Times of Need Riddim is a new bass driven dancehall juggling riddim with a 90s flavour, featuring artists from JA and the UK, including Craiggis, Daddy Freddy, YT, Peppery, Brakka General, Collie Weed, Acer, Jugganaut and Diamond White, out now.
Wednesday, March 13 2013
EARL 16 / TENNA STAR / RAPHAEL DUBPLATES
Busy month of March in the Studio – with three top artists passing through to record dubplates – get in early as spaces are limited!
Monday, March 11 2013
FRIENDLY FIRE BAND ON BBC1XTRA
David Rodigan has featured Friendly Fire Band for the first time on his new BBC 1Xtra show, on Sundays 7pm-9pm. Listen to the snippet here:
Monday, March 4 2013
RAPHAEL IN THE UK
International reggae star RAPHAEL has risend to become one of the hottest vocalists on the European reggae circuit.
His hits are too many to mention, but include Total Destruction (Friendly Fire Music), “Jah is With You” (Rub a dub market riddim), and many many more..
YT will be performing a few times with the Friendly Fire Band with a few shows already booked at Boomtown Fair and Reggae Garden, and currently open to bookings.
This is to promote YT’s latest album REVOLUTION TIME available from www.sativarecords.com, which contains already classic tracks with Mungo’s HiFi, Reality Shock, Firehouse Band, and the title track with Nucleus Roots.
Check out www.sativarecords.com for more info, or buy the vinyl from the shop
It’s coming!! While we wait for the official release of YT‘s new opus Revolution Time (Sativa Records), Revolution Time : The Mixtape by Ashanti Yard has just hit the internet and is available to download for free…
Featuring artists like Mr Williamz, Blackout JA, Deadly Hunta, Solo Banton and Peppery, alongside YT it got us right in the mood for the summer!
This is the second year of Birmingham’s newest reggae festival and the lineup confirmed so far is impressive, with foundation roots from the Twinkle Brothers, modern UK sounds of Reality Shock with the great Solo Banton and the Mellow Vibes Studio featuring Murray Man and Tenna Star.
Representing the influence of reggae in the UK, Reggae City also showcases Jungle from the likes of Congo Natty and LionFire, Dubstep with Radikal Guru, and Bashment with the high flying Heatwave Crew to name just a few, without leaving out the 2Tone movement represented by one of the flagship bands of the genre: The Beat.
3 arenas spread across the Rainbow Complex, full of live acts and massive soundsystems, caribbean food, and vibes til the early hours in the morning
All artists gave an excellent performance alongside the Friendly Fire Band on the launch party of the 11.11.11, after a DJ Little Richie (Stingdem.com) warmed up the crowd.
After the live section of the night, DJ Gold and Jinx, both representing Lionfire unveiled some of the remixes they have been making of the Premonitions Riddim (coming soon – listen to some previews here) which didn’t fail to keep the people jumping.
The next day, Peppery and Raphael were down the Friendly Fire HQ cutting dubplates all day, pictured to the right. (Left to Right – Raphael, Lion Art, Robin, Peppery)
The new One Drop riddim is played entirely live by the Friendly Fire Band, featuring guest Brian Travers (UB40) on saxophone.
The series includes some top artists such as Pablo Rider & Peter Spence, Raphael, Murray Man, Peppery & Ras Tweed, Tomlin Mystic (also available on vinyl) as well as Chillavert, Mr Diamond, Bingiman, Bonito Star, and Collie Weed, as well as a Melodica version and a straight riddim.
Here’s a video of Friendly Fire Band on the road to Manchester with Bonito Star, Peter Spence, Pablo Rider, Lion Art and Tomlin Mystic for a tribute to the late great Dennis Emmanuel Brown, in June 2011.
Film produced by Alan Dolhasz and Ed Lawes for 144
It was a joy to welcome Tippa Irie at the Friendly Fire Sessions at the Hare and Hounds on the 15th April 11 – After a warm up by Pablo Rider, Lion Art and Tomlin Mystic, Tippa gave an excellent show and had the whole audience eating out of his hand.
Later, he was joined by special secret guest Peter Spence perform their hit duo that topped the charts in 1990, Girl of my Best Friend – below.
Sunday, February 20 2011
DAWN PENN – NO NO NO
Dawn Penn performed an hour show on the 18th February 2011, backed by the Friendly Fire Band in front of a packed audience – tracks ranged from old Prince Buster and Studio One classics to her new funky track, and killed it with her all time classic No No No, in the video below…