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MIMS Guest Mix: Joe from Jamwax (France)

Reggae Soul

Joe is the founder at Jamwax, a label dedicated to mostly (but not restricted to) Jamaican music.

Since December 2013, Jamwax has been reissuing rare & obscure songs from the island in the sun, Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago, and also Nigeria. With his partner Nico (that joined Jamwax in 2015), they do their best to release “The Future Sounds Of Yesterday’s Dreams” and give a second life to recordings they love to help the artists/producers behind them.

“Rocksteady is for me the most beautiful music Jamaica ever made. Unfortunately, it was popular for only two years, from 1966 – 1968 before reggae music took over. By legend, Rocksteady replaced ska music because of a heat wave in summer 1966 which caused the musicians to slow down the tempo (ska music is usually quite fast).

I am in love with this music because the songs are all beautiful, and on the original pressings you really can hear the studio vibes (most of the recordings are made in one shot). You hear all the details, the musicians far or close to the microphone, and the little errors that made those recordings totally unique. Most of Rocksteady songs are love songs, usually sung by someone who is declaring their love for someone else.

This mix was done in one shot with strictly 7’’ vinyl, made only with original pressings, so all the records are between 49 and 51 years old… expect a little surface noise! But, as John Peel once said “life has surface noise”. Only one reissue is played in this mix, and it’s the one from Jamwax, “Venus”, one of the most beautiful rocksteady love tunes sung by the great Winston Francis. A lot of the songs played in this mix are extremely rare.”




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