Friday, December 3, 2010

Drop Leaf-Jah Is Love-Passion-Heavenless

 7 tracks, 4 one-drop riddims from 2004-06: Drop Leaf, the rootsy Jah Is Love, rocksteady flavoured Passion and the deadly Heavenless.
Drop Leaf 1 - Luciano, Sizzla, Junior Reid, Turbulence.  
Drop Leaf 2 - Morgan Heritage, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Jah Cure, Gentleman, Nina Sky, Vybz Kartel, Beyonce.  
Drop Leaf 3 - Bounty Killer, Tanya Stephens, Collie Buddz, Mary J & Ja Rule, TOK (Don Carleon & JR).
Jah Is Love/As A Friend - Turbulence, Sizzla, Chezidek, Abijah (Xterminator).  
Passion - Chrisinti, Turbulence, Chuck Fender, Bascom X, Major Chris, Richie Spice, Capleton, Luciano (NAP).  
Heavenless 1 - Morgan Heritage, LMS, Turbulence.
Heavenless 2 - King Kong, Anthony B, Choppa Chop, Chronicle, Burro Banton (Massive B & Pound Daddy).

8 RIDDIM MIXES - Wolves & Leopards Green Valley Psychology He Speaks Deep Roots Spring Prions Jah The Whip African Beat

Separate version excursions on seven crucial roots riddims from between 2003-09 + Under Mi Sensi/African Beat from 1995 - Barrington Levy, Beenie Man, Yami Bolo, Capleton, Singing Melody, Sanchez & Buju Banton (Time 1, Stone Love, Gargamel & Fat Eyes)..
Green Valley - Luciano, Capleton, LMS, Gentleman, Michael Rose, Richie Spice & Sizzla (Stephen Stanley 2005). Wolves & Leopards - Chrisinti, Lutan Fyah, Turbulence, Yogie (Courtney John), Capleton, I Jah & Uplifter (Observer 2005). He Speaks - Anthony B, Tony Curtis, Josie Wales, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla & Zumjay (Free Willy 2004). Psychology - Chrisinti, Luciano, Sizzla, Lukie D, Jah Mason, Turbulence, Chris & Champani (Rising Sun 2005). Deep Roots Spring - Beenie Man, Cali P, Dubdadda & Tippa Irie (Nitty Gritty 2003). The Whip - The Ethiopian, Admiral Tibett, Mark Wonder, Uton Green & Elijah Prophet (Luv Messenger 2009). Finally, Prions Jah - Nerious Joseph, Ras McBean, Lorenzo &  Nassadjah (Zion Gate 2003).


Mash Down Inequity Worker - Conscious Roots Mixtape 2009

Mash Down Inequity Worker - Conscious Roots Mixtape 2009. Chant down greediness and corruption over BIG one-drop and conscious roots riddim. Bigga judgement! Version galore... Also a special tribute to Lucky Dube led by Gramps Morgan. Riddim like: Billie Jeans (Fury Bass), Band Change (Maaad Sicck), Birthday (NotNice), Genesis (Cousins), Craven Puppy (Cousins), The Session (Maximum Sound), Alton Rock-Rocksteady (Fireball). Commentary from Peter Tosh.

Continuous mix. 78 minutes.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lutan Fyah Live Rehearsal with the One Drop Band

Wicked footage of Lutan Fyah blazing it up again. In rehearsal with the One Drop Band. Everything tight. Nuff respect to the Fyah for the perseverance. The man chat crucial from long time...

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rising Son - Peace Man/Jah Suckie - Peace Inna Jamdung 7''

Rising Son - Peace Man/Jah Suckie - Peace Inna Jamdung. Set of four pre-releases. Rising Son (sometimes known as Rising Sun) meets Lester Johnson on the Ta Shi label. Pure roots and culture from 1976. Peace man, peace man, peace man, mi seh peace youth man... Counteraction from deejay Jah Suckie with Peace Inna Jamdung. Dread version. All-time classic... One of the 1st pre-release I ever owned on vinyl. Also from Rising Son, Every Man Must Have A Home & Jah Jah Robe on the New Flower imprint complete with versions. Hard to find...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Phil Pratt All Stars - Showcase Super 1969-76

 Phil Pratt All Star Showcase
The best of Sunshot. Comprehensive selection of killers on the legendary Sunshot and Channan Jah labels. Draws on the influential producer's output during the early reggae era, the transition from melodious rocksteady to the more militant roots music. With the Sunshot Band (the future Revolutionaries) and Bobby Kalphat providing cutting edge rhythm tracks, Pratt was able to call on the leading vocalists and deejays of the day but, like close contemporaries Lee Perry, Glen Brown, Sidney Crooks, Bunny Lee and Niney, wasn't afraid to experiment and give opportunity to lesser known artists. His sound is notable for enduring vocal quality over choppy, solid roots riddim. Of interest here is the emergence of  of the 'flying cymbals' drum sound. Good balance of singers, deejays and version. Great riddim like Strange Things, What About the Half, Black Magic Woman, Envious, Talk About Love, Artibella, Heart is Gone, Going the Wrong Way, etc...

 Continuous mix. Total 280 minutes.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gregory Isaacs.. RIP the Cool Ruler, Lonely Lover, Hot Stepper, Jah Tooth...

25/10/2010. Gregory Isaacs died this morning in London after struggling with illness. The Cool Ruler, who was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago, had since toured extensively abroad and then traveled around Jamaica before returning home to London this summer to spend time with his wife, Linda, and his family. "Gregory was well-loved by everyone, his fans and his family, and he worked really hard to make sure he delivered the music they loved and enjoyed," Linda was quoted as saying on the BBC website, "He will be greatly missed by his family and friends." It is still deeply shocking and disappointing news for all fans of reggae music and is a great loss. 

Gregory was at home on all type of riddim. Starting out in the early reggae era with harmony group The Concords (1969-71), he soon made his name as a soloist with his distinctive, fragile vocal style, recording both classic love ballads and cultural/topical Rasta sufferah anthems. He soon took control of his own music with his African Museum label, producing 3 absolute classic late-70s albums; Cool Ruler, Mr. Isaacs and Soon Forward. His international profile was boosted by his highly charasmatic role as Jah Tooth in the 1980 Rockers movie and continued to grow in the early 80s dancehall era as he enjoyed a worldwide hit with the 1982 album Night Nurse. More success came in 1988-90 with a string of killer tunes for Gussie Clarke and Two2Friends, including Red Rose For Gregory and the mighty Rumours. Combinations with Ninjaman, Dennis Brown, The Mighty Diamonds and Junior Reid, among others, helped maintain currency in the dancehall well into the 1990s. He was a distiguished live performer and I was lucky enough to see him several times. He was sometimes mobbed onstage by the ladies who'd come armed with red roses for him! Gregory Isaacs was close friends with the late, great Dennis Brown, often duetting, sharing albums and touring with him.

There is no definative best recording or period as the Lonely Lover released real classics in each genre time and time again. His best work, though, came out between 1973 and 1989. The 1978 lp Cool Ruler is probably my favorite album of all time, bar none!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Born Free Nyah - One Drop 2007

New roots one-drop mixtape from 2007. Born Free Nyah... Its all about freedom and liberty, Positive livity. Ruff riddim like Flabba's Steady Rock, Wild fire, Mr Bassie, First Born & Big League's Sun is Shining.

Continuous mix. 78 minutes.

Monday, July 12, 2010

RIP Lincoln Sugar Minott - 25/5/1956 - 10/7/2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Sugar Minott, the honey-voiced singer, soundman, promoter and producer has died, aged only 54. He passed away on Saturday 10th at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston after a short illness. His wife Maxine Stowe has not yet disclosed the cause of death though two months ago Sugar had cancelled a tour in Canada after suffering chest pains. This is exceptionally sad news for all lovers of Jamaican music and sympathies and tributes are sent out from around the world...

After several years in the African Brothers vocal trio, Lincoln 'Bugga' Minott started out doing fine solo roots sides in 1975 for Studio 1 and recorded two classic lps for Dodd before quickly going into self-production by 1979. A fine string of albums were released throughout the 1980s, both self-produced and for a variety of other labels, as well as a constant string of 45s. He, alongside man like Barrington Levi and Half Pint, helped define the dancehall vocal styles to come. His early 80s work with UK producers like Dennis Bovell was highly influential in developing the honey-sweet, ultra smooth brand that was UK lover's rock and his rich voice was perfect for such balladry. Some wicked tunes were recorded in the US at Bulwackies also. While Sugar took on all styles, he continued to publish fine roots sides throughout his career, tackling problems of injustice, poverty and violence, though he always maintained a balance of themes on albums.

Sugar's promotion and productions made important contributions to the reggae industry, particularly in the mid-80s. His Black Roots label and Youth Promotion sound system were used to nurture and showcase young talent. Man like Junior Reid, Little John, Michael Palmer, Captain Sinbad, Echo Minott, Barry Brown, Triston Palmer, Tenor Saw and Bimbo all got the opportunity to record and perform alongside more established names. Many went on to have successful careers though Sugar has expressed frustration with business aspects in interviews.

He was always at his highest element as a live performer, however, and I was privileged to see him in action several times, most recently in December 2009 up in Edinburgh, Scotland where he gave a fine, lively performance - the freshest I'd seen him in years. We were treated to hits from across the years in the full spectrum of musical styles. Hit song like Buy Up The Bar, Tune In, Ole King Cole, Mr. DC, A House Is Not A Home, People Got To Know, Easy Squeeze, Lover's Rock, Vanity, African Girl, No Vacancy, Feel The Rydim, Dancehall Stylee and the MASSIVE Good Thing Going and Herbman Hustling... and many more. He always had a great instinct for the crowd and got everyone rocking from the 1st note. It felt like he could go on singing all night though time was limited due to it being a Sunday night. TOP RANKING entertainment from one of my all-time favorite singers... Now he's gone, who gonna nice it up, nice it up?


Sugar's last album - A New Day - is pure NICENESS!!!

Hear it at

Youth Promotion Live Sound Tape 1985 Pt.1 & Pt.2 - various guest artists.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pon Di Edge - Bashment 2008

2008 Pon Di Edge - Bashment Non-Stop. Hi-speed dancehall hits mix. Chok full of remix and excursions. Female artists dominate.


Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Ruffer Selections 2008 - Dancehall Bashment & Reggae Hits

Ruffer Selections...  
Reggae, one-drop, bashment and ragga dancehall mixtape from January 2008. The tempo never let off.... Includes the Dancehall Queen remix and Natty King & Tappa Zukie's Revolution Refix '08.

CD1: Includes excursions on the Shoot Out (John John), Taxi (Gargamel), Baltimore (Don Carleon), Answer (Ghetto Youths), Statement (JukeBoxx), Gangsta Rock (Birchill), Lucky 7 & Chinkuzi (South Rakkas). Features Morgan Heritage hit Brooklyn Jamaica and Busy Signal's breakthrough Born and Grow.

CD2: Tempo nah cease... it just increase.... Riddim like: Church Heathen (Big Yard), Three Blind Mice (Gargamel), Airwaves (Firelinks), Sleng Teng (Power Stone), 85 (Mad House), The Mission (Baby G), Cuss Cuss (Massive B & Ranking Joe), Bam Bam/Murder She Wrote '05 (Taxi), Bad Dog (Black Shadow) and the crucial Come Around/Last War megamix (Massive B).

Continuous mix. 157 minutes total.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Slow Whine Selections 2009 - Lovers Rock Grooves

Smooth lovers rock selection from January 2009.

Irie excursions on the Chi Chi Bud, Nylon, Guardian Angel, Doctor's Darling/Night Nurse, To Love Somebody, No Goodbyes and more... Some great tunes from Roger Robin.

Continuous mix: total 158 minutes.
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Rasta Living - One-Drop Mixtape 2007

Rasta living Mixtape 2007. Positive livity. 

Massive B's Jah Love Riddim is a real killer as is Gibbo & Errol Thompson's Hard Times. I-Wayne's deeply insightful Rasta Tell Them All The While is classic roots. Other riddims include Rastar, Rocking Time, Notorious and Sweet Sop. Jah Cure & Fantan Mojah's Nah Build Great Men was an instant classic. Strength Of A Lion by Chrisinti is also superb.

Continuous mix. 78 minutes.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Big Up Xterminator 1999 - Massive R at the Control Tower

Big Up Xterminator Mix - Massive R at the Control Tower. Dub-heavy mix of some of the biggest tunes out of phillip Burrell's Xterminator camp 1994-99, put together by selector Massive R. Riddim like Sweep Over My Soul, Babylon Cowboy, Repatriation, General and Ulterior Motive, voiced by Sizzla, Luciano, Ras Shiloh, Mikey General, Louie Culture, Beres Hammond and Al Campbell. Wicked dubs from Soldjie... Nuff respect Massive!!

Continuous mix. 78 minutes.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

90s New Roots Revival

The new wave of conscious roots reggae coming out of Jamaica picked up pace after 1993. The movement was championed by long-time rasta artists like Cocoa Tea, Dennis Brown, Yami Bolo, Junior Reid, Mutabaruka & Admiral Tibet and rising stars like Tony Rebel & Louie Culture. Meanwhile, deejay-turned-singer Garnett Silk elevated the music to new spiritual heights with anthems like Retreat Wicked Man, Lionheart & Hello Mama Africa and raised the popularity of singers after long periods of deejay dominance. Buju, Luciano and Capleton re-invented themselves as conscious artists and a whole new generation of singers and deejays emerged by the mid-90s, man like Sizzla, Anthony B, Morgan Heritage, Daweh Congo, Bushman & Jah Cure. Older, established artists like Michael Rose, Marcia Griffiths, Culture, Gregory Isaacs, Everton Blender & Barrington Levy enjoyed a revival while everyone from Shabba, Cobra & Ninjaman to Sanchez, Frankie Paul, Beenie Man & Bounty Killer rode the nu-roots train, making this the most exiting period for reggae fans since the early digi era....

The real advocators of the nu-roots revolution, however, were the producers and musicians... Bobby Digital, Donovan Germain & Phillip Burrell, all of who had roots & dancehall credentials and a history in the business, set up studios in the early 90s alongside man like King Jammy, Jack Scorpio & Gussie Clarke and proceeded to put out roots 45s over 'live' riddims, built around crisp, vintage samples of classic Studio 1 & Channel One hooks. Junjo Lawes & Niney even got back into the ring. Engineer Soldgie promoted a return to heavy dub sounds at Xterminator. Sly & Robbie, Steelie & Cleevie, Mafia & Fluxy, Dean Fraser and The Firehouse Crew provided wicked mixed media riddims. Fashion, Saxon, & Jetstar kept it hot in the UK.

Roots reggae had never really gone away - it had been overshadowed by digital dancehall, 1986-87, and then the ragga-bogle-something in 1992, but again only temporarily until the top creative elements returned to draw upon and expand a rich tradition.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Original Jamaica Ska Sound 1963-67

The authentic 60's Jamaican ska sound. Jump up revivals, party dance jives, revised traditionals and singerman boasts. Nice, nice time... put on your dancing shoes! Featuring: Justin Hinds & The Dominos, Roland Alphonso, The Wailers, The Maytals, Eric Morris, Derrick morgan, The Skatalites, Stranger Cole & The Techniques, Delroy Wilson, Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Lacselles Perkins, The Gaylads, Tony & Dennis, Don Drummond, Baba Brooks, Stranger & Ken, Lord Creator, Patsy Todd, Basil Gabbidon, Owen Grey, Leon Silvera, Roy Panton & The Drumbago Orchestra. King Stitt is the MC for the night.
Continuous mix. Running time: 78 minutes.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Cool Down The Pace - Lovers Rock Classics

Cool Down The Pace - Lovers Rock Classics. 25 track collection of laid back lovers grooves from across the years from both UK and JA producers.

Continuous mix. Running time: 79 minutes.

Early Roots Reggae 1968-72

 One of my old roots reggae/rocksteady mixes reloaded... Big up Reggaesoullover...

 Early Roots Reggae 1968-72. Collection of reality songs from the late ska era, through rocksteady, to the beginnings of reggae. Led by the likes of Count Ossie, Don Drummond, Joe Higgs and Alton Ellis (and many rasta musicians) and finding a home at Brentford Road - Studio One, influences from the Kingston Rasta communities like Back a Wall, Caribbean political awakenings and social awareness was increasingly reflected in the music. The strident optimism of independence time ska soon turned to despondance and lyrics began to focus more on everyday living conditions, while the music became more home-grown, less relient on US influences and looked again to Africa for inspiration. Themes like poverty, inequality and justice were increasingly finding public expression in the music, laying the foundations of the 70s roots era to follow.

Continuous mix. Total 157 minutes.
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