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


– Saturday 7th June with Channel One, Iration Steppas & Dan Man – –––––––––– Dennis Bovell, Matic Horns and Mama Marjas ––––––––

On Saturday 7th June we have a massive line-up for our first all-dayer at the Prince of Wales. 

For this one we’ve hooked up with L'Acqua at Italy’s Testa Music Festival to make this the i-fficial London launch party for the festival. Representing the Italian scene we have Don Ciccio, Mimmo Superbass, plus an exclusive live set from singer Mama Marjas.

The action will start gently on the sun terrace at 4pm, where we’ll be dropping summer vibes to accompany the Jamaican jerk BBQ, and there will also be there will be stalls selling records and mechandise. Then, in the early evening, the focus will switch to the club rooms for the the heavywieght line up.

Anyone who's been to Notting Hill Carnival or University of Dub will be familiar with the righteous sounds played by Channel One's Mikey Dread and the unique spiritual message from DJ Ras Kayleb. It's always a pleasure to welcome them at Rootikal, and as always, we look forward to hearing their selection.

Joining Channel One, and making their return to Rootikal, will be Iration Steppas' Mark Iration and Danman. Based in Leeds, Iration are veterans who have played at dub clubs and festivals the world over and have built a deservedly strong following. A frequent feature in the line up at University of Dub, Subdub and Love Dub, Mark Iration will be dropping a roots-focused selection at Rootikal.

Dennis Bovell – AKA Blackbeard – has deep history and has been a cornerstone of UK reggae music since the mid-70s as part of the Sufferer Sound system, the band Matumbi, and as a record producer. This will be Dennis’ Rootikal debut, and having heard the man dropping tunes at Carnival a couple of years ago, we can atest that he’s lost none of what made Sufferer Sound such a legend. 

Matic Horns also makes a welcome return to Rootikal and will be playing live trombone accompanyment to both Channel One’s selection and also Dennis Bovell’s (Henry Matic was a member of Matumbi with Dennis in 70s). With a killer new album produced by Mafia & Fluxy, it’s looking like 2014 will be a big year for Matic Horns.

The Rootikal crew of David Hill, Mr Faso an Stuart Patterson will also be spinning, ably assisted by Oxman on the mic, and Room 2 will be hosted by David Katz (Dub Me Always), Don Ciccio and Mimmo Superbass.

Rootikal All-Dayer with Channel One – Mikey Dread & Ras Kayleb, Iration Steppas & Dan Man, Dennis Bovell, Matic Horns, Mama Marjas Mr Faso, David Hill, Stuart Patterson, Oxman, David Katz, Don Ciccio and Mimmo Superbass.

Saturday 7th June 2014, 4pm - 4am

Admission: first 150 invites at £7, then £9 – more on the door (subject to availability). Tickets available here

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

In association with L'Acqua in Testa Music Festival Launch Party




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