MIDNIGHT RAVER’S TOP TEN REGGAE RELEASES 2014

MIDNIGHT RAVER’S TOP TEN REGGAE RELEASES 2014

1 MIDNITE – BEAUTY FOR ASHES (I-GRADE RECORDS)
2 SIZZLA – BORN A KING (MUTI MUSIC)
3 ASHANTI ROY, PABLO MOSES, AND WINSTON JARRETT – NATTY WILL FLY AGAIN (SOULBEATS)
4 SCIENTIST – THE DUB ALBUM THEY DIDN’T WANT YOU TO HEAR (JAH LIFE/DIGIKILLER)
5 SLY & ROBBIE PRESENT THE DUBRISING (TABOU1)
6 TRIBAL SEEDS – REPRESENTING (TRIBAL SEEDS MUSIC)
7 LEE SCRATCH PERRY – BACK ON THE CONTROLS (UPSETTER)
8 ADDIS PABLO – IN MY FATHER’S HOUSE (JAHSOLIDROCK)
9 CHRONIXX – DREAD & TERRIBLE EP (CHRONIXX MUSIC)
10 ROB SYMMEON – INDIGENOUS (JAH YOUTH PRODUCTIONS/GOLDHEART MUSIC)

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BUBBLIN’ HOT

THESE RELEASES ARE ON THE BUBBLE FI SURE!

ALPHEUS – GOOD PREVAILS (LIQUIDATOR)
ZIGGI RECADO – THERAPEUTIC (ZION HIGH)
VARIOUS – MAXIMUM SOUND 2014 (MAXIMUM SOUND)
CONGO ASHANTI ROY & PURA VIDA – STEP BY STEP (LOST ARK MUSIC)
PRESSURE – THE SOUND (I-GRADE)
CLINTON FEARON – GOODNESS (CHAPTER TWO)
AUGUSTUS PABLO – GREEK THEATER, BERKELEY 1984
DUBTERIAN – MEETS THE SCIENTIST: TRIBUTE TO AUGUSTUS PABLO (DUBITERIAN)
MAD PROFESSOR W/ LUCIANO – DELIVERANCE SHOWCASE (ARIWA)
MESSIAN DREAD PRESENTS A HEAVYWEIGHT DUBWISE SELECTION WITHOUT OBJECTION (DUBROOM)
EARL SIXTEEN – GOLD DUST MEETS MANASSEH (Roots Garden Records)
REBELUTION – COUNT ME IN (Controlled Substance Sound Labs)
YABBY YOU & BRETHREN – MORE DUBS & RARITIES (PRESSURE SOUNDS)
RAS BATCH – KNOW THYSELF (I-GRADE)
GIANTS – REEL 1&2 ADAPTED CHAPTER (DUKE PRODUCTIONS)

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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S TOP REGGAE SINGLES FOR 2014

 TETRACK – “THAT DAY WILL COME” (ROOTS VIBES)
MIDNITE – “WEATHER THE STORM” (I-GRADE)
DRE ISLAND – “LIVE FOREVER” (NATURAL HIGH MUSIC)
JESSE ROYAL – “MODERN DAY JUDAS” (OVERSTAND ENTERTAINMENT)
DAMIAN MARLEY – “GUNMAN WORLD” (OVERSTAND ENTERTAINMENT)
DEXTA MALAWI – “WOKE UP THIS MORNING” (REACH DI PEOPLE EDUTAINMENT)

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MIDNIGHT RAVER’S BEST DUB MIX 2014

TETRACK – “THAT DAY WILL COME” (MR. HAZE/ROOTS VIBES)
DRE ISLAND – “LIVE FOREVER DUB” (TALLMAN, BINGHI/NATURAL HIGH)
MIDNITE – “SAME I AH DUB” (ZION-I-KINGS, TIPPY-I/I-GRADE)
SLY & ROBBIE – “NO SURRENDER” (PAUL “GROUCHO” SMYKLE/TABOU1)

Sly & Robbie, Groucho Smykle reunite for ‘The Dubrising’ LP

Sly and Robbie have been on one serious run lately. The duo started out 2013 with the long-anticipated Black Uhuru revival tour with legendary Uhuru frontman Michael Rose and released a steady diet of riddim-driven studio albums that included the Grammy Award-nominated Reggae Connection by Sly & Robbie And the Jam Masters; Sly and Robbie Presents: Shaggy Out of Many, One Music; Stepper Takes The Taxi; and the incomparable Taxi Sessions by Bitty Mclean. So it should come as no surprise then that the riddim twinz have already released a couple of dub albums in 2014, including UNDERWATER DUB (Groove Attack) and DUBMASTER VOYAGE (Tabou1). However, neither of these hold the weight of their next planned release on Guillaume Bougard’s TABOU1 label: DUBRISING. Planned for a November 2014 vinyl-only release, DUBRISING is a phenomenal piece of dub wizardry and the duo’s best dub album since 2012’s BLACKWOOD DUB.

Producer and label chief Guillaume Bougard explains why DUBRISING is such a notable album.

“On this project, I asked legendary sound wizard Paul ‘Groucho’ Smykle, who mixed dub masterpieces like Sly & Robbie’s RAIDERS OF THE LOST DUB and DUB EXPERIENCE, Black Uhuru’s DUB FACTOR and the ground breaking INI KAMOZE. Groucho has not worked with Sly & Robbie in nearly 30 years.”

For those who are unaware, Bougard just named four of the most influential reggae albums of the 1980s. Comparing DUBRISING to RAIDERS OF THE LOST DUB and DUB FACTOR is a risky proposition when one considers the relative influence of those two dub albums alone. However, DUBRISING is an album which not only delivers, it transports the listener back to a time when Sly and Robbie set a new standard for dub through live improvisation and experimentation on-stage. Robbie Shakespeare explains in a 2013 interview with MIDNIGHT RAVER.

“I want to get this across clear.  Peter Tosh him the man who gave us the big break we need to go play as Sly and Robbie and tour just off the name.  With Peter we start doing the live dub thing.  Because we would play at night time and people would want three, four, five encores but we a run out of songs!  So we just do the dub live on-stage.  The show was only an hour or two hours and we no have enough songs so we just dub, dub, dub, dub.  It start make people more aware.  Start seeing Sly and Robbie more aware.”

For DUBRISING, Groucho selected 12 tracks from sessions with Horace Andy, Chezidek, Bunny Rugs and Khalifa that were produced with Sly & Robbie between 2006 and 2012. The instrumental parts were recorded live at Harry J and Anchor studios in Kingston. According to Bougard, Groucho asked Don Donovan (Big Audio Dynamite) to lay down synthesizer overdubs and Bunny McKenzie to add harmonica to the mix. These additions provide a more coherent atmosphere and give the album its own soul.

The album was mixed live on a soundboard with Groucho at the controls. The live mix gives the album an intangible authentic sound and vibe that is missing from most modern reggae dub mixes. The album is tracked in such a way that each track builds on the one, giving the album a cohesive feel that slowly and steadily builds with a climactic B-side that will blow the mind of even the deepest dub heads.

Groucho brings a Sly & Robbie sound that we haven’t heard since Black Uhuru on tracks like “Bully Tactics” (dub version to Chezidek’s “Devil You Can’t Bully Me Out” ) and “No Surrender” (dub version to Chezidek’s “Surrender”). I’m talking tuff mixes reminiscent of “Bull In The Pen,” “Mondays (Killer Tuesday” and “Carbine.”   Smykle’s mix is nothing short of brilliant.

DUBRISING will be released first in a vinyl-only format, which is mastered by Bruno Sourice. The 33 RPM edition will be pressed on 150g vinyl. Because the album is 36 minutes long, the two sides last 18 minutes or so each, allowing for ample space for the grooves and thus producing a very warm sound. For the audiophiles and collectors, a limited edition run will consist of a double 45RPM pressed on 12″ 180g vinyl.

The album will eventually be released in a digital format as well. It will be released digitally through the TABOU1 BandCamp page in high resolution 24-bit lossless audio, then at online vendors who supply lossless audio downloads, and last on the lossy audio file supermarkets used by zillions of customers.

For the truly maniacal audiophiles, a few select sound systems and friends, TABOU1 commissioned Jacques Golub to make 25 hand lathe cut double disco 45’s. He is lathe cutting them one by one, at 1x speed on 2 millimeter thick records. Jacques is one of the rare experts on the planet, he bought his own machine and his quality is top notch. On DUBRISING he has decided to use diamond needles rather than sapphire needles to obtain deeper and better-defined grooves. The sound is spectacular and this technique enables a sound level clocking at 15 decibels higher than pressed records. The purity of the original master is nearly absolutely maintained, as the vinyl is cut directly from the mastered tape.

Video game and cartoon illustrator Kuang Hong created the album artwork. His paintings of post nuclear war scenes fit really well with DUBRISING’s atmosphere. To further enhance the quality of the whole thing, packaging is a gatefold printed on super-heavy, ultra-rigid 350g board.

Track list

“Satan Fall”
“Freedom Ring”
“Drone Snipers”
“Bully Tactics”
“To The Rescue”
“No Surrender”
“Flame Thrower”
“Double Agent”

DUBRISING 30X30

DUBRISING is livicated to the memory of Bunny Rugs, Gregory Isaacs and Radgy Tamby (the “TA” in “TABOU1″).

 

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Freddie McGregor: Riddim So Nice

Freddie McGregor is a once in a generation talent.  Aside from his brilliant work at Studio One as a singer and master drummer, he has arranged and produced some extraordinary records.  When you think about Freddie’s greatest albums, BOBBY BOBYLON and MR. MCGREGOR most likely come to mind.  However, the first album he produced for RAS Records, 1983’s COME ON OVER, is my personal favorite.  While it doesn’t have the weight of his studio one albums, COME ON OVER is one of the most uplifting and riddim-heavy albums he ever produced.  I cannot say that COME ON OVER is my favorite reggae album but if I were ever diagnosed with cancer, I would come home and immediately cue it up.  It never fails to lift the spirit and brighten the day.

I’m a Freddie McGregor fan to my core.  In fact, of all the records I own, the one that I will never part with for any price is the “Jogging” 7-inch with the picture sleeve on the 56 Hope Road label.

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So here is a short mix of some of my favorite tunes from the album, including an amazing cover of Bob Marley’s “Natty Dread.”

1.  Rhythm So Nice
2.  Natty Dread
3.  Brotherman
4.  Shirley Come Over
5.  Short Man

 

Also, here is something I know you won’t find on any other website.  A rare 1982 interview with Freddie McGregor by Doctor Dread of Ras Records.

 

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Live Event Photos : 2014-09-12 Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02, Dock Des Suds Marseille, France

hi dear readers,

i was last night at a wonderful event, held in my own town Marseille,
it was such a lovely night, les djs du soleil (papet jali, gari grèu, dj kayalik, dj kafra) plus guests.

5h30 of pure delight! :)

the line up was (in no special order) :

- Papet Jali (Massilia Sound System) , Gari Grèu (Massilia Sound System, Oai Star) , Dj Kayalik (Massilia Sound System) , Dj Kafra (Massilia Sound System)
Poupa Claudio , Bobzilla, Lyah, Lord Bittum, Pupa Orsay, Le Sons Des Collegues ( Louzgain, Jagdish, Jagran), Oncle Bo, Mr Ju, Metod Mc, Faianatur, Beuzy General.

Here For You Photos of This event :

les djs du soleil flyer

les djs du soleil flyer

Bobzilla  , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Bobzilla , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Lyah &  Dj Kafra , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Lyah & Dj Kafra , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kayalik & Oncle Bo, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kayalik & Oncle Bo, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kayalik & Oncle Bo, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kayalik & Oncle Bo, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kafra , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Dj Kafra , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Lord Bittum, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Lord Bittum, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Gari Grèu , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Gari Grèu , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet jali & Gari Grèu , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet jali & Gari Grèu , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet Jali & Gari Grèu , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet Jali & Gari Grèu , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet Jali  , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Papet Jali , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Poupa Claudio, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Poupa Claudio, Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Method Mc , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Method Mc , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Pupa Hersay , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Pupa Orsay , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Beuzy General  , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 - Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Beuzy General , Les Djs Du Soleil, Dock Sessions 02 – Photo Fred reGGaeLover 2014

Thanks to : Les Djs Du Soleil, Papet Jali, Gari Greu, all artists involved, les Dock Des Suds, All friends .

Lee “Scratch” Perry vinyl selections

Here is a whole heap of Scratch productions from my personal vinyl collection…

Junior Byles “The Long Way” w/version (Orchid)

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The Congos – “Children Crying”/”Open The Gate” (Congo Ashanty)

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King Perry and The Soulettes / Soul Brothers “Rub And Squeeze” / “Here Comes The Mink” (Studio One)

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Congos “Food For The Rainy Day” (Congo Ashanty) Lee “Scratch” Perry

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Junior Murvin “Tedious” w/ version (Lee Scratch Perry)

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Mikey Dread “Dread At The Controls” (Black Art)

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The Heptones “Sufferers Time” (Black Art)

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Heptones “Road Of Life” (Lee Perry)

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Heptones “Crying Over You” / “Dread Lion” (Hawk Records)

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Heptones “Mystery Babylon” (Top Ranking) 7″

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King Medious/Upsetters “This World” / “Midious Sernade” (Justice League)

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Glen Adams “Soul Rebel Version III” / “Upsetters Version” (Capo Pre-)

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The Upsetters “Freak Out Skank” (Trojan)

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Bob Marley & the Wailers “Trench Town Rock” (Tuff Gong)

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Bob Marley/Upsetters “Natural Mystic” (Original Version)

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The Upsetters “Medical Operation” (Randys)

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Bob Marley, Wailers “Duppy Conqueror” w/ version plus Live at Leeds, UK 1973

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Danny Clarke & Lee Perry “Not Taking Any Sentence”/”Too Gravalicious (You Crummy)” (Blank)

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Junior Murvin “Philistines On The Land”/”The Bingo Kid” (Upsetters)

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Junior Byles “Rasta No Pick Pocket” (Upsetter)

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Augustus Pablo Meets The Upsetter “Vibrate On” (Upsetter)

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The Wailers “Small Axe”/”Down The Road” (Upsetter Pre-)

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Lee Perry w/ Dennis Alcapone “King Alpha”/”Alpha & Omega” (Upsetter)

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Junior Byles “Beat Down Babylon” (Upsetter)

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Max Romeo “Sipple Out Deh” (Upsetter)

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James Brown “Stop The War In A Babylon” w/version (Upsetter)

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Max Romeo “Fire Fe De Vatican”/Jah Lloyd “Leggo Style” (Upsetter)

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Michael Rose “World Crisis” (Underground)

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Sons of Light “Land of Love” w/ version (Upsetter)

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Bob Marley “Rainbow Country” 12 – Inch Maxi Single (Daddy Kool)

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Lee “Scratch” Perry & Terrorists “Love Is Better Now”/”Guerrilla Priest” (Splif)

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Lee Perry “Golden Locks”/”Silver Locks” (Upsetter)

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I have also included here my most popular Lee “Scratch” Perry selector’s choice mix…

1. Live set feat. Lee Perry, Subatomic Sound System, Adrian Sherwood, Addis Pablo, Larry McDonald, and more
2. Lee Perry on Bob Marley; LSP’s Bob Marley/Wailers selections
3. Heptones Mini-Mix (feat. Lee Perry)
4. “Ketch Vampire” Mini-Mix
5. Lee Perry Meets Aura Mini-Mix
6. Natty Take Over: LSP Takes the Controls as Selector

A rarely circulated interview with Lee “Scratch” Perry which appeared in the July 25, 1981 issue of NME…

New Musical Express (Archive- 1952-2000) (Jul 25, 1981)- 24.lsp

New Musical Express, July 25, 1981

Here is a great feature by MIDNIGHT RAVER’S own MIDNIGHT DREAD from the May 1, 1987 issue of Reggae and African Beat

Wendt, Doug. The Reggae & African Beat (Archive- 1983-1988)6.3 (May 1, 1987)- 44-45, 54.scratchwendt1

Reggae & African Beat, May 1, 1987