While I Wasn’t Sleeping

So much has been happening since my last bulletin that I’m not sure I have space to fit it all in but here goes…

Spiky Dread’s been doing really well with copies being snatched up across the globe and praise coming in from the likes of Optimo’s JD Twitch and production legend Demus (yep, there’s a lot of Demus’s, or Demi out there) who made some of my favourite LP’s including “Road To Freedom” by The Young Disciples. We even got a request for a copy for the British Library Sound Archive, which was pretty cool. If you still haven’t picked it up, buy it from here, or have a listen below.

I’m also very excited to announce our next Rongorongo offering will be a re-release of a rare as hen’s teeth jazz LP by saxophonist Ralph Thomas – recorded back in 1981, “Eastern Standard Time” is an intoxicating brew of deep and soulful jazz, standing shoulder to shoulder with freedom sounds luminaries such as Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Gary Bartz Ntu Troop and Sun Ra.

We’ll also be including the even rarer Restless Natives single, which found the core quartet from the EST sessions delving into experimental jazz-punk and reggae territories. And if that’s not enough, i’ll be dubbing a track for good measure. I’ll keep you posted with actual release info but expect it on vinyl, CD and digital, and until then, check out a couple of tracks here, and here.

Despite barely being 2 albums in, I’ve also found time to set up a sub-label strictly for my reggae/dub/dancehall productions. Rongorock will be launching in a couple of months with the debut 7″ from NW London soundsystem stalwart Mark Professor, taking us on a 3 minute lyrical journey armed only with his oyster card. Check him below going toe to toe with Deemas J live on stage in Brixton last month…

Speaking of Deemas, the next Wrongtom Meets Deemas J single is ready to drop on April 1st, some of you might be familiar with our LP track “Superteng” but we’ve got a nice package together featuring an extended mix, a couple of tough remixes from Scoop and Mo’matic, and a massive relick of “Jump + Move + Rock” by Benny Page. If you still don’t have the In East London album, grab it here. And come and catch me and Deemas at the Tru Thoughts session at Koko in Camden on Feb 22nd.

I also have a stack of remixes ready to drop over the next few months for the likes of London Posse, General Levy, and Glasweigen Offbeat soundboy Mirrors. Head over to my LISTEN page to check them out along with a few others which were missing from the ever growing list.

and sleep.

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