Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Militant Roots Ina Discomix Style

Late 70s roots selection in a discomix style
1977-80 a golden era of militant and creative reggae music
Vocal & dubwise

Continuous mix 2hrs
Rewind Show on 14 Feb 2020

Its been great to revisit some of the music that we all loved best in our youth and I don't often play classic Burning Spear, Pablo Moses, Twinkle Brothers or Ijahman these days.

Features several excellent New Town Sound productions recorded exclusively for Trojan Records when the label belatedly turned to roots rockers during its final days. Also several superb Burning Spear and Royals tracks, not to mention the 'voice of thunder' Prince Far I. Big Youth's Political Confusion on the Love and Livity with the Jewels is pure fya as is the Observers' cut of Satta

Cover art borrowed from the Spear Institution 7'' sleeve
Watch out for part 2 coming soon...

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tamoki Wambesi In Roots with Roy Cousins

with Roy Cousins & The Royals
Comprehensive selection of Cousins productions mid-70s to mid-80s. Strictly conscious vibes. Backing by the Roots Radics & the Revolutionaries (aka Force Of Music) and largely recorded at Channel One. As you'd expect Roy Cousins focused predominantly on vocal productions with their dubs though deejays Prince Far I, Jah Stitch, Baba Dread, I Roy and resident in-house chanter Charlie Chaplin spice things up. Watch out for some really serious dub versions...

Continuous mix - 2 hours 50 mins - 88 tracks.
Rewind Show on Friday 7 Feb 2020

The man likes to recycle backing tracks though he almost exclusively used originals, including classic Royals riddims. So no shortage of version excursions here; I had to be selective or we'd have gone on and on... While the mix is not in strict chronological order, we begin mainly with some heavy 70s roots before moving on to his popular roots-dancehall selections from the early 80s later on. 

Four man group The Royals truly are one of reggae's most underrated and overlooked greats. They are a bit of an acquired taste and, like Prince Lincoln, can take a few plays to really penetrate but perseverance brings reward... With Cousin's deep & penetrating lyrics, his falsetto tones and the group's expressive delivery they rivaled the Abyssinians and Carlton & His Shoes and at their rootsiest were even comparable to the great Burning Spear.

Forming in 1964, they released only a handful of singles ska to reggae. They went on to record four LPs between 1977 & 1981 and three of these are real gems - Pick Up The Pieces (songs from 1972-77), Israel Be Wise and Ten Years After. They also voiced one masterpiece at Studio One - the original Pick Up The Pieces.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Keith Hudson Dark Prince of Reggae 1971-84

Keith Hudson the Dark Prince of Reggae
Freedom Movements mix 1971-84
2 hours of leftfield experimental roots reggae from the master producer and artist. While the focus is mostly on his own works a number of his best productions for other artists are included, like Horace Andy, Big Youth, I Roy, U Roy, Delroy Wilson, Count Ossie and Militant Barry, with nuff version excursions. Vocal & dubwise... Studio getting kinda cloudy!

Continuous mix 2 hours

Rewind Show on 2 Feb 2020

Hudson started out in production around 1970, initially on some older riddims that had been donated. He released a string of lps after 1972, including an incredible 'concept album' with the stunning title - the black breast has produced her best: flesh of my skin, blood of my blood and one of the first dub lps - Pick A Dub - with his studio band the Soul Syndicate. The Rasta Communication & Brand (the dub version) lps from 1977-78 are seminal deep roots reggae with exceptionally strong lyrics and tight production. He also recorded a deejay album with Militant Barry on the same set of backing tracks. Tough. 

I also included 2 tracks from the posthumous Tuff Gong album with Family Man & various Wailers, complete with King Jammy dubs. Keith Hudson passed away in 1984 before the recordings could be finished, completing only 6 tracks.

Trademark heavy-duty rhythm tracks like the Nuh Skin Up, Melody Maker, Darkest Night, Place In Africa, Riot, Rockfort Rock, Ace 90 Skank, Rasta Country, Felt The Strain, Rasta Communication, I'm Not Satified and 2 well crucial riddims, Satan Side & Don't Think About Me (I'm Alright), that were both voiced by Horace Andy & Earl Flute

The Hudson sound is not always to everyone's taste 
Love it or leave it the man left us an incomparable musical legacy

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Not Going Down - Revival Selections 1969-75

Rewind Show on 24 Jan 2020
Not Going Down
 Early-mid 70s reggae sounds
Marks a change in style for me as I seldom play this Trojan-Pama era selection. Some lively, colourful Derrick Harriott, Byron Lee & Lloyd Charmers productions set the tone.

Continuous mix 2 hours

Several of my own scratchy records, including Honey Boy's amazing I'm Not Going Down and This Magic Moment by a young Willie Williams. Pure positivity from Lloyd Jackson & The Scorpions on Little Deeds of Kindness. Maria Griffiths does a fabulous rendition of Joe Bataan's Gypsy Woman (Gypsy Man 1974). Slim Smith & Milford Henry also did reggae versions of the song

Monday, January 20, 2020

Reel Up Reel Up Rock Steady Hits

Reel Up Reel Up!
More golden rocksteady hits
Tracks date from the 1966-68 heyday apart from a few later deejay versions on Treasure Isle by U-Roy, Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy (1969-72)
Wake the town and tell the people...

Continuous mix 2 hours

Duke Reid's Treasure Isle leads the way production-wise, along with Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, Bunny Lee, Prince Buster, Gay Feet, Joe Gibbs' Amalgamated, Derrick Morgan's Hop, Derrick Harriott, Byron Lee (WIRL), Merritone and some early self-releases from the Wailers on the Wail N Soul M label.

A few real rarities like Yours Until Tomorrow credited to the Minstrels but actually the Martinies. Very crucial harmonica driven 45 on Rio by Winston Richards (aka Winston Grennan) called Don't Give Up/Studio Blitz. Also a Frank Brown & The Consumates 7'' The More They Get/Do It Now produced by Derrick Morgan.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Classic Rock Steady - Riding High

Classic Rock Steady from Treasure Isle, Studio One, Harry J's, Derrick Harriott, Amalgamated (Joe Gibbs), Dynamic, Bunny Lee.... The original reggae-dancehall! Many original versions of big rhythm tracks. A few rudie songs too...

Continuous mix. 2 hours
Rewind Show on
10 Dec 2020

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Siamrootsical Culture Mix 2020

9th Annual Siamrootsical Culture Mix
Rewind Show on 3 Jan 2020
Showcasing new releases, emerging artists & label submissions spiced up with a few choice older/foundation selections.


Continuous mix. 2 hours

Special thanks to Himfluence, ASA Afrikaan & Link Up Re-CordZ

Previous Siamrootsical Culture Mixtapes

Monday, December 30, 2019

Reggae Party 2020 Rastfm

Party into 2020 with
 The final FRIDAY NIGHT JAMBOREE of the year is a total freestyle party anything goes session. Nothing but good-time vibes selection a play... 6 hours but we could've played on and on and on...

We wish everyone a super New Year. Only good things for 2020, peace, prosperity, happiness.  BLESS

Puppa Scal - Puppa Sleng Teng - Paul Rootical 
Reggae music, lifestyle & ideals made a bigger global impact than ever before in the 2010s with artists emerging from all corners chanting down the system. Its also been the era of mass participation & live streams. In other ways it has been less remarkable time with only a few truly exceptional fresh talents coming through (Chronixx, Jah9, Kabaka Pyramid, Samory-I) but so many shoddy productions & weak riddims on release. Fingers crossed, let's see what the new decade has in store for reggae music!

la luta debe continuar...

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

A Reggae Reggae Christmas with Puppa Sleng Teng

Wishing you all a very merry Xmas & tremungous New Year... Blessed love irie-ites

Puppa Sleng Teng Christmas Special
Oldies But Goodies #OBG show 141 on friday 20 Dec
Very fine selection to get y'all in the mood
Father Sleng Teng is coming to town ho ho ho ..... 

Continuous mix 3 hours

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Strictly Oldies, strictly goodies


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Ruffneck 90s Roots - 100th Show on Rastfm

Ruffneck 90s
Session 100 on 13 Dec. 2019
 Trodding back to the 1990s for this one.

Continuous mix. 2 hours

Riddim: Promise Land (Xterminator), Don't Try To Use Me (Digital Eclipse), Love Me Forever (Star Trail/Digital B), Things & Time (Mr Doo/Penthouse), Death In The Arena & Stalag (Digital B), Every Tongue Shall Tell (Rads/Digital B/Saxon), Unchained (Xterminator/Time 1/Steely & Clevie), Putting Up Resistance (Tappa) and the Head To Toe (Kingston 11/Jammys 1987)

Its been an interesting journey with the rastfm family over the past two & a half years. 18 months of the #LoveReggaeMusic Show, the Irie Sundays and now a year of the Rewind/Friday Night Jamborees. Over 100 sessions and a couple of official mixtapes down the line.. Its been fab to share much great music with so many heartical people and to link up with nuff selectors. Special mention to Puppa Sleng Teng, Shikydraks, Brixton Rat, Puppascal, Dubit & Beto... Sending out BIG thanks for the vibes, the oneness and all the collabs... Long live rastfm, long live reggae music

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

3 The HARD Way Rub-A-Dub Session

 Unity Clash on 06 Dec 2019
Three the HARD Way
Puppascal meets Paul Rootsical and Puppa Sleng Teng
France-UK cross channel clash

Rub a dub reggae in a style and fashion... RIGHT!!!
All star late-70s to mid-80s dancehall marathon session.
3 selectors juggle back and forth while the MCs line up...
Nuff Yellowman, Toyan, Michigan &
 Smiley, Welton Irie, Captain Sinbad, Lone Ranger.... MASSIVE rhythm tracks from the ROOTS RADICS, Wackies Rhythm Force, The Professionals, Sound Dimension, & TAXI GANG. Killer dubs by SCIENTIST.

JA & UK styles. Labels like Jah Guidance, Joe Gibbs, Taxi,  Tad's, Ranking Joe, Fashion, Greensleeves' UK Bubblers, Island, Midnight Rock, Channel One, Wackies, Thompson Sound, Studio One, Nigger Kojak and especially Junjo Lawes' VOLCANO.

Continuous mix. Total 6 hours

Maximum respect to Sleng Teng & Puppascal
that was one fun session...