Veteran dancehall sensation Jah Screechy is the latest addition to the Reality Shock family, an artist most famous for his anthem ‘Walk and Skank’ on Blacker Dread Records, a track conceptualized in the dancehall on Sir Lloyd Coxsone sound, where Screechy first toasted over 20 years ago (then known as ‘Jah Screechy Banton’). The original 1984 release ‘Walk and Skank’ was mixed by Peter Chemist on the Answer Riddim for Blacker Dread and has been remixed by various producers ever since, the most notorious being the 1992 smash from SL2 ‘On a Ragga Tip’ released on XL records, an instant classic which achieved commercial success bringing the anthemic ‘Walk & Skank’ chorus to a worldwide audience.
Steele Force (aka Buga/ Cashima Steele) is a good friend of the family & amongst the regular visitors at Reality Shock Studio with a rich musical background & many stories to tell. Born in Jamaica & currently residing in Reading UK, Cashima Steele set up the foundation record label ‘Creation’ in 1982, together with Jah-B (Bunny Wailer) and Neville Garrick from Tuff Gong. Releases on this label featured artists such as Black Skin & Colourman (Kick up Rumpus 1986 LP album). Cashima also produced the original Pumpkin Belly (1985) with Tenor Saw, which later evolved into Jammy’s famous Sleng Teng riddim. Creation also worked closely with Youthman Promotions producing famous Sugar Minott tunes like ‘mind blowing decisions’(1984).
Steele explains: “Most of the riddims for Creation Records licked at Channel One – the management at the time was Paulie & JoJo (the Chinese origin Hookim brothers). They create so many artists from back in the day like Michael Prophet, Patrick Andy, Black Uhuru, Michael Palmer, Sugar Minott, Yami Bolo, Junior Reid, Half Pint, Dean Frazer, Toyan, Nitty Gritty . . . the whole of them work at Channel One.” The backline of musicians known as ‘the Revolutionaries’ was a solid foundation to the success of the studios releases and many of the riddims are still revisited in remixed form to this day.
On the production side there are still many unreleased works in the Creation archives: soon to surface are 3 albums from Sugar Minott, Icho Candy & Bounty Hunter, which feature previously un-heard material recorded at Channel One, Leggo Beast & Youthman Promotion studios finally due to see the light of day. Creation will be teaming up with Reality Shock to promote these & future releases. In addition to this Steele Force has recently been ‘forced’ on to the mic by Kris Kemist, producing a track entitled ‘Big Fat Cat’..one for the greedy bankers & financial terrorists. Stay tuned to Reality Shock for further news & releases as the collaborations continue…(Article written by Scruffi)
RIDDIM BY UNIKSON PRODUCTION – FROM SOLO BANTON’S UPCOMING ALBUM ‘HIGHER LEVELS’ COMING SOON ON REALITY SHOCK RECORDS
New video by Barbados’ rising star J.Life – ‘Whats Going On In The World’ on Reality Shock’s Free Herbs Riddim – watch out for the full riddim album dropping soon featuring Afrikan Simba, Marga, Solo Banton, Mikey Murka, Errol Bellot, Aqua Livi, Kingjay, Dark Angel, Diegojah, Prince Terralox, new dub mixes & more..
‘Fly Away Home’ is the result of a typical evening at Reality Shock Studio.. spontaneous, natural & unplanned, the song & video came about in a matter of hours when Ras Solomon AKA James Brown, a veteran roots reggae singer from London UK, made his first visit to Kris Kemist’s infamous studio.
Instantly the vibes came together & instrument after instrument was laid down, creating a 100% live, organic & rhythmical soundscape. With the creative energies in full flow, Kemist even recorded instruments made out of household objects such as ash trays, chopsticks & even breathing down the microphone, as he explained “the song begins with the breath & heartbeat”.
Once the riddim & vocals were laid down by Solomon, two local artists who happened to be in the studio at the time: Silqe (an upcoming UK rapper) & Ezra (an RnB/soul singer) also touched the mic, creating a union of different musical worlds.
The whole production process was documented by Spencer of Katch Bullet Video Productions, who over the last few years has become a regular follower & supporter of the Reality Shock family. Together Katch Bullet & Reality Shock are currently working on a feature length DVD documentary project (release yet date to be announced). Stay tuned to www.realityshock.com for more news & projects coming soon……..
Solo Banton flashes a new lyrics on the Hi Fashion riddim.. watch out for the studio version on a fresh riddim produced by Kris Kemist, due to feature on Solo’s second album later this year. To book dubplates from Solo Banton click on ‘Dubplates’ in the top menu.