Sugar Shack Records
Digital Release / 12" Vinyl Single (Limited Edition)
November 24, 2014

Artist & tune

  • Capital Letters - Wolf (Rootikal Re-Mix Down) / Wolf (Rootikal Dubplate Cut)
  • Capital Letters - Wolf (Rootikal Dubwise) / Wolf (Rootikal Deep Riddim Dubwise)
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In the past few years there's been a renewed interest for the music of legendary British reggae bands who dominated the mid-to-late 1970s. Bristol based record company Sugar Shack Records and its sister labels Bristol Reggae Archives and Reggae Archive Records played an important role as they (re-)released noteworthy material from bands such as Black Roots, Talisman and Capital Letters.

At the beginning of this year Reggae Archive Records reissued Capital Letters' "Reality" album from the 1980s, followed by a truly excellent 12" vinyl EP featuring remixes of two songs, the classic ganja anthem "Smoking My Ganja" and "House Breaker". Not only were their classic recordings reissued, Capital Letters was also reformed and after three decades they started performing live shows again and did well received gigs in England and France. Besides that the band found time to return to the studio and record new material for a brand new upcoming album entitled "Wolverhampton", to be released in 2015.

In the meantime this 12" vinyl EP gives fans a glimpse of what they can expect when the album hits the streets. David Hill and Nick Manasseh, the producer and recording & mixing engineer who were responsible for the "Smoking My Ganja Rootikal Remix EP", collaborated again with the band and chose one of the brand new songs, "Wolf", to mix their own versions. The final results are found on this 12" vinyl EP. It features four different cuts of "Wolf", a solid message song that warns us about false Rastas, false Christians and hypocrites in general. Side A leads off with "Wolf (Rootikal Re-Mixdown)", the main vocal mix with founding member Junior "JB" Brown on lead vocals. Although this is a brand new recording, this track lyrically and production wise harks back to the 1970s. Old skool roots reggae at its best. The second track on the A side has a sparser mix and thus gives the vocals more room to breathe. Dub fans will be pleased with the two tracks on the flipside. "Wolf (Rootikal Dubwise)" drops some mellow dub vibes, while those who love to listen to more stripped down dub outings will certainly enjoy the excellent "Wolf (Rootikal Deep Riddim Dub)".

All in all this is an ideal taster for Capital Letters' brand new album release and a must-have for vinyl buyers.