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Digital Niyabingi Live in London!

Jungle Dub is here and is being championed by Digital Niyabinghi complete with a purpose built 29 stack sound system. Digital Niyabinghi (aka Paul Ibiza) has been in the lab working on this exclusive new sound for the past 5 years and now it’s time to be heard.

Join the full Digital Niyabinghi family including: Potential Badboy, Uncle Dugs, Terry T, The Ragga Twins, MC Moose, Beefy and Junior Danger and Daddy Nature. STEP:ONE host room 2. This one is not to be missed!

For more info on the session CLICK HERE…….


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

Exclusive UNOD 2014 Mix & Interview from I-Mitri (Counteraction)

The United Nations Of Dub Weekender is back! Now in it’s second year, the worlds only family friendly multi day indoor dub, roots and reggae festival, the United Nations Of Dub Weekender (U.N.O.D Weekender) is back at Pontins ‘Prestatyn Sands’ self catering holiday park in North Wales from 28th – 30th March 2014 for another instalment of bass fuelled fun and games featuring over one hundred of the biggest artists and sound systems out there. You can catch the Reggae Roast crew there on Saturday in the Mungo’s Hi-Fi arena! Prior to the session we met up with one of the event organisers and all round nice bloke I-Mitri to chat about his time in the music industry & what this year’s UNOD session has to offer….

RR: Easy! For people not aquainted with I-Mitri & the Counteraction label can you give them a brief intro?

I-Mitri: CounterAction is a UK Dub and Roots label based in the midlands, and more specifically in Leicester! We started releasing vinyl back in 2007, and have released to date 6 x 10″, a CD album/digital, and a couple of digital singles. CounterAction was started by I-self and the one and only Richi Rootz who sadly passed away a couple of years ago.

Richi is also one of the founding members of Vibronics, and a general legend in this city, responsible for having connected many of the local artists! For example, Richi introduced a very young Jah Marnyah who at the time worked as a labourer in his house here in Leicester  through common family connections with Monserrat (the Caribbean island) to Vibronics! Making links and bringing up young talent was very much Richi’s mission!

You could say our first unofficial release and the birth of CounterAction, sonically at least,
is the the Scoops Records 10″ “Mama Africa” by the Vibronics Dub Family!  On that tune Richi played bass and I played drums in separate sessions (and before actually meeting in person), before Steve Vibronics (another Leicester legend) put the magic touches on the mix and arrangement and eventually released it as a 10″  in 2006 after a few years of earth shaking sounds like Jah Tubbys and Iration Steppas blasting it around the world!
That was effectively our introduction and led to many a jam session in the Counteraction HQ studio! We would start by jamming, him on bass and i on drums, and record ideas which i then worked on and developed further into dubs and eventually releases!

My personal background is many years of live bands and music projects around Greece as a drummer, singer and percussionist.. After our first album release in Greece in ’98 i got a bit more seriously involved with the studio recording and mixing processes. This eventually lead to me moving to the UK in 2001 to live study and work close to the music scene and the industry that i had grown to love, one that has influenced and continues to influence so much of the world! I continue to work in that capacity as well as a mix engineer and producer for different labels around the world.  I gig regularly as a mic man, DJ/Selector/Live mixer and percussionist with a live band representing CounterAction, as well as often tour/record with a few other well known live dub acts like Vibronics, my famo AMP Outernational and Dub Providers (Nuff Powa).. My day job is youth work through music focused around young people in difficult circumstances whether in a social respect or in terms of health with a fantastic non-profit organisation here in Leicester called Soft Touch Arts..

RR: How did you first get involved with the music?

I-Mitri: I would say before anything else it would be my parent’s record collection!
The stereo was the focus of our house, and the TV at the time was black and white and in a corner.. I have so many vivid memories of listening to records, lying on the carpet, while carefully studying the covers, or any lyrics etc inside the albums! From there i found myself learning guitar and drums and started a band in school in Greece very early on!
We mainly payed hardcore and covers at first, practicing in my sister’s room :P ,
but slowly Reggae took over after we tried to cover “Chase the Devil” by Max Romeo the first time,  and tripped all over ourselves and the beat! :) Reggae then became an obsession, and the band is now known as AMP Outernational, co-founders of Greece’s roughest sound Dubwise HiFi :)

RR: You’re in a band, run a label, produce a radio show, sing and write your own music and run a major roots & dub festival, how do you find the time?

I-Mitri: Oh gosh, yes… I do wonder that myself often! I suppose I don’t have much of a social life heheheh! But on a bit of a more serious note, I think one supports the other, they’re not mutually exclusive. This way I have constant works to do, if it’s not one thing its the other. It keeps me excited and engaged, and I guess inevitably a little sleepless but content! The challenge is not to let the creative play and music writing suffer, and for that, sometimes, you have to turn the phone on silent and get off FB. I also have some great creative positive people surrounding and supporting I and we push each other on a daily to get better, and raise our game! I’m not I alone in this! UNITY is the key!

RR: Can you tell us a little bit about your reasons behind starting UNOD festival and what 2014 has in store?

I-Mitri: As you mentioned we have a weekly radio show here on a university FM station.
United Nations Of Dub was baptised by Richi Rootz who used to regularly select every other week or so. We had been discussing different event and business ideas with my partner Leicester promoter Felis Kontakt for a few years now, and attending each-other’s events. When the time came and we made the mad decision to realise our dream of an event modelled after the old Soul Weekenders or more recently, the electronic music weekenders in holiday parks, this time honouring and aiming solely at the Dub and the “bass” community it was obvious that the radio show name represented our idea for the festival perfectly and so was born the UNOD Weekender!

It’s the biggest indoor sound system culture event in the world, last year attracting people from as far as Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, the US and so many European countries and beyond! No mud, no rain, no tents, and you can sleep! :P
It is an opportunity to experience the very top producers, performers and sounds in the scene as well as to get introduced to younger artists and sounds from around the world! We have many arenas, talks, a cinema, a heated themed pool party, and many surprises, and you can buy tickets including accommodation (in fully equipped flats with en-suites bathrooms and kitchens, where you have all you need to cook: fridge, oven, microwave, kettle and dishes pans and cups) as well as 3-day passes with no accommodation if you wished to stay near by in the numerous B&Bs and caravan parks
or finally single affordable day tickets!

check:

www.unodweekender.com

for further links and the full line up!

RR: Which act are you most looking forward to checking at the festival?

I-Mitri: There are so many to pick from and choosing one is very difficult! :) So here are a select few! Jah Shaka opens the festival with full sound on Friday and last year that was a very unique experience! The mighty son of Augustus Pablo! The very talented rising star that is Addis Pablo shall be there representing this year with his melodica on Friday alongside Ras Jammy as Suns Of Dub! My hero Adrian Sherwood (ON U SOUND) is there on Saturday on our main stage show arena powered by  Mungo’s Hifi full sound system!

The crazy 4-way (full sound) “meets” on our Sound System arena:

Saturday: Iration Steppas – Blackboard Jungle – Aba Shanti – Jah Tubbys and

Sunday: King Earthquake – OBF – Maasai Warrior – Word Sound and Power all on their own sets!

And finally on Sunday night, the might Mungo’s HiFI and their Scotch Bonnet show case set on their full sound!

RR: What are your top three tracks at the moment?

Loving the new JA (so-called) “revival” scene at the moment! Too many to mention but a great track for me is “Jesse Royal – Modern Day Judas” (many other great cuts on this riddim to check too, more recently for example the tuff “Jr Gong – Gunman World”).

Been loving the new Vibronics meets Brain Damage album, high quality musicianship and sound and serious historical background, as close to a dub concept album as it gets! My good bredrin’s tune (also from Leicester) “Madu Messenger – Letter Home” is one to check for sure!

Also been getting great feedback for one of i&i own works too!  Watch out for the brand new tune (currently at DUBplate status) by the “Dubateers ft I-mitri – Learning Curve”
on a refix you might just recognise hehe :)
RR: What are your thoughts on the current state of the UK Reggae scene and how do you feel it compares with the rest of the world?

I-Mitri: This is a very interesting question and a very deep subject! It’s very interesting as the UK was the gateway through which Reggae, dub and sound system culture reached Europe and arguably the rest of the world! It also stamped its own identity on both the musicianship but also the sound system tradition, which coming from JA to the UK changed,  to accommodate more of our climate, lifestyle and preferences!   Much heavier sounds, a focus on more instrumental cuts and heavy dub mixes as well as a more Minor keys/chords/scales approach to composition, ignoring the Major keys that JA music often favours!

However that was the 80s and 90s and since then the tradition has taken hold of Europe especially places like France and Italy but growing elsewhere too! It has developed into a new identity, style and sound, again accumulating local culture and tradition but maintaing the basic elements as they came through the UK directly from JA. So, these days, the scene is actually more healthy abroad! And here in the UK, it has become harder and harder to find the right venues that would be willing to support sound systems coming, less and less street parties etc, and a youth culture that for a while at least turned its back on the Reggae/dub world. At the same time the UK still has many pioneering dub producers and acts, and they continue to shape along with many of the newer generations, the European sound of sound system dub music, and continue to gig heavily and feature on sounds around the world! With the emergence of the dubstep scene and the general return to vinyl, dub plate culture and heavy bass sound systems more recently, the new generations of youths are more and more getting involved in a revival of the bass sound, in a brand new form, and with now clearly influence coming back from Europe obvious in new crews out of Manchester, Leeds and Bristol as well as London of course and other places around the UK!

RR: Vinyl or Digital?

I-Mitri: I collect vinyl still, and i grew up with that sound so can’t think of a better format for bass music! I also very much fuljoy listening to sounds Like Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti I, King Earthquake and Channel One religiously sticking to vinyl in their sessions! Having said that, after WAY too many pints spilled over records in sweaty, small, rammed-out clubs, I made the decision very early on to record my records to digital and to fwd to gigs with a laptop based set up! My records that way are safe at home, and for practical reasons a laptop bag beats carrying record bags on planes and messy hot festivals any day! It’s also a lot easier to run our own exclusives and dubs as our show (whether live or as DJ Selection) is at least 80% original music and lots of live vocals either of my own or of one or more of the artists with which CounterAction often tours!

RR: Tea or Coffee?

I-Mitri: 95% of the time TEA! However there are some moments (on long drives after gigs late at night, or after very late gigs followed by early airport runs for example) when a double shot espresso is NECESSARY! :D
RR: What are your plans for the future?

More and more releases, session work and collaborations with producers, sound systems and promoters around the world. First release this year for example, featured on the tape is the “Get Along” tune by AMP Outernational available on JUNO and a few more tunes down the pipeline due to land on vinyl and digital release very soon!  Also due to the festival taking over our lives this last year we have been sitting on some serious dubplates that I would love to see released through CounterAction Soundz and expect to get on with, certainly by the end of 2014, if not before ;)
Hold tight!
Hopefully also UNOD Weekender 2015 and many more after!

Big up Reggae Roast, thanks for the opportunity to share words and sounds with you and the family!

check:

www.counteractionsoundz.com

for future gigs, news, releases and merch!

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

Reggae Rajahs Strictly Dubplates 5 Year Anniversary Mix

Bigging up our friends over in India! Dubplate style & fashion! SET IT

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

Disorda’s Dub Chronicles #41

Top selction yet again from our friend Disorda! Play this LOUD!

Dub Chronicles #41 (Kane FM) by Disorda @ Suspect Packages on Mixcloud

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, Free Downloads, Mixes, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Exclusive Mix & Interview from Dubmatix!

For the next installment of the Reggae Roast podcast we’ve asked the busiest man in Reggae to nice it up! Step forward Dubmatix! He’s got a new LP out in April, another set of sample packs due for release and a hectic tour schedule lined up for summer. We managed to catch up with him for a quick chat about his time in the music industry and what 2014 has in store….

RR: Easy now! Can you give us a little introduction to the Dubmatix sound?
DM: I’ve always been a fan of Phil Spector and his “Wall of Sound” and it’s something that tends to be part of my production process – layering, creating a full sound. Musically my sound encompasses a wide spectrum of styles – from traditional dub, roots, rub-a-dub to dub step, electro-dub, UK Steppers, Jungle/Ragga and anything else that works – but I try to always maintain a “reggae” influence and vibe.

RR: You’ve worked with some of the best & well known Reggae singers over the years, do you have a favourite collaboration?
DM: I’ve enjoyed working with them all but Alton Ellis stands out. It was one of his last recordings and he wrote fantastic lyrics “Blessing of compassion” that really had a strong meaning  and beautiful vocal delivery.

RR: I understand you’ve got another album coming out in April, can you tell us a little bit about what to expect?
DM: The new album is called “In Dub” and is the first pure dub album I’ve released since 2007. Consisting of steppers, traditional dub and electro-dub. Several  tracks that have been released on compilations in various parts of the world but never on one album – plus about 6 fresh new dub tunes.
It’ll be out on Echo Beach (Hamburg, Germany) across Europe, USA, Japan and Australia April 24th.
There is another release due out April 1, a remix EP with the great drum’n'bass / jungle producer Marcus Visionary (Digital Soundboy label) – consisting of all the remixes he’s done of my tracks over the past 3 years – all in a raga / jungle style. (Digital release)

RR: Over the past couple of years you’ve put out a few Reggae based sample packs, do you have any plans to release any more?

DM: I just submitted Dub & Reggae XL Vol II and Vol III this week. Vol I has been on the bestseller list for the past 15 months and has really be a lot of fun for me to hear how people utilize the loops for their own productions.
Coming down the pipeline is also a preset package for Native Instruments Massive software aptly called “Reggae Massive” which contains presets aimed at dub, reggae, steppers, dub step and jungle. Bass, keys, organs, synths. Just wrapping that one up for next week.

RR: Any plans for any festivals / tours for 2014?
DM: I start a 22 date tour March 29th – May 3rd where I’ll be in Belgium, France, Germany and Romania then back again starting in Costa Rica July 5 and over to Europe for the summer festival season. Best place to check for dates is www.dubmatix.com

RR: Anything to add to the big Vinyl Vs. Digital debate? What’s your preference?
DM: I’m a child of the vinyl and cassette 70s age and while I love the digital convenience and potential, there’s something about holding a piece of wax in your hands, reading the liner notes and dropping the needle that an MP3 will never replace.
Sonically – vinyl can sound warmer but there are some great plug-ins out there to really help replicate, nearly indiscernible, that “warmth” and “saturation” that is present on vinyl. UAD (Universal Audio) does an amazing job. But I love the instant gratification of the digital age and music – and with 7 radio shows – I need music every week and nothing can compete with getting music sent to me digitally. There’s room for both.

RR: What’s the Reggae / Dub scene like in Canada? How do you think it compares with the UK & Europe?
DM: There is a lot of strong musicians and singers in Canada but with a population of 35 Million and having one of the largest land masses in the world – the difficulty has always been having or maintaining an infrastructure to foster a stronger reggae community. Economically it’s almost  cost prohibitive to tour having 8-12+ hour drives from show to show – then add in hotels, food, gas etc  – it’s not easy or feasible for most bands. I see it growing but more and more you’ll see Canadian artists look to Europe or the USA to try and develop a career.

RR: Do you have a favourite Reggae Soundsystem?
DM: To be honest, being from Toronto I’ve not really had a lot of opportunity to experience a proper Sound System event. I was in Mexico on a show with King Earthquake – 8 scoops and decent power – that was an experience for me to watch and see him perform but I’m aiming on getting to the spend more time at proper Sound System events this year.

RR: What are your top three tunes at the moment?
DM:

  • Micah Shemiah – Dread at the Control
  • Pupa Jim – International Farmer
  • Congo Natty – Get Ready

 

RR: Do you have any advice for aspiring producers starting out?
DM: Write and record as much as possible. With each new track you produce, you’ll learn more about arranging, mixing, writing and most importantly – developing your own style.  Check out King Tubby’s “King Tubby meets the Rockers Uptown” – one of the best dub albums ever recorded to hear what a basic set up of echo, reverb, a mixing desk and creativity can achieve. Take chances – experiment with instrumentation, FX and production styles.

To keep up to date with Dubmatix check out the website: www.dubmatix.com

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

Tour De Force (Dub Stuy) Exclusive Mix & Interview!

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Brand new! Good for you! New York’s finest step forward!
Tour De Force is the production monkier of Dub-Stuy Soundsystem who are responsible for bringing the real sound of Reggae music back to NY. With collabs from some of the biggest Reggae artists from all over the globe and a more exclusive tracks than you can shake a stick at, this mix is a treat from beginning to end! We caught up with the duo ahead of their debut LP release for a little chat about their time in the music industry and what the future holds for them, check it out below…..

 

RR: For those of our followers who’ve not come across Dub-Stuy before could you give us a brief introduction?

TDF: We’re a sound system crew and label based out of Brooklyn, New York. Specifically, we’re based in an area called Bed-Stuy hence the name Dub-Stuy. Our neighborhood is famous for being one of the birthplace of hip hop in new york. We’re fundamentally a record label and event production crew though we’re also involved in various projects revolving around promoting sound system culture stateside.

RR: We regard having a Soundsystem of one of the fundamental aspects of Reggae music (and we are in the process of building our own), how did you get into soundsystem culture and who are your influences in that arena?

TDF: To us, the sound system being at the root of the music, both historically and conceptually, we knew it was an essential starting point for our project. On top of that, we felt like the standard and appreciation for quality sound has been on a decline here in New York so building a rig was also a statement in that regard.

We’re big fans of foundation sounds such as Channel One, Aba Shanti and obviously Jah Shaka. We also have a lot of respect for sounds like Mungo’s, Stand High and OBF who are taking the message and the culture to a newer audience. In a way, they really paved the way for us.
RR: You’ve recently completed your debut album as ‘Tour De Force’, could you tell us a little bit about the project?

TDF: Tour de Force is the musical project that inspired the genesis of the label. I had been a selector for a while and ended up getting connected to Jay Spaker who had been producing electronic music as Double Tiger. When we met, we realized that we both had the same passion for roots music and a similar vision for expanding the reach of sound system culture beyond its usual niche of dub and reggae. We started collaborating on tracks and that’s how the project started.

I see Tour de Force as the musical manifestation of what we stand for. Connecting the dots between old and new while preaching the gospel of the sound system. There’s also a great deal of inspiration that comes from our environment in Brooklyn in our music. We’re excited to be releasing our first album “Battle Cry” this month and I think it’s a pretty strong statement as to who we are as a crew and sound system.

RR: New York has a very rich history when it comes to Reggae music and you continue to fly the flag for it, what is the scene like there at the moment and where do you see it going?

TDF: Similarly to London, New York has been a major destination point for the West Indian diaspora  so there’s an expansive history of Reggae music and culture here. You can probably find at least 4-5 reggae parties any day of the week and there’s also a vibrant soundclash community. Historically, the focus in New York has been mostly toward dancehall and bashment although there is also an emerging dub/roots scene with labels such as Taitu records, Bent Backs Sound and Liondub among others.

We’ve been fortunate to be able to connect with all the various communities through our events and other label projects. To us, this is the way forward, more collaboration and a better understanding of sound system culture which unites all of us. We hope to serve as an example and with the amount of labels, raw talent and overall creative spirit, we feel like New York is on a verge of a new era for Reggae music.

RR: A lot of the older sounds are deeply rooted in tradition and the music they play reflects that, what do you think sets you apart from the rest?

We’ve long been inspired by roots, culture and foundation and our music and event bookings reflect that. Yet, we are not part of that era nor have any pretense about waxing nostalgia. We’re constantly inspired by new sounds and influences and we feel like there’s an opportunity to move the music and culture forward without diluting it.

RR: Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of getting into building a Soundsystem?

TDF: I would say do your research, take the time to know your rig, know its limits and always strive for perfection. There’s always something new to learn and you constantly need to train your ear, just like playing an instrument. People often get hung up on gear, number of scoops, wattage…  at the end of the day, what really matters is that people are enjoying the experience you’re creating and that you’re making new sound system converts. Also, once the madness begins, get ready to spend a lot money, loose relationships and end up with a broken back!

RR: What are your thoughts on the scene in the UK & Europe?

TDF: The UK scene has always been inspiring, both in terms of music and sound system culture.  It’s been really great to see a significant convergence between the dubstep, dub and sound system community over the past few years. For us, the foundation is really important in maturing the US sound and appreciation, and we’re looking forward to announcing some new projects and partnerships to continue to support sound system culture and bass music in Brooklyn and the States in 2014

RR: Is there anything you’d like to say on the big Vinyl vs. Digital debate?

TDF: Doesn’t matter to us as long as it sounds good on the big rig!


RR: What are your top three tunes at the moment?

Gorgon Sound – Find Jah Way

Don Fe – Jericho

Author – Jah Live On

RR: What are your plans for the future?

TDF: 2014 is going to be a big year for us. First off, we’re releasing our debut  LP “Battle Cry”  this month and have plans to tour in the US and Asia to support the album. We’re also working on a European tour later this fall. More importantly, we want to make more music and connect with more dubheads around the world. Right now is a great time for music. Eventually, we’d like to start developing artists through our label. I think it’s time for us in the states to catch up!

For more info on Dub-Stuy Sound & Tour De Force check out their website: http://www.dub-stuy.com/

 

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: Album Of The Week, BIG Tunes, Documentaries, Free Downloads, interviews, Mixes, Reggae News, Reggae Roast

Download De La Soul’s complete back catalogue for free!!

In honor of next month’s 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul are making their entire catalog available for free download for 25 hours on the group’s website. The download bonanza will begin on Friday, February 14th at 11 a.m. EST until Saturday at noon.

More info HERE: http://www.wearedelasoul.com/

Date by Adam Prescott | Categories: BIG Tunes, Events, Free Downloads, Non Reggae news, Reggae Roast

Part2Style – Exclusive Mix & Interview!

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The dancehall rulers from the Far East come fi mash it up! When Part2Style come to play they always bring a serious arsenal of dubplates to kill any soundbwoy in session! They’ve kindly recorded this exclusive mix for Reggae Roast to accompany an interview we did with their crew member Mal.

Make sure you check the full interview below!

Tracklist:
1. Intro.
2. Brother Culture – Pop Round(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
3. Protoje – Our Time Come(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
4. Charlie P – Salud(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
5. Warrior Queen – Poison Dart(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
6. Solo Banton – Music Addict(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
7. Kenny Knotts – Watch How The People Dancing(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
8. Jah Screechy – Walk & Skank(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
9. Carl Meeks – Haul & Pull Up Selector(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
10. Tippa Irie – P2S Wicked & Wild(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
11. Top Cat – Everyday(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
12. PART2STYLE SOUND feat. Charlie-P – Sound Man Anthem
13. PART2STYLE SOUND feat.Solo Banton – Sleepng Lion
14. PART2STYLE SOUND feat.Tippa Irie – Raggamuffin
15. PART2STYLE SOUND feat.Parly B – Rub a dub Market
16. PART2STYLE SOUND feat.Color T – Hot Like We
17. Shanti D – Unknown(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
18. Everton Blender – Jumbo Jet(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
19. Carl Meeks – Come A Dance(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
20. Cian Finn – Babylon Sky(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
21. General Levy – Incredible(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)
22. Mr.Williamz & Mungo’s Hi Fi – RAM DANCE FASTER(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)

23. Clint Eastwood General Saint – Another One Bites The Dust(PART2STYLE DUB PLATE)

 

 

RR: For those of our followers who haven’t come across Part2Style (although they should have!) can you please introduce yourselves?

P2S: We are the sound crew based in Tokyo Japan. We run across the world with a keyword “Future Ragga” and our original tunes and unique dubplates. We are also releasing the titles to the world from our label “Future Ragga”.

RR: Every time we hear a P2S set they are always packed full of dubplates & exclusives, how important do you think having dubs is to a selector in today’s scene?

P2S: Since we make our own tracks, exclusive tunes is an inevitable progression. To build a good relationship with artists while we link with them and to represent them as our artist and they represent us as their sound, it will lead both of us an originality. So I always focus on the exclusiveness.

RR: You fly the flag highly for Japan, what is the scene like out there?

P2S: A short while ago, Reggae scenes in Japan was based on Jamaica and it was above anything else. But since we perform actively, scenes and fans start to broaden their perspective of reggae music. This movement is getting big every second.

RR: What are your thoughts on the UK scene and who are your favourite Soundsystems?

P2S: It is different from Jamaican scene and I feel the uniqueness. There is many artist varied in personalities. And fans really love reggae music so we consistently do our best to offer a guarantee of wickedness. Our favorite sound system is Mungo’s Hi-fi, they are the tuffest! and our favorite sound crew is REGGAE ROAST, we really respect your movement.

RR: Is there anything you’d like say regarding the big vinyl / digital debate?

P2S: We still love vinyl and dig the songs, and we try to release the songs from our label in vinyl format as possible. But when we play as a sound, most of the songs we play is dubplate and self-produced tunes so we play them in digital format. I think these debate would go on for ever but I think every person is different and we all have our own style so I don’t mind which format people use. low rate and quality of mp3 format is out of the question though.

RR: What are your top three tunes at the moment?

P2S: This is difficult question to answer because we listen to many genres and our favorite songs changed every second lol.

RR: You’ve played pretty much every major music festival, have you got any highlights?

P2S: I guess Outlook Festival was the most highlights. Especially this year, when we played at Dub Smugglers stage on the previous night of Outlook. I felt the everyones energy and motivation toward Outlook Festival. They were ready to party!

RR: Which artists influenced you when you were starting out and which artists continue to inspire you?

P2S: I use to listen to the tapes from Jamaica and was inpire by 80′s and 90′s Jamaican sound system. But today, I get inspire from artist and players outside Jamaica. Especially from the other genres. We have “Ragga” attitude in our background so any musics we absorb, it will turn out to be our colors.

RR: You recently started the Future Ragga label, what was the thought process behind starting a record label?

P2S: It was necessary result. Back in 80′s, every sound system in Jamaica owned their label and they experimentally played their dubplate at the dance. So, “make the tracks”, “play at the dance”, “release the songs that mash up the crowd” is efficient and from the fans feedback, we can drop our individual color to the tunes.

RR: What are Part2Style’s plans for 2014?

P2S: We are going to release the songs that will amaze every reggae fans in the world. So you can count on us.

 

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

Tune Of The Day! Ed West & Jago – 7 Deadly Sins **FREE DOWNLOAD**

After a brief hiatus from T.O.T.D we’re now back in full force! This one from Ed West & Jago kicks things off nice! To get you all in the mood for Ed’s debut release on Reggae Roast you can know grab this from our Soundcloud for free!

Remember you can also catch Ed West & Parly B at Sunday Skank! this weekend for the ‘Telephone Riddim’ EP launch party! More info on that HERE…………

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

TUNE OF THE DAY – The Drop – Turning Around – From Their new FREE EP

The Drop are one of the most exciting up and coming UK dub bands and have been around for a few years now, and after a short hiatus it seems they are coming back hard having spent their time recording a whole heap of new material.

Their first offering is the ‘Turning Around EP’ which is available to download for free or for a donation which they will be using to finish off their feature length album, so be fair and give generously so they can get their album out asap!-

DOWNLOAD THE FREE EP HERE – http://thedropmusic.bandcamp.com/album/turning-around-ep

Here is the video and title track from their EP Turning Around!

Date by james | Categories: BIG Tunes, Free Downloads