More Midnight Raver Crucial Vinyl Selections!

Whole heap a vinyl from Jah Raver’s basement collection.  From the old to the new…

Jacob “Killer” Miller

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Another classic from Miller singing about the One Love Peace Concert…

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Killer early tune from Inner Circle…

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New vibes from Prince Hammer…Check the Sensimilla Island LP on Tamoki Wambesi (2014)

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One of my all-time favorite productions from Lee “Scratch” Perry…

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Most excellent Steel Pulse 7″…

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Augustus Pablo production feat. Horace Andy…

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Spear Burning…

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An outstanding Price Jazzbo 7″…

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One of Albert Malawi’s best…

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Junior Reid covers this classic Lloyd Willis tune…

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Prince Far-I featuring Bim Sherman…

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A 2004 Black Uhuru track feat. Michael Rose…

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Jah Cure and Jesse Royal over the Militancy riddim…

Chin vs. Chin: VP legal battle a civil war

As reported by the New York Post on December 9, 2014, Clive Chin is suing VP Music Group for damages resulting from VP’s alleged use of songs that Chin claims to have written.

The son of a late Jamaican music producer who worked with Bob Marley is suing Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin over ownership of songs the producer wrote, according to a Brooklyn federal lawsuit.

Clive Chin claims that he wrote more than 1,100 songs recorded by various Jamaican artists and that his dad Vincent’s Queens-based V.P. Music Group is licensing them without permission.

Chin is seeking $3 million from his stepmother, Patricia, and three music companies he claims knowingly tried to scam him.

Clive Chin produced Augustus Pablo’s international hit “Java” in 1971 and went on to work with the likes of The Wailers, Dennis Brown, Lee Perry and Black Uhuru, among others.  he is considered a pioneer in Jamaican dub music.

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NEW KINGSTON SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS

New York City reggae outfit New Kingston is preparing to release its third full-length album KINGSTON CITY on indie reggae powerhouse label Easy Star Records. The record, which will come out January 27, 2015, includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott.

Prior to signing with Easy Star Records New Kingston self-released two studio albums and toured with the likes of Collie Buddz, The Green, Easy Star All-Stars, Beres Hammond, and many more. The band is a true family affair, featuring three brothers (Stephen, Courtney Jr., and Tahir), who all sing and play instruments, joined by their father, Courtney Sr., who plays bass.

For Easy Star Records, having New Kingston on the roster is a return to its roots for the nearly 18-year old label. “New Kingston definitely stands out in the current scene,” says Easy Star CEO Eric Smith. “Their show is dynamic and exciting, they are one of the hardest working bands we have ever met, and every other artist we talk to has nothing but positive things to say about them. Musically, we feel they bring something different to the label, something that feels current, and at the same, brings us back to our earliest days of releasing reggae in New York.”

A pre-order for the record will go live in December, along with some sneak listens of tracks from the record. In the meantime, New Kingston is hitting the road in the U.S. to promote the new album.

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Poor Man In Love, Jamaican fairy tale

by Guillaume Bougard

Kingston, Jamaica February 2006

I had promised myself I’d never produce albums again. Too much energy was spent, too much of my own money was risked, and too little reward was in the cards. Voices (caustic or acidic howls, rather) of too many armchair critics, from too many experts and similar toxic creatures had finally convinced me I wasn’t cut out for that.

Instead, I got involved in a legal fight on behalf of Jamaican recording artists, assisting French lawyer André Bertrand, who singlehandedly crusaded against a coalition of evil forces and their richly paid lawyers and against all odds, prevailed. This epic (and pyrrhic for André) victory forced European copyright and performance right societies to shell out a record $5 million to Jamaican recording artists and musicians in 2005.

Jamaicans are often and unjustly accused of being selfish and devoid of gratitude but it is just not the case with the ones I have met since I started dealing with them. When they received their share of the settlement money, they invited me to Kingston to record music for me. It’s the kind of offer one cannot refuse and I happily broke my promise. So here I was again in February 2006, on an airplane bound for Kingston.

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