Steamers a Bubble was originally recorded in 1982 by the Roots Radics band for producer Franklyn "Ben Up" Irvin (Shamala/Hit Bound Records).
In its 2013 incarnation, the riddim has been aptly renamed "Inna Di Yard." It pulls significance from the many groundings with legendary guitarist Chinna Smith at his world-renowned St. Andrew Park compound. The many visits, reasonings and jam sessions in this compound also spawned the Inna Di Yard music-documentary series a few years ago.
Jah9 is one of the many musicians who gathered in St. Andrew Park and even in their early encounters, the guitar Melchizedek took note of the lyrical prowess.
After the recent launch of her New Name album, Jah9 is set to embark on a European tour with a few other regions in between.
The collaboration between Irvin and Jah9 for this single has been a few years in the making but nonetheless timely. The single has, in effect, heightened Jah9's momentum.
After some 40 years in the recording business, Channel One will celebrate its anniversary with a special commemorative release which will include the latest track from the Jah9.
Founded in 1973 by the legendary Hoo Kim brothers, the Maxfield Avenue-based studio was the starting point for many greats like Sly and Robbie. In its formative years, Channel One recorded some of the biggest tracks in reggae history, churning out hits from The Mighty Diamonds ("I Need a Roof") and Delroy Wilson ("It's a Shame"), among others. It produced a solid string of hits in the period of 1973-1983.
The song is also available on 7" vinyl with exclusive dub mix by original Channel One Engineer "Soljji." Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order.