UK-based label Reality Shock has teamed up with German news site House of Reggae. Together they have put out a limited edition 10” featuring vocal cuts by Jamaican foundation singer Errol Dunkley, UK veteran Errol Bellot and Solo Banton, who dropped his anticipated debut album Walk Like Rasta on Reality Shock little over a year ago.
Live Upright – as the riddim is called – also features a wicked dub version from producer Kris Kemist.
Check it while it is hot in a record store near you.
German reggae blog House of Reggae has produced a tribute mix to Swedish reggae in general and producer/engineer Internal Dread in particular.
The mix contains 18 tracks ranging from 2002 up until 2010. Artists include newcomers such as Robert Athill and Mysticman as well as veterans like Desmond Foster and Joseph Beckford. There are also several dub songs included, mixed by the great Internal Dread.
Nils Kersten, editor of House of Reggae and producer of the mix, writes in an e-mail that he loves the deep warm analogue sounds of Internal Dread’s production and mixing techniques.
− It reminds me of the Jamaican roots sounds of the 70’s. I haven’t expected something like that from a producer out of Stockholm, he writes, and continues:
− Over the last years some Swedish reggae artists have gone international, like Million Stylez or Serengeti. But I’m more interested in native tongue artists. I found out about Governor Andy, Junior Eric, Syster Sol, Swingkids and Kapten Röd. I love all of them, even if I don’t understand a word.
Listen to the mix here.