Tracks of the Week

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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The Soulites – Love Is The Song

Love Is The SongMy tune of the week is one of my tunes of all time!  I came across this beauty on one of my record shopping treks. It did not have an artist or title credit, but it was on the Gemini label. I thought it was the label associated with the legendary dancehall sound of the eighties, even though it looked earlier than a dancehall tune, but I took a chance on buying it. And it turned out it was not a dancehall tune at all, but a glorious 70s sweet roots tune. (more…)

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The Prospectors – Glory For I / The Brentford Rockers – Glory Dub

Glory For I(Bongo Man 7)
 
During my heavy collecting days, I always got a great deal of pleasure from picking up the lesser-known Studio One tunes. It seems strange to me that with all these Studio One/Coxsone compilations coming out, there are a number of superb mid-70s roots numbers that appear to be under the radar, so to speak. (more…)

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Reddman UK – Time

Reddman UKYou may or not have heard of Reddman UK. That’s Reddman with two d’s and an added UK on the end, not to be confused with the other one who hangs about with Method Man. And you may or may not have heard Popcaan’s ‘Everything Nice’.

The former I actually know little about. What I do know is that he is a North Londoner and spends a lot of time with Gappy Ranks whose label, Hot Coffee Music, he is also signed to. I have heard bits and pieces from Reddman over the years and I have to say I have liked it all. The guy has a pretty unique voice, an almost crossover, deep falsetto style that wouldn’t be out of place on a hip-hop hook. (more…)

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Kentucky – Only The Poorman Feel It

Kentucky - Only the Poor Man Feel ItInstantly upbeat and conscious, this rather rare digital reggae 12″ (which Deadly Dragon Sound System recently sold out of at US$150) is a scorching condemnation of Jamaican socioeconomics. Calling on the listener to ‘take a walk’ and ‘watch the big man sit up on top, lookin’ at we the poor people on the flat,’ Kentucky doesn’t romanticize the repetitive realities of Kingston’s yards. (more…)

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Addis Pablo – Imperial Melody

Imperial Crown riddimAddis is the son of the legendary Augustus Pablo, and here he is following in his father’s footsteps and continuing the ‘Pablo’ legacy on a heavy roots riddim, built by producer Frenchie for his Maximum Sounds imprint. (more…)

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Pupajim – Nobody Can Stop We

Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 4(Dub at the Pub dubplate)
Jahtarian Dubbers Vol. 4

This fresh release comes on the fourth installment of the much desired Dubbers compilations, and 10-year anniversary of the Jahtari label. (more…)

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Noel ‘Zoot’ Simms – See Them A Come

See Them A ComeStudio One 7″
 
‘See Them A Come’ was released on Studio One 7″ in 1967, but also featured on the Soul Jazz Records ‘Studio One Rude Boy’ compilation.
 
Noel Simms was born in 1935 in Kingston and attended the Apha Boys School. His career as a vocalist began singing as a duo with his school friend Bunny Robinson. They began making RnB acetates for sound systems in the 1950′s, after winning numerous talent shows and developing a huge following. From there they recorded for the likes of Coxsone Dodd and Prince Buster. (more…)

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Maxi Priest – Every Little Thing

Every Little ThingThe minute I heard this tune, it made my hair stand on end!  Its sound took me back to a time where Rub-a-Dub and Lovers Rock ruled supreme. What appealed to me was its feel, which is a fusion of these two styles of reggae. We already know Maxi is well versed in making songs that encompass these elements. (more…)

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