The Lions recently put out a video for Roll It Round off their kick-ass new album “This Generation” (grab it here). Any fan of hardcore Roots Reggae should pick it up immediately – this is the real deal.
LISTEN: The Lions – Sweet Soul Music (from YouTube) The Lions moved to Stones Throw last year and their new album “This Generation” finally has a February 26th release date. The band is influenced by classic reggae music and really strive for that vintage 1970′s Jamaican sound. The group is made up of a bunch [...]
LISTEN: Smith & The Prophets – Valley Of Joeasaphat “Deeper Roots: Dub Plates & Rarities 1976-1978″ (released late last year by the excellent folks at the Pressure Sounds label) features obscure and remixed tracks produced by Yabby You at a time when he was responsible for some of the finest roots reggae being made (many [...]
LISTEN: U Roy – 006 (Original Mix) Pressure Sounds does it again with “The Sound Doctor”, a great looking collection featuring productions from Lee “Scratch” Perry. Where they keep finding all these Scratch tracks is a mystery, but who can complain about 24 remastered rarities from the original Upsetter. Lots of hard-to-find stuff from The [...]
LISTEN: The Orb & Lee Scratch Perry – Hold Me Upsetter I am admittedly not a huge fan of The Orb – I appreciate what they do, it’s just not my thing (I’m still not entirely sure what Ambient House music is). However, my respect for them just went up ten-fold with their new album “The [...]
Guns of Brixton is a very classic Clash tune (dare I say, their best?) that is faithfully covered by Jimmy Cliff on his great new album “Rebirth” (produced by Tim Armstrong from Rancid). A natural choice for Cliff as one of the song’s best verses relates to his iconic lead role of Ivan in the [...]
LISTEN: The Heptones “Give Give Love” New release from the UK label Soul Jazz Records, “Studio One Sound” continues their great series of rarities and in-demand tracks from the legendary Studio One vaults. This volume doesn’t have a particular focus on one sound but instead covers all the styles (ska, rocksteady, dub, roots, dancehall) that [...]
The Lee Perry documentary “The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry” is now available on DVD (here) and looks to be downright awesome. Perry was a monumentally important figure in the creation of reggae and dub (and the best early Bob Marley tracks). Always smoking the ganja and proclaimed to be a [...]