Death Is Not The End sub-label 333 turns up the gold again with this repro of the much in-demand Flames cut of Nairobi Sisters’ Promised Land. Sampled by Q-Tip for “Whateva Will Be” (appearing on ATCQ’s final long-player) and on a range of earlier 90s boom-bap era productions, it is not at all hard to figure out why it’s a coveted record. That break is as low-slung and funky as it gets, and best showcased on the superbly stripped-back dub on the flip.
The Nairobi Sisters were singers Terrie Nairobi and Judy Mowatt (later of the I-Threes, alongside Rita Marley & Marcia Griffiths). Promised Land was originally recorded together with The Gaytones for Sonia Pottinger’s Gay Feet label, with this later version cut for Winston Jones’ Brooklyn-based Flames Records. It is issued here under license from producer and songwriter Jones – the original singer and composer of Stop That Train (later made world-famous by Keith & Tex’s version) with his Spanishtonians in the early 1960s – who later moved from JA to NYC where he established and ran the Flames label, a core imprint in Brooklyn’s reggae scene from the mid-1970s until the early 1990s. 333 has licensed a range of Flames-era productions from the now Texas-based Jones, so keep and eye out for more as it comes… but for now, jump on this before it’s gone!