NEW RELEASE: TIMES OF NEED RIDDIM
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.
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!
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:
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..
Check RAPHAEL on soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/raphaelofficial
Jam Jah Mondays, Bull’s Head on the 26th March,
Dubplate recordings on the 27th March ,
for what will be a productive week at the Friendly Fire HQ!
YT DUBPLATE SESSION
YT will be in the Friendly Fire Studio on the 13th Feb to record his new track on Friendly Fire Band’s “Legalize Riddim”, and will be using the opportunity to record some dubplates..
LION ART – WELCOME TO HOLLAND (FEAT. ELEVAYTA)
Brand new video produced by Lion Art and Afro Comb for WELCOME TO HOLLAND taken from the latest Friendly Fire Band album, BALSALL HEAT
You can buy the track here:
Footage of Friendly Fire Band live at Muzikstan (at the Old Printworks, Moseley) on the 21st December 2012.
Many thanks to Karen and the Lune Cat Films team! – www.facebook.com/lunecatfilms
SAM REDMORE REMIX – FRIENDLY FIRE BAND MEETS SNOOP DOGG & PHARELL
NEW FRIENDLY FIRE BAND ALBUM – BALSALL HEAT
FRIENDLY FIRE BAND
featuring LION ART & TOMLIN MYSTIC
New Album Out Now!
AVAILABLE NOW ON DOWNLOAD
and on CD in January 2013
REGGAE CITY VIDEO
Anyone in the Birmingham area will remember this year’s Reggae City Festival that took place last June, with the Twinkle Brothers, The Beat, The Heatwave, Solo Banton, and the Friendly Fire Band.
Lion Art and the Friendly Fire Band’s Badness track was selected as a soundtrack to the new promo video, below.
YT & FRIENDLY FIRE BAND
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
YT – REVOLUTION TIME MIXTAPE
NEW YT MIXTAPE - FREE DOWNLOAD
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…
You can catch YT with the Friendly Fire Band at Boomtown Fair 2012 in August!
SILK PROMOTIONS BOOKINGS
Friendly Fire Band and Jam Jah Sound have now joined Birmingham-based Silk Promotions, which also represents Top Cat, MC Navigator, Tippa Irie and many others.
Check out their roster of artists and DJs.
FF BAND AT REGGAE CITY
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
Friendly Fire offers dubplates on demand of Birmingham artists – any combination available.. Here is Bonito Star advertising the service.
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)
PREMONITIONS RIDDIM – OUT NOW!
Finally, the Premonitions Riddim has been released on CD / Vinyl / Download.
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.
DENNIS BROWN TRIBUTE
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
FRIENDLY FIRE BAND LIVE
TIPPA IRIE AND FRIENDLY FIRE BAND
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.
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…