Category Archives: Documentaries

Reggae Roast takeover Trojan Records Spotify!


Throughout August, Reggae Roast take charge of This Is Trojan, with 14 of our favourite Trojan tracks added to the spotify playlist every Friday morning over the next 4 weeks.

Founding member, James Harper, who has selected the tracks had the following to say regarding his affinity with Trojan and reggae music as a whole:

“I was first introduced to reggae through my older half-brother who was an avid collector in the 80’s. He was mad into his digital reggae and dancehall and collected 100’s of yard tapes. I was about 5 then. But it wasn’t until quite a bit later on that I really discovered Trojan through my local Caribbean bar/ restaurant when I was about 15.

The guy who owned the restaurant had loads of old Studio 1 and Trojan vinyl that he stored under the stairs in the venue and he’d play them on a Friday night when we were in there eating and drinking. When I started listening to them I realised that I already knew a lot of the rhythms that I heard my brother play as a kid. 

I realised that Trojan and Studio 1 Records and other, similar labels were responsible for so much music that I knew and had influenced so much more. It was then that I started collecting reggae and haven’t stopped since.

There so much music to discover, you could go on forever. The restaurant was called Posh Nosh and I played my first ever DJ gig there, so that place has a important place in my heart.”

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: Documentaries, Mixes, Reggae Roast

10 Of The World’s Most Expensive Turntables

This article was originally What Hi-Fi, click HERE to check it out….

Vanity projects? Very possibly. But who’s to say some of the engineering feats here won’t cause technology to trickle down to more affordable decks, improving things for all of us? We live in hope. Whether the stuff of dreams or a shining example of audiophile excess, these are some of the most expensive record players ever made…

TechDAS Air Force One – £75,000

Air by name, air by nature. How many decks do you know with an air bearing to support the platter, or achieve isolation from its support through air suspension? But it doesn’t stop there. Those with warped discs – that’s us too – can rejoice in the Techdas’s ability to suck a record flat onto its platter, giving the cartridge an easier ride.

Clearaudio Statement v2 – £92,500


























The Statement v2 is made from bullet-proof wood sandwiched between aluminium plates and can accommodate up to four tonearms, including the £18,500 Statement TT1 v2 tangential tonearm (should you have some cash left over). Unlike the Techdas there’s no air main bearing with Clearaudio choosing to float the platter with magnetism instead. More realistic Clearaudio turntables are also available…

J.C. Verdier La Platine Magnum – £95,000

The La Platine is huge, has a 50cm platter (that’s a 12-inch record in the picture) and weighs a colossal 400kg thanks to a base made of granite. And say what you like about the design, it certainly looks better than the company’s website.

Rossner and Sohn MOTT – up to £105,000


MOTT stands for Mother of TurnTable and this is one serious mother, with an overall weight of 325kg. There are various specifications available for this German turntable but the top-end model comes with automatic pneumatic adjustment and an air bearing. You’ll have to wait six months for one to be made to order, mind.

OneDof One Degree – £105,000

The One Degree was designed by NASA space engineer Aleks Bakman and claims to eliminate all resonance thanks to liquid suspension. Naturally it uses “aerospace grade metals” too. It features 24-carat gold plating and weighs a rather more manageable 23kg.

Basis Audio Work of Art – £105,000

Billed as a “tribute to the science and art of vinyl music reproduction”, this Basis Audio turntable uses a vacuum system to hold the record down on the platter and even claims to be able to restore warped records to “exact flatness”. There’s a non-vacuum version, too, but in for a penny in for a pound, we reckon…

Transrotor Artus – £105,000

Transrotor hopes your £105,000 will be well spent on the Artus, thanks to the deck’s ability to deliver a completely level playing platform using ‘cardanic suspension’ – a gimbal design ensures it pivots around a single axis. Made from solid aluminium and acrylic, it also features a contact-less magnetic field drive and a balanced tone arm (you’d hope so, too). And it weighs a quarter of a tonne.

Audio Consulting R-evolution Meteor – £130,000

This battery-powered turntable is apparently made from “one entire tree”. And not just any tree – one that’s been dried for at least 20 years. Craftsmen then spend two weeks getting the surface “just right” by hand. It uses a two-chassis construction designed “to avoid any standing waves” and can support two tonearms. You can even have the platter in Ferrari red.

Goldmund Reference II – £165,000

The Reference II was limited to just 25 models (maybe check eBay…), has a platter that weighs 20kg, and some 15kg of brass-shielding for the motor. There’s no end to the fantastical-sounding features – “liquid nitrogen-rectified belt” – but sadly the £165,000 doesn’t go quite as far as you might hope – you’ll still need to shell out for a tonearm and cartridge…

AV Designhaus Derenville VPM 2010-1 – £460,000


We think the Derenville VPM 2010-1 might just be the most expensive turntable ever made. You’d expect a great deal of technology in something costing the best part of half a million pounds, and you’d be right.

The VPM 2010-1 has two frequency controlled motors on the belt, a solid 60kg Corian chassis standing on four air suspension feet, laser toe angle measurement and an integrated digital scale. There’s an HD camera and screen for checking everything is running smoothly, plus a touch screen remote control. Don’t all rush at once…

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: Documentaries, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Mr. Williamz’ Top 5 Influential Artists

Ahead of Chopstick Dubplate’s next release ‘Wanted – The Remixes’ we asked long time Chopstick collaborator and microphone don, Mr. Williamz, about his lyrical influences….

1. SuperCat – For his style and reality lyrics.

2. Ninjaman – For his live performances.

3. Buju Banton – For the effect of his lyrics in Dancehall.

4. Damian Marley – For his lyrical content and solid production style.

5. Junior Reid – For his style and also staying current throughout the years.

Check out Chopstick Dubplate – ‘Wanted – The Remixes’ below….

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, Documentaries, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Reggae Roast Live Mix on Capital Xtra for Ras Kwame

A couple of weeks ago we were asked to put together a mix for the legendary Ras Kwame for his Reggae Recipe radio show on Capital Xtra! Check the link below to listen 🙂

Reggae Roast Live Mix For Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra) by Reggae Roast on Mixcloud

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, DJ Dates, Documentaries, Events, Free Downloads, Mixes, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

MC Navigator’s Top 5 Soundsystem Tracks

In the lead up to Notting Hill Carnival this weekend we asked the mighty MC Navigator about his favourite soundsystem tracks!

1. EXIT ~ Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown is my favourite singer of all time. This track was one of the first digital Dancehall hits that took reggae into a new dimension in the mid 80s. Memories of chatting over the version in 4 Aces club Dalston on Unity with Deman Rockers & Flinty Badman flood my mind. Simply Classic.

2. AFTER ALL ~ King Everald

I first heard this track on dubplate in 1985 when I acquired my first Youthman Promotion cassette. That was the era when people like Tenor Saw, Colourman, Blacka T,  Dona P and Yami Bolo started their careers as artists. I must big up Sugar Minott for having the vision to guide and nurture these young fresh artists of that time. I rewound that tape so much it broke in the end and I had to open the cassette casing and fix it with cello-tape because I loved it so much. 

3. PICK A SOUND ~ Selah Collins

This track was one of those choons where you had hold on to a girl and wind and go down. Classic Unity release that used to tear up dances all over the UK sung by a really soulful reggae singer the great Selah Collins.

4. SERIOUS TIME ~ Admiral Tibet

Another HUGE track that used to mash up dance back in the 80s. It still packs just as much of a punch nowadays as it did back then. Real lyrics, still relevant, still drawn by top sound system selectors. Real singer, Real Classic!!

5. TRIALS & CROSSES ~ Nitty Gritty

Big man choon from back in the day by a bad man singer Nitty Gritty (RIP) guaranteed wheel and pull up in a dancehall and many sound boys got buried with the specials he sang for certain sounds. This riddim straight pepper!!

Check out Navigator’s latest EP On Liondub & Navigator’s new merger label; Liondub ODT Muzik… below, 4 cool & deadly Jungle cuts primed and ready for Carnival!

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, Documentaries, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Vibration Lab Interview

Version Girl met up with the deadly duo that is Vibration Lab at their studio in Devon….


Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, Documentaries, Events, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

Jah Shaka – Red Bull Music Academy Lecture 2014 in Tokyo

Essential viewing for all….

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, DJ Dates, Documentaries, Events, Reggae News, Reggae Roast, Tune Of The Day

Exclusive Mix & Interview from DJ Vadim!

We’re launching the Reggae Roast Soundsystem this weekend and we’ve asked the legendary DJ Vadim to join us on the set! Vadim kindly recorded this ruffneck mix to promote the session and you can download it for free!

Info on our Soundsystem Launch Party here:

We also caught up Vadim to talk about his latest LP ‘Dubcatcher’ and his time in the music industry….

1. Easy Vadim! Let’s get the introductions out of the way; can you let our readers know a little bit about yourself?

I am a DJ / Producer hailing from East London! I started DJing in 1989 and making music in ’92. I released my first record in ’95, signed to Ninja Tune in ’96. Stylistically I specialise in Reggae / Hip-Hop. Anything from Lover’s Rock, Ska, Roots, Dubby stuff, Digital Bashment, Dancehall, Jungle and of course Hip-Hop to get the people jumping… love my soul too…

2. You’ve been very busy as of late with your new album ‘Dubcatcher’ which is something a little bit different from your previous works, what inspired the change?

It’s not so much a change, more of a progression or evolution. From the very first record I ever made Reggae has been an huge influence. Especially listening to artists like Yabby You, Sly & Robbie, Coxsonne etc… so yeah, the new album is a walk more into the Reggae sides but its always been there, it’s not like I used to do Techno and now Reggae!!! I’ve been collaborating with Demolition Man since 2001 so that’s 13 years!!! I think also music has gone full circle and a lot of people are exploring the roots of the Bass music surge we have now and as a producer I guess I have been expoloring that too.

3. Soundsystem is the cornerstone of Reggae based music and you are joining us for the launch of our brand new one this month, who are your favourite sounds and why?

Well there are so many… Channel One kill it but so does Shaka…. so many good sounds out there and not just from London but Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool… I think YT names nearly every sound in the UK on his song ‘England Story’!

4. You’ve worked with some of the greats throughout your career, which artist(s) really stand out for you?

Well Demolition Man and me go back long time and so does Yarah Bravo…

5. I read somewhere that you do close to 200 shows every year! How do you find the time to still make music so prolifically and tour to that extent?

hahaha well you’ve got to pay the phone bill somehow!
I make most of my music on my laptop then come home and finish it off in the studio.

6. The video from the first single from ‘Dubcatcher’, ‘Hope’, you showed off your collection of vintage turntables, does vinyl still hold much appeal for you?

Of course. I love the black crack,  I still have shit loads of records…music does sound so much better on vinyl. Unfortunately most people may never truly hear how good music can really be, I suppose it’s a bit like comparing Mcdonald’s to a real home cooked meal!

7. Seeing as you’ve lived all over the world, what’s your favourite city and why?

Well I always seem to come back to London!!

8. What would be an average day for you at the moment?

Right now it’s been decorating for the last 3 weeks, I’m doing my whole house up. It’s been 10 years so far so there’s a lot to do. In general aside from that it’s really varied, anything from answering emails, social network stuff to driving to airports, train stations, flights, never ever getting good wi-fi connection, iPhone battery dying on me to (if I’m lucky!) being in the studio and making music!

9. What are your top three tunes currently?

Dreadsquad  – Boom Tune
Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Serious Time
Ghost Writerz – Back It Up

10. What’s next for DJ Vadim?

More people to get dancing, more music to make, more life to live and hopefully enjoy!

Fore more info on DJ Vadim check out his website here:

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, DJ Dates, Documentaries, Events, Free Downloads, interviews, Mixes, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Keep Channel One Soundsystem At Carnival!

Uk soundsystem & Notting Hill Carnival veterans have had several objections to their licence application for their annual Notting Hill Carnival appearance.  The Council are taking this seriously and we need to fight our corner.

Make sure you sign the online petition HERE….
















Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: DJ Dates, Documentaries, Events, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Start Dreading The News Interview Earl 16!

Our friends over at Start Dreading The News are back with another top interview from one of Reggae music’s most prolific artists, Earl 16…..

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: Documentaries, interviews, Reggae News, Reggae Roast