HIMPERIAL ROCKERS – debut release

I have just finished mixing the debut release of Himperial Rockers, provisionally entitled New Dub Evolution.

Album cover by Yabass (above)

The album will be released as download only by Springline Records (France) in the first instance.

The album is a joint collaboration between reggae artists The Manor, Yabass and Tomcat (of 4Series) and was recorded at Manor’s CAF studios in winter 2010. Mixed at Tomcat’s SATA studio.

The album is available to download on iTunes & Amazon from March 14th, 2011.

T

Scientist at Fabric – November 2010

I had been looking forward to this gig since I heard about it and even booked the day off work on Friday to ensure maximum enjoyment.  Unfortunately, it was not to be and after purchasing tickets for my mates and myself, the night before the gig I was up all night being sick. Great.

Not to worry though, brother D was good enough to record the set for me from the audience.  So, seeing as the UK tour is now over, for your listening pleasure here is a link to the recording (NOW REPAIRED).  Grab it while you can.

The set was made up of a good selection of riddim tracks, including Hypocrites, You are No Good (M Prophet), No Man is and Island, Every Knee Shall Bow, Exodus etc.  The Radics riddims seemed to work best.

Also check out the review by Mikus and the awesome interview with Rodigan (also courtesy of Mikus).

NOTE: Please don’t sell this recording.

Dub at Brimsdown

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I have been in London for a few years now and only now do I seem to be making links with musical likeminds.

For your listening pleasure here is a dub recorded with The Manor (above) from East London and Yabass.  I played bass and melodica, Yabass on drums and The Manor on gits, keys, percussion and production.

LINK NOW REMOVED – album to be released soon on Springline Records (updated 18/2/2011)

4Series Live at a Musical Tribute to Dread Lester

The focus of this blog this year has firmly been on Dread Lester and the legacy that he has left behind as we all still mourn his passing and celebrate his life.  This post is no exception.

On 22nd May 2010, 4Series Band had the honour of performing at a night called ‘A Musical Tribute to Dread Lester’, held at Springvale Social Club, Wolverhampton.  The night was an evening of live music in tribute to the Dread and had been put together by Ray Lewis and Archie over the months and weeks up to May.

Photo by Rachel Marsden

Their hard work and dedication to putting together a live musical tribute formed of local artists to Lester paid off, and from the moment we stepped in the venue the vibes were right.  A wicked warm up drumming session with Calvert outside helped build the energy.

The date of the show had been timed to coincide with Lester’s birthday and Ray and Archie had tried hard to get Macka B to play at the show on this date, however, he had to fly out to Jamaica.    On the night though it didn’t matter, there was a whole lot of energy in the place and all the bands that played were on top form.  The night closed with all the artists on stage who had performed on the night (along with Owen Gray I think), performing a rendition of One Love.  It was 111% wicked.

We missed our drummer Ben on the night due to a prior commitment – we had tried to make it work, but it really couldn’t.  Instead Progression drummer Early B joined us on stage.  I had met Earl a year earlier when Lester had recommended me to stand in the place of Progression’s bassist for a gig in the summer of 2009.   Appropriate then that our stand in on the night should be a person I had met as a direct result of Lester’s intervention.

We played four songs on the night:

Revolution
Sacred Call
Fade Away
Warrior

Warrior is not included on the official video of the night (probably down to space on the dvd) and I am trying to track down the audio for this song which will be included here when I find it. It was our most upbeat and tough number that night so it will be worth seeking out.

Whilst the tunes we play are rough and ready, I think they have a depth to them.  It was certainly a very emotional affair for all involved and in some ways felt like the beginning of something new.

A fitting tribute to Lester.

T

Dread Lester at the Microphone

Dread Lester

My last post on this blog was back in August 2009 when I published the first installment of vintage sound posters from my good friend Dread Lester’s archive with his permission.

Strange then that as I type in on bleak February evening the Dread is no longer with us, his funeral passed and the passage of time for the rest of us relentlessly moving forwards.  Lester was a great man and a great friend. Whilst his body is gone his spirit lives on, and he has left behind a wealth of music for us to remember him by and draw inspiration from.

Myself and Lester swapped a lot of music between us as friends, including concerts we’d recorded or sessions we’d performed at.  For your listening pleasure here is one of my favourite sessions that Lester gave me in totality on CDR.

Recorded in 2004, it features Dread Lester on the mic alongside two of Wolverhampton’s all time top selectors.  This session was recorded at the Haile Selassie birthday celebration at Wolverhampton Cultural Centre, at which myself and Bushell were present.  You can hear his personality shine through on this session.  Watch for the “big up all baldhead in the house” part, where Lester responds with humour and wisdom to some more hard line members of the audience…

Part 1 – Dread Lester with Daddy Skippa

Part 2Dread Lester with Archie D

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FILES

Livicated to Lester

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