A record so cool, it's practically a genre unto itself – and a set that's a key part of the On-U Sound approach of the 80s! The group draw initial influence from 70s Jamaican dub, but never hold to just the roots of that music – and instead explode into a huge range of odd sounds and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Long-lost material from one of the coolest groups on the UK scene in the post-punk years – a wealth of unreleased tracks from the mighty African Head Charge – a group whose sound perfectly defined the legendary On-U Sound record label! The tunes are often quite spare and stripped-down ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)
Rasta Dub 76 ... LP Grounation/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1976. New Copy ...
It's hard to get better than this when it comes to dub – core sounds from the mighty Agrovators, working with production from Bunny Lee, and sweet mixdown at King Tubbys! The instrumentation is fantastic – more than great enough without even the larger studio processes that really send ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guns don't argue, and neither can we – with the classic sound of this groundbreaking album from Dennis Alcapone! The record is years ahead of its time – both in the way that it takes a harder edge and more righteous vibe to the themes – but also in the way that it bubbles up with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of sweet bass pedal here – a bumping bottom that sets up the groove right from the start, and continues to dominate the rhythm – while Benjamin Ball calls out the catchy hook, female singers echo his vocals, and keyboards give the whole thing a nice electro polish too! Soul Clap ... (Soul, Reggae)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Pressure Sounds does it again, with another fine collection of mighty, mighty dub! A much needed Blackbeard retrospective collecting 16 hard to get cuts from British dubmeister Dennis Bovell, rare dubs and instrumentals, plus a couple of outstanding vocal tracks from the man at the epicenter of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ...
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cornell Campbell —
Ropin ... LP Third World/Radiation Roots, 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
Fantastic sounds from Cornell Campbell – a higher-voiced singer who could take on the best of the American sweet soul generation – and one who also does a great job here serving up his own takes on US soul tunes too! The album's almost a bit out of time – given the date of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Full strength roots from Dr Aminatado! In a perfect world, this album would need no introduction from us – it's classic caliber to say the least! For those yet to visit the doctor, this is the perfect perscription –in which Dr Alimantado and Lee Scratch Perry lead you through a top ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best dressed chicken in town returns for round 2! The good doctor's follow up to that album's another scorcher, though this one's not exclusively produced by Scratch. Still it's a mighty batch of tracks, and like the preceding LP a collection of singles, with a variety of vocalists taking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eek-A-Mouse's early 80s classic – and the benchmark meeting between the wildly unique deejay and vocalist with producer Henry Junjo Lawes! The Mouse is out front of stellar rootsy backing by The Roots Radics Band. Titles Include "Ganja Smuggling", "Long Time Ago", "O ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dub album so mysterious, copies of the set were actually found stuffed inside the wrong record sleeves – which might well testify to the pretty stripped-down packaging of this version of the album! Yet don't judge the book by its cover – as the album's filled with well-crafted dub ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as Derrick Harriott serves up a wonderful mix of sounds that owes plenty to American funk and soul of the early 70s – some cool Kingston covers of famous US tunes, and some other originals that are equally groovy overall! The set's one of the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Higgs —
Unity Is Power ... LP Elevation/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best records ever by Joe Higgs! Higgs is one of classic reggae's best songwriters and one of it's most distinctive voices – having written for, performed with or simply influenced some of the biggest names in the game – but his own great records didn't really crossover to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set that shows the tremendous combination of powers that was taking place in the mid 70s Kingston scene – a pulling together of forces that meant that a record like this just couldn't miss! I Roy's great in his lead role as a toaster – singing/speaking his way through a half ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As Sly & Robbie and many of reggae's first instrumental visionaries moved on, younger groups like the Roots Radics stepped to the fore, though this line up featured both younger talent like Style Scott and Bingy Bunny and stalwarts like Flabba Holt and Gladdie Anderson. And while we love the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's easy to be the Dub Champion when you've got grooves this good – wonderful work brewed up at Channel One by the Roots Radics band, then reworked King Tubby's studio – plus a bonus LP with the original Barrington Levy vocal cuts! The talents here are all the best in the Jamaican ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Scientist spins out on a dub-driven power boat – scanning the swamps to drive out the vampires and a host of other ghouls too – all while reinventing Jamaican music in the process! The record's filled with lots of cool electric elements – those weird production effects and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wealth of rare tracks from the archives of Jamaican producer Bunny "Striker" Lee – tracks pulled from one-off dubplates mixed direct from the studio, and other unreleased tracks pulled from never-heard master tapes too! The music here definitely lives up to Lee's production ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Lindo —
Far & Distant ... LP Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Wicked guitar work from Willie Lindo – spun out here over an all-instrumental set that almost feels more like Jamaican records of the late 60s than you'd guess from the mid 70s date of the album! The grooves are definitely more 70s – certainly with a strong reggae current – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The drum talks on the record, but so do the basslines – which get lots of work to set the scene for the wonderful percussion work of Leroy Mabrak Mattis! The record's one of the most unusual to come out of the Kingston scene in the 70s – a bit in the rootsy territory of work by the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet set of sides cut by the Wailers under Lee Perry's production. Crucial early roots versions of some of Marley's strongest material, like "Mr. Brown", "Soul Rebel", "Duppy Conqueror", and "400 Years" rendered in a raw Kingston soul style! Give us this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic double live album from Bob Marley & The Wailers – presented and packaged at a level that's really a cut above the usual set of that nature from the time! The group's in excellent form in a concert setting – and there's more than enough magic here to warrant the extended ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great package – heavy vinyl, and a design that replicates the die-cut style of the original record and inner sleeves!)
A breakthrough album from Bob Marley – a set that was recorded equally in Kingston and London, and which has a globe-spanning vibe to match! Marley's star had already been rising by the time of this set – but this album helped cement both his lasting power, and the worldwide influence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A righteous classic from the legendary Bob Marley – and a set that really pushed the roots reggae sound strongly into the mainstream – almost making the mode the defining global understanding of Jamaican music, thanks to the power and presence of the album! All the Marley Tuff Gong ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer funky organ – and 100% Dynamite! Jackie Mittoo is one of the all-time great organists – as essential to Jamaica as Booker T was to Memphis, or Jimmy McGriff was to New York. He's legendary these days as the player who completely transformed the Hammond sound with his unique ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 70s material from Derrick Morgan – a singer who first rose to fame during the early ska years of the 60s – but who continued to add his talents to plenty of fine records in the following decade! This set has Morgan working with Bunny Lee – in a mode that's a bit of an update ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the deepest, trippiest sounds from the Jamaican scene in the 70s – a classic collection of dubbed-up cuts from Agustus Pablo – who throws in loads of sweet melodica lines to the rhythms, at least in between hits of the pipe he's smoking on the cover! Pablo took the laidback ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of dub reggae-steeped numbers on this great Cold Busted split single by Poldoore & Emapea! Poldoore's "This Road" instrumental has a nice, spacey haze floating over the bassy rhythms and cool sax solo towards the end. Emapea's "Rudeboy" on the flip is a really cool ... (Funky 45's, Reggae)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Fantastic early work from Prince Far I – already a mystical force in reggae, with a sound that definitely lives up to his name! The Prince serves up a very righteous brew of lyrics – spoken and toasted over the top of some wicked dubby rhythms – grooves that are often as much a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ernest Ranglin —
Jazz Jamaica ... LP Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1964. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best jazz albums we've ever heard from legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin – recorded quite early in his career for the tiny Federal label, and done with a fire that's missing from some of his other later records! The album's way more than just another instrumental outing with ... (Jazz, Reggae)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dub landing of massive proportions – served up here on some classic early 80s work by Scientist, who's really making magic in the studio with the sounds of the Roots Radics Band! The tunes are stark, sharp, and very focused – and at some level, the mixologist is maybe keeping himself ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Original ska sounds from the originators themselves – 20 incredible numbers by the Skatalites & friends – with many of their most essential recordings, and rare stunners, to boot! The period in focus here is the initial few years of The Skatalites as a bonafide band, but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from the earliest years of The Skatalites – a time when the group were one of the sharpest things going in Jamaican music, and also added musical support to a number of singers as well! This killer collection brings together the hippest singles from the combo – work that' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Studio instrumentals from the hottest house band in the history of Jamaican music! Alongside the Skatalites the Sound Dimension were responsible for crafting the tunes and rhythms that emanated from Coxsone Dodd's Studio One label from the very dawning of the reggae age, and what better ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An underground classic from the digital generation – produced by Herman Wright and Percy Chin with a laidback groove – and some strong backings from Jah Malla & Instigators, A Team, and the I Life Players! Scion Sashay is the real star, though – a young singer, but one with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Masterful early 70s reggae from Toots & The Maytals – released first in 1971, and first reissued with this killer tracklist a few years later into the 70s – and flat out classic! The reggae rhythms are steeped in raw soul and R&B for truly distinctive vibe. Breezy Caribbean ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toots & The Maytals —
In The Dark ... LP Dragon/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A classic by one of Jamaica's most soulful groups – an excellent early set from Toots & The Maytals. Issued right around the same time as the Funky Kingston LP, but actually with a bit more of a funky twist to it! While the In The Dark does indeed have a funky edge to it, we're making ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice couple of cuts by Spanish reggae, funk, soul and classic sci fi and horror soundtrack inspired combo The Transilvanians! The group's got surefire talent in laying down steady, soulful rhythms, which comes in especially handy on their cover of Laurel Aitken's "Boogie In My Bones", ... (Funky 45's, Reggae)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Nice mid-70s set from the Originator, toasting over the Soul Synicate dropping remakes of Treasure Isle and Studio One rhythms, one of the gold standards of Jamaican Dee Jay LPs. What more could you want? 10 tracks in all: "Listen To The Teacher", "Trench Town Rock", "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work from The Wailers – the early trio version of the group, with a legendary lineup that includes Peter Tosh and Bob Marley! The style here is different than both Tosh and Marley's music to come, but the sound is already totally top-shelf – a wickedly soulful blend of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record from the great Delroy Wilson – a set that's dubby at the core, but also has a righteous sense of soul too – almost a Jamaican extension of the hippest styles of early 70s American soul! Delroy's vocals are wonderful – very powerful, even without trying too much ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rarities from the mighty Yabby You – with some remarkably strong, though little heard rootsy dub from Yabby and his extended brethren – including some recently discovered bits! The title Deeper Roots works on dual fronts. It's got pretty rare material, discovered by the always deep ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 2-Tone inspired tribute to Bob Marley & The Wailers on Jump Up! EP includes The Crombies doing "Hooligans", The Equators' "Pimper's Paradise" The Skapones (UK) doing "Midnight Ravers" and Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow doing "Cheer Up" 7-inch, Vinyl record
A fantastic collection that looks at the relationship between American soul and reggae in a very unique way – not the early crossovers of soul and rocksteady in the 60s, but a big wave of disco-inspired sounds in the 70s! The set brings together some great Jamaican and British versions of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! New expanded edition – with more material than the previous version!)
Kaya Dub ... LP Kaya/Bond Export, 1975. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of those 70s dub albums that's completely mysterious in terms of the cover notes and content – but which hardly needs any information at all to convey the majesty of its music! The album is reportedly one of the first dub records actually pressed in the US, with material sourced from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Jammy may have come to the reggae party a bit later than some of his famous predecessors – but the man's ears and studio talents helped provide a great way for the whole scene to move forward strongly – as you'll hear from these crucial productions from the key dancehall hears! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way way more than just the usual roots reggae collection – a stunning set that documents the growth of Rastafari ideals in Jamaican music – with examples that range from years before the birth of reggae, through that style's bit growth in the 70s! The set includes this very large ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Unhh!! Studio One plus funk, what more need we say?! Coxsone Dodd and company get down with the get down, and in this case, that's some pretty good company, with Sound Dimension, Cedric Brooks, Jackie Mittoo, Pablove Black, Alton Ellis, Vin Gordon and a whole mess of the baddest cats in Jamaica ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible document of the Kingston scene in the 70s – and one that really opens up our understanding of reggae culture at the time! The set features portions of two radio shows hosted by Winston Williams – one from 1977, one from 1978 – both complete with announcer intros and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from the legendary Studio One – and some important sounds that really show the link between Jamaican reggae and American soul! The grooves at this point draw heavily from the US soul and R&B that had been hitting Jamaican shores via radio broadcasts from up north – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soulful sounds from the legendary Studio One – music from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking some strong cues from the American soul scene of the 60s, but coming up with a unique groove of their own! As proof of that fact, some of the work here is based on original American soul tunes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solid!! 19 burning shots of prototypical island jams! The sounds of Studio One have been passed down from generation to generation of musicians, even being sampled by some of today's digital producers, and recut in version after version, and with their series of Studio One reissues, Soul Jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another essential batch of Studio One Soul, every bit as great as the first! 18 more astoundingly great Jamaican renditions of soul and R&B numbers from the hands of Coxsone Dodd and his extraordinary stable of artists, some deeply soulful, and others with a more rootsy, raw grain to them. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album