Glasgow reggae sound system Argonaut Sounds have released Babascum’s
“Down Inna Di Ghetto”, the first single on their new label Argonaut Sounds Productions, available on limited edition 7” and digital download from 4th April 2013.
Written by Babascum, with backing vocals from Shantha Roberts and produced by Wayne Fortune, the upbeat one drop track stands apart from the dubstep and bass music influences currently dominating in the UK, and takes its lead from the resurgent reggae scene in Jamaica and Europe.
Hailing from St Lucia, Babascum has been resident MC with Argonaut Sounds for several years. Deeply immersed in music from a young age, and from a family of gospel and folk signers, his exposure to sound systems and be felt in his music, with his lyrical content carrying a spiritual message while reflecting the complexities of life.
The social aspect of reggae music is something Babascum holds dear:
“Music has always been my release, my joy, my love, everything. It’s always made me feel part of a community, and I’m so happy to be able to make a contribution to the music.”
After celebrating a decade in the sound system business in 2012, the formation of their new label is the next logical step for Argonaut Sounds, explains producer Wayne Fortune:
“We’ve been privileged to be part of the booming reggae scene in Glasgow for more than ten years, and it seems natural to take the next step and put some of our music out there - it’s been a long held ambition of ours to reach this stage.”
Shantha Roberts, former MTV and BBC Scotland TV presenter, provides backing vocals on the track, and has been a long term collaborator with Argonaut Sounds, having recorded several tracks in her own right for use on the sound system.
The single is available direct from www.argonautsounds.com and from all good record stores and online retailers.