VP Records celebrates Record Store Day with dual sound clash events at Jamaica, NY and Miramar, FL retail locations. The events featured top name DJs and a special tribute to 50th Anniversary of Rocksteady.
Saturday, April 16 was the annual celebration known as Record Store Day, the international event spotlighting independent record stores with exclusive, new music releases, now in its ninth year.
VP Records commemorated the day with dual sound system competitions at their retail locations in Jamaica Queens, NY and Miramar, FL. The New York location hosted local sound systems in an out-door sound competition featuring; King Addies, Pretty Posse, Road Intl., Platinum Kids, and Massive B, all participating in an old school, ‘vinyl only’ sound clash. “It was a spectacular event,” said Killa Boo a selector on the legendary Brooklyn sound King Addies. “We had a lot of fun out there, especially playing dub plates and finding out who (has the best) tunes.”
The New York event featured a special DJ set performed by Downbeat The Ruler, giving listeners a spin through the history rocksteady, the influential reggae sub-genre that produced a wealth of classic hits between 1966 and 1968. The set featured songs from the VP Records/ 17 North Parade release “First Class Rocksteady,” a limited edition boxed set of collectable rocksteady 7” singles released for Record Store Day to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the genre. “I thought it was great for VP to celebrate rocksteady,” said Tony Screw, selector and owner of the venerable sound system, ”I feel that rocksteady represents the best of Jamaican music even though they say (the genre) only lasted eighteen months.”
Simultaneously, a ‘vinyl only shootout’ with local sounds Peppa Box, Galaxy Sound Station, Impulse Disco, and DJ Fergie was taking place at the VP Records Miramar, FL retail store. The event was hosted by on-air personality Yvette Marshall and simulcast over the Saturday Vibes show over radio station WAVS-AM. Other radio personalities; Bigga Boss, Jah Bungy.and Waggy T were on hand for the afternoon event.
A special DJ set was performed by the legendary producer Lloyd “King Jammy” James whose early mixing work (as Prince Jammy) is featured on another Record Store Day release titled Junjo Presents “Wins The World Cup – Extra Time,” which is the lead-off release in a series of classic 1980s vocal and dub classics set for re-issue on CD and vinyl beginning in May, from VP sister label Greensleeves.
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