The second Alpha Steppa Meets Alpha & Omega release in the ‘Dub Dynasty’ series features the legendary Gregory Isaacs, one of the most talented reggae artists of all time. Gregory passed away recently and this release comes as a tribute to the ‘Cool Ruler’ himself who will be greatly missed. The exclusive Gregory vocal was recorded in London by A&O and Jonah Dan and is presented to you by Steppas Records on this new dubstep- meets-UK dub EP. This exciting release showcases not only a unique combination of Jamaican reggae, UK dub and dubstep but also represents the sound of two generations of UK dub music.

“Heavy reggae riddim …
this is how to put
the dub in dubstep”

MIXMAG

Pre-order :
Cargo Records
HMV

アルファステッパ
HMV Japan

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“Heavy reggae riddim. Though recorded only weeks before his death, and audibly frail, Gregory Isaacs still has great presence on this – and Ben Alpha Steppa, whose dad and aunt are legendary Bristol dub duo Alpha & Omega, turns in a steady and truly dubwise steppers’ rhythm to do him proud. Laced with amazing echo FX, this is how to put the dub in dubstep.”

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Joe Muggs MIXMAG

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Cat Number AS0211
Release Date 28-February-2011
Distribution Ernie B, Cargo Records, Dubwise
Format Ltd Ed 12″ Vinyl (with OBI strip) & Download
Track Listing
A1. Alpha Steppa – Crucial Steppa 4:18
A2. Alpha Steppa – Officer Dub 4:44
B1. Alpha & Omega – Know & Understand 3:05
B2. Alpha & Omega – Gregory’s Dub 3:05

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Plus Limited Edition OBI Strips for early birds! [what's an OBI strip?]

The Jamaican legend and reggae icon died last October aged 59, Gregory was a prolific singer, songwriter and producer, he released over 500 albums during a career in Jamaican music spanning four decades!

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“Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed”

GREGORY’S WIFE

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“Isaacs’s slightly nasal voice and intimate, sensual delivery made him ideally suited to the mellow “lovers’ rock” ballad style then popular with reggae fans in Britain, where he spent much of his later life. During the mid- and late Seventies, however, when his popularity in Jamaica began to rival that of figures such as Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, his output was equally focused on “roots reggae” themes concerning the daily struggle for survival in Jamaica’s tough ghettos. Nicknamed “The Cool Ruler”, Isaacs was a dapper-dressed performer who almost always sported a distinctive fedora and three-piece suit on stage. He co-founded his own African Museum label, on which he released much of his prodigious output. To finance such productions, he made many recordings for other high-profile Jamaican producers, among them Joe Gibbs, Barrington Levy, King Jammy, King Tubby, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sly & Robbie, and Steely & Clevie. His commercial peak coincided with an addiction to crack cocaine and a spell in prison after being found guilty on a firearms charge, after which both his health and career faltered. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 2007 he declared: “Drugs are a debasing weapon. It was the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid – the Cocaine High School. I learnt everything, and now I’ve put it on the side.”

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