Tracks of the Week

Gappy Ranks & P-Money – Baddest

P-Money and Gappy RanksWith the most recent visit to New Zealand from the man Gappy, I thought it was a great chance to review a tune he collaborated with our local golden boy of hip hop, on. Peter Wadams, or better known to me and you as P-Money.
This tune was released around 6 months ago and first came to my attention when I saw it on the whiteboard in the Base FM Studio, as track of the week. However I instantly assumed it was a vocal colab with the UK grime MC of the same name. I didn’t realise until Piet from Sandy Bay Social Club pointed out it was actual our own P-Money on production. I had to hear this! (more…)

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Chronixx – Capture Land

Dread and TerribleThis is the second time I have reviewed a Chronixx tune here, but to be honest, if he keeps up this high calibre, you can expect a few more!

‘Capture Land’ is off his latest ‘Dread & Terrible’ E.P. and is reminiscent of the good ol’ rub-a-dub era of the early/mid eighties. It is a full bodied riddim with a driving bassline that carries it along very nicely indeed. (more…)

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The Shantells (Chantells) – Children of Jah Jah

Children of Jah JahHammer 7″

As people who know me will testify, I struggle with new-fangled advances in  online communication. I have just got my head around eBay and Facebook when more things present themselves! Everyone has their opinion on the positive and negative aspects of these online advances, but one thing has been made truely obvious, and that is a massive worldwide reggae community exists.

Whether it be salivating over scans of labels, or my new (well overdue!) hobby of trawling through podcasts from fellow collectors, it is really interesting hearing everyone else’s selections and discover more unheard gems. (more…)

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Fire Facts – Earth in Turmoil

Earth in TurmoilSky High Imprint – JA (1984)

This killer reasonably rare 7″ came to my attention on a recent visit to the Kindred Sound System yard in Christchurch. I had a copy of a 2011 relick produced by Chazbo featuring King General. I was intrigued when Richie Kindred informed me that this tuff Salomon Heritage 12″ was a descendent of the Fire Facts original, which after a long time searching for it, he had recently picked up. (more…)

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Busy Signal – Well Prepared

Busy Signal - Well PreparedYes, Busy Signal again. Since getting released from jail in 2012, the aptly named Busy Signal has been making all kinds of moves. He has dropped collaborations with mainstream pop group No Doubt and with post-dancehall collective Major Laser, and also got reggae fans singing ‘Reggae Music Again’ with his recent throwback tune of the same name. However, nothing has hit the ears of reggae selectors in Aotearoa, quite like this version of a burgeoning Kiwi classic. (more…)

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The Royals – If You Want Good

If You Want Good12″ Warrior Records (1978)

The Royals are one of those groups who I believe don’t get the recognition they deserve. The group’s line up has varied over the years but at its heart was Roy Cousins.

Hailing from Kingston, from a young age Roy Cousins sang with the local church choir, and his classmates included the likes of Bernard Collins, Lloyd Parks, Naggo Morris, and Ansel Collins to name a few. (more…)

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Cham feat. Mavado – Love Song

Mavado and ChamThis is a brand new joint from these two princes of dancehall (I’m still up in the air as to who is the current king) – Cham and Mavado on a Madhouse produced riddim.

Well well, what do we have here, Cham AKA Baby Cham is on a heavy comeback. This is his second colab with one of the genres heavy hitters, this time with Mavado. If you haven’t heard the Cham and Jnr Gong tune ‘Fighter’, have a listen, it’s a banger. (more…)

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Bunny Rugs – What’s The Use

What's The UseLast week saw the passing of yet another legend. The world will miss one of the most vocally gifted singers to emerge out of Jamaica. William Clarke AKA Bunny Rugs was the lead singer for Third World. His voice can be heard soulfully souring on many of their tracks, including their stellar hit ‘Now That We Found Love’, which is a true testimony to this.

In 1975 prior to joining Third World, Bunny recorded an album for Lee Perry under the name of Bunny Scott, titled ‘To Love Somebody’. This album contains the track ‘What’s The Use’, which is my track for the week. (more…)

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Jah9 – Steamers A Bubble

Steamers A Bubble7” on Hitbound/Shamala

This was a tune that surfaced just after Xmas but is gaining momentum as we speak, as more heads realise it’s out here, having been obviously overlooked due to the season. (more…)

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Don Fe – Weep Not & Weep Dub

Don FeForthcoming on Steppas Records, limited pre-release on CD

This week’s tune has a special story for me, as I have been lucky enough to witness it in some unique circumstances.

The first time was at last year’s Rototom Sunsplash in Spain. The opening night of the Dub Station featured well known Spanish producer Don Fe, alongside his good friend and fellow singer/producer, Prince Jamo. In this heavily stacked dub arena, amongst a plethora of stellar unreleased dubs they were running, came a slow, eerie intro, which about a minute later erupted into a piece of absolutely brilliant UK steppas. Only to be complemented by a beautiful flute chorus which chimed in momentarily later. This was ‘Weep Not’, the much anticipated forthcoming tune by Murcia’s, Don Fe. (more…)

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