Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Tamrat Records
Humble Yourself / Assault
12" Vinyl Single (Limited Edition)
October 25, 2015

Artist & tune
  • Emeterians - Humble Yourself / Ras Mat I - How Long Jah / Bass Culture Players - Humble Dub
  • Camila - Frequencies / Ras Mat I - Got To Be A Warrior / Bass Culture Players - Militant Dub
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Tamrat Records is an original and independent record label founded in Rome, Italy in 2013. It is managed by Ras Mat-I and Roots Pusher in close collaboration with music composer Santiago Mijarra from Madrid. The backing band on this powerful and heavy hitting 12" are the Bass Culture Players, a roots music project settled in Madrid, Spain. The project is led by Puppa Shan who is a fanatic lover of the different music styles and culture rooted and developed in Jamaica and UK during the '70s and '80s. He has been active on several reggae related platforms such as Brentford Road fanzine, Bass Culture Reggae Radio Show and the reggae band Hotdrop. His project is sometimes described as: "A creative laboratory that mixes singers and musicians from Spanish scene in search for a very personal formula." The studio is called Discoinferno Studio and uses analogical equipment and traditional techniques.

The six track 12" single is produced by Ras Mat-I, Puppa Shan & Roots Pusher and kicks off (A-side) with an awesome roots tune called "Humble Yourself" by Brother Wildman, Sister Maryjane and Maga Lion, better known as the vocal trio Emeterians, a band concerned with spreading their message of love and unity across generations worldwide. The commanding steppers riddim, with dominant horns by Indi and vintage syndrums is the perfect backdrop for the trio's vocal delivery. Excellent tune! Ras Mat-I takes over with his lick on the riddim with "How Long Jah", yet another scorcha, making a strong impression with his style, reminding us of vintage Jamaican singjays. The Bass Culture Players round it off with a decent dub version of the riddim. On the B side it starts with a female Spanish vocalist, Camila, and her tune "Frequencies" is a genuine musical adventure! Ras Mat-I tells us that he has to be a warrior in these times, not a notorious warrior, but a glorious Jah Jah warrior. Perfect tune! The riddim section closes in fine style with "Militant Dub", a superb and subtle dub workout of the riddim.

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