LOCKDOWN HOPE / LOCKDOWN DUB (ALDBS7014)

OJAH FEAT. DON FE

For our first release of the year we present to you our fourteenth 7”, a new collaboration between Ojah and Don Fe.

The A side contains the track “Lockdown Hope”, which was written and recorded during the first lockdown of 2020. It’s an uplifting track that invites the listener to dance and dream, bringing optimism with a mix of tough yet alluring militant drums that contrast with the ethereal and inspiring melodies of Don Fe’s flute.

On the B side we find “Lockdown Dub” a stripped down dub version mixed by Ojah that we hope will give you that Sound System dance vibe that we’re all missing (we can’t wait until those days are back!)

Limited edition, hand-stamped and served in a thick custom reversed kraftliner sleeve. Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London. Flute by Don Fe, recorded at Don Fe Studio, Murcia, Spain Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, 2020. Graphic design by Victor Castro.

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NOTTING HILL / NOTTING HILL DUB (ALDBS7013)

OJAH FEAT. NIK TORP

We present to you our last release of this bizarre year, thirteenth release on 7” format, a new collaboration between Ojah and Nik Torp, keyboard player from The Specials.

The A side contains the track “Notting Hill”, a tribute to the famous carnival (greatly missed this year) featuring sounds of the vintage and rare Yamaha SK-20 organ played by Nik over a riddim formed by 80’s & 90’s synths and drum machines. Underlying the whole riddim is the recording of a baby’s heartbeat in the womb.

On the B side we find a dub version as is customary, sparse and full of fx, reminiscent of those open air dub sessions at Notting Hill Carnival, mixed live by Ojah on his analog console.

Limited edition of 350 copies, hand-stamped and hand-numbered, served in a thick custom reversed kraftliner sleeve.

Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London.

Organ by Nik Torp, recorded at Eastcote Studio 4, London.

Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, 2020.

Graphic design by Victor Castro.

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RESILIENCE / RESILIENCE DUB (ALDBS7012)

OJAH FEAT. CHAZBO & YUURI BAMBOO

We present to you our twelfth release on 7” format, a collaboration between Ojah, Chazbo & Yuuri Bamboo.

The A side contains the track “Resilience”, a melodica version over a 90’s inspired steppers riddim. The first verse is played by UK Dub legend Chazbo, while the second verse is played by Japanese melodica player Yuuri Bamboo, bringing to the table two unique and different yet complementary melodica styles. On the B side we find a hypnotic and adventurous stripped-down dub version, reminiscent of those early morning dubs at a Shaka session, mixed live in analog by Ojah at his studio.

Limited edition of 350 copies, hand-stamped and hand-numbered, served in a thick custom reversed kraftliner sleeve. Produced by Ojah, recorded at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London. Melodica by Chazbo & Yuuri Bamboo, recorded at Roots Temple Studio, Japan. Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, 2020. Graphic design by Victor Castro.

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Rebels /Rebels Dubs (ALDBS7011)

Ojah feat. Dan Bowskill

We present to you our eleventh release on 7” format, a collaboration between Ojah and UK singer Dan Bowskill, a.k.a. Danny Vibes.

The A side contains the track “Rebels”, a modern roots vocal performance by Dan over a new steppers riddim. These lyrics first appeared on his collaboration with Russ Disciples in 2013 and is now given a completely new perspective and delivery over this riddim.

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 350 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 Dan Bowskil Mixed & mastered by Oscar Pablos “Ojah" at Alchemy Dubs Studio, London, 2020. Graphic design by Victor Castro.

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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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