13th July – Zwarte Cross Festival, Holland
27th July – Port Eliot Festival, Cornwall UK
3rd Aug – Reggae Geel Festival, Belgium…
5th Aug – Love, Peace & Reggae 2018, Whistable UK
11th Aug – Boomtown Fair, Winchester UK
16th Aug – Rototom Festival, Spain
29th Sept – Falmouth Reggae Festival, Cornwall UK
Really good interview with Royal Sounds shot in Brixton for ‘World a Reggae’
GARY CLAIL SOUND SYSTEM
Emerging from Bristol’s early post-punk scene, back in the eighties one-time roofer Gary Clail began to make musical waves with his white-boy toasting over the dub splendours of the On-U Sound reggae stable as a warm-up at their live shows.
With his strong Bristol burr and ragamuffin stage presence, Gary has remained a force of nature ever since. He has a polemical street passion that remains undiminished and his socially conscious pronouncements of dissent are both unsettling and yet sometimes extremely funny. His music is uncompromising, political, often dark but also extremely danceable.
Gary began his recording career in 1985 and he soon achieved his own underground fame. He had a brief flirtation with the overground too when his “Human Nature” single made the top ten in the1992 national charts. Gary disappeared from the music scene for years but formed the Gary Clail Sound System in 2013.
This double A-side limited edition ten inch single on Sugar Shack Records is the result of a series of sessions that took place throughout 2017, when Gary collaborated with producer Mike Bennett, whose credits include Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, The Specials, The Fall and Shane McGowan.
Gary’s idiosyncratic On-U Sound System production touches provide the cornerstone to this new track, especially in the enveloping dub sections where veteran multi-instrumentalist Tony Wrafter brings brass and flute parts that add both depth and drama to the piece.
Electric Skies is in three movements and starts off as an industrial workout before morphing into classical-orientated psychedelia, then culminating in a heavy bass-orientated dub.
Lyrically, Gary is on top form, sending up conspiracy theories about mind-altering chem trails, drones and illuminati.
The second track, Twisted Love (Dub), witnesses Gary’s eerie vocals filtered through space echo sounds against a dark, dub-orientated groove provided by Tony Wrafter, again with Mike Bennett and also collaborator Alan Keary, who has worked together with the likes of Dillinger, John Cooper Clarke and Intastella.
The two tracks were recorded in a succession of bedroom studios before being mixed at Far Heath Studios with Angus Wallace, who notably played drums on The Prodigy’s Fat of The Land.
Both tracks evade convenient categorisation in a dense thicket of dub, electronica, industrial, classical, and even psychedelia. Enjoy!
Sugar Shack are proud to announce that we will be releasing the brand new LAID BLAK album via the imprint on 6th April 2018. Initiallly the formats will be CD and digital. The band started an extensive tour on Feb 2nd. The album is called ‘About Time’.
Here’s the band in rehearsal, Birmingham, UK Nov 2017
Big thanks to Natty for inviting the Royal Sounds family on the tour with Kibir La Amlak
Big news coming very soon about the next batch of Royal Sounds shows
Randy Valentine with Royal Sounds at Burning Inspiration album launch party vibes in Brixton, London 3/11/2017
Time to reflect as the 2017 come to an end.. looking faward….
TALISMAN album ‘Don’t Play With Fyah’ was released in January 2017 made it to number 1 on the ‘global reggae charts’ and has been in that chart for the last 4mths the single ‘Relijan’ along with its counterpart video was released in March and has received 1738 plays on 81 radio stations in 28 countries, we have had over 230,000 hits for the video of ‘Relijan’ on reggaeville.com, to date I’ve not heard it on my local radio station if anyone has, do let me know. The phrase ‘a good (talis)MAN is never honoured in his own land’ comes to mind and then they turn around and say ‘you have to dance a yard before you dance abroad’ well play the album and we will dance. I’m just saying because when I signed in facebook asked what’s on your mind today Dehvan Othieno
Due to pressing plant issues we regret that the release date has been moved back to 22/9/2017
To preorder: https://sugarshackrecords.bandcamp.com/album/judgement-day
Soon come October 27th
Royal Sounds @Lambeth Country Show this weekend
Tour starts next week
Royal Sounds ‘Message Music’
Capital Letters ‘Judgement Day’ (Dubwise)
Played out on the David Rodigan show last night
Royal Sounds from London agree a deal with SSR. We will release their debut album in October ‘Burning Inspiration’. First though we drop a single at the end of August ‘Message Music’
Royal Sounds from Tottenham, London agree a deal with Sugar Shack Records. The album ‘Burning Inspiration’ will drop later in 2017 – the first single at the end of August. You can catch the band on some tour dates as follows:
8th July – Function Party, Northampton (UK)
22nd July – Lost Rivers Festival, London (UK) TBC
29th July – Melkweg, Amsterdam (NL)
29th July – Radio Alwareness, Amsterdam (NL) – 10am
3rd Aug – One World Festival, Cannington (UK)
4th Aug – The Tunnels, Bristol (UK)
5th Aug – The Wonder Inn, Manchester (UK)
6th Aug – The HiFi Club, Leeds (UK)
Exciting times ahead!
Web link: https://www.facebook.com/theroyalsoundsofficial
We thought we’d share with you a snippet from Capital Letters new single ‘Judgement Day’. Recorded in Birmingham and Wolverhampton UK 2017 and taken from the new 14 track album. Sugar Shack Records will release late summer 2017 – we are currently working on the dubs! Heavy Dubs!
Three new tracks with finished mixes sent to the label www.sugarshackrecords.co.uk yesterday from the Capital Letters studio. New album soon come…….
News: JB – the foundation of Capital Letters has confirmed yesterday that the recording of the new 14 track album is going really well. Sugar Shack Records should receive three fully completed mixes within the next few weeks for consideration for a single release early summer.