To commemorate the era, VP Records vintage imprint 17 North Parade are releasing a special vinyl singles box set collection with 14 classic Rocksteady gems as a Record Store Day 2016 exclusive.
Rocksteady, which used elements of rhythm and blues (R&B), jazz, ska as well as African and Latin American drumming, was a successor of ska and precursor to reggae. One of the most easily recognizable elements of Rocksteady (as in ska) are offbeat rhythms, staccato chords played by a guitar and piano on the offbeats of the measure. Rocksteady was popularized by the likes of Alton Ellis, Hopeton Lewis, Errol Dunklrey and vocal harmony bands like The Gaylads, The Maytals, The Heptones, The Paragons The Sensations and The Melodians.
The vinyl singles package will be followed by a 2CD (30 track) collection on July 1st, which is International Reggae Day. For each release, music was handpicked from collectors’ lists of the most sought after titles. Each track is re-mastered and paired with a complimentary hit title from the era on the B side. The detailed packaging evokes the excitement of the era when snail mail was the only mode for sharing this burgeoning Jamaican export for worldwide consumption.
Gorgeous track from Beat Surrender favourite Laura Cantrell, the song was created as a response The Charlatans track Emilie.
Emanuel started life when Tim Burgess sent a copy of a new Charlatans’ song, Emilie, over to Laura Cantrell. Tim felt the song was a message reaching out to someone, and he asked Laura if she would consider writing a reply, a message back. Laura recruited Son Volt’s Mark Spencer on pedal steel and Mary Lee Kortes to and they recorded Emanuel. The other half of the story started by The Charlatans. Sean O Hagan’s lush strings complete the widescreen gothic romance
On Saturday 15th February, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo played a sold out show in the prestigious Hall One at Kings Place as part of the Americana Music Association UK showcase. Early the next morning they went in to Mark Ronson’s Zelig studios and set up to record direct to vinyl via a link through to Gearbox Records’ incredible mastering suite next door.
The result is a limited edition 500 copies on 10″ vinyl pressed at renowned vinyl manufacturer Optimal in Germany to be released on Record Store Day.
Looking forward to June with the news that Pete Molinari’s new album ‘Theosophy’ will be released on Cherry Red Records on the 2nd – prior to this there is a limited edition 7″ vinyl exclusive Record Store Day single.
The new album features guest appearances by Dan Auerbach & Barrie Cadogan and includes production and mixes by Andrew Weatherall & Tchad Blake. You can pre-order the new album on CD now.