Various – Two 7″ Singles From Aggrobeat Records

by Sep 11, 2023Mini-Review, Reviews

The Prince Of Rudeness feat. The Upsessions - What A Big Thing

Release Info

Label
Aggrobeat Records
Format
7″ Vinyl in Picture Sleeve
Street date
July 1, 2023
Contact
Website Record Label

Tracklist

A. The Prince Of Rudeness feat. The Upsessions – What A Big Thing
B. The Rocksteady Conspiracy feat. Boss Capone – Trouble & Danger

In the year 2021, we became aware of Aggrobeat Records for the first time when we received a package from this record label situated in the border region between The Netherlands and Germany. Inside the package, we discovered six double-A sided 7″ singles, as well as one 12″ vinyl platter, all featuring timeless tracks from renowned artists like Laurel Aitken, The Versatiles, The Freedom Singers, The Gladiators, The Royals, and Junior Byles. Fast forward two years, and we have now received their most recent releases to be reviewed.

The Prince Of Rudeness feat. The Upsessions / The Rocksteady Conspiracy feat. Boss Capone : Judge Dread Memorial

The first single honors the memory of Judge Dread, the artist who managed to achieve chart success in the UK with his unique brand of “Rudeness Reggae” without receiving radio airplay back in the 1970s. Judge Dread became a beloved figure among Skinheads and left his mark in various other countries, including Austria. This release, called Judge Dread Memorial, is a double A-side single that showcases tracks from The Prince Of Rudeness, featuring The Upsessions, and The Rocksteady Conspiracy, featuring Boss Capone.

In the winter of 2010, The Upsessions had a chance encounter backstage with a man named Florian after performing in Vienna, Austria. Some members of the band noticed that Florian strikingly resembled the late English reggae singer, Judge Dread, who had passed away in 1998. Since the band were avid fans of Judge Dread, they decided to challenge Florian to sing some of his most popular hits. To their astonishment, Florian’s voice sounded uncannily similar to that of Judge Dread. Impressed by his talent, they gave him the nickname “The Prince of Rudeness” and embarked on a European and Brazilian tour together. As the headliners of various renowned reggae festivals, they delighted audiences by performing Judge Dread’s greatest hits. Through this collaboration, they amassed a devoted fan base. However, the one thing missing was an original song of their own. Finally, their wish was granted when Aggrobeat Records released their 7″ vinyl What A Big Thing, a song written by Boss van Trigt (also known as Boss Capone) in the distinctive Judge Dread style, complete with melodious vocals and cheeky suggestions. When listeners play the tune, they will undoubtedly notice the striking similarity between the vocal styles of The Prince of Rudeness and Judge Dread. What A Big Thing showcases clever and daring lyrics, accompanied by a chug-along riddim, and furthermore brings to the fore the good musicianship of The Upsessions.

The other A-side showcases a band consisting of talented musicians who were known for supporting artists like Dave Barker, Rico Rodriguez, Derrick Morgan, and The Pioneers during their shows in Vienna, Austria, back in the early 2000s. After ten years, they decided to venture into songwriting and formed their own group, The Rocksteady Conspiracy. Fast forward to 2022 when they invited their friend Boss Capone to Vienna, not only for some quality time but also to collaborate on a song. That collaboration resulted in the creation of the single Trouble & Danger. This infectious mid-tempo early reggae track is so catchy that it deserves multiple listens.

What A Big Thing

Trouble & Danger

Winston Groovy feat. Luddy Pioneer - Reggae Fever

Release Info

Label
Aggrobeat Records
Format
7″ Vinyl with Insert
Street date
August 1, 2023
Contact
Website Record Label

Tracklist

A. Winston Groovy feat. Luddy Pioneer – Reggae Fever
B. Winston Groovy – Dub Fever

Winston Groovy feat. Luddy Pioneer – Reggae Fever / Winston Groovy – Dub Fever

During the early 1970s, the iconic hit making group The Pioneers recorded a track called Reggae Fever, which has since gained a cult following. The song delved into the rise in popularity of reggae music and its influence on the fashion and style of skinheads. The lyrics highlighted how reggae music brings out the best in skinheads, but also offered a warning not to interfere with or obstruct them, as people fail to comprehend the profound significance of this fever to them. Ultimately, Reggae Fever conveyed deep appreciation for the impact of reggae music on the skinhead subculture. Interestingly, the song was actually a cover of the rocksteady classic Guns Fever (Blam Blam Fever) by The Valentines, who became known as The Silvertones.

After the decline of skinhead reggae, The Pioneers released a track called Reggae Fever. One of the group members, Sidney Crooks (also known as Luddy Pioneer), shifted his focus to the production side of the music industry. He produced various singles for Pama Records and started his first cooperation with Winston Groovy. The latter’s beautiful and recognisable soulful voice meshed well with the then popular lovers rock genre and his cooperation with Sidney Crooks worked out well. They worked together on numerous singles, and Sidney contributed as a composer and producer for Winston’s albums. Recently, they decided to reunite and rework The Pioneers’ classic track Reggae Fever to suit the present era. The revamped version can be enjoyed on a new 7″ single released by Aggrobeat Records, featuring the vocal and dub version, both being a joy to listen to.

Reggae Fever (feat. Luddy Pioneer)

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