Young Warrior – son of acclaimed sound system operator, producer and mixing engineer Jah Shaka – follows in his father’s footsteps on his first solo album. Young Warrior Presents Dub Box comes with six instrumentals, each followed by their dub version. It’s UK heavyweight dub in a murderous showcase style.
Young Warrior has learnt his craft over a number of years and has produced a few albums, including Sista Beloved’s Woman of Virtue and Rockaway’s Chapter One. He has also worked with his father along with some of the most renowned musicians and producers on the UK roots scene, for example Gussie P, Mafia & Fluxy and Ras Muffet.
Now he has unleashed the Dub Box with its relentless and propulsive rhythms mixed and produced by Young Warrior himself. It’s a tough dub set, especially the up-tempo album opener War in Kenya and its dub counterpart War in Kenya Dub. Anthemic horns complements the pounding bass line and the ferocious percussion.
Young Warrior’s Dub Box is old school conscious UK dub with its roots in the 80s and early 90s. Warrior style dub that will make his father proud.
Recently got home from three days in the mighty city of Berlin. Did the usual sightseeing – the Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, KaDeWe, a ride on the river Spree and lots of other tourist things.
But more importantly I managed to convince my wife that we should visit a few record stores. In the end we went to about 15. And the search for records took us all over town – Schöneberg, Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain were the areas where we went up and down the crowded streets looking for a hole in the wall.
Prior to this trip I had read that Berlin was a great city for record collectors. And it was. If you’re into electronica. There are several record stores in Berlin almost dedicated to house and techno and Hard Wax, Oye, Rotation and Space Hall were filled with people digging out their favorite tunes heard at Berghain or Weekend the night before or the same morning.
I only found two albums – the various artists compilation Hits From the House of Jah Shaka and Born Jamericans Yardcore. The first one was bought at Hard Wax in Kreuzberg and the second at Da Capo in Prenzlauer Berg. Hardwax has lots of newly issued reggae in different formats, but I’m more interested in vintage records from the 60’s and onwards.
If you aim to find second hand vinyl reggae, Berlin doesn’t have much to offer unfortunately. Da Capo had a bunch of used vinyl albums, but nothing special really.
Check Reggaemani on Instagram for a complete list of the record stores visited. A big shout-out to Nils Kersten from German reggae blog House of Reggae for his help finding some of the stores.
Fans and followers of the late 80’s and early 90’s roots revival in the UK listen up. Sound ‘n’ Pressure is a recently put out 13 track compilation full of Jah Shaka inspired heavy and relentless reggae riddims, complete with lots of dub mixing wizardry.
The compilation collects all releases – only four – on UK label Sound ‘n’ Pressure as well as a fifth previously unreleased single, played by Aba Shanti as dubplate, plus an unnecessary unreleased track created for a short film.
The tracks are a mix of vocal cuts and their dub versions and were recorded in the early to mid 90’s. The label’s debut 12” Warn the Nation was an instant underground hit with its slow, pulsating and meditative sound. The three following 12” were also well-received and bear the same trademarks as the initial release – monotonous, introvert, dark and heavy UK reggae with echo, delay and other sound effects.
Remastered from the original master tapes, the audio quality of these tasty, but sometimes a bit weary and too repetitive, slices of UK reggae history certainly stands out.
The album comes with sleeve notes filling in the background to the label and is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download.
Legendariska producenten, selectorn och soundsystem-ägaren Jah Shaka släpper enligt Reggae News Australia och bloggen DanceCrasher en samlingsskiva med sina Greensleeves-favoriter i september.
Enligt uppgift heter plattan Jah Shaka Presents The Positive Message och innehåller femton låtar, exempelvis kända spår som Slave Driver med Dennis Brown, I Love King Selassie med Black Uhuru och Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall med Wailing Souls. Utöver flera bekanta låtval har Jah Shaka också valt en del otippade och mindre kända kort, bland annat Perilous Time med Mystic Eyes, Protect Them med Norris Reid och Love and Only Love med Fred Locks.
Det framgår inte om det handlar om en ren samlingsskiva eller om det är en mix i likhet med Andy Smiths Greensleeves Document som släpptes tidigare i år. Oavsett vilket så är det en välkommen release på ett skivbolag med en låtskatt som inte kan underskattas.