Jamaican harmony group Tetrack – probably best known for their work with Augustus Pablo in the late 70s and early 80s – has joined forces with French label Roots Vibes and producer Mr Haze.
The deep and heavy That Day Will Come is on the Western riddim, and the second cut on the 12” is the first international release of Ebene. Both cuts are followed by a heavy as lead dub version mixed by Mr Haze.
The That Day Will Come/Pink Clouds is now available on 12” from various retailers worldwide.
Recently got home from a few days in New York City where I had the opportunity to visit about 20 record shops in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Prior to the trip I had done my homework. I had listed 22 stores in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, and when in the Big Apple I stumbled on a few more, for example the beautiful In Living Stereo in Greenwich Village.
Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to visit Queens and Breakdown Records and Stray Vintage & More, so I focused on Manhattan and Brooklyn, especially East Village/Lower East Side and Williamsburg.
And what a great city for a record collector. Probably the best city I have visited when it comes to hunting records. It is heaven, especially for collectors of soul, funk, hip-hop and disco. But the reggae bins were also nicely filled in several shops.
During my visit I bought no less than 30 albums and had to get myself a new bag to carry them back home. Among the best items were New Breed’s Tribulation, Teddy Brown’s Bad Man Wagon and In Crowd’s Natural Rock n’ Reggae. What struck me though when it came to reggae, was few rarities in the bins and not many 70s roots albums. Mainly 80s and 90s stuff.
If you have a few hours in New York City and nothing to do – which is often the case, I know – I suggest you head over to Deadly Dragon Sound in China Town, one of the best record stores I have ever visited, A-1 Records in East Village and Academy Record Annex in Brooklyn. It will be time well spent.
For a full list of all the record stores I visited check Reggaemani on Instagram.
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.