Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl feat. Kylie Auldist

Back in 2009, Freestyle released 'This Girl' by Cookin' On 3 Burners on a 45 single ahead of the full length album 'Soul Messin'.

This Girl featured renowned Aussie songstress Kylie Auldist (known for her work with The Bamboos, Polyester & Mega Bias) who joined forces with the boys and provided the focus for this mellow, beautiful and incredibly catchy song.

Shimmering horns ride over this laid back, deep soul classic, the super catchy melody found a home amongst fans of deep funk, classic 60s & Northern soul aficionados. Quickly selling out of its first, second and third vinyl pressing, the 45 went on to become one of those records that ended up going for quite 'silly money' on various rare record websites, which whilst flattering, did put the vinyl single somewhat out of reach of those not willing to part with a fat wad of cash in order to secure a copy!

So, now in 2013, Freestyle have bowed to public pressure and re-released this fantastic soul classic again on beautiful vinyl once more.

Upon its original release, everybody from Jazz FM's Peter Young through to BBC Radio 2's Mark Lamarr went just a little bit crazy about the song - and in 2013 this unforgettable  touching song is getting even more people hot under the collar all over again!

For those of you whose vinyl & turntable days are a distant memory - of course - you can also grab this classic 45 from all the usual digital outlets.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

J Star - Licensed Plates

Celebrating 10 years of West London's Jstar Records, 12 official Jstar remixes & versions
come together in a celebration of blissful reggae bass lines, horns and echo

Pop sensibility reggae re-workings of Madness, DJ Vadim, Austrian popsters Mr Dero & Farina
Miss, rub shoulders with chasms of psychedelic dub such as The Unlimiters’ Loophole and
Resonators’ Sweet Love Affair (Inna Chicken Head Dub). New Zealand artists Dub Terminator and
The Black Seeds get the signature Jstar treatment with deep melodic bass lines and spacious steller
sonics. Jstar’s version of The Empty Heads’ Ya Ya, Das Mic, a Jstar collaboration with Uwe Kaa nd
Jstar’s own brand new Fish Finger Tentacle Dub are previously unreleased.

Producer and DJ, Jstar is well known for his classic reggae/hip hop nuggets on limited 7” vinyl, as
well as remixes of Madness, DJ Vadim, The Black Seeds, Ari Up, Mark Ronson, Dreadsquad,
Tenor Fly amongst others. Over 60 productions, that made it into record boxes of DJ's worldwide
(Norman Jay, David Rodigan, Grandmaster Flash, John Peel, Benji B and Diplo) that
regularly reach the Top Ten on Juno, and Beatport. An original Jstar album is under production
for late 2013.

Jstar goes from strength to strength djing across the planet from Mexico to Manchester, Denmark
to Delhi, Weimar to Wellington. 2013 will be no different, touring at festivals Northern Bass and
Rhythm & Alps New Zealand in December and January 2013, returning to Europe for summer, then

Jstar – Licensed Plates JS021LP is available as a limited 500 units pressing collectable double gatefold LP, lovingly mastered from tape for vinyl appreciators, in a double gatefold cover with hand designed collage by Jstar, guest star interior design by French artist/ pro snowboarder Hugo De Vismes plus stickers and download codes for exclusive bonus tracks.

Kiwi - On The Move

After nearly a decade of entertaining audiences around the North-eastern US and Brazil Kiwi have hit their stride with a new line-up featuring some of the New York City area’s finest musicians. The band, which includes Alex Tea (vocals, guitar), Ramsey Norman (drums), Matt Quinones (bass), Ben Guadalupe (percussion), Dave Stolarz (keys), Barami Waspe (tenor sax), Curtis Taylor(trumpet), and Rob Edwards (trombone). 

Over these years they have been invited to share the stage with veteran reggae/ska acts including the Pietasters and John Brown’s Body.

Now they have just released their 2nd full-length album “On the Move” which is a masterful and joyful celebration of reggae rhythms, soulful vocals and Latin jazz-inflected harmonies.

To read more about this exciting album visit......

Friday, March 15, 2013

Ramon Judah - Deliver Me

“Deliver Me” is the latest release from Reggae Roast and features the labels front man Ramon Judah on vocals.

Ramon has been with reggae Roast since its inception 5 years ago yet incredibly this is his first official release with them. The cut sees the label take a more digital direction but as with all their rootsier material it is done with great style and is sure to rock crowds from the dancehalls to festivals alike.

Reggae Roast veteran MC Ramon Judah was born into a musical family in Liverpool in 1968. His father, Sugar Deen, a Merseyside legend from the 1960 influenced many musicians including Sir Paul Mcartney and gave Ramon the foundation to forge his own musical career as one of the most talented and conscious MC/singers in the UK roots scene.

RSD (Rob Smith) is as integral to the Bristol sound as any of his mainstream-approved counterparts. After his legendary work as Smith & Mighty, RSD is once again at Bristol's cutting edge, aligning himself with the city's inventive dubstep scene. Nottingham’s finest Adam Prescott, and newest member to the Reggae Roast team, combines rough and tough roots music with a modern injection of dubstep. Brighton based jungle/DnB/dub duo Kosine & Dialect have recently remixed tracks for the likes of Congo Natty and Serial Killers.

Pressure Dub Sound

Bassline Records founded in Torino, Italy by Pressure DubSound just under a year ago are following up their debut release, “I Love Jah” with another 10” vinyl titled  “Roots Fanatics” with Mr Dill Lion Warriah again featuring on vocals.
The track as the title would suggest is a fine piece of modern roots reggae played out on live instruments with the lyrics conveying PDS’s musical intensions.
The flip side of the release is “Sitting Bull” a more militant cut that talks about what they see as the exploitation of people’s homelands with particular emphasis on the NO TAV (No to the High Speed Train) movement in Italy.
Both tracks are accompanied by dub versions and are available now from all good record shops and independent distributors