Last.fm Profiles Prince Polo and The Kennel!
Posted 13 September 2013, 09:33 by The Kennel
In part one of a three-part series, Last.fm captures the Kennel magic as legendary reggae DJ Mikey Jarrett a.k.a. Mack Daddy teams up with Kendra Morris on “To Be A Lover” from chief engineer Billy “Prince Polo” Szeflinski’s upcoming album Mix Me Down Operator. Check it out!
Billy has been making a name for himself in the reggae scene since the late 90’s as a writer/performer/and producer, and has recently been gaining recognition for his progressive approach to recording and mixing reggae and dub music, as the man behind the board for live and studio sessions with such artists as Lee Scratch Perry, Eek a Mouse, Ranking Joe, Ruff Scott, Rootz Underground, Destroy Babylon, I Wayne, Rebelution, The Expendables, and Inner Circle.
Billy has also recently set out as a solo artist himself. Prince Polo’s debut record “Brooklyn Bodega” can be found on iTunes, and just last month brought the release of his latest single “Crossfire” feat. Johnny Osbourne. Billy also worked on the Dub Rockers comp that came out a couple of weeks ago.
As of late, he has been collaborating with not only Mikey & Kendra, but also Bajah, Jah Bami and the legendary Clive Chin from Randy’s Records and Studio 17 in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Lost Archives of 17 North Parade: From The Kennel to the World!
Posted 28 May 2013, 17:29 by The Kennel
In the final episode of Clive Chin: The Lost Archives, the legendary Jamaican dub, reggae, and ska producer and Brooklyn-based engineer and producer Billy “Prince Polo” Szeflinski of The Kennel talk about the process of restoring, cataloging, archiving and digitizing hundreds of hours of music recorded by Clive and his late father Vincent “Randy” Chin at 17 North Parade in Kingston during the heyday of Jamaican reggae, ska, and dub music.
Among the hundreds of tapes which lay undisturbed for nearly 40 years were recordings by many of Jamaica’s greatest stars including Max Romeo, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Alton Ellis, Jimmy London, The Gladiators, The African Brothers, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Lord Creator, U-Roy, and Tommy McCook.
Clive explains how they recorded the music back in the late 1960s and ’70s, the recording technology and production process, and Prince Polo talks about mixing and remixing the recordings using vintage equipment as well as modern music technology to add new vocals and instruments to the tracks, many of which were unfinished instrumentals.
Clive Chin Prince Polo plan to release release the newly restored and mastered recordings from 17 North Page soon. Stay tuned tuned to Dubspot for more!
What we've been up to lately
Posted 16 March 2013, 12:37 by The Kennel
It’s been a long time since we posted an update. So, who’s been recording here? Addis Pablo, Bad Buka, Toubab Krewe, Teenage Rasputin, Jarrod Ruby, The Ditty Committee, Kagero, The Sharp Things, Neg-Fi, Faith, Nadav Nirenberg, Raja Kassis, The Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra, Ruff Scott, Fractal Caravan, Wharton Tiers Ensemble, Tuff Sunshine, Heroes Of Toolik, Ras Karbi, Ranking Joe, Kendra Morris, Laura Cantrell, Mary Lorson…the list goes on! Not to mention the ongoing work to archive Clive Chin‘s historic reggae recordings for VP Records, a project that’s attracted the attention of major stars of the genre, including Aston “Familyman” Barrett of the Wailers, who dropped by for a visit last week.
L-R: Raja Kassis, Familyman Barrett, Chive Chin
The Sharp Things release Green Is Good
Posted 26 February 2013, 08:34 by The Kennel
More than three years in the making, Green Is Good was released today by Brooklyn-based orchestral pop collective The Sharp Things. Produced and engineered by Billy Polo at The Kennel, Green Is Good is the first in a four-album series entitled Dogs Of Bushwick to be released throughout 2013 and next year.
Listen now and then name your price to download Green Is Good!
Historic reggae recordings come to life at The Kennel
Posted 18 May 2012, 11:32 by The Kennel
Now it can be told: For the past several months, famed producer Clive Chin and Kennel chief engineer Billy “Prince Polo” Szeflinski have been hard at work digitizing, cataloging, embellishing and mixing and hundreds of hours of previously unreleased recordings by the biggest stars of the golden age of ska and reggae!
The archive consists of hundreds of hours of reggae music recorded from 1968-1978 by Clive Chin and his father, Vincent “Randy” Chin, at the legendary Studio 17, located at 17 North Parade in Kingston, Jamaica. Included are performances by such major artists as Bob Marley, the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, Lord Creator, John Holt, U-Roy, Tommy McCook, I-Roy, Augustus Pablo and many more.
The original master tapes, which lay undisturbed in Jamaica for nearly 30 years, were brought to the States through the assistance of E.M.P. (Experience Music Project) and Microsoft founder Paul Allen. The tapes have been digitized and cataloged for the first time by Chin and Szeflinski, working at The Kennel Recording Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Szeflinski, an up-and-coming dub reggae producer, has not only remixed the recordings, but has also added new instrumentation and vocals to the tracks, many of which were unfinished instrumentals.
On Saturday, June 16, attendees will have a first listen to these historic recordings and a reggae history lecture by Clive Chin (w/ moderation by Pat McKay of SiriusXM Radio) at The Frost Theatre of the Arts, at 17 Frost Street in Willamsburg, Brooklyn; and at a Reggae Dance Party immediately afterwards at Loreley, 65 Frost Street, with the cream of New York City’s top DJ’s and Artists performing alongside Chin.
Tickets to the event are on sale now at The Lost Archive of 17 North Parade web site.
Prince Polo in the control room with one of the historic reels
Toubab Krewe at The Kennel
Posted 11 May 2012, 19:52 by The Kennel
Check out this great video by Ronald Johnson, documenting the band’s memorable session at The Kennel this week:
“The Kennel is a perfect spot for capturing the excitement and immediacy of a live sound. With lots of analog gear the vibe in this sweet Bushwick room is full of texture and warmth — both sonically and personally. Billy, the engineer and also a great producer, is really sensitive to listening for that magic moment and focusing everyone in the room towards it. You’ll leave happy!“
— K. Page of K.Page and Sleepwalker’s Parade