It’s election time here in the UK, which always gets me pulling out of one of my favourite Barry Brown tunes, Politician.
Barry Brown was a greatly underrated artist throughout the golden era of roots and early dancehall. He may have had to start out by running errands for the likes of Bunny Lee, but when he got his break and opportunity he recorded a number of hits such as ‘Step It Up’, ‘No Wicked Shall Enter’, ‘Lead Us Jah’, ‘Cool Pon Your Corner’, and probably his most well-known tune ‘Far East’. (more…)
Lock Steady, one of Aotearoa, New Zealand’s hottest talents, is back with an another killa selection for NiceUp. (more…)
Off the Countryman LP (Penthouse, 2015)
This track is off the new long player produced by Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records fame.
Germain had the good foresight to hear Usher’s R&B hit ‘Good Kisser’ from last year and think to himself that it could sound more reggaefied.
The drum intro caves after just one bar, unleashing this ‘computerized riddim’ full-force. While Wayne Smith’s famed “Under Mi Sleng Teng” has a subtle sense of reservation with its rolling bass line, “E20″ cranks both the pitch and bpm upwards, resulting in dance hall devastation. (more…)
From the first moment I heard Jah Cure I was instantly a fan. Not since the great Gregory Issacs has there been such a powerful voice in the lover’s rock sub-genre. This man is a genius and I am surprised he hasn’t made more of an impact on the mainstream. (more…)
Infamous New Zealand producer and selecta, Steezie Wonder AKA Flex, has been residing in Perth and Bali for the last year. (more…)
(Black Seed 7″)
There are many examples of multi-versioning about. Foundation riddims given outing after outing, being updated through the years. Possibly my favorite riddim is the one called ‘Burial’.
Release by New Zealand-based, Ghanaian vocalist, Ras Stone, and UK, Melbourne-based producer, Boston Rodriguez.
This selection represents one of my favourite phases of Reggae, the Rockers (Steppas, Roots Reggae if you like)of the mid-to-late-70s. The heavy basslines, rocking double-time drum patterns and percussion enthralled me at the time as they still do now. (more…)
Coming from the first Upsetters LP of the same name, ‘Return of Django’ features that tough yet organic Perry sound which launched him onto the world stage. With its instantly recognisable horn line and bouncing bass-driven rhythm, the heavy Upsetters sound quickly became commercially popular, spreading beyond the Jamaican and becoming a cornerstone of the Trojan ska sound. (more…)