Thursday, November 03, 2011
Just when you thought Serato and digital DJing would completely take over, Digikiller Records has been quietly balancing the scales with dozens of high quality reggae reissues on vinyl.
Sure, the name is cheeky, but their craft is deadly serious. These are well-pressed singles on 7", 10" and 12" vinyl that offer many crucial missing pieces to reggae enthusiasts who love Jamaica's fertile 1970s and '80s sounds.
A recent glance at the Digikiller blog revealed the following new (reissue) titles:
DKR-064-JJ - CLARENCE PARKS - THINGS A COME UP TO BUMP / DUB 10"
DKR-080-JJ - DON ANGELO - GENERAL / MIX DOWN STYLE VERSION 7"
DKR-081-JJ - JOHN HOLT / REVOLUTIONARIES - LOVE & UNDERSTANDING / PEACE 10"
DKR-082-JJ - LEROY SMART - OH MARCUS / VERSION 7"
DKR-083-JJ - I-ROY - TRIBUTE TO MARCUS GARVEY / VERSION 7"
But grab these while they're hot -- retailers like Ernie B can't keep them in stock.
And the genius behind this label is that they don't just offer hits but also deal out obscure yet still laudable titles by artists such as Prince Junior, Black Oney and Reggae George -- performers who were hard to find back then. It's a bit like reggae anthropology, tracing all the connections between the artists and labels, but music is the reward.