Basic Replay Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Classic rhythms over destabilised, overdubbed tracks from the legendary Dark Prince of Reggae as well as dentist, Keith Hudson, working with Lloyd ‘Bullwackie’ Barnes after his previous work with the Skatalites, Ken Boothe, and John Holt. Originally released back in 1981 in New York City, this album is available on vinyl and CD from Basic Replay.
Call Me Rambo, he says. Call me Rambo! And then with the Commodore 64 helicopter, gunshots and explosions, all on top of a wicked bass line and pleasant singing. Ackie is definitely a strange fish in the pond, but damn if I won’t call him Rambo. I just hope he doesn’t hide in the woods to kill a bunch of cops.
Prince Jazzbo is not about putting you at ease, but messing with your head with with his crazy sound effects. Straight from the end of the 80s Replay Version is a blast from the past that will hit you in the ears, altering both sound and equilibrium. It’s like taking a hit off a special cigarette without knowing what hit you/what you just hit.
Straight from the Wall-dropping year of 1989, here’s a perfect time-capsule of some of 80s reggae’s finest. Professor Grizzly spitting sick rhymes in his catchy and crazy style over tight beats on Don’t Fight the Professor’s alternate version, and Chuck Turner dropping moving & catchy lyrical vocals on Trying to Conquer I.
Sounding like a funk-bass player who has spent a decade lost in the jungle, learning to communicate with tribal peoples, Keith Hudson’s 1974 is a funky piece of music. Flesh of my Skin of Blood of my Blood is a classic that is now available to us everyday people, far away from the jungle. Bring home the funk!
- Vinyl LP (BRATRA-1005LP)
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With bass so thick and gooey you could smear it on a sandwich, Black Liberation takes dub’s tastiest ingredients and turns it into a tasty mix that will have the taste buds in your ears ripple with pleasure and bass vibrations. Courtney Melody knows what’s up, knows what you want and how to give it to you.
Another tasty dub reissue for all you fans, here’s 1990-91’s Tenastelin & Keety Roots dropping some trooffs on some dirty beats. Burial Tonight is a chill classic of laid back dub that made it to sets of the greatest in London’s '90s dub scene. And now 12” can make it unto your record player.
Not to be confused with dubtechno masters Basic Channel, to whom they are related, the Basic Replay label is all about reissuing late '80s and '90s dub, reggae and dancehall. This compilation features a bunch of their finest reissues on just one CD, so you don’t have to choose! What a time to be alive!
In the early '90s, a magnificent dub producer: Andrew Bees, not a swarm of insects making honey, but a man making sweet bass lines, oozing electronic licks and stinging when spitting truths about his life and the world. Militant is a timepiece about rights and making the dopest of dubs, which is what Andrew does.
White Mice (Allan Crichton)
During the late ‘80s, a youngster with ambition stepped into King Jammy’s recording studio and recorded a bunch of vintage digital reggae tracks. His name was Allan Crichton, recording and releasing as White Mice. Though he recorded different versions for all his songs, here’s the original release of his self-titled debut LP.
White Mice (Allan Crichton)
While recording his debut LP, our man Allan Crichton took it upon himself to record two versions of every song - why not? Finally released as the Versions LP to White Mice' self-titled record, here all the alternate takes of all the songs on that piece of art (also available in reissue here at Norman Records!).
Basic Replay is responsible for some of the cutting edgiest reggae and dancehall releases of the past few years, and Gregory Isaacs and Ken Boothe’s newest 10” is a comfortable fit in their impressive stable of bob-your-head-on-the-upbeat repertoire. Dealing / Memories features a ton of weird sounds and catchy vocals.