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New releases last eight weeks: Roots/Lovers Rock

Roots/Lovers Rock vinyl released in the last four weeks
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Take Away
Cat: TRSTRAD 1. Rel: 18 Oct 23
Abe Broadway - "Take Away" (2:43)
The Upsetters - "Take Away" (version) (2:44)
 in stock HK$118.39
Dancing Time (reissue)
Cat: ARI 48. Rel: 23 Oct 23
Dancing Time (7:01)
The Creator (11:17)
 in stock HK$134.76
Call It Life
Call It Life (7" limited to 300 copies)
Cat: DTWS 017. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Allo & Shanti meet The Royal Horses - "Call It Life"
Michael Exodus - "Call It Dub" (At dub Basement Studio)
 in stock HK$104.18
Chant Jah Victory
Cat: YU 706. Rel: 21 Nov 23
Chant Jah Victory (3:31)
Chant Jah Victory (version) (3:37)
 in stock HK$93.89
Rise & Shine
Cat: ARI 319. Rel: 01 Nov 23
Ariwa Posse - "Rise & Shine" (with Askala Selassie) (3:26)
Joe Ariwa - "Rise & Shine" (dub) (3:27)
Review: Mad Professor's Aiwa Studios has never struggled with turning out sublime low end excursions in a range of dubby sub-genres. This 7" offers the latest chance to check in with what's going on there courtesy of the in-house Ariwa Posse with Joe Ariwa. This is reportedly one of two releases coming imminently which is great news because it bangs. First up is A-side wobbler 'Rise & Shine' (with Askala Selassie) which has clean digi-dub synths snaking between hissing hi hats and endless amounts of rerun while the silky bass rolls unhindered and the vocals bring aching soul. Joe Ariwa gets to work on a flip side dub that hits different.
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 in stock HK$93.89
Send Me That Love
Send Me That Love (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: HS 46. Rel: 18 Oct 23
Send Me That Love (feat Nat Birchall - Sax mix) (3:54)
Send Me That Dub (4:07)
Send Me That Love (instrumental) (4:01)
Send Me That Love (Rockers take) (7:50)
 in stock HK$149.06
Revelation Is Coming
Cat: ARI 322. Rel: 24 Nov 23
Aston Barrett Jr - "Revelation Is Coming" (3:50)
Mad Professor - "Revelation Dub" (3:54)
! low stock HK$93.89
Uprising (limited 12")
Cat: BBR 001. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Uprising (3:39)
Uprising In Dub (3:41)
Tears Of Fire (3:21)
Dub Of Fire (3:22)
 in stock HK$126.62
One Law (warehouse find)
Cat: DSR 477. Rel: 27 Oct 23
One Law (acappella mix) (4:23)
One Law (Jeep mix) (4:23)
 in stock HK$30.68
Roll It Up
Cat: BS 003. Rel: 06 Nov 23
Roll It Up (mix 1) (3:49)
Roll It Up (mix 2) (3:50)
Roll It Up (mix 3) (3:47)
The Story (mix 1) (2:57)
The Story (extended mix) (6:05)
Review: France and Jamaica collide on this new 12" from Brother Sound, which is now up to release number three and is managing to maintain the good early standard it set for itself. J.A. legend Max Romeo is in top form on vocals with Brother Sound stepping up for the backing and production. 'Roll It Up' is a high-speed and hard-hitting dub that hurries you into shape-shifting while the vocals add extra pressure. It comes as two other mixes then the flipside has the slower and more meandering melodies and unbalanced sounds of 'The Story' which also comes as an extended mix.
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 in stock HK$106.14
Nobody Loves You
Cat: ORBIT 024. Rel: 01 Dec 23
Nobody Loves You (4:03)
Nobody Loves You (version) (3:23)
 in stock HK$112.31
Natural Mystic
Cat: SLI 029. Rel: 06 Nov 23
Natural Mystic (4:26)
Natural Mystic Dub (4:26)
Natural Mystic Horns (4:25)
Mystic Dubwise (4:26)
 in stock HK$126.62
Reggae Disco Rockers Remixes
Cat: FLRS 157. Rel: 02 Nov 23
The Roots (4:35)
Natsu No Klaxon (3:53)
 in stock HK$138.77
We 'a' One
We 'a' One (limited 7")
Cat: LPDR 006. Rel: 03 Nov 23
We 'a' One (4:10)
Dub To Unite (4:10)
 in stock HK$132.70
Falling (12")
Cat: DMK 001. Rel: 27 Oct 23
Falling (Discomix) (6:51)
Falling Horns (3:29)
Falling In Dub (3:29)
 in stock HK$151.12
Bad Mind
Bad Mind (12")
Cat: RGR 032. Rel: 27 Oct 23
Robert Dallas - "Bad Mind" (3:45)
Manasseh - "Bad Mind" (dub) (3:42)
Danny Red & Manasseh - "Same Thing" (extended vocal & dub mix) (6:36)
 in stock HK$126.62
Bun Dem
Bun Dem (7")
Cat: HUNT 004. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Danman - "Bun Dem" (4:00)
Dub Hunters - "Bun Dub" (4:14)
 in stock HK$81.64
Baye (7")
Cat: DTWS 018. Rel: 29 Nov 23
Dawchy - "Baye" (4:03)
Russ D - "In Front Room Sound Studio" (4:14)
 in stock HK$104.18
Cat: DP 002. Rel: 14 Nov 23
Phyllis Dillon - "Perfidia" (2:45)
Duke Supersonic - "Duchess Dub" (2:45)
Phyllis Dillon - "Love The One You're With" (2:57)
Duke Supersonic - "Love This Dub Mad" (2:57)
! low stock HK$126.62
Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward (12" in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: BZR 006. Rel: 08 Dec 23
Dub Judah - "Best Foot Forward" (3:56)
Kibir La Amlak - "Dub Right Up Deh" (3:55)
Aba Ariginal & I Jah Salomon - "Joshua's Anthem" (3:56)
Kibir La Amlak - "Joshua Riddim" (3:56)
 in stock HK$130.64
Life Is A Journey
Cat: BSL 018. Rel: 07 Dec 23
Earl 16 & The Disciples - "Life Is A Journey" (3:42)
Earl 16 & The Disciples - "Life Is A Journey" (dub) (3:43)
The Disciples - "Journey Dub" (3:42)
The Disciples - "Journey Dub" (mix 4) (3:41)
Review: The next Boom Shacka Lacka is yet another crucial outing for dub heads. It comes from The Disciples and features the pipes of Earl 16. It features two different tunes in two different forms starting with 'Life Is A Journey', a mid-tempo and fat-bottomed dub with pleading vocals from Earl up top next to some natty keys and horns. A hefty dub version is next up with some signature hissing hi-hats and rumbling bass. The B-side has 'Journey Dub' to sink you into a spotter mind before a different mix of it then brings more raw harmonic leads.
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 in stock HK$102.12
Share Some Love
Cat: ISS 089. Rel: 08 Nov 23
Earl Sixteen - "Share Some Love" (3:50)
Indica Dubs & Nando - "Rebels With Dub" (3:48)
Indica Dubs & Nando - "Trod Good" (3:43)
Indica Dubs & Nando - "Dub Good" (3:44)
Review: Indica Dubs rolls out more of their steel-plated warrior anthems here with the in-house production team stepping up next to Nando for Eternal Dub. This crucial 12" opens with the title cut, which is a collab between the two that rolls on moody drums and has an enchanting melodic lead up top, snaking its way to a better future. The rework is 'Eternal Dubwise,' a more wet and bottomless affair, then Indica Dubs and Nando reunite for 'Sacred Fire' which is busier, more energetic, with broken beats and playful leads. Last of all comes the dub-wise rework that is menacing and dark for those late-night hours.
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 in stock HK$102.12
Rise & Shine
Cat: HS 7001. Rel: 06 Nov 23
El Indio - "Rise & Shine" (3:46)
Lone Ark Riddim Force - "Rise & Dub" (3:47)
Review: Some proper sound system business here that deserves to be played nice and loud. El Indio's 'Rise & Shine' was recorded and mixed by Roberto Sanchez at A-Lone Ark Muzik Studio in Spain and is drench din sun. The horns are lazy and convey the feelings of a humid afternoon, while the vocals implore you to give all you can give and keep on rising. Interestingly they were recorded by Douglas Wardrop at Conscious Sounds Studios in London but sit perfectly in the mix. Lone Ark Riddim Force step up on the flip with their own lush dub which has plenty of effects and delay.
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 in stock HK$97.91
Jah Creation
Jah Creation (limited 12")
Cat: CGI 12014. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Jah Creation (5:40)
You Don Me Wrong (5:51)
 in stock HK$112.31
Obeah Book
Cat: ROOTS 47. Rel: 30 Nov 23
The Ethiopians - "Obeah Book" (2:56)
Observer - "Back Weh" (3:24)
Review: The Ethiopians were a big part of the 70s roots and reggae scene. Their catalogue has been pillaged here by the always-on-point Belgian label Roots Vibration, and they have come up with their 'Obeah Book' tune for reissue on this 45rpm. It was produced by Niney The Observer and is a deep steady and rolling rhythm that has some nice and playful piano up top, but the icing on the cake is the heartfelt vocals. On the back, Observer goes it alone with 'Back Weh', a nice head-twisting dub.
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 in stock HK$106.14
Be Clean
Be Clean (12")
Cat: PFR 012. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Fat Frog - "Be Clean" (feat Danny Red) (4:09)
Fat Frog - "Clean Dub" (feat Dougie Conscious) (4:05)
Fat Frog - "Reach Out" (feat Amelia Harmony) (4:05)
Fat Frog - "Reaching Dub" (feat Dougie Conscious) (4:06)
Review: The Purple Fade crew has assembled another crack team of dub heads for this fresh platter, 'Be Clean.' Fat Frog is the man charged with produciton duties and does a fine job laying down a killer rhythm with two brilliant vocals - the first is Danny Red who implores us all to be clean on the A-side, while on the flip it's Amelia Harmony who sings on 'Reach Out' and does so with a smoky and sultry tone. Both tunes of course come with slower and more spaced out dubs to complete a fine EP.
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 in stock HK$126.62
Gideon (12" limited to 50 copies)
Cat: ABR 12008. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Galas/Ijawal - "Gideon/War All Over" (Discomix) (7:59)
Galas/Ijawal - "Dubwise" (3:59)
Saah Karim - "Gangsters" (4:00)
Saah Karim - "Riddimwise" (3:59)
Galas - "Gideon" (Nyabinghi version) (4:05)
 in stock HK$126.62
Musical Riot
Musical Riot (limited 12")
Cat: MRW 1203. Rel: 30 Nov 23
Galas, Mafia & Fluxy - "Musical Riot" (3:36)
Petah Sunday, Mafia & Fluxy - "Riot Dub" (3:36)
Luciano, Mafia & Fluxy - "My Heart" (3:36)
Petah Sunday, Mafia & Fluxy - "Rebel Horns" (3:36)
 in stock HK$120.45
Smile (7" + insert)
Cat: JS7S 345. Rel: 09 Nov 23
Smile (3:47)
Nature Boy (3:52)
Review: Stephen Garfield Townsend is the Ghetto Priest (and also works as Levi Judah and Squiddly) and he is a rather prolific talent who has dropped five albums and some 29 EPs. This one came last year and finally arrives on wax. 'Smile' is a deep dub with endless echo and reverb swirling around the lower end as his vocals bring a smoky soul next to the wispy melodies. The flipside 'Nature Boy' is more light and airy, with sun kissed island feels and another unhurried, storytelling vocal that is delivered with grace and control.
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 in stock HK$157.20
The Prize
The Prize (green vinyl 7")
Cat: COUNT 010. Rel: 20 Nov 23
Gladys Right - "The Prize" (3:59)
Vibronics - "The Prize" (dub) (3:59)
 in stock HK$112.31
Murderer (limited 12")
Cat: 3 BRCRSS. Rel: 28 Nov 23
Murderer (3:54)
Muderous Dub (3:55)
Horns Cut (3:53)
Hot Milk Murderation Riddim (3:54)
 in stock HK$120.45
Jah No Partial
Cat: CP 1977. Rel: 06 Nov 23
Jah No Partial (3:18)
Jah No Partial (version) (3:20)
 in stock HK$120.45
Leave Africa Alone
Cat: VCR 7001. Rel: 23 Oct 23
Leave Africa Alone (3:37)
Leave Africa Riddim (3:38)
 in stock HK$112.31
Get Up Natty
Cat: DKR 260. Rel: 25 Oct 23
Get Up Natty
Get Up Natty (version)
No Peace
No Peace (version)
Review: Two previously unheard righteous anthems from the sweet-voiced Icho Candy. The A side, 'Get Up Natty' was cut at Channel One in the mid-eighties, with backing by the Gifted Roots Band, and features an instantly recognisable bed of squelchy FX, elastic synth leads and choppy upstrokes, while the flip is an emotive new cut featuring legends from the Firehouse and Channel One production camps on the riddim. It's great to hear Icho still in fine style, delivering a timeless anthem with a positive message. Both sides also include excellent dubwise versions. Another jewel in the constantly expanding Digikiller catalogue!
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Played by: Piers Harrison
 in stock HK$130.64
Why O Why
Cat: ITES 014. Rel: 01 Dec 23
Indra - "Why O Why" (4:13)
Shiloh Ites All Stars - "Why O Why" (version) (4:05)
 in stock HK$97.91
Truth (7")
Cat: IM 7001. Rel: 28 Nov 23
Truth (3:04)
Truth (version) (3:03)
 in stock HK$110.25
Crown (limited 7")
Cat: DUBM 013. Rel: 01 Nov 23
Crown (3:50)
Crown (dub) (3:52)
Review: Italiks and Deep Fried Dub team up to deliver Crown, a deep meditation on self-doubt and musical redemption. The release is the first studio collaboration from longtime friends Sam Cumming (Italiks) and Ben Dudding (Deep Fried Dub), with the former providing the rhythm and vocals, and the latter on mixing and melodica duties. With introspective lyrics born in the depths of a Fiordland forest, Crown considers the challenge of facing your inner demons and dealing with insecurity, ably assisted by the healing power of music. The result is a heavy roots cut that will soothe your soul while rattling your ribcage.
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 in stock HK$85.75
Accept My Apology
Accept My Apology (limited 12")
Cat: AMA. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Accept My Apology (3:57)
Yu Body Good (3:53)
 in stock HK$46.94
Together Soon
Together Soon (limited 12")
Cat: NUL 011. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Saggi Version (3:42)
 in stock HK$46.94
You Remind Me (warehouse find)
Cat: NUL 010. Rel: 20 Nov 23
Jocelyn - "You Remind Me" (3:43)
Jocelyn & Shawn Rank - "You Remind Me" (3:41)
Jocelyn & Shawn Rank - "You Remind Me" (dub) (3:43)
 in stock HK$46.94
Afghan Riddim Series
Cat: MBX 191. Rel: 23 Nov 23
Donovan Kingjay - "Satta Massagana"
The Inn House Crew - "Tuff Tuff" (dub)
Elite - "Back To Life" (feat Donna Michael, June Powell & Kitty Corbin)
Vin Gordon & The Inn House Crew - "Rough & Tuff"
 in stock HK$97.91
Love & Only Love
Cat: LVPD 105. Rel: 20 Nov 23
Fred Locks - "Love & Only Love" (vocal mix) (4:11)
Fred Locks - "Love & Only Love" (vocal dub mix) (4:12)
Caveman - "Love & Only Love" (Super dub mix) (4:14)
Prince Alla - "Man On Board" (vocal mix) (4:18)
Caveman - "Love & More Dub" (4:14)
Ruff Cut - "Love & Only Love" (version) (4:19)
Review: Tony Ruffcutt is a legend in the reggae scene and has been since the 70s. The label named after him has now got the right to recut a classic from that era, 'Love And Only Love' by Fred Locks. The original is a full-flavoured rhythm with nice wooden hits and brassy horns accompanying the fat-bottomed low end while the vocal is smooth up top. A dub mix and then a super dub adds even more weight to the low end and on the flipside is another roots icon in the form of Prince Alla who adds fresh lyrics to 'Man On Board'. The various overdubs and vocals were recorded in Jamaica with mixdowns taken care of by the legendary Caveman.
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 in stock HK$120.45
Ghetto Youths EP
Cat: OTRSGY 07. Rel: 20 Nov 23
Lorky Rankin - "Ghetto Youths" (3:51)
Red I - "Ghetto Youths" (3:29)
Lorky Rankin - "I & I Nah Slave" (4:54)
Red I - "I & I" (dub) (4:50)
Lorky Rankin - "Jah A Mi Guide" (4:19)
Red I - "Dub A Mi Guide" (4:20)
 in stock HK$142.89
Can't Let You Go (reissue)
Cat: WE 014. Rel: 16 Nov 23
Can't Let You Go (7:22)
Let You Go In Dub (4:54)
Review: Lovers' rock down the yapper. First released on the Brixton-based reggae and dub distributor Studio 16 circa 1980 - as part of a series of releases by the Love & Unity alias, an in-house project of producer Winston Edwards - 'Can't Let You Go' is a joyous number to jab into the dial. With singer Sandra Cross on vocals, we're assured "I am yours and you are mine", doulbing up nicely with the resampled voicemail that appears at the start - "I just had to call you to tell you that I'll never let you go." it's an expansively melodic sound, and well deserving of its new reissue by the label, who are still going on strong.
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 in stock HK$110.25
Just Don't Care (reissue)
Cat: WE 002. Rel: 17 Nov 23
Love & Unity - "I Just Don't Care" (7:41)
Seargent Pepper - "Cut From Master Tape" (8:15)
Review: Part of a fresh string of reissues of Love & Unity 12"s - one of many star aliases to grace the annals of South London reggae label Studio 16 - comes this headfirst collision between L&U and Seargent Pepper. Sharing similar instrumentals, 'I Just Don't Care' hears a blissful femme soprano glide elegantly across its bubblings - the instrumental is super well-rounded, sawn-off. On the B-side, meanwhile, there's Pepper's 'Cut From Master Tape', which hears Pepper toast the rhythm lackadaisically, as endlessly hazy dub effects resound and a janky double-time kick propels it all forward.
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 in stock HK$118.39
Thanks To The Ras
Thanks To The Ras (limited 7")
Cat: HTT 107. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Thanks To The Ras (4:18)
Sky Matic (4:19)
 in stock HK$112.31
Praise Jah
Cat: ADR 001. Rel: 20 Nov 23
Mannaroman - "Praise Jah" (3:53)
Sax N Dub - "Irie Sax" (3:54)
Sax N Dub - "Irie Sax" (version) (3:50)
Mannaroman - "Rasta Nah Brute" (3:27)
Armin - "Irie Melodica" (2:56)
Armin - "Irie Melodica" (version) (3:28)
 in stock HK$134.76
Around The Fire
Around The Fire (7" limited to 250 copies)
Cat: OGR 851. Rel: 02 Nov 23
Maroon Town - "Around The Fire" (5:07)
Prince Deadly - "Dub Around The Fire" (5:08)
 in stock HK$91.93
Baby Come Back
Cat: STIX 061. Rel: 27 Nov 23
Baby Come Back (Mato Mellow Reggae mix) (4:16)
Baby Come Back (Mato dub version) (4:16)
Review: Stix Records, a sub-label of Favorite Recordings, presents the second release from its new Mellow Reggae Series project. Launched earlier this year by Mato & Ethel Lindsey, with a stunning cover of the famous 'What You Won't Do For Love' by Bobby Caldwell, the series continues with the same duo, now taking over 'Baby Come Back', the underground AOR/Blue-Eyed-Soul classic from The Player. Like he always does, Mato delivers an outstanding version, delighting us with his matchless skills for dub production. Already matching on Bobby Caldwell's rendition, Ethel Lindsey ensures yet again the perfect vocals over Mato's production.
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Played by: Charles Maurice
 in stock HK$118.39
Badda Than Them
Badda Than Them (limited 12")
Cat: NUL 017. Rel: 13 Nov 23
Badda Than Them (3:23)
Me & You (3:27)
Version (3:25)
Review: Martin James Ziggy Norman Riley deiced that he would be known as Jimmy Riley when in recording more. The Jamaican singer worked solo but also as part of the Sensations. Here he worked with producer Freddie McGregor on a contemporary lovers rock jam that was originally released back in 1993. 'Badda Than Them' has great patois vocals over fresh production that has clean digital synths over clipped beats and plenty of swaggering and original dub style bass weight. On the flip you get two different versions that tweak and tease out different elements from the original.
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 in stock HK$77.62
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