Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Bobby Pins & The Saloon Soldiers are a new 9 piece band fronted by 3 sassy looking females. The group have recreated that classic Trojan organ driven soulful reggae sound of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Their new self-titled album is out now on Mad Butcher records in Germany, Kob records in Italy and Red Star 73 in Spain. If you want to get hold of a copy in the UK then try contacting Do The Dog on firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their Myspace page to check out some sounds! http://www.myspace.com/bobbypinsandthesaloonsoldiers
Friday, March 26, 2010
7 Court Street
Also on the bill are fellow Welsh acts
Plus Derby based acoustic, comedy, punk poet Paul Carter and djs to fill in the gaps.
Fun starts at 8pm with proceedings coming to an end at 1:30am
Tax on the night £5/£4 NUS
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
It features top quality musicianship that reggae lovers will not be able to resist with the vintage feel of these tracks. Standouts include 'Lick It Back' by Daniel Bowskill and Russel Brown, 'Living In the City' by Basil Gibbon, and 'Fire' by Toby Davies. The 9 tracks on this release provide an excellent example of modern reggae music staying true to the sound of its originators while continuing to be musically innovative.
Directions...The Knitting Factory is a 4 minute walk from the L/G Train(Lorimer-Metropolitan) and a 7 minute walk to L Train (Bedford Ave).
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
"Joyful Dub" is more of a happy ska infusion that reminds me of the Beat for some reason in their 'Special Beat Service' phase, there are even elements of Pama Int'l in here. A nice flute rides atop helping enhance the uplifting vibe to the tune.
"Loving Kindness Dub" starts off all Enya style with soft vocals complete with beach meets sci-fi sound effects. The immense brass section then takes front row....very nice and the Xylophone sounds great on this, it adds a jazzy feel plus gives it that lovely mellow late night fashion vibe.
"Restful Dub" is superb and sounds like it could be a 'b' side lifted straight from a Doctor Bird label 7" from time.In my book its an album of instrumentals, very good one's with superb sound production that could almost be Tommy McCook & the Supersonics styleee and like I say very much my cup of tea…..a fine Earl Grey in fact
Monday, March 1, 2010
Cliff began writing songs while still at primary school in St. James, listening to a neighbour's sound system. In 1962 his father took him to Kingston to go to Kingston Technical School where he ended up sharing his cousin's one rented room in East Kingston. He sought out many producers while still going to school, trying to get his songs recorded but without success. He also entered talent contests. "One night I was walking past a record store and restaurant as they were closing, pushed myself in and convinced one of them, Leslie Kong, to go into the recording business, starting with me," he writes in his own website biography. After two singles that failed to make much impression, his career took off when his "Hurricane Hattie" became a hit, while he was aged 14. It was produced by Kong, with whom Cliff would remain until Kong's death from a heart attack in 1971. Cliff's later local hit singles included "King of Kings", "Dearest Beverley", "Miss Jamaica" and "Pride and Passion". In 1964, Cliff was chosen as one of the Jamaican representatives at the World's Fair and Cliff soon signed to Island Records and moved to the UK. Island Records initially (and unsuccessfully) tried to sell Cliff to the rock audience, but his career took off in the late 1960s. His international debut album was Hard Road to Travel, which received excellent reviews and included "Waterfall" (composed by Nirvana's Alex Spyropoulos and Patrick Campbell-Lyons), which became a hit in Brazil and won the International Song Festival.
"Waterfall" was followed in 1969 by "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" and "Vietnam" in 1970, both popular throughout most of the world. Bob Dylan even called "Vietnam" the best protest song he had ever heard. Also during this period, Cliff released a cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" as a single, but it was not included on his Wonderful World, Beautiful People album.
In 1972, Cliff starred in the (Perry Henzell directed) classic reggae film, The Harder They Come, which tells the story of Ivan Martin, a young man without funds who arrives in Kingston from the country, tries to make it in the recording business, but turns to a life of crime and finally dies on the beach in a shoot-out with cops. The soundtrack album of the film was a huge success that sold well across the world, bringing reggae to an international audience for the fist time. It remains the most significant film to have come out of Jamaica since independence. The film made its debut at London's Notting Hill Gaumont cinema on 1 September 1972. After a series of albums, Cliff took a break and traveled to Africa, exploring his newfound Muslim spirituality. (He subsequently renounced any formal religious belief.) He quickly returned to music, touring for several years before he recorded with Kool & the Gang for The Power and the Glory (1983). In 1984 Cliff appeared at the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, in the Netherlands.
During the 1981 River Tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band added Cliff's little-known song "Trapped" to their live set; it achieved great prominence when included on 1985's We Are the World benefit album. The follow-up, Cliff Hanger (1985) won a Grammy Award for 'Best Reggae Album', though it was his last major success in the U.S. until 1993. Also in 1985 Cliff contributed to the song "Sun City", a protest song written by Steven Van Zandt and recorded by Artists United Against Apartheid to convey opposition to the South African policy of apartheid Cliff then provided backing vocals on The Rolling Stones' 1986 album, Dirty Work. While In 1988, his song "Shelter of Your Love" was featured in the hit film Cocktail.
In 1991 Cliff appeared at the second Rock in Rio festival in the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He continued to sell well in Jamaica and, to a lesser extent, the UK, returning to the mainstream pop charts in the U.S. and elsewhere (#1 in France) with a version of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" which featured in the film the Cool Runnings in 1993. In 1995 Cliff released the single "Hakuna Matata" (a collaboration with Lebo M), another soundtrack song this time taken from the Disney film The Lion King.
In 2003 his song "You Can Get It If You Really Want" was included in the soundtrack to the film, Something's Gotta Give, while he also appeared in July the Paléo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. At The end of that year the Jamaican government, under P.J. Patterson, honored Cliff on 20th October by awarding him The Order of Merit, the nation's third-highest honor, in recognition of his contributions to the film and music of Jamaica.
Cliff was also an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' judging panel to support independent artists. More recently, Cliff appeared on the Jazz World Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2008.
In September 2009, Cliff was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following a campaign on his behalf by the American, Charles Earle. Cliff reacted to the news by saying, "This is good for Cliff, good for Jamaican music and good for my country".
On March 15th this year Cliff will attend the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to be inducted and become only the second reggae artist to receive such recognition, to which he richly deserves.
His recording career began in the late 1950s when he formed a duo with his neighbour Stranger Cole as 'Stranger & Ken', the first tracks released by them being "Hush Baby", on the B-side of Cole's Island Records single "Last Love", and the "Thick in Love" single on R&B Records, both in 1963. They released several more popular singles between 1963 and 1965, including "World's Fair", "Hush", and "Artibella". Boothe also recorded as a duo with Roy Shirley (as Roy & Ken), releasing the "Paradise" single in 1966.
His first solo tracks were recorded in 1966 after Clement "Coxsone" Dodd had signed him to the Studio One Label. He also recorded material for Phil Pratt and Sonia Pottinger in this year. He had almost immediate success with songs like "The Train Is Coming" (on which he was backed by The Wailers) and "Lonely Teardrops" and the following year, Boothe and Alton Ellis successfully toured UK tour with the Studio One session group, The Soul Vendors.
Boothe was promoted as "Mr. Rock Steady" by Dodd during this period and in 1968 at the age of 17, they released Ken’s first album which bore this title and included numerous hits such as “The Girl I Left Behind”, “When I Fall In Love”, “I Don’t Want to See You Cry”, “Home, Home, Home”, and the song many regard as one of Boothe's best exponents, ‘Puppet On A String’. Journalist Alphea Saunders, in writing about Boothe and this song said, "He is one of the best of the very best".
Boothe continued to record for Dodd until 1970, when he switched to Leslie Kong's Beverley's Records, where his success continued with hits such as "Freedom Street" and "Why baby Why".
Following Kong's death, Boothe recorded for many of Jamaica's top producers during the early 1970s, including Keith Hudson, Herman Chin Loy, Vincent "Randy" Chin, and Phil Pratt. He then formed the group Conscious Minds with B.B. Seaton.
Then under a new direction from record producer Lloyd Charmers, Boothe released "Everything I Own" on Trojan Records, which reached Number One in the UK Singles charts in 1974. The song, written by David Gates, was given a sympathetic light reggae feel and it received airplay and an appreciative audience in the West Indies and was regularly played on the radio stations of the UK due to its "crossover" appeal. David Gates' own group, Bread, had had a minor UK hit with the song in the Spring of 1972, but it had only reached Number 32.
Boothe only managed one more hit in the UK Chart during the 1970s, "Crying Over You", which made Number 11, but with Trojan Records' collapse and a split with Charmers he lost much of the momentum built up by his two hits.
Boothe and Charmers reunited in the late 1970s when a revived Trojan Records released the albums Blood Brothers (first issued on LTD in 1976) and Who Get's Your Love, but the reunion proved to be short-lived. He continued to record during the 1980s and had a few hits during 1986 and 1987.
In 1987, Boy George released a version of "Everything I Own" which charted or reached Number One in many countries. His rendition owed far more in styling to Boothe's version than the original by Bread. This sparked renewed interest in Boothe's version, which was reissued the same year, but only reaching number 88 in the UK.
In more recent times, Boothe has recorded for Bunny Lee, Phil Pratt, King Jammy, Pete Weston, Jack Ruby, Hugh "Red Man" James, Castro Brown and Tappa Zukie. Plus in 1995, he teamed up with Shaggy, for a new styled version of his old self penned track, "The Train Is Coming", which appeared on the soundtrack of the film, Money Train.
A 23 track retrospective of Ken Boothe's career from 1963~74 titled “Crying Over You” was released by Trojan in 2001.
Boothe’s greatest accolade came in 2003 when he was awarded the Order of Distinction for his contribution to Jamaican music by the Jamaican government.
Throughout his career he has always been recognized as the “Voice of Choice” in the history of Jamaican popular music and during the 60’s was even known as the Jamaican Wilson Pickett, but however he is referred to he will always be regarded as one of, if not the greatest of Jamaica’s singers whether its the power he unleashes with his soul on an up-tempo song or the passion that soothes you on a ballad, his voice is always captivating
They signed to Giles Petersons Talkin' Loud records and released their first single "Get Yourself Together". This was followed by "Apparently Nothin'", which became a #13 hit for the group in the UK and brought them to national attention. These singles were then quickly followed by the album, Road to Freedom.
"Road to Freedom" was recorded at the Solid Bond Studios (Paul Weller's personal studio) with many noted guests such as: Paul Weller, Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Mick Talbot, Steve White and Max Beesley (yes the actor, he was a renowned percussionist playing with a variety of acts from the Brand New Heavies to Robbie Williams before breaking into acting). This album has been variously described as "era-defining" and “serving as the blueprint for the Neo-Soul genre” what ever that is? All I know though is its bloody excellent! An eclectic mix of all the coolest elements from the worlds of Jazz, Funk, Soul and then brought bang up-to-date, well for the early 90’s anyway with a sprinkling of hip hop with rapping and toasting from MC Mell'O', IG Culture and Masta Ace (they also worked with Outlaw Posse single version of Step Right On).
Talkin' Loud released the album in the UK in 1991, but It was later released in the United States, on Polygram Records, with some changes in the track list. On the British edition, the songs "All I Have" and "Step Right On" are instrumentals, but vocals by Anderson were mixed in for the US release. “All I Have” was particularly outstanding and it’s such a shame that it was not part of the UK release. I do however believe it did see release as part of an EP.
In spite of the success of the singles and the album, which peaked in the UK at #21, it was the only album the trio ever produced. According to Anderson, the album was a "fluke", as Nelson "never felt comfortable or wanted the role of being an artist". Anderson left the group in 1992, using the success of Apparently Nothin' to earn herself a solo recording contract with the larger Virgin Records company. Following this, the group disbanded, although the name was still used for remix production for many years. Nelson and Williams have continued to work behind the scenes in the music industry.
I have always wondered what would have happened if they had made a follow up, but maybe after such an explosive entrance anything else would have seemed poor in comparison. Sometimes in music an LP just fits effortlessly into a moment in time and Road To Freedom certainly does that for me. Even now some 20yrs on, is it really as long as that, I still get goose bumps listening to tracks like the JB influenced “Move On” to the sweeping majesty and story telling of “Freedom Suite” and feel they have all stood those last 20yrs well.
Respected club DJ Trevor Nelson (No relation to Marc) has said of the album in 2006 that its combination of influences, with "clever, unpredictable productions" and Anderson's "low, smoky vocals", is deemed to be “one of the most important albums to emerge from the acid jazz scene”.
So if you want to know what was causing a storm on the underground dance scene in the early 90’s as an alternative to the Acid House phenomenon get this and appreciate the way they mixed the sounds of yesteryear and turned them into something new, fresh and very exciting.
1. Get Yourself Together
2. Apparently Nothin'
3. Funky Yeh Funki (Mek It)
4. Talkin' What I Feel (feat Masta Ace)
5. All I Have (In Dub)
6. Move On
7. As We Come (To Be)
8. Step Right On (Dub)
9. Freedom Suite: (I) Freedom/ (II) Wanting / (III) To Be Free (feat IG Culture)
10.Young Disciples Theme (feat MC Mell'O')
Not all the collaborations always hit the mark but tunes like the iconic "Harder They Come" will be very hard to better. There is though more than enough here to please and I think they have shown that they are talented enough to push on in their own style next time.
01-God Bless You (intro - Richie B) - Feat. Toots and the Maytals & Lil Mo
02-Police and Bad Boy Strap - Feat Mighty Diamonds
03-Harder They Come - Feat. Hopeton James
04-Jah Jah See Dem - Feat Gyptian (Tribute To Culture)
05-Girl You Rock My World - Feat. Chaka Demus & Pliers
06-Make The World Better - Feat. Inna Circle
07-She Call Mi Phone - Feat. Beenie Man & Barrington Levy
08-Youth Dem A Cry - Suga Roy and Conrad Crystal
09-Jah Can Do It - Feat. Dennis Brown
10-Cocaine Round There Brain - Feat. Dillinger
11-Rock Steady - Suga Roy and Conrad Crystal (Tribute to Alton Ellis)
12-High Grade - Feat. U Roy
13-Disney Land - Feat. Eek A Mouse
14-Chant Rasta - Feat. Max Romeo
15-Glory - Feat. Congos
16-Mama Say - Feat.Marcia Griffiths & Tashina
17-Reggae - Feat. Lee Scratch Perry18-Early This Morning - Feat. Big Youth
Released in late October last year on Prominence Records it is an album of predominantly instrumental funky, fresh, jazzed up grooves. You can feel deep rooted love that Leloudas has for classic Hammond heavy, funky jazz from the likes of Brother Jack McDuff, and Lou Donaldson from the finger snapping bumping bass vibe on 'Show Me' to the thriving hipster groove of 'Afro-Funky Popcorn' and 'Tied Up' that is complemented with a sweet sounding double bass rhythm. Further evidence of this love is found with a take on Acid Jazz fave 'Jungle Strut' by Gene Ammons with 'Jungle Tobacco'. The album also has a feel of movie soundtrack in parts especially on 'A Clap' which contains clips from a film or films and in N.O Funk, which sounds like a contemporary Dennis Coffey outing. A great little album of cool grooves to make ya move.
2. The Shine
11. Nile (Palov + Mishkin Remix)
Thu 29th April 2010 @ O2 Academy Bristol
Fri 30th April 2010 @ Royal Concert Hall Nottingham
Sat May 01st 2010 @ Manchester Apollo
Sun May 02nd @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mon 03rd May 2010 @ O2 Academy London
Then its off to Europe where he will be appearing at...
Digitalism at Petrol in Antwerp, Belgium on Friday 07th May 2010
From July he will be in the USA and Canada
Wednesday 21st July 2010 with Inner Circle at Captain Hiram’s Resort Sebastian, FL, US
Saturday 24th July 2010 at Hard Rock Café Orlando, FL, US
Friday 30th July 2010 at Atlanta Civic Center Atlanta, GA, US
Friday 06th & Saturday 07th August 2010 at Bam New York, NY, US
Sunday 08th August 2010 at Lehman College Bronx, NY, US
Wednesday 11th August 2010 at Lupo's Providence, RI, US
Thursday 12th August 2010 at Toad's Place New Haven, CT, US
Saturday 14th August 2010 at Sound Academy Toronto, ON, Canada Sunday 29th August 2010 at The Queen Mary Long Beach, CA, US
See full review at www.unitedreggae.com/articles/n329/021410/natty-king-trodding
The Rototom Sunsplash is now just about the biggest reggae gathering in Europe with crowds in the region of 130,000 people from around the world.
The festival is held in high esteem and regarded as the European ambassador for the Jamaican reggae as well as a recognised voice for peace, human rights, sustainable development and positivity – in a conscious effort to build “Un altro mondo possible” (another possible world).
The festival is usually held in Italy but despite this change in location organisers say they will maintain its musical format: as well featuring the usual meetings, debates, courses, art exhibitions, films and documentaries, meditation seminaries, holistic therapies and many other activities, largely from non profit organisations.
Tickets are due to go on presale along with announcement of the first artists on the line-up very soon.
Once there you can find a new selection of nearly 50 previously unreleased dubs, versions and alternate cuts, so far only available as wav dubplates. There is also a full back catalogue as wav and mp3, plus the most extensive selection of Scotch Bonnet vinyl releases plus a few carefully selected records from elsewhere.
Despite a short delay Bad From is now getting pressed up ready for a release on 3 x 12" for 14th March having been freshly mastered. Check the vocal talent, turn up the volume and do the chicken.
Black Warrior - Buffalo Soldier (SCOB020)
Warrior Queen - Good looking boy (SCOB021)
Fu Steps - It's rough (SCOB021)
Daddy Freddy - Can't stop we again (SCOB022)
Conny Ras and Steady Ranks - Crisis (SCOB021)
YT - Scream (SCOB020)
Longfingah - Deh pon top (SCOB022)
Jennifer Barrett - Cut out the hatred (SCOB022)
Mikey Murka - Hail the king (SCOB022)
International Dub (SCOB020)
Pre-order your vinyl straight from them
Also available in all serious record outlets.
Download or listen to the mix on soundcloud
They can’t seem to get enough of Kenny Knotts and you can understand why when every time, without fail, he rips it up on the mic, catch videos of him on youtube and join him on myspace
Kenny live with us in Warsaw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPVqA0nZ97M
Having just completed a Haiti fundraiser in Edinburgh alongside Messenger, Big Toe's, Robigan, Riddim Tuffa, Ital Fiya, Northern Exposure and more you can still catch a Mungo’s session at
Dub ‘n’ Grub, The 78, Kelvinhaugh Street, Glasgow, every ThursdayThey take it in turns to the cook food and play the music. It runs from 5:30pm – 12pm with food finishing at 11pm, while its music from 8pm straight through till closing Also catch ‘em out and about this month in
Norwich on Thursday 4th March for Roots n Culture alongside Roots Renegade,
link to the event on facebook
The appearance on the show will act as a prelude to gigs they will be playing at while over there and in Canada. First up is……
THURSDAY 15TH APRIL: CONCERT AT CLUB NOKIA LA CALIFORNIA
There will also be a Pre-Party & Ride Meeting for any LA Scooterists or just anyone who wants to tag along at Bar Italia Classics featuring an Official Listening Party for Pama Internationals' new release "Pama Outernational". A meeting spot near the venue is also to be arranged so all parties can ride together into the venue parking.
along side the likes of Gil Scott Heron, PIL, Gorillaz, Sly & the Family Stone, De La Soul