Alpha & Omega - Alchemy / Alchemy Dub (Ojah rfx) - ALDBS7010

Alpha & Omega / Ojah

We proudly present to you on our 10th 7inch release, and for the first time ever on vinyl, the suitably named tune "Alchemy" by UK Dub legends Alpha & Omega. This track first appeared on their album "Serious Joke" from 2002 (on CD format).

The A side contains the original version from 2002 that was included on the album, now remastered for vinyl. “Alchemy” is a reinterpretation of the far east sound in classic Alpha & Omega’s style: dense, deep and profoundly meditational; and as usual featuring a gargantuan bass that will surely test some systems.

The B side contains a new dub version by Ojah that features heavy use of effects in a UK nineties style, perfectly complementing Alpha & Omega’s original version.

Limited edition of 600 copies, hand-stamped and hand-numbered, served in a thick custom reversed kraftliner sleeve with inner black sleeves.

Written by C. Woodbridge & J. Sprosen Recorded & mixed by A&O at A&O Studio, London 2002 Refix & mastering by Oscar Pablos "Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London 2020 Graphic design by Víctor Castro

Under license to Alchemy Dubs 2020 All rights reserved www.alchemydubs.com

https://alchemydubs.bandcamp.com/merch/alpha-omega-alchemy-alchemy-dub-ojah-rfx-aldbs7010

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Ode To Joy (Babylon Can't Control I) - Versions - ALDBS12005

Cornell Campbell meets Soothsayers - Ojah/Ruv Bytes

We proudly present our fifth release on 12” format, a very special EP featuring new versions of reggae anthem “Ode To Joy (Babylon Can’t Control I)” by Cornell Campbell and Soothsayers.

This track first appeared on their album “Cornell Campbell Meets Soothsayers - Nothing Can Stop Us” (Strut Records, 2013).

These versions are remixes and new dub mixes from Ojah and Ruv Bytes and come in a limited edition of 600 copies (no repress), 180g heavyweight 12” vinyl, hand-numbered. A1 - Ode To Joy (Babylon can’t control I) - Ojah remix A2 - Dub To Joy (Babylon can’t control I) - Ojah remix dub B1 - Ode to joy (Babylon can’t control I) - Ruv Bytes mix B2 - Ode to joy instrumental - Ojah mix Here’s the story of the record in David Katz’s own words: "Travelling to Japan was the culmination of a longstanding dream, the maiden voyage undertaken in 2013 on the invitation of Masaya Hayashi of Drum ‘n’ Bass Records, Osaka; Masa arranged for me to play at his club, Night Wax, and at a warehouse near Nagoya, with my debut gig in Tokyo taking place at Club Open, a basement dive in Shinjuku, where I played til sunrise to an enthusiastic underground crowd. I was fortunate to return for more gigs in 2014, the longer stay allowing exploration of other parts of the country, always encountering reggae in unexpected places and being introduced to various traditional forms of Japanese music and culture. This sparked a plan for me to graft traditional Japanese instruments onto original reggae rhythms, which a small Arts Council England grant finally allowed in the spring of 2016. Haruyasu “Big H” Kudoh, who runs Open and who has worked with Dennis Bovell and other reggae greats, connected me with the openminded musician, Ras Kanto, who arranged to rent a three-stringed shamisen, a taishokoto or Nagoya harp, which uses typewriter keys to vary pitch, and a series of wooden temple blocks, or mokugyo, which Big H augmented with an ancient hard-carved mokugyo which is a family heirloom, along with temple bells. Armed with three rhythms provided by my friends, Soothsayers, the Brixton-based hybrid band drawing from reggae, dub, jazz and Afrobeat, whose album Nothing Can Stop Us was created with Jamaican legend Cornell Campbell, I arranged for Kanto and Big H to overdub the traditional instruments onto the rhythm tracks in a marathon live session at Open, conducted over the course of an afternoon and evening. I later arranged for the Osaka-based engineer and dub master Ruv Bytes to conjure individual dub mixes of each of the tunes, the first of which, “Jah Jah Me No Born Yah,” was released in 2018 by Riddim Chango Records, together with alternate mixes by OBF, Ticklah and Bim One. Now the second track from the collaborative sessions, “Ode To Joy (Babylon Can’t Control I)” is here presented in a custom-made limited edition by Alchemy Dubs, with Ruv’s dub mix complemented by individual re-castings from Ojah. Listen and enjoy the melding of disparate worlds…”. David Katz (www.davidkatz.tk) A Soothsayers and David Katz production, written by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman. Players of instruments: -Cornell Campbell: Lead vocals -Robin Hopcraft: trumpet, backing vocals, djembe, Hammond -Idris Rahman: tenor sax, backing vocals, Hammond -Wayne “Horseman” Williams: drums -Kishon Khan: piano, organ -Patrick Hatchett: guitar -Phil Dawson: guitar -Harry Brown: trombone -Victor Axelrod “Ticklah”: bass -Ras Kanto: mokugyo, temple bells on B1 -Big H: mokugyo, temple bells on B1 -Oscar Pablos “Ojah”: percussion on A1&A2; Recorded in London at STAC, Read Earth Studios, Sonica & Alchemy Dubs Studio, in Brighton at Ironworks, and in Tokyo, Japan at Open
Recording Engineers : Nick Raphael, Idris Rahman, Robin Hopcraft, Nick Coplowe, Kevin Toublanc, Fuyuhiko Inui, Oscar Pablos

Originally mixed by Victor Axelrod “Ticklah”, 2013 Tracks A1, A2 & B2 mixed by Oscar Pablos “Ojah” at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, UK, 2019. Track B1 mixed by Takuto Kuratani “Ruv Bytes” at Neko Studio, Osaka, Japan, 2017

Mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah” at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, UK, 2019 Graphic design by Victor Castro Published by Strut/!K7 Records Under license to Alchemy Dubs 2019 All rights reserved www.alchemydubs.com www.soothsayers.net ODE TO JOY (BABYLON CAN’T CONTROL I) - LYRICS (Written by Robin Hopcraft & Idris Rahman)

I know you’re feeling vexed my brother Life has been too hard for you Meditate on the greater things May happiness return for you Some grow old before their time Control your mind, it’s up to you Hold your head high, don’t feel sad This ode to joy I have for you Babylon can’t work I say Don’t carry that sack of rocks fi true Dissatisfied and jealous minds Happiness escape from you

Plant a seed and watch it grow It will bare sweet fruits, I know Love your lover, make her feel How much she really means to you

Yeah

Babylon can’t control I Babylon can’t use I Babylon can’t control I Babylon can’t use I

Babylon can’t work I say Don’t carry that sack of rocks fi true Dissatisfied and jealous minds Happiness escape from you

If we share the love around There’s plenty there for me and you Don’t give up now, don’t let go Remember Jah Jah Love you so

Babylon can’t control I Babylon can’t use I Babylon can’t control I Babylon can’t use I Babylon can’t control I Babylon can’t use I Babylon can’t control I Babylon can’t use I

No, them can’t use I Them can’t confuse I Neither refuse I

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Long Run - ALDBS7009

Ojah feat. Ras Tavaris

We present to you our ninth release on 7” format, a collaboration between Ojah and Jamaican singer Ras Tavaris.

The A side contains the track “Long Run”, a great modern roots vocal performance by Ras Tavaris over a steppers riddim paired with the delivery of important lyrics for these times of fast changes and short-term views.

On the B side we find a dub version as usual, in this case an instrumental dub, mixed live in analog by Ojah at his studio in London.

Limited edition of 500 copies, hand-stamped and hand-numbered, served in a thick custom reversed kraftliner sleeve.

Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London. Vocals by Ras Tavaris Backing vocals by Jah Kirk Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, 2019. Graphic design by Victor Castro.

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What Goes Around Comes Around - ALDBS7008

Ojah feat. Nik Torp

Starting the year we present our eighth release on 7” format, another great collaboration between Ojah and Nikolaj Torp Larsen “Nik Torp”, keyboard player from The Specials.

ALCHEMY DUBS PRESENTS: OJAH FEAT. NIK TORP - WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND/DUB (ALDBS7008)

Starting the year we present our eighth release on 7” format, another great collaboration between Ojah and Nikolaj Torp Larsen “Nik Torp”, keyboard player from The Specials.

The A side contains the track “What Goes Around Comes Around”, a Hammond and melodica version (both played by Nik Torp) of Ojah’s “Packy” riddim that was recorded at Nik’s studio back in 2015 and is finally seeing the light. It also features new guitars by Puppa Shan (rythm guitar) and Javier Martin Boix (lead guitar) .

Next up on Alchemy Dubs will be a 12” featuring a legendary trombone player on this riddim and another one, so these are the complementary versions of side B of said 12” (ALDBS12004).

On the B side we find of course a dub version, mixed live in analog by Ojah in classic style. It was difficult to pick just one but we think this one is very special…

Limited edition of 500 copies, hand-stamped and hand-numbered, served in a thick custom reversed kraftliner sleeve.

Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London. Hammond & melodica by Nikolaj Torp Larsen “Nik Torp”, recorded by Nik Torp at Squat Sound Studio, London, UK, 2015. Guitars by Santi Mijarra “Puppa Shan” and Javier Martin Boix, recorded by Puppa Shan at Discoinferno, Madrid, Spain, 2018. Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, 2018. Graphic design by Victor Castro.

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On my mind - ALDBS12003

Ojah feat. Fikir Amlak & Don Fe

anding on Alchemy Dubs is our third release on 12” format, a very special collaboration between Ojah, Fikir Amlak, Don Fe and Nik Torp.

ALCHEMY DUBS PRESENTS: OJAH FEAT. FIKIR AMLAK & DON FE - ON MY MIND/REMIND

Landing on Alchemy Dubs is our third release on 12” format, a very special collaboration between Ojah, Fikir Amlak, Don Fe and Nik Torp.

The A side contains the track “On my mind”, a vocal version of Ojah’s “Mind” riddim that features beautiful vocals and harmonies by Fikir Amlak paired with inspiring and emotional lyrics. The second cut is a vocal dub version mixed in analog live by Ojah.

On the B side we find Don Fe’s excellent flute version “Remind” that takes the riddim to a different dimension with its deep and meditational melodies. The second cut on this side is a haunted flute dub version, also mixed live by Ojah in classic fashion.

The Hammond and melodica featured on both sides have been played by Nik Torp (keyboard player from The Specials) and masterfully recorded through an MCI desk that used to belong to Island Records (hundreds of seminal records were recorded through it, including for example Bob Marley’s Exodus).

Also available complementing this release is ALDBS7007, a 7” that contains an additional Hammond & melodica solo version and an additional dub.

Limited edition of 600 copies, 180g heavyweight vinyl, hand-numbered, served in a thick custom sleeve with amazing artwork by Victor Castro.

Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, UK Hammond & melodica by Nikolaj Torp Larsen “Nik Torp”, recorded by George Murphy at Eastcote Studio 1, London, UK Vocals on A1 by Fikir Amlak, recorded by Manuel Guerra Rubio at Arkchant Studio, Barcelona, Spain Flute on B1 by Don Fe, recorded by Don Fe at Don Fe Studio, Murcia, Spain Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, UK Graphic design by Victor Castro

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Mindset - ALDBS7007

Ojah feat. Nik Torp

Landing on Alchemy Dubs is our seventh release on 7” format, a special collaboration between Ojah and Nikolaj Torp Larsen “Nik Torp”, keyboard player from The Specials.

ALCHEMY DUBS PRESENTS: OJAH FEAT. NIK TORP - MINDSET/MINDSET DUB

Landing on Alchemy Dubs is our seventh release on 7” format, a special collaboration between Ojah and Nikolaj Torp Larsen “Nik Torp”, keyboard player from The Specials.

The A side contains the track “Mindset”, a Hammond and melodica version of Ojah’s “Mind” riddim, both instruments played by Nik Torp and masterfully recorded through an MCI desk that used to belong to Island Records (hundreds of seminal records were recorded through it, including for example Bob Marley’s Exodus).

Next up on the label will be a 12” featuring versions of this riddim with vocals by Fikir Amlak (“On my mind”) and flute by Don Fe (“Remind”).

On the B side we find a dub version as usual, mixed in analog live by Ojah in classic style & fashion.

Limited edition of 500 copies, hand-stamped and hand-numbered, served in a thick custom reversed kraftliner sleeve.

Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London Hammond & melodica by Nikolaj Torp Larsen “Nik Torp”, recorded by George Murphy at Eastcote Studio 1, London Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London

Graphic design by Victor Castro

Copyright Alchemy Dubs 2018

all rights reserved

www.alchemydubs.com

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