Dug Out Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Ras Michael made true Rastafari reggae with his Sons of Negus group. Promised Land Sounds is so ecstatic in its approach and so dub-tweaked in its production that listening can really transport the listener somewhere else altogether: it’s nigh-on psychadelic. Recorded in the Black Ark in 1980, reissued to 180g vinyl by Dug Out.
Seems to be that this is the first time that Augustus Pablo’s real funky tune The Sun has been commercially available: up till now it has circulated only as a dubplate. But now this 10” vinyl release is here, along with a couple of highly-desirable alternate versions. Yum yum yum. 10” vinyl pressing on the Dug Out label.
Mabrak were a 70’s Jamaican drumming crew, in which talking drums led the way, supported by funky basslines and subtly snaking guitar. Drum Talk, mixed with a pinch of dub by King Tubby, was first released in 1976, and stands up now as a wonderful percussive ride. Reissue contains an insert with an interview. On Dug Out.
Reissue of a killer reggae 7” from 1988, featuring the vocals of Gregory Isaacs as well as the production and mixing talents of Bunny Gemini, Tristan Palma and Leroy ‘Fatman’ Thompson. Both the original and the dub are full-blown skanking killers. Nobody Knows has been re-pressed to its natural 7” format by the Dug Out label.
Reissue of a killer reggae 7” from 1989, featuring the vocals and songwriting talents of Dennis Creary over a heavyweight digital-dub groove. The beat is lively and driven, matching the intensity of this classic song’s lyric. Ghetto Life has been re-pressed to its natural 7” format by the Dug Out label.
Reissue of a powerful reggae 12” from 1997, featuring the rich and soulful vocals of Gregory Isaacs. Temporary Lover is presented in the form of two extended vocal versions and two dubbed-out versions. There is a 90’s-flavoured digital sheen to the sound, but the skanking vibe is still central. 12” reissue by Dug Out.
Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus
Ras Michael made true Rastafari roots reggae with his Sons of Negus group. The Numbered Days single draws on soul and electric reggae, but also makes great use of the Nyabinghi rhythmic meditation tradition for maximum spirituality. The results are ecstatic. Plus a super-strength dread dub on the B-side. 7” reissue on Dug Out.
Genesis (not the Phil Collins one by the way) Mabrak were a 70’s Jamaican drumming crew, in which talking drums led the way, supported by funky basslines and subtly snaking guitar. The later changed their name to Mabrak for their album Drum Talk, from which this single (with the same) name is excerpted, with a different mix and a bonus King Tubby dub. On Dug Out.
‘He Was A Friend’ was first recorded by dub legend King Kong in 1989 as a tribute following the death of prominent 1980’s dancehall singer Tenor Saw who died in 1988. King Kong shares a similar vocal style to Tenor Saw and the track has a sombre but nervous rhythm with a driving, hypnotic bassline.
Naphtali in the late '80s, dropping the classic East London rude-boy minimalist dub that has built his reputation as the rudest of boys and dubbest of basses. Produced with the help of no one less than Blacka and Jah Warrior, this is a 10” that needs to have it home among your dub essentials. Sya!
Norman Records really going all out with these bass-heavy funk releases these days, here’s Michael Rose’s Observe Life with an interesting and inspirational message, if you can still think beyond the cowbell of course. To finish it off, there’s Ari Up dropping the Observing Dub on the flipside.
Phenomenal reggae rarity repressed by Dug Out, the label run by Mark Ernestus of Basic Channel. The involvement of these guys guarantees Electric Chair as an obscure gem of digi-dancehall from the golden age of soundsystem culture. The nervous synths and impassioned vocals from Anthony Red Rose confirm that reputation on this 7” vinyl .
Some crucial advice from Little John & Billy Boyo. What You Want To Be (Disc Jockey) is getting the repress treatment this time. This is 3 cuts of deeply grooving roots, with effortless toasting from the MC's, an outrageously tight rhythm section aided by plenty of dubbed out production wizardry - straight from the vaults & a hot tip to boot. This ones out on 12" vinyl from Dug Out.
Get your dancing shoes on as this ones a knee loosener from Jah Warrior. Dub From The Heart is getting its near two decade repress. Something about this sounds so familiar yet it became overshadowed by everything that came after. Bridging a vital connection between roots music and the dubstep behemoth that was about to emerge, this one is a subbed out killer. Get this tripped out dub on 7" vinyl from Dug Out before its too late.
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