Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dub Store Profiled & New Riddims

Check out an excerpt from my article on Tokyo's Dub Store Records below, and read the full piece over at Bandcamp.

Dub Store has really changed the game for collectors and Jamaican music enthusiasts alike by forging deals with institutions like Federal Recording Company, home to the Kentone, Federal and Merritone imprints, which delivered countless hits in the ska and rocksteady era. Then there’s Dub Store’s collection of hard-to-find titles on King Tubby’s Firehouse label, deep cuts from Bunny Wailer’s Solomonic label, sublime roots by Kiddus I and Glen Brown, and the list goes on.

So how did this obsession with releasing rare reggae music from respected Jamaican imprints like Studio One, Merritone, and Redman International arise? We chatted via email with a very busy Mr. Ienaga on Dub Store’s origins and motivations, and their experiences in Jamaica unearthing the island’s finest recordings. [Read more here...]
Speaking of Bandcamp, Kabaka Pyramid associate Koro Fyah is offering a free track on the site. More excellent roots revival reggae, with the same flavor as Chronixx, Dre Island or Protoje. Download it here.

Keep an eye out for a few big new releases for November: Silly Walks Discotheque Presents Clock Tower Riddim and sing-jay Cali P's latest album Healing of the Nation (Hemp Higher Productions). Clock Tower features production from Jr Blender, who's currently co-producing the upcoming Major Lazer album. Featured artists on the riddim set include Gentleman, Queen Ifrica, Esco LeviMorgan Heritage and more.