Tracks of the Week

Wayne Smith – E20

Wayne Smith - E20The drum intro caves after just one bar, unleashing this ‘computerized riddim’ full-force. While Wayne Smith’s famed “Under Mi Sleng Teng” has a subtle sense of reservation with its rolling bass line, “E20″ cranks both the pitch and bpm upwards, resulting in dance hall devastation. (more…)

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Jah Cure – Life We Live

Jah Cure - Life We LiveFrom the first moment I heard Jah Cure I was instantly a fan. Not since the great Gregory Issacs has there been such a powerful voice in the lover’s rock sub-genre. This man is a genius and I am surprised he hasn’t made more of an impact on the mainstream. (more…)

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Dizzy Flemmings – Silencioso Reggae 

Silencioso Reggae(Black Seed 7″)

There are many examples of multi-versioning about. Foundation riddims given outing after outing, being updated through the years. Possibly my favorite riddim is the one called ‘Burial’.

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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″

Stranger & Gladdy - ConquerorWizdom (1973)

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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