Out next week, repress of The Pioneers’ ‘Battle of the Giants’. One trio that not only succeeded, but blossomed following the onset of reggae, is The Pioneers, who in 1969 became one of the first Jamaican acts to achieve international success with their UK hit, ‘Long Shot Kick The Bucket’. Their third album Battle Of The Giants is a little bit softer compared to their previous records, and even features a soul ballad. ‘Consider Me’ and the title track “The Battle Of The Giants” are two of the best known songs from this album. The collection is a must-have for all self-respecting fans of boss reggae and is now finally available once again.

Out next Friday, 30th August, reissue vinyl LP. Pre-order here.

By 1970, Lee Scratch Perry was firmly established as one of Jamaica’s premier producers, having issued a series of local hits on his Upsetter imprint, including the international best-seller, ‘Return of Django’. His no-nonsense, hard-hitting sound won him numerous fans, both in his native land and the UK, where legions of young skinheads snapped up every record they could find that bore the Perry hallmark sound. Originally issued by Trojan at the start of 1970, ‘Scratch The Upsetter Again’ illustrates Perry taking a contemplative glance further into the realm of instrumental sound.

New reissue vinyl LP available in store and online.

Out tomorrow. New Trojan Records vinyl release. Forming part of the ‘Spirit of 69’ anniversary campaign, ‘Sock It To Me’ collects a dozen of the rarest and most collectable tracks from the Trojan catalogue, all of which have remained unavailable on vinyl for half a century. With the demand for original boss reggae sounds from the late 1960s on the rise over the past decade, this stylishly designed collection is sure to attract the growing number of fans of the style.

Available in store Friday, 26 July 2019 and online.

Soon come! Pre-order here. Forming part of the ‘Spirit of 69’ anniversary campaign, ‘Sock It To Me’ collects a dozen of the rarest and most collectable tracks from the Trojan catalogue, all of which have remained unavailable on vinyl for half a century. With the demand for original boss reggae sounds from the late 1960s on the rise over the past decade, this stylishly designed collection is sure to attract the growing number of fans of the style.

Pre-order vinyl LP here.

The oracle in the Brixton area Joe Mansano is known as the true pioneer of the London sound of Reggae. After the success of his single Brixton Cat Trojan asked him to record an album under the same name. He agreed and started working on this new album together with great musicians such as the trombonist Rico Rodreguez and top DJ Hopeton Reid. “Rico’s Torpedo” is a straight horn cut on the rhythm and one of the highlight of the record. The oracle continued recording different fine tunes for the skinhead Reggae lovers.

Joe’s All Stars present their first album for your dancing pleasure. Reissue vinyl LP available in store and online.

Follow up to the Reggae Girl compilation Germany’s Grover Supreme issued a year or so back, covering similar vintage “boss reggae” vocals and instumentals from the late sixties produced by A. G. Murphy. A definite scorcher from The Tennors – a set that’s overflowing with soulful harmonies from the rocksteady trio – and which also includes a few cuts by choice contemporaries as well!

The rhythms here are in the best late 60s Kingston modes – plenty of pre-reggae soulful sounds from Jamaica, with … More

Born OTD in 1940, Jamaican artist popular for rhythm & blues, ska rocksteady and skinhead reggae, Derrick Morgan. “When singers making songs like the one Derrick Morgan made that went [sings] ‘Rudie don’t fear no boy / rudie don’t fear’, it was because that rude-boy fearlessness was seen as an act of defiance” Jimmy Cliff.

The first major account of the history of reggae, black music journalist Lloyd Bradley describes its origins and development in … More