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August 29, 2012NEW SINGLE FROM THE GREEN OUT SEPT 11
"Latest news from Green camp, straight from the band's mouth:
Family, we're stoked to announce that we've got a brand new single "Liar" coming out September 11! This is our first new release since our 2011 album Ways & Means. We recorded "Liar" with Christian Mochizuki (Kanye West/Jay-Z) at Island Sound Studio in Honolulu, HI. Matt Honda (who mixed some of our previous album) handled additional production and mixing.
We're also dropping a remix of "Love & Affection" by producer Billy Van as part of the "Liar" release. Mixing elements of dubstep and electro, this remix is just a taste of what's to come when Billy Van joins us for the west coast leg of our fall tour! "Liar" and "Love & Affection (Billy Van Remix)" will be digitally released by Easy Star Records on September 11. See you all soon! Aloha
So there you have it, a busy month indeed for us at Easy Star. Check out The Green on tour this fall. " More info »
August 21, 2012JBB IN DUB EP OUT SEPTEMBER 18
"It's been four years since groundbreaking reggae band John Brown's Body last put out a record, 2008's Amplify, which debuted at number one on Billboard's Reggae Chart. The wait for new music is over, as the octet will release an EP of mostly instrumental dub, JBB In Dub, on September 18th. Two days later the band kicks off their fall U.S. tour at One Pelham East in Newport, RI. The four-week tour will span the Northeast, the West Coast, and Colorado.
Once again working with their longtime label Easy Star Records, John Brown's Body has focused this latest release on dubs that reflect both their foundations in classic reggae drum and bass-style music and their usual progressive approaches to the genre. JBB In Dub features six dubs, plus "The Grass," featuring vocals from front man Elliot Martin. The songs were mixed in Boston by former JBB engineer and current 10 Ft. Ganja Plant member Craig "Dub Fader" Welsch (State Radio, The Aggrolites) at his studio.
The band has posted the song "Wellington" for free download on their Facebook page, so fans can get a taste of the new music.
Quote from drummer Tommy Benedetti:
"This will be the first time we have brought some of the heavy dub explorations of our live show into a studio setting. We put together a set of brand new songs, classic JBB dubs that have never been recorded, and a new version of our fan-favorite "The Grass." After seven full-length albums, this EP represents a unique sound for us, and we can't wait for people to dig into it!"
When it was released, Amplify was praised by All Music Guide as having "some of the most gorgeous melodies in all of modern reggae music." It was followed by a remix EP, Re-Amplify (2009), while the band continued their usual heavy touring schedule. In the past four years, JBB completed first-ever tours of New Zealand, the UK, and Europe. Based in Boston, Ithaca and Brooklyn, NY, the eight-piece band has already begun recording a new full-length studio album, slated for release in 2013.
For a full list of tour dates, visit JBB's website. " More info »
August 08, 2012R.I.P. SLUGGY RANKS
"We are very sad to hear of the passing of another member of the Easy Star family, Andrew Gregory, known to most as Sluggy Ranks. He was killed in an auto accident in Kingston, JA on July 29th. Sluggy appeared on our very first album, Easy Star Volume One, with the stand out cut, "Ethiopia," and he was known to many more of our fans from his vital contribution to Dub Side of the Moon - lead vocals on the first song on the album, "Breathe." We send our condolences to his family, friends and fans worldwide. We will miss him. " More info »
July 10, 2012BILLIE JEAN EP AVAILABLE NOW
"As the anticipation builds for the upcoming release on August 28, 2012, of Easy Star's Thrillah, Easy Star Records is excited to release the digital-only Billie Jean EP via iTunes including two tracks off the album: "Billie Jean" featuring Luciano and "Human Nature" featuring Cas Haley. The EP also features two non-album "Billie Jean" remixes from Mister Vibes and Sounduo and an exclusive dub version of "Billie Jean," mixed by producer Michael Goldwasser, along with Joe Tomino (Dub Trio/Matisyahu).
Luciano's stunning vocal performance on "Billie Jean" is his third collaboration with Easy Star, having also sung "With A Little Help From My Friends" on Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band and co-written the early original single "Hopes On High" with Michael G for Easy Star Vol. 2: Dancehall Culture. Guest vocalist Cas Haley also has a rich history with the Easy Star All-Stars, from multiple tours together to appearing on their 2011 album First Light. The two join up again for three upcoming tour dates (8/10 @ The Festival of Gnarnia, 9/7 @ High Noon Saloon, 9/8 @ Shangri-La Festival).
On the two remixes, Israeli dub artist Mister Vibes strips down his version with twisting melodica lines and spaced-out effects, while dubstep, glitch, and electronic fans will gravitate toward the Sounduo remix. Sounduo is the post-dub, audio/visual live performance project of Miami's William Mills and Zach Morillo.
Go to the Easy Star All-Stars website to help us spread the word about the EP. If 1500 fans share info about the release via Facebook, it will free up the non-album track "Human Nature Dub" for download!
" More info »
July 05, 2012THE SKINTS ADDED TO FOUR UK ESA SHOWS
"We are very excited to announce the teaming up of London's fast-rising reggae/ska band The Skints with Easy Star All-Stars on their fall tour. The Skints will be on four of the shows at the start of tour – Reading, Kendal, New Brighton and York – while the last 10 shows will have Laid Blak lending support. Both The Skints and Laid Blak are coming on strong in the UK scene and we are excited to be pairing new blood with Easy Star All-Stars on this run.
Check out The Skints' latest video for "Rise Up" here and their first single, "Ratatat," here. Check out Laid Blak's "Red" video here.
For more details on the UK tour and links to buy tickets, go here.
" More info »
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