Bless Burning Sound Records 12″
I can’t say enough about the productions that come out of the A-Lone Ark Muzik studio. Roberto Sanchez, comandante in charge of this studio, keeps pearling out heavy weight roots business, and this one from 2012 is my Track of the Week.
Jamaican born Earl 16, whose voice and lyrics have remained pure over five decades now, comes with a fresh take on Devon Iron’s “Ketch Vampire” single, originally cut for the original dub master Lee Perry way back in the mid 70s. Earl’s voice continues to cut through with melodically brilliance, singing this militant message over Sanchez’s heavy weight analog built riddim which drops incredibly heavy on a proper sound system or hi-fi. (more…)
Recently returning to his homeland Aotearoa and settling in Wellington after a couple of years in Melbourne, Dub Koala’s experience of Melbourne’s sound system culture reaffirmed his love for dub, and introduced him to the sound of conscious heavy steppas. (more…)
Tune of week? Possibly my tune of the year. Released in 2012, I first heard this gem in a David Rodigan set in London and thought I need that on seven inch. It’s all killer no filler. (more…)
Civil Disobedience 10″ EP | Peckings
Fresh out of the Pecking’s camp is a 6-track, 10″, featuring Starkey Banton on Earl Cunningham’s classic Jailhouse riddim. (more…)
My tune of the week is one of my tunes of all time! I came across this beauty on one of my record shopping treks. It did not have an artist or title credit, but it was on the Gemini label. I thought it was the label associated with the legendary dancehall sound of the eighties, even though it looked earlier than a dancehall tune, but I took a chance on buying it. And it turned out it was not a dancehall tune at all, but a glorious 70s sweet roots tune. (more…)
(Bongo Man 7)
During my heavy collecting days, I always got a great deal of pleasure from picking up the lesser-known Studio One tunes. It seems strange to me that with all these Studio One/Coxsone compilations coming out, there are a number of superb mid-70s roots numbers that appear to be under the radar, so to speak. (more…)
You may or not have heard of Reddman UK. That’s Reddman with two d’s and an added UK on the end, not to be confused with the other one who hangs about with Method Man. And you may or may not have heard Popcaan’s ‘Everything Nice’.
The former I actually know little about. What I do know is that he is a North Londoner and spends a lot of time with Gappy Ranks whose label, Hot Coffee Music, he is also signed to. I have heard bits and pieces from Reddman over the years and I have to say I have liked it all. The guy has a pretty unique voice, an almost crossover, deep falsetto style that wouldn’t be out of place on a hip-hop hook. (more…)
From humble beginnings in Palmerston North, hosting a specialist house and techno radio show at age 16, to collecting records, moving to Melbourne in 2001, forming a crew, and running gigs, Fee says, ‘music has always been an integral part of who I am. My passion extends to different genres of music. House was my first love and reggae is who I am married to now!’ (more…)
Instantly upbeat and conscious, this rather rare digital reggae 12″ (which Deadly Dragon Sound System recently sold out of at US$150) is a scorching condemnation of Jamaican socioeconomics. Calling on the listener to ‘take a walk’ and ‘watch the big man sit up on top, lookin’ at we the poor people on the flat,’ Kentucky doesn’t romanticize the repetitive realities of Kingston’s yards. (more…)
Addis is the son of the legendary Augustus Pablo, and here he is following in his father’s footsteps and continuing the ‘Pablo’ legacy on a heavy roots riddim, built by producer Frenchie for his Maximum Sounds imprint. (more…)