Representing the UK reggae scene, veteran Macka B has a new album called "Never Played A 45", which showcases conscious words, sound and power from the original lyrics teacher.
With his deep, bassie tones and a flow to match the finest, Macka B has risen from Soundboy on UK Soundsystems to world-renowned Reggae star amassing an inspiring body of work on his 30 year journey.
Known affectionately as 'The Big Rastaman' he has taken his sharp conscious lyrics and positive outlook to every continent except Antarctica, although his coolness might stop the ice melting over there!
Macka B is inspired by H.I.M. Ras Tafari and pioneer DJ's such as U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth and Prince Far-I. He unites people, promoting our similarities and common origins while being unafraid to educate on important issues in a wholly uplifting way. This is refreshing to audiences turned off by slackness pop & electro and inward looking, shoe-gazing indie. Macka B is for real.
Macka B has collaborated with a veritable who's who of dynamic talent including Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor, Steel Pulse, Luciano, Horace Andy and Earl Sixteen. A long and successful partnership with producer Mad Professor (ARIWA) has given Macka B an international fan base with a full canon of hit albums and international tours under his belt.
Now teaming up with the Peckings Brothers and their unique access to foundation rhythms Macka delivers "Never Played A 45" an already acclaimed back to the roots five star classic.
George "Peckings" Price was one of the first to bring Reggae to the shores of the UK. Peckings was the go-to man of Jamaican Reggae stars looking to expose their work to the UK and beyond and as such had the likes of Lee 'Scratch' Perry stopping at his home in West London. This was an inspirational environment for Pecking's sons, Chris and Duke, who are now producers in their own right. With unique access to the catalogue of Coxsone Dodd of Studio 1, Duke Reid of Treasure Isle and Bunny Lee - the brothers established a successful career, winning both best label and best producer at the British Reggae Industry Awards in 2013.
With the positively dangerous combination of Macka B and the Peckings brothers, VPAL are proud to announce the release of the album "Never Played a 45". The album combines Macka B's skill of exhibiting deep thinking positivity and the Pecking's brother's re-fresh of the classic rhythms loved by all. With this team-up the album is an all killer, no filler affair and there are plenty of stand-out tunes.
The title track "Never played a 45" is an ode to vinyl lovers because "there's something about the feel of the vibe". Previously released on a 45, it sold out fast and is now highly sought after.
All tracks are voiced over a crucial selection of classic riddims like Yabby You / Tommy Mccook "Death Trap", Bunny Lee / Johnny Clarke "Every Knee Shall Bow", etc, etc, courtesy of Peckings brothers.
Key tracks - "Hail H.I.M.", "Big Thief", "Soundman", the title track, "Beautiful Naturally", "Iternal Love" and "Their God".
Great Return from the one and only Macka B !
1 - Hail H.I.M.
2 - Big Thief
3 - Soundman
4 - Never Played A 45
5 - Too Much Chicken
6 - Medical Marijuana Card
7 - Rasta Tell Dem
8 - Fire
9 - African
10 - Complaining
11 - Beautiful Naturally
12 - One Life featuring Phyllis Dillon
13 - Iternal Love
14 - Another One Gone
15 - Their God