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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
Big news for Capital Letters. They are now represented by Talowa Productions based in France for European shows and Bombarda in the UK. Dates are now being confirmed for the summer 2018 with the new album dropping in the spring: http://mailchi.mp/talowa/talowa-productions-roster-2018-uk?e=09c00e0582
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.
News just in from Capital Letters HQ in Wolverhampton
We will have a new album for 2017 – JB and the boys have been in the studio. 14 tracks in pipeline.
More news soon
Talisman’s new album “Don’t Play with Fyah” is a revelation. Most bands with a history that stretches back four decades are content to go through the motions, their creative peak somewhere in the past, not Talisman. Their new album includes some of the strongest material they’ve ever recorded, with seven brand new songs and the corresponding dub counter parts; this is their finest album to date.
The first single taken from this album is “Relijan”, a roots anthem with lyrics that resonate with contemporary relevance whilst the music has the timeless feel of the best seventies roots. This track raises the game for Talisman and puts them on par with such British greats as Aswad, Steel Pulse and Misty in Roots at their best; without doubt destined to be seen as a classic of the genre.
The single is released as an introduction to the album in the digital format on January 20th 2017. The video has been shot by Michael Jenkins of 8th Sense Media.
With such strong material we knew we had to pull out all the stops when it came to the final mix and who better than legendary musician, producer, engineer and all round British reggae genius Dennis Bovell (Matumbi, Steel Pulse, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Aswad, Madness, Orange Juice, The Slits, The Pop Group, Arcade Fire, Joss Stone).
It’s hard to overstate Dennis Bovell’s contribution to British music, reggae in particular and we can’t think of anyone more qualified to mix this track.
The album includes 14 tracks on the CD and digital download version, there is also a limited edition vinyl LP featuring four of the vocals and their corresponding dub versions, Talisman’s “Don’t Play with Fyah” is released by Sugar Shack Records on March 17th 2017.
Distribution is by Shellshock/ The Orchard and available from all good digital retailers worldwide.