What we've been up to lately
Posted 16 March 2013, 11:37 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, 07:34 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, 10:32 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, 18:52 by The Kennel
Check out this great video by Ronald Johnson, documenting the band’s memorable session at The Kennel this week:
Escarioka release debut album as free download
Posted 1 March 2012, 09:22 by The Kennel
Escarioka, a multicultural collective that mixes “rock n’ roll and hard-core dub tropical ragamuffin,” today released its first album Factor Sabor on the independent label Mehanata Records.
Mixed at The Kennel by Billy “Price Polo” Szeflinski, Factor Sabor is a must-hear for fans of cumbia and dub music. The band is offering the album as a free download from Soundcloud — check it out!
New music from Delaney Hafener: "Make 'Em Pay (Screw The Rich)"
Posted 31 January 2012, 13:18 by The Kennel
We had to share this great new song by young Delaney Hafener, who just wrapped a weekend of mixing at The Kennel with Billy “Prince Polo” Szeflinski.
This totally rocks and we dig the sentiment. Check it out!
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“The Kennel has a nice big recording room, and we were able to get great sounds whether it was a solo vocals and guitar song or a full rocking band. Best of all are the people who work there: no snarky, frustrated musician types wishing they were doing something else, just talented engineers and mixers who are down to earth, have a good sense of humor, and have great ears.“
— Josh McIlvain of Sexcop