Thursday, June 02, 2011

Riot Riddum live!

Roland (L), Bobbylon. Photo: Sonoma Message. Published in Planet, 1991

Riot Riddum Sound System (2R2S) was based around my old mates Bobbylon and Roland from Hallelujah Picassos, along with guests on the mic such as Termoana Rapley, Paulette Edwards (ex Strawpeople), Pip (Blue Marbles), Tosh (Semi Lemon Kola), Justin and Twitch. Riot Riddum Sound System started out as a side project for them with both DJing and taking turns on the mike, Roland in his gruff style,  and Bobbylon with his melodious 'singjay' style. They recorded on the Deepgrooves label.

They have been approached to spin some tunes in a DJ/MC style this weekend, at the Punky Reggae Party, on Sunday at The Kings Arms. It's been a while since 2R2S stood behind the decks so this should be a lot of fun.

Punky Reggae Party 2011 
FEATURING: The Iron Hammers feat Silva Emcee, The Solomonix + Jah Red Lion, The Lager Louts, The Last Rockers, Atsushi and The Mini Moisties, Riot Riddum Sound System, Earthtone Hi Fi feat Selecto, Printor and El Folio, Obelix, Artofficial, Peter Mac, Dubhead and Iron Will + drink specials and hot food.  
From 3pm $10 /$20 after 6pm


This song below marks their recording debut, and was recorded and produced as part of a marathon nine days of recording sessions fronted by Mark Tierney at the desk.

Eight songs ended up on the debut 'Deep Grooves' compilation release from the Deepgrooves label, which, when it started, was three partners - sound engineer Mark Tierney, Bill Latimer (owner of The Lab recording studio, where the sessions took place) and Kane Massey, who eventually took over the label when the other two partners left.

Other acts on the debut compilation were Sound Foundation, Straw People, Rhythm and business (Daniel Barnes and George Hubbard), Jules Issa (covering Dangerous Game, featured in a previous post), DLT meets the Projector (aka Mike Hodgson, later of Pitch Black), Nemesis Dub System, and Love and bass featuring Christine Fuemana.

The compilation is a landmark recording for capturing the incredible hiphop/reggae musical collisions going on in clubs and parties across central Auckland at the time, predating the Welly dub scene by at least a decade. It's vitally important music that for the most part hasn't dated in  the least. And it's sadly out of print.

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