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Radio Interview 29th August 2014 – Mike Darby

Yesterday 29th August Mike Darby Head of Reggae Archive, recorded an interview in Amsterdam with Theo Van Bijnen. Theo started his radio shows on reggae in 1967 and in every way must be the John Peel of reggae in Holland and Belgium.He celebrates his 1800th show this month – you can check out the interview on Monday 1st September – http://www.theovanbijnen.nl/luisteren-listening1-1.html

Studio 16 Records

Legendary figure in the UK Reggae scene Winston Edwards with whom we are discussing a Studio 16 label retrospective featuring classic tracks from Brown Sugar, Glen Sloley and Love & Unity to name a few.

Capital Letters Rootikal Smoking 12″ Review

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http://www.reggae-vibes.com/rev_712/cl-rooti.htm

Review:

Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Rootikal Remix EP) – Reggae Archive Records

Format : Digital Download / Vinyl 12”

Overall rating : 5 Stars

Reggae Archive Records, the Bristol based record label that puts so much effort in reissuing worthwhile UK produced Reggae music and sometimes even manages to surprise avid fans of the genre with never before released material, gives these fans something special with the release of a brand new 12″ Vinyl EP (also available as digital download).

In the mid-to-late 1970s Wolverhampton’s roots champions Capital Letters, together with outfits such as The Cimarons, Black Roots, Reggae Regular, Black Slate and Steel Pulse, forged a style that was rooted in what was heard from ‘Yard’, but informed by the musicians’ own immediate environments. With “Headline News”, the band delivered an impressive debut album for the Greensleeves label. The original 10-track vinyl LP featured archetypal UK roots rocking that still sounds good today as it did back in 1979.

One of the tracks featured on side A of “Headline News” was the ganja man anthem “Smoking My Ganja”, a previously released storming powerhouse of a record (with “Natty Walk” on the flipside) that broadly appealed to the disillusioned youth through its militancy and decidedly pro-marijuana message. A different version of the “Smoking My Ganja” song appeared on the earlier this year released “Reality” set, which consists of never before released material and remixes. It’s “Smoking My Ganja” along with the album’s title track “Reality” that were given to Rootikal’s David Hill, who together with Nick Manasseh took the original multi tracks and remixed them to full effect. On “Smoking My Ganja (Rootikal Re-Rub)” the pop sensibilities of this slice of ska flavoured UK Reggae gold are gone. The foreboding bass line leaps off the speakers as never before and the vocal sounds darker and rootsier. The “Rootikal Dub Plate Cut” is hypnotic and relentless, while the drum & bass mix of “Rootikal Deep Riddim Rewind” goes back to basics with the song pared down to the essentials.

On the other side things get started with two versions of “House Breaker”. The latter is an instrumental — also discovered on the session tapes of the aforementioned “Reality” album — which makes its debut here. It’s the drum sound complemented by the awesome pounding bass that instantly attracts attention. Especially the “Rootikal Rewind” version is truly wicked and wild and provides deep and heavy dub vibes. Without any doubt “Reality” was one of the highlights of the album that bears its name and that tune returns in a majestic way, thanks to the skilful hands of David Hill and Nick Manasseh. The listener is treated to a vocal, which is proper ‘old skool’ UK Roots Reggae at its very best. A real big tune, followed by its simply great to hear dub counterpart.

A must-have release, which especially vinyl aficionados shouldn’t ignore!!

Capital Letters – Louder Than War 8.5/10 Review

http://louderthanwar.com/capital-letters-smoking-my-ganga-the-rootikal-remix-ep-ep-review/

Coming soon another classic

Big up to Symbol

Capital Letters Back In Action in Bristol 2014

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Reggae Archive Towers – Capital Letters 12″ is here

The Records are here at Reggae Archive Towers
Release date July 14th – order now from the shop

Interview with Capital Letters from Paris

Great Interview with the band in Paris and embedded in the post you can listen back to the interview via Mixcloud. Check it: http://killerswithoutfillers.wordpress.com/2014/06/08/5-minutes-avec-capital-letters/

More Capital Letters

Great Video Footage from Paris for Capital Letters Show

Check this out:

http://liveanddirect.fr/VIDEOS/CAPITAL-LETTERS-PARIS-NEW-MORNING-2014.html