Big Crown Records is proud to present the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band’s smashing cover of PIMP. Following up on the smashing success of their debut album “55” and a string of essential 45s, Big Crown Records is the third label to press this staple tune. Three labels, three times, three different B sides. Side B is the proper reggae offering from BRSB, a cover of the legendary John Holt’s classic “Police In Helicopter”. Another must have two-sider.
Bleeds, which featured production from intergenerational studio geniuses Switch, Adrian Sherwood and Rodney Smith himself, is now being repackaged in a splendiferous deluxe edition, with 10 brand new and exclusive tracks and remixes, including ‘On A High’ , remixes from Kode 9, Pinch, Champion and rLr (XL’s Richard Russell) and studio off-cut gold. The album’s art has been lovingly designed by Leif Podhajsky, the zeitgeist-adjusting visual artist behind covers for Grimes, Bonobo and Foals amongst others. It is a thing to behold, and an even better thing to buy and take home.
Down to only a handful of CDs left and then sold out for at least another month! 2U4U….16 versions, covers, rearrangements and interpretations of the music of Jay Dee, J Dilla, the one and only James Yancey. These are all played live and recorded by multi-instrumentalist Fat Albert Einstein with the help of a few others. The end result is a collection of songs ranging from the delicate and sincere “GENTLE RAIN”, the almost true textbook “TOUCH”, to the devastatingly triumphant “ETERNAL FIRE”.Cassette also available.
Roots Manuva celebrates Record Store Day with yet another cutting-edge vinyl packed with the kind of combination of “bass and verb” which has made him one of the UK’s most essential musical artists. Off the back of the universally-acclaimed “Bleeds” album, Manuva has cooked up three brand new tracks to go alongside the astounding “Crying” and “One Thing” from that collection. All 5 tracks are produced by Switch under his new production banner With You. The 12″ comes in the form of a heavy GSM card-printed outer sleeve with obi-strip, on 180g vinyl.
Long awaited debut “55” is finally being released on Brooklyn’s own Big Crown Records. 55 is a journey through re-interpolations and covers with an updated approach, pushing Steel Pan music to uncharted territory. From the smoothed out Reggae cover of John Holt’s “Police In Helicopter” to the DJ sure shot cover of Faith Evan’s “Love Like This” BRSB’s 55 is reinvigorating tunes both well-known and helping to shed some light on tunes still largely undiscovered. If the 45s that have already come out on Mocambo, Plane Jane, and Truth & Soul are an indication, this full length is going to be a staple to both casual listeners and DJs alike.
CD also shipping.
Sold out since July 2014! Few artists enjoy a legacy that involves a re-engineering of the very genre in which they work. Lee “Scratch” Perry is such an artist. His 1976 effort, Super Ape, is considered a masterpiece of this or any genre. Working with The Upstetters at his Black Ark studio Perry created a sound with such a lasting appeal that The Rough Guide includes Super Ape as one of their 100 Essential Reggae releases.