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Cream Of Bristol Roots Pirate! (Compiled by Dj Stryda 1994)


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The latest in the irregular cassette transmissions from Tape-Echo is a proper slice of Bristol history, straight from the personal tape collection of Dubkasm’s DJ Stryda, from 1994.

‘Cream Of Bristol Roots Pirate’ is a 90 minute collage of pirate radio fragments snatched out of the airwaves above Bristol throughout 1994, taking in the static drenched and warmly compressed broadcasts from pioneering Bristol Pirate stations Power, Ragga & Raw FM. 

A lifetime before the era of internet radio and streaming, these transmissions were spliced together on one radio tape deck, pause-button style, in one take - a mixtape of highlights, dubbed and passed on to close friends for repeat listening.

A chance loft digging session by Stryda (who is now a long time veteran of pirate radio with his Sufferah’s Choice show which has been running since the 90s) unearthed the original cassette which was given a bit of TLC at the Dubkasm studio to get it sounding tip-top, then pro-duplicated and printed. No edits, no fuss.

Drifting through a haze of shoutouts, adverts for local dances, toasting and frequency dial surf noise, with the likes of Skelly Roots, Kama Dread, Jah Lion, Ras B and more at the controls, it’s a deep-dive into the pirate waves above Bristol near-on 30 years ago and a reminder of why the city’s radio culture is so vibrant to this day.

Pro-duplicated cassette with printed onbody & J-card, strictly limited edition.