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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Easy Star Records

Easy Star Records began in 1996 and are based in New York. The label came into being with the philosophy and goal to “…better reflect reggae’s diversity : modern roots productions, using live instrumentation and vintage recording techniques, to recapture and re-imagine the spirit of reggae’s golden age ; innovative dancehall riddims to keep current with reggae as it evolves ; and reissues of rare recordings that influenced both of these styles”. The Easy Star collective aims to inspire a new generation of reggae listeners, and another central goal is to foster “…a vibrant community of reggae fanatics to ensure the music’s health for years to come”. It does this primarily through its music and its website.

Easy Star releases music from some of the most-established reggae artists, and also some of the newest. The label has put out some top-class releases. These include Easy Star Vol. 1 (an original compilation of established stars like Sister Carol, Sugar Minott, Ranking Joe, and the Meditations with up-and-coming artists), Ghetto Knowledge (The Meditations), Two Roads (Triston Palma) and All I Have Is Love : A Tribute To Studio One. On a dancehall tip, the label released Easy Star Vol. 2 : Dancehall Culture (featuring, among others, Luciano, Anthony B and Frankie Paul).

On the reissue front, some standouts include Ghetto-ology + Dub, Rare Gems and Hidden Treasures (Sugar Minott), and Can’t Stop Us Now (Linval Thompson’s productions).

Check their website for more details on Easy Star Records – an innovative New York based crew, helping to continue the forward movement of reggae music worldwide.

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