Coming soon in collaboration with Natty Take Ova Records from Kingston who’ve been championing the forgotten and unsung artists of Reggae, we’re happy to present the long awaited reissue of the 1986 self produced hit tune ‘Reggae Rocking’ by Tommy Clarke. This top shelf song is definitely one of our favourites and not to be missed. Officially licensed and soon available for the first time ever on 7″.
The whispers are true… After 32 years since it first appeared on the little-known about Star Time label featuring an undiscovered young French Guiana singer named Rudo, TRS Records is very proud to announce the long-awaited reissue of ‘Freedom’. Almost as famous for his elusive nature, mystic producer Simbarashe Tongogaro brings his own roar with precision skills that are noticeable on his superb production, completely ahead of it’s time for a 1986 tune, a real unique expansion of the music. As is the regular case with obscure and rare records, ‘Freedom’ was only known to a certain few in the collectors circles and remained one of the most prized and desired records from the 80s. In the recent months leading up to this release and after meetings with Tongogaro, we have helped digitize and convert literally hundreds of hours of unreleased recordings and riddims from this period. Unbelievable sessions restored from the original tapes, some truly inspiring sessions captured. This and much more coming very soon in 2018.
Coming soon yet another jewel reissued for the first time on Simbarashe Tongogaro’s own Star Time label, this time sees the coming together of Bristol reggae pioneers Talisman with “Look Waat A Gwan”. Talisman are one of the UK’s top British Roots Reggae bands who formed in the the late 70’s and still continue to record and tour in 2018. TRS is pleased to announce the reissue of this total must-have from 1986 restored from Tongogaro’s tapes with it’s heavy-than-lead Dub counter-piece. It goes without saying: seminal and always innovative, Tongorago brings the fire, a faultless record. Coming very soon.
Continuing with our Collar Records connection, we present the much anticipated reissue of “Wake Up” by Conroy Smith produced by heavyweight Leroy Pennicott. Smith aka Mr Dangerous is no stranger to the music business, and from the age of 8 was already deejaying for the local sounds. Like many other great reggae musicians, Smith learned his craft from a combination of sound system culture and school. But it was former school friend Nadine Sutherland who urged him to move to Kingston to pursue a singing career, and by the age of 20 he was thrown into the digital revolution of reggae music and quickly started to voice for various producers. During the next five years (from 1985-90) Smith belted out a long line of tunes including this hard-hitting tune on the newly established Collar Records, produced and arranged by Leroy Pennicott. “Wake Up” is a serious reminder that still stands the tests, sounding fresh as ever and remastered from the sources. Coming soon to TRS Records.
Forwarding along with another Collar Records banger! Once again featuring the slick production of Leroy “Badness” Pennicott with another forgotten track this time by Steve Becker titled “War. In the early 80’s Leroy Pennicott was one of the back-bone members for Augustus Pablo’s Rockers All-Stars playing rhythm guitar and bass on hundreds of recordings, and even touring extensively around the globe. He was also an instrumental force behind many of the early 80’s High Times recordings with Earl Chinna Smith. Always humble and preferring to stay out of the lime light, the multi-skilled Pennicott under the guidance of Pablo and Chinna lead a natural progression to producing. Pennicott first teamed up with long time friend Steve Becker, who go back from youth days in the Greenwich Farm community of Kingston. At the time due to a shortage of funds, Pennicott asked former band mate Pablo if his first production could be released under the Rockers imprint, to which Pablo happily agreed. As Pennicott recalls “War” was written as a response and social commentary about the strife and dangers of their surroundings, and being just as relevant if not more in 2018. Earth shattering rhythm remastered from the sources available through TRS Records.
TRS Records presents this double-shot 12″ scorcher. These are the Barrington Levy ‘Time Capsule’ sessions which were recorded in 1982 at Channel One studio in Jamaica but buried away for nearly 15 years before resurfacing in 1996 by RAS Records. Barrington Levy needs little introduction, and this him in his prime, with the rich voice and great lyrics he’s known for backed by the earth shattering riddim section of the Roots Radics. These forgotten gems were produced by Milton Welch and final mix-down laid by Jim Fox of Lion & Fox Recording Studio. We present our 4 favourite tracks accompanied by their ferocious dubs in all their glory ‘Jah A The Creator’ ‘Little Children Cry’ ‘Hypocrites’ and ‘Oh Jah, Can’t You See’ for the first time ever released on vinyl.
Black Uhuru first formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. As a unique singer in his own right, Delroy “Junior” Reid had the opportunity to reach a wider international audience when he was offered the chance to be the lead singer in Black Uhuru in 1986. Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru, and with a similar vocal style, Reid elevated the group to another level delivering militant albums like ‘Brutal’ and ‘Positive’. ‘Pain’ is a superb little Digi tune recorded with respected heavyweight Steven Stanley in 1987 during the recording of the ‘Positive’ LP. Later it also appeared on Reid’s own JR Label as “Pain On The Poorman Brain” but with a different mix and listening experience. TRS is pleased to announce the 7″ reissue of “Pain” is available right now. Licensed though Real Authentic Sounds (RAS).
Eek A Mouse (born Ripton Hylton), is one of earliest artists to be described as a “singjay. He adopted the stage name “Eek A Mouse” in 1979, taking the name of a racehorse he always bet on, and the name stuck. The Mouse needs to further description really, with a slew of hits under his belt throughout the early 80’s with too many anthems to mention, his popularity began to wane slightly in the towards the mid 80s. He decided to target the United States with the established label RAS Records led by the iconic Doctor Dread. As a result Eek A Mouse started to appeal to a wider cross over audience and toured extensively and even resided outside of Jamaica for some time. In 1987 the LP ‘Eek-A-Nomics’ was released and ‘Glamity’ was definitely one of the stand out tracks that didn’t stray too far from the Dancehall and was even released as a 7″ single produced by Doctor Dread. Now reissued and under licence, ‘Glamity’ perfectly captures that time of the late 80s, and in his own description where Eek A Mouse was at, bere glam and fame, and certainly no complaints.