Behind The Label: Scotch Bonnet Records

Behind The Label explores the many record labels in the global sound system community and the stories behind them. Big and small, everyone has a story about the music they love; Our second installment is a short interview with Doug Paine of Scotch Bonnet Records, of Mungo’s Hi-Fi. Founded in 2000 out of Glasgow, Scotland, the sound system and label have achieved international success and acclaim, working with a multitude of legendary Jamaican artists including Johnny Osbourne and Sugar Minott and releasing dozens of records. Paine sat down to discuss the story behind the label’s iconic image, and the meaning behind it.

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Behind The Label: Bent Backs Records

Behind The Label explores the many record labels in the global sound system community and the stories behind them. Big and small, everyone has a story about the music they love; Our first installment is an interview with Lo Gautier of Bent Backs Records, the label behind Jonny Go Figure’s 2019 smash hit “Vinyl Lover.” Starting in 2009 as a sound system crew in the city of Rennes, France, Bent Backs since relocated to New York, turning into a fully fledged record label championing the 80s digital reggae revival sound.

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Riddimology 101: Essential Cuts of the “Billie Jean” Riddim

Text: Jeremy Freeman, Artwork: Irie Design The Billie Jean riddim first came to attention with the release of Shinehead’s 1984 cover of Michael Jackson’s smash hit “Billie Jean” on New York’s African Love label. Interestingly, the flip side of the original 12” was another cover (of UK R&B singer Junior’s “Mama Used To Say”) and […]

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