Sat 6 November, 2021
Photographs: Amadeus Brzezinski
At the tail end of September we visited the Hometown Promotion lockup to chat about their most recent venture: Raggamuffin Records. Starting as an online lockdown project Raggamuffin's monthly pop up events have garnered a cult following amongst Glasgow's vinyl diggers and dub lovers, their tucked away location primed for alleyway barbecues and late night lock ins alike.
Having spent the day talking music we got to see the Hometown team in action, learning what it was that drove them to start their sound system. At the core of it was a distinct love for dub's culture and its rich history, their across-the-counter recommendations often backed by anecdotal stories spanning the breadth of reggae's fascinating timeline. Plucking books from the shelves and pointing to sepia toned pictures or trawling through discogs worm holes to find the song to match seemed to be just another day at Raggamuffin. However Hometown Promotion - in ethos - goes above and beyond a good party or a vast selection, their system's name being a subtle hat tip to the life and work of reggae giants King Tubby and Sugar Minott. Just like their namesake systems Hometown see the power of music as a means of instilling a sense of community. Its partly this infectious mentality that kept us at the Raggamuffin lock up: sharing jokes, stories, pizza, beer and music, well into the late night hours. It's also the reason we'll be back again soon.
We've asked James from Hometown to select some of his favourite sounds, both recent and old, that inspired the system and its parties. Welshy, Campeazi and Sippa Seb chip in too, so if 'you like your bird's maw and your dumplings raw' - keep scrolling.
King Kong - Unity
Unity / Tempo
Massive B, 7" (Unknown)
'A favourite cut with us on a classic riddim called Tempo, King Kong talks about having unity within your community, ridding the world of war and looking after each other'
Nicodemus - Mother In Law
Moods International Records, 12" (1992)
'Complete and utter party starter, even if you like yer birds maw and your dumplings raw'
Papasan - Acid
Main St., 7" (1993)
'Another one that gets the place rocking every time, it's one of our favourite versions on the milestone sleng teng riddim.'
Mikey Murka - Ride The Riddim
Ride The Riddim
Ruddy & Redeye Original Sounds, 7" (1986)
'Timeless Ribs production, head honcho of Unity Sound System. This one is THE UK 80's dancehall vibe.'
Tony Tuff - Mix Me Down
Mix Me Down
Kaya Records, 12" (1984)
'A Hometown favourite for many years, close to our hearts, live and dedicated to Supa Simon.'