Thursday, November 20, 2014

Who Can Feel Must Hear - Roots Selections 2014

 Who Can Feel Must Hear Mixtape. Heavy roots selections 2014.

Starts with Iba Mahr's Glory Of The King on a wicked Channel One style rhythm (Royal Order) then a Bushman classic 'Knowledge' on the Trying To Conquer Me (Ruff Cut 2001). Island Life records come with yet another roots scorcher, the Who Can't Hear Must Feel, an update of Santic's  Problems/Lovers Mood with cuts by Richie Spice, Lutan Fyah, Everton Blender, Luciano, and the brilliant 'So Hard' by Adventurous. Killer dub version also. Ffrenchie's Imperial Crown (Maximum Sound) is a rootsdub style keyboard-driven rhythm featuring uplifting melodica from Addis Pablo and some conscious vocal cuts. King Tubbys Dub Plate Style (also Maximum Sound) is another updated classic, this time Striker Lee's Ali Baba. 'Trials & Tribulation' by Ras Demo is classic roots. Bury the barber...! Stingray bring back the Brentford Road vibes with Freddie McGregor for a fresh relick of the Bobby Babylon/Hi Fashion riddim. Another Studio One veteran Johnny Osbourne makes a welcome reappearance with reality tune 'Why' on the Way Back (Akom) alongside Lutan Fyah, Million Stylez and Lukie D. NYC band Morning Sun & The Essentials stay with the reality on Highrises (End Of Era). Hear the Love Agenda EP on their soundcloud page. Mykal Rose & Treson combine for Life On The Rocks (Pha Real). Good to hear Natural Black back on form on 'If You Did Know' for Jammys. Pressure, Tarrus & Junior Gong blaze it up on 'Mental Disturbance' taken from Busspipe's Africa Redemption LP for Yard Vibes.
 Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

90s Roots Mixtape - Bawl Fire 1998

Bawl Fire 1998. Coxsone classic Drum Song revitalised by Bobby Digital. Crucial follow up to the Heathen & Kette Drum riddims that further cemented his position as the  premier roots producer of the day. Many great cuts, leading with classics from debutantes Morgan Heritage and Daweh Congo. Junior Reid goes back to his original Waterhouse style on Hugh Mundell's Time and Place. The original Studio One rhythm track is here also... Sizzla & Shabba Ranks increase the peace on the Black Woman & Child (Digital B). Gregory Isaacs sings reality over the Tempo on Kingston 14 (Universal Noiz), Anthony B & Everton Blender on the Tamlin's Baltimore (Star Trail). Morgan Heritage, LMS & Richie Spice stay with the reality on the Cherry Oh Baby (Shocking Vibes) while Beres & U-Roy combine for the mighty Putting Up Resistance (Tappa).
Continuous mix. 96 minutes. Repost...

90s Roots Mixtape - More Fire 1999

More Fire 1999. Reality mixtape. Always blazing.....
Features an all-star excursion on Bobby Digital's Solomon leading with the Carlton Livingstone & Shabba Ranks hit Don't Follow Rumours. The Messenger Luciano keeps it positive on A Little Bit A Everything (Kickin Records) and Xterminator's Till It Some More.  Two more large Star Trail riddims here; Holding Firm (Sizzla, Anthony B, Mykal Rose, Louie Culture) & the crucial Heavy Load. Excellent Delroy Wilson tribute Better Must Come by Spanner Banner, recorded after the legendary singer's passing in 1995. Glamma Kid mash them down on Mafia & Fluxy's Zion Gate with Confession. Plenty tuff Sizzla selection throughout...
Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Neva Run Away Mixtape 2014

Neva Run Away - New Roots 2014. Reggae eternal...
Evergreen rhythm track like the righteous Swell Headed. Old & new with cuts on the Studio 1 & Channel One versions. Leads with the original Burning Spear classic. Great Freddie McGregor cover from the early 80s also (on Spiderman). Chronixx vybes for the excellent World under Siege (Roots Tribulation) while U Roy & Kabaka hold the deejay corner. We revisit the rocking Swing Heavy-Swing Easy (Bizzarri/Iration) with cuts by Lutan Fyah, Lion D and Turbulence. Dubtonic Kru hold on still on the Tantrum (White Stone). Solid roots revival vibes for Bob Marley & The Wailer's Revolution riddim (Jahsolidrock & Cousins) and Glen Brown's No More Slaving (Island Life) featuring another great Jah Bouks tune - No Slave. Chronixx lights up the Cultivator (Royal Order), Digital B's Islamabad (the superb Iyah Walk) and teams up with Protoje for the roots-rock-reggae hit Who Knows (Overstand/Winta James). Essential roots-dancehall selection Going Home from Larger Than Life Records. Iba Mahr & Droop Lion blaze up on the Diseases Rebirth (Sajay). Wordsmith King Mas hits us with another lyrical tour-de-force, Reflection, more food for thought... Conscious UK selection from Dawna Lee's Rebel Souls LP for Mikey Simpson's MCS Records (2001). Winston Reedy's relick of his Cimarons hit Mother Earth (Mafia & Fluxy) is as relevant as ever. Haunting melodica melodies courtesy of Pablove Black and Addis Pablo...
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
Xtra cuts on the Swell Headed - Star Trail and Fat Eyes here...
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Live It Up - Nu Roots Mixtape 2014 - Featuring A Tribute To Bunny Rugs

Live It Up - Nu Roots Mixtape 2014. Celebrate life! More positive music come around this year and some rocking riddim like the Ba Ba Bum (Mr G Music), Muddy Road (Natural High), a remix of Tarrus Riley's Gimme Likkle One Drop on Burning Spear's Slavery Days (Chimney), a wicked, raw update of the Drum Song (Ghetto Youths Int.), Zion Train (Livity) and the mighty Rise Up (Oneness), including an original interpretation of Dubbing Is A Must by Sara Lugo and Skarra Muchi. Chronixx utilises a fine update of the Heavenless for Capture Land (Overstand). We also revisit Overstand's Rootsman riddim with Damian Marley's ruff Gunman World featuring Ini Kamoze, a natural progression from Jamrock. Capleton has made a real and very welcome return to form this year and features throughout. Several Buju B tunes also. Chronixx freestyles on the original I Love King Selassie (Prince Jammy).
A Tribute To Bunny Rugs. We were especially sad to hear about Bunny Rugs' passing early this year. While often straying far from the grassroots reggae scene musically Third World have raised Jamaican music up to a higher level and always brought an undiluted Message to the widest possible audience. True reggae ambassadors. Nothing compares to seeing them live on a big stage - just amazing! - and Bunny played a pivotal role in all that as well as continuing his solo work. He is gladly remembered. Third World lead the celebration with Livication To Bunny Rugs together with a relick of 96 Degrees taken from their great new album Under The Magic Sun - Preview it on Bandcamp - the story's still being told.... Capleton teams up with the band for the iley resonant Good Hearted People from 2010 and Lloyd Brown does a brilliant rendition of Prisoner In The Street (Cave). Mystikal Revolution and Tarrus team up with the man himself for the inspired Reggae Skanking while there's an excursion on the ragga infused Now That We Found Love from 1995 featuring Sean Paul & Papa San (Black Scorpio). TOK pay their respects with a brand new cut for Bombrush records. Nuff respect.
 
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Murderation - 90s Roots Mixtape

Murderation - Tuff Nu Roots Mixtape - 1990s. Includes conscious excursions on Sun Is Shining (Fat Eyes), Baltimore (Star Trail), Murderer - Hot Milk (Mad House, Jah Life & Jah Almighty), & deadly cuts on the Shank-I-Sheck (Jammys & Digital B).
 Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jah Woosh Special - Chant Freedom Mixtape 1971-1981

Chant Freedom... Tribute to the late, great Jah Woosh, who passed away in 2011. 139 tracks of pure Wooshishness inna 12'' discomix style with vocal cuts, versions and King Tubby dubs. Backed by most of the 70s Jamaican rhythm sections and some from the UK, bands like The Morwells, The Aggrovators, The Revolutionaries, The Mighty Cloud Band, Skin, Flesh & Bones, Soul Syndicate, The Sunshot Band, Santic All-Stars, Rupie Edward's All-Stars and, later, The Roots Radics, Creation Rebel and On-U Sound's Singers & Players.

Jah Woosh made his name in the early 70s alongside contemporaries Big Youth, Jah Lloyd, I-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Jah Stitch, Dillinger, Prince Hammer and Dr. Alimantado. Unlike most of these others he didn't use a trademark whoop or phrase that made him immediately recognisable and it takes a listen or two to ketch his style. He is perhaps best described as a CHANTER, with religious and spiritual selections his specialty (demonstrated on his frequent returns to Psalm 121). He is closest in style to Jah Lloyd (Jah Lion) and early Dr. Alimantado though at times sounds like U-Roy, Stitch or Jazzbo and adopts I-Roy's nursery rhyme delivery to good effect. He also tried his hand as a singer. Jah Woosh half retired from the music industry and repatriated to Ghana in the 1980s where he continued to control and re-issue his music on his Original label. He later resumed recording intermittently, doing occasional stageshows and soundsystems in the UK and Europe.

CD1 focuses more on the deejay's earlier output from 1971 into the mid-70s with some great productions from the likes of Rupie Edwards, Phil Pratt, Sidney Crooks, Keith Hudson, Bunny Lee, Leonard Chin, Dudley Swaby, Tappa Zukie, as well as the man's own releases after 1976. Also featuring Johnny Clarke, Horace Andy, Keith Hudson, The Morwells, King Tubby, Carl Malcolm, Junior Ross & The Spear, The Heptones, Bobby Kalphat, Keith Poppin, I-Roy, The Ethiopians, Creation Rebel, Errol Holt and Dino Perkins. Crucial riddim like Envious, Don't Think About Me, Miss Wire Waist, Irie Feelings, Party Time, Firestick, Letter To Mummy & Daddy, Fattie Bum Bum, Taxi, Buy You A Ring, Stalag,...
CD2 is mostly classic roots rockers from the mid-late 70s onwards. More self-productions, particularly with the Mighty Cloud Band and Creation Rebel on Woosh's Original, K&B, Yard International and September labels, as well as releases from Striker Lee, Santic, Lloyd Campbell, King Sounds, Yabby You, Junior English, Tappa Zukie, Pete Weston, Jah Shaka and Adrien Sherwood. Features: Horace Andy, King Sounds, Ras Ibuna, Yabby You & The Prophets, Reggae George, Junior Ross & The Spear, The Twinkle Brothers, Dubwise, Errol Holt, Bim Sherman, Johnny Clarke, King Tubby, Dillinger, Jah Stitch, Prince Alla, Sly & Robbie, Jah Shaka, Singers & Players, Creation Rebel and Sis Bee. Riddim like Drum Song, A Serious Thing, Top Ranking, Please Be True, Love Forever, Blood Ago Run, Leggo Violence, Black Wadada, Zion Gate, and so...Extended versions of Blood Ago Run, A Weh You Come From, Diverse Doctrine and the almighty Jah Is The Ruler Discomix
Continuous mix. Total 216 minutes. Repost...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Augustus Pablo & The Rockers All-Stars - Hungry Town Uprising

 Augustus Pablo & The Rockers All-Stars - Hungry Town Uprising. Essential Rockers International mixtape comprising Augustus Pablo productions and collaborations (some rare) between 1974 and 1988. Fully extended cuts with dubs, versions and deejay cuts. Like Sugar Minott at Black Roots, Pablo nurtured young talent, notably Junior Reid, Hugh Mundell, Ricky Grant, Icho Candy, Earl 16, Yami Bolo & White Mice. His 'far east' sound also drew in many bigger name artists, particularly in the 1970's.More killer rhythms: Love Won't Come Easy, Girl Name Pat, Cassava Piece, Mr Bassie, Artibella, Who Say Jah No Dread, Rockabye Woman, Satta. and the glorious Arise & Shine by Hugh Mundell. More cuts on the False Rasta-Hungry Town Skank. Jacob Miller revisits his Keep On Knocking hit, this time on the Hypocrites alongside U-Brown. Killer Miller's supremely positive Each One Teach One features the deejay cut from Jah Levi (Hugh Mundell).
Continuous mix. 77 minutes.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Augustus Pablo all-Stars - Rockers International University Mix

The classic Japanese cassette mixtape, Rockers International University Mix... Pablo has always had a MASSIVE following there amongst JA-PAN SOUNDMEN & reggae fans. This career perspective spans the 1970's and 80's where singers like Jacob Miller, Hugh Mundell, Yami Bolo, Icho Candy, Ricky Grant, Horace Andy and Junior Delgado put in some of their greatest performances. Blend of hits and hard-to-find classics. Nuff King Tubby dubs & deejay cuts, discomix fashion. Soome mighty riddim like the El Rockers, King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown, Answer, Black Gun aka Keep On Knocking, Drum Song, Run Revolution A Come, False Rasta aka Hungry Town Skank and Away With Your Fussing & Fighting. They just keep on coming through the door....  Junior Delgado's crucial Raggamuffin Year and Yami Bolo's cut of Door Peep Shall Not Enter are exceptional as are Horace Andy's Youths Of Today and Earl Sixteen's Changing World. Can't Keep A Good Man Down by The Immortals is one of my favorite ever roots tunes
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's - Part 1

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's. Ripped from our collection of 7 and 12''s. Lovers rock hits and rarities in an extended 12'' discomix style.

Part one. Selections from the 70's into the early 80's. Features hits from Rudy Thomas (Key To The World on Hawkeye), Jean Adebambo, The Mighty Diamonds, Cool-Notes and T.T. Ross (Last Date & Piece Of My Heart). Hard to find classics from Delroy Melody (Yvonne), The SUS Band, T. T. Scott (Lovers Game - a real diamond), Donna Rhoden and Marlene Webber. Dobby Dobson covers Why Do Fools Fall In Love, interesting for an unnamed deejay appearance (sounds like Ranking Joe, anyone have any ideas??). That one's on the circle label. Superb 12'' cut of Winston Reedy's Daughter Of Zion. Two irie cuts on Gregory Isaacs My Only Lover riddim from 1981 by Ken Boothe and Cornell Campbell (Rockstone).
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's - Part 2

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's. More from our collection of 7 and 12'' vinyl rips. Lovers rock hits and rarities in a discomix style.

Part 2. Some well known classics from Dennis Brown, Tyrone Taylor and Trevor Hartley alongside a lot of harder to find tunes mainly from the late 70's into the early 80's. Featuring some slightly more obscure artists like Eugene Paul, Dudley Campbell, Bristol's Dan Ratchet and instrumentalist Tony Washington. The stunning duet When I Call Your Name is taken from Carlene Davis' excellent debut LP (1979??). Winsome & Nerious Joseph also team up for Rock With Me (Fine Style 1988). George Larnyoh & The Love Children's superb interpretation of Blue Moon dates from the early 70's.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's - Part 3

Lovers Rock Gems from the 70's & 80's. More from our collection of 7 and 12'' vinyl rips. Lovers rock hits and rarities in a discomix style.

Part 3 is drawn mainly from the 1980's with some massive hits for Sugar Minott, Janet Kay, Peter Hunningale, John McLean, The Cool Notes, Matumbi, Gregory Isaacs & Maxi Priest. Irie selection on Fine Style/Fashion records from Michael Gordon. Trevor Hartley's memorable cover of Leroy Smart's Pride & Ambition (on Fu Manchu) exudes pure class while the Mighty Diamonds' Last Dance is a blues dance classic. Cynthia Schoss teams up with deejay U-Brown for Sad Movies.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Reggae Vibration From Creation Mixtape 2014

Vibration From Creation Mixtape. New roots collection from January 2014. I'm finally getting round to putting it out now....

Heavyweight roots & dancehall riddims. Overstand records hold the roots corner with their crucial Militancy riddim featuring a full roster of current artists. Bizzarri look back to 1988-89 with their rollicking Laba Laba and an update of Redman's Weh Dem Fah. Lion D & Gappy Ranks do an excellent cover of the Carl Meeks classic. Tarrus, Chronixx & Kabaka vibe on the airy Rising Sun (Chinmey). Two new licks of the Hypocrites. Mr Vegas bring on the Barrington Levy vibe with the irie Love Yourself (First Name) while deejay Tasha T mash down all informer on the Digital B cut (Rasvibe). Presenting three songs by singer King Mas who broke through in 2013 with some vital tunes and a good album, One Wish (Viral Records). His World Go Round for Natures Way Ent. is a modern conscious roots classic. Check the King Mas SoundCloud page. Chronixx still deh ya with Plant It (Special Delivery) and the hit Smile Jamaica for Silly Walks. Also featuring another highlight from Jahcoustix' excellent Frequency LP for IrieVibrations - Don't Shoot - alongside Raphael & Kabaka Pyramid.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Thanks & nuff respect to Ras John for use of the image on the tracklist.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

SiamRootsical Roots N Culture Mix 2013

Roots N Culture Mix 2013. Looking back on a great year for roots reggae as the excitement builds around a new generation of conscious artists. Jah9's New Name album is a modern classic while Chronixx visited the UK to wide acclaim alongside deejay Dre Island who broke through this year with some tuff sides like Find Dem Flaw and What Is Mine Is Mine. Check his Rastafari Way Mixtape by king I-Vier. Kabaka Pyramid keeps dropping tune after essential tune (like Liberal Opposer & Worldwide Love featured here). Check his new EP, Lead The Way, on Soundcloud. Lutan Fyah's new album Life Of A King is perhaps his best LP to date, thanks in part to some cutting edge production from Grillaras. See the release material on Reggaeville. Deejay Chuck Fenda makes a long overdue return with a new LP, Jah Element, for John John. Preview two tracks on the mixtape, combinations with longtime spar Junior Reid and Johnny Clarke. Lloyd Brown keeps the revival vibes flowing throughout his excellent Rootical LP, an earthy collaboration with producers Zion High. Vocalist Sara Lugo continues to impress with her Smile of a Child for Flash Hit Records.

Usual mix of updated classic riddim and originals. Selection like the Worldwide Love (Flash Hit), a thunderous update of Horace Andy's Money Money (Grillaras), Skylarking (ALTAFAAN), a heavy relick of the Police In Helicopter (Jam2), Green Lion Crew's Rough Road (Soul Of The Lion), John John James' dubby Inna Rub A Dub Style & None Shall Escape The Judgement (Johnny Clarke), Inna Mi Yard (Jamstone Digital), England Be Nice (Don Carleon) and a wicked reality song, Knowledge is the Power, on the Abyssinians' Declaration Of Rights by Bryan Art.  Also featuring the Children Of The Emperor Megamix (UTH Music/Uprising) which mixes up the legendary 70's roots original by Albert Malawi with daughter Hempress Sativa's fresh update and a SiamRootsical dub special. Check the Hempress Mixtape by Yabai... Its the Weed Thing...

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
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Many thanks to @protoje for the cover pic... NUFF RESPECT DUE

Friday, December 13, 2013

Chezidek - The Order of Melchezidek (Jahsolidrock LP 2013) Review

Chezidek - Order of Melchezidek
Jahsolidrock Records 2013 

Dutch roots masters Jahsolidrock have a canny knack of getting the best out of singers over a full album as seen on previous LPs by Chezidek (Judgement Time, 2010), Earl 16, Apple Gabriel and Brindley Forde. Chezidek's 2nd set on the label, The Order Of Melchezidek, is a true roots classic, rating alongside his Inna Di Road for Massive B back in 2008 and is as good a vocal LP as I've heard in a long time. Positive, irie humanity vibes throughout. Its the roots album of the year for me. The song Hail Up the Roots features on Roots N Culture 2013 (above post) but preview the whole album on soundcloud: Chezidek Album mix by DJ L.Slinga

MAXIMUM RESPECT TO ALL!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rebel Souljah Mixtape 2013 - Positive Reggae Music

Rebel Souljah Mixtape 2013. It's been a great 12 months for modern roots reggae with a mini-revival going on ending a 3-4 year lull. New generation of artists, fresh sounds.
Main feature here is Royal Order's MASSIVE Selassie Souljahz Megamix featuring Chronixx, Sizzla, Kabaka Pyramid, Protoje and some seriously heavy versions from Addis Pablo & The Suns Of Dub. RUFF... The Rootsman riddim is revisited, this time showcasing the Iba Mahr, Jah9 & Chronixx cuts. Nuff Chronixx in dub! ...and he's hitting the UK next week! Check his new VDO Here Comes Trouble. Also featuring a rootsy excursion with Ja group Dubtonic Kru on the Izez riddim and tracks by singer Bryan Art from his excellent self-titled LP for ALTAFAAN. Preview it on SoundCloud. Silent Warrior is a killer reality selection by singjay Tydal (Train-Line Records). It takes a few plays to lock itself into the consciousness. @tydalmusiq Eddie Murphy's remarkable but very catchy Red Light is essential, the surprise of the summer. @eddiemurphy Singer Jah comes with another powerful reality selection Help For The Youths (Reggaeland) top tune!

Righteous riddim like the Re-Birth (Firehouse), a relick of Frankie P's Rub-A-Dub Market (Irievibrations), Izez (RPR), Rough Road (Soul Of The Lion), Rootsman (Overstand), Swing Heavy-Swing Easy (Bizarri) & Fugitive (Wile Fya). Jah9 gets the steamers a bubbling on Chinna Smith's Inna Di Yard (Shambala/Hit Bound), a tuff update of an original 70s Channel One rhythm track.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Redda Fya! - Concious Roots Mixtape 2013

Redda Fya! - Concious Selections 2013. Full time wi stand up against the system. But man still haffi eat... Jamaican singjay sensation Chronixx start a fyah while rising roots artist Jah9 provides nuff serious reasoning. A pair of big Tarrus Riley hits with Gimmi Likkle One Drop & the killer Kabaka Pyramid combination Fly Di Gate. Bobby Tenna's album Words & Melody builds on his amazing debut set and marks him as an upcoming major talent in conscious roots music. Both albums are out on his own Wile Fya label, check them out. Singer/deejay Lady Flame also has some fine music out there. She forwards the positivity here on Build Up. Visit ladyflame.com. 2013 sees a welcome return to form for both Turbulence and Capleton. The Prophet blaze it up here with Meta & The Cornerstones on the Senegalese band's Ancient Power CD. Preview it on their Soundcloud page. Jahcoustix & Apple Gabriel come with a deep roots blast against the leaders on Controller, lifted from Jahcoustix's Frequency LP out on IrieVibrations.

Crucial relicks of classic riddim & some fresh originals. Featuring the very irie Tropical Escape (Chimney Records), Coronation Day (Hilltop), Selassie I Way (Israel Records), Crisis (Rawborn Product), Heartwarming (Akom), Songbird (I-Grade), Dennis Brown's Milk & Honey (Reggae Fever) and a superb remix of Garnett's Hard Nut To Crack on Wile Fya. We also revisit Junior Byles' Beat Down Babylon, this time with Morgan Heritage from their excellent new album Here Come The Kings (VP/Gedion Records).
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Respect & Manners - New Roots Mixtape 2013

Respect & Manners Mixtape 2013. Conscious selection of new roots songs and excursions on some rocking rhythms, old and new. Call for unity and better overstanding everywhere in this time. In the words of Jah Mali, ''live and let live...''

Starring three classic Burning Spear rhythms; He Prayed (Sajay), Creation Rebel (Maximum Sound) & Live Good (Mafia & Fluxy). The Ffrenchie relick of the Creation Rebel (2008) is based on Bunny Lee's mid-70s version (Johnny Clarke) and features a cool Johnny Clarke/Fantan Mojah combination and a crucial U-Roy/Chedidek cut as well as an original Bunny Lee dub version.

 Next Generation Family's rootsy Raspect riddim is just brilliant and leads with Lutan Fyah's superb Respect & Manners. Another I-light is Reggaeland's Cultura featuring deejay legend Jah Thomas and Singer Jah's Prayer 2 Di Most High which is simply sublime. The Redeemer (OneNess) harks back to the good ole days of rub-a-dub dances with Mark Wonder. Jesse Royal delivers a militant cut to the I'klek'tic (XTM Nation). Great to hear Queen Omega once more. She really shines on the Passover (Jahlight). Another Maximum Sound rhythm, Leggo Di, has a real early reggae sound. Deejay Captain Sinbad celebrates Jamaica 50 here while singer-deejay Ras Demo (aka Demolition Man) come with a top reality tune. Glen Washington & Mikey Spice contribute two outstanding conscious songs on Cyclone's Da Drama. Joe Frasier's World Peace is similar to the Full Up and features one of Sanchez's best cultural songs. Together, taken from the latest Ras Batch LP Know Thyself, is an illustrious call for unity. A heartical U-Roy combination with Harrison Stafford (of Groundation) reminds me of vintage Eric Donaldson and is from the new U-Roy LP Pray Fi Di People.
Continuous mix. 119 minutes.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection - Winter 1982-83

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection - Winter 1982-83. Dancehall mixtape leads with Eek-A-Mouse, The Wailing Souls & The Meditations. Vocal and dubwise selection. Top riddim like Terrorist In The City, Operation Radication, Mad Mad, Boxing... 

Featuring: Eek-A-Mouse, Fathead, Toyan, Billy Boyo, The Wailing Souls, Linval Thompson, The Meditations, Reggae George, Bunny Lie Lie, Lee Van Cliffe and Yellowman. Productions from Junjo Lawes, Lloyd Campbell, Jah Thomas, The Wailing Souls and Linval Thompson. Riddims from The Roots Radics, Hi-Times and The Rhythm Roulettes. Engineering and dubs by Errol Thompson, Barnabas and Soldgie.
Continuous mix. 77 minutes. Repost...
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1983

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1983. Volcano and Jammys hits from 1983 inna discomix style. Vocal & dubwise. MASSIVE riddim like Police In Helicopter, Hell A Go Pop, Real Rock, Gunshot...
CD1: Positively conscious vibes in early 1983. Featuring: John Holt, Al Campbell, Fathead, Ken Boothe, Wayne Hussey, Don Carlos, The Wailing Souls, Triston Palmer, Barry Brown, Hugh Griffiths, Anthony Johnson and Cornell Campbell. Productions by Junjo Lawes and Jah Screw. Riddims from The Roots Radics and We The People. Engineering and dubs by Barnabas and Soldgie.

CD2: Eek-A-Mouse, Johnny Osbourne, Michael Palmer, Jim Brown, Jah Thomas, The Mighty Rudo, Barrington Levy, Peter Metro, Cultural Roots, Dean Frazer, Nambo, Yellowman, Little John and The Reggae Regulars. Productions by Junjo Lawes, Prince Jammy, Jah Thomas, Bunny Lee and The Reggae Regulars. Riddims from The Roots Radics, Hi-Times and The Taxi Gang. Engineering and dubs by Chemist, King Tubby, Prince Jammy, Scientist and Soldgie.

Continuous mix. Total 158 minutes. Repost...
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1984

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1984. Solid pre-digital dancehall mixtape. This was a year when the singers carried the swing with several landmark reggae hits. Vocal and dubwise selections.
CD1 leads with some killer Ken Boothe before hitting with Carlton Livingstone's massive 100wt of Collie Weed on Volcano's Hot Milk. More tuff riddim like Worries In The Dance, Darker Shade Of Black (Pass The Tu Sheng Peng), Lecturer, I Can't Hide and some wicked cuts on the Shank I Shek. Featuring Ken Boothe, Carlton Livingstone, Scion Success, Michael Palmer, Robert Ffrench, Pad Anthony, Barrington Levy, The Viceroys, Frankie Paul, Yellowman, Barry Brown, Charlie Chaplin, Wailing Souls and Al Campbell. Productions from Sly & Robbie, Junjo Lawes, Winston Riley, Jah Thomas, H. Wright and Myrie Lewis. Riddim from The Taxi Gang, The Roots Radics and The I-Life Band.

CD2 Prince Jammy is predominant by the end of the year. Riddim like Heavenless, Answer, Drifter, Throw Mi Corn, Stop That Train, Cuss Cuss (including Johnny Osbourne's crucial Rewind), Get A Lick (One In A Million), Love Won't Come Easy, World A Reggae Music (Boom Shackalack) and the mighty Stalag. Featuring: Patrick Andy, Michael Palmer, Larry & Alvin, Tetrack, Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Osbourne, Half Pint, Frankie Paul, Puddy Roots, Delroy Wilson, Hugh Hugh Madoo, Wayne Smith, Junior Reid, Leroy Smart, Sammy Dread, Michael Prophet, Scion Success and Echo Minott. Productions from Sly & Robbie, Prince Jammy, Gussie Clarke, H. Wright and M. Lewis. Riddims from The Taxi Gang, Hi-Times and The Roots Radics.

Continuous mix. Total 157 minutes. Repost..

Friday, May 31, 2013

Rocking Time - Late 70s Revival Vinyl Mix

Rocking Time - Selections from the late-70's. Cool & easy revival mixtape made up of rips of some of my 7 & 12''s. Incorporates various styles of the day, varying from roots to big people revival vibes. Runs vocals into deejay cut into dub version or blazing instrumentals inna true discomix style... Some real timeless classics here like the Phase One classic rockers cut of Waiting in the Park by the Chantells, Owen Gray's cover of When I Need You or Trevor Hartley's combination with U-brown on Selassie-I. Singer Ras Midas with a wonderfully dread version of the Paragon's rocksteady hit Same Song. Ends with a personal favorite of mine, the sublime Going Is Rough by Jimmy London. 49 tracks.

Featuring: I-Roy, Tito Simon, Owen Gray, Hortense Ellis, The Chantells, The Revolutionaries, Prince Hammer, Justin Hinds, Toby Nelson, Trevor Hartley, U-Brown, Errol Dunkley, Marcia Aitkin, Trinity, Winston Fergus, The In Crowd, Slim Smith, George Dekker, Ranking Superstar (Tappa Zukie), Ras Midas, Harry J All-Stars, The Mighty Diamonds, Jah Stitch, Gregory Isaacs, The Agrovators, Leon Wint, Mudies All-Stars, Prince Brothers, Pat Rhoden, The Mexicano, Delroy Wilson, Lascelles, Barbara Jones, Winston Curtis and the excellent Jimmy London.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Roots-Dancehall Selections Vol. 1 - Dennis Brown & Idren

Roots-Dancehall Selections Volume One (1978-84) - Dennis Brown & Idren. Revisiting one of my old mixes here because it sounds so well. So many excellent roots and roots-dancehall classics back2back inna 12'' discomix style. Vocals, deejay cuts & dubs. Productions from Junjo Lawes, Niney, Prince Jammy, Sly & Robbie, Jah Shaka and several others. Remix of the Tuff Gong's Roots Rock Reggae Dub and Shaka's earth-shattering dub of Johnny Clarke's Babylon.
Continuous mix. Total 157 minutes. Repost..
I've added some vinyl rips by Dennis Brown, Nigger Kojak, Jah Thomas, the Tamlins, Carlton Livingstone, The Extension & the Memory of Justice Band.

Roots-Dancehall Selections Vol. 2 - Don Carlos & Idren

Roots-Dancehall Selections Volume 2 (1978-84) - Don Carlos & Idren. More classic roots and roots-dancehall hit tunes and rarities inna 12'' discomix style with deejay cuts and dub versions. Roots Radics predominant with nuff Junjo Lawes, Sly & Robbie and Prince Jammy productions among many others. In many ways the start of the 1980s was an exceptionally good, creative period for reggae music. The move towards a more dancehall-friendly (and less militant) sound began late in the 70s and borrowed heavily from the traditions and rhythms of rocksteady of over a decade earlier.

Continuous mix. Total 157 minutes. Repost..
I've added a few 12'' rips by Lion Youth, the Mighty Diamonds, Jah Thomas  & Gregory Isaacs from 1981-82.
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Friday, April 26, 2013

Attack Records UK 7'' Selections 1969-73 - Part 1

Attack Records 7'' Selections 1969-73 - Part 1. 48 track vinyl rip mixtape. UK label Attack Records released around 250 reggae singles from 1969 through to 1979 by a number of producers in both Jamaica and the UK.  Part 1 is pretty eclectic and takes in most Attack releases up to the end of 1973. Early reggae, instrumentals, soul covers, soundman boasts and reality songs. Producers include Byron Lee, Laurel Aitkin, Prince Tony Robinson, Tony Brevett, Philligree, Alvin Ranglin, Sidney Crooks, Warwick Lyn, Tommy Cowen, Joel Gibson, Clancy Eccles, Shady Tree, Leslie Kong, Lee Perry, Duke Reid, Lloyd Coxsone, Tony King, Derrick Harriott and Noel Williams.
 Takes in some enduring vocal classics here like This Beautiful Land (Melodians), Be The One (Heptones), Sweet & Dandy (Maytals) and Take It Easy (Reggae Boys). There are some early deejay sides and also some excellent instrumental pieces from the Family Circle group, The Cimarons and The Big L.
 Continuous mix. 79 minutes.