Blue and Red Featuring Mikey Dread Rastafari Way 12″ Vinyl Pre Order





Bristol-based roots imprint 2 Kings are proud to release “Rastafari Way” by Blue Red featuring Mikey Dread, on vinyl 12” and download formats. The track’s stunning vocal was recorded by the late, great Mikey Dread in Kingston Jamaica, as part of the Time Will Tell project in 1996, at Jungle Red studio in Duhaney Park. 2 Kings producer Andy Scholes, working with engineer Dennis “Chunky” Hutchinson, recorded a set of vocals in Kingston, most of which were published on Time Will Tell, but this gem has never been available on public release. For those unfamiliar with Mikey Dread’s body of work, he was a pivotal force in the meeting of reggae and the burgeoning UK punk movement in the late 70s and early 80s, producing The Clash’s seminal “Bankrobber” in 1980. Originally recorded on one of the Bristol-penned Blue Red rhythms in Time Will Tell, “Rastafari Way” has now been reworked by Rob Smith (Blue Red, Smith Mighty and RSD), who is currently locked down by the pandemic in New Zealand, at the Te Henga Studio in Auckland. The 2 nd dub on the imprint’s reverse even features the squawk of a “Kiwi Chicken” – if that is even a thing. The tune’s memorable vocal performance has a haunting, meditative quality that sits perfectly on the heavy, warm and beautifully produced rhythm track, with a main cut on the A-side, and 2 dubs on the reverse. 2KR12-009 “Rastafari Way” – Blue Red featuring Mikey Dread is released on 12th April


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