Today’s exclusive EB Premiere comes from Wellington, New Zealand producer Naram, the latest addition to the digital (and beyond) reggae tag Jahtari. The foundations of their debut March from the Gremlins were built on a battered iPod picked up within Hanoi, it’s provenance questionable, during a bicycle trip across Eurasia. However much of the dust plus grit accumulated on the road has been lose in the subsequent analog reworkings (it was recorded to tape and classic gear features heavily). The result? A double album of warm-sounding crossbreed reggae boasting an impressive line-up of UK veterans stepping up on singing duties including eighties fast conversation originators Asher Senator and Peter King alongside the ones like Jah Screechy, Sammy Gold and Speng Connection. There’s new blood too, with phlegmatic Leipzig MC Jane Bee making a first appearance appearance on the stand-out “Conquer Me”. The cover art, featured below, comes from King Midas’ Kiki Hitomi.
Like what you hear? You can pick it up on double vinyl fabric or digital direct from the Jahtari website from January 21st.
A1. Asian countries Minor
A2. Speng Connection – Big Brother
A3. March Of The Gremlins
A4. Philip King – Teach Dem Fi Read, Write & Spell
B1. Jane Bee – Conquer Me
B2. Conquer Dem
B3. Jah Screechy – MC Magic
B4. Gizmo Riddim
C1. Asher Senator – Mayhem
C2. Run Down The Dairy
C3. Sammy Gold – Federal government Are Suck The Sufferer
D1. Mogwai Riddim
D2. Sammy Gold – Money Can’t Buy Life
D 3. Money Can’t Buy Dub
Naram’s March of the Gremlins is out January 21st on Jahtari.