Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Vintage Jamaican Ska Mix 1963-67

Vintage Ska Mix 1963-67. One of our old mixes. The original and authentic 60's ska sound of Jamaica. Its jump up time... Featuring: Carlos Malcolm, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Lord Tanamo, Stranger Cole, Derrick Morgan, The Caridonians, Tommy McCook, Basil Gabbidon, Lord Creator, The Skatalites, Laurel Aitkin, Bongoman Byfield, Eric Morris, Prince Buster & His All-stars, Bobby Martell, The Folkes Brothers, The Maytals, Bob Andy, Higgs & Wilson, Jackie Mittoo, Jimmy Cliff, Drumbago's Orchestra, Bunny & Skitter, Bunny Livingstone & Rita Anderson. Continuous mix.
Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost..

Friday, June 19, 2015

Glen Brown & Friends - Vintage Revival Selections 1967-72

Glen Brown & Friends - Revival Selections 1967-72

 Glen Brown & Friends - Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae Selections 1967-72. The best of Glen Brown's early output as a vocalist alongside some initial production efforts. Much of Glen's work focused on harmony duos and groups in the 1960's, following a stint with Sonny Bradshaw's Jazz, though he also did some wicked solo sides. He'd begun to experiment with instrumentals by the 70's. Featuring duos as Glen & Dave (Dave Barker), Hopetown & Glen (Hopeton Lewis), Lloyd & Glen (Lloyd Robinson) Maxie & Glen (Max Romeo) and Glen & Jimmy (an obscure vocalist at the Upsetter camp - anyone know a who dat?), and fine sides from vocal groups Marcus & The Musketeers and The Graduates (Glen Brown, Joe White & Trevor Shields). Labels: Doctor Bird, Fab, Stag, Treasure Isle, Studio One, GGs, Coxsone, Harry J, Beverleys, Flame, Bra, Upsetter, Darace, Shalimar and Glen Brown's own Pantomine.

Continuous mix. 96 minutes.
Special request. Repost..

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SOUNDTAPE: Spaceport7 & Paul Rootsical Live @ Beehive Bradford 12 June 2015

SOUNDTAPE: Spaceport7 & Paul Rootsical Live @ Beehive Club Bradford 12 June 2015. Kaleidoscope: a night of dancehall reggae just yards from the old frontline & blues in Lumb Lane, Bradford. An irie crowd turned out and music play til past 3...  Selectors Iain Spaceport7, Big Bri & Paul Rootsical mix up upfront dancehall, one-drop, reggae revival, roots and dub. A big thanks to everyone who came. You made it a good night. See y'all next month - 10th July....

The recording comes from the dj setup and not the PA output so unfortunately the mic is missing from the mix as are Big Bri's well crucial Upsetter & roots vinyl sets. We'll definitely put this right for next time.


Spaceport7 sets 1 & 2

Paul Rootsical sets 1 & 2

Spaceport7 set 3

Sunday, June 14, 2015

KING VOLTS Live at the Tumble Inn, Bradford 1987

King Volts - Live at the Tumble Inn 1987. The legendary Newcastle/Bradford reggae band onstage in Bradford. Brisk, dub-heavy live sound. Solid, irie festival vibes.
King Volts formed in 1984 in Fenham, Newcastle and were regulars on the Northeast gig circuit during the mid-80s, supporting visiting acts like Black Roots. Anyone see them at the Riverside? The band moved to Bradford in 1986 where they quickly built up a local following alongside their King Volts Sound System while traveling to play at free festivals. Key members emigrated and, sadly, the band split in 1987. 
Volts reformed for a great reunion gig in 1988 at the 1in12 Club, Bradford, another memorable night.
Respect to Igger, Martin, Cess, Steve, John, Andy, Mickey, Diccon, The Rootsman, Larry and everyone. King Volts are still fondly remembered. If any of you come on here, link up, leave a comment.... Paul.
 Taken from the original PA tape. 58 minutes. Shame I lost the old Newcastle Demo tape.
Thanks to Iain for ripping this, bless man...Repost...

Sunday, June 7, 2015

REGGAE DANCEHALL PARTY & dred lightshow with KALEIDOSCOPE @ BeeHive Inn, Bradford 12/06/2015

A night of Reggae Dancehall Vybz & dred lightshow with KALEIDOSCOPE Selectors: Spaceport7 & Big Bri..
this Friday12th June 2015 and monthly threafter...
  @ the BeeHive Cellar Bar 
Westgate, Bradford


Guest selector Paul Rootsical will be juggling modern roots & one-drop selections mix up with foundation classic...

From SKA to fresh ONE-DROP selections & DANCEHALL
Music to make u dance! Spotlight on the new Horseman LP, Jah Sun, Protoje, Jesse Royal, Lee Perry..

Lazer show, projections & lightshow
Whole heap a vybz
MCs welcome 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Travelling East - New Roots Mixtape 1997

Travelling East - New Roots Mixtape 1997 - Part 1. Roots & reality mixtape remaster from the original cassette mixtape. A great year for roots reggae. Established nu roots stars like Sizzla, Luciano, Capleton and Tony Rebel stand alongside veterans Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs and Everton Blender, while emerging talent like Morgan Heritage, Daweh Congo, Anthony B and Bushman come on strong. A real highlight of that year was the Reggae Day at Finsbury Park, London. A whole heap a artist come down - Beenie Man, Anthony B, Everton Blender, Macka B, Earl 16, U-Roy, Danny Red, Mad Prof. etc. etc... I missed (the ever-disappointing) Lee Perry as he was on at the same time, on another stage from Beenie who was magnificent... no contest who to watch there!

Riddim like Star Trail's Burning Bush & Lift Up Your Head, Heathen (Digital B), War (African Star), Collie Weed, Kette Drum & Slave Master (Jazz Jamaica).

Riddim: Mr Bassie (Xterminator), Revolution, Stepping Outta Babylon (Penthouse), Satta (Digital B & Manatee), more Burning Bush, Mount Jerusalem (Firehouse Crew) and the awesome Ghetto People Song (Flames).

Continuous mix. Total 158 minutes. Repost..
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Monday, June 1, 2015


PEACE MIX by DYNAMICDUO. Vital 2hr collection out on Mixcloud by the dynamic duo. We crying out for peace.. Eclectic, rootsy selection from Misty In Roots to Luciano and U Roy, Barrington Levy to Augustus Pablo and the Twinkle Brothers. Full discomix cuts with dub versions. MAXIMUM RESPECT SELECTOR!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1988 - Augustus Clarke Productions

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomixes 1988. Crucial, uptempo collection of mainly hard-hitting dancehall tunes. All but one of these tunes came out of Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke's Music Works. Riddim like Rumours and Mind Yu Dis - vocal and dubwise. Clarke's re-entry into the dancehall scene produced what was unquestionably the freshest, richest, biggest sound to come outta yard since Jammys. Clarke released upfront dancehall hits but also combined dancehall and lovers rock to great effect. Wicked raggamuffin dub versions!

 Continuous mix. 71 minutes.

Bonus 30 minute excursions pon the Rumours and Manners riddims with Lady G, The Mighty Diamonds, Josie Wales, Dean Fraser, Gregory Isaacs, Ken Boothe, Home T, Hopeton Lindo, Dennis Creary, Robbie Lyn, Johnny Osbourne, JC Lodge, Rebel Rockers, Jackie Mittoo and Nadine Sutherland.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cultural Deejay Conference 2003

Cultural Deejay Conference 2003. Deejays lead the line in 2003. Conscious reality over fresh one-drop and new roots riddim like the Herbalist, You Should Have Known (Black Scorpio), Monday Morning, Bobby Digital's Java & Queen Majesty, Negust Negast (King of Kings), Sly & Robbie's Tabla and the heartical Zulu Chant. Version excursions...

 Continuous mix: 76 minutes.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Richie Spice - Roots N Culture Mixtape 2008

Wha the World Gone To... Strictly conscious, positive vibes from St. Andrews rootsman Richie Spice 1998-2008. His first hit, Earth A Run Red on the Sweet River Rock (1998), took a few years to register. Its sunny melodies and solid rootsiness kinda worked its way into the consciousness, eventually being recognised as a sufferers classic with its apocalyptic world visions from the street. This essential theme is returned to with strings of tunes over the years; World Is Troubled, 9-1-1, Trouble Deh Abroad, World Is A Cycle, Upside Down, Wha The World Gone To, Trouble In The World, World Crisis, Youths Are So Cold, Blood Again and plenty others... One of the top conscious artists of this millennium. Na na na na na na naaa!

BIG riddim like Jah Love, Truth & Rights, World Jam, Giddimani, Passion, Righteous Youths, First Born, Real Rock, None A Jah Jah Children, 5th Element, Ali Baba,... Combination and version sharing with Chuck Fender, Jah Mason, Choppa Chop, King Kong, Chezidek, Anthony B, DYCR, Fantan Mojah, Lutan Fyah, Capleton, Perfect, Little Hero, Jah Cure, Chrisinti, Turbulence, Major Chris, Luciano, Bascom X, Etana and Bonner brothers Spanner Banner & Pliers. 54 tracks, 26 riddim, 24 producers...

Continuous mix. 110 minutes. Repost...

Friday, May 15, 2015

Irie & Mellow: 90s Reggae Hits

Irie & Mellow 1998. Uptempo collection of crucial reggae hits from the mid-late 90s. Real mixed bag... lovers, roots, dancehall, ragga and mainstream reggae. Some great cover versions. Leads with the Beres Hammond hit from way back in 1982 (I played the tune a lot back then... Wicked!) and then switches straight to 90s selections with Frankie P's I Got The Vibes. Nuff other highlights, like Luciano's Its Me Again Jah & Your World and Mine, Garnett Silk's Ebony & Ivory, The Rod, Goofy & Red Rat's hilarious Big Man Likkle Yout and some great sides by Sylvia Tella.

CD1: Riddim like Let Him Go, Boops, Babylon Cowboy, Seek & You Will Find, Fattie Fattie, Rich & Shine Eye Gal.

CD2: Riddim: No No No, Land of Love, So Much Things to Say, Rainbow Country, Bam Bam, Mr Bassie, Fever Pitch, Sun is Shining & Journalist.
Continuous mix. Total 159 minutes. Repost...
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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Silverback Gorilla - Nu Roots Mixtape 2015

Silverback Gorilla - Nu Roots Mixtape 2015. Latest conscious reggae selections & fresh ganja tunes on some killer riddim old and new. Named after the popular new indica strain. Looks so sweet you could eat it...

Highlights three massive new rhythm tracks. Oneness Records come with the Retro Locks, a rocking update of Bim Sherman's Golden Locks, with strong cuts by Iba Mahr, Dre Island, Mark Wonder and Glen Washington who sings the Sherman original. Gappy Ranks teams up with Suga Roy & Conrad Crystal. The Ram Jam - Fattie Fattie (Silly Walks) finally drops with big tunes from Chronixx, Ras Demo, RC and emerging singers Clay and Dalton Harris. Pure feelgood party vibes when Protoje meets Sara Lugo on I Really Like You. This riddim's gonna mash it up this summer. Inner Circle's relick of the Tenement Yard is already a hit for Chronixx. Assassin aka Agent Sasco does a hebalist cut inna wicked 90s deejay style. 

Two Ghetto Youths Int. riddims here... Stephen Marley is on the Sun Is Shining while Wayne Marshall's controversial On The Corner is built around REM's Losing My Religion. Kabaka Pyramid takes a shot at 'mr politician man' on the same rhythm. Norris Man and dancehall-crossover artist Mark Balet also aim on Politicians and Running. Special request to the election-weary... Sudden Flight, the latest hit from Protoje's hot new album Ancient Future for Overstand, rides a crucial relick of the Gunshot alongside Jesse Royal & Sevana. Micah Shemaiah, Hempress Sativa & Jahkime whip up a roots session vibe on the Prince Far I/Adrian Sherwood Tempo version. The original from the Cry Tuff Dub Vol. 3 LP 1980 - one of the greatest dub albums ever - is in the mix. Levi Roots does an irie update of Roman Stewart's Rice & Peas.

The MARCH TOWARDS LEGALIZATION seems to have inspired more than the usual number of weed tunes recently. After several cuts on the Tenement Yard we revisit Chronixx on the Cultivator from 2013/14 (Royal Order) with additional tracks by Bobby Hustle, Pressure, Sizzla, Mykal Rose and  Perfect's funny Smoke Alarm. Every day a four20! Chronixx also comes together with the Mystic Revealers for Herb Must Legalize Now. Staying with the same theme Protoje & Winta James' great remake of Zap Pow's Bubblin' Over is brought together here with the 70s original. UK dancehall artist Stylo G does a nice Sugar Minott tribute on the Mr DC. Jesse Royal cool up him nerve on the Diamond Sox (Notis) and Keida sips Ganja Tea with Rory Stonelove. Passenger Seat by RC is on a Penthouse lick of an early 80s (Junjo?) riddim. Its been killing me trying to remember the original. Was it the Wailing Souls? Can anyone help me with this one???

Continuous mix. 94 minutes.

SiamRootsical Roots N Culture Mix 2014

We revisit Royal Order's killer relick of the Channel One dancehall classic Worries in The Dance, renamed War Is In The Dance, with cuts by Pressure, Bobby Hustle, Gappy Ranks and the amazing Stand For Something by Keida as well as the original Frankie P scorcher (Hitbound). Lustre Kings come with  the dubstep-roots flavoured Junction riddim. Equally rootsy is the Jah Warriah (Zion High) with conscious vocals from Jahdan & Pressure, Batch, Niyorah, Jah Mali and one by Lloyd Brown from last year's excellent Rootical album. Keyboards interplay nicely with live horns on the Reggae Root (Kheil Stone). Kabaka Pyramid & Chronixx team up with the Ghetto Blues. Duane Stephenson gets in the groove on Bunny Wailer/Roots Radics' Cool Runnings (Kongstar).

There were a few interesting roots lps in 2014. Included here are two songs by Netherlands-based singer Rass Motivated who released his impressive debut album Who Am I. Hear it on Soundcloud. Norris Man collaborates with the Hot This Year Band on Real, his 2nd album for Partillo & Lancealot for a great live sound throughout. Two tracks are featured, including an irie collaboration with veteran deejay U-Brown. Hear the full album on Soundcloud here. Panama rootsman Likle Mystic released an excellent 2nd set with producer Ziggy Blacks this year, the Island In The Sun EP. Jah Cure's upcoming Rasta lp should be good judging by the single Rasta Is Passing Through. Pressure Busspipe was back at his best this year with a chain of ruff tunes & two good albums, including the musically diverse Africa Redemption (Yard Vybz). Jahdan Blakkamore also came strong. Another contender is Addis Pablo's In My Father's House, sister  to Chezidek's Order Of Melchezidek on Jahsolidrock. Penthouse artist RC (Righteous Child) and young blood Yung J.R. broke thu...

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

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.
(includes 2 promo songs by Likle Mystic)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

100% Reggae Vybz & dred lightshow with KALEIDOSCOPE - BeeHive Inn, Bradford 08/05/2015

A night of 100% Reggae Vybz & dred lightshow with KALEIDOSCOPE
8th May 2015 and monthly threafter...
  @ the BeeHive Cellar Bar,  
Westgate, Bradford


From SKA to fresh ONE-DROP selections & DANCEHALL
Music to make u dance!

Guest selectors
Lazer show, projections & lightshow
Whole heap a vybz
MCs welcome 

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Twitter: @3DFlyZone

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s - Vol. 1

Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s - Vol. 1. 1975-80. The first of four older 7'' and 12'' roots compilations back by popular demand (lol). Hits and rarities from the rockers era. Sly & the Revolutionaries feature heavily through all 4 cds. Full length scorchers inna discomix style with blazing versions, dubs and deejay cuts. Riddim like the Pure Ranking (King Tubby), Lopez Walker's Send Another Moses, Freedom of Movement by the High Lites & Sons of Jah, the Channel One take of the Far East, Sonia Pottinger's Fig Root (Reggae George), Black Uhuru/Prince Jammy's Time To Unite and an extended mix of Dr Alimantado's Born For A Purpose. Very early Eek-A-Mouse outing - 1975 - on My Father's Land. The horns-driven Ras Ibuna & Jah Woosh Diverse Doctrine.is a major classic as is His Majesty Is Coming by The In Crowd...

Continuous mix. 78 minutes. Repost...

Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s - Vol. 2

Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s. Part two of the rockers era mixtape. 1978-80. More 7 and 12 inch roots hits and rarities in full length discomix format - nuff versions, dubs and deejay cuts, Channel 1 style... Features a killer D. Brown-Dillinger counteraction on Jah Is Watching (Niney). Big excursions on the Weather Balloon (Channel One) Linval Thompson's Never Push Your Brother & the Blackstones' Open The Gates. Mystic Eyes team up with Jah Thomas for Reality on Jah Life. The Tappa Zukie & Knowledge 12'' Make Faith and the Earl 16 original Malcolm X are here also.

Continuous mix. Running time: 79 minutes. Repost...

Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s - Vol. 3

Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s - Part Three. 1978-80. More 7'' and 12'' roots hits and rarities inna discomix format. The usual heavyweight dubs and deejay versions... Features Gregory Isaacs' counteraction with Prince Far-I on the Uncle Joe. Other excursions on Bim Sherman's Golden Locks (watch out for the new cut - Retro Locks by Oneness Records - its on the latest nu roots mix I'll be dropping later this week), Lacksley Castell/Augustus Pablo's Babylon World, Black Uhuru's Rent Man, Tappa Zukie's Bosrah, the Wailing Soul's War, and the heavenly Lift Up Your Conscience (Israel Vibration).

Continuous mix. Running time: 79 minutes. Repost...
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Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s - Vol. 4

Rootsical Vibrations - Roots Rockers from the Late 70s - Part 4. 1977-80. More heavyweight rockers selections with dread dub and deejay counteractions. Includes excursions on the Revolutionaries' PLA riddim, Niney's Slave Master, Tappa Zukie's Freedom Fi Natty, Augustus Pablo's Freedom Train and D. Browns' Drifter. King Miguel & Sugar Minott 's classic World of Sorrow is on the Full Up. Crucial early Eek-A-Mouse selection No Wicked Can Reign (Quality 7''). Ricky Storm's Zion Pathway is produced by father Leslie Kong. Bucket Bottom by Prince Alla and the Meditations' Fly Your Natty Dread are longtime faves of mine.

Continuous mix. Running time: 79 minutes. Repost...
Special request to the Midlands posse... BIG UP

Friday, April 24, 2015

Late Night Blues - SiamRootsical 7'' & 12'' Vinyl Selections

Late Night Blues - SiamRootsical 7'' & 12'' Vinyl Selections. Another bonafide selection of rips from my collection and some captured back when we used to trade in reggae records. This ya one brings together some great sides from the late 70s into the early 80s and has a definite rub-a-dub flava. Who remember the days of the basement blues? A cellarfull of bass bins, selector, operator and mcs bunched up in the corner, special brew at a pound, the crowd moving while smoke fill the place like a London fog! There was an exhilarating; revolutionary vibe going down in the UK back then - fi real! David Jahson's Raving is a good reflection of the vybz of the time. Some rarities here like the undated, uncredited Ganja War on the Spiderman label (Musicism Alll-Stars?) which has a Black Ark feel to it. TT Scott's Children Of Zion on Cloud and Lion Youth's Chant Inna Dance on Virgo. The Memory Of Justice Band (Cayman Islands) hit Me And My Crew takes a look at forced slum redevelopment. Two good sides from deejay Mikey Jarrett including the brilliant Reggae Music alongside Tony Jackson. This World Love and Hate captures Leroy Smart at his very best.

 Mainly JA & UK productions alongside the sound of Wackies & Clive Hunt outta the US. Features a BIG excursion on the Don Carlos classic Late Night Blues with crucial versions by Cornell Campbell, Ranking Dread and Junior Reid. Both cuts of Icho Candy's signature tune Captain Selassie are here - the Joe Gibbs original on the Shank-I-Shek & the tuffer, essential lick on the Heavenless (Jwyanza). The 7th Extension Band also get on the Shank-I-Shek for the roots-dancehall killer Hard Times. The Revulutionaries come with an interesting track from the Came, Saw, Conquered LP blending 2 riddim - the Heavenless & Sitting And Watching together. Sugar Minott all-time classic Rough Ole Life rides the M16. Lloyd Jones' relick of his Studio 1 hit Rome from Clive Hunt's Ruff & Tuff Showcase LP is a real 80s gem. The B-side of the Gregory Isaacs Night nurse 10'' is a very dubby remix of Material Man. Meanwhile Yellowman calls for Mr. Isaacs' release from GP (coke charges) on the Storm.... Gregory heng on...

Continuous mix. 94 minutes.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1978

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1978. . The original, first instalment of the Year-2-Year mixtape series that spans the years 1978 - 1993. I put these together some years ago to compress some of  the 12'' versions in a collection which had otherwise lasted hours and hours and hours, making them more accessible...  Roots & culture is the order of the day here, split between Ja and UK productions. Yard selection backed by the Revolutionaries. Vocals and dubs inna classic discomix style. Productions from Joseph Hoo Kim, Lloyd Patten, Chris Cracknell, I-Haicideons and Keith Hudson. 

Continuous mix. 77 minutes. Repost...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1979

Year 2 Year 12'' Discomix Collection 1979. Strictly roots & culture and rockers music, mostly outta Channel One and Joe Gibbs. UK roots rocking from Capital Letters. As always nuff vocal, deejay and dub versions..  

CD 1: Riddim like the Lion & Tiger (LinvalThompson), Born For A Purpose & Sitting In The Park (Dr Alimantado), African Love (Jah Bunny) and Satan Army Band (Jammys), The Morwells come with the Heart & Soul, Thief A Man, Sticks Man, Love Me Forever and the Ba Ba Boom. Productions from Prince Jammy, Jah Bunny, Joseph Hoo Kim, Dr. Alimantado, Mickie Scott, Chris Cracknell, Dubmasta and Linval Thompson. Rhythm tracks by The Revolutionaries, Morwells Unlimited, The Rebels and Agrovators.

CD2: Predominantly roots rockers vibes continue alongside the emerging roots-dancehall style with experimentals from Keith Hudson. Riddim like the Jah Love With I & Bad Days Are Coming (Johnny Clarke), Love Won't Come Easy & Black Gun (Rockers), Rockfort Rock (Linval Thompson). Get In The Groove (Mikey Scott), Nah Skin Up & Felt The Strain (Keith Hudson) and Englishman (Volcano). Nyabinghi meditations with the Ethiopian Blood Relatives. Riddims from The Revolutionaries, The Roots Radics and Rockers All-Stars. Engineering/dub mixes by Phillip Robinson, Chinna Smith and Keith Hudson.

Continuous mix. Total 159 minutes. Repost...
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Friday, March 27, 2015

Yabby You Vibration Tribute - Vivian Jackson Productions

Yabby You Vibration Tribute - Vivian Jackson Productions 1972-85. This one's been in the making for over 4 years, since the great singer and percussionist's passing in 2010. I got slightly carried away as there are about 180 track snippets here. Jackson's songs stand out in the roots genre for the level of humility and biblical imagery. He also comes across as very sincere and, like all the great songwriters, many of his songs were evidently penned in response to immediate personal experiences - check Blood A Go Run Down King Street for one! A long-running collaboration with King Tubby lends a harder, tuffer edge to the dubs and deejay cuts. Other mixes by Scratch, Scientist and Prince Jammy. Backing band - the Prophets All-Stars - comprised the cream of JA session musicians, man like Horsemouth, Family Man, Sly & Robbie, The Gladiators, Augustus Pablo, Chinna, Pablove Black, Ansel Collins, Skully.... Mighty horns from Viv Gordon, Bobby Ellis, Dirty Harry and Tommy McCook, who's flute playing adds vastly to the uplifting/devotional vibes. Vocal harmony from the Prophets (Jackson, Alaric Forbes & Bobby Melody). Rhythm tracks recorded at  Channel One, Harry J's, Joe Gibbs, Dynamic, King Tubby's and Black Ark.

In-house chanter Trinity adds to the righteousness throughout with some of his best work. He's joined by fellow deejays Dillinger, Clint Eastwood, U Brown, Stepping King Miguel, Tapper Zukie, Jah Stitch and Big Youth on some of the Prophet's biggest tracks. Big Youth's Lightning Flash Weakheart Drop aka Yabby Youth on the Conquering Lion is a major classic. Other big riddims include the Jah Vengeance, Black Is Our Colour, Death Trap, King Pharaoh's Plague, Pick Up The Pieces, Gang War, Every Tongue Shall Tell, Heptones Gonna Fight, Judgement On The Land, Run Come Rally, Born Free, Anti-Christ & Warn The Nation. While these are all classics, Deliver Me From My Enemies and Conquering Lion are probably the most evocative..

Yabby You produced important LPs for Michael Prophet, Tony Tuff and Wayne Wade and nuff great tunes for a host of other artists like The Melodians, Patrick Andy, Barrington Spence, Horace Andy, Cornell Campbell, Dicky Burton, Lenroy Swaby, Michael Rose, Errol Alphonso, Junior Brown and Willie Williams. Tommy McCook leads on many superb instrumentals including Love In Zimba on the Shank-I-Shek and an amazing guitar-flute-horns duel on Babylon Fall. Leroy Smart voiced several Prophets riddims though there must have later been a colossal misunderstanding (lol!) leading to Yabby You teaming up with Wayne Wade and Clint Eastwood for a major dis - Ballistic Dreadlocks

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 4 - 1975

Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 4 - 1975. The fourth of five sets of Attack singles from the 1970s, this one draws exclusively from their 1975 output, well within the label's golden era (74-75).

Productions from Lee Perry, Lloyd Campbell, Niney, Tony Robinson, A. Ranglin, Winston Riley, Earl Chinna Smith and Bunny Lee in particular. Classic riddim like Tony Robinson's Curly Locks & Strange Things (killer Big Youth tracks), Winston Riley's Mission Impossible and A. Ranglin's Fattie Bum Bum. Nuff Bunny Lee selection fall with the Cold I Up/The Ruler, Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks, No Woman No Cry, Jah Jah Bless The DreadlocksNice and Easy, Fi We Rock, and a lick of Burning Spear's Tradition. Bunny & Ricky come with the classic herbalist  Bushweed Corntrash (Lee Perry). The Agrovators 'flying cymbals' sound is highlighted on a whole heap a King Tubby versions.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
Links to Part1, Part 2, Part 3.

Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 5 - 1975-78

 Attack Records UK 7''Vinyl Selections - Part 4 - 1975-78. The fifth and final lot of Attack singles from the 1970s. Good balance of vocal & deejay tracks with nuff dub versions.... a dis ya rootsman time.

Striker Lee releases predominate. Other productions from Keith Hudson, A. Ranglin, Glen Lee, Neville Beckford, Clive Hunt, Linval Thompson & Eric Donaldson. Features four Bunny Lee cuts of Wailers rhythms - Kaya, Time Will Tell, Easy Skanking and Nice Time with vocals by Johnny Clarke, Ronnie Davis & deejay U Brown. Other Lee riddims like the Ali Baba, Move Out of Babylon, Enter In To His Gates With Praise, Satta Massagana, I Love Marijuana, Ten To One and three Cornell Campbell classics on the Undying Love, Duke Of Earl and Queen of the Minstrel. Prince Jazzbo nice up this one alongside Augustus Pablo. Jah Stitch rides two great John Holt tracks. All the Bunny Lee sides are again backed up with tuff Agrovators/King Tubbys versions.

Pick of the other productions include Keith Hudson's Don't Think About Me (Horace Andy & Jah Woosh). Heavy roots on Sylford Walker's I Can't Understand and a pair of Lizzard tunes produced by Clive Hunt. Glen Washington's Voice of the Father from 1976, the original cut of Culture's Behold I Come, is sublime.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.
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Links to Part1, Part 2