Monthly Archives: March 2011

Interview with El Fata

El FataLet’s get the ball rolling with a fairly cliched but none-the-less important question: who is El Fata?

El Fata is a singer, a peacemaker. El Fata (real name Tobi) is the son of El Shaddai (Father the Almighty), the Anoited one of God (which is what El Fata stands for). Check this YouTube link(more…)

Interview with Spiderman from Jah Observer (UK)

SpidermanSad news for followers of vintage roots music: The Mighty Jah Observer Original Valve Sound System’s founder and selector, Austin ‘Spiderman’ Palmer is retiring from the sound business.

He leaves behind a legacy of memories including his annual spot at London’s Notting Hill Carnival on the corner of Talbot and Ledbury Road, and has introduced many a youngster to a forgotten classic or three. For his third and possibly final interview with Spider Angus Taylor asked him about his story and the music that has guided him along the way. (more…)

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Riddim Tuffa ft. El Fata – Tell Them Again

Tell Them Again 7"Tell Them Again – out on 7″ or MP3 – is the first release for rising Edinburgh-based production crew Riddim Tuffa on their Tuffa Dubs UK label. It’s a debut single that firmly announces their arrival on the new-school digital reggae scene.

Like Jahtari, Scotch Bonnet and Maffi, the Riddim Tuffa sound clearly draws massive influence from the music of Jamaica’s digital dancehall revolution in the mid-1980s. However Riddim Tuffa’s productions have a slightly cleaner, more modern aesthetic than their contemporaries.

Tell Them Again sees them collaborate with London-based vocalist El Fata on the Ruler riddim. The riddim employs a satisfyingly thick bass line, a two chord minor key skank, an austere keys part and a stripped-back drum beat propelled by some interesting percussion samples. It’s a simple but very effective formula which provides plenty of space El Fata to excel.

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Hi Kee – Self Reliance

Sel RelianceSizzla, Capleton and Anthony B – now add young upstart Hi Kee to this list of strong reggae singers. I once heard someone say that that Sizzla ‘could purr like a kitten and then roar like a lion’, and on my very first listen to this album this is exactly what I thought.

On the opening track, Woman of Virtue, Hi Kee gives us a great example of his vocal range, from a silky falsetto to a mouthful of gravel, which is evident through the whole album.

Released by Truesounds, the production on this album is amazing and so consistent, which is surprising considering the diverse producers, hailing from as far abroad as Finland, Jamaica and New Zealand’s own Reality Chant from Christchurch.

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Dub Terminator – March 2011

Dub TerminatorNZ-based producer Dub Terminator is becoming widely known for his unique blend of Jah heavy roots and dubstep that is strongly influenced by reggae, dub, dancehall and hip-hop.

Over the past year he has produced, remixed tracks and collaborated with the likes of Reality Chant, Natty King, John Holt, Yellowman, Sizzla, Jim Nastic aka Jim Brown, Rhombus and Rodney P, as well as an army of newly recruited MCs from Jamaica and Europe. (more…)

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