From the Sub Swara vault there existed a riddim known as “Smokin”. Appearing elusively on one of their infamous mixes/podcasts, Jua heard and then adopted the riddim to provide social commentary on the populist narrative of governance and privilege. From his unique perspective, Jua likens this narrative to the age old adage about the beauty of a rose bush: “every rose has its thorn”. With both jungle and reggae remixes to the original, Jua provides much needed reflection with an undertow of resistance.

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Track Listing:

1. Like Roses (Sub Swara Original)

2. Like Roses (DJ Shakey Jungle Remix)

3. Like Roses (Syncro Reggae Remix)

4. Like Roses (a capella)

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Juakali has appeared on commercial recordings with Alpha & Omega, Raz Mesani, Pinch, Matty G, Kush Arora and others on tracks spanning dub, reggae, dubstep, dancehall, bhangra, electronic, and experimental genres. Impressing both industry and audiences with his ability to innovate across a range of genres, Jua was featured as one of the top 5 US Ragga MCs who are, “launching careers as artists and producers…pushing dancehall beyond its boundaries…” (‘Chat Bout’ XLR8R Magazine – Issue118). www.juakalimusic.com

Sub Swara creates, constructs, produces and plays genre-bending bass music that parallels the diversity of their home town of Brooklyn, NY. Consisting of Dhruva Ganesan and Dave Sharma, Sub Swara’s musical genome brings together a wide assortment of DNA – from dub to hip-hop, dancehall to punk rock, and all the global sounds in-between. http://www.subswara.com

DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) is a full-time NYC dj and producer. In 2016 she released a Jungle remix of “Reggae Warrior” for House of David Gang, a twerk version of Piss Off’s “Ice Coffee Addiction”, and a Moombahton Christmas dance jam from Pete Rodriguez’ “Contento Estan” (via her duo Empire Breaks NYC). 2017 Begins with a collab with prolific / viral artist Nina Katchadourian and Shakey’s 60min remix of Nina’s “On Hold” music project and their live performance at the Temple Contemporary Museum in Philadelphia. Shakey is sponsored by Ableton, Serato, and Rane, and her work is being preserved ongoing in the NYU archive. Shakey also runs both her electronic music showcase “The Warper Party” and “Shakey’s Record Fair”. She teaches music production and djing to young women at the Lower East Side Girls Club. https://soundcloud.com/DjShakey

Syncro has been a longtime collaborator producing many of Jua’s early reggae/dub/dancehall releases. He is a founder of the first Czech reggae and dub label GunJah Records (since 1997) and was the first one in Czech Republic to produce and press reggae 45s. Working with international musicians from Jamaica, UK, Trinidad, Gambia or Martinique he started to dive deeper and deeper into the reggae vibe. He is also organizing regular reggae dances (with a significant help of Kakao Jr.) in his hometown Karlovy Vary and co-runs Royal Hi-Fi Sound as a selector with Mighty Lemon http://gunjah.cz/main.html https://www.facebook.com/royal.hif


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