(KJ Imperial 12”)

12″ disco mixes can be strange things. They usually feature a storming track and then an instantly forgettable filler track on the flip. Every now and again though there is an absolute belter. This falls into the latter!

Jammys’ roots tunes have their own sound, slowing down from the steppers pace, but more solid and upbeat then later roots (Junjo style). Perhaps best known for his work with Black Uhuru, there is a whole load of top Jammys’ tunes made before the Prince became King Jammy. Pressure Sounds attempted a compilation, which was good, but was only the tip of the iceberg.

‘Jailhouse’ is quite a well-known sound system tune, and the version, rightfully called ‘The Crowning of Prince Jammy’ is a corker. The tune on the B-side, ‘We Got To Leave’, is no raspberry either. This is a nice mid-paced tune with a sing-along anthem chorus, again with the unmistakable Jammy’s sound and version.

Not sure if both sides came on a long player, I mentioned the Pressure Sounds compilation has Jailhouse on. The releases on KJ Imperial are all quality. Often UKs Fatman is listed as producer but it always sounds like a Jammy’s work out to me.

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