“New Maps” video by Roger Robinson
After their highly acclaimed album “Dis Side Ah Town” Roger Robinson and disrupt are returning with a reel full of new tales about survival in a Dog Heart City. These stories, delivered in Robinson’s full vocal spectrum between low-end dub poetry tremors and haunting falsetto singing, are trying to make the invisible lives visible: giving people affected by gentrification, racism, unemployment and low wage work a sense of authority and aesthetic nobility.
Each song on this tape became a story in that city, while the tape itself is like the city holding these stories. “Nightshift” tells about the workers who clean the buildings where power is held, and the contrast between their lives and where they clean. “Flowers” comments on the rate of young black men getting killed, where another victim dies even before the last mourning flowers have dried. There are stories about tower block life, the claiming of a postcode or how the city wears a Swastika like a proud badge in Post-Brexit UK.
This beautiful cassette collects a pile of special riddim cuts from the Jahtari vaults, from re-edited classics by Bo Marley, unreleased gems by John Frum, to completely new experiments, all lovingly dubbed live and soaked in analogue goodness by disrupt.
Stunning hand-painted cover art by Kiki Hitomi, strictly limited tape run!
UPDATE: The limited cassette run is sold out!
Available now on digital HERE, Vinyl coming soon!!
The tape heads of the Jahtari echo machines have been finetuned, the reverb modules are rewired, the bass implant is set to maximum blast and now the third episode of our ongoing series called “Jahtarian Dubbers” is ready to rock your walkman for a long time to come.
Mikey Murka went up to the dancehall again, John Frum is back with a hauntingly beautiful dub, Maffi team up with Ranking Levy from MyLord Sound while the Jahtari Riddim Force is on the loose, El Fata rinses Tapes‘ smashing “Gold Love Riddim”, disrupt dug out a forgotten treasure from the vault and Rootah runs his tube delays into the red zone.
Wearing the black belt for beatmaking and new in the Jahtari camp is Monkey Marc (who supplied a wicked instrumental to the last Roots Manuva album). Our favourite sound system champions Mungo’s Hifi are about to blow your speakers alongside veteran Jim Nastics, plus there’s a very special Rootah version of a Dub Syndicate / Adrian Sherwood classic – with Lee Perry (!) on the mic, lazergun in hand, straightjacket and all. So better pack enough supplies for an interstellar trip – this one might take a while.
Like it’s predecessor, “Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 1“, this deadly disc is about to wreck havoc on terran speakers and walkman personal stereos alike. Filled to the rim with fresh and hitherto unknown hit tunes the green matter powered Jahtarian warp drive continues to run in the red area. Our collection of new nerve stunning soundwave modules includes the whole happy space invading posse: Clause Four, Black Chow, Pupajim, Solo Banton, Tapes, El Fata, Illyah & Ltd. Candy, Ras Amerlock, John Frum, disrupt and the almighty Jahtari Riddim Force. May cause heavy gravity disorder in your neighbourhood when set on autopilot.
This version contains three bonus tracks!
Artwork by Disko69 / Blackred / Doppeldenk.
The first ever Jahtari-12″, “JAHTARIAN DUBBERS Vol. 1”. Three heavy tunes from our upcoming label compilation album plus an exclusive and new cut of Rootah’s “Holy Mount” appear here on this beautiful record. Every groove of it is filled to the max with deadly basslines, smashing delays and infinte deepness, just waiting to be discovered in full detail.
The opener “Roots Defender” by Blaze Dem will already smash any sound system with ease. With an ultra-deep bassline, a killer hook and crazy sampling madness in Swedish this tune is sure to shake any floor. Disrupt follows in his unmistakable style with “Kozure Okami” on A2, paying tribute to old 70s Samurai movies and Black Ark alike. From cutting-edge FX action, full force low-end niceness to a wicked synthie solo – all’s in there.
The B-side starts off with John Frum‘s echo monster “January Dub”. Soundscapes beyond words layered over these special drum and bass vibe that only our delay navigator is able to create are topped off with a big melody line that definitely will follow you in your dreams.
Rootah is finishing this heavy wax with his smaher “Holy Mount Part 2” which is nothing else but pure blizz, as you will see. Tube tape echo machines are being set on fire over this extremely hypnotic mutation of the Drum Song riddim. Watch your speakers. The original and pretty different version (Part 1) will appear on the full album compilation next.
“The mighty Disrupt camp return to wreak havoc on our subwoofers with a full-length selection of heavy dub, dancehall and dubstep variations straight from the depths of the echo chamber.
Disrupt himself looms large over proceedings with two heavyweight contributions – “Kozure Okami” and “Selassi I Continually version” – the former a skanking 8-bit dub blowout in finest, smoke-filled style, the latter employing a slowed down steppers vibe that reverberates and spins out in a plume of dub delay – its just mighty mighty stuff.
Type Record’s Julien Neto also makes a return to his “John Frum” moniker for two tracks of endlessly deep midnight dub – valve organs and shockingly weighty bass in tow. Ilyah & Candy offer another highlight – a squashed dub lullaby with sweetest female vox – one part King Tubby to one part Glass Candy, offering a good transition point and another unexpected move from this forever inventive camp.
With narcotic bassline killers from Blaze Dem, Rootah, Pete Murdertone and Blue Vitriol along the way – The Jahtari massive has established itself as a sturdy bass for a number of likeminded low-end operators, and this 10 track session is simply a must for all you Burial, Disrupt, Basic Replay and Lee Perry heads out there – and a bargain to boot. Killer wares all-round – ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!”