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…)
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…)
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…)
I 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…)
With 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…)
12″ disco mixes can be strange things. They usually feature a storming track and then an instantly forgettable filler track on the flip. Every now and again though there is an absolute belter. This falls into the latter! (more…)
Essentially 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…)
BlessUp Music presents the official video for Old School Loving by Israel Starr. (more…)
Original rude boy, Spikey Tee, back in the mix with a jungle special for NiceUp. All Killa! (more…)
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…)