From the Unit 137 label comes this impressive second release from their resident producer Sleepy Time Ghost (see reggaemusic.org.uk 27th January 2013 for a review of his earlier EP based around the ‘Youthman Riddim’). This time round STG offers a four-track EP built upon the slow and strong roots sound of the ‘Ghost Train Riddim’. This starts with ‘Meditation’ (featuring Macka B and Zico), followed through with ‘Jah Can Read Your Thoughts’ (featuring vocals from no less than Mikey General). Next up is the remix from Hylu and Jago entitled ‘Babylon’, before the EP closes with the source rhythm track itself which will doubtless be an inspiration for further versions, mixes and dubs in the future.
Unit 137 has by now built up quite a reputation with its unique project – a South-East London-based collective of musicians, DJs, producers, vocalists and engineers, sharing their own recording studio, record label and sound system and drawing-in a whole range of contributors. Overall this new release reinforces that reputation and manages to bring together older established reggae traditions with a contemporary nu-sound system feel based on the combination of live instrumentation and studio digital production.
Sleepy Time Ghost: ‘Ghost Train Riddim’ EP released (Unit 137) on 19th April 2014 for ‘record store day’ (vinyl format); 21st April 2014 (digital format).