Friday, March 24, 2017

Rock Steady Extravaganza - 1966-68 - Brixton Rat Show on Tilos Radio

Rock Steady Extravaganza
The Brixton Rat Show on Tilosh Radio, broadcasting outta Budapest.

The next six installments of the Tilos Radio History of Jamaican Music programme. Pure vinyl selection from vintage revival enthusiast Brixton Rat's extensive rarities collection. Nuff Studio One, Treasure Isle and Prince Buster with plenty of commentary on musical trends & developments. The show is ongoing with reggae to follow so watch this space...

As we move out of the ska & into the rock steady era from the second half of 1966... The tempo slow right down nicely as more emphasis is given to vocal harmonies & mellow vibes. Some of the finest songs & performances by some of the greatest artists on some of the most crucial rhythm tracks of all time date from this period, laying foundations for the reggae and dancehall styles to follow right to the present day. An unmistakable reggae sound starts to come in during the middle of 1968 (hear show 1968 part 2).

More thanks go out to Mike. Big show, serious selections... Bless.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wild Flower Roots - 7''s & Album Tracks 1974-78

Wild Flower Roots
Two part collection of Richard & Paul Khouri's cultural releases, comprising singles & album tracks from the label's fountation in 1974 to around 1978. Mostly roots and culture selection mix up with some topical & humourous songs.

Part One features a number of long-standing names in the business from back in the days when Treasure Isle, Federal & Studio One were predominant. Man like Ernie Smith, Alton Ellis, The Paragons, Ken Boothe, Pluto Shervington, Tinga Stewart, Lloyd Charmers, Bob Andy, Derrick Harriott & Lord Laro. Artists like these forged the label's identity. Many of the recordings mark these artist's response to the growing popularity of roots music. Productions from Derrick Harriott, Dobby Dobson, Karl Pitterson, Donkey, Ernie Smith & the brilliant Lloyd Charmers, as well as the Khouri brothers. Big Youth deh yah.

The Lord Laro singles Budget Debate/Foreign Press are classic pieces of social commentary over calypso rhythm tracks. His tribute to Count Ossie is also outstanding.

 Part Two sees the emergence on Wild Flower of a new crop of artists and producers and is far heavier with a more classic roots sound. Aside from the aforementioned, producers like Gussie Clarke, Niney, Keith Hudson & Lee Perry (Black Ark era) come to the fore. Some crucial sides from the Meditations, Mighty Diamonds, Ralph Haughton, Earl 16, David Isaacs & Junior Murvin. Deejay sides by Dillinger, Ranking Trevor, Prince Jazzbo & Big Youth. Two amazing tracks from the 1974 Lloyd Charmers LP Peace & Love by Dadawah (Ras Michael). Denroy Morgan & The Black Eagles song Ethiopia was produced by Dadawah.

The attractive cover is from the Opal LP Wildflower Roots
which I picked up incredibly in a 'junk shop' at Front St, Corbridge, Nothumberland back in the early 80s...
Continous mix. Total 238 minutes.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Vintage Lovers Rock Hits - Wild Flower Label

Vintage lovers rock hits on the Wild Flower label 

Collection of smooth 7'' 45s released by Paul & Richard Khouri in the 1970s. Classic lovers tunes line up with some comic and light-hearted slackness from the likes of Pluto Shervington, Lord Laro, Lovindeer & Charlie Ace, as well as a couple of reggae gospel songs. Big-name Wild Flower regulars like Ken Boothe, Ernie Smith, Marcia Griffiths, Boris Gardiner, Pluto and Lloyd Charmers are joined by a host of lesser known artists. Productions from Lloyd Charmers, Derrick Harriott, Lee Perry and Donkey as well as the Khouri brothers' own works.

A large number of Wild Flower 7s came into my possession a few years ago as well as a couple of irie LPs which i duly ripped so this anthology is built around them. Some of these selections were also released in the UK on the Trojan/Horse imprints. A Wild Flower roots selection soon come...

Continuous mix. 100 minutes.
61 tracks

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gargamel Buju Banton Special on the Timeless Reggae Show

Selector King David
Gargamel Buju Banton Special on the Timeless Reggae Show

Diverse selection showcasing the extraordinary talents of the Kingston superstar. 2017 marks an incredible 30 years since his 1st singles for Bunny Lee, Shocking Vibes & Jimmy Riley. A long series of hit was to follow for several producers, notably for Penthouse, Mad House & then his own Gargamel label. Best known for rockstone-voiced hardcore dancehall, the deejay is equally adept at doing roots and vibsy dancehall songs. Nuff wicked collaborations along the way...Buju is inarguably the biggest name in reggae music since Bob Marley & Dennis Brown, not only for the longevity of his career but also the quality of his amazingly prolific output The world looks forward to hearing more from the Gargamel after (hopefully) a speedy release from jail.

Pure vinyl selection. 

More thanks & respect to King David
Niceness every time.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Top Ranking Roots - Tommy Cowan's Talent Corporation Mixtapes

Top Ranking Roots 
Tommy Cowan's Talent Corporation

Heartical 3-part 70s roots mix. Brings together sides from producer, manager & promoter Tommy Cowan's Talent Corporation family of record labels - Arab, Starapple, Talent77, Talent & Sweet City. Cowan also collaborated with the Lewis brothers, releasing much of his catalogue on their Top Ranking imprint.

Cowan produced for reggae groups like Israel Vibration, Zap Pow, the Cordells & the Cimarons as well as solo artists like Winston McAnuff, Eric Donaldson, Devon Irons, Horace Andy, David Jahson, Ras Michael, Augustus Pablo. Earl Zero, Trinity & most frequently Jacob Miller & Inner Circle, but also many classic hard-to-find songs by much lesser known artists like the Blue Bells, Bandolos, Beach Commers, Ras Keatus I, Two Rasta Man, Little Madness & many more... . TC also released tunes by a number of other producers. Recordings mostly from Tuff Gong, Channel One, Black Ark, Harry J's & Dynamic. Kiler dubs by the Fatman Riddim Section, Roots Rockers & Talent Crew.

Upful roots & culture selection. Vocal, dubwize & occasional deejay cuts. Many essential but obscure gems line up alongside better known roots anthems. Dates roughly to 1975-1980. Over 150 track samples over the  three volumes. 
Continuous mix. 3X 90 minutes. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Dub For Refugees by Selector May

Selector May On creates a brilliant & unique dubwize sonic soundscape, mixing dub & rootsdub selections with all kinda ethnic samples and punky reggae. 

It a jungle out deh..
Break down the barriers build more bridges..

Many thanks to May and Gueret To Dub.. Large up!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Ronnie Davis - I Man Gotta Go Home Tribute Mix

Roots Outernational present... 
Tribute to Ronnie Davis
I Man Gotta Go Home

Big salute to the legendary singer and Tennors / Itals mrmber who passed away peacefully last week aged 67 after over 50 years in the music business. He began recording at Treasure Isle and Studio One with the Tennors before embarking on a prolific solo career with many producers, most notably Bunny Lee and Lloyd Campbell in the 70s. He joined vocal group the Itals in the 80s. This humble Lion's songs and voice will live on for time to come...   Roots Outernational bring niceness every time, dropping nuff hits from the 60s into the 80s here, give thanks.. respect due.

Ronnie's career was revived lately. partly due to social networking which had brought him closer to his international fan-base. His final LP Iyahcoustic only just came out last year and was his first in a decade. See the video clip of I Won't Cry an update of his 1974 hit..

Monday, January 9, 2017

Struggle Inna Babylon Mixtape 2017

Struggle Inna Babylon 2017
Conscious selection of mostly fresh roots tunes from Yard & broad. Chanting down Babylon, battering down oppression...

Riddim like the mighty Warrior Charge (Necessary Mayhem/Dureco) and Addis Pablo's In My Father's House (Jahsolidrock). Also revisiting two great Overstand productions with more deadly cuts on the Maad Sick Reggaeville and Retro Locks (Golden Locks). Showcasing some crucial tracks from the latest Jah9 and Kabaka mixtapes. The excellent Energy taken from Runkus' debut album has a real Ijahman style vibe. Jungle is the new single by emerging roots reggae group Dub Division outta Hamburg. Alto Grado (high grade) is the lead single from Dactah Chango's Ansestral LP and one for the herbalists. Toke's Frizzle rides a flying-cymbals style rhythm track and is taken off his Wake Up In Kingston LP while Judge is the title track of Amlak Redsquare's uncompromisingly tuff new album. Rass Motivated follows on from his excellent Who Am I lp from 2013 with a new single Point Of You from his antipated upcoming 2nd set.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes.

More thanks to Boomrush Records for sending us some of these tunes
and tirelessly promoting good conscious music. Respect due.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Moa Anbessa Studio Remixes & Dubplates

Moa Anbessa Studio remixes & dubplates mix by May - Gueret To Dub

Selector May come with a vital selection of original roots & steppas from producer Buriman on the Moa Anbessa Label based in Venice. Artists like Prince David, Sister 40, Makka Roots, Jukes-I and Giorgis with extended dubs.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

King Volts 1986

A lost favourite of mine from back when I was a youthman inna di Newcastle area. The original King Volts tape recorded on Tyneside around 1985-86. The reggae collective formed in 1982 in Fenham, Newcastle and were regulars on the Northeast gig circuit during the mid-80s, supporting visiting acts like Black Roots.  They became popular on the alternative scene and later the West Yorkshire reggae scene after a move to Bradford where they quickly built up a local following alongside their King Volts Sound System while traveling to play at festivals. Key members emigrated and, sadly, the band split for good after a reunion gig in 1988. 

 King Volts at the time of these recordings comprised Cess - lead vocals & song writer (still pops up on the music festival scene), Steve - bass guitar, Igger - guitar, Dan - drums, Jo - vocals and keyboards and Anna - flute, clarinet & vocals with Martin on the mixing desks. Anna's flute and Igger's classical guitar helped elevate the compositions to a whole other level.

Thanks to Diccon for providing the rip. More love..

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Morgan Heritage 20

Morgan Heritage 20
Celebrating two decades of amazing music from the grammy award winners. Ever since their breakthrough hits for Bobby Digital in 1996 a new single or album release has always been a much anticipated event and when the Heritage roadshow come to town its just pure fyah... Troddin' in their late father Denroy's footsteps Heritage favour an uptempo, rootsy sound and are at their best doing tuff reality songs and inspiring spirituals. The band's grammy this year for the Strictly Roots album was long overdue and is seen as a 'lifetime achievement'' award. Its great to see them finally get the recognition they've so long deserved.

With such an extensive and essential back catalogue to choose from and too little space here, focus is more on singles and collaborations than on album tracks. Productions from, among others, Digital B, Jammys, Xterminator,  Flava Mcgregor, Kickin, Penthouse,  Massive B, Fat Eyes, Richie Stephens, Oneness, Jukeboxx, Don Carleon, Denroy Morgan and Heritage's own 71 Records, HMG and GTBC (Good To Be Conscious). Alternative versions by Cocoa Tea, Chezidek, Sizzla, Shabba Ranks, I-Wayne, Capleton, Anthony B, King Kong, Richie Spice, Beenie Man, Ras Shiloh, Bushman, the Marleys and Military Man. 

Continuous mix. Two hours. 66 tracks.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fyah Family Official Mixtape - Tony D Clutcheye Meets Mighty Lion Sound

Fyah Family Mixtape
Tony D Clutcheye Meets Mighty Lion Sound

Spanish Town artist Tony D is a cultivated songwriter with a sweet melodic voice similar at times to Wayne Wonder, Lukie D, Tony Curtis, Thriller U or Richie Stephens. Linked closely with Little Kirk and the Shocking Vibes Crew through the 90s, he has gone on to work with the likes of Black Scorpio, Bobby Digital, Stone Love and Creative Sounds, the onetime MC equally at home voicing lovers, dancehall and cultural sides. Tony D currently resides in Florida, building a solid reputation stateside and internationally as a performer and conscious artist.

Fyah Family features recent material including a series of strong reality songs like Everything About Jah, They Don't Know, Give A Little Bit More on Iron Gate Sound's Lion Inna Den (aka Baltimore) riddim and two tuff Irie Ites recordings: Dem No Loyal on the Diamond (Tonight) & Jungle Out Deh on the Soulful Spirit. A couple of specials for Mighty Lion, including a killer on the Heavenless.

Dem No Loyal EP

Give thanks Dennis for linking up... Positive vibrations

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dactah Chando - Ansestral LP 2016

Dactah Chando - Ansestral 2016
Achinech / Boomrush Records  release 

I only recently heard of Dactah Chando through this excellent new LP though its actually the 4th studio album by the Canarian rootsman singjay. Producer Umberto Echo creates a richly textured and varied soundtrack of upbeat roots & dancehall rhythm tracks with a definite African-world music flavour. Full horn section and backing vocals from Sara Lugo. The strictly positive, conscious lyrics and vybz are reminiscent of the legendary Chillian band Gondwana. Its a creeper that grows and grows on you with each listen. 5 stars.....

Available now on I-Tunes and Amazon

Alto Grado (High Grade) new single 

Positivo single

Live 2016

Give thanks to Boomrush records for working hard to lift positive reggae music up across Europe and around the globe,,,, Respect due.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Hold A Medi 2016

Hold A Medi... Heartical Roots Mix 2016.
Fresh new roots selections mix it with a few choice cuts from down through the years.

Starts with an excursion on Overstand's Mile High with typically strong cuts by Morgan Heritage & Bushman. Linval Thompson gets back on the Train to Zion (Voiceful), together here with massive 90s cuts from Digital B. Misik Muzik's Creamy Corner is a killer update of the Ice Cream Love/He Prayed and lines up with Volcano originals. Warrior King makes a strong contribution with the hit Niceness. XTM Nation recently put out a long awaited set of old and new songs by Ini Kamoze. His cut of Ernest Wilson's classic Channel One riddim I Know Myself runs nicely with BDF's 2011 version (Heartical). Singer Irie Souljah mashes it up on a rocking cut of the Heavenless (Nice Time). Alpha Blondy's latest LP includes an intriguing duet with Ijahman Levi. 

VP records have recently made another succesful foray into direct production lately collaborating with longtime producer Clive Hunt with great results - crisp vocal versions alongside textured dubs with an emphasis on a more traditional reggae sound like on their His Imperial Majesty, a relick of the Rod Taylor track from 2006 (Capleton & Luciano both get to voice it again). Two tracks from VP's excellent We Remember Dennis Brown set are here, including Crown Prince daughter Marla Brown doing a crucial take on Words of Wisdom alongside Mutabaruka. Serious...
So sit back, take a sip, tune in and hold a medi...

 Continuous mix 90 minutes.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Negus Roots Special Part 1

Negus Roots focus mix.
Mighty roots and rub-a-dub classics from producers Robert and Michael Palmer.
 Loosely centred around the Negus Roots 12'' collection, throwing various album tracks and rarities into the mix. This UK label released mainly exclusive Yard recordings (Channel One, Tuff Gong), alongside a few UK rhythm tracks after 1982 with session band Original Rockers. Part one covers 1980-82 with several killer sides from leading artists Junior Reid, Don Carlos and Lacksley Castell backed by the Negus Roots Players (essentially the Taxi Gang & We The People). Heavy-duty dub versions from engineer Errol Brown.
Resident deejay in rhe area Papa Tullo level the vibes throughout.
Negus roots used exclusive, mainly original riddim and didn't voice over or recycle much.  Two crucial takes of the Milk And Honey make a happy exception. Surprisingly good lovers rock interpretations of Rose Royce's Wishing On A Star and Barbara Streisand's The Way We Were by Rose Windross aka Rose Marie.

Continuous mix. 90 mins.

Monday, August 29, 2016

History of Jamaican Music - SKA DAYS 1959-66 - Tilos Radio Hungary

A History of Jamaican Music broadcast on  
with host Brixton Rat.
 The roots of Jamaican music and reggae are explored in a series of 2hr shows. Pure vinyl selection from vintage revival enthusiast Brixton Rat's extensive rarities collection. Episode 1 gets things started in 1959 wth a whole heap a R&B, mento and revival sides from Coxsone Dodd. Subsequent shows chart developments into the the ska era with, among others, nuff Studio One, Treasure Isle and Prince Buster productions and some interesting information and commentary on musical developments of the times. The show is ongoing with more to follow so watch this space....

All thanks go to Mike for bringing us this great show...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Delroy Melody Mixtape - Rooftop Salutes

Rooftop salutes Delroy Melody Mixtape
 Rooftop Sound from Portsmouth UK come with a rocking tribute to this crucial but little known singer from St. Elizebeth, Jamaica. Has strong Sugar Minott vibes. Good balance of roots, lovers and dancehall starting with songs from his brilliant Dread Must Be Fed LP (around 1979?? featuring rhythms from Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics). Tracks from various producers through the 80s to the present including some wicked specials.

Roots killer Ease Up the Pressure on a deadly cut of the Unchained backed by Studio One musicians.

Maximum respect to the Rooftop posse & Selector Dave. 
Pure niceness....

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Carlene Davis - I Remember (Boss LP 197X)

Carlene Davis - I Remember (Boss Records LP 197X)
Brilliant early album from the Canadian songstress. Produced by Sydney Crooks in the mid-late 70s?  Vintage, classic vocals over bouncy mid-70s rhythms. The outstanding track is a sensational duet with Johnny Osbourne - When I Call Your Name. He also does backing vocals on Right Time Of The Night. This surprise LP came into my possession quite by accident when i'd bought a large batch of reggae 12s a few years back. Included are 3 extra Crooks produced 12''s on Pioneer.
download (58mb-160kbps)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Healing Of The Nation - Ganja Anthems Tape Mix

Request to all herbalist, all italist - near and far... Haffi FourTwenty each and every time...  The Kind Bud, sensi, Thai stick, charas, oil, black, slate or 00 hashish - gi wi di whole a dem and free up di trees!

Original C-90 tape mix from back in 2001. Topical 70s 80s 90s & new releases of the time brought together. From Pablo Moses, Black Uhuru, Jah Lion and Horace Andy to Triston Palmer and Barrington Levy to Capleton, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage and Junior Kelly. All kind of styles.

Continuous mix. 90 mins.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Misty In Roots Extended Discomixes Parts 1 & 2 by RasLeroy

Misty In Roots Extended Discomixes Part One by 
Selector RasLeroy
Crucial Misty In Roots selection. First six Misty singles circa 1978-80. Full studio cuts blend with the dubs.

Six One Penny
 Oh Wicked Man
See Them A Come
How Long Jah
Rich Man
Viva Zapatta

Misty In Roots Extended Discomixes Part Two
 Misty In Roots singles circa 1981-83. Heavyweight dub sides.

 Jah Jah Bless Africa
Peace and Love
Bail Out
Wondering Wanderer
Cry Out For Peace
Poor and Needy
Follow Fashion

Continuous mix. 90 minutes total.
streaming only ...
Thanks & respect Ras Leroy.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Vocal & Dub By Special Request

Vocal & Dub - Mixtape by Special Request 
Collection of roots reggae singles mainly from the 70s inna discomix stylee. 
 Excursions on some vintage Black Ark rhythm tracks - Ketch Vampire, Police and Thieves and the stunning When Jah Come & Dreadlocks In The Moonlight (two of my favorite songs ever). Bunny Lee's Death In The Arena and Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks. Niney the Observer come with the Wolves and Leopards & the Rockstones' Promised Land. Channel One selection like the I Need A Roof and Going Home. Two Gregory Isaacs pre release - Love Light & Black A Kill Black on African Museum. Tapper Zukie meets Prince Allah on the Bosrah/Dub Organizer riddim. Clive Hunt aka Lizzard roots killer Jehosophat from the Satta I LP. Classics from Spear, Culture and Ijahman Levi. UK 12'' selection from Aswad, Misty and Steel Pulse.
Continuous mix. 97 minutes.

BIG UP ReggaeSoulLover Birmingham

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Best of Prince Lincoln & The Royal Rasses Tribute Mix

 Prince Lincoln Thompson Tribute Mix -
Love The Way It Should Be
Paying homage one of my favorite artists, the late, great Prince Lincoln. Brings together some of the best songs from throughout his solo career (1976-1997). Multi-instrumentalist Thompson is best known for deep, profound and slightly unusual roots music. Hit tunes Kingston 11 & Humanity (Neville King) have long been grassroots blues party killers complete with stunning version sides. Lincoln started out in rocksteady group The Tartans before passing through Studio One, starting his own label (God Sent) in the mid-70s and moving into self-production. Despite being signed up by Ballistic and then United Artists wider success eluded him so he wasn't very prolific, making a total of only 6 vocal albums with a smattering of singles on God Sent into the 1990s. Similar in style and substance to Roy Cousins & The Royals, Rasses music also takes a little time to penetrate but enters deeper and deeper into the conscience with each play. I wore out two of his lps (True Experience & Rootsman Blues) back in my youth.

Features several self-releases and collaborations with Daddy Freddie, Prince Jammy and fellow Tartans members Cedric Myton & Devon Russell.Covers of Bob Andy's Revelation and Bob Marley's African Herbman & Want More. All three of his amazing Studio One recordings are here.

Continuous mix. 85 mins.
Three bonus Tartans selections. 
Big up breddah Nik from Skipton. Good to meet you king.