ROOTIKAL DUBPLATE ARCHIVE label, Triston Palmer "Joker Smoker" dubplate cut.

Now available in stores, with previously unreleased dubplate cuts to Triston Palmer’s classics and produced by Jah Thomas, this is already a sell out in several record shops.

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The new Capital Letters 7" is available. Released by Sugar Shack Records, this remix is produced by David Hill for Rootikal Productions and engineered by Nick Manasseh at Yard Studios, West London .

The original track is included in the latest Capital Letters album 'Wolverhampton' .

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Rootikal annual Studio One special - with Aba Shanti I and live PAs from Winston Francis and Dennis Alcapone

On Saturday the 4th of October, Rootikal hosts it’s annual salute to the legendary Studio One – without doubt the most important Jamaican record label and studio of all time.

As you’d expect, the music policy of the evening is strictly Coxsone Dodd productions and we have PAs from two of the Studio One greats.

The first of which is Winston Francis – AKA King Cool – who started his recording career at Studio One in the late 60s singing the sweetest rocksteady tunes. Winston has given us the stone-cold classics 'Mr Fix-It', 'Groovy Situation' – a cover of the Gene Chandler soul smash – and the roots anthem 'Let's Go To Zion', all of which were recorded at 13 Brentford Road, and we truly honoured to have him with us on this special night.

We also have the legendary Dennis Alcapone, whose 1971 'Forever Version' LP saw him toast on versions of Coxone-produced hits. Dennis will DJ on some classic rhythms that feature on the album, like The Cables 'Baby Why', Carlton and His Shoes 'Love Me Forever' and John Holt's Marshall's 'A Love I Can Feel', before freestyling over the selectors. Again, we're honoured.

On the guest selector front we have the mighty Aba Shanti I who will be running a 100% Coxsone selection, just as he did at a festival in France a couple of years ago, which has since become legend. This is certainly not something that you see every day.

We also have Studio One specialsts Tiny T and Oxman from Ska Lavin, who will be running a deep selection or rarities and classics, and the Rootikal crew of David Hill, Stuart Patterson and Mr Faso will also be digging into their Studio One baskets.

Rootikal Studio One Special – Aba Shanti I, Dennis Alcapone, Winston Francis, Tiny T and Oxman – Ska Lavin, David Hill, Mr Faso and Stuart Patterson

Saturday 4th October 2014, 7pm - 4am

Admission: earlybird £6 tickets, then a limited number at £8, then £9 – and more on the door (subject to availability)

Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH

Conscious reggae for rootikal people

New Rootikal Selection 45 on Roots Records

The latest installment from the Rootikal crew's dig in the Midnight Rick vaults is now released. It features Michael Plamer's wicked are rare 'Cool Nuh' on the A side – only previously available as a UK blank or album track – and Matic Horns killer overdub lick on an uneleased Roots Radics riddim that was mixed at Tubbys.

Chronixx, Rodigan & Rootikal on 10th August

Chronixx – agruably the hottest artist in the new-wave of Jamaican roots – will be live at the Electric in Brixton on 10th August, together with David Ramjam Rodigan and support from Rootikal. We can't wait. The night runs 7pm to midnight and tickets are available here

Rootikal at Rodigan’s RamJam on 23rd May

Rootikal will be spinning alongside David Rodigan, Mungo's Hifi, Gentlemen's Dub Club, Mele, and many more – it’ll be a sure-fire to be a top night.

The night is at Electric in Brixton and runs 10pm to 6am. Tickets here

Rootikal and Manasseh remix Capital Letters

Bristol’s Reggae Archive Records recently gave Rootikal’s David Hill access to the multi-track tapes to some unreleased early-80s sessions by Birmingham’s Capital Letters. David worked with veteran mix expert Nick Manasseh to mix three songs, including an alternative faster and rawer take of 'Smoking My Ganja’. Reggae Archive Records will release a seven track EP in May 2014.

Rootikal at Rodigan’s Masterpiece album lanuch on 5th February

Rootikal will be spinning at the launch party for David Rodigan’s new Masterpiece compilation album for Ministry of Sound, which is at Basing House, Shoreditch, on Wednesday 5th of February.

Rootikal at Rodigan’s RamJam on 20th December

Rootikal will be spinning alongside David Rodigan and the leading players on the bass scene, including Shy FX & Liam Bailey Green, Congo Natty & Top Cat, Mala, Stylo G and many more…. It’s bound to be a top night.

The night is at Fire in Vauxhall and runs 10pm to 6am. Tickets are available here:

Rootikal produce new Talisman album

Rootikal's David Hill recently worked with Bristol veterans Talisman to produce their new album, I Surrection, which is set to be released on Sugar Shack Records on the 30th September. The album runs showcase style, with six vocals and six dubs, and features the mellifluous trombone of Matic Horns. It will be available on CD, download and limited eight track vinyl.

Rootikal to host stage at Madness House of Fun weekender

On Friday 22nd November, Rootikal will host a room at the Madness House of Fun weekender. Rootikal guests for the night are Dennis Alcapone, Natty Bo (Ska Cubana / Gaz's Rockin' Blues), Oxman, who will be performing alongside Rootikal's David Hill and Mr Faso.

Rootikal's David Hill and Ashley Beedle travel back in time to the post-ska, rocksteady sounds from the long hot summer of '67 with their mix of Cornell Campbell's 'There's A Fire'.

Utilising the Soothsayers horns parts from the original album cut (on Cornell Campbell meets Soothsayers 'Nothing Can Stop Us Now' on Strut), and of course the wonderful lead vocals, Rootikal come with an authentic slice of vintage Jamaican lawn-dance music.

Think Studio One and Treasure Isle – glorious, bumping, soul-drenched tunes from the likes Slim Smith, Alton Ellis and Phyllis Dillon, and you won't be far off.

Scheduled for release in October on a Strut 45, which will also carry the version – you can listen to the track here:

Rootikal's Mr Faso has recently put together a great hour-long mix of his favourite Rootikal Anthems – listen here:

Rootikal to mix new Talisman album

Bristol's Sugar Shack Records have commissioned Rootikal's David Hill to mix the new album by UK roots veterans Talisman. Working with Darren Morris, who engineered the Rootikal remixes of Bob Marley's 'Get Up Stand Up' and 'Natural Mystic', and also Black Roots 'Pompous Way', they start work this month, with the album scheduled for release this autumn.

Rootikal remix of Jashwha Moses 'Jah Time Has Come' released on 12" vinyl

The Rootikal crew have have just remixed 'Jah Time Has Come', a new track on the forthcoming 'No War On Earth' album from Bristol's Jashwha Moses. Jahswah previously recorded as Joshua Moses, and back in 9178 laid the UK roots anthem 'Africa Is Our Land', which was produced by Dennis Bovell. The album will be released by Sugar Shack Record in April, with the Rootikal Redub will come on a five track EP in mid-March. Click here to listen

Rootikal remix of Black Roots 'Pompous Way' released on 12" vinyl

Rootikal's David Hill and Ashley Beedle have just remixed 'Pompous Way', a new track on the forthcoming 'On The Ground' album from Bristol's Black Roots. Pulling in the talents of Darren Morris on melodica (who also played on the Rootikal mix of Bob Marley's 'Get Up Stand Up'), the Rootikal 'Humble Yourself Version' is stripped back, going into a plate-reverb heavy dubwise - click here for more info

Joey Jay interviews Augustus Pablo

August Pablo interviewed by Joey Jay on his Sunday night Word, Sound and Power show on London's Kiss FM - to listen click here

Joey Jay interview added to

Rootikal's David Hill recently interviewed Joey Jay, truly one of London's original rootsmen. To read the interview click here.

Two new Rootikal Selection 45s released

The latest pair of Rootikal Selection 45s have just hit the shops, featuring Johnny Osbourne, Matic Horns and the Roots Radics. For details click here

Rootikal remix Black Roots 'Pompous Way'

Rootikal's David Hill and Ashley Beedle have just remixed 'Pompous Way', a new track on the forthcoming 'On The Ground' album from Bristol's Black Roots. Pulling in the talents of Darren Morris on melodica (who also played on the Rootikal mix of Bob Marley's 'Get Up Stand Up'), the Rootikal 'Humble Yourself Version' is stripped back, going into a plate-reverb heavy dubwise - listen here

The 'On The Ground' album is set to drop on Sugar Shack / Bristol Archive Records in September, with the 'Pompous Way 12" following in October.

To buy a copy of the 12" vinyl click here


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Rootikal Sunday with Aba Shanti I, Earl Sixteen Sunday 20th November @ Kamio, Shoreditch

£6 - £8 tickets available here:

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Rootikal with Bunny Lee, Coxsone Outernational, Sunday 8th November @ Bedroom Bar, Shoreditch

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Rootikal and The Heatwave's Carnival Yard Dance

Monday Aug 31, Midday- 7pm.

We have found a stunning in and outdoor location for a special Carnival dance. (5 mins from Kensal Green tube and 10 mins walk from Ladbroke Grove tube). Large outdoor courtyard hosted by our friends The Heatwave for some Hot Wuk carnival bashment madness. Rootikal take care of the roots inside on our heavyweight TPI system with special guest Earl Gateshead plus Oxman on mic duty. All the positive vibes of carnival, no sound restrictions in the sunshine but with our own private toilets and bars, plus friendly security making a hassle free and super friendly dance.

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Rootikal with Aba Shanti I, Vibronics, Gladdy Wax and Tuff Scout – Friday 8th May

On Friday the 8th of May Rootikal comes back with a heavy-like-lead line up across two rooms at Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle.

Rootikal favourite Aba Shanti I will head up the main room and will joined by Vibronics with Madu Messenger, Real Roots, Stereo Chemist, Donovan Kingjay and Rootikal’s Mr Faso at the healm.

It’s the first time that Vibronics will play at Rootikal, and for those that dont know, they’ve played all the major venues on the UK dub scene and abroad since they started in 95. They've also chalked up over 40 releases on their Scoops label, and have worked on albums, singles and remixes for a host of other artists inlcuding Universal Egg and Jah Tubbys. We can’t wait.

The Selector’s Choice room is Rootikal's new alternative to the main room and it has only one music policy – that the selector is free to dig deep and pull the pieces that they really want to drop in the dance, whether it be rocksteady and ska, a Tubbys dub or some tuff dig-roots. The sound for this room will be delivered by a state-of-the-art full-range TPI system, reknowned for its clarity and weight.

Selector's Choice will host Gladdy Wax, a true veteran of the London reagge scene and a cornerstone at Notting Hill Carnival, Gil Cang of London's standard-setting Tuff Scout label, and Rootikal residents David Hill and Stuart Patterson.

The dance runs from 10pm-5am.

We’re back, in true Rootikal style and fashion.

Rootikal on Friday 8th May with Aba Shanti I, Vibronics with Madu Messenger, Gladdy Wax, Tuff Scout, Real Roots, Stereo Chemist, Donovan Kingjay and Rootikal residents

Admission: limited earlybird tickets at £6 left, then tickets at £8 – and more on the door (subject to availability) from tickettailor or Resident Advisor

Corsica Studios, 4-5 Elephant Road, London SE17 1LB

Conscious reggae for rootikal people

This Saturday – Rootikal birthday dance with Al Campbell, Channel One, Ed West and Unit 137 Sound System

On Saturday the 6th of December we celebrate our sixth birthday and we come with an all killer, no filler, Rootikal line up.

Firstly, we have the return of the great Al Campbell, his first Rootikal PA show in well over three years. Anyone with even a passing interest in reggae will know the work of Al Campbell, a singer and producer of deepest roots, most soulful lovers and the toughest dancehall. His musical career started in the 60s at Studio One and he’s still cutting great sides today. We can’t wait to hear him in session again.

The mighty Channel One will also be in the house and Mikey and Ras Kayleb will be able to deliver with weight as we’ll have the Unit 137 sound system powering the dance. It’s always a joy to have Channel One selecting at Rootikal.

From the Unit 137 crew we have Ed West, fine selector, producer and drummer in The Drop, and most recent signing to the Tru Thoughts label via their new Sharp And Ready sound system music A&R. Ed is joined by RTKal on the mic, and there is also DJ set from Unit 137 head honcho, Hylu.

The Rootikal crew of David Hill, Stuart Patterson, Mr Faso will also be running tunes, with UK Principal joining them on the mic, and in room 2 we have Real Roots and Stereochemist.

The evening will begin on POW's new covered and heated winter terrace, and Rootikal will be the first Saturday night event to use this new space.

Rootikal birthday dance with Al Campbell, Channel One – Mikey Dread & Ras Kayleb, Unit 137 – Ed West, RTKal & Hylu, David Hill, Mr Faso, Stuart Patterson, UK Principal, Real Roots and Stereochemist. Powered Unit 137 Sound System.

Saturday 6th December 2014, 9pm - 5am

Admission: only 20 earlybird tickets at £6 left, then some at £9 – and it will be more on the door (subject to availability) from tickettailor or Resident Advisor

Prince of Wales, 467-469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH

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Friday 24th October at Trapeze, EC2A

On Friday, 4th October two of London’s top reggae crews come together for the first time for a night of pure revival sounds from the 60s through to the 80s.

Tim P and Mistah Brown – with Papa Face on the mic – will be representing the Tighten Up crew, while Rootikal residents David Hil, Mr Faso and Stuart Patterson will come with Oxman on the mic.

Venue for the session is Trapeze, the venue that was previously East Village, home to Rootikal for over five years.

The session starts at 10.00pm and runs until 3.30am, last entry 1am, photo ID required. There are a limited number of early bird tickets available from Tickettailor or Resident Advisor at £5, £7-9 on the door.

Trapeze Basement Club (formerly East Village), 89 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HX


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