Voted in the top new Reggae releases of 2014 by United Reggae in France
Voted in the top new Reggae releases of 2014 by United Reggae in France
New Album ‘Wolverhampton’
Released on Vinyl, CD and Digital Download March 23rd 2015
Having reformed in 2013, it hasn’t taken Capital Letters long to get back into their stride and 2015 sees them embarking on a series of European live dates reminiscent of their heyday in the late seventies and early eighties when they were the unofficial UK reggae ambassadors to Europe, constantly touring throughout the Continent.
To coincide with the start of these dates, Sugar Shack Records will be releasing the first all new Capital Letters album in thirty years. The band have spent much of the summer in the studio of Noel Browne, Noel only recently relocated to the UK and built his new studio. He’s a former Studio One Band, Taxi Gang and Maytals keyboard player who is perhaps better known as the man behind New Name Music, the studio he set up in 1987 where he was to achieve success with Luciano, Mikey Spice and Jack Radics amongst many, before building Big Ship Recording Studios in 1995 where he worked with Freddie McGregor, The Wailing Souls, Papa San and numerous others. Utilising Noel Browne’s engineering skills, the band recorded 14 songs which were then passed into the safe hands of regular Sugar Shack collaborator Dave ‘Oldwah’ Sandford for final mixing.
The album kicks off with a trio of classic roots tracks, “Jah Music”, a highlight of their live shows, “Wolf” as recently released in a remix form on a Sugar Shack 12” and “Roots Music”. Just when you think the pattern is set, the band turn things around and with a novel approach they continue with a mainly roots themed set, but in a case of an iron fist inside a velvet glove, hard hitting roots messages are underpinned by often upbeat backing. The songs; “Place On Earth”, “Dat Nah Stop”, “False Natty”, “Tell Me What’s Wrong” and “Opportunity” all contain strong messages that may be missed on casual listening with their deceptive, almost too upbeat backing tracks, an unusual approach that shows just how confident and skilled the band are.
It’s not all politics and preaching. One of the songs is a heartfelt tribute to the band’s home town, Wolverhampton in the British Midlands. It was obvious that with Capital Letters strong ties to the City, this was the perfect track to name the album after and so “Wolverhampton” is the album title and will no doubt have more than a few of the band’s overseas fans checking their atlases. A perfect companion piece to “Wolverhampton” is the track “Jamaica” which paints a charming child’s eye picture of the huge changes and culture shock encountered by the children who arrived in Britain to join the windrush generation during the fifties and sixties.
Co vocalist Lukas doesn’t forget his past as a Lovers Rock artist and we are treated to a solitary love song with “Movie Star”. Lukas puts in such a consummate performance, it makes one hope the band will record more material along similar lines in future.
Capital letters are a band at the top of their game; they have maturity, confidence and musicianship to spare. This is a deceptive album, the more you listen the more it reveals the depth of quality within, good on first listen it grows in stature and really rewards repeated plays.
“Wolverhampton” is released by Sugar Shack records on 23rd March 2015 as a digital download and compact disc available from all leading sites and retailers, there will also be a limited edition vinyl album containing the first five tracks along with their accompanying dub mixes.
Tour Dates so far confirmed:
March 20th: Capital Letters at La Grange à Musique ( Creil, 16 Boulevard Salvador Allende 60100, France)
March 21st : Capital Letters at De Warande ( Warandestraat 42, 2300 Turnhout, Belgium)
April 2nd: Capital Letters at Le Hangar ( 3-5 Rue Raspail, 94200 Ivry sur Seine, Nr Paris, France)
April 3rd : Capital Letters at Canal 93, 63 avenue Jean Jaures, 93000 Bobigny, France)
April 4th Capital Letters at “In Dread We Trust Festival”, Cluses 74300, France)
More dates to follow
ARTIST: Capital Letters
RELEASE DATE: 23rd March 2015
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
DISTRIBUTION: Shellshock / SRD
FORMAT: Limited Edition Vinyl, CD and Digital Download
CAT NO: FOD106V / FOD106CD
BARCODE: 5052571059111 / 5052571059128
GENRE: Reggae, Dub
PRESS CONTACT: Mike Darby, E: firstname.lastname@example.org / T: 07885 498 402
Here’s the new Jashwha Moses website – New album The Rising coming soon in 2015
Chris Potter in the studio working on a new Bunny Marrett track
Jean McLean from Sceptre – 5 STAR review in Record Collector in the shops today (W H Smith, Sainsburys etc etc)
You can buy from the record shop on our site
Just In: Label mates Capital Letters and Talisman confirm European dates for 2015 with more to come:
March 20th: Capital Letters at La Grange à Musique ( Creil, 16 boulevard Salvador Allende 60100, France)
March 21 st : Capital Letters and Talisman at De Warande ( Warandestraat 42, 2300 Turnhout, Belgium).
April 3rd : Capital Letters at Canal 93, 63 avenue Jean Jaures, 93000 Bobigny, France).
JB from Capital Letters featured
‘Wolf’ has landed. The first brand new recordings from Capital Letters since 1985. You can buy now from following the link: http://www.sugarshackrecords.co.uk/record-shop/
The new album drops in the spring of 2015
New single coming your way in November. First brand new recordings from the band in 2014.
2014 has been a comeback year for legendary British reggae band Capital Letters. Reforming after three decades they have performed at well received gigs in England and France, released the 1980s recorded “Reality” album and a truly excellent 12” remix EP on our sister label Reggae Archive Records.
As well as performing live shows, the band have found time to return to the studio and record new material for a brand new upcoming album to be released in 2015. The team of David Hill on production and Nick Manasseh on engineering and mixing duties, who were responsible for the “Smoking My Ganja” Rootikal Remix EP, were keen to collaborate with the band again. Having chosen one of the new songs “Wolf”, they were given a free hand to mix their own versions.
The results of this second meeting between Rootikal Productions and Capital Letters, is a four track twelve inch featuring four different cuts of “Wolf”, a brand new track from Capital Letters but with the authentically vintage feel you can only get from a band that started out in the early 1970s. The sound has been skilfully enhanced by David Hill and Nick Manasseh, a team that appreciate the subtleties of the classic reggae mix.
Side A leads off with “Wolf (Rootikal Re-Mixdown)” the main vocal mix, with founding member JB on lead vocals warning us about false Rastas, false Christians and hypocrites in general. Both lyrically and production wise this could be a lost recording from the 1970s, proper old school roots reggae, “Wolf leave the sheeps and the shepherds alone”. The A side is completed with a second vocal mix in the shape of “Wolf (Rootikal Dubplate Mix)” a sparser mix where the vocals are given more room to breathe.
Side B provides the perfect compliment with some mellow dub vibes with “Wolf (Rootikal Dubwise)” a proper vintage style dub mix. David Hill and Nick Manasseh then strip the track back to its rhythmic essentials with “Wolf (Rootikal Deep Riddim Dub)”. Four excellent cuts, something to please all roots and dub fans and an ideal taster for next year’s brand new album release.
Capital Letters “Wolf” on Sugar Shack Records is released as a limited edition 12” vinyl single and digital download on 24th November 2014 and will be available from all usual outlets.
New single ‘Governor’ ft. LionArt recorded and mixed by Chris Potter is finished!
More news very soon from this artist from Birmingham UK
JB from Capital Letters backstage at Festipop in France last weekend
- Label: ‘Sugar Shack’
- Genre: ‘Reggae’ – Release Date: ’20th October 2014′- Catalogue No: ‘FOD103CD’
I have been hearing good things about Sugar Shack Records for a while now so it is great to put a voice to the name and the voice in question belongs to Birmingham’s best kept secret, Jean McLean.
Formerly in Sceptre, Sugar Shack had intended to license their album but when they discovered that Jean had been working on an album with Grammy nominated producer Paul Horton (Steel Pulse, Pato Banton, Black Symbol) they made the not too difficult decision to release ‘Everlasting’.
Of the nine vocals on offer, seven are Jean originals so this is very much her album. Meant 4 U is a classic love song and sets the tone nicely for what follows. ‘Ancestors’ is an updated version of the Sceptre song and it’s a belter. Me On My Own brings the trip down a bit with a lower register but boy what a voice. You get the impression that singing is akin to breathing for this woman. Reggaebaby is Jean’s signature track and if it were to get some decent airplay it would crossover for sure.
Waiting In Vain is an exquisitely smooth take on a song that is surely best left in the shower cubicle rather than taken into the vocal booth. Love Me Baby is on a lovers tip with lovely call and response type harmonies, melded with an organ goes barroom piano sound. Whatever, it works. Higher takes us all the way there and surely Jean does not hit that note right at the end! Never Gonna is a message of positivity for all the haters and So Close has got classic written all over it. Things In Life is a cover of the Dennis Brown song that rounds things off nicely before Jean and Sugar Shack keep it real and let the dubs take over, six in total plus a Waiting In Vain instrumental.
It’s hard to tell who will be buying this album, beyond existing fans of Sugar Shack and Jean McLean but if that is the case then it would be a real shame. This is an album I would recommend to people who for whatever reason might be unsure where to start with reggae, and if they gave it a whirl I think they might get hooked.
Capital Letters show confirmed at JA LIVE, GLASGOW on Friday 31st October. Roots and Culture.
Look what we found on the wall in Turtle Bay, Bristol City Centre
Yesterday 29th August Mike Darby Head of Reggae Archive, recorded an interview in Amsterdam with Theo Van Bijnen. Theo started his radio shows on reggae in 1967 and in every way must be the John Peel of reggae in Holland and Belgium.He celebrates his 1800th show this month – you can check out the interview on Monday 1st September – http://www.theovanbijnen.nl/luisteren-listening1-1.html
Capital Letters new record for Sugar Shack.
Record being cut tomorrow – the beginning of a new era:
A1. Capital Letters ‘Wolf’ Rootikal Re-mixdown
A2. Capital Letters ‘Wolf’ Rootikal Dubplate cut
B1. Capital Letters ‘Wolf’ Rootikal Dubwise
B2. Capital Letters ‘Wolf’ Rootikal Deep Riddim Dubwise
Mixed by Nick Manasseh and David Hill (Rootikal) killa UK Roots
Jean McLean from Birmingham – we release her album Everlasting later this year alongside her early works with ‘Sceptre’. Sugar Shack and Reggae Archive in partnership. www.sugarshackrecords.co.uk
s all the you tube video links:
TALISMAN: ‘The Dole Age Tour ’ (35 Years of Roots Rock Reggae 1979-2014)
Fri – 3rd Oct – Buskers, Dundee *
Sat – 4th Oct – Audio, Glasgow *
Thu – 16th Oct – Jazz Cafe, London *
Fri – 17th Oct – Britannia Theatre, Chatham *
Sat – 18th Oct – West Coast Bar, Margate *
Fri – 24th Oct – Barrel House, Totnes
Sat – 25th Oct – Hat Factory, Luton *
Sat – 1st Nov – Arts Centre, Dorchester
Sun – 2nd Nov – Butlins, Minehead *
Fri – 7th Nov – Guildhall, Gloucester *
Sat – 8th Nov – Oobleck, Birmingham *
Fri – 14th Nov – Pavillion, Exmouth *
Fri – 21st Nov – Thekla, Bristol *
Sat – 22nd Nov – Marrs Bar, Worcester
Sat – 29th Nov – Music Cafe, Leicester *
Fri – 5th Dec – Chinnerys, Southend *
Thu – 11th Dec – Arts Centre, Salisbury
Fri – 12th Dec – The Duchess, York *
Sat – 13th Dec – Hairy Dog, Derby *
Fri – 19th Dec – Pavillion, Falmouth *
Sat – 20th Dec – Sin City, Swansea *
More dates being added
*With Neville Staples
‘Nothing Change’ The New 12” Vinyl EP and Download 29th September 2014
The mixes of the album soon to be released via Sugar Shack are progressing well. The photo is from a sold out French show in Paris June 6th 2014.
(c) Musical Echoes 2014
Talisman I-Surrection (Oldwah Deconstruction) is in at Sugar Shack Towers. Release date is 14th July – order from our shop
The second track Jah Music will be on the new album coming soon via Sugar Shack:
Back in action: