Level Up! – Artwork by Kim Laughton
In January 2010, Uprooted Sunshine were honored to host Distrupt and Soom T from the Jahtari camp for our first Shanghai By Bus session of this decade! If you don’t know Jahtari by now, check out their site here and a little intro on what they are about here. The session was huge, with Distrupt’s heavy 8-bit riddims shaking down The Shelter and Soom’s unparalleled flow riding the sounds like no other! Before their visit to Shanghai, Distrupt sent over a few riddims for ChaCha to record on, and the result of which came in the ‘Bass Shelter’ EP which was released at the session.We still have a handful of these hand stamped, hand numbered cds left, so if you would like to buy one email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the session at The Shelter, The Uprooted MC’s (Didje, ChaCha, Esia and Arminda) stepped up to the mic and laid down some great verses on some tough Jahtari riddims, and it was immediately apparent that these tunes couldn’t just stay as late night freestyles so we had to lay them down in the studio. After a few months of rehearsals and studio sessions, the MC’s came up with 11 new Jahtari versions, each one a monster! If you caught Uprooted on their 5th Anniversary Tour of China with Clive Chin and Twice last year you will probably have heard some of these tracks already go off in the dance, some seriously heavy tunes! All the tracks were mastered by Kyle Ching.
Now the tracks are recorded, what to do with them? Uprooted’s king selector – Blaise Deville took the controls and has put together yet another killer Uprooted mixtape! Mixing together the Uprooted versions with some classic Jahtari goodness, a bunch of Shaw Brothers samples, a handful of drops and some slick cuts and mixes, we are proud and excited to bring you LEVEL UP! – A Jahtari X Uprooted mixtape!!
Level Up! is now up for download here (but be quick, limited to only 100 downloads) – and will be streaming on the Jahtari site very soon. Keep your eyes peeled for a very special release later in the year, and the long over-due return of Jahtari in Shanghai!!