Tracks of the Week

Eesah – Tell No Lie

Frankly, any release on Royal Order Music ought to be noted at this point, as Chronixx has certainly proven his ability to not only deliver hits but also make tastes.

Eesah – first featured on smooth-burner “Perfect Trees”, off the label boss’ well-received Roots & Chalice mixtape – has been steadily putting out tracks while remaining relatively under the radar. That should change for him now, as working with a funky groove rather than a sparse riddim does wonders for the fresh “Tell No Lie.” (more…)

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Lutan Fyah – Things Are Not The Same

(Bent Backs Records, 2017)

Digital! What an amazing time in reggae music the digital era was. And the first thing that got me on this riddim was the fire digital sound. A collaboration between Brooklyn label Bent Backs Records and Paris-based riddim-maker B-No, it has an authentic sound accompanied by the conscious lyrics of the one like Lutan Fyah.  (more…)

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Monkey Marc feat. Sizzla, Capleton, Fantan Mojah & Mista Savona – No Surrender

I’m not sure exactly where “No Surrender” won me over. Could it be the throbbing bassline, the catchy hook, the tough verses, or the enthralling vibe? Or choose your own explanation, all are valid.

This dance hall destroyer finds Australian riddim-maker Monkey Marc working with the skilled Mista Savona, plus a trio of Jamaica’s best vocalists to craft what you wish you’d already heard. (more…)

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Dennis Brown – Why Fools

Yvonne’s Special 7″ / Thompson Sound 12″ / Observer 7″ (1981)

As we approach what would have been Dennis Brown’s 60th birthday, for this Track of the Week I’ve chosen a corker from ‘The Crown Prince’. (more…)

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Raging Fyah – Raggamuffin

Raging Fyah - Everlasting albumA bass-driven celebration of the life of the raggamuffin, Raging Fyah’s lead single for the forthcoming Everlasting album is equally powered by the well-delivered vocals. This conscious cut from the Kingston six-piece ought to put the young band on the proverbial map, and the release will certainly be a suitable fit for VP Records’ new Dub Rockers imprint. (more…)

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Naâman – Skanking Shoes

NaamanNone of my ‘Track of the Week’ write-ups thus far have focused on a newer artist, so for this edition I thought I would switch up my approach and pick a more recent release with Naâman’s “Skanking Shoes” off the album Deep Rockers Back A Yard. This upbeat party anthem from France features some quality sample work from producer Fatbabs, with an appropriately energetic video as well. (more…)

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Prince Alla – Stone/Great Stone

Stone(Freedom Sounds 7″)

For this review I thought I would pick a ‘memory tune’. Not a rare like hens teeth tune, not a ‘next cut tune’ or a blank or rare label number, but a tune that any self respecting rootsman (or woman!) should own. Are you sitting comfortably, then I will begin!

I started collecting records and going to dances in the 90s and living on the outskirts of london meant I was in the privileged position of being able to see a lot of the big sounds. Aba Shanti, Conscious Sounds, Jah Warrior, Boomshakalaka (Disciples), Jah Observer, Mount Zion I, and Entebbe all played regularly. At the same time there was a new style of roots and dub being produced and played (90s style I always called it!). (more…)

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Bugle – Be Proud

BugleLet me start with saying, I love Bugle. He would quite easily be one of my favourite foundation artists. Since first hearing him on the Daseca-produced ‘Doh’, with Serani I was hooked on him. I will listen to riddims entirely based on the fact he has a version on it. (more…)

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Midnight Riders – Me A No Gunman

Midnight Riders - Me A No GunmanJimpys International Records
Year of Release: Unknown

A tune has been intriguing me for some time now, it’s called ‘Me A No Gunman’ on the B-side of a Jimpy’s International Records 12″, which features Yellowman on the A-side. The lyrics form a tough street anthem by Midnight Riders.

It is a tune that has very little information available about it, all I could find was that it was recorded in Jamaica around the mid-80s by Errol ‘ET’ Thompson. It is a deadly discomix that is a classic example of the early-to-mid 80s roots and rub-a-dub period.  (more…)

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Misty In Roots – How Long Jah

Misty In Roots - How Long JahA potent piece of late 70s UK roots, “How Long Jah” is the reverse side of the first release from Misty In Roots’ own People Unite label, “See Them Come.” (more…)

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