RELEASED VIA TROJAN RELOADED: FIRST PHYSICAL RELEASE FROM LEGENDARY TROJAN LABEL IN OVER 20 YEARS
Following on from their acclaimed debut release ‘Murder’ ft. Brother Culture & Charlie P, Trojan Records’ new sister label Trojan Reloaded and Reggae Roast return with the label’s first physical release ‘Real Reggae Music’, out on July 13th on 7” vinyl and digital.
‘Real Reggae Music’, featuring Brixton-born vocalist Tippa Irie, is a forward thinking slice of digi dub, which celebrates the history and future of reggae. By sampling the iconic ‘Sleng Teng Riddim’ bassline and giving it the digital treatment, ‘Real Reggae Music’ brings together the genre’s past and present, fitting in perfectly with Trojan Reloaded’s aims. The release forms part of the 50 years of Trojan Records celebrations and the 7” will be included in the commemorative Trojan Records boxset, out on August 10th.
Vanguards of UK reggae Reggae Roast Soundsystem have been at the forefront of soundsystem culture for the past 10 years. A steady stream of quality releases on their own Reggae Roast Records from the likes of YT, Charlie P, Mungo’s Hi Fi and Earl 16 has made them one of reggae’s best respected crews, and the perfect first signing for Trojan Records new imprint Trojan Reloaded, highlighting Trojan’s dedication to pushing forward the scene they helped forge 50 years ago.
Tippa Irie has proved himself to be one of reggae’s most versatile vocalists. Having burst onto the scene in the mid 1980’s with the Radio 1 supported singles ‘It’s Good To Have The Feeling You’re The Best’ and ‘Complain Neighbour’, he then had a top 40 hit with ‘Hello Darling’ in 1986. Perhaps best known for appearing on The Black Eyed peas 2003 megahit ‘Hey Mama’, he also forms part of the UK Allstars with Top Cat, Sweetie Irie, Daddy Freddy and Demolition Man, and is just as comfortable singing over jungle, reggae, dancehall or garage.
On remix duties is Bristol’s DJ Madd, whose fusion of dubstep with classic dubwise sounds has seen him feature on high profile compilations such as ‘This Is Dubstep’ and Ministry of Sound’s ‘The Sound Of Dubstep’. His trademark heavyweight basslines turn ‘Real Reggae Music’ into a dancefloor-destroying stepper, which will be sure to be shaking up dances for a while to come.
The news of a new frontline label is another element to what’s already shaping to up be a busy summer for Trojan Records as they embark on their 50th anniversary celebrations. 2018 marks five decades since the iconic reggae label changed the British musical and cultural landscape, bringing a new sound and ethos to the world. To mark the occasion, Trojan Records are plotting a year long celebration of their unparalleled history, taking in a series of live events, catalogue music releases, a documentary and definitive coffee table book about this richest of histories.