For a seasoned reggae selector, requests for Bob Marley tunes can be very painful. Generally, while they are often massive fans of such commercially popular artists, selectors can wince at requests for tunes by artists like Bob Marley or UB40. In fact, many selectors strive to share roots reggae beyond it’s more well known facets and would prefer to spin tunes undiscovered by mainstream ears.
Selectors often get around these requests by dropping a rare Marley tune, a dub or a remix. This too can rock the boat as many folks believe that such iconic music is sacred and should not be altered to suit modern tastes. It is also worth noting that there have been some decidedly average offerings in the reggae remix dept, especially concerning Uncle Bob, although some have been spectacular. (more…)