Tracks of the Week

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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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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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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Protoje – Kingston Be Wise

Kingston Be WiseTune 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…)

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