Based out of Kingston, Jamaica, Moonshine Recordings sit as one of the most forward thinking dubwise imprints out there, constantly pushing the boundaries of that unique space between newschool dubstep and nostalgic reggae flavour. Having seen their first full release hit the shelves back in July 2009, the label has amassed a fantastic combination of podcasted content and high quality original releases, making their catalogue an extremely enjoyable journey through the old and new. The roster of artists they have pulled together also remains extremely impressive, with the production styles of 6Blocc, Radikal Guru, Babylon System, Vibration Lab, Numa Crew, Bukkha and more all making regular contributions to their fantastic back catalogue. The label also houses some of the best in the business when it comes to digital reggae vocalists, with the likes of Mr Williamz, Parly B, Junior Dread, Solo Banton, YT, Earl 16 and a tonne more all making regular contributions over the years. With new projects releasing every month, they show no signs of slowing down any time soon!
Review: As always with Moonshine Recordings, we are very excited to jump into this new release which once again gives us a very modern take on dubwise themes and reggae in general. D-Operation is the artist in question who heads up two exclusive remixes of 'Liberation', the first of which features Vale as an official 'Trumpet Version', combining potent basslines and marching drum-lines with powerful horn performance to spin any system. On the flip, Babe Roots and Don Fe give the track a much different feel, slowing everything down and focussing on haunting flute lines and powerful subs below for a much more ethereal vibe. Incredible stuff!
Review: It's become quite a rarity for us to see a brand new drop from the Moonshine Recordings team land and us not be impressed with it, a theme we see continue here as Radikal Guru and Lady Skavya join forces for a weighty new dubwise epic entitled 'Lost & Found'. It's a perfect combination of silky singalong vocal patterns and aquatic instrumentation, guiding forward creeping melodic twists and subtle eskimo-style synthesizer action. It's a wicked combination of sounds that truly works wonders, also coming complete with Radikal Guru's full instrumental version for good measure!
Review: Four years on since his last LP, Moonshine Recordings spearhead Radikal Guru returns with this Beyond The Borders album! Packing collaborations with the likes of Marina P, India's Lady Skavia, fellow Moonshine artist Baptiste to Vale and Lion Posse Soundsystem Tenor Youthman, a solo-wise Guru sends in a sweetly devilish instrumental in "Melody Dub" - that goes lengths to collide the sounds of Crystal Castles with something you might expect from Mala - next to some resonating skittering riddims in "Ready Fi War". 'We are all refugees' sing the lyrics of the title-track amidst suggestive themes of jungle warfare and funky drummer breaks alongside the industrial-tinges of a jazz-laced "Riddim 1". With further collaborations coming from vocals talents like Junior Dread in the slowed-down dub-wisdom of "Together We Shall Overcome" to the freewheeling spoken word of Troy Berkley in "Higher Frequency", Radikal Guru adds yet more heavy weight digital dub to a new soundsystem culture that's ready and waiting.
Review: Polish dubwise alert again on Moonshine Recordings via Radikal Guru and Italian reggae vocalist Marina Peloso; fresh off her recent collab with Mungo's Hi-Fi. It presents a second Radikal Guru release for Moonshine Recordings this year following the Radical 10", with this connection seeing Marina P bring her reggae singer-songwriter techniques applied to a head-nodding groove and metallic tinged melody and chorus passage. With a big version coming in via the "Righ Thing Riddim" instrumental, Do The RIght Thing is a true release for the soundboy / soundgirl selectah.
Review: Gather round, Moonshine Recordings presents a third chapter in their 'meets' series that turns its focus toward select vocalists from the UK sound system scene. Up next is Bristol OG and Young Echo member Rider Shafique, introduced to Moonshine Recordings following sessions with Parly B and Mowty Mahlyka. With riddims and versions built by the Moonshine family - Baodub, Bukkha, Dubbing Sun, Inner Echo and newcomer Joyful Lion- Shafique's vocals have been sweetened by master at the controls, Sam Binga. Coming through most soulful and acoustic on "March Out", find urban chase themes and sequences in "Horns Of Glory", splashy space echoes and rainy vibes in "Dubbing Out Of Babylon" to the killer snares and walking keys of "Natives Dub".
Review: Now as a label; we have been absolutely loving what the Moonshine team have been putting forward recently, constantly expanding the realms of modern dub music with some incredible results. This latest masterclass from Tubby Isiah is a testament to that as he rolls out 10 new dubwise scorchers, overspilling with system-ready subs and delicious spacey drum arrangements. There really is something for everyone on this one, from the hypnotic delays and brushing drums of 'Silverback' alongside Versa, to the traditional horn reverbs of 'Only Me' and almost dubstep style rhythmic approach of 'Do It Jah'. We also think the collaboration with Bukkha entitled 'Hold On Driver' is nothing short of outstanding, combining long spacy breakdowns with glistening instrumentation to create something truly special.
Review: As ever with the Moonshine Recordings crew, we are in for a serious treat with their latest drop as they welcome in Parly B for three tracks of pure fire, alongside some exquisite dubwise collaborations. We begin our dive into this one with the slow marching drums and reggae-style chord syncopations of 'Heart Clean', alongside Mystic Pulse, before moving swiftly into digi-dub delights of ;The Program', this time employing the high tempo production talents of Bukkha and Dubbing Sun. Bukkha also gets involved on the final track 'Come Ya', a dancehall inspired electronic roller, driven by it's nostalgic drum sounds and Parly B's impactful toasted vocals!
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Small Town Dubz - "Politician" (Small Town Dubz Roots version) - (3:58) 140 BPM
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Radikal Guru - "Politician" (Radikal Guru remix) - (3:51) 140 BPM
Dubbing Sun & Echo Ranks & Radikal Guru - "Politician" (Radikal Guru dub) - (3:51) 140 BPM
Review: It sure is a tasty one for the latest edition of the Moonshine Recordings run as they invite the high energy combination of both Dubbing Sun and Echo Ranks together for a marching system delight entitled 'Politician', stooped in bass bin busting sub tones and inspiring vocal chants. They have also supplied a few very tidy remixes to run alongside, With the legendary Radikal Guru leading the way with his metallic rethink alongside a fully reworked dub version. This is then followed up by the super spacey sounds of the Small Town Dubz Roots version, rounding up the whole project nicely.
Review: As ever with Moonshine Recordings, they have delivered us a seriously top notch selection as they unveil sixteen tracks of sweet reggae bliss. We have one of a line up on the table as we see names such as G Roots, Frenk Dublin, Blind Prophet, Adam Prescott and more throw us contributions as rootsy flavours are given a 2019 face lift. There are some clear standouts from this work, despite all sixteen tracks being absolute show stoppers, including 6Blocc & General Jah Mikey's system-ready stomper 'Too Rude' and the euphoric horn manoeuvres of 'Enchanted Dub' from Halcyonic, G Roots, Digid & Vale. The whole project is excellent, and we are super stoked to have it available here at Juno Download.
Review: What a moment this is, as we dive head first into four absolute classics from the innovative dubstep enforcer known as Raikal Guru. We begin our journey through history on this one with a look at the wide LFO stretches and explosive arrangements of 'Conspiracy', before landing on 'Strong Dub', a super melodic groove ride encapsulating everything Radikal Guru's sound is all about. Next, the soothing 4x4 patterns and uplifting lead synth patterns of 'New Decade' before we finish up on an absolute classic in 'Dub Down Babylon', one of Radikal Guru's finest ever pieces of dubwise production.
Review: Fresh off a string of very cool releases, we are pleased to be welcoming back Dubstep royalty in Radikal Guru, who teams up with Moonshine Recordings for a a very punchy project indeed. The title track 'Tell Dem Fi Run', is an electronic dub monster, driven by oldschool, moogy triplet bass stabs and haunting organ melodies, topped of course with a very high energy vocal performance. This one also comes with two official remixes, the first being a future dub infused Steppa Remix, the second being a full dub version, making this a must have for any reggae enthusiast.
Review: It's always exciting to see new music from Radikal Guru hit the shelves. This release see's two classic works recreated in remix form none other than dubstep heavyweight DJ Madd and Melbourne's own bass maverick: Sekkleman. Madd steps up first with his gutter twist up of 'Back Off' featuring exhilarating vocals from the legendary Solo Banton. On the flip, Sekkleman builds an explosive steppers recreation of 'Raggamuffin Soldier', which of course features a lively vocal performance from Echo Ranks.
Review: Straight out of Kingston, Jamaica, Moonshine Recordings team up with the unstoppable force of Bukkha for a melodic masterpiece of an EP. Featuring multiple original vocal performances, this EP entitled 'Unity' sees Bukkha delve deep into his dub roots, especially with the vibrancy of the first track 'Unite' featuring Clinton Sly. The combination of dub-style drum arrangement and airy woodwind melodies on this and 'A Burial' featuring Don Fe makes for very enjoyable listening. The stripped back dub-reggae stylings of 'Peacemaker' alongside Blind Prophet and the murky drum and bass switch ups of 'Dark Future' round the EP off perfectly. This is another fantastic look at dub music from a different angle, a scenario that Moonshine Recordings have become synonymous with in recent times!
Review: Not to be confused with Croatian techno DJ of the same name, this particular Squarewave is London-based and comes with sterling Kool stripes. With previous on New World Audio, Scrub A Dub and Hench, here he returns to Moonshine with an authentic roots bubbler that comes with a worldly wise message many of us will identify with instantly. Add more bounce to your ounce with Sukh Knight's outstanding rubber-bassed version. Live long and spiritually prosper.
Review: Polish Violin-snapping badman steps up to Moonshine with an album-level dispatch of authentic contemporary dub. Each cut is coated with a conscious vocal sheen and comes complete with a heavier, floor-primed version. Those looking for their souls to be soothed should jump straight on the beautiful "Hold Unto Jah" while those eager for something a little more carnal and blatantly weighty should get acquainted with the fittingly titled "Mammoth Dub". Bass bliss.
Review: Here we have a truly international project, with Belgium's Digid teaming up with London's Squarewave for the reggae-tinged Rooftop Stepper EP. It's a mix that works, with these three instrumentals brimming with good vibes. The title track sets the pace with its techy-bass reggae leanings, going downstairs we get "Basement Stepper" which is a tougher digi-bass affair and finally "Space Station Stepper" takes things even slower for the rarest of things- a modern take of instrumental dub.