Playlist: Soothsayers (May 2017)


Instead of foreseeing the future, we asked them to retrace their music past and recall their influences.

On the eve of their new EP (Speak to My Soul) launch at Battersea Arts Centre part of Borderless festival, Soothsayers compiled for us a playlist illustrating the roots and development of their sound.


Jazz, reggae, afrobeat and beyond…..Soothsayers have many different influences united by a strong sense of groove, real, organic musicianship, a quest for spiritual, meditative contemplation, and a dub sensibility for sonic tweaking and heavy heavy bass. This playlist is a very short introduction to some of the music that has inspired us and continues to inspire us along the way“.



John Coltrane Quartet - Out Of This World

The John Coltrane Quartette - COLTRANE (Impulse Stereo 9027-21, Canada) SideA/Track1: Out Of This World

Studio One Rockers - Cedric Brooks - Ethiopia

Album available to buy: iTunes: Amazon: The music on Studio One Rockers covers all areas of Reggae such as Ska, Rocksteady, Roots and Dancehall, all areas in which Studio One led the field. Studio One Rockers features many legendary Studio One tracks brought together for the first time by Soul Jazz Records. From the beginning of Reggae, when the Skatalites developed a new sound of Ska in 1962 up until today, Studio One has been the number one innovator in Jamaican music. Included in this compilation are classic Ska tracks ("Phoenix City"), Rocksteady ("Feel Like Jumping"), Roots music ("Truth and Rights"), Dancehall (Freddy McGregor, Michigan and Smiley) and many more.

Bob Marley and The Wailers "Caution" (Lyrics-Letras) [HQ Audio)]


Hector Plimmer - Shiver

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Soothsayers - Eagle Song (Official Video) out May

Order vinyl: Buy/stream digital: Director: Yan Murawski Photography : Matt Fox Dancer : Sherrine Kayra Anderson Editor : Yan Murawski Wah Wah 45s are proud to present the first release from Afro-dub stalwarts and brand new signings, Soothsayers. Having been fans of this influential South London based outfit for the best part of two decades now, it's come as a great thrill to finally, officially welcome them to the fold. These four brand new recordings, issued rather beautifully on ten-inches of wax with bespoke sleeve artwork and featuring the imagery of Polish photographer Kazimierz Zagórski, draw from the kaleidoscope of influences that have forged the Soothsayers sound. For the new listener they provide a window into the world of a band that have explored myriad forms, developing the groove and philosophy that originally shepherded these musicians onto a common path. For the seasoned fan, these tracks provide a fresh take on some live favourites, including re-workings of Afro-jazz favourites, and expansive vocal versions of classic Soothsayer dubs. Blinded Souls is a fresh recording of a bubbling Afrobeat tune, first released on Soothsayers sophomore album, Tangled Roots. Simple, direct, chanted harmonies deliver a lyrical message lamenting the "long works hours culture" and modern materialistic priorities. Gritty rhythmic horns, jazzy Rhodes and analogue synths combine perfectly with an Afro break-beat for the three part vocal blend to ride on - this version was mixed by legendary dub wizard Nick Manasseh. Eagle Song provides some soaring spiritual jazz and is a new version of a piece that was recorded for Soothsayers' debut LP, Lost City. It's a deeply grooving instrumental that has been an energetic high point of the band's live shows. Sax and trumpet improvisation and interplay, tight ensemble playing and a gritty mix by Rhys Adams at Yesking Studios make this a highlight. Roll River Roll is a tough yet soulful dub cut that lays the perfect sonic bed for Soothsayers' three part harmonies, paying respect to the great Jamaican vocals groups like Culture, The Gladiators and The Mighty Diamonds. The rhythm is a reworking of a version from an earlier recording, Red Earth Dub, with a vocal written in the midst of a chaotic world with a calling to get back to our roots and learn from the natural world. Finally, Refugee, written in tribute to all resilient humans uprooted from their homeland and coping with the struggles of relocation, is a new version of the instrumental Salaam Shalom that featured Soothsayers horns, and was produced by Nick Manasseh for the Roots Garden label. There but for the grace of God go we! Previous radio support comes from Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, David Rodigan, Don Letts, Robert Elms and many more worldwide.


Soothsayers new single release available on 7" vinyl and download on Red Earth Records - REDE016. Video production by Yan Murawski - special thanks to Miles Romans Hopcraft , Mathew Fox DOP and Chris Williams - Camera. Distribution by Kudos Records. Get it from your local record store or through i tunes , Amazon etc.

Resonators - Papa Daddio (Official Video)

Directed and edited by Alex Forster Filmed by Evelyn and Fitzroy Houston Papa Daddio is the new single from Resonators - out March 24th on Wah Wah 45s. Papa Daddio is from the beautiful album Imaginary People. Brought together from Brighton's diverse and thriving arts scene and a love of the hypnotic, spontaneous and psychedelic sounds of dub, Resonators is a band blurring genre boundaries and carving their own niche within the ever- evolving sounds of dub-reggae. 2016 saw them release their third album, Imaginary People, described by as "nine tracks of beautifully crafted, exquisite roots reggae". Papa Daddio - the third single to be drawn from that album, sees Kassia Zermon, one of the band's two uniquely talented front-women, take on lead vocal duties. It's a bittersweet tale of the stresses and strains of the parent-child relationship where ominous, dark dub elements contrast perfectly with Kassia's deliciously sweet vocal tones. Drawing on the collective input of its nine members, the band create a sound atypical of the reggae scene. Ranging from the haunting and melancholy, to soulful lovers-rock style and a leaning towards the deep and heavy, Resonators' music is influenced in equal parts by UK sound system culture, classic roots reggae and a diverse musical background. The past decade has seen the band play legendary venues, including the Brixton Academy and Brighton Dome, and major festivals across the UK and Europe like Glastonbury, Dour and Outlook as well as supporting a vast array of acts - Jimmy Cliff, Fat Freddy's Drop, Lee Scratch Perry and Horace Andy to name a few. Resonators have received continued radio support across their three album releases with airplay on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6Music and a live session on Radio 4's 'Loose Ends'.

Fela Kuti - J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop!!)

J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop!!) (1977) Fela Kuti Part 1 & 2 from the LP Johnny Just Drop!! (CD release 1997) This video is part of a series of songs being posted on Fela's official YouTube channel ( each featuring, alongside the music, an informative commentary by Afrobeat Historian, Chris May. The entire catalogue, released on Kntting Factory Records, is available on the Fela website (, along with documentaries and recorded concerts, CDs and vinyl, tee shirts, posters and many other items.

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - The Ratcatcher


Ebo Taylor - Atwer Abroba

Taken from the LP "Life Stories", released on Strut Records in 2011. Originally released on "Twer Nyame" LP on Philips records in 1977 and re-issued by Superfly Records in 2012.

Aswad ‎- Warrior Charge

Aswad ‎- Warrior Charge Aswad ‎- Dub Charge Island Records 1980
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