Stranger & Gladdy – Conqueror 7″

Stranger & Gladdy - ConquerorWizdom (1973)

My Track of the Week is Stranger and Gladdy’s ‘Conqueror’, a killer piece from Stranger Cole and Gladstone Anderson, produced by Lee Perry.

Stranger Cole got his chance to record as a vocalist in 1962 after success as a songwriter, recording his first three number one singles for Duke Reid, going on to record for Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster. (more…)

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Lennie Hibbert – Mighty

CreationOne of the greatest pleasures of being a record collector, is discovering a tune you already have! Falling into the bad habit of only skipping through albums and only settling to play the track I was initially interested in, makes me miss out on taking in an album properly. Sometimes, when you let an album play, you can be floored by a track you can’t believe you let slip by. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – January 2015

Earthlink SoundEarthlink Sound are one of Australasia’s top crews, formed in Perth in 2005 by original members Drummie Wotton, and Foodus from Jamaica. Over time the crew has evolved and included Sheriff Lindo, Simmo T, Choppa Crucial, Tatty Reps and Kritical. After returning to his native island, Foodus formed an Earthlinks Jamaican crew, and still plays to this day around the St Mary region. (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – December 2014 – DJ Stryda

DJ StrydaRepresenting Bristol, DJ Stryda has 18 years experience uplifting the masses with his Sufferah’s Choice radio show. He is also one half of the duo Dubkasm, who release top quality recordings on their Sufferah’s Choice Recordings label. (more…)

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Bugle – Did It Again

BugleBorn as Roy Thompson out of the parish of Portland, Bugle is a stand out in the very overcrowded dancehall scene and a personal favourite of mine.  (more…)

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Junior Byles – Know Where You Going

Junior Byles - Know Where You GoingJunior Byles has not always been my favorite vocalist to be honest. Perhaps best known for his Lee Perry produced tracks, I don’t think he consistently released enough quality material to be up there with the best. His work with Dudley Swaby AKA Manzie was, in my humble opinion, his best. (more…)

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Cassandra London – Just Cool

Cassandra - Just CoolThis is some home-grown reggae from South London. Produced by Senator B of longstanding UK radio station, Vibes FM, for his ‘Blessed B’ music label, Senator has re-called the riddim, ‘Nah Skin Up’. Original heads will know it as ‘Hold Me Baby’ by Basil Daley at Studio 1. (more…)

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Little Harry – Revolution

Little HarryA reassuring collaboration that results in a powerful statement upon one catchy riddim. Tom Chasteen’s Los Angeles-based Dub Club project, with Tippa Lee sharing the engineering duties and Stones Throw handling the distribution, aims to unite under-appreciated veteran vocalists with roots-inspired productions. (more…)

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Devon Clarke – Hanging In Deh

Devon "Bobo Saw" Clarke - Hanging In DehFor my final track of the week for 2014, I’m going to look right back to the start of the year when my favourite 12″ of the last 12 months dropped, from Bent Backs Records out of the Bretagne district in France. (more…)

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