The seventh release from London’s Horus Records is their debut album. It’s both self-produced and self-recorded at their own Arch studio in Tottenham and features several veteran singers, including Vivian Jones, David Jahson and Winston Reedy, formerly of The Cimarons.
It’s an excellent vintage-sounding showcase with five vocal versions and four dub cuts. It’s organic and sweetly skanking. Just check Shaka Black’s uplifting Pick Myself Up and its sparse version Four Quebec Lima Dub. Killer stuff.
Best of the bunch is however Nichola Richards jazzy Going Back Where I Belong with its slick organ and melancholic horns. Unfortunately, that particular song doesn’t come with a dub counterpart. But that might be arranged on coming singles. Let’s hope so.
The Breadwinners – a one man show directed by a lad called Al – has dropped a discomix extravaganza on Horus Records. Far As I Can See and Mr Landlord recall mid 70s Jamaica and especially Lee “Scratch” Perry’s work at his famous Black Ark studio. Two raw vocal cuts by City Culture and Stevie are followed by their gritty dub and instrumental counterparts.
Another all-analogue scorcher comes from Israel and Jamaica courtesy of Kalbata & Mixmonster featuring veteran vocalist Little John and organ maestro Kutiman.
Prisoner in Love is the first singles taken from Kalbata & Mixmonster’s debut album Congo Beat the Drum, set for release on April 28 on vinyl, CD and digital download.
When recording the mellow and down-tempo Prisoner in Love Kalbata & Mixmonster aimed for getting the spirit of the late King Tubby and the early dancehall era of the late 70s and early 80s. For this purpose they used a 16-track tape machine and an old analogue mixing desk as their main instruments.
Little John’s singing floats easily on top of the dreamy piano and the deep bass lines. The flip is owned by Kutiman’s organ, who delivers a killer instrumental in proper old school Jamaica style.
Both releases are directly aimed at fans of well-produced and vintage Jamaican roots and early dancehall.
Jamaican deejay and producer Prince Hammer’s hard to find late 70s dub album World War Dub Part. 1 has recently been reissued by UK’s Horus Records.
Prince Hammer started as a deejay only in his teens and when he was barely 20 his Maurice ”Blacka” Wellington-produced set Bible was put out by Virgin Records in the UK. Prince Hammer soon also turned towards production, and he is himself responsible for World War Dub Part. 1, a ten track album originally released by Hit Run – a forerunner to Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound – in 1979.
World War Dub was recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby’s and is just as militant as the album title suggests. Tracks like Mussolini, Hitler, D. Day Dub and Churchill are heavy like a tank and ruthless like a a kamikaze pilot.
The tracks on this raw dub album were in all but one case taken from the original mastertape, and the audio quality is excellent throughout. It comes with original artwork and sleevenotes, notes that are more extensive on the CD issue.