Archive for August, 2011

A Notting Hill Carnival warm-up party on the Cowley Road.
The world’s #1 reggae selector.
One of the best live reggae acts anywhere.
One hell of a party.

At 60 years of age, David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan is the unlikely figurehead of reggae sound system culture in the UK and around the world. Rodigan presents a two-hour reggae show on Kiss FM every Sunday night and, between radio appearances, is one of the most in-demand club DJs in the world. He has clashed with every reggae sound system of note – and won. He has championed and helped to break artists like Barrington Levy, Aswad and Sean Paul in the UK, and is revered in Jamaica. He also looks a bit like Phil Silvers.

More on David Rodigan and Count Skylarkin’s tribute playlist here

We first came across the excellent LAID BLAK in 2009 when they joined Count Skylarkin in supporting The Wailers on their UK tour. Now signed to Tricky’s BrownPunk label, the Bristolian seven-piece have scored a massive underground hit with their single ‘RED’ (and a myriad of remixes), earning rave reviews and constant rotation on BBC 1Xtra, Choice and Kiss FM. Listen here.

Live, the expanded line-up span roots reggae, ska, dancehall, jungle, dubstep and hip-hop – with their heads in the bass bins and feet firmly on the dancefloor. Featuring the superhuman talents of:

MC Joe Peng – Vocals
Flex – Vocals
DJ Bunjy
Fingerz – Organ
Lupo – Bass
Rich – Drums
Ollie – Guitar

Last seen supporting Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry on tour and wowing crowds all over Europe. Check the new single ‘BRISTOL LOVE‘:


Friday August 26th
O2 Academy, Oxford
190 Cowley Road
10pm-4am, £10 advance



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In existence for more than a decade and once described as ‘the Harlem Globetrotters of the Oxford scene”, it’s surprising but true that Dubwiser have never played at Skylarkin’ Soundsystem – until now. Featuring local rasta legend Jonas, The Upsetters’ Spider Johnson and Madness collaborator Paul Tadman, Dubwiser have supported the likes of The Wailers and Lee Scratch Perry. Expect to hear sides from their debut long-player ‘A Crack In Paradise’ (to be released on September 19th), vibrant roots reggae and heavy, heavy bass.

Also known (and surprisingly famous in Cornwall) by his Italian alter-moniker ‘Dante Gabriel’, mysterious mash-up merchant Tenoshi returns to Skylarkin’ for a third time to lay siege to The Cellar’s dancefloor once more. Musical credits include playing trumpet for Roots Manuva, jamming with Procol Harum and paintballing with Rolf Harris.

Just back from three months backpacking round South America, it remains to be seen if Indecision will turn up sporting a questionable haircut, a penchant for tie-dye or some “bohemian” facial hair. No doubting that he’ll be well loaded up with dancehall and bass bangers though.


Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 2nd September at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
9pm-3am | £5 advance/door
£4 before 11pm for Brookes Bass Associates

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