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Blue & Red feat. Mikey Dread - Rastafari Way


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Excavated recordings of the late Mikey Dread, recorded in Kingston 1996 by Bristol stalwart Andy Scholes of 2 Kings Fame, and now released on a rhythm produced by Rob Smith aka RSD aka Blue & Red!

Check the full info from 2 Kings HQ for all you need to know on this wicked plate:

"Bristol-based roots imprint 2 Kings are proud to release “Rastafari Way” by Blue Red featuring Mikey Dread, on vinyl 12” and download formats. The track’s stunning vocal was recorded by the late, great Mikey Dread in Kingston Jamaica, as part of the Time Will Tell project in 1996, at Jungle Red studio in Duhaney Park.

2 Kings producer Andy Scholes, working with engineer Dennis “Chunky” Hutchinson, recorded a set of vocals in Kingston, most of which were published on Time Will Tell, but this gem has never been available on public release. For those unfamiliar with Mikey Dread’s body of work, he was a pivotal force in the meeting of reggae and the burgeoning UK punk movement in the late 70s and early 80s, producing The Clash’s seminal “Bankrobber” in 1980.

Originally recorded on one of the Bristol-penned Blue Red rhythms in Time Will Tell, “Rastafari Way” has now been reworked by Rob Smith (Blue Red, Smith Mighty and RSD), who is currently locked down by the pandemic in New Zealand, at the Te Henga Studio in Auckland. The 2nd dub on the imprint’s reverse even features the squawk of a “Kiwi Chicken” – if that is even a thing. The tune’s memorable vocal performance has a haunting, meditative quality that sits perfectly on the heavy, warm and beautifully produced rhythm track, with a main cut on the A-side, and 2 dubs on the reverse."

Served up via the good ship Henry & Louis / 2 Kings, on a good old 12" disc!

RSD aka Blue & Red on re-mix production, Andy Scholes on executive production - the original Mikey Dread (RIP!) on vocals

Recorded at Jungle Red Studios, Kingston,
Remixed by Blue & Red in Te Henga Studios, Auckland - New Zealand

Rastafari Way

Rastafari Way (dub version)

Rastafari Way (Chicken dub version)