Take a piece of the Turtle Bay vibe home with you this month with Turtle Tracks!
Working with some of the brightest Reggae talents from the UK and across the globe, we’ve created an album Jamrock-packed with tracks guaranteed to bring good vibes. The next time you visit The Bay, grab yourself a copy of Turtle Tracks at the bar!
Here’s what you need to know about the awesome artists featured on Volume 1 of Turtle Tracks:
Hollie Cook born in London in 1987 to a musical family. She is a British singer and keyboardist as well as; being the daughter of Sex Pistols drummer, Paul Cook.
She calls her own music ‘Tropical Pop’ and has a passion for Reggae and female Rocksteady/Reggae singers such as; Janet Kay and Phyllis Dillon, combined with classic 1960s girl groups. Hollie Cook joined the re-formed Slits and performed on the bands 2006 EP Revenge of the Killer Slits. She went on to collaborate with Ian Brown and Jamie T and recorded her self-titled debut album in 2011 with Mike “Prince Fatty” Pelanconi, featuring George Dekker of The Pioneers and Dennis Bovell.
The BBC, reviewing the album, described it as “one of the most enjoyable reggae albums of 2011 so far”. She went on to record a radio session for the BBC and appear on Later… with Jools Holland. De Telegraaf gave the album a 4-star review.
In 2012, she was chosen as one of the support acts for The Stone Roses’ reunion shows. Her second album, ‘Twice’, was released in May 2014.
The Bristol lyricist on a Dubwise tip.
Gardna has been embraced throughout the UK Bass scene for his heavyweight live performance where he flows over a concoction of traditional Reggae and Dub vibes propelled by a variety of current break-neck beats. He has shelled it down at some of the biggest events in Europe with highlights being; Outlook Festival, Boomtown Fair and Tokyo Dub. His music is a combination of styles that are born from sound system culture. He works with a variety of producers, from fellow Bristol resident Dr. Meaker to Polish Reggae/Dancehall don Dreadsquad; and writes sharp, conscious lyrics with an infectious, melodic flow.
Parly B, hailing from Doncaster has gained popularity after a string of heavyweight releases from 2013, with producers like; Tradesman, Danny T, Ed West, Riddim Tuffa and Little Kirk; who collaborated on ‘Nah Back Down’ produced by 7FT Sound.
Brighton based singer/songwriter, Cate Ferris is currently captivating audiences across the UK with her solo project; performing her amazing songs sung with that incredible voice. Folk and dark soul lie at the heart of her sound, and the largely acoustic instrumentation is tinged by hard hitting lyrics and intricate harmonies. Tipped by David Rodigan in The Independent as one of the best new up-and-coming artists. This past year has seen her work featured on BBC1 Xtra and her voice on prime-time television and a second EP hit the world in Spring 2014.
Fatlion Hifi are a collective of musicians and producers formed in the shadow of Alexandra Palace, North London; recording Roots Rock Reggae for a new generation. The project was born out of Flatline; a group of dubstep producers wanting to make tunes with “more roots, less loops”. Their DJ sets combine a mixture of classic and contemporary Reggae music punctuated by original productions. They are lucky enough to have played alongside some of the defining artists of the genre, and taken inspiration from artists such as; Lee Scratch Perry, U-Roy, Yellow Man, Mad Professor and Channel One Sound System, to name a few.
Currently based in Brixton, South London; MC Brother Culture has built up quite a name for himself over the years. He started in the music game in 1982 on Jah Revelation Muzik touring internationally throughout the 1980’s. He can be found on labels; Dubhead, M Records, Roots Garden, System Error, Flex, Dragonfly, and LSD records. He has made big sound waves in the Reggae/Dub scene in recent years working with Nick Mannaseh.
Tippa Irie – real name Anthony Henry – started his musical career in South London on his father’s Sound System called Musical Messiah. Tippa got his first big break when he was asked to join King Tubby’s Sound; he stayed with King Tubby’s for a couple of years before being spotted by Dennis Rowe and Lloyd Francis from Saxon Sound System, who were both blown away by Tipp’s talent. They asked him to come to South London and join Saxon Sound. Saxon Sound System became the forefront of the UK Reggae and Dancehall scene and helped launch the careers of; Maxi Priest, Papa Levi, Similey Culture, Miss Irie – Tippa’s sister, Daddy Colonel, Daddy Rusty, Roger Robin, and Peter King; who created the fast-talking style that Saxon MC’s were famous for.
Vin Gordon & The Real Rock Band
Jamaica’s master trombonist, Vin Gordon, has played through the golden years of Jamaican music – through SKA, Rocksteady and on to working with some of the most iconic Reggae artists in the world.
Starting at Alpha Boys School of Music, he began recording at Coxone Dodd’s Studio One in 1965, alongside the iconic artists of the time. In 1977, Bob Marley brought him to London to record Exodus and Kaya albums; when he also worked with Aswad on ’Warrior Charge’ and ‘Dub Fire’. Touring with The Wailers and Skatalites and now his own group; ‘The Real Rock Band’. Their first LP, on Roots Garden Records, was championed by David Rodigan MBE on BBC 1Xtra and received 4-stars from Songlines – “a true legend of the Jamaican music scene… an active part in the evolution from SKA and Rocksteady to Dub and Reggae.”
Nine-piece Brighton/London based band, Resonators, have firmly established themselves on the Dub/Reggae scene, finding a unique and distinct sound. Rooted in 60/70s Reggae, Resonators embrace diverse influences, making their music relevant in today’s Bass Music Culture and reminding us of Reggae’s uplifting influence on the dance floor.
Inspired by the meditative quality and universal appeal of Jamaican Roots Music, the band radiate a playful and unified stage presence. The two lead singers; Kassia Zermon and Faye Houston, wipe away the notion of the big-ego front man whilst Darren JamTone provides live dub effects, and the balance is set.
The past few years have seen the band move audiences at legendary venues including; Brixton Academy, Brighton Dome, KOKO, Jazz Cafe and festivals including Glastonbury, Reggae Sun SKA, Outlook, Dour and Fusion. They have played support slots with a vast array of acts including; Jimmy Cliff, Lee Perry, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Horace Andy, Arrested Development and Black Uhuru, to name a few.
The Dreadsquad Project has put Poland on the map for creating dance floor friendly Riddim and Bassline madness. From the Superfly Studio in Lodz comes tune after tune combining Jamaican sounds of Reggae, Dub, Dancehall, SKA and Rocksteady with the modern sounds of Breakbeat, Jungle, Dubstep and Garage.
The UK’s Dancehall Queen.
Chann’s roots were based in Reggae music, as her father was a soundman in very successful sounds Exodus, and Coxsone. From an early age, Chann showed an extreme interest in music; so, her mother introduced her to the Piano, Flute, Trombone, French Horn and Drums. Chann is now onto world domination, having created an undeniable hype from her hard-hitting tunes and husky voice.
Earl 16 & Manasseh
Daley grew up in Waltham Park Road, Kingston, and influenced by American Soul and Jamaican artists such as; Dennis Brown. He began his singing career by entering local talent shows, later becoming the lead vocalist for the group The Flaming Phonics, playing live around Jamaica.
In the early 1980s, he recorded singles for a variety of producers including; Linval Thompson, Augustus Pablo, Clement Dodd, Sugar Minott, Yabby You, and Derrick Harriott. He recorded his debut album with Mikey Dread and in 1985, after spending time in the United States, he relocated to England and began working with Mad Professor. In the 1990s, he made guest appearances on tracks by Leftfield, and he has been one of the two vocalists for the UK Electronica/Reggae band Dreadzone since 1995. He signed to WEA for his major label debut album, 1997’s ‘Steppin’ Out’ which was nominated for a MOBO award. Earl has continued touring and working with Dreadzone band, as well as joining Leftfield on tours.
Manasseh Sound System was built in 1985 by a group of friends ready for the Sunday morning of Notting Hill Carnival, with the aim of playing reggae with a roots focus. Nick Manasseh started producing the same year, beginning with Sound Iration with Scruff, credited as the beginning of UK steppas. Since the Sound System began in 1985, Nick has been a DJ all over the world, travelling to countless countries and continents and continues to do so; working with many talented singers and collaborators. Branching out into other projects, Nick has also done sound design for Julian Temple film “Baby London”, and worked with 12-piece band from the Solomon Islands, Narasirato, producing an album and mixing the live show – something Nick has sometimes done with the likes of Pama International and Soothsayers meet Johnny Clarke.
This mischievous rabble from London has been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn-driven SKA anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond. 2017 will see the band release their next LP; recorded at Harry J Studios in Kingston, Jamaica with double Grammy award winning producer Stephen Stewart. Extensive tours of the UK and Europe are planned plus a string of festival performances to promote the record. The official video for the debut single from the LP “Don’t You Try” is out now, featuring Reggae Legend Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals.
Hailing from South London, Samson is a relative newcomer to the UK Reggae scene. He began his DJ career exploring the Jungle and Drum & Bass scene and began co-hosting a Jungle show on Reprezent Radio; all the while with Reggae as the defining influence in his music. Leo then went on to host the flagship Reggae show also on Reprezent. Growing popularity appearing on line-ups across London and other cities with DJ’s and MC’s of notable recognition. Leo joined Reggae Roast in 2013 and began co-running Love Kulture Project in the same year. His most prominent release being the remix of Benny Page’s single “Champion Sound” and has since gone on to do remixes for NiceUp! and Boom Sound. With original releases in the pipeline; 2017 is set to be a busy year. Leo also appears as a guitarist in Hotsteppas a new 10-piece band, to hit the reggae scene and is one-half of Rockers from South.
Shumba Youth is fast becoming a household name in the London Reggae scene. Roots and culture are a powerful influence in this young artist’s style. Whilst performing across the UK and Europe, he has recently shared the same stage as; Dawn Penn, Tanya Stephens and Chuck Fenda, to name a few. He has also taken himself to festivals both in the UK and abroad; Rototom Sunsplash, Boomtown Fair, Ostroda and One Love Festival have all showcased Shumba Youth’s future roots style.
He has worked with a variety of producers such as; Single Dread Sound, Marvellous Cain and Marcus Visionary and is releasing his first Solo EP project “Hot Like Lava” on Reggae Roast Label, Spring 2017. As the founding member of Positive Views Crew, and a vast foundation of work under his belt, this young veteran on the UK Bass scene is constantly seeking out new ways to share his message.
2017 is a big year for Shumba Youth.
Hailing from Brighton, Richie Phoe’s trademark Reggae productions have garnered attention from tastemakers and DJs alike. In addition to accolades from Rob Da Banks’ Sunday Best Recordings, Richie was personally commissioned by Rob to remix Max Sedgley’s Celebrity. Richie’s first forays into the world of music production began on his Amiga 500, back in the early ’90s; by 1999 he’d progressed to an MPC 2000 and began making his own beats, inspired by the likes of De La Soul and D.I.T.C. As his style progressed he started collecting Reggae vinyl and began DJ-ing at Reggae and Hip-Hop nights weekly in clubs and bars in Portsmouth. Bringing deep and positive vibes to the dance floor, Richie has earned the title of Brighton’s Lee Scratch Perry.