Music

Admiral Tibet – Leave People Business

Leave People BusinessTechniques

Admiral Tibet has had a lengthy career which stretches back to the early days of digital reggae. Tunes such as ‘Babylon War’ and Serious Time’ feature his warm delivery and socially conscious content and have earned him a spot alongside veteran singers from the deejay era, such as Cocoa Tea and Tony Rebel. Although he has not had the commercial impact of some of his peers, his impact as a foundation vocalist continues to be recognised. (more…)

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John Holt – Strange Things

John Holt - Strange ThingsSunshot 7″ (1971)

It has been a few weeks now since I woke up and read the sad news of ‘Sir’ John Holt’s passing. John Holt’s career spanned over 40 years. Born in Greenwich Farm, Kingston, he was regularly entering and winning talent contests from the age of twelve, and recording his first singles with Leslie Kong at the age of sixteen.  (more…)

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NiceUp Monthly Mix – November 2014 – Texas Ranger

Texas RangerI would say that I first started listening to music while my mum was still carrying me. Before I was born, that is! As there was always music playing at home.

But thinking about it, the first tune that I can remember taking any notice of was 007 by the late Desmond Dekker, a tune that brings back memories of me jumping up and down in my cot while my Dad was playing records on the gram. My Dad was also a great lover of music and he would buy records every week, which would mean a trek to the other side of London to one of the specialist record stores. My Mum would also come home from work in the evening with records she had bought on her way home. (more…)

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Abassi All Stars feat. Junior Kigwa – Jah Before Us

Abassi All Stars ShowcaseI found this tune many moons ago when I was having a dig back in the good old days of Real Groovy in Wellington.  The song comes from the album ‘Abassi All Stars – Showcase’.  Once I heard a few tracks I knew it was one of those LP’s too good to pass up. (more…)

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Jah Cure – Wake Up

Jah Cure - Wake UpWith the apparent resurgence of foundation reggae in recent years with the likes of Jesse Royal, Proteje, and of course Chronixx, I felt it was a good idea to to go back and visit one of the earlier greats of the foundation scene, the one and only Jah Cure.

Born Siccature Alcock in Hanover, Jamaica in 1978, he was originally given his name by Capleton who claimed he was ‘Jah’s Cure’. (more…)

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Cornell Campbell feat. Ranking Dread – Bandulu (Hard Times)

BanduluEssentially two songs paired together upon the “Late Night Blues” riddim – a powerful yet rarely versioned bass-driven cut inspired by “Shine Eye Gal” from Black Uhuru – this is a rather unique extended mix from the discerning duo of Bunny Lee (producer) and The Scientist (engineer).

There’s a clear causal relationship here, with “Bandulu” covering the temptations created by crushing poverty, while “Hard Times” addresses the underlying situation that can so easily create a culture of crime. (more…)

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Earl 16 – Vampires

Earl 16 - VampiresBless 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…)

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