of room to work with should they wish to add any vocals. If you’re more of the listening type then this is still a tidy array of dubs.
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Sugar Minott
Sugar Minott at Studio One

Reissue of Soul Jazz’s 2005 Sugar Minott compilation here. Minott’s name alone should be enough to get you going if you have even a passing interest in Jamaican music, but for the cheap seats - the late Minott is a legend of reggae who, among the many other things he achieved in a career that spanned over four decades, was a key player in the early years of both the dancehall and Lovers Rock styles. Sugar Minott At Studio One collates some of the fine tunes he cut for Studio One Records back in the 1970s.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Linval Thompson
Rocking Vibration

Reissue of Linval Thompson’s classic 1978 LP here. Rocking Vibrations is roots reggae par excellence. With Sly & Robbie on rhythm section and King Tubby manning the desk you wouldn’t expect anything less than greatness, would you now? Thompson’s voice sounds wonderful here too, soulful in a manner that nods to Ken Boothe. Essential coppage.
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Various
Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The inimitable Trojan Records turns fifty in 2018. To celebrate the occasion they’ve had a documentary made to tell their tale. You don’t need us to inform you that the accompanying soundtrack LP for Rudeboy: The Story Of Trojan Records is chock-full of classic tunes. Toots And The Maytals’ ‘54-46 Was My Number’ and ‘Pressure Drop’, Desmond Dekker’s ‘Israelites’ and ‘007 (Shanty Town)’, The Harry J All Stars’ ‘Liquidator’ and many more God-tier bangers feature here.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Scratch and Company - Chapter 1 The Upsetters


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Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos
Rockstone

Tom McDowall, AKA Jr. Thomas has a lot of love in him and it pours out in his new album, Rockstone. It is the second album by Jr. Thomas and the Volcanoes, the LA-based reggae outfit. Whilst this will suit the ears belonging to fans of Toots & The Maytals, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, The Heptones and The Frightnrs, there’s also a nod to their LA home with the track ‘Brian Wilson’. LP or CD on Colemine.
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Various
Studio One: Lovers Rock

The noble tradition of Lovers Rock has been given relatively little attention by Soul Jazz Records during the label’s excellent Studio One reissue series. This compilation of some classic lights-down-low reggae goes some way to righting the balance. We’ve an excellent selection of tunes here - cuts from heavyweight talents such as Marcia Griffiths and Horace Andy sit alongside rare gems like The Invaders’ coveted ‘Sweet Soul Rocking’. Liner notes are provided by Lloyd Bradley.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

GAIKA
BASIC VOLUME

Gaika has been threatening a masterpiece for a while now. In his debut LP BASIC VOLUME he might just have made it. Over the fifteen tracks here he weaves together far-flung musical legacies - D’Angelo, Future, Popcaan and Arca are all discernable influences - into a record of dark potency. Dre Skull, Sophie and Jam City are among an impressive list of co-producers.

Various
Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 4

Hard to believe, but already 10 years have passed since Jahtari's simple beginnings as a netlabel in 2004. To celebrate in style we cooked up this highly addictive fourth instalment in the crucial Jahtarian Dubbers series that will run your walkman batteries empty in no time. Delay experts from all five continents filled this hissy reel with psychedelic dubs, soundsystem grenades and everything inbetween: from Australia to London, from Canada to Shanghai, from South Africa to Scotland. Tracks: 1. Monkey Marc - Danger Earth 2. Pupajim - Nobody Can Stop We (Dub At The Pub Dubplate) 3. EarlyW~Rm - The Dub Deal 4. 7FT Soundsystem feat. Mentor Irie - Shut Ya Mouth 5. El Fata - Good Foundation 6. disrupt - Chrono Trigger 7. Jah Screechy - Love We A Deal With 8. Jahtari Riddim Force - Total Protonic Reversal 9. Chacha - Black Eyes Stranger 10. Diggory Kenrick - Stranger Flutes 11. Rootah - Dancing Coords 12. Mungo's Hifi feat. Shanti D - Know Your Roots
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Linval Thompson
Look How Me Sexy

Reissue of Linval Thompson's 1982 album Look How Me Sexy. Thompson is notable for being one of the earliest reggae singers of his generations to produce his own tracks, and mentored the incredibly influential Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes. The album's title track was produced by Lawes, using a riddim that has been used by the likes of Don Carlos, Yellowman and Frankie Paul.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

The Pioneers
Long Shot

Some might say Music On Vinyl are providing a bit of a public service here, announcing that they are reissuing a load of Trojan Records’ greatest from their back catalogue. Starting with The Pioneers’ boss reggae classic Long Shot, released in 1969, but hasn’t been available on vinyl since 1980.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Nazamba
Vex

Ahead of a full album due on O.B.F. Sound System later in the year, Kingston artist Nazamba drops a debut twelve through The Bug’s eclectic new imprint Pressure. Over a marching tempo, growling bass and dub-delayed samples, Nazamba spits a long and relatable shopping list of things that make him vex. Absolutely fab.
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Various
The Upsetter

36 years after its original release, The Upsetter is back. On this 1969 classic, Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters demonstrate their finest reggae skills. The album features songs with Dusty Brown and The Silvertones (then still known as The Muskyteers), ten instrumentals, and tonnes of farfisa organs. Released on 180gr vinyl.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Love Joys
Reggae Vibes

This was the Love Joys first record released in 1981 on Top Ranking. Full of reggae vibes ranging from sweet lovers rock to uptempo vibes. Long out of print, the album will appeal to fans of vintage reggae and roots music with sweet vocal harmonies and stellar songwriting. Ten tracks written and produced at the legendary Wackies. 
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The Paragons
On The Beach

The Paragons’ 1967 LP On The Beach really isn’t very much like the similarly-named Neil Young record which followed seven years later. Where Young’s album was a muted, pensive affair, these ten tracks are full-throated bits of Rocksteady Soul from the Jamaican trio. The group’s close vocal harmonies are delightful, and Alton Ellis would be proud of tunes like ‘I Want To Go Back’ and ‘When The Lights Are Low’.
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Lee 'Scratch' Perry & The Upsetters
Cloak and Dagger

Classic dub LP alert! Lee 'Scratch' Perry sees his 1973 Jamaican original 'Cloak And Dagger' re-issued as originally intended, all artwork present and correct. Widely considered as hallmark Perry, the LP was recorded at his freshly established Black Ark studio in a very fertile period of creativity. Perry brought his house band, The Upsetters along and became the true master of lo-fi innovation, using a four-track with phasers, delays and anything at his disposal as an instrument. A slice of history arrives from the Get On Down label.
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Various
Yardie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The music from Idris Elba’s directorial debut feature-length Yardie gets a soundtrack release courtesy of Virgin EMI. There are some undeniable Jamaican classics among the track listing here. Yardie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) includes ten-tonne takes from the likes of Yellow Man and Dennis Brown. It also includes a special cover by Skip Marley of his old man’s tune ‘Johnny Was’.

King Tubby
Surrounded By the Dreads At the National Arena

Right in the capital of Jamaica, King Tubby proved his potency by playing a twelve hour set in September 1975. Surrounded by the Dreads at the National Arena is a testament to that night’s power, force and King Tubby’s legendary impact on everything we call dub today. A piece of history to bob your head to.
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Various
Studio One Freedom Sounds: Studio One In The 1960s

Another month, another fab Studio One compilation on Soul Jazz. This one focuses on the label’s successes in the 1960’s, a period when Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd helmed an operation that was the Jamaican equivalent of Motown. The tunes they were cutting were just as hot as the Motor City label's, too, something evidenced by the A-grade list of artists on Studio One Freedom Sounds. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Alton Ellis, Peter Tosh, Jackie Mittoo, we could go on and on...
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DUBXANNE
Police In Dub

Who books these in? We may have mocked at the Police's cod reggae leanings back in their heyday but just to prove the peroxide threesome were real life dreadlock heroes here is a collection of dub interpretations of some of their best known songs. Reggae heavyweights Rankin' Roger, Benjamin Zephaniah and Big Youth all feature on surely one of the more improbable records in recent memory. 
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

The Chosen Brothers
Sing & Shout

Reissue of a Wackie’s classic here. Sing & Shout, the debut LP by The Chosen Brothers, originally saw daylight in 1985. Even back then this was a ten-tonne collection of roots reggae, and this new outing soups up the record with 12” versions of ‘All Things’ and ‘Dancing In The Rain’. This one's got an all-star cast - Junior Delahaye, Sugar Minott, Prince Douglas, Wayne Jarrett all feature heavily.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

The Ethiopians
Woman Capture Man

Originally released in 1970, Woman Capture Man by The Ethiopians came at a time when the sound of reggae was changing to a slower, smoother groove. The band, who were among Jamaica’s most popular then, made an album of sweet songs with their harmonious vocals up front in the mix. This is the sound of a band in motion, a band that refused to settle.
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Sister Audrey
English Girl

Originally released in 1982, Sister Audrey’s ‘English Girl’ resurfaces on Ariwa (Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Johnny Clarke). With its mournful dub-reggae groove and lyrics about resettlement and needing new residence papers, this is a timely reissue given the Windrush Scandal currently engulfing the government. Comes backed with tough dub by Mad Professor.
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Keith Hudson
Rasta Communication in Dub

Sometimes, a wink is enough to communicate a thousand words. Sometimes, you can do with a nod. Other times, all you need is a “ya man.” Such is the wisdom spread by the Rasta Communication in Dub, Keith Hudson’s newest thesis on the subtleties of expression in the world of bass and reverb.
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Various
Black Man's Pride 2: Righteous Are The Sons And Daughters Of Jah

Soul Jazz Records with yet another compilation of gems from the Studio One archives. The second record in their Black Man’s Pride series once again focuses on the cream of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s roots reggae crop. Righteous Are The Sons And Daughters Of Jah features classics by the likes of Alton Ellis and Jackie Mittoo as well as crucial rarities from Horace Andy and Willie William. The extensive sleeve notes are worth a read too.
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Various
Trojan 50th Anniversary Picture Disc

With Trojan Records celebrating a half-century in 2018, we reckon they’re allowed to indulge in a little gloating. This nifty release sees some of the label’s early smashes pressed on a double-picture disc - iconic helmet logo on one side, 50th birthday image on the other. Every tune on here went UK top-ten on release, with four of them claiming number 1 spot. Desmond Dekker’s ‘The Israelites’, Ken Boothe’s ‘Everything I Own’, The Upsetters, Harry J All Stars - the Trojan cup really do runneth over.
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Kingstonians
Sufferer

The first reissue since 1991 of the only full length by The Kingstonians originally released on Trojan in 1970. Long out of print, highly sought, Sufferer was a defining record in the boss reggae sound and the title track was a huge hit with the skinheads becoming a bestseller. Heavyweight and coloured limited edition on Music On Vinyl.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Equiknoxx
Fly Away / Fly Alway Dub

Ever-ascending dancehall crew Equiknoxx have released two incredible records on the DDS label recently, along with an immense single for the Manchester-based Swing Ting. This 7" offers "Fly Away" and its dub sibling, hopefully quenching the thirst of those who caught the track on their beloved Fader mix.
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Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Mad Professor
Black Ark ExPerryments

Lee “Scratch” Perry and Ariwa label head Mad Professor teamed up for Black Ark ExPerryments back in 1995, alongside William The Conqueror, Rico Rodriguez, and Eddie Thornton. With this incredible line-up you don’t really expect anything but the finest dub/reggae “ExPerrymentation”.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall
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Bush Chemists
Light Up Your Spliff

Don’t mind if I do. Light Up Your Spliff was originally released in 1996, and the LP has cast a long shadow over British dub reggae ever since. The title track, a heady mix of digital dub stylings, subbier-than-sub bass and synth trickery, remains one of the scene’s high-point (pun sort of intended). Indeed, across the record the group show an adventurous approach to production that distinguishes it from its contemporaries. Now reissued by Belgian label Mania Dub.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall
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Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths
Young Gifted and Black

An old reggae favourite from the killer duo of Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths here, reissued once more by Sanctuary. Originally a Trojan album, Young Gifted And Black contains the familiar-to-all title track, as well as soulful reggae covers of the likes of Bob Dylan. Repressed to heavyweight 180g vinyl.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

King Tubby meets Roots Radics
Dangerous Dub

Another excellent outing from King Tubby, this time working with Roots Radicals. Dangerous Dub gets nice and deep, echoes and reverb sending the instrumentals to some wild places. You know you can count on Tubby. First released in 1981, these ten tracks are reissued on vinyl by the Greensleeves label.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall
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Mad Professor
Electro Dubclubbing!!

The master blaster aka Mad Professor is back with a new LP to stand up to any of his classics. Electro Dubclubbing!! contains a wealth of tough new dubs to dust soundboys the world over, including the likes of ‘Psychic Vampire’ and ‘WhatsApp Dub’. Sly & Robbie are in the mix, and the record features vocals from Aisha and U Roy.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Linval presents
Dub Landing Vol. 1

Greensleeves are reissuing Linval Thompson presents Dub Landing Vol. 1 -- the only authorised reissue of this classic dub album in fact -- originally put out by Starlight Records in 1981. It's now presented with a second disc of original vocal versions, including previously unreleased tracks from Junior Reid at Channel One, mixed by Scientist. Double vinyl LP includes a large fold-out colour poster of the cover art: check it out, futuristic or what.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Linval presents
Dub Landing Vol. 2

The evergreen Greensleeves repackage this essential 1981 LP from Linval Thompson. While the original dubs retain all the experimental energy of Jamaica’s 70s and 80s dub explosion, the real treats here are bonus vocal versions mixed by Scientist and Prince Jammy. The likes of Barrington Levy, Freddie McKay and Papa Tullo come through with verses. 
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer feat. Eivind Aarset and Vladislav Delay
Nordub

Sly & Robbie, Nils Petter Molvaer, Elvind Aarset and Vladislav Delay - how’s that for an unholy alliance? Sly & Robbie and trumpeter Molvaer have been touring together for some time, and to this collaboration Aarset adds guitars and Vladislav Delay electronics and additional percussion, rounding off a record steeped in reggae and chill Nordic jazz
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Various
Birth Of Dancehall: Black Solidarity 1976-1979

The name Ossie Thomas may not be as well known as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry or King Tubby, but like those producers Thomas has been responsible for writing some important chapters in Jamaican musical history. In particular the riddims he made in the latter part of the 1970’s under the name Black Solidarity were some crucial first steps from the genre we now know as dancehall. The Kingston Sounds compilation Birth Of Dancehall - Black Solidarity 1976-1979 gives Thomas his dues. Sugar Minott, Josey Wales and a mis-titled tune from Sammy Dread (‘Wat Wah’ is in fact ‘Righteous Dread’) are among the track listing.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall
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King Tubby
Never Run Away-Dub Plate Specials

King Tubby may have passed away in 1989, but he left behind such a gargantuan wealth of dubs that many of them are only finding their way to the public now. This collection brings together eighteen B-sides and dubplates cut by Tubby, largely over rhythms built by Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. Some of the source material here includes Johnny Clarke’s ‘Peace and Love in the Ghetto’ and ‘I’m Still In Love’ by Queen Tiny and the Aggrovators.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dubkasm & Rider Shafique
Enter The Gates

Dubkasm hosts this intercontinental get-together between British vocalist Rider Shafique, Norwegian bassist Bajan Steppa and (on remix duties) the legendary Guyanese dubmaster Mad Professor. ‘Enter The Gates’ is a smoky, strong dub-poetry track in the vein of Linton Kwesi-Johnson and King Midas Sound. Comes with the instrumental, a 'discomix' and Mad Professor's aforementioned re-rub.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Winston Edwards & Black Beard
At 10 Downing Street

Dub subversions of the UK party political system from Winston Edwards & Black Beard. At 10 Downing Street was first released in 1980, and is now being reissued especially to overlap with the upcoming general election, a move I heartily endorse. If politics felt more like this record feels…
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Various
Original Skinhead Reggae Classics

Coming straight from paws of the Trojan selectors, this compilation is as authoritative as can be on the subject of early skinhead music. Original Skinhead Reggae Classics is a twelve track collection of quality UK reggae, featuring acts like The Hot Rod All Stars, Lloyd Charmers and Desmond Riley. Vinyl release.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Various
Duke Reid Rock's Steady

Music On Vinyl take a look at Trojan’s back catalogue and pick a couple of releases for reissue. Duke Reid Rock's Steady compiles many great reggae and rocksteady artists, including tracks from Phyllis Dillon, Alton Ellis, Three Tops, The Techniques, and Tommy McCook. Limited copies, but a perfect pairing for the summer.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Errol Brown & The Revolutionaries
Dubb Everlasting

Though the cover might read Dubb Everlasting, Errol Brown’s 1975 LP is officially known as Everlasting Dub. With the ‘Riddim Twins’ Sly & Robbie providing the rocksteady grooves, Brown spins out these melodic and busy dubs with style and aplomb. The album originally had a very limited run and copies have since fetched a pretty penny on the collector’s market, so this repress represents a good chance to enjoy some of Jamaica’s finest without it clearing out your account.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators
Super Star-Disco Rockers

Pressure Sounds continue on their 2018 reissue tip with this pressing of Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators 1977 LP Super Star/Disco Rockers. A cornucopia of big names - Earl Smith on guitar, Tubby and Jammie engineering, Sly & Robbie covering the rhythm section, the list goes on - provide rocksteady grooves and dense fogs of delay over which McCook blows his horn.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall
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Rico & The Rudies
Blow Your Horn

Unavailable on any format since its original 1969 release, Rico & The Rudies' Blow Your Horn is back on Trojan and in full, flaming colour (who doesn’t love orange vinyl?). This is a stellar record, Rico Rodriguez’s soulful West Indian trombone jiving playfully with The Rudies’ London-spiked roots reggae. Rare and very, very cool.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Ken Boothe
Everything I Own

Described by some as the most iconic Jamaican soul singer of his generation, Ken Boothe’s Everything I Own is back on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1974. The record is a must have for reggae fans and soul fans alike. The release features the original analogue mastering and album art for true authenticity. Available on vinyl LP.

Lee "Scratch" Perry
Black Ark Classic Songs

To mark the Upsetter’s 80th birthday, an album of dub reworkings by the Mad Professor. The wide-ranging selections include Super Ape standout Zion Blood, Keep on Moving from The Wailers’ Soul Revolution, even harking back to the ska era with Doctor Shit (née Dick). The new CD edition includes adds four tracks not on the LP version.
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  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Seekers International
RunComeTest! EP

A hazy pairing of stripped back but snazzy dub jams with contemporary touches adding atmosphere and abstraction. The deep bass and subtle beats are augmented with space echoed voices, pulsing keys and pad textures. Singular stuff from a unique collaborative force, brought from obscurity into the light.

Johnny Osbourne
Love You Tonight

A pair of highly sought-after Prince Jammy / Channel One productions, finally available together on a single 12” alongside their dub versions. Love You Tonight is upbeat and dissonant, with an oddly wiry, almost post-punk rhythm guitar line. Purify Your Heart is a more laidback rhythm with righteously preachy lyrics. Osbourne is smoothly commanding in both modes. Comes in a Greensleeves branded sleeve. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dennis Brown
Words Of Wisdom

Reissue of the late Dennis Brown’s 1979 LP Words Of Wisdom. The reggae legend is on top form on this righteous, impassioned collection of roots. Cuts like ‘So Jay Say’ and ‘Don’t Feel No Way’ could chant down Babylon all by themselves. The record also shows Brown’s sensitive side - the soulful ‘Money In My Pocket’ went on to become his signature song.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix
Overdubbed

The ‘Riddim Twins’ Sly & Robbie see their style collide with the oddball dub stylings of Dubmatix here. The Canadian producer takes tracks laid down by the pair and peppers them with a cornucopia of different sounds, styles and effects. The result is an LP built on tough grooves, yet blessed with a light touch.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Hollie Cook
Vessel Of Love

After a VERY auspicious start in music, joining The Slits aged 19 when they reformed in 2006, Hollie Cook is now releasing her third album. She’s moved up the genre family tree, Vessel Of Love is a vivid selection of soaring reggae tracks released by Merge on CD and limited edition transparent pink vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dubkasm meets Talisman
She Look Like Reggae (Dubkasm)

Bristol reggae meets Bristol reggae here, with Talisman handing over their tune She Look Like Reggae to Dubkasm for two new workings. One strips everything back to the vocal and then builds up again, which the dub version is a minimalist cut that does what it says on the tin. Released as a 7” single in limited numbers, by Sugar Shack.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Iganda
Mark of Slavery / Slow Down

News to this blurb-writer, but three decades ago there was a thriving reggae scene in the Midlands. Though I guess that me now knowing about it proves that the reissues game is one worth playing. Anyway, this is a sick cut, the groove bristling with dancehall energy and the vocals full of power and soul. Coming out on green vinyl - the original pressing, by the way, will currently set you back £175 on Discogs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Lloyd Parks & We The People
Meet The People

Another classic reissue - this time from the masterful Lloyd Parks, known for his work with the Termites. Recorded in 1978 together with his band We the People and recorder/producer Joe Gibs, Meet the People has become a reggae classic, despite its small-scale release, and comes highly recommended to anybody looking to complete their collection of Jamaican goodness.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Kiki Hitomi
Karma No Kusari

This is officially being labeled as a Reggae album. Karma No Kusari by Kiki Hitomi could however fit into a myriad of genre - is it sweet candy pop, with songs such as Pink No Kimono having a sickly-sweet feeling. How about psychedelic pop, especially prevalent in the title track which is a distorted collection of sound. Check this one out and decide for yourself.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Horace Andy
Good Vibes

Compiled by Steve Barrow and originally released in 1997 on Blood & Fire, Good Vibes collects a brace of tracks from the period 1975 to 1980. All tracks are either augmented with dubs or in discomix versions and capture Andy in his hardest-edged form. Highlights include Prince Jammy’s 12” mix of the Bunny Lee production Pure Ranking. Double LP or single CD, containing updated sleevenotes by Barrow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dub Syndicate
Tunes From The Missing Channel

On Dub Syndicate’s fourth album, Tunes From The Missing Channel, the band were able to take advantage of advancing studio technology. They took their dub reggae foundation and began mixing in samples, creating a whole new, influential world. Drummer Scott Styles was making the music what it was, whilst Adrian Sherwood was enjoying all the new techniques at his fingertips. Jah Wobble and Keith Levene from PIL along with Ashanti Roy from The Congos make guest appearances.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Various
Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955-69

Some sunny rhythms on Calypso: Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 - 69. This compilation charts some of the genres most successful artists and groups. With all the effortless swinging grooves, funky brass, playful percussion and good time vocals you could want. This has been loving put together by the revivalists down at Soul Jazz records onto vinyl LP and CD, so there's no excuses.

Monkey Marc
Post Traumatic Dub

This new 7” on Disrupt’s Jahtari imprint packs a pair of singular Monkey Marc productions, beamed straight from a solar-powered freight container studio in Melbourne. Following some rather bombastic recent work on Jahtari and other labels, do the titles of these two - ‘Post Traumatic Dub’ and ‘Deception Dub’ mark a turn towards moodier territory? Or is Marc monkeying around again? Nab one of these 300 copies and you’ll soon find out.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

The Upsetters
Double Seven

Largely consider one Lee “Scratch” Perry’s best early works with his Upsetters, Double Seven was originally released in 1973 and now Music On Vinyl have done this short press reissue, the first on vinyl in 22 years. Features songs with David Isaacs and U-Roy. Pure originator dub reggae from when Perry was still experimenting and building his sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dub Syndicate
The Pounding System

The Pounding System was the first album by Dub Syndicate. It was originally released in 1982. The band were the brainchild of Adrian Sherwood whose career since, as a producer and remixer, saw him work with Primal Scream, Pop Will Eat Itself, Depeche Mode and Coldcut, to name a few. Reissued on On-U Sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dub Syndicate
One Way System

Heavy dub meets delay-ridden post punk on One Way System, the second album by Dub Syndicate. The band were lead by dub-obsessed musician, remixer and producer Adrian Sherwood. This is the first ever vinyl pressing as it was only ever released as a cassette back in 1983. Pressed on 2LPs cut a 45rpm to make those deep frequencies really shake your foundations.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Dub Syndicate
Ambience In Dub 1982 - 1985

Dub Syndicate were a loosely constructed collective with Adrian Sherwood at its centre, with a varied cast of key players working experimentally within the structures of wonderful dub. Ambience In Dub is a big five CD box-set anthology which covers the first five years of the group’s existence: all the period’s albums, plus a disc of previously unreleased dubs and a booklet. On On-U Sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Various
Studio One: Black Man's Pride

Soul Jazz take another fruitful dip into the amazing archives of Studio One, this time with black pride on their mind. What we have here is premium reggae, with artists like Alton Ellis, Horace Andy and The Heptones all represented, with both fan favourites and obscure cuts included. CD and LP editions with a booklet of context.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

GAIKA
The Spectacular Empire I

Gaika continues his stay with the legendary Warp Records with a synth and sample heavy trudge through dystopian soundscapes and pulsing beats. The fuzz clears to make way for vocals to swerve in, but the overall dark atmosphere remains throughout. Deep stuff from a torchbearer of political electronic music.

The Blackstones
Insight

UK reggae group The Blackstones released their debut album Insight in 1979, and returning to the album for the occasion of this reissue highlights the group’s considerable quality. Three brothers performing three-part vocal harmonies over a studio backing band including the legendary Sly & Robbie: what’s not to like? Insight is reissued on the Burning Sounds label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Lady Chann
Hard Drive

Lady Chann is fierce out at the front of this banging tune, produced by Rapha in a fully-fledged tight modern dancehall style. The Hard Drive 12” features the main track and a bonus Riddim on the A-side and vocal and instrumental versions of a R3LL remix on the flip. Stripped-back and powerful material, on Kick + Clap.

Dub Pistols
Crazy Diamonds

Festival favourites thanks to their raucous shows and live band, Barry Ashworth’s Dub Pistols return for album lucky seven with another round of block-rocking beats that take influence everywhere from skanking reggae to tear out jungle. After two decades in the game, their infectious energy is impressively undiminished.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Various
Treasure Isle Ska Rarities: The 7" Vinyl Box Set

Some extremely good goodies to be found here in this 7” box-set by Treasure Isle, in which the catalogue is raided for amazing recordings that, for one reason or another have never been released before despite featuring some of the finest artists in the game. Ten 7”’s, housed in a lovely box with an intriguing essay to provide context.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Andy Rantzen
1/66

Australian native and electronic music polymath Andy Rantzen was best known for being one half of ‘90s rave duo Itch-E & Scratch E. Two of the tracks for 1/66, a four track retrospective 12”, were originally intended for a dub album he was making. They never made the cut but have appeared on Creative Vibes and Clan Analogue compilations. With one track from Rantzen’s Blue Hour Vol 3 album and one previously unreleased track this showcases Rantzen’s versatility. On Efficient Space.

Ken Boothe
Inna de Yard

Legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe has returned to the studio to record a full-length album for the first time in twenty-five years. Ken recorded Inna de Yard inna de yard, e.g. outside in nature, using only acoustic instruments. He and his group return to some of the tunes from Ken’s past, adding the deep maturity of his older voice. On Wagram.

DJ Vadim & Blackstone
Double Sided

DJ Vadim’s seventh album on Barely Breaking Even is a collaboration with Californian songstress Katrina Blackstone. Double Sided is an LP that makes good on the pair’s link-up on Vadim’s 2014 record Dubcatcher. The fourteen tracks across Double Sided stand at the crossroads between reggae, funk, soul and hip-hop in a manner that recalls the early work of Lauryn Hill or Erykah Badu.
  • Label(s):
  • BBE

Various
STUDIO ONE Supreme: Maximum 70s and 80s Early Dancehall Sounds

Two names synonymous with vintage Jamaican quality, Soul Jazz and Studio One, unite again for another smash hit compilation. Studio One Supreme: Maximum 70s and 80s Early Dancehall Sounds shows off some of the amazing music created when vocalists like Horace Andy and Alton Ellis converted old rhythms to exciting new purposes with the help of the latest 70’s technology. CD and triple LP editions on Soul Jazz
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

The Selecter
Daylight

Since their initial break-up in 1982, 2-Tone legends The Selecter have had an on-again-off-again career with frontwoman Pauline Black occasionally nipping off to try new things. In 2017, however, the band are definitely on. Black reunites with founder member Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson on new album, Daylight. The Selecter are once again, a politically charged, urgent, skanking force to be reckoned with.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Mad Professor meets Jah9
Mad Professor Meets Jah9 In The Midst Of The Storm

The crown prince of dub sprinkles his magic dust over Jah9’s much lauded 2016 debut LP 9. … In The Midst of the Storm is Mad Professor’s first album for legendary Queens, NY reggae label VP Records. Take one listen to the LP and enjoy the studio wizardry and unique way with atmospherics that has got him onto the VP roster.
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

King Jammy
Roots Reality and Sleng Teng

The very finest cuts from the career of King Jammy, reggae extraordinaire. Even if Jammy had never done anything other than bequeath the mighty ‘Under Me Sleng Teng’ to the world, he would be worthy of vast admiration. But this compilation shows that he has plenty other killer tracks under his belt. Available with a documentary DVD!
  • Genre(s):
  • Reggae / Dub / Dancehall

Various
Soul Jazz Records Presents: Studio One Rocksteady

Another sterling compilation from Soul Jazz, this one delving into rocksteady, soul, and early forms of reggae. You know that these guys can curate a comp, and sure enough Studio One Rocksteady is fully stocked with classic sounds, from the likes of Alton Ellis, John Holt, and The Heptones. Great as an intro, or for the hardcore.

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