Sunday, December 25, 2011

Guide And Protect - 90s Roots Mixtape

Guide & Protect - New Roots Mixtape. 1993-1999. Strictly roots & reality... Rides riddim like Rope In, Swing Easy, Chant Mi Song, Undying Love, Lecturer, War and the massive Kette Drum. Productions from: African Star, Digital B, Jammys, 3 Natti, Xterminator, Time One, Penthouse and Mac Dada.

Continuous mix. 79 minutes. Repost...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chant Down Rome - 90's New Roots Mixtape

Chant Down Rome - New Roots Mixtape. More conscious selections 1994-99. Blazing fire over riddim like Death In The Arena, Burning Bush, Repatiation/Praise Ye Jah & Morgan Heritage's Buss Up Barriers. Praise Ye Jah was the tune that really blew me away when it hit London's pirate stations in '96, hot on the heels of the Heathen riddim. Sizzla's vocal delivery, together with the thundrous Xterminator b-side dub , signalled to me that the nu-roots revolution had come of age... fi real. Star Trail set Anthony B loose on the Burning Bush.

Producers/labels include: Top Rank, Morgan Heritage Family, Star Trail, Xterminator, Phillip Smart, Digital B, Penthouse, X-Rated, Gemini & Lucky Love.
Continuous mix. Running time: 79 minutes. Relist...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

RIP Philip Burrell... Long Live Xterminator!


Legendary Xterminator producer Philip Burrell died at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston on Saturday evening, Dec. 3rd 2011. He suffered a stroke two weeks ago and had been hospitalized ever since. He finally fell into a coma and on Saturday morning before passing away later in the day. He was 57. 

The Kingston born (and UK raised) producer and promoter cut his 1st track with Sugar Minott in 1984 before going on to establish his Kings & Lions and Vena labels, recording hits with a range of singers and deejay through the late eighties and gaining a reputation for promoting unknown local youths. Greater success came later with Xterminator (Exterminator) Records, set up in 1989, providing strings of hits and ground breaking releases throughout the 1990s. The Firehouse Crew and Sly Dunbar provided many of the riddims, teaming up with veteran engineer Soldgie to add fire to the new roots revolution. This was heavy, reverb-soaked roots reggae at its best with a big UK steppas influence (though they were equally at home with lovers and dancehall). Cocoa Tea, Beres Hammond, Luciano, Sizzla, Jah Cure, Fred Locks, Gregory Isaacs, Mikey General, Prince Malachi, Spanner Banner, Frankie Paul, Charlie Chaplin, Ini Kamoze, Sanchez, Chezidek and Turbulence all revived or started their careers and put out accomplished LPs/sides with him. Luciano's Where There Is Life and Messenger sets are as sublime as Sizzla's Praise Ye Jah and Cocoa Tea's Tune In were stunning. Fatis also deserves recognition for releasing a number of excellent dub albums, something that had not been done much in JA for years.

Fatis Burrell had a resonant and  lasting impact on the reggae scene, influencing a whole generation of new producers in JA and Europe into the new millennium, and his name must ha fi rank alongside the greats: Man like Junjo Lawes, Sugar Minott, Glen Brown, Niney, Gussie Clarke, Donovan Germain, Bobby Digital, Bulwackies and even Bunny Lee... His legacy is continued by Karim Burrell and the new look Xterminator Records, Kush-I, Jesse Royal, et al., putting out some irie new rhythms. Check them in 2012...


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, Wicked dubs from Soldjie... Nuff respect Massive!!

Continuous mix. 78 minutes.

Philip 'Fatis' Burrell - From Vena to Xterminator 1986-94. Crucial Vena Records-Xterminator retrospective. Charts the evolution from late-80's digital dancehall producer to new roots pioneer in the mid 1990's. Dancehall business mix it up with reality tunes. Features: Supercat, Yellowman, Frankie Paul, Charlie Chaplin, Sanchez, Sugar Minott, Ninjaman, Pinchers, Leroy Smart, Tiger, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Macka B, Spanner Banner, Ini Kamoze, Beres Hammond and Josie Wales.

Digitally remastered continuous mix. 52 minutes.