Dec 3

Tighten Up Crew & Ska Lavin’ 6/12/2014

(in association with Tuff Scout/Out On The Floor Records)
Silver Bullet
5 Station Place
Finsbury Park
London N4

Doors: 8pm-3.30am
Dosh: £3 til 11pm / £4 after
Proceeds go to Alpha Boys School!

Music Policy: Hot Ska, Cool Rocksteady, Boss Reggae, Raw Roots, Vital Dub and beyond…

Hosted by: Tighten Up Crew & Ska Lavin’

Expect the hottest SKA, coolest ROCKSTEADY, ruffest REGGAE, tuffest ROOTS and the hardest DUB on offer in The Big Smoke as TIGHTEN UP CREW and SKA LAVIN’ – two of London’s mightiest revival crews – go toe-toe-toe, tune-for-tune and rewind-for-rewind for much more than just our egos!

We’d planned the event as a benefit for The Jackie Bernard Foundation but the sad loss of our musical hero meant we needed to find an alternative but fitting cause to get behind: Jamaica’s legendary Alpha Boys School nurtured and developed the talents of so many of the artists whose music has had such a profound and positive impact on all our lives. Taking this opportunity to give something back was a no-brainer.

Don’t miss this evening of guaranteed musical wickedness featuring an all-star line up, in an almighty 45-face/off for a great cause… REACH!!!

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Nov 24

The Inturns 'Consider yourself' album on Pressure Sounds

Phil Pratts production of The Inturn Lp 'Consider yourself' alnum is the next release on Pressure Sounds. The release should be available direct from Pressure Sounds in December 2014. The full release date will be some time in Jan 2015. Nine tracks on the 180 gram Lp and and eleven tracks on the CD. There will also be two ten inch releases at the same time. The extended version of the Inturns 'Nothing is Impossible' c/w 'Detour'.

The second ten inch will be the Phil Pratt produced 'What a disaster' by Junior Brown. There is an added remix on the flipside by Russ Disciple.

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Nov 22

3 New Dub store titles just arrived from Japan

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Nov 9

New Sly and Robbie album now available

We have just had stock delivered of the new Sly and Robbie album 'Dubrising' lovingly packaged by Tabau1 from France. Its a 180 gram vinyl album that comes in a gatefold sleeve and paper insert. Excellent release.

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Oct 28

Bunny Lee Vinyl just arrived along with the new 45

The Bunny Lee 'Full Up' vinyl just arrived along with the Now Generation 'Cup of tea' vinyl 45

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