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Cover of the day: Easy Star Allstars – Karma Police

Easy Star Allstars

Easy Star Allstars – Kings of the dub related pun

Right. Today marks day one of my ill thought out mission to post regular cover versions until: a) I run out of covers (unlikely) or b) I forget (likely).

To kick it all off, I’ve opted for Easy Star Allstars version of Karma Police taken from their classic Radiodread album (can you see what they’ve done there?).

The band is actually quite a loose collective of New York based reggae musicians formed in 1996. I saw them live at the Big Chill a couple of weeks ago and they were one of my festival highlights – playing tunes from their Beatles cover album Lonely Hearts Dub Band as well as this beauty:

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Latest show now on Mixcloud

BrassrootsThe latest mix of covers, funk, soul and reggae is now available for your listening pleasure on Mixcloud – listen here.

As the last couple of funky covers mixes have been pretty laid back affairs I’ve kicked this week’s off with a an absolute banger.

If you’ve never heard of Brassroots you’re in for a treat. A brass band in the mould of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble they’ve knocked out great versions of cover version staples including Karma Police and Seven Nation Army. Their version of Good Life starts off as a toe tapper but soon builds up pace.

From brass we go reggae with a couple of classics including Eek-a-Mouse’s ‘Wa Do Dem’ a great cover of The Beatles’ ‘Let it Be’ and one of the strangest reggae covers in my collection – Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ covered by friend of Massive Attack Horace Andy!

Horace is playing this year’s Big Chill – I hope to see him there as he was due to play a few year’s back but didn’t. Crack may or may not have been involved!

We’ve then got a reggae/dub version of Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness’, a handful of funky mash-ups including a funky Adele remix. And even some House of Pain, Kriss Kross and Public Enemy samples for good measure.

To end, a couple of chilled out tracks from the new Good Times album from Notting Hill Carnival Stalwart Norman Jay MBE. Norman has announced this week that his famed bus won’t be parking itself in Notting Hill this August bank holiday weekend for the first time in 30 years. Help support him in funding next year by buying the album here. 

So many great tracks on the album but I’ve opted for one that reminds me of my childhood. ‘Ghetto Disco’ brings back memories of my teenage years, growing up in the deepest darkest hood in a small leafy rural village called Sandhurst  in Gloucestershire. That school disco was rough.

Full tracklisting can be found at Mixcloud. Listen to the show here.

Next mix will be out in a fortnight with a distinctly summery feel.

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Cover It Up! Sound System radio show 13/6/11 now live

Coveritupshow 2The second episode of the Cover it up! Sound System’s radio show is now live on Mixcloud. Listen to it here. 

This week’s show kicks off with some laid back reggae covers, passionate northern soul and Duran Duran covered by an African Funk band – what’s not to like!

We’ve dropped the voiceover from this episode and will continue to do so in future shows – so you can listen to the mix uninterrupted by our west country tones.

Full tracklist below:

1 - Alton Ellis - You've Made Me So Very Happy
2 - The Creations - A Dream
3 - Jimmy Hughes - Lock Me Up
4 - Toots & The Maytals - Take Me Home Country RoadBuy
5 - Kokolo - Girls On Film
6 - Mayer Hawthorne - Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out
7 - Letta Mbulu - What’S Wrong With Groovin’
8 - Frankie Paul -I Know The Score
9 - Easy Star All Stars - Karma Police
10 - Unknown - Mary Jane
11 - New Birth - Honeybee
12 - Gang Starr - Check The Technique
13 - Boy Meets World - Hey Young World
14 - No1 De No1 - Guajiri Van
15 - James Brown - Sunny [Regrooved By Featurecast]

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The first rule of Reggae Cover Club…

The first rule of reggae cover club…

I’m becoming a little obsessed with reggae covers. I fear it may be an addiction.
As there doesn’t seem to be an established suport network, I’ve set-up the Reggae Cover Club. Fellow sufferers feel free to send me your guilty reggae cover habits.
There are, however, a few ground rules:
Reggae covers of reggae tracks don’t count. They’re not big, they’re not clever. They’re just shit.
Cod-reggae is not welcome here. Please visit the cod-reggae cover appreciation society.  Their head office is in Norwich.
Bonus points if you include a random bit of associated trivia related to the recording of the cover – dubbed (If you’ll excuse the pun) ‘the dinner party’ bonus.
And another bonus point if the lead vocalist is of the opposite sex to the original recording artist – ‘the she-male’ bonus
Send suggestions to coveritup@aol.com.
To get the reggae rolling… My name is Mike and I’m a reggae cover-holic.  I’ve listened to ‘All shook up’ covered by Jackie Edwards three times in the last 24 hours. Elvis forgive me.
It’s a trippy, dubby cover version of the king.  The more I listen to it the sleazier it feels – in a good way.  But I’m fairly confident he recorded it whilst dancing on his bed wearing just his pants.
Jackie Edwards’ (1938-1992) main claim to fame was writing “Keep on Running” which was recorded by The Spencer Davis Group and used in the opening scene of the 1988 cinematic shit explosion that was ‘Buster’. That’s one ‘dinner party’ bonus point for me.  But to my knowledge both Jackie and Elvis had cocks so unfortunately no ‘she-male’ bonus this time.
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Jackie Edwards (1938-1992)

I’m becoming a little obsessed with reggae covers. I fear it may be an addiction.

As there doesn’t seem to be an established suport network, I’ve set-up the Reggae Cover Club. Fellow sufferers feel free to send me your guilty reggae cover habits.

There are, however, a few ground rules:

  • Reggae covers of reggae tracks don’t count. They’re not big, they’re not clever. They’re just shit.
  • Cod-reggae is not welcome here. Please visit the Cod-reggae Covers Appreciation Society (CCAS).  Their head office is in Norwich.
  • Bonus points if you include a random bit of associated trivia related to the recording of the cover – dubbed (if you’ll excuse the pun) ‘the dinner party’ bonus.
  • And another bonus point if the lead vocalist is of the opposite sex to the original recording artist – ‘the she-male’ bonus

Post your suggestions by commenting below.

To get the reggae rolling… My name is Mike and I’m a reggae cover-a-holic. I’ve listened to ‘All shook up’ covered by Jackie Edwards three times in the last 24 hours. Elvis forgive me.

Jackie Edwards – All Shook Up

It’s a trippy, dubby cover version of the king.  The more I listen to it the sleazier it feels – in a good way.  But I’m fairly confident he recorded it whilst dancing on his bed wearing just his pants.

Jackie’s main claim to fame was writing “Keep on Running” which was recorded by The Spencer Davis Group and used in the opening scene of the 1988 cinematic shit explosion that was ‘Buster’. That’s one ‘dinner party’ bonus point for me.  But to my knowledge both Jackie and Elvis had cocks so unfortunately no ‘she-male’ bonus this time.

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