Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Ark
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12" Vinyl Single (Limited Edition)
January 22, 2017

Artist & tune
  • Inés Pardo - Sound System (Extended)
  • Don Fe - Sound System Instrumental / Lone Ark Riddim Force - Sound System Version
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In 1997, singer, musician, producer, & sound engineer Roberto Sánchez from Santander, Spain, founded A-Lone Productions with the aim to keep alive the '70s roots sound and recording techniques. Since then we've been treated to recordings and production works reminiscent of the heyday of reggae music in Jamaica. Not only did he establish his name with projects like Better Collie, BDF (Basque Dub Foundation), Loud & Lone, Spuer Ape and Lone Ark, but also collaboration albums with artists like Earl Zero, Milton Henry, The Viceroys, Earl Sixteen, Alpheus and Noel Ellis received critical acclaim and attracted a lot of attention from reggae addicts and connoiseurs alike. Now, on its 20th Anniversary, A-Lone Productions launches its new label called Ark with the release of a 12" vinyl single.

Side A features Inés Pardo, who grew up in a family of singers and musicians. She learned to sing in traditional and classical music choirs. She developed her interest in modern music, mainly soul music, but extended to reggae when she started working with producer Roberto Sánchez, recording backing and lead vocals for Lone Ark's 2006 album "Oil & Water", which included her song "Everyday Task". After that she has learned the ways of reggae music through singing with sound systems in dancehalls as well as recording dubplates and solo material for labels like Roots & Fyah and Far Star. "Sound System", a song taken from Inés Pardo's upcoming debut album called "One Sister", fully shows that her vocal style is clearly influenced by roots music. Inés Pardo's warm and powerful voice blends perfectly well with the intoxicating riddim track. A wicked tune tailor-made for play on full sound system in the dance. On the flipside it's Don Fe, a British producer and musician based in Murcia, Spain, who blows the flute on the nice sounding "Sound System Instrumental", while Lone Ark Riddim Force's "Sound System Version" shows that the spirit of their brand new riddim owes a lot to the style of British bands from the '70s like Aswad.

Only 500 copies pressed, so get yourself a copy while you can!