Tracks of the Week

The Upsetters – Return of Django

Return of DjangoComing from the first Upsetters LP of the same name, ‘Return of Django’ features that tough yet organic Perry sound which launched him onto the world stage. With its instantly recognisable horn line and bouncing bass-driven rhythm, the heavy Upsetters sound quickly became commercially popular, spreading beyond the Jamaican and becoming a cornerstone of the Trojan ska sound.  (more…)

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Stranger & Gladdy – Conqueror 7″

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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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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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Admiral Tibet – Leave People Business

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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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