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Reggae Heaven with Robin Catto

Reggae Heaven (K2K Radio) 7/3/14 by Reggae Heaven ~ Robin Catto on Mixcloud

A great roots show Reggae Heaven from Robin Catto. His mixes are always top! This one starts with a killer tune from Yami Bolo and continues with top tunes from the likes of Johnny Clarke, Black Uhuru, Jackie Mittoo and many more.

Robin Catto started DJing in 1984 and began his radio career at Sussex University’s Radio Falmer in 1985, joining Brighton’s pirate station Faze FM soon afterwards. In 1989 he joined up with Manasseh, the London-based reggae sound system founded in 1985 by his school friends Nick Raphael, Bill Tuckey and Ed Maiden. Over the years, Manasseh featured regularly at Notting Hill Carnival, and played many big dances including clashes with sound systems such as Jah Shaka, Jah Warrior, Volcano, Aba Shanti I, Jah Observer and Jah Tubby’s. Robin also regularly presented Manasseh’s Kiss FM radio show, a reggae institution which occupied the late night Saturday night/Sunday morning slot for 12 years from 1987 until 1999.

 

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Dubkasm – Horn Salute & Heartical dub

Dubkasm, the prolific UK-roots & dub duo made up of DJ Stryda and Ben Digistep have been mashing up the place since 1994.

Dubkasm is one of the key components in the international roots and dub movement, originally formed in 1994 during the emergence period of the UK ‘digital dub’ sound. Their work first appeared  two years later on the complilation album ‘Dub Out West’ (Nubian Records NRLP15). Branching into new musical realms, their 2009 Transform I set went on to be reinvented by Bristol’s finest Dubstep producers, featuring remixes by Pinch, Peverelist, Appleblim & Gatekeeper, Headhunter, Guido, Gemmy, RSD, Hyetal, Forsaken and Jakes. They continue to release material and play live across the globe.

Sufferah’s Choice Recordings is an independent record label based in the iconic town of Bristol, UK. Named after DJ Stryda’s renowned Bristol radio show, it has been a vehicle for Dubkasm’s music since 2003 and is known for its authentic yet innovative sounds and philosophy.

Dubkasm’s first release on Sufferah’s Choice in 2003 was a 12 inch featuring ‘Hornsman Trod’ and ‘Strictly Ital’, two UK roots instrumentals with the latter featuring Bristol’s own Ras Addis. Since then they have collaborated with many of the UK’s greats including cult legends such as Aba Shanti-I, Iration Steppas, Levi Roots and Dub Judah. Their debut album ‘Transform I’ saw the duo incorporate Brazilian instrumentation and vocals, the result of many years work carried out between the musical hubs of their hometown Bristol and Brazil, where Digistep lived for five years. – Dubkasm.com

This rootical B-side features majestic horns and Blood Shanti on the drum chair. This reminds me of a track by a finnish band Roots Cultivation, that will be coming up next if I find it.

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Adam Prescott – Liberation Mix (FREE DL!)

Reggae Roast’s champion selecta and producer Adam Prescott has put together an exclusive mix ahead of the Bristol launch party for ‘Liberation Riddim‘. The third release to come out on Hundred Years.

This nice mix from Adam Prescott features artists like Judah Eskender Tafari, Linval Thompson, Blood Shanti and Kibir La Amlak. It starts off easy rootsy and smoothly moves onto some more serious steppers. Go on, click through for an irie free download!

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Kenny Knots – Give I Power

This legendary tune voiced by Kenny Knots and produced by Bush Chemists was released in 2006 on 10” vinyl by Seek Jah First. It was also featured in 2011 on the Bush Chemists Singles collection #11. Kenny Knots has been a stable at the UK dubscene since 2003 with many releases with different produces, such as Mungo’s Hifi and the Dubateers.