UK label Shemesh Records – run by brothers Daniel and David Norland together with Aron Shamash – has recently dropped a strong compilation showcasing some of their best releases over the past 15 years along with brand new tunes and never before released cuts. Included is also music which has never been put on CD or digital download.
The riddims are often bright and uplifting, yet with firm conscious vibes, and built by Oxford’s own Makating using full horn section and analogue instruments. Mixes are provided by UK reggae heavyweights Russ Disciples and Dougie Conscious and it’s mastered by legendary producer and mixing engineer Nick Manasseh.
Shemesh Artist Showcase Part 1 features a mixture of Jamaican and UK-based talents. Sugar Minott, Michael Rose, Sandeeno, Afrikan Simba and Teddy Dan have all voiced cuts on this compilation. The late Slimma Levi, previous lead vocalist in Makating, is also included with the heartfelt Gift of Jah. The Makating collective is also represented vocally by Lorraine and Fireocious.
This set definitely includes the crème de la crème of the UK roots reggae scene and the quality of the material that has been put together is solid to say the least.
Stay tuned for part 2, which includes dub versions and will be given away for free.