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September 14, 2010
CAS HALEY'S CONNECTION OUT NOW
"The newest Easy Star release, Cas Haley's CONNECTION, is out today! Please support Cas and Easy Star by picking up a copy at your local record store, online, in our webstore or anywhere else.

Here's a message Cas sent directly to his fans today:

I just wanted to shoot a quick email out to let you know that my new album, "Connection" comes out today on iTunes, online, and in stores. I hope that you'll decide to give it a listen. I'm so proud of the songs that are on it, and I can't wait for you to hear them.

Early sales in an album release helps an artist to really spread the word about their music, and I'd be so grateful if you would buy the album or a few songs when you have a free moment, and please tell your friends! The social network mentions are not going unnoticed. I see them, and I appreciate them more than you know. The love and support that you have shown to myself and my family over the past few years is so amazing, and I truly appreciate it.

Oh, and feel free to rate the album and comment! I read everything that you guys say, and I love hearing your thoughts.

Again, thank you all for your support. I am so touched by it. It's a beautiful thing.

Love and respect,
Cas Haley

So you heard the man, go pick up the record! Get it at iTunes or Amazon or the Easy Star webstore or at your local record store (if you are lucky enough to still have one where you live). " More info »

September 07, 2010
IPHONE SNEAK PEEK OF DUBBER SIDE OF THE MOON
"This one has been rumored for years, but it's finally about to drop: DUBBER SIDE OF THE MOON by the Easy Star All-Stars! Dubber Side features bass heavy remixes and dub versions of the complete DUB SIDE OF THE MOON album by progressive and legendary producers, including GROOVE CORPORATION, MAD PROFESSOR, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, 10 FT GANJA PLANT, DUBPHONIC, DREADZONE, SCIENTIST, KALBATA, THE ALCHEMIST, DUBMATIX, LIQUID AGENTS, VICTOR RICE, BORDER CROSSING, J.VIEWZ and more. The record comes out October 26 in most territories (Oct 18 in the UK). There will be a colored vinyl LP version coming out at the same time as well.

We’ve just posted two sneak peek tracks (The Alchemist’s remix of “Money” and Dubphonic’s “The Great Gig In The Sky”) to the Easy Star All-Stars iPhone app. So if you have the app – check ‘em out! And if you don’t, download it to your iPhone. For everyone else, don’t worry – we’ll post them everywhere else soon.

Look to pre-order Dubber Side via ITunes starting the week of September 21, the same week the Easy Star All-Stars kick off a California tour with Cas Haley opening. " More info »

August 10, 2010
LIVE TRIBUTE TO SUGAR MINOTT IN NYC AUG 17
"Easy Star is proud to be involved with an upcoming tribute in honor of Lincoln "Sugar" Minott. The concert, presented by Ghetto Roots NYC, will be held at S.O.B.s in New York City on August 17.

The tribute includes an evening of early dancehall, reminiscing, and a live stageshow featuring performances by a host of Sugar's friends family, including Sammy Dread, Yami Bolo, Judah Eskinder Tafari, K-Vibes, Mikey Jarret, and more. The backing band will be the Easy Star Band, led by Easy Star's Michael Goldwasser. Music will be provided by NYC sound systems Majestic Twinsound, Downbeat the Ruler, and Culture Jam with Bobby Channel1 and Jeff Sarge.

Proceeds from the show will be given to Sugar Minott's family, so please come out to support, enjoy the music, and remember the amazing talent of Sugar Minott. " More info »

July 27, 2010
CAS HALEY SINGLE OUT NOW, ALBUM PRE-ORDER
"The first single from the upcoming Easy Star debut album by singer/songwriter Cas Haley comes out today on iTunes and Amazon. The single features three tracks: the single itself, "Better," along with a reggae remix by our own Michael G and a non-album bonus track, a live version of Peter Tosh’s "Legalize It." Please support the release by picking this up! Order it at iTunes or Amazon. If you like it, add a review.

Meanwhile, if that whets your appetite, or if you have already been waiting to get your hands on the whole release, you can now pre-order the album (release date is Sept 14). If you are a futurist and like your music digital only, go to iTunes to order. That version comes with two bonus tracks. If you are still buying physical CDs, you can get it through the Easy Star store, along with a brand new tee shirt (navy for men, pink sporty v-neck for women). The first 100 CDs ordered will be signed by Cas himself! You can also pre-order the physical CD through Amazon More info »

July 11, 2010
SUGAR MINOTT, R.I.P. 1956 - 2010
"The Easy Star family was shocked to learn today of the passing of one of the greatest reggae singers of all time. Sugar Minott, born Lincoln Minott in 1956 in Kingston, died yesterday of a heart attack, though information is sketchy at this point. We are in shock over here, as Sugar has played an enormous role both in the history of reggae and also in the development of Easy Star Records.

Sugar began his career in his early teens as a member of the African Brothers in the early 1970s. In the mid to late '70s, he was one of the first artists to began recording new songs over classic Studio One riddims, helping to create the concept of modern dancehall in the process. His early hits, like "Mr. DC" and "Vanity" and "River Jordan" are cornerstones of modern reggae, still heard in dancehalls throughout the world on a regular basis. He was also one of the first artists of that era to strike out on his own as a producer and sound system operator, forming the Black Roots record label and the Youth Promotion Sound System. He released the seminal album GHETTO-OLOGY in 1979, which spawned a number of hits and helped usher in the next phase of his career. As a singer, producer, teacher, and mentor, Sugar had a profound influence on reggae music over the past 35 years.

At the same time, he was a huge part of Easy Star Records. He was one of the first established reggae stars to record with the label, cutting "Born In The Ghetto (Have Mercy)" for EASY STAR VOLUME ONE. After that, Easy Star re-issued GHETTO-OLOGY + DUB, as well as two volumes of HIDDEN TREASURES, which were hand picked tracks from the Black Roots label, with many songs never having been released on CD before. We then released RARE GEMS, which featured some great hard to find Sugar tracks. Lastly, we put out a compilation of African Brothers recordings called WANT SOME FREEDOM (now out of print).

In addition to these releases, Sugar played a large role on the tribute albums by the Easy Star All-Stars. He sings a stunning version of "Exit Music (For A Film)" on RADIODREAD. He killed "When I'm 64" on LONELY HEARTS, which had an arrangement inspired heavily by Sugar's own hit "Herbman Hustling." And he surely would have been involved with the next album, as he had one of the greatest voices in reggae and we loved to hear him sing anything we put to him. The simplest way to put it is that Sugar knew how to sing; he brought soul to everything. He had never heard Radiohead when he came to cut "Exit Music," but he quickly caught on to the emotion of the lyric and made his version so powerful. It's one of those songs where it sounds like it was written with him in mind to sing!

Our love goes out to Sugar's family and all of his fans. We are stunned to have lost someone so talented and important to the genre at such a young age. As more info about Sugar and his death come through, we will update everyone. " More info »


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